Gary Sims(710 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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Express VPN review

by: Gary SimsOctober 21, 2016
It seems to me that a week can't go by without there being some revelation or other connected with privacy. The solution is to use a VPN! Here is my full review of Express VPN.

How to build your own custom Android ROM

by: Gary SimsOctober 14, 2016
Since all the source code is available for Android you can build your own personalized firmware. Read on to find out how to build your own Android ROM.
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Actions on Google allows 3rd parties to integrate with Google Assistant

by: Gary SimsOctober 4, 2016
Google will expand its ecosystem via Actions on Google, a platform for 3rd parties to integrate with the Google Assistant.
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Why is Google building hardware? It’s all about AI

by: Gary SimsOctober 4, 2016
Google has started designing its own hardware as it predicts that the next big innovation is going to take place at the intersection of hardware and software, with AI at the center.

How does public key cryptography work? – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsOctober 4, 2016
How keys are distributed is vital to any encryption system. Find out how to do it with the Diffie–Hellman key exchange and using public-key cryptography.

Why the three laws of robotics won’t save us from Google’s AI – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsSeptember 29, 2016
The dangers of strong AI have been explored in dozens of movies and books, including the I, Robot series from Isaac Asimov, which gave us the three laws of robotics. But are they any good?

Huawei nova and nova plus review

by: Gary SimsSeptember 21, 2016
Huawei has two new mid-range smartphones: the nova and the nova plus. The nova is a 5.0 inch device with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. The nova plus is a 5.5 version with the same basic internals. Here is our full review of both devices.

How does encryption work? – Gary explains

by: Gary SimsSeptember 13, 2016
You probably use some form of encryption almost every day, and you probably don't even think about it. But what is it and how does it work?
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LG shows off some Nougat sweetness with cooking video shot on V20

by: Gary SimsAugust 29, 2016
In an attempt to keep the hype going about its newest phone, LG has released a video called "A taste of Android 7.0 Nougat".

Why Android 7.0 won’t officially come to Snapdragon 800/801 devices

by: Gary SimsAugust 27, 2016
We delve into the mystery surrounding why several devices with the Snapdragon 800 or 801 chipset will not be getting the Android 7.0 update.
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