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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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Will You Be Buying Either a “Gold” iPhone or “Cheap” iPhone? [You Told Us]

iPhone and iPad

Will You Be Buying Either a “Gold” iPhone or “Cheap” iPhone? [You Told Us]

As we enter September, we edge ever closer to Apple’s latest press event; during which the company is expected to reveal the latest iPhone, or, more accurately, iPhones. Apple always draws a crowd, but this press event is sure to draw even more than the usual levels of attention. So, were the rumored upgrades (if they can be called upgrades) enough to persuade the MakeUseOf readership commit to making a purchase?

28-08-2013
Will You Be Buying Either a “Gold” iPhone or “Cheap” iPhone? [You Told Us]
6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year

Gaming

6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year

Contrary to popular belief, video games aren’t a useless form of entertainment responsible for sucking precious time away from children and adults alike. Even generic first-person shooters such as the Call Of Duty titles could, in theory, help develop hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and teamwork. And there are plenty of other titles that offer similar unseen opportunities for mental growth. What follows are six educational console games that parents can buy for their offspring and be safe in the knowledge that there is an educational element embedded somewhere in the gameplay.

28-08-2013
6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year
Automatically Plan Your Meals & Make Dieting Easier With Eat This Much

Internet

Automatically Plan Your Meals & Make Dieting Easier With Eat This Much

One of the reasons for struggling with diets is the amount of work it takes organizing a diet that will help make you slim and healthy while providing some respite from the continual grind of calorie-counting and workouts. Which is where Eat This Much enters stage left, with its “auto-magic” meal plan and multitude of customization options.

27-08-2013
Automatically Plan Your Meals & Make Dieting Easier With Eat This Much
10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s

Web Culture

10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s

The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn’t become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged to give normal people something to actually do online. What did the Internet look like to people in the early 1990s when the vast majority had likely never even heard of it, let alone used it. For the purposes of both education and entertainment we can travel back in time to 1995 (or thereabouts). And it’s all thanks to the power of YouTube.

22-08-2013
10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s
Pica Pic Brings Classic Handheld Electronic Games To The Web

Gaming

Pica Pic Brings Classic Handheld Electronic Games To The Web

Before the original Game Boy arrived on the scene as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, all eager gamers had to play while out of the house were handheld electronic games that came as part of a single unit. There was no swapping games in and out, you bought the unit, and you were stuck playing that game until such time as you (or, more likely, your parents) bought a replacement. I don’t particularly miss those days, but because they happened during my childhood I have an occasional yearning to revisit them for a dose of nostalgia. Which is where a website called Pica Pic proves its worth.

20-08-2013
Pica Pic Brings Classic Handheld Electronic Games To The Web
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

Web Culture

10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

Lots of people like to “Like” things. I am of course referring to the Facebook Like, which has become a simple shortcut to stamping your approval on something. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fictional characters on Facebook. These are public figures who are so beloved by the general public they’ve managed to rack up millions of Facebook Likes. And yet none of them actually exist in the real world. Who are these people?

14-08-2013
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook
Print Vs. Digital: What Is the Future for News? [You Told Us]

Internet

Print Vs. Digital: What Is the Future for News? [You Told Us]

We asked you, Print Vs. Digital: What Is The Future For News? This question elicited a rather disappointing response, with just a handful of interested parties choosing to have their say on the issue. Still, those good people who did get involved generally had lots to say on the matter. The picture that emerged from the comments is one where print media is revered but is almost certain to be heading for destruction.

13-08-2013
Print Vs. Digital: What Is the Future for News? [You Told Us]
Test Your Music Knowledge With The Mr. Quizter Spotify App

Internet

Test Your Music Knowledge With The Mr. Quizter Spotify App

I regularly attend pub quizzes. Not only do these make sure I’m putting my brain to the test on a regular basis, the socializing is good for my sanity, and there’s beer available literally on tap. Unfortunately I cannot attend a pub quiz every night of the week, because I’d be both broke and an alcoholic. Thankfully there are plenty of alternative ways to quiz online, including a new Spotify app called Mr. Quizter.

13-08-2013
Test Your Music Knowledge With The Mr. Quizter Spotify App
8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times

Internet

8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times

Figures don’t lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it’s important to make sure all of those Google users are utilizing all that Google has to offer when it comes to its search engine. Everyone knows how to conduct a normal search by typing some words and/or a phrase into the box provided and following the links that emerge from the overcrowded fog. But Google Search offers a lot more than just the basics.

07-08-2013
8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times
How To Time Travel Through The Brief History Of The Internet

Internet

How To Time Travel Through The Brief History Of The Internet

It’s extremely interesting to chart the history of your favorite website(s) from their origin point, all the way through their existence, and right up until the present day. And it’s entirely feasible too thanks to just a few key resources. In other words, time travel is entirely possible, as long as you only travel within the confines of the Internet.

07-08-2013
How To Time Travel Through The Brief History Of The Internet
5 Things Beyond Graphics To Get Excited Over With The PS4 & Xbox One

Gaming

5 Things Beyond Graphics To Get Excited Over With The PS4 & Xbox One

A new generation of consoles obviously brings better visuals with it, but graphics aren’t everything. While previous console generations relied rather heavily on improvements to how the games looked, this one is set to value a wide variety of other features above pure aesthetic appeal.

31-07-2013
5 Things Beyond Graphics To Get Excited Over With The PS4 & Xbox One
Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online

Internet Entertainment

Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online

As we mature (or to put it more bluntly, grow old) our tastes in many things change. The movies that we loved as teenagers will no longer appeal, the food we turned our noses up at as kids will now set our taste buds on fire. And the music that shaped our formative years will give way to new genres, new tempos, and new bands. But where to find this new music our brains long for and ears crave?

31-07-2013
Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online
10 Of The Funniest Song Parodies Of All Time On YouTube

Web Culture

10 Of The Funniest Song Parodies Of All Time On YouTube

Song parodies have existed for centuries in one form or another. We won’t be travelling that far back through the swirling mists of time, but what follows are 10 of the funniest song parodies you can watch on YouTube right now. And because we’re too good to you all you can watch them right here on this page thanks to the power of embedding.

25-07-2013
10 Of The Funniest Song Parodies Of All Time On YouTube
5 Beloved & Acclaimed Games That Are Incredibly Overrated

Gaming

5 Beloved & Acclaimed Games That Are Incredibly Overrated

Reviewing something, whether it’s hardware, software, art, or an experience, is a deceptively tricky thing to do. You have to try and put aside personal biases and focus on the actual positives and negatives of that thing. Even if you manage to do this successfully, there will always be someone out there who disagrees with your review, and for one day only that person is me. What follows is a list of five video games that are almost universally acclaimed by the critics and beloved by gamers.

24-07-2013
5 Beloved & Acclaimed Games That Are Incredibly Overrated
Do You Watch What You Say Online? [You Told Us]

Internet

Do You Watch What You Say Online? [You Told Us]

The Internet is still considered to be something akin to The Wild West, a lawless, still-emerging set of disparate communities all vying for attention. But this isn’t actually the case, and it hasn’t been for many years. Contrary to popular belief many of the laws and rules which apply in the real world also apply online.

24-07-2013
Do You Watch What You Say Online? [You Told Us]
Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes

Internet

Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes

It’s incredibly important to take the time to relax occasionally. It doesn’t do anyone any good to constantly be ON, to be working, to be stressed by the rigors of everyday life. In the same way you need to give your body a physical break every now and then, especially if you work with computers, you also need to give your mind a rest from time to time.

18-07-2013
Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes
5 Free-to-Play Games Coming to PlayStation 4

Gaming

5 Free-to-Play Games Coming to PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 has some fantastic games heading its way, which is one of the multitude of reasons why you should buy the Sony console over the Xbox One. Having already looked at five games exclusive to the PS4, it’s now time to look at five PS4 games that will be free-to-play (F2P). Gaming can be an expensive hobby, unless you utilize some of the many ways you can game on the cheap. It’s especially expensive at the start of a new generation of hardware, with the consoles sold at a premium until the costs come down enough for the manufacturers to cut prices. This won’t leave the average gamer with much money left to buy the actual games they want to play.

17-07-2013
5 Free-to-Play Games Coming to PlayStation 4
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us]

Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes and sizes. The question is, where do we go from here? We sought to find answers to the problem of piracy in last week’s We Ask You column.

17-07-2013
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us]
We Like You: 8 Musicians With The Most Popular Pages On Facebook

Web Culture

We Like You: 8 Musicians With The Most Popular Pages On Facebook

People use Facebook in lots of different ways. Connecting with friends, sharing photos online, and discovering news are just a few examples. Also popular are Facebook Pages, which are profiles for celebrities, bands, brands, and websites. Musicians in particular build immense followings on social networking sites, with fanbases the are millions-strong. Here are eight musicians with the most popular Pages you’ll find on Facebook.

17-07-2013
We Like You: 8 Musicians With The Most Popular Pages On Facebook
Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube

Internet

Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube

While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY skills . The Web is an invaluable resource for anyone in that position, with a multitude of websites and experts eager to spread the word.

11-07-2013
Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]

Internet

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]

People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It’s a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared. We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy are failing to prevent piracy.

11-07-2013
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]
5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You

Internet

5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You

Facebook has been experimenting with various different methods for making money. One of which involves charging users to send a private message to someone not on their list of friends. Whether these experiments lead to any permanent change of policy remains to be seen, but the fact is it could cost you to contact someone through Facebook now and in the future.

10-07-2013
5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Gaming

How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you bring a video game into the real world the shortcuts and oddities are revealed in glaring detail. What follows is a collection of videos showing how certain games would look when played in the real world. Some are stutteringly short, others are effortlessly epic. Some will make you laugh, others will make you laugh even harder. All will make you glad real life doesn’t play out like most video games.

10-07-2013
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life