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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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Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content

Internet

Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content

Search engines only help if you know what it is you’re looking for. But what if you don’t? Social networking sites are a good source of interesting content. And then there are social media sites, which are curated either by editors or a community of voters. What follows are six social media sites full of interesting stories and intriguing articles.

12-06-2013
Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content
Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid

Internet

Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid

Despite my complete lack of snobbiness when it comes to photography, the emergence of social networks and smartphones have combined to mean photos are an integral part of the Web, and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. People shoot liberally and then post them online immediately. Which has led to certain trends emerging over the past couple of years.

06-06-2013
Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid
Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos

Internet

Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos

If you don’t actually think you need professional help you can just test yourself for fun on the Web. You don’t even need to visit a serious website to gain an informal assessment of your health, with YouTube videos offering a fun and innovative way of testing various states of being.

05-06-2013
Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos
Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube

Gaming

Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube

Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console on May 21, 2013. Officially called the Xbox One — and not Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity, or Xbox Next, all of which were rumored — the new console is the final piece of the emerging next-gen puzzle. Once launched the Xbox One will go head to head with the PS4 from Sony and (to a lesser extent) the Wii U from Nintendo.

30-05-2013
Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube
7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia

Internet

7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia

Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are free to view, not lumbered with ads, and are edited by people like us. It’s a resource that everybody knows about, but which very few people truly make the most of.

29-05-2013
7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia
Keep Your Karma – What Not to Do on Reddit

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Keep Your Karma – What Not to Do on Reddit

Reddit proves its worth more with each passing day. As a source of entertainment, information, knowledge, memes, and LOLs, it is unrivalled in terms of the sheer scope of content it offers to the casual Web user. Which is why it totally deserves its place on the list of seven websites we could not live without. You don’t even have to join Reddit to enjoy the various pleasures it has to offer.

29-05-2013
Keep Your Karma – What Not to Do on Reddit
Keeping Up With The Bluth Family: Discover Arrested Development On The Web

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Keeping Up With The Bluth Family: Discover Arrested Development On The Web

Arrested Development is back, with Netflix having given the show a lifeline by commissioning new episodes. Here’s hoping that this time Arrested Development is watched by the size of audience it deserves. To give the show the best chance of succeeding it’s a good idea to educate those who previously missed out on the goodness.

23-05-2013
Keeping Up With The Bluth Family: Discover Arrested Development On The Web
Keep Boredom At Bay With Playable Google Doodles

Internet

Keep Boredom At Bay With Playable Google Doodles

The Google homepage is intentionally minimalist, with a distinct lack of pointless detritus that would only serve to divert people’s attention away from the main purpose of the page. Which is to provide a kicking off point for exploring the wider Web. There’s the Google logo, a search bar, and a couple of buttons, and that’s it… most of the time.

22-05-2013
Keep Boredom At Bay With Playable Google Doodles
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [You Told Us]

Internet

At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [You Told Us]

New and emerging technology has always been associated with the younger generations. Older people tend to be set in their ways, leaving those under a certain age to discover gadgets and gizmos as they arrive on the scene. Younger people learn more quickly, and that goes for technology in the same way it goes for everything else. However, how young is too young for kids to be exposed to technology?

22-05-2013
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [You Told Us]
Gaming Google Maps With Street View Games

Gaming

Gaming Google Maps With Street View Games

Google Maps is an essential tool for anyone planning a day trip or holiday, providing a clear yet detailed overview of locations and how to reach them. More than that it provides a simple way for all of us to find our literal place in the world, though it cannot help with the more figurative notion of belonging. Google Maps was already amazing, and then a few years after its launch Google Street View was added to the mix.

22-05-2013
Gaming Google Maps With Street View Games
5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching

Web Culture

5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching

Funny Or Die is a comedy website focused on videos, which means you can add it to the list of worthy YouTube alternatives. The name of the site comes from the very simple idea that something should either be funny or die. If a piece of content isn’t funny then let it pass away, quietly, without a funeral. And you, the viewer, gets to choose its fate.

16-05-2013
5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]

Internet

At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]

Seeing kids using cutting-edge technology is certainly a relatively recent development. But I guess it isn’t a surprising one. After all, the technology exists, parents own it and (over)use it, and so kids are likely to want to follow suit prematurely. Should this be something we embrace? Or should kids be encouraged to leave technology alone until they’re old enough to fully embrace it?

16-05-2013
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]
Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists

Internet

Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists

Mapping music isn’t as bizarre as it may at first sound. In the same way locations can be mapped out, so can music genres and artists, with one style feeding into the next, one band being connected to another. What follows are three methods for mapping genres and artists that should lead to you discovering new music. Hopefully, all without having to offend a friend or loved one.

15-05-2013
Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists
Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]

Internet

Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]

However careful you may be about what you share on the Web, there is always a chance you’re leaking information. Websites collect data about you, which is then used to present you with relevant adverts. Social networks store updates and comments you make, any of which could come back to haunt you later in life. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Which is why we decided to ask you for your views on this issue.

15-05-2013
Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]
Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter

Internet

Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter

There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself online. Using a firewall and antivirus software, creating secure passwords, not leaving your devices unattended; these are all absolute musts. Beyond that it comes down to keeping up with the latest news about spam, scams, phishing attempts, hacks, and malware. This is where the following list of Twitter accounts come into play.

15-05-2013
Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter
6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia

Web Culture

6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia

Wikipedia is often mocked for its perceived lack of truth. Because it’s an encyclopedia built entirely on the contributions of random people, it has a reputation for not always being accurate and truthful. In some ways this assertion is fair… little-known entries (such as those for people you’ve likely never heard of) can be manipulated by pranksters or editors with an agenda, but it’s far from the norm, especially on popular, oft-visited entries.

09-05-2013
6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia
If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men

Internet

If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men

Pinterest is a fascinating website that reveals the things people like, love, desire, and covet. For those that have so far remained immune to its lure, Pinterest operates on the basis of images found across the Web, with people pinning these images to their boards for others to either drool over or mock. Pinterest is, at heart, a social network, but one which rids itself of everything but pictures… lots and lots of pictures.

08-05-2013
If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men
Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]

Android iPhone and iPad

Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]

After the CEO of BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins, questioned how long a shelf-life tablets have to look forward to, we decided to seek your opinions on the matter. After a week of discussions related to the topic I sat down to pore over the results only to discover Bill Gates, the Chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, had stumbled into the discussion. In other words even Microsoft thinks that tablets are here to stay, but do the MakeUseOf readership agree?

08-05-2013
Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]
The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far

Web Culture

The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far

Short films can be truly amazing. Like the best short stories, short films often pack more meaning into their brief running times than full-length movies (or novels) do. There’s something about the genre that compels those who revel in it to make one really strong, overarching point, and to do so in a very short space of time. Short films can be anything up to 40 minutes long, but most are considerably shorter than that.

08-05-2013
The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far
Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia

Web Culture

Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia

Most people approach Wikipedia as they approach Google: they head there with a search term already in mind. But that approach may mean you miss out on much of what Wikipedia has to offer. It boasts entries that are obscure, odd, offbeat, and unlikely to be seen by more than a handful of people. Welcome to the world of weird Wikipedia.

02-05-2013
Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia
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]