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.

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Why The Classic Desktop Version Trumps Skype For Windows 8

18th December, 2013

Want to make voice and video calls on your Windows 8 computer? A touchscreen version of Skype is available from Microsoft, but how does it compare to the desktop version?


Have It Your Way: Hide The Windows 8.1 Start Button

17th December, 2013

After killing the Start button in Windows 8, Microsoft restored a mutilated version with the Windows 8.1 update. It’s now a shortcut button for the Start screen or desktop and some don’t like that.


6 Ways to Watch Live TV on Windows 8

16th December, 2013

With the release of Windows 8, several apps have come along that make enjoying TV on your computer much easier. The following apps are all free from the Windows 8 Store.


So You Got a New Android Phone: Here’s All You Need To Know

14th December, 2013

Ooh, shiny! Nothing like a brand-new, modern smartphone to start out the new year.


5 Windows 8 Apps To Get You Into The Mood For Christmas

10th December, 2013

Christmas is upon us once again. Enhance and enjoy the seasonal cheer and get you in the mood for the visit from “the fat man” with these Windows 8 music, entertainment, tradition, and food apps.


10 Cool Accessories To Help Organize Your Desk

8th December, 2013

Living in a tangle of cables and gadgets? Looking for the best way to organize your desk to keep things nice and tidy?


Build A Custom Windows 8 Start Menu Using Toolbars

5th December, 2013

You’re using Windows 8. You want the Start Menu back – but do you really need it? Instead of relying on a third party substitute, build a custom Windows 8 Start Menu with a few clicks.


Expecting Skype To Be Perfect On Windows Phone? Think Again…

4th December, 2013

Owned by Microsoft since 2011, Skype would seem to be a perfect app for Windows Phone 8. But does it deliver free Skype to Skype video calls, instant messaging and voice calls as effortlessly as it should?


Top 6 Video Games With A Fun Foody Flavour

3rd December, 2013

Do you ever get hungry playing video games? One way to guarantee hunger pangs is to engage in some food-related titles – the more creative the game’s aim, the better!


Awesome Space Invaders-Style Action On Your Smartphone With Radiant

1st December, 2013

Looking for a decent Space Invaders clone for your smartphone? Radiant is a great choice that successfully evokes the pioneering spirit of classic gaming while updating the genre. Available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.


How NOOBS For Raspberry Pi Can Help First Time Users

27th November, 2013

There is something about the Raspberry Pi that might just put people off: until now, setting it up has not been particularly user friendly. NOOBS aims to change that!


5 Ways to Ruggedise Your Raspberry Pi

26th November, 2013

Your Raspberry Pi might have only cost $40 or so, but it is remarkably precious. With many different projects underway, you need to keep it safe. A ruggedized case would be a good option, particularly for transporting your Pi or using it in outdoor projects. Why Ruggedize? There are many reasons to ruggedize your Raspberry […]


Navigate From A To B Fast With HERE Drive+ For Windows Phone 8

25th November, 2013

Your GPS-enabled smartphone can replace a SatNav! Equip your handset with turn-by-turn navigation app and you’re ready to go. HERE Drive+ is an excellent navigation aid for Nokia Windows Phone 8.


Action Cam – A Dashboard Camera For Windows Phone 8

21st November, 2013

Need to keep a video record of journeys in case of an accident and subsequent insurance claim? For Windows Phone users, Action Cam is a strong choice, but will it do the job reliably?


How Can I Tell If My New (Used) Smartphone Is Stolen?

20th November, 2013

If a brand new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Nokia Lumia is beyond your budget and you don’t want to tie yourself to a contract, buying a used handset is often the popular – and obvious – choice. However, buying a phone this way can be laced with risk and danger. You might end up with […]