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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: 
Whats best for gaming: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Which OS is best for gaming? Windows 7 or Windows 8? There’s plenty of heated debate on the subject, but the answer is fairly straightforward.

Features: 
How to check your CPU temperature: use the free SpeedFan utility

We explain how to use the free SpeedFan utility to check your CPU temperature, as well as other temperatures in your PC and monitor fan speeds.

Features: 
PC sales are on the wane but the personal computer isn't dead.

People may be buying fewer laptops and desktops than ever before, but the humble PC certainly isn’t being ousted by the upstart tablet

Review: 
STM Impulse review: feature rich laptop bag

The STM Impulse offers good protection for a laptop, tablet and smartphone, but its price tag is pretty steep. Read our STM Impuslse laptop bag…

Review: 
Dicota BacPac Challenge review: a well-designed gadget bag

The Challenge is a well-designed gadget bag that will keep your laptop, tablet and smartphone safe. Read our Dicota BacPac Challenge review to…

Video: 
How to set any song as a ringtone on your iPhone

How to set any song as a ringtone on your iPhone.

Features: 
Top tips for making your laptop battery last longer

Here, we share our top tips for squeezing precious extra minutes out of your laptop battery including turning off Wi-Fi and changing Windows power…

Features: 
How to transfer photos from your camera to a laptop

How do you put pictures from your camera to your laptop? We explain step by step what you need to do.

Features: 
How to install SATA hard drive as a slave where the master is also SATA

Want to add storage to your PC using a second SATA hard drive, or install a new SSD and make your old SATA drive the 'slave'? We explain…

Features: 
How to keep your kids safe online and block websites

Here's where we show you how to keep your children safe online and block websites. The internet is stuffed full of great resources and activities…


 

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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Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

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