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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer, 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 Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

DIY

How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

Ethernet cabling has been standard in networking installation for years. It’s the fastest way of connecting PCs together – to your router or a central switch. Sure, you could go wireless, but the truth is that wireless internet is still slow for anything high bandwidth and is particularly susceptible to interference. A good network cable can go for 100m or more at gigabit speeds.

08-07-2012
How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable
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]
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Windows

What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

With the Surface tablet announcement a few weeks ago and the final release of Windows 8 looming ever closer, some people are understandably going to be confused about the various versions available. I’m here to set the record straight; at least, on the differences between Windows 8, and Windows RT. Read on to find out about the various differences, as well as the pros and cons of each system.

01-07-2012
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]
5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

DIY

5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

Like most kids, I had a electronics kit that taught the absolute basics; you could build something about as advanced as a radio or morse code device. Suffice to say, the fun didn’t last long once you’d built all 5 projects. Nowadays though, advanced electronics hardware kits are affordable and the possibilities are infinite – all thanks to the wonder of microcontrollers.

27-06-2012
5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines
What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue

Technology Explained

What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue

CDNs make the Internet fast and websites affordable even when you scale to millions of users. Firstly, bandwidth costs money; those of us on limited contracts know that all too well. Not only do you as an Internet ‘consumer’ need to pay for your bandwidth, but the websites you visit also have to pay for their bandwidth. More importantly though, a slow website will cost you dearly.

27-06-2012
What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue
10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6

iPhone and iPad

10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6

On Monday 11th June, Apple developers gathered in San Francisco for the start of a 4 day conference. The rest of the Apple world sat watching liveblogs, awaiting announcements of new products. Among those announcement was iOS6 – with some fairly major changes as well as the usual incremental upgrades.

22-06-2012
10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6
Use Tunlr to Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere in the World

Internet

Use Tunlr to Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere in the World

While American internet users can quite happily watch Hulu, the fact that I live in the UK means I can’t. Likewise, BBC iPlayer is free for UK citizens; but if your physical location says America then you’re out of luck buddy. It’s a frustrating state of affairs, and we won’t stand for it! Neither will Tunlr.net: a new free service that aims to remove region restrictions the world over by way of some magic DNS trickery.

17-06-2012
Use Tunlr to Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere in the World
How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account – With Any Device!

Internet

How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account – With Any Device!

A common complaint about UK Netflix (and it’s competitor LoveFilm, though I still maintain the selection and interface of Netflix is far superior) is that the updates are so infrequent that the choice of movies quickly gets tiring. On the other hand, the flagship Netflix service in the US is immense and is regularly updated. Today I’m going to show how you can get access to all the US movies through the use of a VPN.

13-06-2012
How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account – With Any Device!
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