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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The days of reinstalling Windows when it acts up are long since gone. All you need to fix Windows 8 is a recovery disk, either on CD/DVD, a USB or an external hard disk drive.
You would think uploading a video to YouTube was easy. Not so on Windows Phone! Until now. Finally, apps have arrived and the days of fiddly and pointless email uploads have come to pass.
Tapping, swiping or zoom-pinching, there’s often a moment when the touchscreen display on your tablet refuses to respond. How do you overcome this, and achieve tablet-tapping Zen?
The Raspberry Pi is a remarkable little computer, but it can be time consuming to set it up and connect it to your monitor.
British TV series Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary in November, marking a half century of time travelling adventure. Express your love for the show with these great mobile apps!
Windows 8 makes it hard to burn audio and watch video DVDs thanks to hidden apps and missing licences. This is part of the move away from optical media – fortunately, we can share some easy workarounds.
Whatever your current Raspberry Pi project, you might need to access the web. Unfortunately, speedy browsing isn’t a strength of this small computer – is there any way to speed things up?
Whether your old SD card is a meager 64 MB or a massive 64 GB, various projects exist for you to make use of these storage cards.
You don’t have to pay for expensive technical assistance to repair your PC – 90 per cent of repairs are simple, and can be completed in a matter of minutes.
The tide is turning against the traditional TV model of schedules and weekly serials. Not only can you watch most TV shows online, either live or on your own schedule, it has also become easy to watch television on your smartphone. A handful of web services, mobile apps and the increasing availability of fast and affordable data connections enable you to stream your favorite videos whenever and wherever. Here is how I watch TV on my smartphone and what I have learned along the way.
It’s a fantastic little device, a low-spec computer available for under $30 – but how long will the Raspberry Pi dominate the small PC hobbyist market? Are there any competitors ready to take its place?
“For goodness sake, not again!” That’s me, after yet another Gmail conversation “broke” on my Windows Phone. I have multiple accounts grouped using linked inboxes, so that on my Start screen I have two icons for email messages, one for work, and one for personal. With one of my email accounts, I can’t reply to colleagues without breaking the email thread. The result displays HTML code in my response, making it difficult for my recipients to read the message; an appropriate word, as the result is a mess.
What happens when your DVD gets stuck in the tray? Can you remove it easily, or is it trapped in the drive until you can take your computer to an technician? Thankfully, the answer to that last question in most cases is no. Pretty much all that happens when your disc becomes stuck is that the tray will not open, likely due to a power or device driver issue. Several methods have been tried and tested to help you retrieve your stuck disc – so many, in fact, that they can be attempted in the order described below.
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.
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.