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.


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.