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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 get OS X Yosemite now: paid or free - join Apple's open beta program

Can't wait until October? Here are a few ways you can try out the new features in OS X Yosemite right now.

Review: 
Group Gear USB charging plate review: get USB sockets in your wall

Fed up of a shortage of sockets and chargers to recharge your USB-powered gadgets? Group Gear has a novel solution: ditch the chargers and plug…

Features: 
iOS 9: 9 things we want to see in the next version

Apple has unveiled iOS 8, which includes a raft of improvements over iOS 7. However, it doesn’t address some of the criticisms we’ve levelled at…

Review: 
Archos Activity Tracker review: a budget fitness monitor that lacks features

This £50 monitor is a cross between the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit One, and is almost what we wish the Fitbit Flex had been. Here's our Archos…

News: 
Linux for cars: Automotive Grade Linux rivals CarPlay and Android Auto

Car tech is exploding right now: Apple and Google are getting in on a game that Microsoft has tried to conquer for a while: infotainment systems.…

Review: 
Power Jacket for iPhone 5C review

The Power Jacket is a combined battery and case for the iPhone 5c, available in four colours from Mobile Fun. Here's our Power Jacket for iPhone…

Features: 
How to buy the best digital camera: compact, bridge, CSC and DSLR explained

Choosing a digital camera is a tricky business. There hundreds of models to choose between and different types of camera to boot. Here we offer…

Features: 
How to wire an Ethernet wall socket: understand the two different wiring schemes

No matter how good Wi-Fi gets, in terms of range and throughput, you can’t beat good old-fashioned copper wire. It’s reliable and fast. Here we…

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

This ‘family-sized’ USB charger can charge three smartphones and two tablets at once from a single mains socket. Here’s our Inateck 5-port USB…

Features: 
My laptop wont boot: 6 tips for fixing a PC that won't start

If your laptop won’t start, don’t panic. Although the problem could be serious, it’s more likely that it’s an issue you can deal with yourself.…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

I don't have the figures, but I'd be surprised if that many people use a TV without HDMI ports as their main set and want to mirror their Android…

Features: 
How to install Windows 7 without the disc. Plus: How to find a lost Windows product key

Sorry about that. The article was updated without my knowledge, and no-one checked the links still worked. I have now updated it as Microsoft uses…

Review: 
Android L vs Android 4.4 KitKat comparison review: What's the difference?

Yes. Just don't update Android when you're prompted and given the choice.

Features: 
How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

A very good point. As far as I know, there is no way to do this if your TV doesn't have HDMI. You may be able to get around it by using an AV…

Features: 
Group test: what are the best headphones?

Obviously there are a lot of headphone brands, and we can't review every single one. However, you're right, we should track down some audio…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Quite. You don't expect features to be removed. I find it particularly frustrating when you allow apps to automatically update, only to find…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Ok, so it took a while, but we finally got a response (our contact was out of the office for three weeks). Unfortunately, it turns out that…

Features: 
Best free Windows software. Free alternatives to Photoshop, Office, Premiere Pro, Norton and more.

Well, someone's having a bad day... Yes, we know all about Mega and your suggestion that it could fold any minute is merely that. No-one should…

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

For the benefit of people reading these comments: SimpleTelly isn't free. It's $4 per month.

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

You don't need to sign in if you're using the Chrome or Firefox plugins, so which are you using? If it's the iOS one, that's not free: you get a 7…

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