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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 Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]

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What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]

The company which has its many and varied tentacles wrapped tightly around all four corners of the Web recently announced the culling of Google Reader. This decision annoyed many people, some of whom immediately began looking around for alternative RSS readers. The chances of Google culling other services in the future are high, as the company has these spring cleans regularly.

03-04-2013
What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter

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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter

Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social network was known simply as twttr. What follows are seven reasons why you should be using Twitter. Even if you have so far rejected the social network either out of ignorance or a lack of desire, I urge you to read on and at least consider giving it a go.

03-04-2013
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter
Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo

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Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo

Vimeo is one of these YouTube alternatives. It’s a different beast from the Google-owned property, extolling the virtues of quality over quantity. Vimeo is the place where the cool cats — the innovative musicians, interesting documentarians, and offbeat filmmakers — reside. The videos are presented in a beautiful manner, making watching Vimeo a closer experience to watching broadcast television.

28-03-2013
Watch The Best Short Films From Around The World On Vimeo
5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web

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5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web

Anyone who spends any serious amount of time on the Web will be aware of Internet memes. At least those who venture into the useless-yet-entertaining side streets the Web has to offer. Those who are unaware what an Internet meme is just need to look at the picture for an example. That’s Grumpy Cat, and those words are what I imagine he’s thinking right now.

27-03-2013
5 Awesome Meme Generators on the Web
10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow

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10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow

In October 2012 Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company primarily known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. For a fraction over $4 billion, Disney therefore landed the Star Wars franchise, and promptly announced that it would be making three new films to complete the nine-film story arc originally planned by George Lucas in the 1970s. Various spin-offs are also expected.

27-03-2013
10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

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5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

HTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5 is capable of handling a wide range of multimedia requirements, including video, audio, and, best of all, games. What follows are 5+ HTML5 games to suit all tastes. These are all free, and available to play in your Web browser right now.

21-03-2013
5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now
Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]

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Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]

I previously wrote an article detailing 5 of the commandments that govern the Internet. These are more like adages than laws; more a form of etiquette than hard rules. Still, it set my mind to thinking about the actual rules and regulations which govern what we all do online. To be honest the Internet is a fairly lawless entity. Mainstream use of this amazing tool sees people still apply a moral and ethical code to the Web.

21-03-2013
Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You]
Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest

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Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest

Pinterest is, for the uninitiated among you, a social network which revolves around images, with users pinning pictures of anything and everything in vast collections. It’s an intriguing idea which seems to resonate mostly with women, hence Pinterest grew quickly and gained a lot of female users through the course of 2012. However, it also has numerous detractors and some highly questionable content.

20-03-2013
Not Every Pinner Is A Winner: Making Fun Of Pinterest
What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]

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What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]

If you’re online – which we know you are as you’re reading this article – then you’ll be aware of social networks. Hell, “aware” is the very least you’ll be, and you’re more likely to be a member of one, two, three, or more of these notoriously pervasive entities. Owing to this job I belong to an inordinate number of them, though you can count on one hand the number on which I’m truly active.

20-03-2013
What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us]
A First Look At The Spotify Web Player

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A First Look At The Spotify Web Player

Spotify has changed the way many of us consume music, myself included. I used to buy albums on a regular basis, but once the time came when I’d rip the CD to my computer’s hard drive and then have no further use for it, I knew the times they were a-changin’. Once Spotify arrived on the scene then I stopped buying albums altogether, and I haven’t looked back since. Spotify tips and tricks help make the experience of using the service even more fulfilling.

20-03-2013
A First Look At The Spotify Web Player
10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations

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10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations

YouTube has become the new home for original content creators, with many forging exciting new careers for themselves by making videos which are watched by millions of people. In the same way that reality television has managed to find stars lurking among the masses, YouTube (as well as its various alternatives) has offered an opportunity for talented people to find an online audience. One genre that demonstrates this trend extremely well is animation.

14-03-2013
10 YouTube Channels for Original Animations
5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5

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5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5

HTML5 continues to go from strength to strength, with more websites switching to the new standard that brings multimedia content to the Web without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash. Is that blasted thing dead yet? Sadly not, but the need for it is slowly being removed. And not before time. While HTML5 is far from ubiquitous at this point, an increasing number of websites are using it.

13-03-2013
5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5
Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]

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Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]

The best video games are often those with simple ideas at their core. Tetris is a perfect example – it’s simply piling odd-shaped blocks together in order to form a solid wall, and yet it’s highly addictive, even if you’re only playing the unofficial online clones of Tetris. Then there is Angry Birds, which is addictive for many reasons. Even Call Of Duty is simple in the sense that you shoot the bad guys, and that sells like the proverbial hotcakes.

13-03-2013
Bombermine – A Must-Play Bomberman MMO [MUO Gaming]
8 Of The Biggest Geeks On Twitter (Who Just Happen To Be Girls)

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8 Of The Biggest Geeks On Twitter (Who Just Happen To Be Girls)

Geekdom has long been perceived as the domain of men, with teenage boys who are fascinated by technology and Star Wars becoming grown adults who are obsessed with technology and Star Wars. While it’s true that there are some facets of being a geek that seem to appeal more to the male of the species, there is a growing army of female geeks more than capable of teaching men a thing or two about all things geektastic.

07-03-2013
8 Of The Biggest Geeks On Twitter (Who Just Happen To Be Girls)
Look At That Photograph: 7 Websites Full Of Funny Photos

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Look At That Photograph: 7 Websites Full Of Funny Photos

There are quite a few of us here at MakeUseOf who are very keen on photography. I count myself as one of those people, though I do it purely for fun. I’m not even that good at it, but in an age when smartphones have made everyone capable photographers (as well as making life easier) the quantity of shots taken has somewhat taken over from the quality of shots taken.

06-03-2013
Look At That Photograph: 7 Websites Full Of Funny Photos
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)

Web Culture

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