Kim Dotcom turned the launch of a small, buggy, not-very-original New Zealand website into a huge global media event, but he couldn't have done it without the help of the US justice system and the FBI.
News and comment on what's happening in the technology industry, and the direction it's heading.
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....
Kim Dotcom, whose MegaUpload cyberlocker service was closed down at the instigation of the US government, has launched a new privacy-oriented service from his New Zealand mansion.
More than 4,000 police officers and detectives in Northern Ireland are now using Anoto digital pens to take witness statements and record information at crime scene investigations, which saves lots of time getting the data online.
Lenovo, Panasonic, Asus and Sony have all unveiled large screen PCs that can benefit from Windows 8's tablet features to work in a horizontal position as 'tables' much like Microsoft's original Surface, but dramatically cheaper
Americans still dominate the upper reaches of the Twittersphere, but techies and bloggers now represent only a small proportion of the user base. Pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber now lead the way, but they are not far ahead of Chinese stars on Sina Weibo.
China produced more than a billion mobile phones in the first 11 months of 2012, according to MIIT. Its table also includes production numbers for PCs, TVs, cameras and other devices, but not tablets….
FixYa, the problem-solving website, has just published a report on buyers' most common complaints about four of the most popular 7-inch tablets from Apple, Google, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
With booming and much-hyped markets for smartphones and tablets, you might think the chip industry would be doing well. It isn't. Gartner reckons semiconductor revenues will fall by 3 percent this year as PC production falls by 2.5 percent.
Samsung has increased its lead over Apple in the market for "smart connected devices", which includes PCs, tablets and smartphones, says IDC, while smartphones will take two thirds of this device market by 2016.
Bragging about millions of results is a long-standing feature of Google Search, but it has no practical benefits, because it will never, ever show you more than a thousand. It's time for Google's estimates to stop being out by perhaps 99.9999 percent.