Gary Sims(696 posts)

Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems.He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.




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What is a GPU and how does it work? – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsMay 24, 2016
For many people GPUs are shrouded in mystery. You might know they have something to do with 3D gaming, but beyond that maybe you don't really understand what is going on. So let's take a peek and see what is behind the curtain.
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Google releases Android Studio 2.2 Preview with a new layout designer

by: Gary SimsMay 19, 2016
At Google I/O 2016 the search giant has released a preview of Android Studio 2.2 with a new layout designer, the constraint layout, and much more.
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ARM makes mobile test chip based on TSMC’s 10nm FinFET

by: Gary SimsMay 18, 2016
ARM has announced that it is making a multi-core, 64-bit ARM v8-A processor test chip using TSMC's 10nm FinFET process technology.
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High capacity microSD cards and Android – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsMay 9, 2016
If you have a smartphone that includes a microSD card slot then you are likely to ask, 'what is the highest capacity card that I can use on my phone?' Unfortunately the answer isn't as simple as you might think.
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Java vs C app performance – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsMay 3, 2016
Java is the official language of Android, but you can also write apps in C or C++ using the NDK. But which language is faster on Android?
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VOOC fast charging – everything you need to know

by: Gary SimsApril 23, 2016
OPPO takes fast charging seriously. Rather than using an off-the-shelf fast charging system, the company has designed and developed its own, known as VOOC. Let's take a deeper look.
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Huawei P9 review

by: Gary SimsApril 22, 2016
The Huawei P9 with its co-engineered Leica camera setup could be one of the best smartphones Huawei has released to date? Let's find out in our P9 review.
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Processes and threads – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsApril 12, 2016
You are probably accustomed to the idea that your smartphone can run more than one app at a time. But the question is, how does Android manage to do it?
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OPPO F1 Plus review

by: Gary SimsApril 11, 2016
The OPPO F1 Plus has a 16MP front facing selfie camera, 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, an octa-core 64-bit processor, and a 2850mAh battery all squeezed into a sleek 6.6mm thin body. Here is my full review.
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What is cache memory – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsApril 7, 2016
SoC designers have a problem: RAM is slow and it can't keep up with the CPU. The workaround is known as cache memory. If you want to know all about cache memory then read on!
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