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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Your Favorite Internet Acronyms & Utterances [We Ask You Results]

11th June, 2014

We set out to discover your favorite Internet sayings, but what we got was something slightly different, and in many ways, better.

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E3 2014 News Roundup, Facebook Teases Slingshot, Moto X Offer Ends [Tech News Digest]

10th June, 2014

Highlights from E3 2014, Facebook teases Slingshot, Moto X sells out, Doodle 4 Google winner revealed, Netflix stops ISP shaming, OneNote Clipper for Chrome, and George R.R. Martin joins Twitter.

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Smart TV Hack, Popcorn Time VPN, Turing Test Chatbot, CIA Tweets [Tech News Digest]

9th June, 2014

Smart TV flaws, a Popcorn Time VPN, the chatbot that beat Alan Turing, the CIA joins Twitter, the first Vine from space, a Street View of the World Cup, and Microsoft’s vision of the present future.

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How Often Do You Upgrade Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

8th June, 2014

Many of us use smartphones to communicate on a daily basis, whether through calls, texts, or apps. Which means there is always a strong temptation to own the latest and greatest smartphone on the market.

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10 Websites Guaranteed To Press Your Buttons [Weird & Wonderful Web]

8th June, 2014

Buttons are far too tempting not to press. And as these websites prove, you can press buttons to make stuff happen on the Web. Here are ten for button bashers everywhere.

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Netflix At War With ISPs, 3D Amazon Smartphone, Tinder Selfies [Tech News Digest]

6th June, 2014

Netflix battles ISPs, Amazon teases 3D smartphone, Xbox One comes to PC, Tinder mimics Snapchat, GOG launches GOG Galaxy, Yahoo upsets Flickr users, and how to break up with someone using Internet memes.

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The Day We Reset The Net, Netflix Vs Verizon, World Cup Predictions [Tech News Digest]

5th June, 2014

We Reset The Net, Netflix and Verizon argue, how to detect Glassholes, Apple gets healthy, EA prefers Germany over Brazil, Instagram edits your photos, and Facebook pinpoints where it all went wrong.

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What Is Your Favorite Internet Saying Of All Time? [We Ask You]

5th June, 2014

Some Internet sayings are so common they’re vying for inclusion in dictionaries. We want to discover your favorite Internet words and phrases.

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Google End-To-End Encryption, Slender Man Attempted Murder [Tech News Digest]

4th June, 2014

Google goes End-To-End, Kickstarter softens campaign rules, Sony kills the PSP, Chrome goes 64-bit, Slender Man attempted murder, Todoist For Business, and teens reacting to 90s Internet.

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10 Fictional Gadgets We Wish Were Real [We Ask You Results]

4th June, 2014

we set you the task of helping us compile a list of the most-wanted fictional gadgets that (don’t yet) exist. You delivered.

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Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest]

3rd June, 2014

Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver explains Net Neutrality.

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NSA Facials, Beats Kills MOG, Justin.tv Kills Archive, Heartbleed Spam [Tech News Digest]

2nd June, 2014

NSA collects photos, Beats kills MOG, Justin.tv deletes its video archive, Google offers the right to be forgotten, the Heartbleed bug lives on, Springpad is shutting down, and Cloverfield loses the shaky cam.

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What Device Are You Using Right Now? [MakeUseOf Poll]

1st June, 2014

In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll we want to know what device you are using to read these words. And these words. And indeed these words.

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Prove Anything With Statistics Using Spurious Correlations [Weird & Wonderful Web]

1st June, 2014

Statistics can be used to prove anything. You don’t have to take our word for it, as a website called Spurious Correlations demonstrates how statistics can be bent and shaped to suit any bias.

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Edward Snowden Talks, TrueCrypt Mystery, Ballmer Buys L.A. Clippers [Tech News Digest]

30th May, 2014

Edward Snowden talks to NBC, troubling TrueCrypt tales, CryEngine comes to Steam, Google Video Quality Report ranks ISPs, Vimeo’s gets High Maintenance, Ballmer buys the Clippers, and 25 years of LOLs.