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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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

Suppliers gearing up for Apple TV launch in 2012

Suppliers gearing up for Apple TV launch in 2012

While Apple is famous for the secrecy in which it develops new products, their manufacture involves hundreds of Asian parts suppliers, who can be a valuable -- if not always reliable -- source of information. These suppliers are currently gearing up for the launch of Apple's 32- and 37-inch television sets in time for the 2012 holiday sales season, according to reports in Taiwan's Digitimes.

December 28, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Boxing Day was the UK's top online shopping day

Boxing Day was the UK's top online shopping day

Boxing Day 2011 broke previous records to become the UK's best ever day for online shopping, according to Experian Hitwise monitoring. "Online retail websites received an astonishing 96 million UK Internet visits yesterday, 40 percent more than on Boxing Day last year (68 million visits)," said the company.

December 27, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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