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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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The Cynical Guide To Your First Internet Startup [Opinion]

Web Culture

The Cynical Guide To Your First Internet Startup [Opinion]

Are you tired of your job and looking for a reason to bum around on computers all day? Do you have a lukewarm idea that you’re hopelessly trying to monetize? It looks like you need to get yourself a startup and really make something of yourself. Everyone and their dog has a startup idea these days, but how do you know if yours is any good? Well I’ve got news for you – it doesn’t matter!

Tim Brookes February 8, 2013
The Cynical Guide To Your First Internet Startup [Opinion]
Pocket Planes: A Pixel Perfect Airline Management Sim From The Creators Of Tiny Tower

Gaming iPhone and iPad

Pocket Planes: A Pixel Perfect Airline Management Sim From The Creators Of Tiny Tower

After spending the last 48 hours passing through various airports, sleeping very little and being crammed into economy airplane seating I don’t think I’ll ever consider a career in commercial aviation. Jet lag aside, there are only so many impatient travellers and take-off procedures I can stomach in one week. I’d rather pretend with the aid of my iPhone and Pocket Planes, another of those oh-so-popular micro-management games.

Tim Brookes February 7, 2013
Pocket Planes: A Pixel Perfect Airline Management Sim From The Creators Of Tiny Tower
Babbel: An Interactive Tool for Budding Linguists [Rewards]

Internet

Babbel: An Interactive Tool for Budding Linguists [Rewards]

Learning a language is challenging once you’ve left school. As a child your brain should still be receptive to new information and able to retain data, but once hairs start appearing on your chin and makeup on your lips you’re already past the point of optimal learning. Babbel is another tool that promises to make learning a language easier than simply burying your head in a textbook by providing interactive lessons to learn as you go.

Tim Brookes February 5, 2013
Babbel: An Interactive Tool for Budding Linguists [Rewards]
Wezzoo For iPhone Proves Anything Can Be Crowdsourced – Even The Weather

iPhone and iPad

Wezzoo For iPhone Proves Anything Can Be Crowdsourced – Even The Weather

It was only a matter of time before the weather became another outlet for crowdsourcers to exercise their collective might, and that’s exactly what weather app Wezzoo is going for. In addition to rock-solid reliable data from hundreds of weather stations around the world, users are able to report on conditions in their own back yards.

Tim Brookes February 1, 2013
Wezzoo For iPhone Proves Anything Can Be Crowdsourced – Even The Weather
Paint The Walls Red Like It’s 1993 With Brutal Doom [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Paint The Walls Red Like It’s 1993 With Brutal Doom [MUO Gaming]

In December 1993 a little-known game developer called id Software sent shockwaves around the world with the much-celebrated release of Doom. Released as shareware and distributed non-commercially for two years, Doom was experienced by an estimated 10 million people before making it into retail stores in 1995. If you think Doom feels a bit old-hat these days, then this free mod will bring that demonic grin back to your sullen face.

Tim Brookes January 31, 2013
Paint The Walls Red Like It’s 1993 With Brutal Doom [MUO Gaming]
Beautiful Motion Graphics & Typography Comes To Life On Vimeo [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Beautiful Motion Graphics & Typography Comes To Life On Vimeo [Stuff to Watch]

Tight typography and swish motion graphics can’t be learned overnight; it’s a skill that takes years to master. Sophisticated software and video editing techniques are not the instant talent that many mistakenly believe they are, and so true masters of the art should be celebrated much in the same way animators, artists and filmmakers are. When it comes to this sort of content there’s no question that Vimeo is where it’s at.

Tim Brookes January 28, 2013
Beautiful Motion Graphics & Typography Comes To Life On Vimeo [Stuff to Watch]
Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]

Gaming iPhone and iPad

Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]

Recently I have been away from home, with only work, an iPhone and a MacBook Pro to entertain me. While searching for a way to play a few multiplayer games I hit a snag – a distinct lack of controllers. While looking for a solution I came across Joypad for iPhone, and the now slightly outdated Joypad Legacy app. Using a Mac or Windows PC and a couple of iPhones, it’s surprisingly easy to turn your handheld iOS device into a touchscreen gamepad.

Tim Brookes January 24, 2013
Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]
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