James Bruce

Joined November 2010

Proud new Dad, James is obsessive about his Arduino and Oculus Rift.

DIY Projects Editor, Product Reviews Editor and Lead Developer

Feel free to contact at jamesbruce@makeuseof.com

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Philips Hue Starter Kit Review and Giveaway

8th December, 2014

The market is flooded by bulbs with wifi, all with their own silly mobile app that you need to fuss around with to turn them on. Is the Hue any different? We find out.


5 Best Demos to Show Oculus Rift Newbies

4th December, 2014

The final version is still many months away, but there’s now thousands of high resolution second generation Oculus Rift developer kits in the hands of VR enthusiasts, and the march of Oculus releases continues along at an astonishing pace. The Oculus Rift is a crowd pleaser, so if you’re planning on demoing it to your friends […]


The Best WordPress Plugins

3rd December, 2014

WordPress is the most widely used and adaptable content management system out there, but you’re probably going to want some plugins to make it just right for your needs. Here, I’ve collated what I think are the best plugins – both from experience, and community recommendations. Remember though, the more plugins you install, the slower […]


Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway]

18th November, 2014

Love Plex? You’ll love a Plex Pass even more. With new and exclusive features only for Plex Pass holders, it’s the best way to support development of the best media centre app around.

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HUB IT USB3 Charger Review and Giveaway

10th November, 2014

HUB IT is a modular USB3 hub and charger which takes a fresh approach and is full of potential. Unlike traditional chargers which will simply provide the USB ports with a bring-your-own-cables policy, HUB IT have created a line of enclosed modules that cater for all smartphones, as well as some more obscure devices like Nintendo […]

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How To Make Your Own Retro 8-Bit Accessories

9th November, 2014

Haven’t you heard? 8-bit is the new black.


5 Oculus Rift Gaming Experiences That Will Blow You Away

7th November, 2014

Now that the second generation of Oculus Rift development kit is out and in the hands of developers the world over, let’s look at some of the best stuff that’s hit the Rift so far.

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Parrot Jumping Sumo Mini-Drone Review and Giveaway

30th October, 2014

Today, we take a look at the Jumping Sumo, a $160 Wi-Fi-controlled self-balancing two-wheeled drone with a wide-angle camera.

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Probox2 EX Android TV Box Review and Giveaway

20th October, 2014

Android boxes designed for connecting to a TV have been around for ages – the Probox2 EX is the latest and most powerful model in the market.


I Make $2000 A Year Selling My Personal Information, You Can Too

20th October, 2014

Don’t be one of those suckers that sells their information for nothing!


Futuristic Halloween Costumes That Will Blow Their Minds

17th October, 2014

Zombies are boring, Vampires suck, and witches are so passĂ©. If you’re looking for a costume this Halloween which goes beyond the normal, check out some of these futuristic delights.


How to Build a Cloud Lamp with Sound Reactive Lightning

9th October, 2014

A few months back, a $3000 thunder and lightning mood lamp went viral in the maker community. What we’ll make today isn’t exactly the same – we’re making something more practical.


The (Latecomer) Beginner’s Guide To Minecraft

24th September, 2014

If you’re late to the party though, don’t worry – this extensive beginner’s guide has you covered.

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Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Review and Giveaway

23rd September, 2014

It’s been a year since the first Oculus Rift Development Kit was released, and it’s safe to say the world of gaming will never be the same again


4 DIY Geeky Drink Recipes To Get Your Buzz On

15th September, 2014

As a writer, developer and all-round geek, I’m of the opinion that my best work is done while thoroughly off my head.