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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 all things tech. With over 10 years experience writing for online publications, he's now a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf.

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Why I Chose To Buy A Cheap Android Tablet [Opinion]

Android

Why I Chose To Buy A Cheap Android Tablet [Opinion]

After doing a little more research than was healthy, I took the plunge and chose a tablet. One which I now own and use every day. It wasn’t an iPad, or even a name-brand Android tablet such as the Transformer Prime or Galaxy Tab. Instead it was a generic Android tablet bought from a random third-party seller on Amazon.

10-05-2012
Why I Chose To Buy A Cheap Android Tablet [Opinion]
Improve Your Knowledge Of Google Maps With A Fun Game Called Google Cube

Internet Gaming

Improve Your Knowledge Of Google Maps With A Fun Game Called Google Cube

When was the last time you remembered how easy it is now is to find the best way to get from A to B thanks to Google Maps? As someone who grew up in a time before the Web became the mainstream behemoth it is today, I try and remind myself often how banal tasks have been made much easier. This means I don’t mind when Google releases a commercial for Google Maps but dresses it up as a fun little game.

09-05-2012
Improve Your Knowledge Of Google Maps With A Fun Game Called Google Cube
8 Of The Best Floppy Disk Drive Music Videos

Web Culture

8 Of The Best Floppy Disk Drive Music Videos

Who would ever have thought that old, outdated technology such as floppy disk drives would be given a new lease of life by amateur computer engineers and programmers turning them into instruments? Not me. But that is exactly what has happened over the last few years. What follows are the best music videos on the Web featuring songs played using floppy disk drives as instruments.

09-05-2012
8 Of The Best Floppy Disk Drive Music Videos
The Tech Behind The Tupac Hologram & How It Could Rock The World [MakeUseOf Explains]

Web Culture

The Tech Behind The Tupac Hologram & How It Could Rock The World [MakeUseOf Explains]

When Tupac Shakur strode on stage at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival to perform a song with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, most of those in attendance were struck dumb with awe. Because Tupac was shot and killed in 1996. Thanks to a combination of an old-time stage trick and modern technology he returned to life in virtual form in front of 100,000 stunned music fans.

03-05-2012
The Tech Behind The Tupac Hologram & How It Could Rock The World [MakeUseOf Explains]
How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]

Internet

How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]

The profile picture you display to the world online, usually via social networking sites, can say a great deal about you. People can and will make instant judgments based on the image you have chosen to represent you in this world we refer to as “virtual”. This makes the decision process behind choosing your profile picture a more important one than you may think.

03-05-2012
How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]
7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters

Web Culture

7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters

Hipsters, or scenesters as they’re sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it’s actually the norm (or at least common) to be a hipster – wearing retro clothes, sporting strange facial hair, and generally being a little out there. This has led to hipsters trying to be more different than ever before.

02-05-2012
7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters
The 7 Best Google Project Glass Parody Videos

Web Culture

The 7 Best Google Project Glass Parody Videos

After months of rumors regarding a move into augmented reality, Google finally unveiled its Project Glass initiative at the beginning of April. Apart from a few photographs of annoying models wearing an early version of the Google Glasses, the main draw was a concept video showing one day in the life of someone wearing these futuristic specs. This video was ripe for spoofing.

02-05-2012
The 7 Best Google Project Glass Parody Videos
Top 10 Songs Played On Apple iDevices – Music Videos Made With iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

iPhone and iPad

Top 10 Songs Played On Apple iDevices – Music Videos Made With iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

If one company has benefited from the emergence of apps and the app economy more than any other it is Apple. It delivers the hardware, everyone else delivers the software. And Apple takes a cut of the revenue. But when the combination of device and apps makes things as awesome as this possible, very few people would have the heart to complain.

27-04-2012
Top 10 Songs Played On Apple iDevices – Music Videos Made With iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch
Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion]

Internet

Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion]

At the beginning of April Google unveiled Project Glass, a new effort to bring smartphone functionality to your eyeball(s). And that’s not me overstating the case. This is a HUD (Heads-Up Display) offering augmented reality, and it’s in development right now at Google HQ. We have already heard from James how this technology is perfectly feasible, and that the concept video Google proferred isn’t pie-in-the-sky thinking.

26-04-2012
Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion]
What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us]

Internet

What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us]

You know what’s better than $1 million? $1 billion. Which is not only a line from some film or other (The Social Network, truth be told) but is also what must have gone through the minds of Kevin Systrom and co. when Facebook came a-knockin’ at Instagram HQ. So Instagram is now in the hands of Mark Zuckerberg, and who knows what future plans he has for this almighty (at least in terms of userbase) photo-sharing app.

25-04-2012
What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us]
The 5 Best Spotify Apps Built By Record Labels

Internet

The 5 Best Spotify Apps Built By Record Labels

Spotify recently added a new selection of apps to its platform. We have already looked at five of the best, including Classify and Tweetvine, but here are another five worth exploring in order to get the most out of the music streaming service from Sweden. What the following five Spotify apps all have in common is that they’re run by and for specific record labels. Which is a notable change in strategy.

25-04-2012
The 5 Best Spotify Apps Built By Record Labels
5 Fun Draw Something Videos for the Addicted

Web Culture Gaming

5 Fun Draw Something Videos for the Addicted

Draw Something is the current darling of the mobile games industry, having achieved huge popularity around the world in a short space of time. In fact, it’s been crowned the fastest-growing mobile game of all time thanks to 50 million downloads in its first 50 days of being available. Zynga saw so much potential there it bought the company behind the game just to get its hands on this one title.

18-04-2012
5 Fun Draw Something Videos for the Addicted
The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]

Internet

The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]

I have accounts on several social networking sites, and spend far too long on them writing my own updates and reading the updates of others. I enjoy doing so, being able to interact with friends, family, and random strangers online in a controlled environment. For someone who works at home, this is a big positive. However, social networking sites aren’t a wholly positive influence on the world.

12-04-2012
The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]
10 Websites Geeks of All Stripes Should Bookmark

Internet

10 Websites Geeks of All Stripes Should Bookmark

We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we’re not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a bigger part of everybody’s lives, we are the ones who they, the non-geeks, will turn to for help and advice. And we will offer that help and advice without hesitation. There are some fantastic resources on the Web for geeks, of all ages and all kinds.

11-04-2012
10 Websites Geeks of All Stripes Should Bookmark
7 Awesome Google Chrome Promo Videos

Web Culture Internet

7 Awesome Google Chrome Promo Videos

Google Chrome has come from nowhere to be the third most-popular web browser in the world. It’s rapidly catching up to Firefox, which is currently sitting in second place behind the omnipresent Internet Explorer from Microsoft. How on earth has it achieved such a feat? By being new and different, and offering speed and efficiency above all else. At least in its early days.

11-04-2012
7 Awesome Google Chrome Promo Videos
5 of the Best New Spotify Apps for Music Fans

Internet

5 of the Best New Spotify Apps for Music Fans

At the end of 2011, Spotify, the insanely popular and rapidly growing music-streaming service, added apps into its already heady mix of awesomeness. There were some true gems hidden in there, with 5 of the apps in particular being truly addictive. Several months later and Spotify has added a second round of apps to its service. This next generation of apps are a mixed bag.

05-04-2012
5 of the Best New Spotify Apps for Music Fans
Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion]

Gaming

Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion]

The current generation of home games consoles – the Wii, the PS3, and the Xbox 360 – have all been with us for some time. This seventh-generation began in 2005 with the release of the Xbox 360. The Microsoft console was joined by Nintendo’s innovative new motion-control-based Wii and Sony’s more-of-the-same PS3 a year later in 2006. By industry standards this is a long-lasting generation.

04-04-2012
Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion]
5 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos

Web Culture

5 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos

The Google logo is recognized the world over. It’s a logo that many people see on a daily basis as they make the Google homepage their first port of call in exploring the wider web. It’s simple and yet iconic at the same time. But no one wants to see the same old logo staring back at them every time they search for something online, do they? Google doesn’t think so.

04-04-2012
5 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I’ve tried, I really have, but I think it’s a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or even days, through all weathers, purely in order to purchase a next-gen device in person. There is absolutely no need to ever queue for a new gadget on day one as, the Internet means queuing is unnecessary.

29-03-2012
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]
The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun

Gaming

The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun

The fourth wall is the invisible wall which separates the audience from a performance, whether it be on stage, on television, in movies, or in video games. Breaking the fourth wall is when a performer obliterates the idea of that invisible wall and talks directly to an audience. This is how The Fourth Wall, an indie game for Windows, got its name.

28-03-2012
The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun
8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted

Web Culture Gaming

8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted

I hate to admit it but I’m a little addicted to Angry Birds. I know many people hate the game in all its different iterations – it’s for casual gamers, it sucks, it’s pointless – but I just can’t get enough. I know why this is so, having explored the reasons Angry Birds is so addictive in a previous article, but that hasn’t helped. Never mind. There are worse things to be addicted to.

28-03-2012
8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted
5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks

iPhone and iPad

5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks

As you’re no doubt aware thanks to the blanket coverage all across the Web, Apple unveiled its latest hardware on March 7. That hardware being “the new iPad,” or “iPad (third-generation),” or, as most people will call it, the iPad 3. While all the Apple fanboys and fangirls virtually creamed their pants in anticipation of spending five minutes with the new iPad, some of us weren’t quite so impressed.

22-03-2012
5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks
How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic

Internet

How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic

Metacritic is one of a handful of big review aggregation sites. Its motto of, “Keeping score of entertainment” sums up what it does perfectly. Rather than focus on just one aspect of entertainment such as movies or games, Metacritic tracks them all, with separate sections for ‘Movies’, ‘Games’, ‘TV’, and ‘Music’. However, Metacritic can be a force for both good and bad.

21-03-2012
How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic