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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5 Crap USB Gadgets The World Has Never Needed & Never Will Need

20th January, 2012

It is remarkable just how much cheap crap we, as a planet, produce each and every year. The environmental impact is worrying, landfills are swelling and carbon emissions must come down – yet more and more junk continues to roll out of the factory. In addition to this, many seem to think that adding USB connectivity to aforementioned plastic junk instantly makes it more saleable.

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5 Great Ways To Put Your Dusty Old iPod To New Use

19th January, 2012

How long has your old iPod been in a drawer, unloved and dusty? Probably since the day you upgraded to a fancy new touch version or decided your smartphone would suffice from now on. But wait! Your old iPod is still a more than capable device that eats MP3s for breakfast and even takes advantage of a few old-school apps.

8 Of The Best Music Videos [Stuff to Watch]

16th January, 2012

Music never really required a visual representation beyond that of the artist performing live, but MTV changed all that upon launch in 1981. Suddenly the world needed music videos, and a new opportunity arose for labels and musicians to experiment with the visual arts. Here you will find 10 of the best music videos produced over the last 30 or so years.

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5 Heavy Duty Mechanical Keyboards For The Hardcore Gamer

13th January, 2012

We’ve made quite a song-and-dance about mechanical keyboards here at MakeUseOf, and now that more and more manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon they’re no longer specialised bits of kit reserved for the upper echelons of PC gaming. If you’re wondering what the fuss is about you might want to read our relevant Technology Explained feature.

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5 Reasons To Choose iPhone Over Android [Opinion]

11th January, 2012

If you’re considering buying your first smartphone, you’ve got a fairly big decision to make. As well as choosing a carrier, plan and minimum contract period you then have to trawl through the barrage of handsets until you find something you like. Most buyers will probably end up choosing between the Android operating system and an iPhone, running iOS.

7 Classic Free Charlie Chaplin Films [Stuff To Watch]

9th January, 2012

Charlie Chaplin is by far one of the most recognizable faces of cinema, and this is surely due to the sheer volume of well-received films he was involved in during his lifetime. Chaplin starred in more than 80 films, most of which were silent and 40 of which were filmed in 1914. Nearly all of Chaplin’s work involved very visual comedy routines, so it’s silent films and slapstick comedy we’ll be focusing on today!

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The 8 Most Anticipated 2012 Rumors & Coming Gadgets

6th January, 2012

Another year has come and gone and so we turn our attention to the flurry of rumours, upcoming products and hearsay surrounding 2012’s big releases. If you’re excited by the thought of new gaming devices, smartphones, cameras and other assorted gadgets then 2012 is set to be an expensive year.

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The 4 Biggest Tech Disappointments Of 2011 [Opinion]

5th January, 2012

Last year was a successful year for a number of companies. Apple successfully launched a new iPad and iPhone, both of which sold like hot cakes. Google launched Google+, a social network we’re all glad to be a part of and Skyrim lived up to the hype (and at times surpassed it). Not everyone had a great 2011 though, and for some companies the sun never seemed to shine.

6 Historical Wartime Propaganda Films [Stuff To Watch]

2nd January, 2012

A while ago we featured a couple of historically important Disney animations commissioned during the Second World War in the form of propaganda. Today we’re losing the cutesy animation and diving in with real footage of some of the most politically motivated films ever made. Propaganda is a by-product of nearly every war or major conflict.

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6 Computer Viruses That Changed The World

30th December, 2011

Yesterday we took a look at some of the most damaging high-profile computer viruses in history, and today we’ll be exploring some of the more obscure ones instead. The term “virus” wasn’t attached to malware until 1983, but viruses as we know them date back to the early 70’s. But these viruses didn’t necessarily make front page news.

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Untethered 5.0.1 Jailbreak Now Available For A4 Devices [News]

29th December, 2011

hronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team have finally released an untethered software jailbreak for all Apple devices running the A4 chip and below. Unfortunately the two current A5 devices, the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, are not currently compatible with this release at this time but the jailbreak will work on the iPhone 4 and 3Gs, iPod Touch 3G and 4G and the original iPad.

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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.

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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.

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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).