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Dave Parrack

Deputy 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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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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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]

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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

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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
10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations

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10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations

YouTube has become the new home for original content creators, with many forging exciting new careers for themselves by making videos which are watched by millions of people. In the same way that reality television has managed to find stars lurking among the masses, YouTube (as well as its various alternatives) has offered an opportunity for talented people to find an online audience. One genre that demonstrates this trend extremely well is animation.

14-03-2013
10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations
5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5

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5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5

HTML5 continues to go from strength to strength, with more websites switching to the new standard that brings multimedia content to the Web without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash. Is that blasted thing dead yet? Sadly not, but the need for it is slowly being removed. And not before time. While HTML5 is far from ubiquitous at this point, an increasing number of websites are using it.

13-03-2013
5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5
Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]

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Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]

The best video games are often those with simple ideas at their core. Tetris is a perfect example – it’s simply piling odd-shaped blocks together in order to form a solid wall, and yet it’s highly addictive, even if you’re only playing the unofficial online clones of Tetris. Then there is Angry Birds, which is addictive for many reasons. Even Call Of Duty is simple in the sense that you shoot the bad guys, and that sells like the proverbial hotcakes.

13-03-2013
Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]
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