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Gary Sims

Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade. Prior to that, he had over 10 years of experience as a software engineer.

Gary's Posts

‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’: New CPU vulnerabilities affect most smartphones and computers

Fundamental vulnerabilities in CPU design expose billions of devices to malware and data theft. Here's what you need to know about Spectre and Meltdown.
by Gary Sims2 weeks ago

What is the Kirin 970’s NPU? – Gary explains

Huawei's Kirin 970 has a new component called the Neural Processing Unit, the NPU. Sounds fancy, but what is it and how does it work?
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago

Google adds support for Apple’s Swift programming language to Fuchsia

Google is adding Swift support to Fuchsia. Does that tell us more about Google's view of Swift or more about its plans for Fuchsia?
by Gary SimsNovember 21, 2017

Best wireless chargers – what are your choices?

If you have a phone that supports Qi wireless charging then you probably didn't get a wireless charger in the box. So, what wireless charger should you buy? Does it make a difference? ...
by Gary SimsNovember 21, 2017
 
 

Google and MediaTek will ship pre-tested, pre-certified builds of Android to OEMs

Google and MediaTek have teamed up to launch an Android conformance program to help OEMs make devices that come pre-installed with Google's Mobile Services.
by Gary SimsNovember 1, 2017

Arm’s new technologies make displays smarter and more efficient

Arm has just announced three new bits of display tech, aimed squarely at the smartphone market: the Mali-D71, the CoreLink MMU-600 and Assertive Display 5.
by Gary SimsNovember 1, 2017

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 SimsOctober 6, 2017

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 SimsOctober 2, 2017

What is a blockchain? – Gary Explains

If you have heard of Bitcoin then you have probably heard of the blockchain. But what is a blockchain? And how does it work? Please, let me expain.
by Gary SimsSeptember 29, 2017

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 SimsSeptember 29, 2017
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