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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What Gadget Do You Really Want For Christmas? [We Ask You]

5th December, 2013

We want to know what one piece of technology you have your eye on this holiday season. Which gadget trumps all others at this moment in time for you personally?

5 Types Of YouTube Videos That Need To Die

4th December, 2013

These are the genres of videos that no one should watch — five examples of amateur video that, should you value your place in society, you should avoid uploading to YouTube at all costs.

PS4, Xbox One Fail To Make You Happy [We Ask You Results]

4th December, 2013

Both companies managed to shift million units of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We find out how people were getting on with their new PlayStations and XBoxes in last week’s We Ask You.

Real Google Androids, UPS Drones, Free Office 365, Star Wars Selfies [Tech News Digest]

4th December, 2013

Google’s building robots, sales of PCs expected to fall, Spotify woos artists, PlayStation 4 hits the 2 million sold milestone, UPS tries to one-up Amazon, Office 365 is offered free to students, and Darth Vader selfies.

Windows Threshold, Apple Topsy, Nazi Shazam, Glass Prank [Tech News Digest]

3rd December, 2013

Microsoft Threshold teaser, Apple acquires Topsy for reasons unknown, Tumblr adds Sponsored Trending Blogs, German police create a Shazam clone to detect neo-Nazi music, BlackBerry sets records straight, and the problem with Google Glass.

Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest]

2nd December, 2013

Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air.

Celebrating Freaky Thanksgiving In Style [Weird & Wonderful Web]

30th 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.

Stolen Smartphones, Black Friday Bargains, TIME For Miley [Tech News Digest]

29th November, 2013

Database of stolen smartphones, Apple wins another lawsuit, Microsoft narrows CEO search down, Black Friday bargains revealed, Miley Cyrus tops TIME poll, App Ops opens up Android, and hunt for $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins.

NSA Porn, CyanogenMod Ban, Jolla Smartphone, Microsoft Sexism [Tech News Digest]

28th November, 2013

NSA watches porn, Bitcoin valued at $1,000, Google Street View for airports & stations, CyanagenMod Installer banned, F-Secure KEY launched to manage passwords, new Jolla smartphone, Twitter security, and Microsoft Xbox One sexism.

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.