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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Hurd on the street, leaving HP less saucy

Mark Hurd, 53-year-old boss of the world’s largest computer company, is stepping aside due to what appear to be irregularities in his expenses.Normally you might not expect the chief executive of a $125 billion company to have that sort of problem or, if he did, for it to become widely known.

August 6, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Google Wave's Goodbye as another one bites the dust (updated)

The Official Google Blog has just provided an Update on Google Wave that could be roughly translated as “It’s dead, Jim”. It won’t be developed any further, the team behind Wave will move on to do something productive, and users have until the end of the year to extract their data.

August 4, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Facebook starts to roll out Questions (beta)

Facebook users have always asked each other questions, and friends have quite often been good at answering them. But Facebook has something more ambitious in mind, and has now started rolling out a beta version of Facebook Questions.

July 28, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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US says it's OK to jailbreak an iPhone, and take excerpts from DVDs

Americans can now legally “jailbreak” their mobile phones, and take excerpts from protected DVDs for educational purposes, or to create non-commercial works for outlets such as YouTube. They can also legally circumvent copy protection on ebooks for the purpose of using “read aloud” features, and legally circumvent obsolete dongles in order to continue using protected software.

July 26, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Microsoft licenses ARM architecture

ARM has announced that Microsoft has “signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM architecture” which is widely used in mobile phones and other portable devices. These include Microsoft’s Zune media player and smartphones running Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7.

July 23, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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What happens when you combine face recognition, Facebook and Foursquare?

When you go to your local coffee shop, casino or other location, you can check in with a location-based game such as Foursquare. But in many cases, that process could be automated: your entrance will already have been observed by local CCTV cameras, including the ones that operate inside shops and government offices.

July 19, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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Too bad, America - the PC market is moving to Asia

Four of the world’s six biggest PC manufacturers are now Asian companies, with Acer and Asus representing Taiwan, Lenovo from China, and Toshiba from Japan. Hewlett-Packard still tops the list by number of units sold, and Dell is either second or third.

July 18, 2010 by Jack Schofield

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