Gary Sims(622 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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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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Google UK in £1bn property deal, set to move HQ in 2016

by: Gary SimsJanuary 18, 2013
Following the completion a £1bn property deal, Google will now build a seven and 11 story office complex on 2.4 acres of disused land behind King’s Cross Station. Once completed the search giant will moves its UK staff to the new site, probably sometime in 2016!
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Is the quad-core Ainol Novo7 Venus a cheaper alternative to Nexus 7?

by: Gary SimsJanuary 17, 2013
Ainol's latest 7 inch tablet is called the Novo 7 Venus. It features a quad-core ATM7029 1.5GHz CPU, a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash and dual cameras, VGA on the front and 2MP on the back.
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Oppo Find 5 set for January 29th release in China

by: Gary SimsJanuary 15, 2013
The Oppo Find 5 has an official retail date - January 29th 2013. The 16GB model of the 5-inch full HD smartphone will go on pre-order in China for 2,998 yuan ($485) on January 15th. It is expected that it will start shipping on the 29th.
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Google opens Chrome for Android Beta channel

by: Gary SimsJanuary 11, 2013
As part of its "release early, release often" philosophy, Google has now opened a Beta channel to allow it to release early versions of Chrome for Android. The new Android channel will allow keen users to try out new features before the official "stable" release.
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Wintermute to take on Siri and Google Now

by: Gary SimsJanuary 10, 2013
Nuance has unveiled its new project which it hopes will become a challenger to Siri and Google Now. The project, which is codenamed Wintermute - after the AI in William Gibson's novel Neuromancer, is a cross-platform, cloud-based virtual assistant.
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Swype Living Language uses crowdsourcing to add new words

by: Gary SimsJanuary 8, 2013
A new version of Swype is out and this one has a new feature called Living Language. Swype Living Language uses crowdsourcing to find new trending words and adds them to the keyboard's dictionary.
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HTC sees another bad quarter, will M7 change its fortunes?

by: Gary SimsJanuary 7, 2013
HTC has posted its financial results for Q4 2012. Before revealing the extent of HTC's fall from glory, it is worth pointing out that the company has made a profit, in fact it has made a profit which a lot of companies would dearly love to see, we are talking profits in the millions of dollars. Not revenue, but profit... millions of dollars of profit.
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Best antivirus apps for Android 2013

by: Gary SimsJanuary 4, 2013
It is definitely worth using anti-virus app for Android. There are a whole range of anti-virus and security products available, some are free, some are paid for, some are bad and some are great. Here is a round-up of some of the best.
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Samsung loses Apple A6X production to TSMC

by: Gary SimsJanuary 2, 2013
At the moment Samsung is responsible for making the ARM processors which power Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. Apple is seeking to find other suppliers and it looks like the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) will start trial production of Apple's latest CPU, the A6X, which powers the fourth generation iPad.
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