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Dave Parrack

Deputy Editor and Senior News Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Dave Parrack is a British writer with a fascination for technology. With over 12 years experience writing online for various publications, he's now a Deputy Editor and Senior News Editor at MakeUseOf.

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Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube

Internet

Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube

While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY skills . The Web is an invaluable resource for anyone in that position, with a multitude of websites and experts eager to spread the word.

11-07-2013
Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]

Internet

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]

People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It’s a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared. We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy are failing to prevent piracy.

11-07-2013
What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]
5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You

Internet

5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You

Facebook has been experimenting with various different methods for making money. One of which involves charging users to send a private message to someone not on their list of friends. Whether these experiments lead to any permanent change of policy remains to be seen, but the fact is it could cost you to contact someone through Facebook now and in the future.

10-07-2013
5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Gaming

How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you bring a video game into the real world the shortcuts and oddities are revealed in glaring detail. What follows is a collection of videos showing how certain games would look when played in the real world. Some are stutteringly short, others are effortlessly epic. Some will make you laugh, others will make you laugh even harder. All will make you glad real life doesn’t play out like most video games.

10-07-2013
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life
The End Is Nigh… The Last Pages Of The Internet

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The End Is Nigh… The Last Pages Of The Internet

The Internet consists of at least 4 billion webpages, which, you’ll realize unless you have lost all sense of scale, is a vast collection of content. Not all of it is good content, obviously, and I suspect a fair percentage is pornography. Still, the Web is epic and only likely to grow even more epic from this moment forth. But wait! It turns out the Internet has an end.

03-07-2013
The End Is Nigh… The Last Pages Of The Internet
What Are Your Views on Crowdfunding Through Sites Like Kickstarter? [You Told Us]

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What Are Your Views on Crowdfunding Through Sites Like Kickstarter? [You Told Us]

Crowdfunding is becoming a legitimate tool for inventors, merchants, and creative people to raise money for their wares. We asked for your views on the phenomenon. Crowdfunding seems set to keep on growing, so gaining an insight into how the MakeUseOf readership thinks about it all was a good idea.

03-07-2013
What Are Your Views on Crowdfunding Through Sites Like Kickstarter? [You Told Us]
10 Of The Best Google Glass Videos Shot So Far

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10 Of The Best Google Glass Videos Shot So Far

Google Glass may or may not change the world. It’s really too early to tell. However, Google Glass is certainly an innovative new product with the capacity to change our idea of mobile devices. It’s very much still a work in progress, and yet the product already has an air of excitement attached to it. In February 2013 the first Google Glass headsets were dispatched to developers who had paid the $1,500 asking price.

27-06-2013
10 Of The Best Google Glass Videos Shot So Far
5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous

Gaming

5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous

Having already proposed five reasons you should be buying a PlayStation 4, it’s time to focus in on the games that will be released for the system within its first year on sale. What follows is a list of five upcoming games that are being exclusively released on the PS4. They give a good indication of what we should expect from the next-gen consoles, though launch titles are rarely anywhere near the best the hardware has to offer.

26-06-2013
5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous
Are Apple’s Best Days Behind It? [You Told Us]

iPhone and iPad

Are Apple’s Best Days Behind It? [You Told Us]

Oh, Apple, how we love/hate you so. Unlike every other technology company currently trying to persuade us to hand over our hard-earned money for shiny new gadgets, almost everybody has an opinion on you, your products, your design sensibilities, your sky-high prices, and the attitude of those Geniuses you have working in your Stores.

26-06-2013
Are Apple’s Best Days Behind It? [You Told Us]
Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know

Gaming

Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know

All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming, along with short, easy-to-understand definitions. Think of this as a crash course in gaming lingo that will prevent you looking like a n00b in front of your fellow clan members. If that sentence makes no sense then you’ve come to the right place.

20-06-2013
Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know
Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every Direction

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Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every Direction

Imagine having to share your Web browser with other people. I don’t mean sharing in the sense of one person using the browser at a time, much like a family uses a computer now, but sharing in the sense of everyone trying to browse the Web at the same time. This has been made possible by the We See In Every Direction Web browser created by Jonas Lund.

19-06-2013
Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every Direction
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Gaming

What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

19-06-2013
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]
10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason

Web Culture

10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason

We here at MakeUseOf specialize in directing our readers to websites they can make use of, hence the name. But that means we’re all missing out on a vast number of peculiarly pointless websites that offer nothing other than strange and simple diversions that will last no longer than 5 minutes. If that.

19-06-2013
10 Peculiarly Pointless Websites That Exist For No Reason
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

Gaming

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders — the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U — revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the market (and hardly selling), which leaves a battle royale brewing between the PlayStation 4 from Sony and the Xbox One from Microsoft. Both consoles will be released before the end of 2013, and you can pre-order either one right now. But which should you choose?

13-06-2013
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4
10 Controversial Topics On Wikipedia Guaranteed To Spark A Debate

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10 Controversial Topics On Wikipedia Guaranteed To Spark A Debate

One way to measure the level of controversy attached to different subjects on Wikipedia is to track the number of reverts that take place. The authors of a study at Cornell University in New York have used these statistics to compile a list of the most controversial Wikipedia pages across different language versions of the site.

12-06-2013
10 Controversial Topics On Wikipedia Guaranteed To Spark A Debate
Are Smartphones the Future of Photography? [You Told Us]

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Are Smartphones the Future of Photography? [You Told Us]

Smartphones are rapidly condemning a multitude of single-purpose devices to a slow descent into pointlessness. Over 50 percent of U.S. consumers now own a smartphone, and their popularity is booming in other parts of the world as well. This heady combination means it’s very likely that some products will be withdrawn from the market due to a lack of demand.

12-06-2013
Are Smartphones the Future of Photography? [You Told Us]
Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content

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Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content

Search engines only help if you know what it is you’re looking for. But what if you don’t? Social networking sites are a good source of interesting content. And then there are social media sites, which are curated either by editors or a community of voters. What follows are six social media sites full of interesting stories and intriguing articles.

12-06-2013
Curating the Web: 6 Social Media Sites Full of Interesting Content
Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid

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Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid

Despite my complete lack of snobbiness when it comes to photography, the emergence of social networks and smartphones have combined to mean photos are an integral part of the Web, and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. People shoot liberally and then post them online immediately. Which has led to certain trends emerging over the past couple of years.

06-06-2013
Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid
Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos

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Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos

If you don’t actually think you need professional help you can just test yourself for fun on the Web. You don’t even need to visit a serious website to gain an informal assessment of your health, with YouTube videos offering a fun and innovative way of testing various states of being.

05-06-2013
Take a Physical Health Check With These 10 YouTube Test Videos
Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube

Gaming

Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube

Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console on May 21, 2013. Officially called the Xbox One — and not Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity, or Xbox Next, all of which were rumored — the new console is the final piece of the emerging next-gen puzzle. Once launched the Xbox One will go head to head with the PS4 from Sony and (to a lesser extent) the Wii U from Nintendo.

30-05-2013
Learn All About The Xbox One On YouTube
7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia

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7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia

Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are free to view, not lumbered with ads, and are edited by people like us. It’s a resource that everybody knows about, but which very few people truly make the most of.

29-05-2013
7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia