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Christian Cawley

Security and Linux Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf, covering security, Linux, DIY and programming. He has extensive experience in IT desktop and software support. Christian is a regular contributor to print publications such as Linux User & Developer, as well as a number of specials from Imagine Publishing and Future Publishing. Among these are Raspberry Pi for Beginners, The iPad Book Vol 6, and Raspberry Pi for Kids. He's also a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, podcaster and foodie.

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Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows

Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview

One of the key aspects in which Windows 8 differs from previous releases is its provision of access to cloud storage, particularly SkyDrive. While earlier versions of Windows require you to access SkyDrive via your browser or Windows Live Mesh, in Windows 8 you can browse it as readily as you would any local drive.

23-03-2012
Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview
What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Internet

What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Released in late February, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is live, ready and waiting for anybody to download it and install to sample the beauty of the Metro UI and gain an appreciation as to how this might work on a tablet and whether it is a usable interface for a mouse-controlled device. If you’re interested in upgrading, then this is your opportunity to find out if Windows 8 is suitable for you and the way you use your computer.

21-03-2012
What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Internet

Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Are you aware of just how Pinterest can change the current landscape of the Internet? Traditional social bookmarking services such as Digg and the dominant method of sharing links, Twitter, are both at risk from the polished presentation and simple features of Pinterest. In fact, Twitter could be seriously at risk from this new service.

16-03-2012
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)
The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad

Web Culture

The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad

Looking at a boring plain background isn’t going to pique anyone’s interest but fortunately there are various ways in which you can liven up the HP TouchPad with fun, attractive wallpapers. These devices have a selection of images stored natively which can be applied; there is also the option to add your own backgrounds.

15-03-2012
The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad
How To Connect Your Android Phone To Your Car Audio System

Android

How To Connect Your Android Phone To Your Car Audio System

Most of us enjoy music while we’re driving, but often radio doesn’t play the right tunes. At one time the obvious choice would have been a CD, but of course these scratch easily. Fortunately mobile phones with storage space for MP3s is a very good alternative. As long as you have a safe place to mount or place your phone and the necessary range or cable to send a signal to your in-car audio system, you can use an Android phone.

14-03-2012
How To Connect Your Android Phone To Your Car Audio System
The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America

Android

The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America

There are restrictions to using a Kindle Fire in territories in which it isn’t currently available. However Amazon would be shooting themselves in the foot if they prevented its use – after all, it is basically an eBook reader – anywhere except the USA. Let’s take a look at just what the situation is with using the Android-based Kindle Fire overseas.

09-03-2012
The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America
10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14

Internet

10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14

With such a wide selection of eBooks available, sorting the wheat from the chaff can prove difficult. As with mobile phone and tablet apps, making a choice depends on much more than a quick look at the summary and cover image. You will also need to spend a bit of time checking reviews, looking at star ratings and considering the price. Alternatively, you could let us do it all for you!

07-03-2012
10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14
The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone

The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone

Windows Phones come locked by default, with users only able to install apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace on a region-specific basis. This can result in some disparity between users based in different territories and also prevents amateur developers from testing their apps on the platform. Fortunately, two unlock methods are currently available across all Windows Phone devices.

02-03-2012
The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone
5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad

Internet

5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad

Like all pieces of hardware, however, there are occasional problems with the HP TouchPad. This might be due to running an application that requires too much RAM, or it might be because your tablet is low on power. Alternatively all that might be required is an update to the latest release of webOS.

01-03-2012
5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad
A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers

Wordpress & Web Development

A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers

If you’re a blogger, the chances are that you use WordPress. There are two ways in which you can use WordPress, ideal for those with some technical know-how and those without. The first is to use the hosted blog service at WordPress.com, But for those who prefer more control over their blogs and have some technical ability, then the self-hosted option available from WordPress.org is probably preferred.

29-02-2012
A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers
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