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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You Need No Development Skills To Create Professional Windows Phone Apps

8th April, 2014

App development on Windows Phone has been restricted to those with knowledge of programming – until now. With Windows Phone App Studio you can create your own apps – but what, exactly, can you do with them?


Setting Up Wireless Networking on Your Raspberry Pi

7th April, 2014

Virtually every Raspberry Pi project will require a network connection, and considerable flexibility can be gained by ignoring the Ethernet port in favour of a wireless USB dongle.


Does Switching To ART Speed Up Your Android KitKat Device?

2nd April, 2014

Is ART best left alone until Google decides to roll it out as a working replacement for Dalvik?


8 Seriously Useful Computing Tasks You Can Do With a Raspberry Pi

1st April, 2014

The amount of computing tasks that you can perform with this small 3.37 x 2.21-inch computer is jaw-dropping.


15 Useful Commands Every Raspberry Pi User Should Know

31st March, 2014

If you’re using a Raspberry Pi computer for your weekend project (perhaps a media centre or a home server) then there is a good chance these useful command line instructions will save you time.


Record, Edit and Upload Video With Your Nokia Windows Phone

24th March, 2014

Windows Phone doesn’t ship with native video editing and YouTube upload tools, so enter Nokia with its vital time-and-effort saving apps!


How To Take A Windows Phone 8 Screenshot And Sync It To Your PC

21st March, 2014

Want to take a screen grab from your Windows Phone? It’s pretty simple and straightforward, but getting the captured image off your phone and onto your computer can be a little tricky.


OK Google Doesn’t Work In Your Country? Don’t Worry, It Does Now

20th March, 2014

One of the great new features of Android KitKat is OK Google, the voice command that prompts your phone to accept verbal questions. Let’s make it work better.


Achieve Android Automation Zen With NFC Tags

19th March, 2014

Want to live in a world where you can use your Android phone to unlock your front door or boot your PC? You can do this, and more.


Alternative ROMs For The HTC One: What Are Your Options?

14th March, 2014

Want to try out some other ROMs? Here are four awesome ROMs for the HTC One you just have to try.


10 Secrets of Windows Phone 8 To Super Power Your Smartphone Experience

13th March, 2014

Your Windows Phone is awesome. Forget the naysayers – it might not be as popular and fashionable as Android and iOS, but Windows Phone 8 is an awesome platform. These ten secret features prove why.


Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative?

6th March, 2014

The new BlackBerry Z10 is certainly impressive – but how does using it compare with using a new Android or Windows Phone handset? I decided to find out.


How To Root Your First Generation HTC One

5th March, 2014

Unusually, there are no special utilities that enable this – instead, you must use HTC’s approved rooting method.


Four Ways To Customize Your Windows Phone

5th March, 2014

Same old is boring! If you’re getting tired of the same old lock screen, ringtone or Windows Phones’ limited tile colours, it’s time to take action and customize your phone.


Secure Your Windows Phone With Passcodes & Backups

4th March, 2014

Are you prepared to lose your Windows Phone? Spend a few minutes right now to prevent unauthorised access and secure your data. It will save you a lot of drama in a worst case scenario.