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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: 
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.…

Review: 
Fotor for Windows 8 review: a fast and fun way to edit photos whether or not you have a touchscreen

Designed for touchscreens, this basic photo editing app costs nothing and lets you apply effects to spruce up your snaps. Here's our Fotor for…

Features: 
How to sort lists in Microsoft Word: alphabetically and numerically

Don’t waste time manually sorting lists in your Word documents. Word has some reasonably powerful sorting tools like those in Excel, and it can…

Features: 
How to get Google Play on your iPhone and iPad: Movies & TV come to Apple

Google has launched its Movies & TV app on iOS, but it’s not without its restrictions. Here’s how to get Google Play on your iPhone and iPad.

Video: 
Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 video review: flawed but still a great budget Android tablet

Is this the new benchmark in budget Android tablets? Almost. Watch our video review to find out if you should buy the new Advent Vega Tegra Note 7

Features: 
How to play AVI files in Windows: fix video playback problems

Windows Media Player should play .AVI files by default, but a variety of factors from installing other media players to Windows updates can cause…

Review: 
Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review: a powerful budget Android tablet

With performance to rival an iPad Air, this budget Android tablet punches well above its weight. It's by no means perfect, but it's a tempting…

Features: 
How to change the channel your Wi-Fi router uses

If you find your home Wi-Fi connection is slow or drops out, it's worth changing the channel your router uses: it will likely fix the problem.…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I should have cropped the address bar out of the screenshot as it's misleading. I took that screenshot when I'd temporarily unzipped the files in…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

This is one of the big benefits of buying a Google device... or another device which basically uses plain Android such as the Moto G.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

We've had no issues with connecting to our Wi-Fi hotspot here, but as the warning says: this is still beta, unfinished, unstable software. The…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, this is not rooting. (I've done more research so I know for sure now). Unlocking the bootloader is merely turning off the 'security flag' so…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, it looks as if you'll have to either flash back to the official KitKat image, or download the final Lollipop one and install it the same way…

Comment: 
CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Ultra

This isn't a review! It's our download section. Have you seen our comparison review with Adobe Premiere Elements 13? http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/rev...

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I suppose you could technically call this rooting, but all you're doing (if you follow the guide) is installing the official Google developer…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

If you make sure that the files are extracted into the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (leave the zip file alone), then flash-all should work just…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

Not a stupid question at all. In fact, I don't know the answer as this is the first time I've installed an Android preview version.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

The 5.0 Lollipop SDK will be available in a few hours, but yes, this article was from July. Only the title was updated, and I've now added a…

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