Gary Sims(678 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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Google hopes that one day Android phones will use weather info when taking photos

by: Gary SimsMarch 29, 2013
Almost all digital cameras can be configured for different light conditions, but Google wants to go one step further and calculate this setting by cross referencing your current location with the weather forecast.
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iFixit pries open HTC One to reveal its aluminum unibody

by: Gary SimsMarch 29, 2013
There are those that like using smartphones and there are those that like taking them apart! The iFixit team falls into the latter category and this time they have the HTC One in their sights.
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Testing the $275, 5.8 inch, 720p Mithril Android smartphone

by: Gary SimsMarch 27, 2013
An in-depth review of the 5.8 inch "Mithril" Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean smartphone. It has a 720p display, a 12MP camera and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core CPU.
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Duck Retro Hunt shoots its way into the Play Store

by: Gary SimsMarch 27, 2013
Retro gaming is proving to be big on Android and there are a plethora of games which emphasize 8 bit graphics and retro game play. Here is a new app that harkens back to the classic Nintendo Duck Hunt game but with added support for gyroscope controls and augmented reality!
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SEGA to release original Sonic the Hedgehog game for Android soon

by: Gary SimsMarch 27, 2013
SEGA has announced at the 2013 Game Developers Conference that it will be releasing the original Sonic the Hedgehog game for Android. The game isn't just a simple port but a complete re-work of the 90's classic including Time Attack modes and a remastered soundtrack.
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Nokia not happy with Google for trying to force VP8 codec on the world

by: Gary SimsMarch 27, 2013
Google has been pushing its VP8 codec for a couple of years now. The codec is used in the royalty-free WebM format that is designed for use with HTML5 video. However, Nokia isn't too happy that Google is getting all the attention and has decided to start making some noise.
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4G providers tell the White House that it can’t force them to follow government security guidelines

by: Gary SimsMarch 26, 2013

Some of the biggest names in American telecommunications, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Comcast and Microsoft, have released an inconclusive report about how the US government should enforce (by law if necessary) cyber security controls in the communications sector. The working group, which was set up to advise the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), reported that there was no consensus within the committee regarding the extent to which the government should “encourage” the communications industry to use the so-called “20 Controls.”

The 20 controls is a list of practices that all infrastructure and utility companies (including electricity, [...]

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Founder of CyanogenMod leaves Samsung, praises Galaxy S4

by: Gary SimsMarch 25, 2013
Steve Kondik, the founder of the alternative Android firmware CyanogenMod, has left his job at Samsung.
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After 33 years, Pac-Man is now free!

by: Gary SimsMarch 25, 2013
It only took 33 years, but at long last Pac-Man, the classic video game which was first launched as an arcade machine game in 1980, is free to play on Android. The game's owners Namco have made Pac-Man + Tournaments free on Google Play.
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NVIDIA working on driver assistance technologies using a Tegra CPU and a Kepler class GPU

by: Gary SimsMarch 25, 2013
NVIDIA has big plans beyond in-car entertainment systems. It has announced a new development platform called Jetson which is designed to allow manufacturers to add new driver assistance technologies into future cars.
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