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Tim Brookes

iOS and Mac Editor / Joined 12 July, 2010

Tim is Mac and iOS editor for MakeUseOf and can currently be found living in Melbourne, Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @timbrookes.

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OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why

Mac

OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why

I’ve held off writing this article for a few weeks now, in the hope that Apple themselves would step forward and acknowledge that their latest release, OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”, has some serious problems that need to be sorted out. Unfortunately the company hasn’t said a word, ignoring hundreds of reports of problems on their own Support Communities website.

26-09-2012
OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why
Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]

Hammer Films is an iconic British production company that began work in the mid 1930s and enjoyed major success in the 50s, 60s and 70s thanks to a unique brand of horror which later became known as “Hammer Horror”. They have also recently launched a YouTube channel, and put it to good use by exhibiting some of their classic works which is what we’re looking at in this week’s Stuff to Watch.

24-09-2012
Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]
Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]

Mac

Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]

Apple’s walled-garden approach to computing has some pretty far-reaching implications for an everyday user of OS X. Apple provides, on the whole, a smooth and pleasant experience while using your computer, partly because the options that will break something aren’t there. Conversely, this approach can be quite limiting – especially to those who are used to endless preferences on Windows or Linux.

20-09-2012
Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]
Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]

Do you remember when a company called Macromedia introduced their rich web plugin, Flash? Back then, Flash was an exciting new prospect. It introduced the ability to animate, using frame-by-frame and using motion-tweening, add sound, buttons and interactions all from a relatively approachable interface. The early Internet, or “Web 1.0” if I dare use that term, exploded with nonsensical, bizarre and downright impressive animations.

17-09-2012
Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]
Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

Internet

Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

It seems the cloud is hard to escape these days – both in your daily tech life, and on websites such as ours. Only last week I wrote an article about cloud-based PowerPoint alternatives, the week before an article about DOS games in the cloud and before that you might have caught me harping on about online backup solutions. There’s good reason for the buzz – it’s both handy and a growing necessity.

14-09-2012
Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive
4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint

Internet

4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint

Did you know people still actually use presentation software for work purposes? It’s true! In this age of always-on cloud connectivity, more and more browser-based solutions exist. You don’t even need PowerPoint installed on your PC any more to create your next presentation – and you don’t need to purchase software either. Here are MakeUseOf’s current picks when it comes to creating PowerPoint-style presentations via your web browser, for free.

07-09-2012
4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint
Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks

Internet

Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks

If you’ve invested time and money in playlists and a subscription, it makes sense to learn some of the lesser known functions and quirks that the Spotify client has to offer. There’s no denying the platform is intuitive and easy to use, but you’d be forgiven for missing some of the more advanced features. Here are some of the less-obvious things you can do to make your time with Spotify even better.

06-09-2012
Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks
Paragon NTFS For Mac OS X Review

Mac

Paragon NTFS For Mac OS X Review

One of the drawbacks when switching from Windows to Mac is the lack of native NTFS support. You can read from NTFS volumes with no problems, but writing is another story. Luckily software like Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X exists to restore the missing link and make your NTFS volumes useful again. The software costs $19.95, has already been updated with full support for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

04-09-2012
Paragon NTFS For Mac OS X Review
Begin Football Season With College Football Radio & Live Scores for iOS [Giveaway]

iPhone and iPad

Begin Football Season With College Football Radio & Live Scores for iOS [Giveaway]

College Football Radio & Live Scores ($0.99) is quite a long name for an app, and a fairly descriptive one at that. I don’t know an awful lot about American football, and truth be told I prefer my balls to be round than oval shaped. If you’re a fan of stateside college football then read on for the full review. We’re also giving away 25 copies, so join the giveaway if you’d like a chance to grab this app for free.

03-09-2012
Begin Football Season With College Football Radio & Live Scores for iOS [Giveaway]
Play DOS Games In Chrome With NaClBox and Google Native Client

Browsers

Play DOS Games In Chrome With NaClBox and Google Native Client

There are a lot of exciting new Web technologies emerging at the moment, with Google’s Native Client joining HTML5 and CSS3 in paving the way to a more versatile and interactive Internet. Robert Isaacs has put this technology to good use with NaClBox, a version of DOSBox that runs in Google’s Chrome browser. The project is a little over a year old and has recently launched a closed beta for the site’s most exciting feature – the ability to upload your own DOS games and store them in the cloud.

30-08-2012
Play DOS Games In Chrome With NaClBox and Google Native Client
3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started

Linux Mac

3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started

I’ve got a thing for vinyl, especially white labels. If it’s dusty, dubiously labelled and going for a couple of dollars then I absolutely have to buy it. Digital DJing takes some of the fun out of the pastimes associated with DJing, but then again it also adds another layer of accessibility that manual turntablism doesn’t have. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best solutions around, with some impressive free options and slightly more advanced paid solutions too.

30-08-2012
3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started
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