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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Kick It Old-School With Classic Free Sierra Adventure Games, Tributes & Remakes [Browser, Windows & Mac]

11th July, 2011

Today we’re lucky enough to be able to enjoy a selection of the Sierra On-Line back catalogue without dusting off floppies or paying a penny. Not only are there some originals online for your retro-inspired pleasure, but there are also a few decent modern remakes and a series of free independent King’s Quest-inspired titles to enjoy as well.


Google To Disable All Private Google Plus Profiles After July 31st [News]

8th July, 2011

Google has announced that all Google Profiles withholding names or gender are to be disabled at the end of the month. Google Profiles are tied in to Google Plus, designed to help manage an individual’s identity on the web and recently became even easier to manage than ever before.


Video Game Vaporware: 5 Ambitious Gaming Projects That Never Made It To Retail

8th July, 2011

Vaporware is a term commonly used to refer to hardware or software that is confirmed yet never actually released, and much of the time never cancelled either. The curse of vaporware has hit numerous, big name projects over the years, with famed franchises and development teams often slipping by the wayside.


Mixcloud – Stream Music & Talk Show Podcasts [Web & iOS]

6th July, 2011

Have you been finding Apple’s podcast listings a little bit similar recently? Maybe you’ve been looking for another slick way to stream content and follow other users, like yourself? Whatever your preferred flavour of aural entertainment, Mixcloud probably has it. The site indexes and provides on-demand “cloudcasts”.


Kdenlive – A Stable & Versatile Free Cross-Platform Video Editor [Linux, Mac & Live CD]

4th July, 2011

Kdenlive is a free and cross-platform video editor that will probably mean more to your average Linux user than Windows or Mac types. If you’re searching for a decent, all-in-one solution for editing video on your Linux system then Kdenlive might just be the program you’re looking for.


Hipmunk Flight Search Now Finds Planes With Wi-Fi [News]

2nd July, 2011

Flight and hotel search engine Hipmunk updated its search results with wireless internet indicators on Tuesday, allowing prospective passengers to choose a flight with Wi-Fi on-board before they book. Wireless availability is indicated by a small icon on each entry, with no need for additional clicks or searches.


Tumblr Users Warned About Large-Scale Phishing Attack [News]

1st July, 2011

Microblogging site Tumblr and its users have been targeted recently with a phishing attack that lures unsuspecting users into entering their login details only to have them stolen. The scam operates by offering users access to additional content after inputting login details, in this instance “adult content”.


North Korea Demystified: A Selection Of Online Resources To Learn About This Secretive Country

1st July, 2011

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea as it is more commonly known, is regarded by many as the world’s most isolated country. It is a fascinating country as we know so very little about how the population conducts its daily life. Over the years, more and more information has trickled out of North Korea, both from official government channels and defectors.


7 Great Uses For QR Codes & How To Generate Your Own For Free

29th June, 2011

Quick response codes, or QR codes for short, have been used for a few years now to provide rapid access to URLs, messages or contact information. Marketing and advertising departments love QR codes, as with a simple scan, even more advertising related to their product can be delivered straight to your thumbs.


Feedly Mobile – Keep Up With News & Google Reader Feeds On The Go With This Stylish App [iOS & Android]

27th June, 2011

When I first went looking for a suitable news and RSS reader for my iPhone, I had two prerequisites – no price tag (the feeds are free, after all) and Google Reader integration. Feedly with its attractive UI and host of other features is probably that. Let’s take a closer look.


Keep Track Of Your Halo Stats With Bungie.net & The Bungie Mobile iOS App

24th June, 2011

Halo is one of the most successful console franchises ever, and if you’re an Xbox 360 owner both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, are must-have games. While you’re pummelling foes and sucking up bullets the folks who brought you the game have been quietly recording your every move. You can access your statistics online using your web browser and now on-the-go using your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.


BitCoin – Buy, Sell & Trade Using Anonymous Peer-To-Peer Currency

22nd June, 2011

Earlier this month two prominent US politicians wrote to US Attorney General Eric Holder to express concerns about the rise of a new online currency – BitCoin. The anonymous, peer-to-peer currency has become very popular over the last few months, with websites popping up all over cyberspace enabling BitCoins to be exchanged or donated with nothing more than a unique, non-identifying public key.


The British Library & Google To Make 250,000 Books Free Online [News]

22nd June, 2011

Google announced on Monday that it is soon to begin digitizing 250,000 books from The British Library, making them free to view online. The works, which span 170 years of history, will be carefully selected historical out-of-copyright publications, with Google responsible for handling and scanning costs.


Google Adds “Me On The Web” To The Dashboard [News]

21st June, 2011

On Wednesday Google added a new feature to its Dashboard line-up for Google Account users. The “Me On The Web” feature pulls information from your Google Profile (if you have one set up), and places it in an easy to find place, just below your account settings. The feature attempts to track mentions of your name and email address across the web.


Kinect Fun Labs – Free Interactive Gadgets For Your Kinect & Xbox 360

20th June, 2011

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) comes and goes each year with new games, hardware, planned releases and the occasional freebie. This year Microsoft announced Kinect Fun Labs, a collection of “gadgets” that somewhat resemble highly polished Kinect hacks, free for your Xbox 360.