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Tim Walker

Tim Walker has been a features writer for The Independent since 2007. Between 2004 and 2007 he wrote for the paper's weekly Education and Careers section.

You can follow his Twitter feed at twitter.com/timwalker

Spotify goes Mobile. Are iPods finished?

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Thursday, 28 May 2009 at 10:05 am
This morning, music streaming service Spotify posted a YouTube demo of its new mobile app for the Googlephone. It looks sleek and addresses the obvious issue of offline synching. Interesting, too, that it starts life as an Android rather than an iPhone app; if it were to take off, it would make iTunes seem a tad redundant. There are some concerns, however, as the Indy's resident technology expert Rhodri Marsden outlines in comments here - I expect he'll post a more detailed, informed blog on the subject later. but here's a first look:



Schwarzenegger to appear in Terminator 4. Sort of.

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 03:23 pm
So we now have it on good authority - from the Governator himself (via Harry Knowles) - that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be appearing, in digitally rendered form, in Terminator:Salvation, the new Terminator sequel/prequel starring Christian Bale and directed by McG. And it still looks pretty darn awesome...


Zowie Bowie's first feature film, 'Moon' gets a trailer

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Monday, 13 April 2009 at 11:07 pm
A trailer for low-budget sci-fi Moon, which stars the fantastic Sam Rockwell. It went down very well at Sundance, and is also the debut feature from British director Duncan Jones, the artist formerly known as Zowie Bowie, son of Dave.

Here's the second trailer for Michael Mann's Public Enemies, starring the aforementioned pair of hot properties, plus Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and more. Should be fantastic.


Flattr - the future of something. Maybe.

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Wednesday, 8 April 2009 at 11:54 am







The future of online payments is coming, apparently. And it’s called Flattr.


One of the men behind content-sharing website and entertainment industry bugbear The Pirate Bay has been hard at work on his new project, designed to bring financial reward to those who share content online for free. After a month of silence, Peter Sunde, aka brokep – last heard twittering from the courtroom of The Pirate Bay trial – announced this morning that he’d been hard at work on Flattr.com, which is due for launch this Friday, 10 April.

Flattr, Sunde told his fellow Twitterers, is “a new idea on how to help get people money for sharing content for free.” It has nothing to do with piracy though, he claims, or at least nothing to do with torrents – the filesharing format on which The Pirate Bay is based. Instead of pirated movies and music, he says, Flattr will be a micro-payment system “to give money to bloggers, photographers, etc”.

I’m already assured by one of the Indy’s in-house geeks online experts that Flattr is bound to be an Epic Fail, because it’s impossible to do, otherwise everyone would be doing it already. I guess we’ll see.



X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked online. See it here...

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Monday, 6 April 2009 at 03:25 pm
A rough cut of the new X-Men prequel, Origins: Wolverine was leaked online last week. And here it is. Kind of.





Flutter - the new Twitter?

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Monday, 6 April 2009 at 02:40 pm
I'm not sure this is funny, because I sort of wish it was real...


Thanks, Slate V.


@JJ_Abrams - world's most rubbish celebrity Twitterer?

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Friday, 3 April 2009 at 03:46 pm
 As detailed here and here, I'm a JJ Abrams fan. But in spite of his 12,560 followers (at last count), JJ has to be the world's worst celebrity Twitterer. "Coffee Time!"? I am utterly tweetless:

Not exactly SFW Bruno trailer #1

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Friday, 3 April 2009 at 03:17 pm
How do you defend yourself against a man with two dildos?



Let It Shine: The Environmentally-Friendly Honda Ad

Posted by Tim Walker
  • Monday, 30 March 2009 at 10:35 am
Here's a predictably wonderful new commercial from Honda, set to debut on TV in April. It's part of the campaign for the brand's new hybrid car, the Insight. Is it odd to base an eco-ad on the mass use of car headlamps? Who cares? It's awesome!

And here's a clip about the making of the ad, by the agency Wieden + Kennedy.

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