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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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Get To Know The Universe With These Amazing Astronomy Websites

Internet

Get To Know The Universe With These Amazing Astronomy Websites

Very few of us are likely to ever make it into outer space, unless the various space tourism ventures become mainstream successes. Even then the price of being flown into space will be so high that normal, everyday folk like you and I will only be able to look on with dreams of one day affording such a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

18-07-2012
Get To Know The Universe With These Amazing Astronomy Websites
6 Cult Japanese Video Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

6 Cult Japanese Video Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]

The history of video games is littered with the dead corpses of titles that never quite fulfilled their promise. Not because they sucked – far from it, in fact – but because they didn’t sell in anything like the number they deserved to. Critical acclaim didn’t result in commercial success. Many of these titles are slow-burners or a little strange, but those gamers who took the time to become fully immersed in their worlds became hooked.

11-07-2012
6 Cult Japanese Video Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming]
Why The Nexus 7 Is Competition For The iPad [Opinion]

Android iPhone and iPad

Why The Nexus 7 Is Competition For The iPad [Opinion]

Google unveiled the Nexus 7, its long-awaited foray into the burgeoning tablet market, at Google I/O last month. The combination of hardware, design, and price took many by surprise, with all three of these components being about the best we could have hoped for from such a device at this time. I believe the Nexus 7 is competition for the iPad and I feel competition to Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market is exactly what’s needed.

11-07-2012
Why The Nexus 7 Is Competition For The iPad [Opinion]
8 ‘Rage Quit’ Videos Guaranteed To Make You Laugh [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

8 ‘Rage Quit’ Videos Guaranteed To Make You Laugh [MUO Gaming]

I’m a gamer, and like all gamers I have particular tastes. I have adored some video games through the decades, and would count playing them as highly memorable experiences. I have also played some games I ended up hating, and have sought to force the memory of those to the back of my mind. Video games can frustrate very easily. Whether because they’re too difficult, too annoying, or just generally bad.

05-07-2012
8 ‘Rage Quit’ Videos Guaranteed To Make You Laugh [MUO Gaming]
Why You Shouldn’t Integrate Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn

Internet

Why You Shouldn’t Integrate Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn

Social networking is a huge part of the Internet, providing the means for us all to connect and communicate quickly and easily. There are both positive and negative aspects to the very act of social networking, but most of us take part in the activity on at least a part-time basis. Most of us doing so on more than one site. This complexity of connectivity makes it very tempting to combine the various social networks we use.

04-07-2012
Why You Shouldn’t Integrate Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn
What Would You Really Like to See in iOS 6? [You Told Us]

iPhone and iPad

What Would You Really Like to See in iOS 6? [You Told Us]

Apple is set to drop its latest version of the iOS operating system on us in just a few months time, and with it will come a whole host of new features and the now-ubiquitous dose of hyperbole. However, we’re hearing an increasing amount of chatter about the need for Apple to do something more with iOS than the incremental updates it’s been offering for several years now.

04-07-2012
What Would You Really Like to See in iOS 6? [You Told Us]
5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion]

Internet

5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion]

Facebook is, by all accounts, closing in on 1 billion users. That’s an awful lot of people maintaining a profile on the site, and telling their family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen, what’s going on in their lives. Social networking probably shouldn’t be used as a replacement for real conversations and relationships, but many people appear to be posting anything and everything to Facebook.

03-07-2012
5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion]
5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows

Gaming

5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows

When Halo 4 gets released on Nov. 6, 2012, it will bring with it episodic content almost televisual in nature. In order to build shared experiences that players will talk about around the water cooler, the game’s developer 343 Industries will be delivering free weekly mini-missions which tell side-stories to the main mission, all via Xbox Live. While this isn’t a television show based on the Halo series, it borrows much from the idea of mixing the two media.

27-06-2012
5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows
The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews

Gaming

The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews

Video game reviews are notoriously hard to judge, as a genre that one person loves will be hated by another. Using websites which draw reviews from numerous sources in order to give an average score, such as Metacritic, is one solution. Alternatively you could forgo all other reviews and just take the word of Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw as gospel.

27-06-2012
The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews
10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art

Internet

10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art

Draw Something is a mobile app that started life at OMGPOP but ended up at Zynga after the latter bought the former for $180 million in March 2012. Zynga might have paid over the odds for the company in order to get its hands on the game, which at the time was growing in popularity at an Angry Birds-style rate. Draw Something isn’t as popular as it once was, with a notable drop in the number of active users of late.

20-06-2012
10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art
8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future

Web Culture

8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future

Many technological advances have a scary side to them, pointing towards a future where humanity is in danger of being overrun by intelligent machines which no longer need us. If they ever decide they don’t want us around then we’re done for, quite frankly. In that nightmare scenario, explored in countless movies and TV shows over the years, I wouldn’t bet against quadrotors being the primary attack force.

20-06-2012
8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future
5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series

Gaming

5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series

The Final Fantasy series of video games is 25 years old this year, with the first title, unsurprisingly called Final Fantasy, released in 1987. Since then there have been 14 games released in the main series, with countless other spin-offs and connected sequels. All of the Final Fantasy games belong to the RPG genre, although some things have changed considerably through the years.

15-06-2012
5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series
Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love

Internet

Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love

The Internet is an absolute wonder. I actually don’t know how we lived without it for so many years. But when you head online and see the World Wide Web open up in front of your eyes it’s often difficult to know where to head next. You’ll have your personal favorites or bookmarks (depending on which browser you use) but what about new sites you have never visited before?

14-06-2012
Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love
Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time

Web Culture

Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time

The Guitar Hero and Rock Band games aren’t the force they once were. The last Guitar Hero game released was Warriors Of Rock while the last Rock Band game was Rock Band 3, both released in 2010. However, thousands of songs can be downloaded for the games so the lack of new standalone titles doesn’t mean everybody has stopped playing and sent their arsenal of plastic instruments to the local thrift store.

13-06-2012
Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time
8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8

Web Culture

8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8

At the time of writing Windows 8 is almost ready for public consumption, with an expected release date of October 2012. The Windows 8 Release Preview is now available to download for those in need of an early fix (and tech-savvy enough to handle it), while the Consumer Preview of the operating system was released in February 2012.

06-06-2012
8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8
6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

Internet

6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

2012 is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, with the actual celebration itself taking place between 2nd June and 5th June. This coincides with the date of her coronation on 2 June, 1953. While most people will be aware of Queen Elizabeth II from her high-profile presence lasting 60 years and counting, few will know that much about her.

06-06-2012
6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year
Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2

Gaming

Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2

Fantastic Contraption and Fantastic Contraption 2 are games that require some lateral thinking and a little creativity. These aren’t simple, straightforward, shoot-what-you-see-on-screen affairs. But that’s a good thing, especially for those who like to give their gray matter an occasional workout.

31-05-2012
Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2
Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]

Internet

Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]

If you haven’t yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it’s no wonder. It’s been 8 months since Timeline first reared its admittedly ugly head. Surely that’s enough time for everyone to get with the program. While I’m sure some people will hate me for saying so, I think Facebook is right to force Timeline on everybody at this stage.

30-05-2012
Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]
10 Of The Best Tesla Coils Music Videos On YouTube

Internet

10 Of The Best Tesla Coils Music Videos On YouTube

Nikola Tesla is rightly regarded as one of the greatest scientific minds of all time. His pioneering work as an engineer, especially in the field of electricity and electromagnetism, mean his name is synonymous with invention and innovation. However, one of the things Tesla is best known for these days is the Tesla coil, an electrical transformer circuit he used for experimentation.

30-05-2012
10 Of The Best Tesla Coils Music Videos On YouTube
Why Apple Should Release A Mini iPad [Opinion]

Mac

Why Apple Should Release A Mini iPad [Opinion]

There have been numerous rumors of late concerning Apple’s plans to release a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, there have been similar rumors ever since Steve Jobs first stood on stage and unveiled the original iPad. And yet Apple is still not ready to talk about this product that may or may not be in the pipeline.

24-05-2012
Why Apple Should Release A Mini iPad [Opinion]
What Do You Do With Old or Outdated Hardware? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Do You Do With Old or Outdated Hardware? [You Told Us]

Technology ages at an alarming rate. There is always something new and shiny on the horizon, meaning that at some point the device you were once excited about getting your hands on is no longer fit for purpose. At this point everyone has to make a choice. There are a multitude of different things that can be done with old or outdated hardware.

24-05-2012
What Do You Do With Old or Outdated Hardware? [You Told Us]
10 Funny Videos Featuring Siri On The iPhone 4S

Web Culture

10 Funny Videos Featuring Siri On The iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has been a huge success, despite the fact it’s not much of an improvement over the iPhone 4. Hence the 4S in the name rather than a 5. The biggest draw for Apple fans looking to upgrade their handset is the addition of Siri. Siri is a voice-activated personal assistant which lives on the iPhone 4S and in the cloud. Many people have had some fun with Siri, as the following videos demonstrate.

23-05-2012
10 Funny Videos Featuring Siri On The iPhone 4S
The Listserve – How It Could Be A Force For Good

Self Improvement Internet

The Listserve – How It Could Be A Force For Good

What would you say to 1 million people? That is the intriguing question behind The Listserve, which can be accurately described as a giant listserv, a social game, a lottery of words, and a cross between PostSecret and Chatroulette. The Listserve offers an intriguing glimpse into strangers’ lives. All through the decades-old power of email.

17-05-2012
The Listserve – How It Could Be A Force For Good