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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5 Reasons Why You Should Flash OmniROM To Your Android Device

31st July, 2014

With a bunch of custom ROM options out there, it can be hard to settle on just one — but you should really consider OmniROM.


8 Free Endless Runners For Windows Phone 8

30th July, 2014

We’ve collected eight of the best endless runners available on Windows Phone together to show you what’s out there.


How To Use Cortana As Your Personalized Satnav Tool

29th July, 2014

How would you like a competent co-pilot, who arranges your travels, feeds you with tips and location-based reminders and is sexy, too? Take Cortana everywhere and win at life!


Droid Your Ride – 3 Ways To Bring Android Into Your Car

28th July, 2014

Curious about setting up an Android device as an in-car entertainment system? Here’s is everything you need to know.


Top 5 Football (Soccer) Games You’ve Probably Never Played But Should

25th July, 2014

If you feel as though you’ve played the latest, high-profile titles to death, there are alternatives for the armchair pro tired of FIFA, PES, Football Manager, and the rest.


How Cortana Became The “Other Woman” In My Life

24th July, 2014

She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It’s little wonder that I’ve fallen for the charms of Cortana.


How To Spot A Compromised ATM, & What You Should Do Next

17th July, 2014

You probably know that you should take care when using an ATM, but how can you know for sure that the device has been compromised – and what should you do upon realising this? What Is ATM Crime? ATMs in the wall of banks, railway stations, hotels, supermarkets and other locations contain a lot of […]


4 Modern Facebook Apps For Windows 8 Compared

16th July, 2014

Windows 8 touchscreen users with a love of social networking may wonder what the best options for accessing Facebook are. We’ve taken a look at the official Facebook app, MINE, Vibe and SocialNV.


Connect Your Windows Phone With Nokia Device Hub

12th July, 2014

Despite WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC all being supported, it’s pretty difficult to access other hardware on your home or local network. Fortunately, Nokia has come up with a solution: Nokia Device Hub.


Upgrade To Windows Phone 8.1 & Enjoy A New App Store Interface!

11th July, 2014

One of many changes in the Windows Phone 8.1 Upgrade is the overhaul of the app store. This improvement makes managing your apps far easier, as you will see in a moment.


4 Free Virus Scanners’ Accuracy Compared

8th July, 2014

Need to check for viruses on  your PC but don’t want to install a full security suite? Perhaps you think the software has been compromised, or you’re scanning in Safe Mode? There are several virus scanners available that can be downloaded and installed (better than using an online virus scanner), their purpose being only to […]


How To Delete Data & Factory Restore Your Windows Phone 8 Device

5th July, 2014

Is your Windows Phone 8 device creaking under the weight of apps, music, videos and photo? Microsoft made it simple to free up space or reset your phone. Let us show you how.


6 Modern Security Tools For Windows 8

4th July, 2014

Your tablet can be hacked, too! Because the desktop is a drag, these touch-enabled apps allow you to control security settings and tools from the modern interface.


How To Add YouTube Thumbnail Images To Your Video Blog Post

2nd July, 2014

Instead of searching around for a suitable image to feature for your video blog post, why not use an image from the video itself? Visual Advantages Of Having A Featured Image Based On Your Embedded Video Clip One of the most useful aspects of video hosting websites is the ability to embed a favourite clip […]


5 Must Know Tips For Managing Your Windows Phone 8.1 Calendar

1st July, 2014

Import and customize calendars, then activate Cortana to manage tasks and appointments with minimal effort.