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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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.


5 Ways Your Windows Phone Experience Is Enhanced By Bing

3rd March, 2014

Bing plays a massive role in Windows Phone. It provides voice search, music recognition, photo translation, and other search tools. Bing is so tightly integrated into Windows Phone, you can almost forget it’s there.


Want To Enhance Your YouTube Videos With Clickable Links? Here’s How!

26th February, 2014

Have you ever tried to add a clickable link to your YouTube videos, only to find that there’s just no way to do it? Well, actually there are two ways, methods that have remained hidden – until now!


Get the Latest News On Windows Phone With Weave

24th February, 2014

Read what you want! This RSS reader app comes with a set of curated feeds and can be tailored to display only your favorites. Weave News Reader is available free for Windows Phone.


Enjoy Audiobooks On Your Windows Phone With Audible

21st February, 2014

No time to read? Audiobooks are the perfect solution, and with Audible’s free app on your Windows Phone you have access to a library of over 60,000 titles that you can take anywhere!


Enjoy Retro Gaming On Windows Phone 8 With These 3 Emulators

18th February, 2014

Gaming is where it’s at on Windows Phone! You can play classic games natively or install emulator apps and ROM files of original games. Relive old school arcade and console fun with modern tools.


Instance: An Unofficial Instagram Client for Windows Phone

17th February, 2014

Is the lack of a working official Instagram app for Windows Phone ruining your photo sharing? This is a problem you can easily solve – in an “Instance”, a free, ad-supported Instagram app.


Activate Child Mode On Your Windows Phone To Safely Share It With Kids

11th February, 2014

Leaving your Windows Phone in the inquiring hands of little ones? Don’t do anything until you have set up and activated Windows Phone’s child mode; Kid’s Corner.