Jack Schofield

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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....

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Microsoft to drop Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Microsoft to drop Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Microsoft has announced that it will stop giving the annual opening keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) after the next event in January 2012, and that it will no longer have its usual massive "booth". Corporate communications officer Frank Shaw said "our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing".

December 21, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Cameraphones drive online photo-sharing

Cameraphones drive online photo-sharing

Cameraphones are now the main way that consumers share photos, rather than by email, according to a survey of 2,000 British and American consumers by Futuresource Consulting. The results are frequently viewed on a laptop or netbook PC by UK consumers, though "consumers in the USA tend to use the desktop PC," the company says.

December 20, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Microsoft cloud meets EU data protection standards

Microsoft cloud meets EU data protection standards

Microsoft has announced that its Office 365 cloud-based service now includes support for the European Commission's "Model Clauses", which safeguard personal data even if it is stored in a data centre located outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Concerns about data protection may have slowed the adoption of cloud services, particularly by large companies, and have recently become a competitive weapon in the battle between local and global cloud suppliers.

December 14, 2011 by in Tech Industry

BBC's multitouch Domesday table developed by eMoot

BBC's multitouch Domesday table developed by eMoot

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) held a press conference at Bletchley Park yesterday to unveil one of only two working examples of a new touch-based version of the 25-year-old BBC Domesday system. The focus was on the content and its history, with very few technical details being provided.

December 8, 2011 by in Tech Industry