Dave Parrack

Joined December 2011

Dave Parrack is a freelance writer from Manchester, England, with an unhealthy level of interest in technology and pop culture. You can connect with him at About.me now.

Feel free to contact at dparrack@makeuseof.com

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Microsoft Removes Do Not Track Default, Don’t Push The Button, & More… [Tech News Digest]

6th April, 2015

Do Not Track Microsoft, do not press The Button, Apple Watch guided tours, Bendgate returns, PlayStation Home moves out, and robots in love with Rubik’s Cubes.


What Should We Do About Selfie Sticks? [MakeUseOf Poll]

5th April, 2015

The battle lines are being drawn up, and this technological trend is in danger of becoming a social pariah. So, what should we do about selfie sticks?


Why Jay Z’s Tidal Music Streaming Service is Doomed to Fail

3rd April, 2015

Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, the music streaming service he acquired for $56 million. Tidal has 99 problems, and the pitch is one.


Windows XP Refuses To Die, Android Apps Are Everywhere, & More… [Tech News Digest]

3rd April, 2015

Windows XP clings on, Arc Welder apps incoming, OnLive is now OnDead, killing Kinect for Windows, streaming music through Rithm, and watching how elders react to an emotional video game.


The Best April Fools of 2015, Facebook Riffs with Friends, & More… [Tech News Digest]

2nd April, 2015

Celebrating April Fools’ Day 2015, Facebook’s Riff app, the ASUS Chromebit, Amazon’s Dash buttons, HBO on Sling TV, and homeless people reading mean tweets.


How Do You Bypass Geo-Blocking Tactics? [We Ask You]

2nd April, 2015

Many of us know how to deal with egregious geo-blocking tactics, employing our own counter measures against them. It’s about time we all shared what we have learned.


Apple Starts a Religion, Microsoft Cancels Windows 10, & More… [Tech News Digest]

1st April, 2015

Apple gets religious, Microsoft smashes Windows, Google takes a day off, Facebook culls Friends, vowels get banned, and MakeUseOf announces new offshoots.


Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions

1st April, 2015

The standard Chrome experience can be made so much better with a handful of extensions.


Trade Your Android for an iPhone, Try Microsoft’s Spartan Browser, & More… [Tech News Digest]

31st March, 2015

Apple trades iPhones, Microsoft previews Spartan, Jay Z launches Tidal, jumping the Apple Store line, De La Soul kick-starts new album, and herding sheep with a drone.


Apple Fights Discrimination, Europe Fights Geo-Blocking, & More… [Tech News Digest]

30th March, 2015

Apple chooses a side, Europe chooses freedom, banning selfie sticks, Ford slows drivers, Super Mario 64 in your browser, and Ricky Gervais advertises Netflix in Australia and New Zealand.


Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll]

29th March, 2015

Linux has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent. So, is it doomed to remain a niche operating system forever?


Facebook Flies Internet Drones, Stream Live with Periscope, & More… [Tech News Digest]

27th March, 2015

Facebook drones on, Periscope usurps Meerkat, Microsoft Windows Apps, Clean Reader eBooks, distracted teenage drivers, and when Dragon Ball Z attacks.


What Are Your Favorite Google Chrome Extensions? [We Ask You]

27th March, 2015

Google Chrome extensions offer users a simple and effective way to add new tools to their Internet experience. And, assuming you don’t overdo it, they do so without affecting performance.


Facebook Adds Apps to Messenger, Amazon Tests Robot Packers, & More… [Tech News Digest]

26th March, 2015

Facebook Messenger API, Amazon wants robots, Facebook video embeds, RadioShack sells everything, Halo Online in Russia, and when Apple Store employees go bad.


10 Intriguing Ideas to Help Apple Find Its Mojo

26th March, 2015

Apple has built its business by innovating, and it’s in danger of losing its reputation as being the company that goes where others fear to tread. Tim Cook and co. need fresh ideas.