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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A Brief History Of The 5 Worst Computer Viruses Of All Time

29th December, 2011

The word “virus” and its association with computers was affixed by American computer scientist Frederick Cohen who used it to describe “a program that can ‘infect’ other programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved copy of itself” way back in 1983. They come in all flavours, from problematic worms that spread like wildfire to backdoor entrances caused by trojan horse imposters.

7 Explosive Action Movie Shoot-Outs [Stuff to Watch]

26th December, 2011

A thrilling and well-filmed shootout can define a film, and a film chock full of thrilling, quality shootouts can define a genre. Every year a new flurry of action movies make it into cinemas, but how many make it into the hall of fame? Today’s Stuff to Watch takes a look at the action movie genre and features a few of the juiciest shootout scenes ever captured on film.


Firefox 9 Released, Up To 30% Faster JavaScript Rendering [News]

23rd December, 2011

Mozilla has released the latest version of its popular Firefox web browser, with improvements to the JavaScript rendering engine that could yield speed bumps of 30% over the previous release. According to Mozilla, the new Type Interface feature in the browser’s SpiderMoney JavaScript engine integrates with the existing compiler to deliver more efficient code in less time.


5 Reasons To Spend $5 On GarageBand for iOS [iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch]

22nd December, 2011

Apple’s popular home music production suite GarageBand has been iOS-friendly on the iPad for a while now, and thanks to last month’s update iPhone and iPod Touch users can finally jam along too. This article is for anyone who has never used GarageBand before, and is not sure what to expect. It’s also for anyone still considering whether the app is worth the token $5 Apple are asking (hint: it is).


‘Appy Christmas: The MUO 2011 iOS Gift Guide [iPhone & iPad]

22nd December, 2011

And so it approaches – Christmas. I sure hope you’ve finished your Christmas shopping, wrapped your gifts and can sit back and enjoy the festive period- but what about those last minute purchases? This year, instead of rushing out and panic-buying socks why not finish off your lists with an app or two? Apple’s App Store allows you to gift an app to a friend via the app description on iTunes or your own iPhone or iPad.


Facebook Timeline Now Available To All [News]

21st December, 2011

Facebook profiles around the world are due for a facelift as the social networking giant rolls out its new Timeline feature to anybody who wants it. The new profiles are set to be the biggest shake-up the service has seen since the Like button was introduced, changing the way users view and interact with profiles.

Internet Gold: The Original Fenslerfilm G.I. Joe Parodies [Stuff to Watch]

19th December, 2011

Eric Fensler heads Fenslerfilm, a video production company based in Chicago, Illinois. As well as music videos and TV spots, Eric is responsible for some of the greatest videos ever to go viral on the internet – the incredible G.I. Joe public service announcement parodies. The films that follow earned Eric a cease-and-desist order from Hasbro for using their intellectual property, but it was probably worth it.


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.