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

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

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

Hermann Hauser backs computer museum for Cambridge

Hermann Hauser backs computer museum for Cambridge

Dr Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Acorn Computers, has become a patron of the Centre for Computing History, which hopes to open a computer museum in Cambridge in the spring. The CCH was started in Haverhill in 2006, and "is currently working towards accredited museum status".

December 12, 2011 by

Learn Windows Azure free on December 13

Learn Windows Azure free on December 13

Microsoft is holding a one-day "Learn Windows Azure" conference on its campus in Redmond on December 13. However, the day's events will also be webcast on Microsoft's Channel 9 for those who can't make it to Seattle.

December 12, 2011 by

BT will offer 300Mbps broadband in 2012

BT will offer 300Mbps broadband in 2012

BT Group's Openreach says the speed of its mainstream fibre connection -- currently the "up to 40Mbps" sold as BT Infinity -- "will roughly double in 2012". However, some users could do even better.

December 12, 2011 by

Intel's infographic Christmas tree - in a single image

Intel's infographic Christmas tree - in a single image

Intel UK has produced an infographic to show how it is contributing to Christmas. Its microprocessors are used for a variety of tasks, such as rendering movies, running web servers, and even powering the supercomputers that enabled Procter & Gamble to "optimize the aerodynamics of their potato crisps".

December 9, 2011 by

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

BBC's Domesday is reloaded in giant multitouch format

BBC's Domesday is reloaded in giant multitouch format

The BBC's 25-year-old Domesday project been brought back to life at Bletchley Park. At a press conference today, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) unveiled one of two working examples of a new touch-based version, which includes information updated to 2011.

December 7, 2011 by