|Type of site||technology tabloid|
|Owner||Incisive Media Ltd.|
|Created by||Mike Magee|
|Alexa rank||14,113 (April 2014[update])|
The Inquirer is a British technology tabloid website founded by Mike Magee after his departure from The Register (of which he was one of the founding members) in 2001. In 2006 the site was acquired by Dutch publisher Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen (VNU). Mike Magee later left The Inquirer in February, 2008 to work on the IT Examiner.
Historically, the magazine was entirely Internet-based with its journalists living all over the world and filing copy online, though in recent years it has been edited from Incisive Media's offices in London.
Although traditionally a 'red top', under Incisive Media it has put more weight behind its journalism, reducing the number of jibes at companies and instead moved towards sponsored online debates in association with high profile organisations, most recently, Intel.
Sony Laptop Battery Scandal
In 2006 The Inquirer reported laptop battery problems that affected Dell, Sony and Apple as of September 2006, with rumours of problems at Toshiba and Lenovo. In June 2006, The Inquirer published photographs of a Dell notebook PC bursting into flames at a conference in Japan; The New York Times, and others, reprinted The Inquirer's photographs. The Inquirer was also the first publication to report Dell's subsequent decision to recall all 4.1 million of the faulty batteries, according to BusinessWeek.
The Inquirer''s successful reporting of the story relied on information supplied by readers and later by a confidential source at Dell. "I attribute being on top of the story to old-fashioned print journalism standards — cultivating, and, if you'll excuse the pun, not burning such contacts," The Inquirer's founder, Mike Magee, told BusinessWeek.
ATI Intel front side bus license revocation
On 24 July 2006, The Inquirer wrote that, in response to AMD's announced intent to purchase ATI, "ATI had its chipset license pulled, or at least not renewed by Intel." ATI responded by stating that its license had not been revoked and that they continue to ship Intel chipsets under license. On 23 August 2006, ATI showed its chipset roadmap to motherboard vendors which showed that next-generation chipsets for the Intel platform are cancelled. On 1 March 2007, AMD said that they would continue developing chipsets for Intel platforms.
Windows 10 Technical Preview Eavesdropping
Ed Bott, writing for ZDNet accused the site of being "a tech tabloid known for its breathless headlines and factually challenged prose" and said of writer Chris Merriman, "there’s little evidence that the author has enough background in computer science or security to tell a keylogger from a key lime pie."
In true Inquirer fashion, Chris Merriman responded by turning the quote into his Twitter biography.
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- "All journalism will be Indian journalism one day". The Inquirer. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2006.
- "The Effect of the Internet of Things on User Privacy: Part 1". Intel. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference". The Inquirer. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
- "The Battery Recall: A Win for the Web". BusinessWeek. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
- "Intel pulls ATI bus licence". The Inquirer. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2006.
- "AMD & ATI Answers to Rumormongering". H Enthusiast. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2006.
- "News - Thursday, August 28, 2008". www.xbitlabs.com. Archived from the original on 2006-08-23.
- "AMD keeping open platform strategy: Q&A with sales and marketing vice president Jochen Polster". DigiTimes. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2007.
- "Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview has permission to watch your every move". The Inquirer. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Windows 10: You've Got Questions, I've Got Answers". ZDNet. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Chris Merriman's Twitter Profile". Twitter. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.