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....

Latest Posts

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


Microsoft's profits saved as Kinect outsells iPad

Microsoft's profits came in ahead of analysts' predictions when it announced its quarterly financial results today (Thursday). However, revenues grew by only 5% and the company fell just short of reaching $20 billion in quarterly sales.

January 27, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Without Steve Jobs, Apple will fail

Steve Jobs taking his second medical leave of absence from Apple -- announced yesterday via an email -- led to a temporary slump in the stock price, because it raised doubts about the company's future. Every investor knows that Apple has been an unprecedented success with Jobs at the helm, and a busted flush without him.

January 18, 2011 by Jack Schofield


BETT 2011: Asus Slider or Transformer? (updated)

Asus unveiled four tablet computers at CES, and my first thought was that the Slider would be the most attractive model. Having had my hands on both the Slider and the Transformer at the BETT education exhibition now on at Olympia in London, I've changed my mind.

January 14, 2011 by Jack Schofield


MSE stole half my processor...

When I started using my old desktop Windows XP machine after lunch, I noticed the fan was running, so I opened SysInternals' Process Explorer to find out why. It turned out that MsMpEng.

January 11, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Server boss Bob Muglia to leave Microsoft

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has announced in an internal email that Bob Mulgia, head of the Server and Tools business unit (STB), is to leave Microsoft in the summer after 23 years at the company.

January 10, 2011 by Jack Schofield


CES 2011: Intel's Sandy Bridge chips, with DRM?

Intel duly unveiled its long awaited and widely trailed Sandy Bridge chips at its CES 2011 press conference yesterday (Wednesday). The story was exactly what we expected, in terms of (a) delivering more powerful new versions of the Core iX range*, and (b) including HD graphics on the processor.

January 6, 2011 by Jack Schofield