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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What's the future of DAB radio in the UK?

Important people are now talking in back rooms about the future of DAB digital radio in the UK, and I'd love to know how the discussions are going. We're at a critical juncture, because it doesn't look as though DAB will meet the criteria for a switchover from FM in 2015, if ever.

December 28, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Windows for ARM? Maybe, but not in 2011

The Bloomberg news service has suggested that Microsoft will announce a version of Windows for ARM chips at CES 2011 in January. Its sources are people "who asked not to be identified because Microsoft’s plans are confidential.

December 22, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Nokia could join the Windows Phone 7 party

Nokia-watcher Eldar Murtazin reckons that Nokia is talking to Microsoft about using Windows Phone 7. His post in the Russian-language Mobile Review says, roughly (ie via Google Translate):In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia).

December 21, 2010 by Jack Schofield


What US consumers will be buying in 2011

As we approach the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released the results of a poll of its members on what they expect consumers to buy next year. Tablet computers will apparently be the hot product -- and 46% is a higher rating than I'd have expected -- followed by "streaming content boxes" (20%) and mobile phones (11%).

December 16, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks

It looks as though a dozen or so American businesses will be giving Google's new attempt at the network computer a serious trial. Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports that Inventec has "already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google" for the pilot programme announced yesterday (see Google: Chrome OS netbooks coming in mid 2011).

December 8, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Google: Chrome OS netbooks coming in mid 2011

Prepare to dump your powerful Windows notebook or Apple MacBook in the middle of next year. Today, Google announced that PC manufacturers led by Acer and Samsung will start selling diskless Intel Atom-powered netbooks that will have web apps as their native apps.

December 7, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Allow brings a profit-sharing approach to personal data

Many companies are compiling personal data and selling it for marketing purposes, and this trend is likely to increase as people start mining the data that's publicly available via social networking sites. That was the topic of yesterday's post, Profiling means Facebook posts could cost you money.

December 6, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Profiling means Facebook posts could cost you money

Today I had a call from LBC's James Max programme following up a Sunday Times article that is, amusingly, behind its paywall. However, you can now get the story from a Daily Mail piece with a five-deck headline: Could your Facebook profile lead to higher insurance premium?

December 5, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Remembering Maurice Wilkes, pioneer of UK computing

It's never fun writing obituaries, for obvious reasons, but it's also rewarding in that you can do your best to make sure someone gets the credit they deserve. Not that that was really a problem with Sir Maurice Wilkes, who died on Monday at the age of 97.

December 2, 2010 by Jack Schofield