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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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Make A Complete Community Site With Buddypress (& WordPress)

Wordpress & Web Development

Make A Complete Community Site With Buddypress (& WordPress)

BuddyPress gives you complete user profiles, activity streams, and groups. If you’re considering a community site, this needs to be the first free project you check out. BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Just like WordPress, BuddyPress has a thriving community with themes and plugins.

27-07-2012
Make A Complete Community Site With Buddypress (& WordPress)
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review and Giveaway

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is the most expensive remote control toy money can buy; it’s a smartphone controlled quadrocopter with a 720p HD camera, and it’s ridiculously fun, but quite temperamental. What follows is a review of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 untainted. We purchased the review unit ourselves and will be giving it away to the MakeUseOf community. Read on to find out more about this $300 toy and how to be in the running to win it!

26-07-2012
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review and Giveaway
How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future

DIY

How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future

If you’ve dabbled with some beginner Arduino projects, but are looking for something a little permanent and on a whole other level of awesome, then the humble 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube is a natural choice. Construction is far easier than you might think, and using a multiplexing we can control all the LEDs directly from just a single Arduino Uno board. It’s great soldering practice, and the total cost of components shouldn’t come to more than about $40.

25-07-2012
How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future
Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2

Wordpress & Web Development

Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2

Nearly every client I’ve worked with on a WordPress site has wanted a slider widget for the homepage – some nice bit of Javascript that features a rotating set of pictures. There are lots of ways to achieve this but none of them are particular user friendly, easily customizable, or robust. SlideDeck 2 is here to change all that

22-07-2012
Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2
Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad

iPhone and iPad

Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad

Movie Trailers are a great little creative project that makes putting together a professional looking video really easy. Today I’ll be using my iPad to make a trailer featuring myself and the mischievous little ferret that wandered into my house last week and decided to stay. You’ll need an iPad 2 or the newest generation one; an iPhone 4, or later can also be used,

20-07-2012
Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad
Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It

Technology Explained

Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It

Most computers develop problems over time. Learning what they are and how you can deal with them is important if you don’t want to be paying through the teeth for professional repairs. Don’t worry though – that’s exactly why we’re here. Today I will present you with a list of things most likely to fail in a computer, how you might identify and fix the problem, and anything you can do to prevent it.

18-07-2012
Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It
Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Windows

Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Microsoft made an announcement this week that has really just tipped me over the edge. It’s the last in a string of moves actually; but that’s it. I’m done. I’ll switching all my Windows machines to Linux or a Hackintosh; I’ll be replacing my Home Server with a Time Machine or Linux-based NAS, and Windows will relegated to a virtual machine. Here’s why.

15-07-2012
Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

iPhone and iPad

5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. I don’t pull over at the roadside to check a map and I don’t forget things anymore. Here are 5 of the most essential iPhones bits and pieces I couldn’t do without – not just apps, but accessories too.

13-07-2012
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

Internet

Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

>Are you frustrated by the international blocks that stop you from watching Hulu? Are you a UK Netflix user, annoyed that the American selection of movies and TV shows is orders of magnitude larger than what’s available to you? Well, I have the perfect solution for you: a premium DNS service called UnoDNS which bypasses all those regional locks. We’ve got 25 one-year Gold subscriptions for UnoDNS to give away, worth a total of $1500!

12-07-2012
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

Mac

Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

If you’d like to make a meaningful contribution to society and share your expert advice, consider starting a blog; otherwise, make a meme. The Internet loves memes. The humble meme – a term originally coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins referring to a social behaviour that’s passed on through genetics – has now come to mean a short message overlayed on a familiar graphic.

11-07-2012
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

iPhone and iPad

3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

Have you ever wanted to show off that iPad game on the big screen, record a demo for your video blog, or record a tutorial of how to use an app more effectively? Outputting – and recording – the screen activity of an iPad or iPhone is not an easy task. I’ve outlined 3 methods below – but I should tell you now that none of these options are free – even the ones for jailbroken devices.

06-07-2012
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

In terms of awesome creative things you can do with a lot of free time, stop motion animations rank right up there with the best. For kids and adults alike, being able to take inanimate objects and give them life through a motion picture is beyond words; but you insist on a word, how about magical? Here’s our round-up of the best stop motion apps for both iOS, and Android.

04-07-2012
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]
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