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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Securing Your Raspberry Pi: From Passwords to Firewalls

11th June, 2014

Anyone can use Google to find the default username and password of your Raspberry Pi. Don’t give intruders that chance!


Tune In: Get Radio & More With Your Windows Phone Headset

10th June, 2014

Did you know you can listen to FM radio on your Windows Phone? Your headset doubles as an antenna and hands free control. Time to plug it in and make use of it.


How To Extend The Life Of Your Raspberry Pi’s SD Card

9th June, 2014

SD cards have a finite life, with limits on how often data can be rewritten before the card gives in to entropy. For the Rapsberry Pi this can be a serious problem.


How To Go Paperless With Windows Phone 8

6th June, 2014

Are your shelves collapsing under the weight of packed folders and does paper seem to materialize everywhere? The answer to going paperless is digitisation.


5 Ways to Improve Battery Life on Android KitKat

4th June, 2014

Got a new KitKat phone with not-so-great battery life? Check out these tips for squeezing every last bit out of juice out of it.


Have a First-Gen Kindle Fire? Make It Awesome Again With Stock Android

3rd June, 2014

The first generation Kindle Fire is now three years old, and while it remains a great tablet, it lags behind newer models. So why not refresh it by flashing a standard Android ROM?


Host Your Own Website On Your Raspberry Pi

28th May, 2014

Need to run a website but can’t afford the hosting costs? One way around this is with the low-powered Raspberry Pi, which is more than capable of running basic web server software.

The eBay Data Breach: What You Need To Know

25th May, 2014

In what is one of the biggest breaches of user data yet, eBay has revealed that in March 2014 its servers were compromised. Other than confirming that staff accounts were co-opted and advising eBay account holders to change their passwords, it is revealing nothing else. So, what should you do? Is changing your password enough, […]


5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh

22nd May, 2014

Does your battery drain faster since you upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? A few simple settings can increase battery life and get through the day and beyond on a single charge.


How Scammers Can Use ATMs To Clean You Out

21st May, 2014

That ATM in the wall of your local bank might look like an easy way to get some cash, but you need to make sure that the scammers didn’t get there first.


How Windows Phone 8.1 Is Enhanced With The Action Center

19th May, 2014

Microsoft kills the toast! Now you can finally manage your notifications on Windows Phone.


Get A Striking New Look In Windows Phone 8.1 With Customized Start Screen Tiles

15th May, 2014

You can now add a background image to Start Screen Tiles, one of many great new features in Windows 8.1.


5 New Windows Phone 8.1 Features To Be Excited About!

13th May, 2014

One day, Windows Phone will be popular. With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, that day has drawn much closer. Time to upgrade!


Go Hands Free By Using Cortana Voice Control On Windows Phone 8.1

9th May, 2014

Cortana is a voice controlled virtual assistant. To make her work for you, you need to know how to delegate. Let us show you.


How To Activate & Use Cortana On Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview

8th May, 2014

Are you missing Cortana, the Google Now and Siri speech control rival, on your Windows Phone 8.1? Get it now!