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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 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
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Internet

What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in a multitude of interesting ways. We have read and replied, cogitated and compiled, and ended up with an understanding of what you think of the subject at hand. The subject at hand was social networking; which has become a dominant force on the Internet in recent years.

21-03-2012
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]
5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe

Web Culture

5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe

I have ripped on Apple quite a bit here on MakeUseOf in recent weeks. Partly because a company of that size and stature deserves to get taken down a peg or two from time to time, partly to counter the weight of Apple fanboys on the Web, and partly because, well, it’s fun, quite frankly. However, in the spirit of fairness there are other tech giants ripe for a little gentle ribbing.

21-03-2012
5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe
4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion]

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4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion]

This generation of home games consoles is nearing an end. Sony and Microsoft are surely both working on successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively, even though neither will admit to it. While they likely won’t show their hands until 2013 or later, Nintendo has already officially announced its next-gen effort. And it’s called the Wii U. The question is whether the Wii U will succeed or fail.

14-03-2012
4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion]
5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Web Culture

5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

A lot of people really don’t like Steve Ballmer. Perhaps because he’s Mr. Microsoft, or because he was (for many years) Bill Gates’ lickspittle underling. Whatever the reason, he’s a figure of fun in a way neither Gates, or his sparring partner Steve Jobs, has ever been. And there are plenty of videos demonstrating why Steve Ballmer is ripe for being laughed at, five of which are embedded below for your pleasure.

14-03-2012
5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]

Windows

Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]

The Internet has brought plenty of new ways to discover and listen to new music. Some are completely legit, others not so much, and a fair few of these methods are positively illegal. Thankfully there are enough that reside on the right side of the law to mean those of us who don’t want to cross the line don’t have to. One of which is Freemake Music Box.

09-03-2012
Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]
5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive

Gaming

5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive

My name is Dave Parrack, I’m a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I’m addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs may not be as bad as addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, or hard drugs, but it’s an addiction nonetheless. I’ve admitted I have a problem. Which is the first sign on the road to recovery, or so they say.

07-03-2012
5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive
What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]

iPhone and iPad

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]

Last Wednesday we began a new weekly column here on MakeUseOf. We ask you, the MUO readership, a direct question and invite you to do our work for us let us know what you think about the subject at hand. After a healthy debate we then compile the answers into an easily-digestible summary for your pleasure on the following Tuesday.

07-03-2012
What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]
10 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls

Web Culture

10 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls

If you’re an Apple fanboy or fangirl then Apple can do no wrong. And their commercials are perfect slices of marketing genius that border on being works of art. The rest of us find most of them a little pretentious, to say the least. From the PC vs. Mac and iPod ads right through to the MacBook Air and Siri ads, all Apple commercials have a particular look and feel to them.

07-03-2012
10 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls