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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8 of The Weirdest Simulation Games You Can Play Now

23rd January, 2014

People are weird; like really, really weird. Some of those weirdos go on to be game developers, and that beautiful marriage of madness and digital potential creates the most random simulation games you’ll ever find. Here’s just a few of them, all of which you could play right now if you really had the desire to.


Smartglass with the Xbox One – Is it actually useful now?

20th January, 2014

SmartGlass was Microsoft’s attempt to integrate this phenomenon into the gaming and Xbox experience – interactive meta displays when watching movies or TV; mini-maps for games or extra controls. But mostly it was just crap. Have Microsoft upped their game this time or is it more of the same?


What Is The Best E-Commerce Plugin For WordPress?

16th January, 2014

So I often hear the question: “what’s the best eCommerce plugin for Wordpress?” I think it’s only in the last year or so that a clear answer has emerged.

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Sony HMZ-T3W Personal 3D Cinema Review and Giveaway

15th January, 2014

The HMZ-T3W is Sony’s latest attempt at an entertainment headset, but is it a premium futuristic personal display or just a silly head gadget?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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 […]


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.


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.


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.