Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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Who do we invite to the UK's tech dinner with Obama?

The White House just posted a photo of the San Francisco "tech dinner" with US president Barack Obama. It includes Steve Jobs (Apple) and his friend Larry Ellison (Oracle), Eric Schmidt (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), John Chambers (Cisco), Carol Bartz (Yahoo), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Dick Costolo (Twitter) and Stanford University President John Hennessy.

February 18, 2011 by Jack Schofield


ZX81 games developer finally closes down

The Code Monkeys, the Yorkshire-based games developer, says it decided to cease trading on its 23rd birthday earlier this month. It was only founded in 1988, but some of its co-founders had written games for the Sinclair ZX81.

February 16, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Bling bling "Royal Wedding" smartphone pouch

To celebrate (sic) this year's Kate and Wills wedding, Proporta will add a Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch to its current range of Union Jack smartphone cases. It's said to be made from "the highest quality golden coloured real leather" and measures 68 x 120 x 10mm.

February 14, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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HP's slide-down screen makes for tablet-like desktop

Hewlett-Packard is adding a new twist to its range of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs -- or, perhaps, a slide and a swivel. The basic idea is that the screen slides down from its usual vertical orientation into a position that's more comfortable to use for touch operation.

February 7, 2011 by Jack Schofield


HP and Nokia game-changers due next week

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company, and Nokia, the biggest phone manufacturer, are both expected to make game-changing announcements next week. HP will be first, with the announcement of its new WebOS-based tablets (and, perhaps, phones) on Wednesday February 9.

February 4, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Android rising, in both smartphones and tablets

Google’s Android has become "the world’s leading smart phone platform" according to the analysts at Canalys. The company said today that in the fourth quarter of last year, Android smart phone shipments reached 32.

January 31, 2011 by Jack Schofield