Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
Steven Zimmerman

Steven grew up wishing he could take the internet everywhere with him. His first smartphone was an HTC Legend, and he's been tinkering and playing with Android ever since. With a background in accounting, he strives to bring a unique perspective to the tech journalism world.

Intel’s Recent Radio Activity Could Lead to a Rematch for x86 on Android

Earlier this year, Intel drastically cut their mobile product line, dropping SoFIA and Broxton from their roadmap completely. At the same time, Intel also reduced their work on porting new versions of Android to x86 processors, leading many to suspect that Intel was pulling out of the Android phone space completely, with their attempts to...

Geekbench CEO Fireside Chat pt.3: Performance Variance on Android, Upcoming Device Leaks on Databases & Apple Chipsets

Geekbench 4 just released, and it has been making waves in the tech industry. It shows substantial improvements over Geekbench 3, and has seen a highly favourable reception. The new version of Geekbench has resulted in a considerable shakeup of where devices rank in relation to each other. We've seen Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips fall, and ARM-based designs rise,...

A Look Back at AMD’s History and Future in the Mobile Market

Ten years ago, AMD bought Canadian GPU manufacturer ATI Technologies, in an attempt to expand their portfolio, and to work towards integrated systems like we are seeing with their Fusion APUs (not to be confused with the other just announced Fusion chip), and with mobile SoCs today. Shortly after the acquisition, they sold off some...

Geekbench CEO Fireside Chat pt.2: OEMs Cheating on Benchmarks, Custom Cores, and Honest Manufacturers

Geekbench 4 just released, and it has been making waves in the tech industry. It shows substantial improvements over Geekbench 3, and has seen a highly favourable reception. The new version of Geekbench has resulted in a considerable shakeup of where devices rank in relation to each other. We've seen Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips fall, and ARM-based designs rise,...

Geekbench CEO Fireside Chat pt.1: How 64-bit Shook Mobile, Throttling and Scores, How to Design a Benchmark and More!

Geekbench 4 just released, and it has been making waves in the tech industry. It shows substantial improvements over Geekbench 3, and has seen a highly favourable reception. The new version of Geekbench has resulted in a considerable shakeup of where devices rank in relation to each other. We've seen Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips fall, and ARM-based designs rise,...

Geekbench 4: How The Processor Ranking Changed Under the New, More Accurate Benchmark

Geekbench 4 has been released, and we’ve seen a bit of a rebalancing of scores. Some chips have seen their scores rise, while others have fallen drastically. With Geekbench 4, Primate Labs have attempted to create the most accurate version of Geekbench yet, and they seem to have done a fantastic job. All across the...

Samsung misses their S7 Vulkan Deadline, but Finally adds Support

Back in February, Samsung made a big deal about the gaming performance of their new Galaxy S7 smartphone. One of the key features of the S7 that they were showcasing was that it would be the first smartphone to support the Vulkan API. Samsung representatives talked extensively at the time about how Vulkan support would allow...

Opera’s Security Breach Highlights a Problem with Proprietary Password Managers

Last night, Opera Software reported a security breach affecting all users of their web browser’s built in password manager. 1.7 million users had both their synchronized passwords and their authentication passwords leaked. Opera, to their credit, appears to be acting relatively swiftly to notify their users, sending out emails to users of its sync service and...

25 Years of Linux and the GPL, and How Android Benefits

Happy Birthday to Linux. It’s been 25 years since Linux was first announced. It started from very humble beginnings, with Linus Torvalds describing it as “just a hobby, [that] won't be big and professional like gnu”, but it has grown into being the world’s largest open source project and the most commonly used Operating System...

[UPDATE: Response from HTC] HTC Breaks One A9’s 15-Day Update Promise on the Phone’s First Major Update

Today, HTC announced their planned update schedule for Android 7.0 Nougat. The HTC 10 will be getting the update in Q4, and the HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 will be getting it afterwards. It’s always fantastic when an OEM is clear, concise, and communicative about their planned update schedule. That communication is a big part...

Gorilla Glass 5 and Shattered Expectations: Revisiting Old Solutions to Current Problems

Update: There was an issue with JerryRigEverything's initial scratch test which has since been corrected. The Note 7 is scratching at a Mohs of 6 like Corning stated, however that still is lower than the Mohs hardness of 7 that is recommended for watches and jewelry, meaning that the point of this article still stands. The...