SMS, the Short Messaging Service used on mobile phones, is celebrating its 20th birthday today, while suffering its first decline in popularity. However, the system still has advantages that will keep it going for years...
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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....
Informa is predicting healthy sales of Smart TV sets, but they're still not smart enough, as Apple, Google and Microsoft eye the prospects of a joined-up market for "three screens and a cloud"…
After the world's oldest working digital computer was rebooted at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park last week, it showed its paces in a race against a man with a hand-cranked Facit mechanical calculator.
Although businesses have been upgrading from Windows XP for more than three years, the deadline is approaching, and there are still around 500 million users to move with only 500 days to go
Microsoft's Surface RT is a great tablet and good enough to do real work in Office, if you invest in a Type keyboard. But it's still a bit less than a full laptop replacement….
With the next Consumer Electronics Show due in Las Vegas in January, the CEA's 'CES Unveiled' roadshow came to London to give us an overview of the way the market is developing.
Too many companies failed to prepare for Windows 7 and they are now paying the price. Starting some small pilot projects to explore the major changes in Windows 8 could ensure they don't repeat their mistakes.
Microsoft does expect businesses to use Windows 8: it's not just for consumers. However, based on a seminar it held in London this week, its adoption looks like being a long, slow process....
Today's stats from NetMarketShare and Statcounter show an uptick in web browsing with the Android operating system and a dip in Apple's iOS. But the two firms disagree about which OS is ahead, and that doesn't inspire confidence in the numbers.
Livescribe, the smartpen company, has launched Sky, a Wi-Fi version that stores files in the cloud. It's incompatible with the current Echo system, but as Livescribe's Byron Connell explains, the company's new strategy is aimed at Evernote and tablet users.