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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Cloud services in retreat after MegaUpload strike

Cloud services in retreat after MegaUpload strike

The FBI and the American media industry bodies must be feeling good about their attack on the MegaUpload file-sharing site and the arrest in New Zealand of Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz. The action has prompted a string of rival file-sharing and "cyberlocker" sites to restrict or close down their services.

January 24, 2012 by in Tech Industry

Dell announces fast compact Alienware X51

Dell announces fast compact Alienware X51

Dell has launched a small console-style Alienware X51 that, while part of its games-oriented range, could appeal to other users who want an affordable, upgradeable Windows PC for video and graphics processing. It packs a full-size graphics card into a small box, and the options include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 5551 with a gigabyte of GDDR5 video memory.

January 18, 2012 by in Tech Industry

AMD Ultrathins to challenge Intel Ultrabooks

AMD Ultrathins to challenge Intel Ultrabooks

In June, AMD will launch a new platform codenamed Ultrathin to compete against Intel-based Ultrabooks, according to an unconfirmed report in Taiwan's Digitimes. It claims that systems based on AMD's Trinity platform will have "an overall cost 10-20 percent lower than that from Intel", and that manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Acer and Asus could place orders.

January 17, 2012 by in Tech Industry

BETT 2012 Awards: the winners in the education market

BETT 2012 Awards: the winners in the education market

We're just getting into the "awards season" with the Golden Globes, so it's a pity more isn't made of the BETT Awards for British education and technology training, which were announced at last week's BETT exhibition. Since this is a specialised field, of course, many awards go to companies and products that most people have never heard of.

January 16, 2012 by in Tech Industry

BETT 2012: Educational computing takes a stand

BETT 2012: Educational computing takes a stand

BETT 2012 is being held at Olympia this week, and visitors still have two days -- Friday and Saturday -- to visit what must be the UK's biggest and most varied technology trade show. One of the attractions is the number of companies showing very innovative but often low cost products.

January 12, 2012 by in Tech Industry

CES 2012: Sony launches Android Z1000 MP3 player

CES 2012: Sony launches Android Z1000 MP3 player

The market for MP3 players is a tough one, because it's dominated by Apple's iPod range, and also because it's a declining market, as more users opt to listen to music on their mobile phones. However, having produced a high-end Android smartphone in the shape of the Xperia S, Sony has followed up with the Android-based Z1000 touch-screen MP3 player, which was launched in September in Japan.

January 10, 2012 by in Tech Industry

CES 2012: free Ubuntu TV has service and revenue fees

CES 2012: free Ubuntu TV has service and revenue fees

As expected, Canonical showed a version of its Linux-based Ubuntu operating system for TV sets at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, along with an in-car entertainment system. Ubuntu TV sets could appear this year, to compete with Google TV sets running Android -- which so far have failed in the marketplace -- and the widely-predicted Apple TV.

January 9, 2012 by in Tech Industry

Can Ultrabooks push up laptop prices?

Can Ultrabooks push up laptop prices?

Ultrabooks are expected to make an impact at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, starting with an Intel pre-show press conference on January 9. Intel, which has trademarked the Ultrabook name, is hoping that the new platform will eventually make up about 40% of consumer laptop sales.

January 3, 2012 by in Tech Industry

IE9 makes gains on Windows 7

IE9 makes gains on Windows 7

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 could soon be the third most popular web browser, in spite of the fact that it's only available on Windows 7 and Vista. According to NetApplications figures for browser market shares, published today, IE9 now has 11.

January 1, 2012 by in Tech Industry

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