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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Dave's Latest Posts

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Google Unmasks Elite Hackers, iPads Can Give You Rashes, And More… [Tech News Digest]

16th July, 2014

Hidden From Google tracks blocked search results, naming rules relaxed on Google+, Oculus cancels Rift DK2 pre-orders over eBay sales, the story behind one man’s Wikipedia bot, and Weird Al details Word Crimes.

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10 Reasons Why People Still Use Facebook [We Ask You Results]

16th July, 2014

The main reason people still use Facebook is because everyone else uses it. Go figure.

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Cheap Windows Laptops For All, Spies Manipulating The Internet, And More… [Tech News Digest]

15th July, 2014

Web companies fight for net neutrality, Sotheby’s and eBay join forces, scientists have too much time on their hands, a reason to buy a smartwatch, and proof that cancelling Comcast is a complete nightmare.

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New Raspberry Pi B+ Released, FCC Tallies Net Neutrality Comments, And More… [Tech News Digest]

14th July, 2014

Also, Beats goes after Chinese counterfeiters before Apple sale, Hulu nabs South Park, Twitter tracks Wikipedia edits from politicians, Amazon trolls the French government, and an honest game trailer for Minecraft.

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What Brand Of TV Do You Own? [MakeUseOf Poll]

13th July, 2014

You probably watch more television than you should. Whether this is a good thing is a discussion for another day, but what we’re interested in is what brand of TV you currently own.

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Crappy Crowdfunding: 10 Dumb Kickstarters We Did Not Support [Weird & Wonderful Web]

13th July, 2014

The success of crowdfunded innovations has attracted the brilliant…and also the inane and insane. Here are 10 of the absolute worst Kickstarter campaigns we could find. Watch them because they are comedy gold.

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Microsoft Changes Outlined In Memo, Amazon Drones On To FAA, And More… [Tech News Digest]

11th July, 2014

UK government restores data retention powers, Verizon and Netflix continue war of words, Cortana predicts World Cup winners, Netflix advertises the best job ever, and Kelsey Grammer is a grammar Nazi, but only on Twitter.

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Apple Loses Siri Patent Case, When Uber Drivers Go Bad, And More… [Tech News Digest]

10th July, 2014

Aereo uses recent Supreme Court ruling to its favor, Chromecast gets an AirPlay-like update, Spotify is finally coming to Canada, you WILL want RocketSkates, and a YouTube video that makes you hallucinate.

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Why Are You Still Using Facebook? [We Ask You]

10th July, 2014

Facebook isn’t exactly a beloved institution, and yet it’s able to deflect most criticism. Why is that?

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Android Fails To Delete Data, Sony Sells Selfie Smartphone, And More… [Tech News Digest]

9th July, 2014

Also, Microsoft issues reminder over the end of support for Windows 7, Uber ends emergency price gouging, Apple patents all-glass iPhones, hundreds of free Microsoft eBooks, and kids react to the original Game Boy.

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Verified Viewing: 10 Highly Recommended YouTube Channels [We Ask You Results]

9th July, 2014

We all know YouTube is the place to go for videos of all descriptions. Well, those that are both legal and suitable for work, at least. There are alternatives to YouTube, but none that have the brand awareness and breadth of content that the Google-owned site can boast. Channels have been a key ingredient in […]

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Zuckerberg Wants Free Internet For All, XP Upgrades Halt PC Decline, And More… [Tech News Digest]

8th July, 2014

New Zealand ISP gives its customers what they want, Isis discovers power of branding, GameStop sets out to ruin video games, potato salad is funded through Kickstarter, and we watch a 72-minute-long trailer.

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Streaming Is Killing iTunes, YouTube Is Shaming ISPs, And More… [Tech News Digest]

7th July, 2014

Russia wants Internet user data kept within its borders, TSA insists mobile phones are kept charged, Uber is ruled legal in London, see books no one finishes reading, and drones flying through fireworks is spectacular.

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Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Least? [MakeUseOf Poll]

6th July, 2014

Companies need you to trust them in order to sell you their products or services. Some manage it better than others, and some manage it very badly indeed.

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Loathsome Life Lessons: 13 Unethical Hacks Not To Try. Ever. [Weird & Wonderful Web]

6th July, 2014

Not all life hacks are created equal. Alongside the fantastic and fascinating life hacks are some that are so unethical that no one in their right mind should even try to pull them off.