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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Happy birthday: Windows is 25

This weekend, Microsoft Windows celebrated its 25th birthday, though without much dancing in the streets. It was released on November 20, 1985, but not many people stumped up the $99 price.

November 22, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Apple iTunes will finally get The Beatles, claims WSJ

Dozens of Apple fan sites have been speculating about what Apple was going to announce tomorrow, and the Wall Street Journal is claiming a scoop: Apple iTunes, at Long Last, Gets Rights to Beatles.Referring to anonymous sources, the story says: "The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd.

November 15, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Toshiba launches MacBook Air SSDs for the mass market

Toshiba has announced a new range of solid state disk drives (SSD) , but two of the three models have already appeared with the same model numbers in the latest ultrathin Apple MacBook Air computers. Toshiba has trademarked the name Blade X-gale for the new drives, which are more like memory strips.

November 8, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Windows Phone 7 "selling well" so far

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 appears to have got off to a reasonable start, with Orange offering £20 HMV vouchers to customers who will have to wait for their phone. However, this was not wholly unexpected.

November 3, 2010 by Jack Schofield


The death of Silverlight has been greatly exaggerated

Microsoft's Bob Muglia unwittingly threw a spanner in the Silverlight works at last week's Professional Developers Conference by telling ZD Net's All Things Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley that:"when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft's vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, 'our strategy has shifted,' Muglia told me. Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said.

November 1, 2010 by Jack Schofield


Quanta and Compal will be world's biggest notebook makers in 2011

Taiwanese vendors will ship more than 90% of the 200 million notebook PCs that the major vendors are expected to sell next year, according to the Taiwan-based DigiTimes.* Only South Korea's Samsung is expected to manufacture all its own portable computers, totalling about 12 million units -- see the table below.

October 27, 2010 by Jack Schofield