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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: 
4 OS X Yosemite features we'd love to see in Windows: MailDrop, AirDrop, notification centre and more

Apple has just announced the latest update to OS X, called Yosemite. A few of the new features are already built into Windows 8.1, such as the…

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

If you’ve lost your Windows DVD, or you never had one, you can still reinstall Windows without it. Here’s how.

Review: 
ZTE Open C Firefox Phone review: £60 phone runs Mozilla Firefox OS but can't compete with budget Androids

The ZTE Open C is a £60 smartphone aimed at those on a tight budget upgrading from a feature phone. It runs the new Firefox OS, based on HTML 5.…

Review: 
Jabra Solemate Max review - a portable Bluetooth speaker that's big on price and lacking in bass

We really liked the original Solemate, which means the Max has big boots to fill. It's massive, but can the sound quality match expectations? Find…

Features: 
How to get mobile internet on your laptop: 3G and 4G dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering explained

Need to get online with your laptop when you're out of Wi-Fi coverage? Here's everything you need to know about dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering.

Video: 
VIDEO: Nokia Lumia 630 - a budget smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 630 is the first smartphone to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. It's a strong alternative to Android and iOS, but this budget handset…

News: 
Now you can use any music or radio app with Pure Jongo multiroom speaker thanks to Caskeid Bluetooth

With the introduction of Caskeid Bluetooth, you can now use your Pure Jongo multiroom speakers (see our Jongo S3 review) with any audio app,…

Features: 
How to format a hard drive in Windows Vista, 7 or 8: get ready for a fresh install

There are many reasons why you might want to format a hard drive, including a clean installation of Windows, to get rid of a virus or malware or…

Features: 
How to use the Samsung Gear Fit with a Google Nexus 5 or other non-Samsung Android smartphone

The Gear Fit, reviewed, is a great-looking fitness tracker and smart watch, but Samsung has restricted it to working with only 17 or so of its own…

Features: 
Windows users: how to protect your PC from Gameover ZeuS and Cryptolocker

The UK’s National Crime Agency along with the FBI, Europol and various tech firms have worked together to temporarily pause the attacks from the…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Review: 
Motorola Moto G 2014 review: the benchmark budget smartphone is now even better and has dual SIM slots

Yes, as our review (there's a link to it at the top) explains, the revised original Moto G has 4G LTE and a microSD slot. There are also dual-SIM…

Review: 
Motorola Moto G 2014 review: the benchmark budget smartphone is now even better and has dual SIM slots

For many people wanting a cheap Android phone, it won't matter. If you really need 4G, there's always the LTE version of the 'old' Moto G.

Review: 
Motorola Moto G 2014 review: the benchmark budget smartphone is now even better and has dual SIM slots

Yes, it does support OTG. I will update the review to mention that.

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

Since it seems to work for everyone else, I would suggest following the steps above to the letter. I'm not sure what you're missing out, but if…

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

You can have multiple custom ringtones, so I don't know why this is happening. Are you sure that you aren't accidentally removing the previous…

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

It needs to be the computer that you sync your phone with. The only exception - I think - is if you've chosen not to sync anything automatically…

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

The answer phone message is played by your mobile provider, not your iPhone. So, you would need to change your answer message by phoning them and…

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,…

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