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Dave Parrack

Deputy Editor and Tech News Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Dave Parrack is a British writer with a fascination for technology. With over 10 years experience writing online, he's now a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf.

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What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]

Like many creative pursuits photography is something absolutely anybody can do, but only a select few will ever excel at. To truly amaze and astound people with your photographs you need to possess the right equipment (or ingenious hacks), the right mindset, the right subjects (including children and pets), and an innate ability to know what works and what doesn’t. You also need to utilize the knowledge of those already well-versed in photography.

01-05-2013
What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]
8 Disappointing Video Game Endings

Gaming

8 Disappointing Video Game Endings

Video games offer epic experiences with the power to excite, enthrall, and entertain. At least they do on occasion, when all of the various elements needed to turn a game from a mildly amusing distraction into a piece of art are present. Unfortunately, even the best games can often turn ugly in the end. Video games often require hours of effort to complete. And there’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a satisfying ending.

24-04-2013
8 Disappointing Video Game Endings
What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]

Android iPhone and iPad

What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]

Gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and boast a variety of different purposes. Whether they’re designed to help you accomplish certain tasks or chores, or provide entertainment for you and your loved ones, gadgets are an essential part of the lives of most people. Since starting to write about gadgets and technological innovations, I’ve seen as many bad ideas as good.

24-04-2013
What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]
How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets

Internet

How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of owning a pet then you’re missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. While owning a pet isn’t a wholly positive experience – especially when they pass away after far too short a time on this Earth – the positives far outweigh the negatives. Especially if you choose the right animal to suit your personality. Pets provide a great subject for photographers, both professional and amateur alike.

24-04-2013
How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets
Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use

Android

Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use

There’s a certain novelty factor to tablets, which invariably means that if one person in the household owns one, they’ll be continually fighting off calls to share. Not only is this annoying, it has the potential to end in a family feud if an expensive tablet gets dropped or otherwise destroyed by a younger member of the family. The answer is, of course, to provide an alternative tablet for your kids; one that you’re comfortable with them using to their heart’s content. What follows are five Android tablets that fit the bill.

18-04-2013
Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use
Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos

Internet

Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos

GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They’re tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you’re jumping out of a plane, diving in the ocean, or competing in any of the extreme sports that adrenaline junkies the world over are increasingly participating. For those of us less inclined to throw ourselves into the path of danger, GoPro cameras offer a chance to see these activities from the perspective of those involved.

17-04-2013
Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos
What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]

Bitcoin has been around for several years now, but with its price climbing to monumental highs over the past few weeks, there has been a will to explore what it is, how it’s created (or mined), and what the future may hold for this new virtual currency and others that could emerge in its wake.

17-04-2013
What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]
Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit

Internet

Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit

Reddit is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the Web. I’m a latecomer to its powers of seduction, being a veritable n00b compared to some of the other writers here at MakeUseOf. But I’m keen to explore Reddit, learning its subtleties and gaining new insights from subreddits aplenty as I do so. As it stands I consider Reddit to be one of the seven wonders of the Web, one of the pillars the whole community is based on and around.

17-04-2013
Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit
Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

Internet

Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

Reddit is emerging as a true force on the Internet, which explains its inclusion in our list of wonders of the Web. It’s a source for news and interesting factoids, the instigator of many memes, the popularizing force of many viral videos, and an all-round entertaining place to hang out online. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, though there will inevitably be some people who decide it isn’t for them.

11-04-2013
Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed
The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels

Internet

The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels

Life can be depressing at times. I don’t care who you are or how good your life is, there is always the chance that something or someone can knock you off your happy pedestal and bring you down for a while. That’s why we all need to laugh. Uproariously. On a daily basis. After all, laughter is the best medicine. With the possible exception of antibiotics. With this in mind we all need to seek out sources of laughter each and every day.

10-04-2013
The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

Browsers

5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn’t going away anytime soon, with Google expanding the number of markets it’s selling Chromebooks in. What follows are Web resources that could prove invaluable to any Chromebook owner.

04-04-2013
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners
8 April Fools’ Day Pranks You May Have Missed

Web Culture

8 April Fools’ Day Pranks You May Have Missed

April Fools’ Day is, depending on your individual point of view, either a pathetic waste of everyone’s time and energy that you try to avoid as much as possible or 24 hours of fun that marks a welcome break from the doom and gloom which dominates the rest of the year. The Web was once virtually free of April Fools’ Day pranks, but now it’s awash with them each time the calendar clicks over to the fourth month.

03-04-2013
8 April Fools’ Day Pranks You May Have Missed
What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]

The company which has its many and varied tentacles wrapped tightly around all four corners of the Web recently announced the culling of Google Reader. This decision annoyed many people, some of whom immediately began looking around for alternative RSS readers. The chances of Google culling other services in the future are high, as the company has these spring cleans regularly.

03-04-2013
What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter

Internet

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter

Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social network was known simply as twttr. What follows are seven reasons why you should be using Twitter. Even if you have so far rejected the social network either out of ignorance or a lack of desire, I urge you to read on and at least consider giving it a go.

03-04-2013
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter
Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo

Internet

Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo

Vimeo is one of these YouTube alternatives. It’s a different beast from the Google-owned property, extolling the virtues of quality over quantity. Vimeo is the place where the cool cats — the innovative musicians, interesting documentarians, and offbeat filmmakers — reside. The videos are presented in a beautiful manner, making watching Vimeo a closer experience to watching broadcast television.

28-03-2013
Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo
5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web

Internet

5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web

Anyone who spends any serious amount of time on the Web will be aware of Internet memes. At least those who venture into the useless-yet-entertaining side streets the Web has to offer. Those who are unaware what an Internet meme is just need to look at the picture for an example. That’s Grumpy Cat, and those words are what I imagine he’s thinking right now.

27-03-2013
5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web
10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow

Internet

10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow

In October 2012 Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company primarily known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. For a fraction over $4 billion, Disney therefore landed the Star Wars franchise, and promptly announced that it would be making three new films to complete the nine-film story arc originally planned by George Lucas in the 1970s. Various spin-offs are also expected.

27-03-2013
10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

Gaming Browsers

5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

HTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5 is capable of handling a wide range of multimedia requirements, including video, audio, and, best of all, games. What follows are 5+ HTML5 games to suit all tastes. These are all free, and available to play in your Web browser right now.

21-03-2013
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now
Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]

Internet

Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]

I previously wrote an article detailing 5 of the commandments that govern the Internet. These are more like adages than laws; more a form of etiquette than hard rules. Still, it set my mind to thinking about the actual rules and regulations which govern what we all do online. To be honest the Internet is a fairly lawless entity. Mainstream use of this amazing tool sees people still apply a moral and ethical code to the Web.

21-03-2013
Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]
Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest

Internet

Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest

Pinterest is, for the uninitiated among you, a social network which revolves around images, with users pinning pictures of anything and everything in vast collections. It’s an intriguing idea which seems to resonate mostly with women, hence Pinterest grew quickly and gained a lot of female users through the course of 2012. However, it also has numerous detractors and some highly questionable content.

20-03-2013
Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest
What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]

If you’re online – which we know you are as you’re reading this article – then you’ll be aware of social networks. Hell, “aware” is the very least you’ll be, and you’re more likely to be a member of one, two, three, or more of these notoriously pervasive entities. Owing to this job I belong to an inordinate number of them, though you can count on one hand the number on which I’m truly active.

20-03-2013
What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]
A First Look At The Spotify Web Player

Internet

A First Look At The Spotify Web Player

Spotify has changed the way many of us consume music, myself included. I used to buy albums on a regular basis, but once the time came when I’d rip the CD to my computer’s hard drive and then have no further use for it, I knew the times they were a-changin’. Once Spotify arrived on the scene then I stopped buying albums altogether, and I haven’t looked back since. Spotify tips and tricks help make the experience of using the service even more fulfilling.

20-03-2013
A First Look At The Spotify Web Player