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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer and Hardware Reviews Editor / Joined 12 November, 2010

James has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence, and is CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. He's the lead developer of MakeUseOf, and spends his free time playing VR paintball and boardgames. He's been building PCs since he was a kid.

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How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]

Mac

How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]

Now that our little Technophilia Podcast has amassed over 500 weekly listeners (guys, we love you), we’ve been looking for ways to interacts with listeners in real-time while we record live. That’s no easy task. We’ve been experimenting with just a chatroom, but without a live audio broadcast too it’s not very compelling for people to participate. So today, I’m going to share an easy way to broadcast your Skype audio (both yours and your co-hosts) to a Mixlr stage.

02-11-2012
How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

Web Culture

60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

The humble barcode – named for its ability to encode information in a series of machine readable bars (or lines) – began its life in 1948. Nowadays all manner and style of barcodes exist, so let’s take a quick look down memory lane and see how the barcode has evolved over the years, and how they work.

31-10-2012
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]
4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad

iPhone and iPad

4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad

I know, MakeUseOf provides you with more than enough quality reading material, but what if you’re after something other than fantastic technology tutorials and app reviews? I think we all have those moments of thinking “I wish I could get some design inspiration for my new living room”, or “how about some light reading material about manly things?” – don’t we? Well, it turns out that your iPad is the perfect size for reading magazines.

28-10-2012
4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad
Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]

Mac Windows

Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]

If your iTunes collection is measured in the thousands rather than hundreds, you’ll no doubt understand the need to keep it under control. The best way to do this is to correctly classify tracks, make sure things are named correctly, and avoid duplications and variation on artists or album names. Setting the correct metadata manually for thousands of songs is quite a formidable task. TuneUp makes a bold promise to do this task for you with only minimal supervision.

25-10-2012
Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]
3D TVs: What They Are, How They Work, & What Can They Show In 3D? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

3D TVs: What They Are, How They Work, & What Can They Show In 3D? [MakeUseOf Explains]

If you’re in the market for a new TV, chances are it’s going to be 3D – not because you particularly want one that can do 3D, but simply becuase 3DTVs typically have better displays than their plain HDTV equivalent. Today I’d like to explain about the different types of 3DTV as well as touch on some confusion that surrounds them.

24-10-2012
3D TVs: What They Are, How They Work, & What Can They Show In 3D? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]

Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]

With privacy on the Internet becoming an increasingly difficult to obtain commodity, and more governments beginning to censor politically sensitive websites or bow to the whims of the recording industry, having a VPN on hand has never been more useful. There are hundreds of VPN providers though, so today we’re going to take a comprehensive look at proXPN, a service with both free and cost-effective premium plans that we can all make use of in our Internet travels.

22-10-2012
Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

DIY Internet

6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

Over the years I’ve organised some pretty awesome parties and even entire summer camps. I like to think I know how to throw a cool party, and technology always plays a part of that. Here’s 6 essential bits of technology to MakeUseOf at your Halloween party!

21-10-2012
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party
Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog

Wordpress & Web Development

Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog

MakeUseOf serves hundreds of thousands of visitors everyday, and we do it all on Wordpress. Wordpress can and does scale from tens to millions of pageviews, but you’re going to need some heavyweight plugins and strategies to increase performance at that level. Here’s a comprehensive list of things you can do to speed up your blog, and the plugins you can use to do it.

19-10-2012
Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

Web Culture

DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

Linux, Windows or OSX – that’s basically your choice today – but it wasn’t always that way. There used to be a huge range of operating systems in various stages of development and often drastically superior to Windows. Join me in a look down memory lane as we look at 6 of the biggest forgotten and dead OSes.

17-10-2012
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]
Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content

Wordpress & Web Development

Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content

Picture this: you sign into the admin page of your Wordpress blog, and your dashboard shows 15 new incoming links – awesome, you think – until you look through each of the links to find they’ve actually just stolen and reprinted your content, word for word, and the only reason you found out is because they forgot to strip the link, which have caused it to automatically ping you. What the heck?

14-10-2012
Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content
Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know

Android iPhone and iPad

Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know

Having recently decided to abandon my iPhone in favor of an HTC One X, I’m in the unique position of being “behind the enemy lines” already. If you’re as frustrated as I am by Apple’s recent policies and lack of innovation as I am, here’s what you need to know about switching to Android. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s fun, and I hope you join me.

12-10-2012
Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know
Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]

Android iPhone and iPad

Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]

I have been called an Apple fanboy on numerous occasions, so I may as well accept the moniker and move on. Yes, I love Apple products, and I shudder at the thought of touching Windows. I have no less than 5 Apple devices in my home, but as of last week they were joined by a lovely little HTC One X, an Android phone. What could have possibly induced such madness and out-of-character purchase? One word – maps.

10-10-2012
Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]
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