Christian Cawley

Joined December 2011

Christian Cawley is MakeUseOf's security editor, Android tinkerer, Windows Phone mentalist, and Doctor Who fan. Follow him as @thegadgetmonkey on Twitter.

Feel free to contact at ccawley@makeuseof.com

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Fraudsters Still Clone Credit Cards: Keep Plastic In Your Pocket

3rd September, 2013

If you regularly pay by credit or debit/cheque card (and who doesn’t these days?) you should be aware that your card can be cloned. But how is this done, and what types of business are particularly vulnerable to criminals hanging around pinching your card details? Speaking personally, I had a credit card cloned back in 2007 at a popular pizza restaurant chain in the UK – by a member of the serving staff. When I next checked my balance I saw that I had been shopping in Liverpool later that day – a good 100 miles away from where I ate the pizza.

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How To Remove Ads From Native Windows 8 Apps

1st September, 2013

In-app adverts have become a bit of a problem for Windows 8 users, particularly for those native Microsoft apps that you’ve already paid for. With third party apps you get the option of upgrading to remove the ads; this isn’t the case with apps like Bing News. Ads can be distracting and disruptive, and when found within apps that you’ve already paid for, their presence can become pretty galling. Fortunately, there is a very good chance that you are able to remove the adverts from native Microsoft apps.

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No DVD Drive On Your Tablet Or Notebook? Use An Old Laptop Drive Instead!

28th August, 2013

More and more Windows computers are shipping without optical drives, and this is a phenomenon that exists beyond the tablet PC. The lack of a DVD drive might prevent you from installing your favourite apps or checking archive discs – even ripping your old CDs and DVDs. Fortunately, there are workarounds.

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Use Your Raspberry Pi Like a Desktop PC

26th August, 2013

There are so many amazing things that you can do with a Raspberry Pi, from running your own space program to building a media centre. Although ostensibly intended as a compact computer that can be produced cheaply in order for students to learn programming basics, the Raspberry Pi has developed into something of a phenomenon. But what about using it as a desktop PC?

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Kindle Giving You Trouble? Three Easy Fixes and Troubleshooting Steps

24th August, 2013

The Kindle range of e-readers from Amazon are excellent, lightweight devices that enable you to carry your library of books around wherever you go – but what happens when a Kindle goes wrong?

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How Do I Convert My Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

24th August, 2013

Take control over your site: move it from WordPress.com to your own servers. Your data can be migrated to a WordPress.org blog with considerable ease. I’ve been maintaining a diary since my children were born in 2011, which I intend to one day publish for them to read. The contents are pretty verbose and combine their […]

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How to Replace or Upgrade the SSD in Your Windows 8 Tablet

22nd August, 2013

With less than 4 GB of storage remaining on my Windows 8 tablet – and the majority of useful applications, cloud storage and games installed on my external USB 3.0 drive – I decided that it was time to upgrade the tiny 64 GB mSATA SSD. Without the advantage of an SD card slot on my Acer Iconia W7 series tablet, opening the device and replacing the mSATA SSD with a high capacity replacement was really the only option, short of buying a new computer.

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Game On: 10 Windows 8 Metro Games You Don’t Want To Miss

21st August, 2013

Gaming on Windows 8 has also proved a provocative talking point, with people such as Valve chief Gabe Newell declaring that the platform would be “a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.” Naturally, the vast majority of games that run on Windows 7 will also run on Windows 8 in desktop mode – but what about games for the touchscreen, Modern/Metro mode? In fact, there is a good selection of titles, from platform-specific strategy games to titles ported from iOS and other platforms.

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How The Next Web Was Born: A Talk With Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

19th August, 2013

Part event, part website, The Next Web is among the most influential blogs and can easily be described as an online juggernaut. Founded in 2006 as a technology conference (which now runs annually), the popular TNW blog was launched in 2008. There are few overnight successes in business, but the positive reaction the then 24-year-old Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and his colleagues Patrick de Laive and Arjen Schat experienced following the first conference showed them that they had created something.

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Four More Superb Games from the Raspberry Pi Store!

16th August, 2013

If you thought gaming on the Raspberry Pi was limited to setting up emulators with RetroPie or watching other gamers on YouTube (perhaps via the RaspBMC media centre solution) then prepare to be surprised. While you won’t find Halo running on the Raspberry Pi you’ll certainly find some fascinating gaming alternatives.

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Storing and Accessing Data Using Raspberry Pi: What Are Your Options?

9th August, 2013

We’re looking here at the different storage uses that your Raspberry Pi can be put to, from configuring it as a NAS box controller with an external hard disk drive connected to creating your own cloud storage system and using your Raspberry Pi as a web server. Each of these is easily achievable, straightforward to setup and can provide you with excellent storage benefits on your home network and beyond.

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How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network

8th August, 2013

“How do you share a CD or DVD drive across a network?” This was the question that dropped into my head recently as it became apparent that I would need to access data on some archive DVDs. If I was using a standard PC this wouldn’t be a problem; as it is, I’ve been the owner of an Acer Iconia W700 for several months now and one of the key drawbacks of a tablet computer is that they don’t come with integrated DVD drives. Surely there must be a way to share the DVD drive on my wife’s laptop across the home network?

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Self-Employment Works: 6 Tips To Set Up Your First Online Business From Home

7th August, 2013

With the explosion of digital technology and fast Internet speeds, more and more people are looking for a way out of the drudge of the commute and the threat of short-term contracts to work from home, running their own businesses where they can be in greater control of the way money is made and spent. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as quitting your job on Friday and booting up your PC or Mac the following Monday. There are various things you need to have in place.

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Amazing Games You Can Play on the Raspberry Pi without Emulation

2nd August, 2013

You can probably see where I’m going with this, but I’ll spell it out just in case. A few nights ago I decided that rather than play Civilization V on my PC, I would look for a version that I could play on my Raspberry Pi? Thus began a quest to find not only a version of Civilization that might run (perhaps using an MS-DOS emulator), but pretty much any game that would run natively on the Raspberry Pi…

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5 Awesome Apps That Will Make You Buy a Nokia Windows Phone 8

1st August, 2013

An early adopter of Windows Phone 7, I am now the owner of a Nokia Lumia 920, powered by Windows Phone 8, and thrilled each time Nokia releases a new app. Although manufacturer apps aren’t available to owners of other devices, the Nokia apps tend to have a quality and authority that is missing from many of the poorer third party titles. In fact, there is a collection of superb manufacturer apps for the Nokia-built phones – apps that you should check out if you’re using a Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone 8.