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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7 Free Online Christmas Films For Your Festive Enjoyment [Stuff to Watch]

5th December, 2011

It’s December already, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. What better way of getting in the mood than sitting back and enjoying some festive fluff once you’ve decked the halls and wrapped the presents? This week’s article features a healthy mix of classic and obscure, featuring both short films and full movies […]


These URLs Will Make You Dumb: The Big List Of Single Serving Websites

2nd December, 2011

Single serving websites are those pointless, often one-page sites that mostly exist for laughs with very little real-world value. If you’ve ever visited YTMND (You’re The Man Now Dog) then you’ve already experienced this flavour of Internet humour, and people are more than willing to spend their own money on proper domain names in the pursuit of comedy.


The 7 Best Storm Tracking Apps [iPhone]

30th November, 2011

Storm chasing might be considered a strange way to spend your weekends, but if it’s isobars and radar images that get you hot under the collar then this line-up of apps for your iOS device is bound to help scratch the itch. The benefits of using an iPhone or 3G iPad whilst out chasing bad weather are fairly obvious. Apple’s devices both provide GPS functionality and access to mapping information in a flash

The View From Above: 6 Beautiful Videos Shot In Space [Stuff To Watch]

28th November, 2011

Another Stuff to Watch, another batch of mind-bending space videos! This week’s collection is comprised solely of videos shot from space, meaning all 6 films below were captured far away from the safety and comfort of the Earth’s atmosphere. So if you’re sitting in work (bored), why not engage in a little celestial wonder? You might learn something.


Grooveshark Update Brings Improved Interface, Music Discovery & New Features

25th November, 2011

Grooveshark has been a personal favourite music streamer for a few years now, particularly since Spotify took half their music offline to non-subscribers and nerfed the free membership. That’s not to say that Grooveshark is perfect – far from it. The interface has been in need of an update for a while, and finally the service has a new lease of life.


Retro Games: Grab A Classic For Free With These 6 GOG Downloads [Windows]

23rd November, 2011

Good Old Games, or GOG for short, is a service that specialises in charming games of years gone by. If you’re a Windows user then you’ve pretty much got complete access to the entire catalogue, from old-school shooters to those resource management RTS games they just don’t make any more.

6 Classic Disney Animated Wartime Propaganda Cartoons [Stuff to Watch]

21st November, 2011

During the Second World War film-makers on both sides of the Atlantic were put to work on morale-boosting and influential propaganda films – Walt Disney included. The master of animation was determined to put his characters to use in the war effort, especially Donald Duck.


Why Linux Isn’t As Good As Everyone Makes It Out To Be [Opinion]

18th November, 2011

Linux is a highly developed, stable and advanced operating system – this, I will never question. It comes in every conceivable flavour – from server solutions that simply work (again, this cannot be argued with) to desktop releases with more software than anyone could possibly ever need. So what’s the problem?


HP TouchPad Update: New Firmware, New Apps & New Bugs [WebOS]

16th November, 2011

It’s been a few weeks now since HP rolled out a firmware update for their abandoned WebOS tablet and a good while since we’ve mentioned the TouchPad here at MakeUseOf. Seeing as I’m the only staff member who appears to have bought one, I figured it was about time for an update.

Geeky Documentaries: 6 Fascinating Films About Hardware, Software & Space [Stuff to Watch]

14th November, 2011

This week’s Stuff to Watch is all about sitting back, letting the power of a well-produced documentary wash over you and engaging your grey matter without even leaving the sofa. What’s more each of these films have a geeky twist, be it the story of the modern computer, innovative technology and even the big bad world of file sharing.


7 “Hidden” iOS 5 Features You Might Have Missed [iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch]

11th November, 2011

iOS 5 added so many features, tweaks and improvements to Apple’s mobile operating system that many inclusions seem to have gone by unannounced. Everyone (including us) has been raving about the new Notification Center, the 4S battery drain feature (!) and the fact that you no longer need iTunes to update, but what else is new?


iOS 5 Battery Drain: Save Some Juice With These Top Tips [iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch]

9th November, 2011

By now you’re either in love with iOS 5, Notification Centre and vastly improved page rendering times – or you’re banging your head against a brick wall wondering why your device no longer lasts a day without a charge. Apple has acknowledged that some (particularly iPhone 4S owners) are experiencing issues, and for severe battery drain you might want to try re-installing iOS 5 again.

BadLipReading.com – Hilariously Misconstrued Lyrics & Sound Bites [Stuff to Watch]

7th November, 2011

Lip reading is the art of interpreting what is being said solely based on mouth movement – but I’m sure you probably already knew that. Intentionally bad lip reading is a whole different talent altogether, and this week’s Stuff to Watch features some of the funniest examples on the web.


$5 App Review: iMaschine, A Powerful, Portable Groove Sketchpad [iOS]

31st October, 2011

iMaschine is a new app for your iPhone from the clever chaps over at Native Instruments who are responsible for all manner of professional-level music software and hardware – Traktor and Maschine, to name but two. So you’d expect this app to be pretty good right? If you like to groove on the go, read on to find out if iMaschine is set to become your next App Store purchase.


Getting Started With iOS 5: What To Do After The Update

28th October, 2011

The world’s most advanced mobile operating system just got better, or so they say – and I’m inclined to agree. Apple’s latest iOS release finally brings some much-requested features to the iDevice line-up, with even the original iPad and iPhone 3GS benefiting from the update. Whether you’ve got a new iPhone 4GS or an old iPod Touch 3G there are over 200 improvements,