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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4 Ways Parents Can Educate Themselves On Video Games

14th September, 2013

The only way parents can guard against their offspring playing video games they don’t agree with is by educating themselves about them. After all, it’s impossible to police something without first understanding it. Thankfully there are several simple ways parents can educate themselves on video games.

10 YouTube Videos Exploring The New iPhone 5s and 5c

13th September, 2013

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, located deep in a forest, surrounded by a very tall wall; you’ll be aware that Apple has unveiled its latest smartphone.

In A Nutshell, How Would You Describe MakeUseOf To A Friend? [We Ask You]

11th September, 2013

You may have noticed a few changes around here of late. The site has been given a makeover. We are currently seeking your views on the redesign, and welcome both positive and negative comments.

What To Look For In The Perfect Office Chair

11th September, 2013

It is absolutely crucial to pick the right office chair. The decision over which to buy shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you’re going to be spending several hours of each day sitting on the chair you end up buying.

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Follow These 8 Twitter Feeds For All The Gaming News

11th September, 2013

Gamers need news. If you’re a gamer, you probably want to know the latest goings-on in the industry. You want rumors, release dates, and trailers. Opinion pieces and round-ups of the best games in a certain genre. And while we at MakeUseOf do our best to provide much of that content, there are some gaming-related Twitter feeds that deserve your attention.

Which Games Console Are You Buying Next? [You Told Us]

10th September, 2013

The holiday season is fast approaching, though I’m sure all parents reading this would rather not think about it just yet. In those countries and cultures where gift-giving is a tradition at this time of year, kids and adults alike will be carefully considering what to put on their wishlists. And it’s entirely possible that […]

5 Essential Nintendo DS Game Franchises Everybody Should Play

7th September, 2013

In a world where all smartphones and tablets are capable of playing brilliant video games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga, it’s easy to forget about the dedicated handheld games consoles on the market. And with the 3DS and PS Vita being the latest and greatest handheld games consoles, it’s even easier to forget about the humble Nintendo DS. However, ignoring the DS would be a huge mistake.

Which Games Console Are You Buying Next? [We Ask You]

4th September, 2013

For the purposes of this week’s We Ask You discussion we’re interested to hear from you regarding the next games console you’re looking to purchase. Whether it’s a PS4, an Xbox One, a Wii U, a PS3, an Xbox 360, a 3DS, a 2DS, or any one of the dozens of other consoles available to buy right now.

Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [You Told Us]

3rd September, 2013

Microsoft is facing an important next phase in its long and (sometimes) illustrious history. The past decade has seen the Redmond-based company struggle to maintain its once vice-like grip on computers. Now, Microsoft is attempting to change from the inside out, with a new company structure and strategy as outlined in a memo from Steve Ballmer to the employees in July. With all of this going on we decided to seek out your views on Microsoft and your suggestions regarding the future direction of the company.

Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [We Ask You]

29th August, 2013

I’ll let you guys into a little secret, as long as you promise not to tell… some of the writers at MakeUseOf hate Microsoft with a passion. It’s very easy to hate Microsoft, a lumbering corporate giant that built a monopoly and then sat on it raking in the money. However, Microsoft is undoubtedly facing some serious challenges in the future, both in the short-term and the longterm. And how it should go about tackling these challenges forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You column.

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5 Kickstarter-Funded Games You Will Want To Play In 2014

29th August, 2013

Kickstarter has enabled a good number of games to be developed that otherwise wouldn’t have ever made it off the drawing board. And what follows are just five games from that list; all which look phenomenal, and all of which are due to be released in 2014. Let’s check them out!

Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? [You Told Us]

28th August, 2013

As we enter September, we edge ever closer to Apple’s latest press event; during which the company is expected to reveal the latest iPhone, or, more accurately, iPhones. Apple always draws a crowd, but this press event is sure to draw even more than the usual levels of attention. So, were the rumored upgrades (if they can be called upgrades) enough to persuade the MakeUseOf readership commit to making a purchase?

6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year

28th August, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, video games aren’t a useless form of entertainment responsible for sucking precious time away from children and adults alike. Even generic first-person shooters such as the Call Of Duty titles could, in theory, help develop hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and teamwork. And there are plenty of other titles that offer similar unseen opportunities for mental growth. What follows are six educational console games that parents can buy for their offspring and be safe in the knowledge that there is an educational element embedded somewhere in the gameplay.

Automatically Plan Your Meals & Make Dieting Easier With Eat This Much

27th August, 2013

One of the reasons for struggling with diets is the amount of work it takes organizing a diet that will help make you slim and healthy while providing some respite from the continual grind of calorie-counting and workouts. Which is where Eat This Much enters stage left, with its “auto-magic” meal plan and multitude of customization options.

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10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s

22nd August, 2013

The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn’t become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged to give normal people something to actually do online. What did the Internet look like to people in the early 1990s when the vast majority had likely never even heard of it, let alone used it. For the purposes of both education and entertainment we can travel back in time to 1995 (or thereabouts). And it’s all thanks to the power of YouTube.