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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Windows XP Security Risks: They’re Real And Heading Your Way In 2014

21st April, 2014

Given the extensive coverage, you could easily think Windows XP end of support was just a hype. Sadly not. Without security updates, the aging operating system becomes a Trojan horse in your home or business.


Windows XP Running Your ATM Or Ticket Machine? Time To Buy Online!

16th April, 2014

Windows XP support ended in April 2014; Microsoft will no longer release bug fixes. If you’ve upgraded your PC then everything should be fine – but what about your bank? Have they upgraded?


Turn Your Windows Phone Into A Carputer With These Apps

15th April, 2014

Need to use your Windows Phone in the car? Windows Phone 8 offers various tools that can be used to assist and entertain you while driving, including maps, dashcams, and car mode interfaces.


Superb Star Wars-Themed Apps & Games For Windows Phone 8

14th April, 2014

It’s the biggest film series of all, it has spawned comics, board games, video games, spin-off cartoons and a new trilogy is entering production. Star Wars has a strong presence on Windows Phone!


Heartbleed – What Can You Do To Stay Safe?

11th April, 2014

The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is making headlines around the world – and misreporting in the press and online is causing confusion. How can you stay safe and ensue your personal details aren’t leaked? What Is Heartbleed? Well, It’s Not A Virus You’ve probably heard Heartbleed described as a virus. This isn’t the case: in fact, […]


How Can I Extract Audio From An MP4 Or YouTube Video?

9th April, 2014

Do you sometimes just want to listen to a YouTube video? Stripping the audio from a video lets you enjoy the content anywhere. Or you could distribute a Hangouts video podcast as an audio podcast!


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.