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 To Upgrade To Windows Phone 8.1 Now

7th May, 2014

If you want to speak to Cortana and get access to other cool new features, you will have to wait until June at least. Unless you’d update early. Like now.


Take Amazing Photos On Your Lumia With Nokia Camera

1st May, 2014

Nokia Lumia phones are known for their great cameras. The Nokia Camera app helps to redress the balance, offering total control over things like white balance, ISO and exposure time from within the viewfinder.


Will These New Features Help Windows Phone Go Mainstream?

30th April, 2014

The Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade is packed with new features that will challenge Android and iOS. Will you upgrade?


8 Ways To Get Awesome Free Music On Windows Phone 8

29th April, 2014

Don’t bother filling up your limited storage space with MP3s! You can stream music from the Internet with these apps.


6 Windows Phone Browser Alternatives You Have To Try

25th April, 2014

Not happy with Internet Explorer on your Windows Phone? You’ll like these alternatives!


Can’t Afford Podcast Hosting? Try These Free Alternatives

22nd April, 2014

If your podcast is outgrowing the space on your blog, the time has probably come to find a new home for it. Give your podcast some room to grow with these free podcast hosts.


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?