Tim Brookes

Joined July 2010

Tim is Mac and iOS editor for MakeUseOf and can currently be found living in Melbourne, Australia. You can check out his website at timbrookes.co.uk or find him on Twitter.

Feel free to contact at tbrookes@makeuseof.com

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Google Extends Free North American Gmail Calls Through 2012 [News]

18th December, 2011

Gmail users in the US and Canada who have been enjoying Google’s free calls deal over the last year will be pleased to know the offer has been extended into 2012. A post on the Official Gmail Blog confirmed that North American Gmail users can continue to call landline and mobile numbers for free, for the next 12 months.


iTunes Match Officially Launches Internationally [News]

17th December, 2011

After what some are calling an “accidental” launch on Wednesday, Apple has now begun rolling out its iTunes Match service around the world. Reports suggest the service has already reached the UK, Australia, Canada, France , Spain and Ireland as well as Brazil which received the service earlier this week.


Humble Indie Bundle 4 Now Available, Name Your Price [News]

17th December, 2011

The Humble Indie Bundle has returned once more and contains perhaps the finest line-up of games seen in a bundle yet. In this fourth instalment buyers will receive DRM-free versions of top-down shooter Jamestown, musical platformer Bit.Trip Runner, 2D side-scroller Shank, physics puzzler Nightsky HD and the frustrating yet addictive Super Meat Boy on either Windows, Mac or Linux.


Help the Environment: Places Where You Can Donate Old Computers

16th December, 2011

Electronic waste, or e-waste as it is more commonly known, is a huge problem facing both the developed and undeveloped world. Many old computer parts contain materials that are hazardous to the environment and burying your old Dell in a landfill is not helping the situation. Instead of throwing your old computer out why not donate it?


A Holiday Gift Guide Of The Most Unique Gadgets You Can Buy

14th December, 2011

The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking long and hard about what to buy the geeks in your life. But what do you buy for someone who seemingly has everything? Here are some far-out gift ideas that even the nerdiest of nerds should love!

8 Hilariously Bad Movie Trailers [Stuff to Watch]

12th December, 2011

Movie trailers are designed to tantalize an audience into wanting to spend their hard earned cash in the cinema. Now there are a few terrible movie trailers of bad films, but generally speaking many are entertaining enough to endure. The following trailers though, will probably not have the desired effect of making you want to part with your cash or your spare time.


FLAC to MP3 Converter Available Free Till Christmas [News]

12th December, 2011

Windows users looking for an easy way to convert their FLAC files to MP3 format are in luck this month as FLAC to MP3 drops its usual $29.95 price tag and goes free for the festive season. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec and provides superior sound quality to “lossy” MP3 files at the expense of disk space.


Xbox LIVE Apps Now Available For Windows Phone 7 & iOS [News]

11th December, 2011

After yesterday’s new Xbox 360 dashboard launch, Microsoft has now released two mobile apps that each provide differing levels of Xbox LIVE and console interactivity. By far the more advanced of the two is the Xbox Companion for Windows Phone 7, which offers more features than its iOS counterpart.


Music Lovers: Why Aren’t You Using SoundCloud?

9th December, 2011

Discovering a new artist, album or record label that corresponds with your tastes and expectations can be a rewarding experience. These golden discoveries can be few and far between and that’s where I turn to using a few extra tools to help hone in on the music I love. We first featured SoundCloud on MakeUseOf initially back in 2008, and while the core service largely remains the same; much has changed.


Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Brings New UI & Features Galore [News]

8th December, 2011

After a short delay Microsoft has finally pushed out a long-awaited update that is set to change the way users use and interact with their Xbox 360 console. The updates run deep but immediately noticeable is the brand new Windows Phone 7-style user interface that bears more than a little resemblance to the new Windows 8 “Metro” design.


Facebook Moves To Patch Photo Security Flaw [News]

8th December, 2011

A flaw that allowed Facebook users to view other members’ private photos has been quickly patched by the social networking giant. The bug which was discovered by members of the Bodybuilding.com forums allowed users to view photos which had been set to “private” via Facebook’s own abuse reporting tool.


Discover Chiptune: The Best Resources & Tools For Video Game Music

7th December, 2011

Chiptune is a fairly broad term used to describe music that has been programmed to play on old, often 8bit sound chips from days of yore. The term can also refer to modern examples of video game inspired music, with artists like Anamanaguchi rocketing to fame complete with Game Boys in hand.

7 Free Online Christmas Films For Your Festive Enjoyment [Stuff to Watch]

5th December, 2011

It’s December already, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. What better way of getting in the mood than sitting back and enjoying some festive fluff once you’ve decked the halls and wrapped the presents? This week’s article features a healthy mix of classic and obscure, featuring both short films and full movies […]


These URLs Will Make You Dumb: The Big List Of Single Serving Websites

2nd December, 2011

Single serving websites are those pointless, often one-page sites that mostly exist for laughs with very little real-world value. If you’ve ever visited YTMND (You’re The Man Now Dog) then you’ve already experienced this flavour of Internet humour, and people are more than willing to spend their own money on proper domain names in the pursuit of comedy.


The 7 Best Storm Tracking Apps [iPhone]

30th November, 2011

Storm chasing might be considered a strange way to spend your weekends, but if it’s isobars and radar images that get you hot under the collar then this line-up of apps for your iOS device is bound to help scratch the itch. The benefits of using an iPhone or 3G iPad whilst out chasing bad weather are fairly obvious. Apple’s devices both provide GPS functionality and access to mapping information in a flash