James Bruce

Joined November 2010

James is a keen gamer, and records Technophilia - an awesome but somewhat NSFW technology podcast - weekly with Justin and Dave.

Feel free to contact at jamesbruce@makeuseof.com

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How To Make Your First Musical Light Show With QLC+

13th January, 2014

Learn a new skill this weekend: how to make your holiday lights flash in time to music. It’s like being a DJ, but way cooler.

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The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Kickstarter Projects Introduced In 2013

7th January, 2014

This year, we saw so many new 3D printers; lights of all shapes and sizes; and hundreds of Arduino spin-offs – but here’s my selection of the 6 most mind-blowing Kickstarter projects funded in 2013.

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Arduino Night Light and Sunrise Alarm Project

6th January, 2014

Today, we’ll be making a sunrise alarm clock, which will gently and slowly wake you without resorting to an offensive noise-making machine.

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The Best MakeUseOf Articles From 2013

3rd January, 2014

2013 has drawn to a close, and it’s about that time when we like to take a look back over the year and see just what resonated most with you, our dear readers.

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Quirky Nimbus Smart Dashboard Review and Giveaway

30th December, 2013

The Nimbus Dashboard has four individual dials that can be customised to display information relevant to you. That’s a pretty awesome idea – but how useful is the end product, really?

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Cubify Cube 3D Printer Review and Giveaway

27th December, 2013

Most affordable 3D printers are sold as self-assembly kits, but the Cubify Cube promises to be plug-and-plug with minimal fuss. Does it live up to that promise?

5 iPad Family Board Games for Christmas Afternoon

20th December, 2013

Move over TV – board games are starting to see a great revival as a family pastime, and they’re perfect for Christmas.

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A Full Guide To Getting Started With Mining Litecoin

19th December, 2013

Missed out on making millions with Bitcoin (what’s Bitcoin, you ask)? Don’t worry – you’ve still got time to jump in on alternative cryptocurrencies, like Litecoin and Feathercoin. Thanks to a different algorithm at the core, those can still be mined by anyone with a graphics card – expensive ASIC Bitcoin miners won’t work. What […]

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Feedly Was Stealing Your Content — Here’s the Story, And Their Code

12th December, 2013

Last week, Feedly rolled out a controversial new “feature” — hijacking feed links. Here’s the full story of why people are angry, and how one blogger helped to right the situation.

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6 Amazing Ways The Raspberry Pi Is Making A Difference

10th December, 2013

I’ll try to avoid techno-babble words like “disruptive” when I say this, but there’s no denying – Raspberry Pi is changing the world.

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Holiday Shopping List: For The Home Entertainment Centre Nut

9th December, 2013

Prices for these gifts range from $35 to $3500, so you’re sure to find something here to suit every budget.

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Holiday Shopping List: For The Geeks Who Never Grew Up

6th December, 2013

It’s with pleasure I present you with this list of super gifts for the geek who never grew up. Mum, I hope you’re reading this.

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Survive An Apocalypse: Setting Up A Complete Emergency Survival Kit

3rd December, 2013

The apocalypse will need to be documented with Facebook updates and Twitter hashtags for future generations to fully enjoy – so how are you planning to do that with no power or Internet connectivity?

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Think Twice about Buying a PlayStation: How Getting Hacked Made My PSN Content Useless

29th November, 2013

My story begins sometime around the American launch of the PlayStation 4. I hadn’t turned my PlayStation on for about a week having been bowled over in work – I needed a break. I’d bought the new Call of Duty, and while it isn’t exactly the best sequel ever, it’s what I turn to for a bit of R&R. Don’t judge me!

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Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) Review and Giveaway

28th November, 2013

Do you want a car like K.I.T.T. from Knightrider? Well, you can’t have one, but the Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) dashboard-mounted windshield projector might take you one step closer to the car of the future.