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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim is Editor of PC Advisor and has been testing and reviewing both hardware and software for 15 years. These days his specialities include tablets, smartphones and gadgets as well as writing and commissioning reviews, features and tutorials. Jim is also a proud dad, drinker (and brewer) of real ale and ardent motorsport fan.


 

Articles by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to increase the idle time in Windows 8: stop screen turning off and prevent sleep mode

By default, Windows 8 is set to save power which means your PC screen turns off rather quickly. Here’s how to increase the idle time and stop your…

Features: 
The 7 best CSC: the best sub-£500 compact system cameras you can buy in 2014

Here's where we bring to you 2014's 7 best compact system cameras available to buy in the UK for less than £500.

Features: 
Archos Weather Station: hands-on first look

Archos expands its Internet Of Things range with the Weather Station along with an optional Soil Sensor to monitor your favourite plant.

Features: 
Honestly, youll love Windows 8.1: Microsoft's desperate attempt to woo laptop and tablet buyers

Microsoft's latest advertising campaign is almost an admission it made a mistake with Windows 8's new interface.

Features: 
How to clean a laptop fan: make it run quieter and cooler

Laptops rely on small fans to keep cool, but it's all to easy for them to get clogged up with dust and dirt. Here's how to clean them.

Review: 
Parrot Asteroid Smart review: an Android infotainment system to make your dumb car smart

Want a modern infotainment system without having to buy a new car? The Asteroid Smart lets you do just that. Here’s our Parrot Asteroid Smart review.

Review: 
Wahoo Kickr review: an iPhone-powered bike trainer

The Kickr is unlike most bike trainers as it uses your iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to control your training sessions. Find out more in our Wahoo Kickr…

Features: 
What is the ideal CPU temperature: how to check if your processor is too hot

We explain the acceptable temperature range for CPUs in laptops and PCs, and how you can monitor your processor to check if it’s getting too hot.

Review: 
Jawbone Up review: an easy-to-use activity tracker that lacks a display and wireless synching

Simple to use and easy to understand, the Up seems like a good fitness tracker, but it's let down by a lack of a display and a relatively high…

Review: 
Fitbit One review: a great activity tracker at a sensible price

If you need some motivation to get active, the Fitbit One will do the job. It tracks your steps, sleep and calories – all for a sensible price.…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPod touch

It depends on the app you're using to download the video. Make sure that you change the quality of the video BEFORE you download it. If there's no…

Features: 
How to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPod touch

These apps (not just this one) are sandboxed, which means they can't save videos - music or otherwise - to the native iPhone or iPad apps. So,…

Features: 
How to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPod touch

It won't use your mobile data if you download the video over Wi-Fi first. That's really the whole point of this article!

Features: 
How to play YouTube in the background on iPhone and iPad in iOS6

Now answered in the updated article above!

Features: 
Top 5 Android tips and tricks for smartphones and tablets

Sorry to hear it. I've never had a problem with Special Delivery. Windows Phone is getting much better. Only this morning Fitbit announced its…

Features: 
Top 5 Android tips and tricks for smartphones and tablets

That's not good at all. If it's a hardware issue, then I would expect Motorola to replace the handset under warranty, especially as the repair has…

Features: 
Top 5 Android tips and tricks for smartphones and tablets

What are the problems you've had? Our own Moto G has been running fine, so we weren't aware of any problems. I can see from Google that there are…

Review: 
Inateck 5-port USB charger review: charge three smartphones and two tablets at once

Hi Cora, thanks for the question. I haven't heard of this company, but if I can find some contact details and get them to send one over, I'll…

Features: 
Best free programs to for Windows 8: personalise Windows 8 with these cool free programs

But then you won't be able to sync an iPhone. One decent reason to stick with Windows for any iPhone (or iPad owner).

Features: 
Best free programs to for Windows 8: personalise Windows 8 with these cool free programs

You've got the wrong end of the stick. This article isn't about upgrading to Windows 8. It's about living with a new laptop or PC that comes with…

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