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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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.


Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant

30th June, 2014

Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft’s answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh.


4 Media Center Remote Apps For Windows Phone 8

26th June, 2014

Next time you misplaced the remote control, just reach for your phone to control your TV or console.


Managing Alerts On Windows Phone 8.1

25th June, 2014

Custom audio alerts in Windows Phone have evolved! Since the release of the 8.1 Developer Preview, it is now possible to configure custom alerts for apps as well as contacts.


Get The Most Out Of Windows Phone 8.1 With These Tips

24th June, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 offers much more novelty than just Cortana. Let us guide you to the hidden gems.


Easily Clone Your SD Card For Trouble-free Raspberry Pi Computing

18th June, 2014

Whether you have one SD card or several, one thing that you will need is the ability to back up your cards to avoid the problems that occur when your Raspberry Pi fails to boot.