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Christian Cawley

Deputy Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf, covering security, Linux, DIY and programming, with extensive experience in desktop and software support. Christian is a regular contributor to Linux User & Developer magazine, as well as specials including Raspberry Pi for Beginners, and Raspberry Pi for Kids. He's a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, podcaster and foodie.

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5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity

Internet

5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity

Twitter’s amazing ability to connect people through a browser, custom application or even SMS text messaging is an amazing and compelling aspect of online life. With Twitter you can promote websites and bands, find a job, even generate income in various ways. Its limit of 140 characters forces brevity and relevance among its serious users (although this doesn’t stop people spouting rubbish!).

06-04-2012
5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity
3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files

Windows

3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files

Perhaps you’re podcasting or your requirements for ripping the audio from a video clip might be rooted in a more artistic activity such as video editing. Either way, the matter of isolating the audio track from video files can be tricky to achieve. Fortunately there are various approaches you can take, either using your PC or employing a second device.

05-04-2012
3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

One of the most important uses for a mobile phone is messaging. Whether you’re thinking of SMS text messaging, email or online instant messaging networks, being able to communicate with others by typing rather than speaking has been an essential feature since the 1990s. Windows Phone has several instant messaging options available.

04-04-2012
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options
A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface

Windows

A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface

For most users, Windows 8 will come as something of a surprise when it is released, thanks to the unusual implementation of the Metro UI. If you’re not inclined to make use of whatever methods are available to disable Metro, you will be left with attempting to understand the tile-based user interface.

30-03-2012
A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface
A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories

Product Reviews

A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories

The threats facing mobile phones have become so numerous that manufacturers have started providing cases with the devices. Sadly these are little more than an afterthought – something that is particularly ridiculous when you consider the importance of these accessories. Which begs the question, why do manufacturers bother giving us free but useless, cheap cases?

29-03-2012
A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories
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
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