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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Are You Happy With Your New PS4 Or Xbox One? [We Ask You]

27th November, 2013

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have both been released into the wild, with the Sony and Microsoft consoles, respectively, launching within one week of each other. Both enjoyed successful launches, racking up 1 million units sold apiece, though Sony’s 1 million was just in North America, while Microsoft’s was spread across 13 countries. That’s […]

5 Things To Avoid When Taking Selfies

27th November, 2013

Selfies shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there are many things you need to avoid.

Xbox One Fix, Bookless Library, Microsoft Attacks Chromebooks [Tech News Digest]

27th November, 2013

Xbox One disc drive fix & teardown, Xbox One swearing ban, free Xbox One games, library with no books, Apple invented smartphone, YouTube battles commenters, “OK, Google” Chrome voice command, Twitter feedback, Microsoft attacks Chromebooks.

Everybody Hates Google+ [We Ask You Results]

26th November, 2013

The YouTube comments system recently underwent a huge change, with Google, in its infinite wisdom, deciding to use Google+ as the means by which everyone can comment on the most popular video-sharing site on the Internet. This change went down about as well as could be expected (hint: not well at all). Then came the […]

Amazon Accused, Yahoo Katie, One Windows, ZTE Smartwatch [Tech News Digest]

26th November, 2013

Amazon has working conditions investigated, Katie Couric ditches ABC for Yahoo, Google Shopping enjoys a makeover, Microsoft spells out its vision, Google Translate emulates Star Trek tech, ZTE’s smartwatch, and Yahoo’s bizarre memo.

Google Glass Prescriptions, 3D Guns Banned, Android Buyers Guide [Tech News Digest]

25th November, 2013

Prescription lenses for Google Glass, Xbox One succeeds and fails, Flickr Photo Books arrive, Turntable.fm is shuttered, Place Pins for Pinterest, Philadelphia bans 3D guns, and Eric Schmidt helps out unhappy iPhone users.

Mocking Miley: The Best Wrecking Ball Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web]

23rd November, 2013

The Web is a place full of content that is far too easy to miss. This column has one simple aim: to collect the best weird and wonderful content that appears on the Web.

5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone

22nd November, 2013

You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you’re perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don’t be.

Phones On Planes, Sockpuppeting, Female Geeks, Lulu Larks [Tech News Digest]

22nd November, 2013

Planes may allow cellphones, Wikipedia suppresses sockpuppeting, Samsung told to pay up, female geeks on the rise, Microsoft interested in Winamp, Opera 18 released, Microsoft turns to eBay, and a potentially sexist app hyped by NYT.

Xbox One Reviews, Winamp Loses, Google Newsstand, Scroogled Merchandise [Tech News Digest]

21st November, 2013

The Xbox One is reviewed ahead of release, Winamp gets condemned to death, Instagram arrives on Windows Phone, Google releases Apple-inspired Newsstand, a Bitcoin scam is uncovered, and Microsoft sells anti-Google Scroogled merchandise.

What Do You Hate About YouTube’s Comments Section? [We Ask You]

20th November, 2013

If you’re one of those YouTube users who hates the changes to the comments section, and the enforced integration of Google+, then we want to hear from you.

Galaxy Gear, PS4 Profit, NokSoft, Selfie Satisfaction [Tech News Digest]

20th November, 2013

Confusion over just how successful the Samsung Galaxy Gear is, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone division is greenlit, Snapchat eases past Facebook, Twitter explains itself, and 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 is released.

PS4 & Xbox One Wage War, Bad Taxidermy, F’ing Twitter Owes You [Weird & Wonderful Web]

19th November, 2013

The Web is a place full of content that is far too easy to miss. This column has one simple aim: to collect the best weird and wonderful content that appears on the Web.

Your Most Embarrassing Emails & Texts [We Ask You Results]

19th November, 2013

A reader’s comment shows the real-life consequences that can result from a hurried email or text.: she lost a friend by not checking before hitting send.

Bitcoin Bonanza, vBulletin Hack, PS4 Fix, Google Canal View [Tech News Digest]

19th November, 2013

Bitcoin enjoys its biggest day yet, Google and Microsoft combat child porn, Sony fixes bricked PlayStation 4, Pocket 5.0 is released, Venice joins Street View, and YouTube causes the Web to lose its s**t.