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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The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch

6th March, 2013

After months of speculation Sony recently entered the eighth generation of video games hardware, joining Nintendo, which kicked it all off by releasing the Wii U at the end of 2012. The not-very-imaginatively-titled PlayStation 4 will be released before the year is out, with PlayStation fans able to look forward to the 2013 holiday season with gusto. Sony chose to reveal its next-gen plans during a huge conference titled PlayStation Meeting 2013.

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4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing

28th February, 2013

The Google search engine is a fantastic resource for those of us who spend half our lives online, hence its inclusion in the list of the 7 wonders of the Web, but it isn’t the only one of its kind. Love it or hate it, Microsoft does offer an alternative in the form of Bing, a highly capable search engine that deserves more exploring.

What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [We Ask You]

28th February, 2013

Google recently unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, a high-end machine priced at $1299. That’s a lot of money for a Chromebook, a form factor which has previously been marketed as being for those on a budget. Previous models of the Chromebook were all priced much lower, with these always-online computers designed to undercut Windows laptops. Whether anyone actually buys a Chromebook Pixel or not remains to be seen.

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5 Internet Commandments To Live By Or Incur The Wrath Of The Web (And A Note On Porn)

27th February, 2013

The Internet is a somewhat lawless place. Sure, there are various legalities concerning the posting and viewing of certain content — including pornography and copyrighted material — but generally speaking the rules that govern the Web are both lax and difficult to enforce. Certain websites, such as social networks, will lay out their own ground rules which, if broken, could get you banned.

What Do You Use For News? [You Told Us]

27th February, 2013

It’s not exaggerating to suggest that a person in a developed country can now find out what is happening anywhere in the world, whether it be their local area or somewhere thousands of miles away, almost instantly. News reports are everywhere, and on every medium you can think of. This is amazing considering how hard current affairs and world news was hard to come by until relatively recently.

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How To Beat The Eyeballing Game – An Addictive Online Timewaster

27th February, 2013

You may not think geometry plays any part in your life, but you’d be wrong. If you do anything practical – hanging a picture, putting up a shelf, or building flat-pack furniture — you deal with geometry. Choosing how to furnish your house, recognizing faces, and even shooting photographs all require some knowledge of the shapes, sizes, and angles you’re seeing. If you want to know how good you are at dealing with geometry then The Eyeballing Game is just for you.

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The Tweeting Dead: 5 Zombie Celebrities Active On Twitter

21st February, 2013

While there are some celebrities who tweet for themselves, there are many more who pay someone else to do it for them, either on a full-time or part-time basis. This bizarrely means that when a celebrity dies their Twitter account often remains very much alive. This is tweeting from beyond the grave, with these zombie celebrities still managing to maintain their desired level of fame and fortune despite having departed this life long ago.

What Do You Use For News? [We Ask You]

21st February, 2013

The way we receive news has changed beyond all recognition. If you traveled back in time 500 years then you’d find news was passed on either by official government bulletins or, more than likely, word of mouth. Travel back 100 years and the passage of news was still slow, though it reached many more people thanks to newspapers. Travel back 50 years and television had become a huge presence.

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Let The Good Times Roll: Great Tools For Creating Digital Mixtapes Tested

20th February, 2013

It may have been a while since you made a mixtape for someone. It’s understandable, as mixtapes are more closely associated with the ’80s and ’90s than the ’00s and beyond. Having already explained how to create the perfect mixtape in 5 simple steps, it’s time to explore great tools available for making digital mixtapes. What follows are five of the best out there, all of which are free, and most of which are available for all to use.

What Are Your Hopes And Fears For Next-Gen Games Consoles? [You Told Us]

20th February, 2013

Behold, the eighth generation of video games is upon us. The Wii U has already been launched, with Nintendo dropping the successor to the Wii at the end of 2012. Sony and Microsoft will follow suit shortly, with Sony perhaps having unveiled the PlayStation 4 by the time you’re reading this. By the end of 2013 all three next-gen consoles are expected to be out in the wild. The video games industry is at an important junction.

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Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images

20th February, 2013

GIFs are commonplace across the Web, but it’s sometimes hard to find the right one for the right situation. Thankfully a new dedicated search engine just for GIFs has arrived. Its name is Giphy and it’s being touted as the place to “Search the best GIFs in the world.” But does it live up to the hype? Let’s “Search in a Giphy” to find out.

What Are Your Hopes And Fears For Next-Gen Games Consoles? [We Ask You]

14th February, 2013

It looks increasingly likely that 2013 will be the year when the next generation of video games truly begins. The Wii U is already on the market, but the signs aren’t good for Nintendo. Early sales have been disappointing, and there looks to be little chance of lightning striking twice with the Wii moniker. Which leaves room for Sony and Microsoft to steam in and steal all the glory.

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8 Creative Ways To Use Six Seconds On Twitter Vine

14th February, 2013

At its core Vine is a simple way for anyone and everyone to record a video fit for consumption on social media sites. However, Vine has the capacity to be so much more. All it requires is some lateral thinking on the part of those making the videos. What follows are eight creative ways to use those six seconds you’re afforded on each Vine video.

What Computing Device Will You Buy Next? And Why? [You Told Us]

14th February, 2013

The choices one has when buying a computing device are, these days, many and varied. Not only is there a wide range of form factors to choose from, there are also numerous manufacturers and several high-profile operating systems to sort through. It’s incredible that anyone actually ever gets around to actually buying their next weapon of choice.

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Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine’s Day

13th February, 2013

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, predating literacy thanks to its use in prehistoric society. Back then poems were used in order to help the story contained within them to be memorized and passed on. These days poems are used mainly to express feelings that may otherwise remain unsaid. This is especially true when it comes to love and romance. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to write a poem for your partner.