Matt Smith

Joined May 2010

Matthew Smith is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He also writes for Twitter or .

Feel free to contact at mattsmith@makeuseof.com

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Cover Your Home: How To Find and Remove Wireless Blind Spots  

25th August, 2014

Here’s how to find – and eliminate – these wireless dead zones.

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How To Remove Bloatware & Avoid It On New Laptops

22nd August, 2014

Tired of software you never wanted consuming your laptop’s resources? Your computer isn’t free ad space. Here’s how to get rid of bloatware.

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GSM Vs. CDMA: What Is The Difference And Which Is Better?

21st August, 2014

You may have heard the terms GSM and CDMA thrown around before in a conversation about cell phones, but what do they really mean?

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Save Energy & Extend Your Battery Life With Custom Windows Power Plans

19th August, 2014

Windows battery life has rocketed forward in the last few years thanks to new processors from Intel that provide strong performance on a fraction of the power previously required. Even inexpensive laptops can often hit five or six hours, and models specifically designed for portability frequently exceed eight. Yet these improvements have made the way you […]

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Don’t Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online

16th August, 2014

Office Online is the free and cloud-connected version of Microsoft Office. Limitations are compensated by features, useful even to users of desktop Office. Best of all is its

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Love Exploring? These RPGs Are Made For You

15th August, 2014

Many players love RPGs because their large, open worlds offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore a virtual landscape. Here’s ten games that you can explore for hours on end.

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A Detailed Look At The State Of Gaming On The Mac in 2014

14th August, 2014

Can players finally ditch Windows completely and use a Mac for work and play?

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Got Windows Issues? There May Be A Microsoft Hotfix

8th August, 2014

Microsoft releases a constant stream of minor updates. Some less important fixes never make it into a Windows Update package. These hotfixes solve very specific issues that only affect a subset of users.

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6 Tolkien Apps For The Middle-Earth Obsessed

5th August, 2014

Here are six mobile apps that every Tolkien fanatic must check out.

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How To Customize Your Windows Sound Effects

31st July, 2014

You could make your computer sound like your favorite TV show, record your own sounds, or turn them off completely. Here’s a crash course on changing and recording sound effects for Windows.

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What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It?

30th July, 2014

Sex and technology seem to go together like steak and potatoes. Many people – some of whom you might not expect – have taken to to using smartphones as a part of their sex life, leading to a rise in amateur photos and film. These shots are supposed to be private, of course, sent only to lovers for […]

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15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know

25th July, 2014

The command prompt is an antiquated tool from an era of text-based input. But some commands remain useful and Windows 8 even added new features. Find out which ones.

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Reclaim Your Focus: 5 Ideas To Deal With Short Attention Spans

24th July, 2014

We have more information available than every before, but this ironically has damaged our ability to absorb any of it. However, you can take action to improve your attention with a few simple steps.

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Understand Windows 8 Libraries To Master Storage Space

23rd July, 2014

Managing a computer’s storage has always been a challenge. Microsoft’s addition of libraries to Windows has in some ways made organization easier, but this important feature isn’t self-explanatory, and using it to overcome some of Windows 8’s shortcomings requires specific knowledge. Here’s everything you must know to get the most out of libraries. What Are Libraries? […]

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Protect Your Mac Browsing With CyberGhost For OS X

21st July, 2014

OS X users haven’t been able to use CyberGhost until recently, but now the new Mac client provides the same features Windows users enjoy.