Gary Sims(673 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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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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Google receives delivery of Nexus 4 phones in the UK, now back in stock

by: Gary SimsMarch 20, 2013
There is some good news for those of you in the UK who have been trying to get your hands on a Nexus 4. Google has taken delivery of a new batch of the phones and they are now officially in stock. According to the Google Play store delivery is now 3 to 5 days.
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iPhone clearly not dead yet as Android growth stalls

by: Gary SimsMarch 19, 2013
According to recent web browsing data Android's worldwide market share remained flat at 36.9% while Apple's iOS grew from 23.26%, in December, to 27.21% in February.
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Mobile chip company ST-Ericsson shutting down, Ericsson to keep 4G chips

by: Gary SimsMarch 18, 2013
The mobile chip company ST-Ericsson, which was a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, is to close with some 1,600 employees losing their jobs.
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Review: FAVI SmartStick brings Android to your TV, supports Netflix, HBO, YouTube and more

by: Gary SimsMarch 15, 2013

I took delivery of my new SmartStick, from American company FAVI Entertainment, just a few days ago and to be honest I was expecting to see yet another run-of-the-mill Android mini computer that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV… I couldn’t have been more wrong! On the outside the FAVI SmartStick looks a lot like other Android mini computers, an over-sized flash drive but with a HDMI connector at the end. The build quality is excellent and the device doesn’t creak or groan when handled (often a sure sign of cheap plastic and bad manufacturing). The real surprise, however, comes when you switch it on… but I am getting ahead of myself.

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Samsung’s unpacked 2013 crew dance their way into Times Square

by: Gary SimsMarch 12, 2013
Samsung is building hype for the Galaxy S4 launch event and that hype building includes dancers in Times Square!
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