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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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Pay What You Want For 6 Android Games & 4 Windows Games On The Latest Humble Bundles [Updates]

Gaming Internet

Pay What You Want For 6 Android Games & 4 Windows Games On The Latest Humble Bundles [Updates]

A new mobile-only Humble Bundle is out, with 6 Android games available for a one-off fee. As always, punters can pay what they like for the core bundle of 4 games, which this time includes Plants vs. Zombies, Contre Jour, Anomaly Korea, and Bladeslinger. The Room and Metal Slug 3 are also up for grabs for those who pay more than the average donation.

Tim Brookes March 27, 2013 27-03-2013
Pay What You Want For 6 Android Games & 4 Windows Games On The Latest Humble Bundles [Updates]
Google+ Adds Animated Profile Pictures, Updates Android & iOS Apps [Updates]

Android

Google+ Adds Animated Profile Pictures, Updates Android & iOS Apps [Updates]

Google has updated Google+ with the ability to add animated profile picture. This comes hand in hand with some major updates for the Android and iOS mobile apps. Profile pictures can now take the form of animated .GIFs, and the mobile apps now feature photo editing, a better feed, improved interaction with Communities, and more.

Tim Brookes March 26, 2013 26-03-2013
Google+ Adds Animated Profile Pictures, Updates Android & iOS Apps [Updates]
6 Movies You’re Either Going to Love Or Hate [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

6 Movies You’re Either Going to Love Or Hate [Stuff to Watch]

Cinema can do incredible things to an audience. It can thrill with action, woo with romance and tickle with comedy and also suck pretty hard at times, though popular opinion can really be divided sometimes. It’s like there’s almost a sub-genre of films that have the ability to completely polarise their audiences. If you’ve ever loved a film that critics have panned or walked out of an Oscar-nominated blockbuster hit in disgust then there’s a chance you might find it on this list.

Tim Brookes March 25, 2013 25-03-2013
6 Movies You’re Either Going to Love Or Hate [Stuff to Watch]
Apple Introduces Two-Step Verification for Apple IDs, Enable It Now [Updates]

Internet iPhone and iPad

Apple Introduces Two-Step Verification for Apple IDs, Enable It Now [Updates]

Mac, iPhone and other Apple ID users can now enable two-step verification on their Apple ID accounts. The security measure was introduced by Apple on Thursday, and the system is virtually identical to that used by online banks and Google, requiring a password and access to a trusted device or failsafe recovery key in order to gain access.

Tim Brookes March 24, 2013 24-03-2013
Apple Introduces Two-Step Verification for Apple IDs, Enable It Now [Updates]
Steam’s Indie Spring Sale Now On Until March 29, Offers Savings Of Up To 80% [Updates]

Gaming Internet

Steam’s Indie Spring Sale Now On Until March 29, Offers Savings Of Up To 80% [Updates]

Steam has kicked off another of its trademark sales with savings of up to 80% on certain titles. The latest sale focuses on independent games, and gamers can expect the usual Steam bargains on hundreds of titles from small publishers and upcoming developers until the promotions end on March 29.

Tim Brookes March 22, 2013 22-03-2013
Steam’s Indie Spring Sale Now On Until March 29, Offers Savings Of Up To 80% [Updates]
Setting Up A Blog Part 2: Tumblr, Blogger, And Other Services

Wordpress & Web Development

Setting Up A Blog Part 2: Tumblr, Blogger, And Other Services

The hardest thing you’ll have to do if you opt to not host your own blog is decide on the service you want to use. A few years ago this was easy – LiveJournal and Blogger dominated, providing a generation of teenagers with a place to moan about the wrong in the world but these days there are more services to choose from than ever before, each with a niche.

Tim Brookes March 22, 2013 22-03-2013
Setting Up A Blog Part 2: Tumblr, Blogger, And Other Services
Setting Up A Blog Part 1: The DIY Self-Hosting Method

Wordpress & Web Development

Setting Up A Blog Part 1: The DIY Self-Hosting Method

There are an abundance of quality free “sign-up” blogging services scattered across the Web, with big names like Tumblr, WordPress.com, Blogger and Posterous getting increasingly popular as their numbers grow. It wasn’t always this way, and a few years ago the go-to platform for bloggers was the humble standalone WordPress blog. The open source blogging engine is still massively popular.

Tim Brookes March 21, 2013 21-03-2013
Setting Up A Blog Part 1: The DIY Self-Hosting Method
Don’t Try This At Home! Extreme Science Experiments With Photonicinduction [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Don’t Try This At Home! Extreme Science Experiments With Photonicinduction [Stuff to Watch]

The combination of YouTube, scientists and the quest for rating often makes for explosive results, whether it’s a running joke about being terrible at science or zero-gravity experiments that look incredible. This week’s Stuff to Watch features YouTube channel Photonicinduction, two very capable scientists conducting experiments that no scientist ever would recommend you try yourself.

Tim Brookes March 18, 2013 18-03-2013
Don’t Try This At Home! Extreme Science Experiments With Photonicinduction [Stuff to Watch]
Finder for the Cloud? Collections Brings Online Services To Your Mac Desktop

Internet

Finder for the Cloud? Collections Brings Online Services To Your Mac Desktop

Love it or hate it, the OS X Finder is a capable tool when it comes to browsing local files, previewing media and connecting to network shares. There are actually a good number of Finder replacements out there, but for most people Apple’s stock offering does the job just fine. One thing Finder doesn’t (yet) do is integrate with online services, email or Twitter.

Tim Brookes March 15, 2013 15-03-2013
Finder for the Cloud? Collections Brings Online Services To Your Mac Desktop
RIP Google Reader: Google’s RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates]

Internet

RIP Google Reader: Google’s RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates]

Google Reader, Google’s popular RSS application, will be shut down on July 1 of this year. The company has revealed the news in a blog post that spells the end for another batch of Google features and products. The company has cited a decline in users as the main reason for Reader’s closure, though admits the service has a “loyal following”.

Tim Brookes March 14, 2013 14-03-2013
RIP Google Reader: Google’s RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates]
Real Racing 3: The Best Mobile Racing Game Goes Free [iOS & Android]

Gaming iPhone and iPad

Real Racing 3: The Best Mobile Racing Game Goes Free [iOS & Android]

The original Real Racing was a very playable yet basic racing game that got the fundamentals right and earned itself a following among mobile gamers for being the Gran Turismo or Forza of the platform. Real Racing 2 improved on the graphics, gameplay and included content in every way but stuck with the same standalone price point, also earning well-deserved praise.

Tim Brookes March 13, 2013 13-03-2013
Real Racing 3: The Best Mobile Racing Game Goes Free [iOS & Android]
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