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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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Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter

Gaming

Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter

Assuming you play online then you’re guaranteed to have met certain types of online gamer. It’s unavoidable. There are a wide range of them out there, but they can all be pared down to just five main types (and their opposites). You can try and ignore them, but they’re there regardless, plying their trade as an annoying n00b, an incessant talker, a quiet quitter, a tiresome cheat, or an unwilling team player.

18-10-2012
Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter
Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids

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Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids

While owning the right equipment, and knowing how to use that equipment successfully, can help anyone take good quality photographs, more important is the knowledge of how to take a good shot. Some people are naturally gifted with an eye for the angle, the lighting, and the correct moment to press the shutter button, but the rest of us have to take heed of photography tips and tricks from those in the know.

17-10-2012
Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids
Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam

Internet

Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam

Do you remember the thrill you experienced the first time you heard about Google Street View? The fact that you could zoom in on a map right down to street level and travel around a town or city just about blew my mind when it made its debut in 2007. Now, it’s standard, and I rarely even bother using it. Sorry, Google, but all that effort has been wasted.

17-10-2012
Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam
Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’

Gaming

Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’

It is very important to keep your brain occupied and working hard. Not constantly, of course, as we all need time off from thinking, from calculating, from forming ideas. But exercising it on a regular basis can help keep your mind focused and sharp. Which is especially crucial as we get older and hopefully wiser. There are several ways to achieve this.

11-10-2012
Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’
Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]

Internet

Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]

Having established a long time ago how great the Web is as a learning tool – packed full of information that is now all available right at your fingertips – it’s time to remind ourselves that there is a dark side to this dissemination of facts and figures. Because, as it turns out, not all facts and figures are created equal.

10-10-2012
Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]
10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark

Internet

10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark

You may have noticed that there is a huge appetite for Apple news, views, and rumors on the Web. No other company comes close to having as many headlines written about it or as many articles penned about it and its products as Apple does. While not everyone is a fan of Tim Cook and his merry band of Cupertino geniuses, even those who don’t own a single Apple product cannot help themselves getting drawn in.

10-10-2012
10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark
Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, whatever your system of choice may be. The games are cheaper on PC, but keeping your rig up to speed in order to play the latest titles can burn through cash quickly. With consoles you have to buy the system, and then pay $60 a pop for each new game. If only there was a way of playing games for free.

04-10-2012
Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]
10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page’s Popularity

Internet

10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page’s Popularity

Facebook pages come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Many are pretty lame, gaining very few likes and with hardly anyone talking about them. Obviously the subject of the page is the most important aspect – if it already has a sizable community then it will likely be doing well – but there are ways anyone can improve the popularity of their Facebook page, regardless of who or what their page is about.

03-10-2012
10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page’s Popularity
10 Wii Games All New Wii U Owners Should Play [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

10 Wii Games All New Wii U Owners Should Play [MUO Gaming]

Nintendo took the wraps off its next console, the Wii U, all the way back at E3 2011. But it wasn’t until September 2012 that it decided to reveal the full and official launch details. The Wii U will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in Europe on Nov. 30, and in Japan on Dec. 8. It will cost between $300 and $350 depending on which of the two editions you choose. There will be 22 Wii U games available at launch, with an additional 11 promised before the end of the year.

27-09-2012
10 Wii Games All New Wii U Owners Should Play [MUO Gaming]
7 Funny iPhone 5 Videos Apple Fanboys Will Hate

Web Culture

7 Funny iPhone 5 Videos Apple Fanboys Will Hate

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you’ll know that Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 5. It did so in its usual inimitable style, wowing the press with showmanship and hype. Unfortunately the product itself didn’t live up to that hype or warrant the showy reveal. It is essentially just an iPhone 4S with a slightly bigger screen. Still, that fact didn’t stop millions of Apple fanboys buying up the latest iDevice.

26-09-2012
7 Funny iPhone 5 Videos Apple Fanboys Will Hate
Reblorg – Original & Creative Tumblr Content You Can Reblog & Promote

Wordpress & Web Development

Reblorg – Original & Creative Tumblr Content You Can Reblog & Promote

Tumblr has become more than just a blogging, or micro-blogging, platform. It’s become the source of original content, with people creating graphics, GIFs, short videos, poems, haikus, and anything else you could care to mention, before posting them to the Web using Tumblr. It is also the perfect platform for reblogging other people’s content, with a dedicated option to do just that. The only problem is finding content worth reblogging.

20-09-2012
Reblorg – Original & Creative Tumblr Content You Can Reblog & Promote
Learn All About The Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories On The Web

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Learn All About The Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories On The Web

Man first landed on the moon, that celestial body that is our constant orbiting companion, on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong recently passed away, which prompted an article all about him and the Apollo missions to conquer near-space. While researching that article I was astounded by the amount of conspiracy theories which still exist around the Apollo 11 moon landing.

19-09-2012
Learn All About The Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories On The Web
10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

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10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four years since Barack Obama entered the White House. The next U.S. election, to be held this November, will see President Obama going up against his opponent, Mitt Romney, as well as opponents from the Libertarian and Green parties. But in order to vote, it is best to be informed of the issues. Here are 10 political commentators, from both Left & Right, whom you should read on Twitter.

19-09-2012
10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]

Anyone who plays video games today owes a huge debt of gratitude to Atari and the founders and engineers who worked for the company during its formative years. Atari was responsible for many of the earliest arcade games and some of the earliest games consoles, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s helped shape the industry that now competes with Hollywood in terms of budgets and earnings.

13-09-2012
Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]
7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter

Internet

7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter

Twitter is built on a very basic and logical concept. You set up an account, and then send messages (or tweets) up to 140-characters long for all to read. Those following you will see these tweets appear in chronological order along with the tweets of everybody else they follow. And you can follow others to see tweets in the same chronological order. However, that simple underpinning belies a more complex and convoluted set of rules and etiquette.

12-09-2012
7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter
Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1

Internet

Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1

Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that resulted. At this point in the story all was well. By 2010 traffic had started to drop off. Betaworks finally bought Digg for a reported $500,000 earlier this year, and the company has set about trying to relaunch the site as a new, contemporary social media site.

06-09-2012
Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1
8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys

Internet

8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys

I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention just like everybody else. A Genius may be able to fix their iPhone without even trying, but they won’t provide the hugs these people will inevitably need on occasion. You know, like when they cannot afford the new new iPad on day one.

05-09-2012
8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys
Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]

Windows

Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]

In recent years Microsoft, as great a company as it may be, has given off a turgid stench suggesting its best years are behind it. But with Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Surface tablets, the next Xbox and Kinect, Outlook, and Office, Microsoft is looking keen, nimble, and ready to reach the dizzying heights of undeniable greatness once more. Or perhaps not. Last week’s We Ask You was your chance to opine on this topic.

05-09-2012
Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]
Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?

Internet

Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?

The Internet seems to have had a strange effect on people when it comes to the sharing of opinions. It’s as though the chance to air a particular point of view to the world – whether the world in question is a few close friends or thousands of total strangers – is too good an opportunity to pass up. Amirite.com is one such website, offering an outlet for people to share their random thoughts and a way of gauging whether the opinions they hold dear.

05-09-2012
Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?
8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]

Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don’t know when it’s being released, the main protagonist, the setting, the storyline, or anything else of substance. Many people have had educated guesses, but we’re still mostly in the dark. However, I already know I’ll be buying GTA V on its release day. What follows are 8 reasons GTA V will be a day one purchase for me, and possibly for you too.

30-08-2012
8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]
Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web

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Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web

Neil Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, 2012, after a life filled with magnificent achievements. Sadly, his death prompted many people across the InterWebs, particularly on social media sites, to ask, Who was Neil Armstrong, and why should I know of him? Surely everyone should know who Neil Armstrong was and what he achieved. After all, he will always be the first person to have walked on the moon.

29-08-2012
Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web