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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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Feel Alerts Instead Of Hearing Them: Set a Custom Vibration For iPhone Alerts

iPhone and iPad

Feel Alerts Instead Of Hearing Them: Set a Custom Vibration For iPhone Alerts

From experience, not an awful lot of people seem to realise it but the iPhone has support for custom vibrations. It might not be the most groundbreaking of features, but if you’re hard of hearing or just a sucker for silent mode then custom vibrations are a nice feature to have access to. In addition to the selection of inbuilt vibration patterns to choose from, there is also the option of creating your own from scratch.

31-10-2012
Feel Alerts Instead Of Hearing Them: Set a Custom Vibration For iPhone Alerts
Get Free Stuff, Give Away Your Junk & Save The Planet The Freecycle Way

Internet

Get Free Stuff, Give Away Your Junk & Save The Planet The Freecycle Way

Freecycle is the world’s largest network of recyclers who, instead of throwing away, selling or otherwise disposing of their unwanted goods, give it away instead. It’s both an environmentally and pocket-friendly way of picking up things you want and getting rid of things you don’t, and it’s completely free to join and exchange goods. In addition being a great way to find bargains, it’s also a great way to rid your house of clutter that you no longer need.

12-10-2012
Get Free Stuff, Give Away Your Junk & Save The Planet The Freecycle Way
How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds

Internet

How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds

There are a few web services that can be considered “priceless” and IFTTT is one of them. The service, which stands for “if this then that” has the power to automate common tasks and help you discover better uses for services you already use. If you’re sick of manually doing things, IFTTT is a breath of fresh air. The service uses two main elements called triggers and actions which are organised by channels.

11-10-2012
How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds
Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]

Technology Explained

Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]

Your children will never know what it’s like to have the batteries on a personal cassette player start to run out, as the music slows by a noticeable couple of BPM and Bruce Dickinson’s vocals on your Iron Maiden compilation begin to wane. Heck, your children probably won’t listen to Iron Maiden (mine will, it will be heavily enforced). In the age of streaming media, digital everything and repeated shunning of physical media, the way we consume music continues to evolve.

05-10-2012
Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]
Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]

Gaming

Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]

Recently, we gave away their classic three-in-a-row game Fishdom, which involves solving puzzles as you build up your own aquarium. Today, we’ve got a similar formula in the form of Gardenscapes. What’s more, we’re giving the Windows version of this hidden item puzzler away, so for your chance to win one of 25 copies worth $19.95 each, check out the full review.

04-10-2012
Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]
Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]

Gaming

Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]

Before video games there were board games, card games, parlour games and some elaborate automaton chess robots that were actually operated by hidden human beings. The 20th century saw a huge shift in the perception of what a “game” could be, with most individuals born within the last 25 years or so now associating the word “game” with “video” before anything else.

04-10-2012
Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]
Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees

Internet

Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees

When Google announced that they are planning to retire iGoogle in November of next year, reactions were split between “what’s iGoogle?” and “what will I use now?”. In case you’re not aware, iGoogle is a personalized homepage that allows you to arrange customized widgets just how you want in order to keep track of your oft-used services. Plenty of MakeUseOf readers were disappointed with the news.

28-09-2012
Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees
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]
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