Author Archives : Mark Billen

Mark is former editor of Web Designer magazine (UK) and is now writing on a freelance basis across a wide range of popular topics
  • CAPO Touch, iOS

    no Comments in Technology by Mark Billen on Saturday, July 12 th, 2014

    Import your favourite tracks and follow those chords with CAPO Touch CAPO Touch, the iOS version of popular Mac App CAPO, arrived this week and the good news is – it rocks. For budding guitarists, the road to mastering this iconic instrument is long and arduous. Whether we take formal lessons or not, we all ...

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  • Indy: A Golden Bullet for Gaming

    no Comments in Gaming by Mark Billen on Thursday, June 12 th, 2014

    No Man’s Sky by Hello Games has reveled in it’s Indy spirit at E3 Indy gaming is the toast of E3 2014, but why? Given the amount of commercial risk at stake for developers and publishers, it shouldn’t come as a surprise… Independent or ‘Indy’ videogame development is the toast of th...

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  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (Mac)

    no Comments in Gaming by Mark Billen on Wednesday, June 11 th, 2014

    Tex Murphy returns in this 2014 outing, Tesla Effect There’s a new old dude back in town to deliver a new kind of time machine to OS X screens. Does Tex wear a Mac with pride? Nostalgia – for some the enemy of progress, others a warm fuzzy comfort blanket of yesteryear memories. Regardless of your personal...

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  • Made of Stone Blu-ray Review

    no Comments in TV & Film by Mark Billen on Sunday, March 30 th, 2014

    With not one but two big DVD releases this month* for Stone Roses fans, we take a look at both Made of Stone and Spike Island (Part 2) *THIS POST ORIGINALLY WRITTEN OCTOBER 2013 Fans of The Stone Roses: Made of Stone won’t be disappointed by the Blu-ray release Having looked at Spike Island in Part 1, we...

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  • Spike Island – Review

    no Comments in TV & Film by Mark Billen on Sunday, March 30 th, 2014

    With not one but two big DVD releases this month* for Stone Roses fans, we take a look at both Made of Stone and Spike Island (Part 1) *THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN OCTOBER 2013 “It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at”… But preferably, Manchester. Througho...

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  • CuteDJ V4.2.8 – A Review

    no Comments in Technology by Mark Billen on Thursday, March 06 th, 2014

    CuteDJ joins the lexicon of available DJ mixing software, promising industry-standard power for all with impressive support for your music, video and equipment. CuteDJ is an impressive DJ mixing software suite available for Windows and Mac £77.55 / $129.95 | Mac OS X 10.6+ & Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP / Demo...

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  • Duck Dynasty

    no Comments in TV & Film by Mark Billen on Thursday, March 06 th, 2014

    The researcher notes for the aborted Who Do You Think You Are? ZZ Top special done got their own purrty little telly show. Equally troubling, Duck Dynasty is effing great… “Don’t QUACK mind QUACK me QUACK just passin’ throo … Oh QWAP!” Duck Dynasty is a smash-hit US ‘reality...

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  • Should we worry about Tablet overdose?

    one Comment in Technology by Mark Billen on Friday, February 28 th, 2014

    Mark Billen asks whether a consumer switch to more passive, touchscreen-based devices could endanger the development of future developers. Are devices like iPad too passive for encouraging hobbyist developers? Perhaps I’m already reaching the age where my outlook is hampered by dewy-eyed nostalgia. A hankeri...

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  • The Life of Rock with Brian Pern

    no Comments in TV & Film by Mark Billen on Friday, February 28 th, 2014

    This is NOT a review, more like a public service message. Do yourselves a favour and watch The Life of Rock with Brian Pern before it disappears from BBC iPlayer… For those who have seen it already, there’s no need to explain why it’s good. Yes, BBC Four’s Life of Rock with Brian Pern h...

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  • K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

    2 Comments in Art & Design by Mark Billen on Friday, February 28 th, 2014

    Believe it or not, 20 years ago two of the UK’s best-selling pop stars set fire to one million pounds of personal royalties. Stupidity? Selfishness? Or possibly the single most powerful work of conceptual art ever? Needless to say, from the very outset I have come to believe it’s the latter. In fact I thin...

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