Gary Sims(631 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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HTC forecasting bumpy start to 2013

by: Gary SimsFebruary 4, 2013
HTC Corp, the struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker, has revealed that it expects its revenue to be somewhere between flat to 17 percent lower when compared to the last quarter of 2012.
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iPad marketshare down to 43% due to intense Android competition

by: Gary SimsJanuary 31, 2013
The numbers are in for how many tablets where sold during the last quarter of 2012 and although Apple remains at the top, strong competition from companies selling Android based tablets means that Apple's Q4 market share decreased by nearly three percent.
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Google ready to give away over $3 million of rewards for Chrome OS hacks during Pwnium 3

by: Gary SimsJanuary 29, 2013
Google has launched its third Pwnium competition this time focusing on Chrome OS. For Pwnium 3 Google is prepared to give away up to $3.14159 million in prizes to any security researcher who can demonstrate a browser or system level compromise.
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One in three Android tablets in the USA is a Kindle Fire

by: Gary SimsJanuary 28, 2013
New data being published by mobile app analytics company Localytics shows that one third of all Android tablets in the USA are from Amazon. Also the company is claiming that the USA is the largest tablet market in the world with nearly 60% of all tablets made being sold in the States.
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Huawei, Sony and ZTE among top smartphone vendors in Q4

by: Gary SimsJanuary 25, 2013
The last three months of 2012 saw some radical shifts in the performance of smartphone makers with Huawei, Sony and ZTE all gaining and HTC falling. According to new data, Samsung and Apple remained the two biggest smartphone makers. However the surprises come in the next three spots in the top five.
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Can Jolla make it big in China as an Android alternative?

by: Gary SimsJanuary 25, 2013
How can Jolla, the company that was formed to take over the development of the MeeGo operating system, succeed with its Sailfish OS? It seems that Jolla is betting on China where there are still huge numbers of potential smartphone buyers.
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Could Google sell more tablets than Amazon in 2013?

by: Gary SimsJanuary 24, 2013
According to new forecasting data is estimated that there will be 172 million tablets sold in 2013. That is a 61% increase when compared to 2012 and equates to 470,000 tablets being sold per day.
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Google had revenues of $14.42 billion during Q4 2012, 94% of which came from advertising

by: Gary SimsJanuary 23, 2013
Google has released its financial results for the last three months of 2012, the search giant had revenues of $14.42 billion during the quarter, up by 36% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
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1Weather app adds tablet support with refined UI

by: Gary SimsJanuary 22, 2013
The popular free 1Weather app has just been updated with several new and interesting features. The app, which has over half a million installs, now fully supports tablets and sports a more refined user interface.
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Android programming for beginners series published on

by: Gary SimsJanuary 21, 2013
If you have ever had the desire to write an app for Android you should look at the tutorials which are being published on They cover the basics of Android programming and they are aimed at beginners.
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