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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No Net Neutrality, Winamp Lives, Kanye Kills Coinye [Tech News Digest]

15th January, 2014

Net neutrality suffers loss, Winamp lives for another day, Beats Music launch due, Tumblr Mention alerts, Kanye West kills Coinye, a man dies trying to save his phone, and the Internet names a baby.


Music Makes The World Go Around [We Ask You Results]

15th January, 2014

We asked where you go music, and loved the response: over 100 comments (and counting) make for a fascinating discussion.


How You Know You Spent Too Long Playing Arcade Games In The 1980s…

14th January, 2014

The problem with arcade games — as with any kind of video games, old or new — was their addictive qualities that suck you in and refuse to let go until you (and your dwindling pool of money) are exhausted. Which invariably means you spent too long playing these early gaming gems.


Google Nest, Facebook Branch, YouTube Comments, Muppets Row [Tech News Digest]

14th January, 2014

Google acquires Nest, Facebook acquires Branch, Twitter Web makeover, Yelp forced to reveal anonymous reviewers, YouTube introduces comments management, IObit Uninstaller 3.1 released, and the Muppets stage a mock Twitter argument.


Facebook Likes Lawsuit, Windows 9 On Way, Star Wars Photos [Tech News Digest]

13th January, 2014

Facebook lawsuit over Likes, Google shuts Schemer, Guardian launches Contributoria, PlayStation Now requires controllers, Windows 9 due in 2015, Line launches Whoscall for Android, and Chewbacca tweets behind-the-scenes photos from the original Star Wars flicks.

The Best Reddit AMAs Of All Time [Weird & Wonderful Web]

12th January, 2014

Under the IAmA subreddit, you’ll find informal interviews with all sorts of interesting people. These are some of the best AMAs online.


Dead PCs, Gmail Stalking, Bitcoin Overstock, Kindle Kiosk [Tech News Digest]

10th January, 2014

Desktops are declared dead, Gmail stalkers love Google+, Overstock starts accepting Bitcoin, scanning irises for passwords, Snapchat apologizes, Amazon starts selling hardware from a vending machine, and two companies fight over the right to pin.


Contract Freedom, Modular Smartphones, DuckDuckGrow, Kanye Vs. Coinye [Tech News Digest]

9th January, 2014

T-Mobile offers you money to switch contracts, ZTE teases a modular smartphone, DuckDuckGo shows off, Dell brings 4K monitors to the mainstream, biased reviews of Yahoo’s app are questioned, Kindle for iOS is improved, and Kanye West goes after cryptocurrency Coinye.

How Do You Obtain Music? [We Ask You]

9th January, 2014

Music is a universal language that binds all humans together in a very real way. While the specific styles and genres of music listened to by different cultures vary wildly, they all share common ground. In other words, music is a very powerful force. It’s been true for a long time: the music industry is […]

How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life

8th January, 2014

Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future.

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PlayStation Now, App Store Sales, From McAfee To Intel, Cicada 3301 Returns [Tech News Digest]

8th January, 2014

Sony unveils PlayStation Now, Biz Stone launches Jelly, Apple App Store sales figures for 2013, new Gorilla Glass is antimicrobial, McAfee becomes Intel Security, China lifts ban on video games consoles, and the mysterious Cicada 3301 returns.

Your Top Tech Resolutions For 2014 [We Ask You Results]

8th January, 2014

We’re now well into 2014, with 2013 (and its memes) being a dim and distant memory for most of us. Tradition dictates that a new year brings with it an opportunity for us all to improve ourselves, as we strive to be better people this year than last year. Which is where new year’s resolutions […]


Pebble Steel, Toshiba Chromebook, Yahoo Malware, Michael Bay [Tech News Digest]

7th January, 2014

New Pebble Steel smartwatch hardware, Toshiba’s Chromebook, AT&T potentially kills net neutrality, Yahoo malware threat, Panasonic Firefox smart TVs, retro games playable online, and Michael Bay fails to deliver at CES 2014.


Chromebook Conquers, Digital Dwindles, Pandora Alarms, Snapchat Sorry? [Tech News Digest]

6th January, 2014

Chromebooks sold well in 2013, digital music sales declined in 2013, Vine app for Web, Snapchat fails to apologize for recent hack, tweet becomes a newspaper advert, Pandora’s alarm clock, and Wikipedia’s draft function.

The Best Internet Memes Of 2013 [Weird & Wonderful Web]

5th January, 2014

This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a last look back at 2013, specifically the memes and viral Internet trends that punctuated the 12 months we recently bid a fond farewell.