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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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


Dell unveils a good-looking Vostro V130 ultraportable

When I did a round-up of Dell's new consumer products, the Vostro V130 laptop was missing because it was a business laptop and I was under a non-disclosure agreement, which lifted today. I'm not sure why secrecy was a factor since the V130 is basically an upgraded version of the V13 launched a year ago.

November 30, 2010 by Jack Schofield


China makes 792m handsets, 198m PCs in January-October, says MIIT

It's no secret that most electronics products are now Made in China, but new figures from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) still have a mind-boggling scale. A table compiled by Taiwan's DigiTimes reveals that in January-October 2010, China made 792 million handsets, 153 million notebook PCs, almost 45 million desktop PCs, 112 million monitors, 95 million colour TV sets, and 75.

November 26, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Acer unveils Iconia dual-screen PC and three Android tablets

Acer held a press conference in New York today to show its dual-screen Iconia laptop PC and three Android tablets.Iconia is unusual in having two touch screens: one acts as a display and the other provides a keyboard or other type of controller, though it can also be used as a display screen.

November 23, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Jam tomorrow: Dell unwraps its Christmas offerings

Dell showed off a raft of new products in London yesterday, including the Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet, an all-in-one touch screen PC, an M101z netbook, and the latest Dell Streak mobile phone. One of Dell's staff also had a Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7.

November 23, 2010 by Jack Schofield


HP and Dell turn in decent results

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest computer company, has just turned in a decent set of financial results, with fourth quarter turnover up by 8% to $33.3 billion, and net profits by 5% to $2.

November 22, 2010 by Jack Schofield