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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: 
Could Windows go open source? Yes, but it won't happen any time soon

Will Windows go open source? Now that Microsoft "isn't a software company" any more, it's possible that at least some parts will become open…

Features: 
How to turn a song into a ringtone on your iPhone and how to get a custom text message tone

If you refuse to pay for an iPhone ringtone from the iTunes store, then why not create your own? It's easier than you think and takes mere…

Features: 
Is G2A safe? G2A.com sells PC game keys for Steam, Uplay and more. We explain why it's not a scam.

G2A is an online marketplace for game activation keys as well as Xbox Live and PSN credit. It seems too good to be true, so is G2A safe or a scam?…

Review: 
Google Nexus Player review: not a Chromecast beater, but Android TV shows promise

The Nexus Player is Google’s set-top media streamer and follows on from the best-selling Chromecast. It’s like Apple’s TV and Roku 3, but even…

Features: 
32 funny questions to ask Cortana: Windows Phone 8.1 can sing to you and tell jokes

Microsoft has a sense of humour and has programmed plenty of funny responses into Cortana. All you need to know is which questions to ask your…

Review: 
WLtoys V303 review: a poor man's DJI Phantom quadcopter

For those with limited funds, this drone has GPS, return-to-home and a barometer for under £200. It can even carry a gimbal and GoPro for great…

Features: 
How to enable 5GHz on your laptop: find out if your laptop supports 5GHz Wi-Fi

Some routers and laptops support 5GHz Wi-Fi and using it usually means a faster, better internet connection. Here's how to find out if your laptop…

Features: 
How to switch energy suppliers in 5 minutes using your smartphone

Switching energy suppliers for electricity and gas is easier than ever, meaning you can switch as regularly as you like in order to save money.…

Review: 
Bush MyTablet review: a tablet running full Windows for £99

Tablet prices have crashed to the point where you can even get a tablet running Windows for under £100, but should you? Read our Bush MyTablet…


 

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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Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

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Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

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New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...