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....
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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....
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.
Asus has unveiled about a dozen innovative Windows 8 machines and some UK prices at a press event in London last night, including touch-screen laptops, "transformers", the twin-screen Taichi, and a fold-flat all-in-one desktop.
During a visit to Bletchley Park, UK foreign secretary William Hague launched a 'spy drive' to recruit staff for GCHQ and other intelligence agencies, a National Cipher Challenge for schools, and a £480,000 grant to the home of WW2 code-breaking.
After selling us HD and Full HD TV sets, the consumer electronics industry is moving on to Ultra HD, formerly known as 4K. This is useful for large public display screens, but it's hard to see any difference in domestic and normal business use, where "retina displays" are already available at normal working distances.
Dr David Link has won the Computer Conservation Society's first Tony Sale Award for an art project that runs a program written to generate love letters on one of the first commercial computers
Mobile sets us free to roam, but US-based research from AOL and BBDO shows that two-thirds of the time, "mobile" means "around the house". It's really "me time".
Modern web development based on HTML5 and CSS etc struggles with confusing standards. Now the W3C and browser companies such as Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have dumped their docs in a combined wiki at WebPlatform.org so developers can sort it out.
Today, Lenovo is celebrating the ThinkPad's 20th anniversary for the second time, and this time on the correct date. It might seem trivial, but for the Chinese company, it's important as a way of exploiting the brand advantages associated with IBM's name.