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 NSA Can Spy On Almost Everybody, Google Buys Songza, And More… [Tech News Digest]

2nd July, 2014

Online book sales have overtaken retail book sales, the UK is investigating the Facebook experiment, IFTTT makes Yo useful, Oculus Rift experiment gives third-person perspective, and Google tests our general knowledge with Smarty Pins.

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8 Pointless Android Apps To Avoid At All Costs [We Ask You Results]

2nd July, 2014

There are hundreds of pointless Android apps, and you’ve helped us compile a list of the eight most pointless Android apps you should avoid at all costs.

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Google Kills Orkut & Quickoffice, Yahoo Saves Community, And More… [Tech News Digest]

1st July, 2014

UK cinemas preemptively ban Google Glass, Reading Rainbow breaks Kickstarter popularity contest, Emojli chat app made for emoji masters, ‘Yo, Hodor’ adds Hodor to Yo, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare gets an honest trailer.

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Facebook Experiments On Users, Having Sex With Your iPad, And More… [Tech News Digest]

30th June, 2014

Also, The Internet’s Own Boy is worth watching, BlackBerry invites us to check our facts, Photoshop Express lands on Windows Phone, binge-watching is bad, and Apple paints the iPhone as an extra parent.

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What Version Of Android Are You Currently Using? [MakeUseOf Poll]

29th June, 2014

We know lots of MakeUseOf readers use Android, but we have never asked what version of Android you’re currently using. Until now.

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Biting Satire: The 20 Best Tweets About Luis Suarez’ World Cup Bite [Weird & Wonderful Web]

29th June, 2014

Were you as shocked by Suarez biting Chiellini as the rest of the world? Is it destined to be the biggest talking point of the whole of the 2014 World Cup? Twitter thinks so.

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Writing The Wrongs: 7 Essential Tips For New Authors

27th June, 2014

It’s easy to write a book. Writing a successful book is more difficult. We cannot guarantee greater success, but there are a handful of rookie mistakes we can prevent you from making.

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Your USB Charger Wants To Kill You, Download Android 5.0 Now, and More… [Tech News Digest]

27th June, 2014

Also, the MPAA popularizes a resource for sharing movies, YouTube spoils content creators, Google Cardboard clones are now available, Uber offers weddings on demand, and Monty Python does a silly walk all over your smartphone.

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Google I/O Reveals Android Is Everywhere, Aereo Loses Big Fight, And More… [Tech News Digest]

26th June, 2014

Also, Microsoft could be planning to give Windows 9 away for free, Europe is halving mobile roaming charges, Rock Simulator 2014 has arrived to blow your mind, and CollegeHumor demonstrates how the Internet has killed attention spans.

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What Is The Most Pointless App You Have Ever Installed? [We Ask You]

26th June, 2014

It doesn’t matter what platform it’s on, whether it’s a free or not, or in what way it’s pointless. Name names.

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Your Car Could Soon Drive Itself, Facebook Has Big Plans For Oculus, And More… [Tech News Digest]

25th June, 2014

Google Glass has been given a boost in specs, Forget.me simplifies Google’s “right to be forgotten” process, Opera 24 has been released for Linux, and the truth behind overtly happy Facebook status updates.

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Buzzworthy: 5 Clickbait Headlines Guaranteed To Annoy [We Ask You Results]

25th June, 2014

You may consider the headline of this article to be clickbait. But it isn’t, honestly.

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Google Has A Domain Just For You, Science Makes Light Of Time Travel, And More… [Tech News Digest]

24th June, 2014

Parking apps battle each other and the law in San Francisco, Google Glass lands in the UK, Second Life is being rebuilt from the ground up, and British Airways introduces Slow TV to some flights.

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Finding Secret Keys In Android Apps, Heartbleed Heartache, And More… [Tech News Digest]

23rd June, 2014

Google’s Nest buys Dropcam to monitor your home, Google launches Made With Code to inspire girls to program, Yo woz haxored, and the tangled earphones mystery is solved by science.

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How Big Is Your Main Mobile Device? [MakeUseOf Poll]

22nd June, 2014

Mobile devices come in all different shapes and sizes. Actually, they’re almost always rectangular, but the sizes range from smallish smartphones, through fantastic phablets, all the way up to gigantic tablets.