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Gary Sims

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.

Gary's Posts

Display showdown: AMOLED vs LCD vs Retina vs Infinity Display

With Samsung's Infinity Display and the iPhone X's Super Retina HD making headlines, what do all these terms mean, and is AMOLED better than LCD?
by Gary Sims3 weeks ago

Why are Apple’s chips faster than Qualcomm’s? – Gary explains

The benchmark scores for the new Apple A11 Bionic SoC are very impressive. But why is Apple so far ahead of the competition?
by Gary Sims3 weeks ago

What is a blockchain? – Gary Explains

If you have heard of Bitcoin then you have probably heard of the blockchain. But what is it? And how does it work? Please, let me explain!
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago

Linux kernel long term support extended to 6 years for Project Treble

Android uses the Long Term Support branch of the Linux kernel, which had 2 years of support. Now the LTS kernel will be supported for 6 years.
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago
 
 

SDK invasion: The little known threat to your privacy on Android

The average number of 3rd party mobile SDKs in a Play Store app is over 17. But who is responsible for what these SDKs do? Is your privacy at risk?
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago

Huawei announces the Kirin 970 – new flagship SoC with AI capabilities

Huawei has officially unveiled the Kirin 970, the OEM's new flagship SoC that has built-in AI computing capabilities, i.e. a mobile AI computing platform.
by Gary SimsSeptember 2, 2017

Huawei is expected to launch the Kirin 970 tomorrow

Huawei is holding a keynote address on September 2nd at IFA, during which it will announce the OEM's next flagship System-on-a-Chip, the Kirin 970.
by Gary SimsSeptember 1, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat : Downloadable fonts and adaptive icons

Fonts aren't the most headline grabbing of subjects, but Google as introduced some important font related features to Android 8.0 and to Support Library 26.
by Gary SimsAugust 24, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 hardware has began to appear in some Android devices, however software support was lacking, but that has all changed with Android 8.0 Oreo.
by Gary SimsAugust 24, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Notifications

Notifications have received three major updates in Android 8.0 including notification dots and notification channels. See how it improves the Android platform.
by Gary SimsAugust 23, 2017
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