President Obama claims the US government invented the Internet so companies could profit from it. In fact, the US government mandated support for a rival networking system, OSI, and tried to avoid adopting the Internet's protocols
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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....
OMG has announced Autographer, a new life-logging camera that is basically an up-to-date version of the SenseCam invented by Lyndsay Williams at Microsoft Research. While that was developed for medical uses, the Autographer could be used for business or pleasure…
FixYa, the problem-solving website, has just published a report on the most common problems found with some big-name ultrabook designs.
Rumours of a mini version of Apple's popular iPad tablet have been circulating for months, but Taiwan's United Daily News reckons they are now entering mass production at Pegatron
Malwarebytes has established its reputation as a supplier of free anti-malware software to more than 150 million home PC users. Now it has announced its first Enterprise Edition.
Bill Moggridge came up with the clamshell format for the GRiD Compass laptop when attempting what seemed impossible in 1980: design a real computer that would fit in an executive briefcase
Today, one of Microsoft's Technical Fellows has published his second "geek lit" novel, Trojan Horse. It's a techno-thriller with educational value because it aims to get the technical details of global cyber-attacks right
At long last, Microsoft Windows 7 has overtaken the 11-year-old Windows XP on Netmarketshare's web-based tracking network, while Mac OS X is now a percentage point ahead of Vista. There are also new numbers for mobile operating systems and browsers.
Look out for Amazon announcing its new Kindle Fire 2 tablet at a press conference in Santa Monica, California, on 6 September. The launch could also feature a cheaper ad-supported Fire, and an illuminated version of the Kindle Touch.
Nikola Tesla has been neglected as an inventor, but The Oatmeal has helped raise more than $1 million to set up a Tesla museum in New York, and there are plans for two movies about his life.