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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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What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [You Told Us]

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What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [You Told Us]

The Chromebook has been with us since the end of 2010, when Google introduced a prototype of the new form factor that was never put up for sale. In 2011 the first commercial Chromebook devices showed up, and these have done reasonably well ever since. There are more affordable Chromebooks on the way, but Google surprised almost everybody when it took the wraps off of the not-affordable-to-most Chromebook Pixel.

06-03-2013
What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [You Told Us]
The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch

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The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch

After months of speculation Sony recently entered the eighth generation of video games hardware, joining Nintendo, which kicked it all off by releasing the Wii U at the end of 2012. The not-very-imaginatively-titled PlayStation 4 will be released before the year is out, with PlayStation fans able to look forward to the 2013 holiday season with gusto. Sony chose to reveal its next-gen plans during a huge conference titled PlayStation Meeting 2013.

06-03-2013
The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch
4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing

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4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing

The Google search engine is a fantastic resource for those of us who spend half our lives online, hence its inclusion in the list of the 7 wonders of the Web, but it isn’t the only one of its kind. Love it or hate it, Microsoft does offer an alternative in the form of Bing, a highly capable search engine that deserves more exploring.

28-02-2013
4 Search Engines That Combine Google & Bing
5 Internet Commandments To Live By Or Incur The Wrath Of The Web (And A Note On Porn)

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5 Internet Commandments To Live By Or Incur The Wrath Of The Web (And A Note On Porn)

The Internet is a somewhat lawless place. Sure, there are various legalities concerning the posting and viewing of certain content — including pornography and copyrighted material — but generally speaking the rules that govern the Web are both lax and difficult to enforce. Certain websites, such as social networks, will lay out their own ground rules which, if broken, could get you banned.

27-02-2013
5 Internet Commandments To Live By Or Incur The Wrath Of The Web (And A Note On Porn)
How To Beat The Eyeballing Game – An Addictive Online Timewaster

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How To Beat The Eyeballing Game – An Addictive Online Timewaster

You may not think geometry plays any part in your life, but you’d be wrong. If you do anything practical – hanging a picture, putting up a shelf, or building flat-pack furniture — you deal with geometry. Choosing how to furnish your house, recognizing faces, and even shooting photographs all require some knowledge of the shapes, sizes, and angles you’re seeing. If you want to know how good you are at dealing with geometry then The Eyeballing Game is just for you.

27-02-2013
How To Beat The Eyeballing Game – An Addictive Online Timewaster
The Tweeting Dead: 5 Zombie Celebrities Active On Twitter

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The Tweeting Dead: 5 Zombie Celebrities Active On Twitter

While there are some celebrities who tweet for themselves, there are many more who pay someone else to do it for them, either on a full-time or part-time basis. This bizarrely means that when a celebrity dies their Twitter account often remains very much alive. This is tweeting from beyond the grave, with these zombie celebrities still managing to maintain their desired level of fame and fortune despite having departed this life long ago.

21-02-2013
The Tweeting Dead: 5 Zombie Celebrities Active On Twitter
Let The Good Times Roll: Great Tools For Creating Digital Mixtapes Tested

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Let The Good Times Roll: Great Tools For Creating Digital Mixtapes Tested

It may have been a while since you made a mixtape for someone. It’s understandable, as mixtapes are more closely associated with the ’80s and ’90s than the ’00s and beyond. Having already explained how to create the perfect mixtape in 5 simple steps, it’s time to explore great tools available for making digital mixtapes. What follows are five of the best out there, all of which are free, and most of which are available for all to use.

20-02-2013
Let The Good Times Roll: Great Tools For Creating Digital Mixtapes Tested
Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images

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Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images

GIFs are commonplace across the Web, but it’s sometimes hard to find the right one for the right situation. Thankfully a new dedicated search engine just for GIFs has arrived. Its name is Giphy and it’s being touted as the place to “Search the best GIFs in the world.” But does it live up to the hype? Let’s “Search in a Giphy” to find out.

20-02-2013
Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images
Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine’s Day

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Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine’s Day

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, predating literacy thanks to its use in prehistoric society. Back then poems were used in order to help the story contained within them to be memorized and passed on. These days poems are used mainly to express feelings that may otherwise remain unsaid. This is especially true when it comes to love and romance. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to write a poem for your partner.

13-02-2013
Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine’s Day
Be My Valentine – 10 Love Playlists On Spotify

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Be My Valentine – 10 Love Playlists On Spotify

Valentine’s Day is upon us once more, as it is every Feb. 14. Some people don’t recognize this particular celebration of all things love and romance at all, due to either their religious beliefs, country of residence, or lack of belief in an admittedly-invented holiday. Or, of course, because they’re single. Those people may want to stop reading now, as what follows is an article packed with cheesy platitudes about all things heart-shaped.

13-02-2013
Be My Valentine – 10 Love Playlists On Spotify
5 Unofficial Ways To Watch Twitter Vine Videos

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5 Unofficial Ways To Watch Twitter Vine Videos

Video sharing is not a new phenomenon, with YouTube having been with us since 2005, amazingly. There are also a host of alternatives to YouTube, but the Google-owned service must be considered the daddy of them all. However, there’s a newcomer on the scene, one which is gaining a lot of attention thanks to both its ease of use and severe limit on the length of videos. I am, of course, talking about Vine, which you may well have heard of already.

06-02-2013
5 Unofficial Ways To Watch Twitter Vine Videos
How To Get Banned From Social Networks

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How To Get Banned From Social Networks

The Web has opened up lines of communication that were previously closed for the vast majority of the world. Anyone with an Internet connection can now head online and talk to someone on the other side of the world using any one of a range of different services. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are the obvious options. There is unfortunately a tendency to abuse these new lines of communication.

06-02-2013
How To Get Banned From Social Networks
5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend

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5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend

Adult Swim is an American cable television network aimed primarily at adults with infantile senses of humor. This toilet humor with a slightly risqué edge has also found its way into the games Adult Swim offers for free on its website. These games don’t contain anything vile or absolutely unforgivable, but they will be slightly offensive to some. This is both a warning and a promise, depending on your level of sensitivity.

31-01-2013
5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend
Why Used Games Are Not Evil [Opinion]

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Why Used Games Are Not Evil [Opinion]

As a casual gamer I rarely buy brand new games. The number I’ve ever bought on launch day can be counted on one hand, though GTA V will be added to that short list soon. I usually buy used games weeks, months, or even years after a title is released. As is my right. Or is it? The used games market is under increasing threat, to the point that it may cease to exist over the next few years.

30-01-2013
Why Used Games Are Not Evil [Opinion]
What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? [You Told Us]

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What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? [You Told Us]

The Web is a huge collection of disparate pages which continue to expand and multiply. The old adage that you can find a page dedicated to any and all subjects on the Web (no matter how niche they may be) is based very much in reality. If you don’t believe me, go to Google (or Bing, or DuckDuckGo) and type in a random word or phrase. There’s a high probability you’ll get a result, and you’ll probably get thousands of results.

30-01-2013
What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? [You Told Us]
What Are The Best Book Review Sites?

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What Are The Best Book Review Sites?

I’m an avid reader, getting through at least one book a week. I often have several on the go at once – usually a novel, a reference book, and an autobiography – which are consumed as and when the opportunity arises. I realized long ago that there are far more books out there than I could ever read in my lifetime, with hundreds of thousands more published each and every year. This means choosing what to read is a big decision.

30-01-2013
What Are The Best Book Review Sites?
6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]

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6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]

Believe it or not this is my day job. I get paid to produce content for the Web, writing mostly about technology in all its forms. This means my working day consists of two things – reading and writing. The reading part is easy. I just head online and consume information, some destined to be used for specific articles, more to act as background fodder lurking away in my subconscious to be pulled out when needed. But the writing, well, that’s a little tougher.

24-01-2013
6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]
What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]

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What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]

No one actively wants to go to prison, and those of us who are law-abiding citizens do our utmost to stay away from them. However, it’s an interesting exercise to imagine yourself locked up away from the rest of society, and imagine what you’d miss the most. Friends and family would top the list for most people, but after that it comes down to what you derive pleasure from. For many people technology is a source of entertainment.

24-01-2013
What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]
Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]

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Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]

There’s been a sudden and unexpected lurch from hardcore games to casual games over the last few years, with the deadly combination of smartphones and social networking sites meaning the smallest, seemingly least impressive games have found massive audiences. Take Angry Birds, for example, which is a simple concept featuring visuals a three-year-old could replicate, and yet it’s more popular than Call Of Duty.

23-01-2013
Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]
Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites

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Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites

Keeping up with the news of the day, whether it be local, national, or international, is important. It’s never good to bury your head in the sand, unaware of what is happening around you. However, sometimes the news is too damn depressing, to the point that taking too much of it to heart could potentially leave you with little hope for the future of humanity. It’s at this point that an injection of humor is needed, preferably straight into your brain.

23-01-2013
Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites
Tweeting Knowledge To The Masses: 8 Popular Scientists On Twitter

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Tweeting Knowledge To The Masses: 8 Popular Scientists On Twitter

When thinking about scientists you wouldn’t necessarily think of Twitter as being their primary means of communicating with the wider world. And that assumption would be somewhat correct. However, there are a healthy number of popular scientists using Twitter to share new findings, theories, and opinions with us mere mortals.

17-01-2013
Tweeting Knowledge To The Masses: 8 Popular Scientists On Twitter
7 Most Important Websites We Can’t Live Without

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7 Most Important Websites We Can’t Live Without

The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world. For better or worse. The architects of the Web could not have foreseen what a huge impact their creation was going to have, but over the course of two decades and counting the Web has evolved into a sprawling mass of websites and pages that number in the billions.

16-01-2013
7 Most Important Websites We Can’t Live Without
5+ PS2 Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]

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5+ PS2 Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]

The PS2 is officially dead, with Sony ceasing production of the last-gen console on December 31, 2012. In Japan at least, when the existing stock of hardware runs out, Sony will not be offering any more consoles to retailers. Not that the PS2 has done badly, with a lifespan of 12 years, six as Sony’s flagship console, six as the budget machine playing second fiddle to its successor, the PS3. The PS2 hardware may be dead, but the games are not.

16-01-2013
5+ PS2 Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]
Silence Is Golden: The 5 Worst Singers Found On YouTube

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Silence Is Golden: The 5 Worst Singers Found On YouTube

YouTube is truly one of the tent-poles of the Internet, being one of the few websites known and loved by all. And with good reason. It’s the home to millions of video clips covering all genres, no matter how niche. Sure, there’s an overabundance of funny cat videos, but hey, there are also movies and genuinely funny parodies too, so it’s all good. But wait, there are also music videos galore, from professionals and amateurs alike.

10-01-2013
Silence Is Golden: The 5 Worst Singers Found On YouTube