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

765 Posts Published
3802 Comments Posted
141 Answers

Dave's Latest Posts

Are Apple’s Best Days Behind It? [We Ask You]

21st June, 2013

Apple is probably the only company in the world that everyone has an opinion on. And they usually aren’t middling, not-fussed-either-way opinions either. You either love or hate Apple… either buy every iDevice you can get your hands on or refuse to even install iTunes and QuickTime on your computer. This week’s We Ask You is wholly dedicated to discussing the possibility that Apple’s time in the sun is coming to an end. Or not. You decide.

Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know

20th June, 2013

All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming, along with short, easy-to-understand definitions. Think of this as a crash course in gaming lingo that will prevent you looking like a n00b in front of your fellow clan members. If that sentence makes no sense then you’ve come to the right place.

Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every Direction

19th June, 2013

Imagine having to share your Web browser with other people. I don’t mean sharing in the sense of one person using the browser at a time, much like a family uses a computer now, but sharing in the sense of everyone trying to browse the Web at the same time. This has been made possible by the We See In Every Direction Web browser created by Jonas Lund.

What Are Your Thoughts On The Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

19th June, 2013

Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Make(No)UseOf: 10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason

19th June, 2013

We here at MakeUseOf specialize in directing our readers to websites they can make use of, hence the name. But that means we’re all missing out on a vast number of peculiarly pointless websites that offer nothing other than strange and simple diversions that will last no longer than 5 minutes. If that.

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

13th June, 2013

E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders — the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U — revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the market (and hardly selling), which leaves a battle royale brewing between the PlayStation 4 from Sony and the Xbox One from Microsoft. Both consoles will be released before the end of 2013, and you can pre-order either one right now. But which should you choose?

What Are Your Thoughts On The Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [We Ask You]

13th June, 2013

All of the next-gen games consoles have now been revealed in full. Nintendo showed its hand first, and the Wii U is the only one of the three currently available to buy. The PlayStation 4 from Sony and Xbox One from Microsoft are both due to join the party by the end of 2013. Thanks to extensive press events at E3 2013 we now know exactly what is on offer from all three major console manufacturers.

10 Controversial Topics On Wikipedia Guaranteed To Spark A Debate

12th June, 2013

One way to measure the level of controversy attached to different subjects on Wikipedia is to track the number of reverts that take place. The authors of a study at Cornell University in New York have used these statistics to compile a list of the most controversial Wikipedia pages across different language versions of the site.

Are Smartphones The Future Of Photography? [You Told Us]

12th June, 2013

Smartphones are rapidly condemning a multitude of single-purpose devices to a slow descent into pointlessness. Over 50 percent of U.S. consumers now own a smartphone, and their popularity is booming in other parts of the world as well. This heady combination means it’s very likely that some products will be withdrawn from the market due to a lack of demand.

Curating The Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full Of Interesting Content

12th June, 2013

Search engines only help if you know what it is you’re looking for. But what if you don’t? Social networking sites are a good source of interesting content. And then there are social media sites, which are curated either by editors or a community of voters. What follows are six social media sites full of interesting stories and intriguing articles.

Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid

6th June, 2013

Despite my complete lack of snobbiness when it comes to photography, the emergence of social networks and smartphones have combined to mean photos are an integral part of the Web, and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. People shoot liberally and then post them online immediately. Which has led to certain trends emerging over the past couple of years.

Are Smartphones The Future Of Photography? [We Ask You]

6th June, 2013

Smartphones are slowly but surely taking over the world, with more people getting their hands on these portable devices with multiple uses. Feature phones aren’t dead yet, and probably never will be. As long as there are smartphone haters such as Justin around then there will always be a place for simple phoning and texting devices that eschew extraneous added features.

Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos

5th June, 2013

If you don’t actually think you need professional help you can just test yourself for fun on the Web. You don’t even need to visit a serious website to gain an informal assessment of your health, with YouTube videos offering a fun and innovative way of testing various states of being.

What’s The Oldest Gadget You Still Use Regularly? [You Told Us]

5th June, 2013

As our Hardware Stuff section shows, new gadgets are being released all the time, and we here at MakeUseOf like to keep abreast of the latest innovations being made in the technology world. Whether it be computers, tablets, smartphones, televisions, cameras, or video game consoles, the pace of change is so fast we can barely keep up. However, it’s easy to always look for the next big thing at the expense of what has gone before

How To Discover Future Viral Videos Online

5th June, 2013

Viral videos are an integral part of the Web we know and love. Videos were bit-part players on the Internet before YouTube came along and changed everything. Now there are dozens of online video websites, millions of videos, and billions of viewers watching them every month. Most don’t go viral, which is to say get spread across the InterWebs until even your grandparents have seen it. But some do.