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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Use Windows 8 In Style With These Amazing Metro (Modern) Apps

14th February, 2013

Windows 8 hasn’t quite taken off yet, but this shortcoming certainly isn’t due to a lack of apps. After all, there are several years’ worth of traditional Windows desktop apps to fall back on! As for those optimized for use under the Start screen and the Modern UI, however, there are several that really take advantage of the platform and its new visual style.

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The Hardware You Will Need To Build A Raspberry Pi Media Center

13th February, 2013

With so many ways of using it, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that the Raspberry Pi has sold over 1 million units. Although designed for one key purpose (programming) this small credit card-sized computer is capable of so much more – which is why it seems to have become a popular choice as a home media centre solution.

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Windows 8 Doesn’t Come with Aero – But You Can Add It With These Tools

8th February, 2013

Whichever way you look at it, Windows 8 has been a controversial release. The latest version of Microsoft’s domestic operating system has built in touch and no Start button on the Desktop view, something that has led many to avoid it. This is a shame as beyond the Start screen and Charms bar, things run pretty much as they always did. One area in which Windows 8’s Desktop isn’t quite the same as Windows 7, however, is in the selection of themes.

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How To Get Free Wi-Fi Almost Anywhere

7th February, 2013

Public wireless networks are becoming more and more popular as a means of attracting people to a particular business or service, and this is just one of the many ways in which free (or almost free) Wi-Fi can be accessed. It seems, in fact, that there are many ways in which you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, almost anywhere…

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Enjoy Podcasts, Music, Talk & Sport On Windows Phone With TuneIn Radio

6th February, 2013

Aware that I should probably listen to the occasional contemporary sound, I became a convert to the BBC’s 6 Music channel, which plays an astounding mix of great tunes from the 1950’s to the 2010’s. Now able to get my fix of good music, it suddenly occurred to be one day when I was heading out that I would be unable to listen to this digital-only radio station in the street – without a suitable mobile app with which to do so.

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How To Minimize The Cost of PC Upgrades

1st February, 2013

Just like a full desktop, a new PC build can be expensive. The best way to minimize the cost while focusing on the most suitable components is to upgrade your unit, rather than start from scratch. Various cost-saving options are open to anyone building a brand new computer or upgrading an existing device.

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The Latest Internet Security Threats That You Should Be Aware Of

31st January, 2013

Security threats have increasingly come from new directions and that isn’t looking set to change in 2013. There are new risks you should be aware of, exploits of popular applications, increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks, malware, and scams targeting our love of social networks and photo sharing, and threats associated with viewing online videos.

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One Reason to Ignore The People Hub: Facebook For Windows Phone

30th January, 2013

Windows Phone has a great relationship with social networks, integrating Windows Live, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook into its People hub. This integration means that the user can quickly check statuses, reply to posts and messages, share photos and generally save time by keeping their online social experience centralized. It doesn’t always work this way, however. While these services are integrated into the OS, some of their functions are limited.

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Why Do My Games Keep Crashing?

25th January, 2013

Just one more city to go. I launched my tank attack, positioned my bombers and arranged the infantry for the final push. It wouldn’t take long, I knew it, and as the dominoes fell, total victory would be mine. And then Civilization V crashed.Video game crashes are still extremely frustrating – especially as they really shouldn’t happen in this day and age. There are various factors and these will tell you the eventual fix for the issue.

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How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything

24th January, 2013

I’ve been building a media centre recently. Actually, scratch that – I’ve been building two. One is a compact device (my Raspberry Pi) running the RaspBMC distribution of XBMC, while the other is a traditional HTPC home build – a media centre in a slimline PC case with added TV card. At this stage I haven’t quite decided which system I’m going to stick with long term, so I have a sort of competition running between the two.

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Must-Watch Documentaries About The Birth of Computers & The Internet

23rd January, 2013

While computers and the Internet have moved into the public consciousness since the late 1990’s, their importance wasn’t quite appreciated until recently. But the computer revolution that started in the 1960’s was well into its stride when the following excellent documentaries were broadcast in the 1980’s and 1990’s. These must-watch films explain everything you need to know about the birth of computing and the development of the Internet.

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4 Smartphone Security Risks To Be Aware Of

18th January, 2013

There seems to be a sort of general malaise among users – the tech savvy and everyday users alike – that because your computer fits in your pocket, it can’t be infected by malware, Trojans, worms or other threats. This is, of course, ridiculous, and perhaps stems from the age-old misunderstanding of the nature of malware transmission.

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Are You Sure It’s Bricked? How You Can Fix Your Broken Smartphone

17th January, 2013

Back in the day, a bricked device would be very tough to recover, but over the years some resilience has been built into smartphones and tablets. These days a few clever button presses, useful additional software, a USB cable and a few prayers (the prayers are optional, of course) will sort out many bricking issues. But as it turns out, you don’t even need to go as far as that!

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Identify The Guy Who Stole Your Phone, Tablet Or Laptop

16th January, 2013

After spending hundreds of dollars on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, we all try to be vigilant when it comes to thieves. In most cases you can walk down a street without any trouble; most days your briefcase or satchel won’t be stolen when you put it down beside you in a restaurant or railway station. Most days, your home or office won’t be broken into and your computer stolen.

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Take Your Books With You On Windows Phone With The Amazon Kindle App

11th January, 2013

When I head out I’m already carrying my Windows Phone. What I don’t need is an extra device in order to access any books I might fancy reading. Fortunately, Amazon appreciates this and has released apps mimicking the functions of their popular Kindle device. One of the first apps to launch on Windows Phone 7 back in October 2010, Amazon Kindle is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices.