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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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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
Fall Head Over Heels With The Best Tetris Clones To Play Online [MUO Gaming]

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Fall Head Over Heels With The Best Tetris Clones To Play Online [MUO Gaming]

Tetris is fast approaching its 30th birthday, having originally been released in the USSR in 1984. What’s absolutely amazing is that Tetris has lost none of its appeal in those three decades, gaining new fans along the way and pleasing each generation in turn. It’s arguably now more popular than ever, with millions of copies of the game finding their way on to mobile phones in recent years. This popularity is mainly due to insane addictiveness.

09-01-2013
Fall Head Over Heels With The Best Tetris Clones To Play Online [MUO Gaming]
What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]

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What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]

We’re now a whole week into 2013, and hasn’t the time flown by. Why, it feels like only yesterday that fireworks were lighting up the night sky, and only the day before yesterday that those with time and money to spare had impressive animated lights displays in their front gardens. In 12 months time we’ll be able to do it all over again. Until then we have lots to occupy our minds, including what’s happening on the technology front, whether in the industry or in our own lives.

09-01-2013
What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]
What Are The Best Weather Websites?

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What Are The Best Weather Websites?

I’m rather obsessed with the weather. It’s not my fault, it’s just that I was born and brought up in the U.K., and all British people are obsessed with the weather. I think it’s because the weather is rather changeable on this little island butting up to the European mainland. Over the course of a single week we can experience hot sun, icy frosts, torrential rain, deep snow, and gusts aplenty.

09-01-2013
What Are The Best Weather Websites?
6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]

Playing video games isn’t the harmful activity some politicians and media outlets would have you believe, otherwise every single gamer out there would have psychological problems brought on by their hobby. However, playing video games is an expensive pastime to enjoy, with the price of games and the systems needed to play them potentially costing a small fortune over the course of just a few years. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case.

03-01-2013
6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]
A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook

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A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook

Like social networking sites as a whole, Facebook can be a force for good. The problem is Facebook can also be a force for evil, but it’s more about how we, the people, use Facebook, than it is about how Facebook uses us. Essentially, if you stay on top of your account, maintaining your profile and not letting the data it leaks get out of hand, you can control Facebook rather than letting Facebook control you.

02-01-2013
A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook
Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]

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Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]

The digital age we’re now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It’s also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to digital formats has made a huge difference. Most of it positive. However, there is one aspect of the switch that may not be so positive, and could in fact come back to haunt many of us in years to come.

26-12-2012
Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]
10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their console of choice, they’ll need to know which titles to get next. Which is where this article comes in: what follows are the 10 best games money can buy for the Xbox 360.

20-12-2012
10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]