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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

What is the LG G6’s 18:9 aspect ratio all about? – Gary explains

With the launch of the LG G6 we have a new phrase to add to our vocabularies, “18:9 aspect ratio”. What is an 18:9 aspect ratio? Let me explain.
by Gary Sims2 weeks ago15

OPPO to release F3 and F3 Plus with dual selfie camera feature

OPPO is preparing to release two new smartphones with dual selfie front facing cameras. Also confirmed is that the F3 Plus will have a larger screen than the F1 Plus.
by Gary Sims2 weeks ago7

Hands on with the UMIDIGI Z Pro

One of the lesser known releases from this year's MWC is certainly worth our attention. Here is a quick look at the UMIDIGI Z Pro!
by Gary Sims2 weeks ago4

AA interviews Qualcomm on 5G, Snapdragon 835, and more

We caught up with Qualcomm's Sherif Hanna here at MWC 2017 to talk about the improvements to 4G LTE, Gigabit LTE, 5G, and even the upcoming Snapdragon 835!
by Gary Sims3 weeks ago3
 
 

Hands-on with the Alcatel U5, A3, and A5 LED

Alcatel just took the wraps off of their affordable slate of smartphones. We go hands on and give you a quick look at the Alcatel U5, A3, and A5 LED!
by Gary Sims3 weeks ago2

Google shatters SHA-1, but don’t worry: the Internet is still working

Google has shown that it can create two files with the same SHA-1 hashes, bad news for SHA-1 itself, but don't worry the Internet is still working.
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago

What is in your smartphone? – Gary explains

We know about the exteriors of our phones, the design language and the build materials. But what about the insides? If you take one apart, what do you find?
by Gary Sims4 weeks ago2

What is virtual memory? – Gary explains

Before virtual reality and virtual currency there was virtual memory. Windows has it, iOS has it and so does Android. What is it and how does it work?
by Gary SimsFebruary 13, 20175

Why and how do OEMs cheat on benchmarking? – Gary explains

Benchmark cheating is back in the news, this time the culprits are OnePlus and Meizu. So why and how do OEMs cheat on benchmarking scores? Let me explain.
by Gary SimsFebruary 9, 201751

Force stop and clear cache – Gary explains

If you have a problem with an app you might need to do a "Force Stop" and "Clear Cache." But why does that help? What is "Force stop" and what is a cache?
by Gary SimsFebruary 4, 20179
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