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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Want Windows 10 Features? Buy A Mac Today!

13th October, 2014

Windows 10 reintroduces real desktop search, includes multiple desktops and adds a start menu with live tile “widgets” – so why should you buy a Mac instead?

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Editing Digital Photos? Pick The Right Monitor & Configure It Properly

10th October, 2014

Have you ever taken what you thought was a great photograph, only to find it looks dull when you view it on your PC? If so, your monitor may be letting you down.

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10 Best Shortcuts To Add To Your Right-Click Menu

6th October, 2014

The context menu that pops up whenever you perform a right-click can help you become more productive. With the right tool, customizing the shortcuts within it is a breeze.

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Windows 10 In Pictures – A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview

4th October, 2014

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We’ll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time.

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Medical ID Theft: How Scammers Use Records To Steal Your Identity

3rd October, 2014

Most people closely guard their personal banking information both on and offline. Everyone knows it’s a bad thing for other people to have your social security number or account number, particularly if it can be combined with other information. But many forget about another type of information that can be as damaging on the wrong hands; medical […]

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How Apple Is Monetizing Privacy With iOS 8

2nd October, 2014

Security has finally become a serious issue for smartphone owners. The high-profile leaks of undressed celebrity iPhone owners, combined with a constant stream of warnings about Android bugs and malware, has left many people feeling  uncertain. Even governments cannot be trusted to respect their citizen’s privacy. Apple’s Tim Cook has turned this into a selling […]

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Cloud Storage Remains Competitive – Dropbox & OneDrive Compared

1st October, 2014

OneDrive is trying to catch up to cloud storage heavyweight Dropbox. Recent improvements include increased free storage space and raised file size caps. OneDrive has turned into a viable alternative, but is it better?

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Use Your iPad As A Recipe Book? 10 Accessories For Kitchen Tablet Users

29th September, 2014

There are ways to use your iPad in the kitchen while keeping your tablet clean and functional. Check out these ten accessories that every iChef must consider.

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6 Personal Alerts You Should Set Up Today

26th September, 2014

We receive a swarm of notifications which, to be honest, are often useless. There are some useful notifications however, that are easy to set up and help us keep tabs on what actually matters.

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Going Private – How To Switch To A Local Account On Windows 8.1

23rd September, 2014

You have a choice! Microsoft didn’t make it easy, but in Windows 8.1 it’s possible to set up or switch to a regular — local and offline — Windows account. And it’s easy!

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What’s The Real Difference Between A Gaming Laptop And Desktop?

19th September, 2014

The fact that laptops are slower than desktops is common knowledge, but how much slower is hard to quantify, and gamers find themselves weighing the reduction in performance against the price tag and the portability.

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Bionic Humans: Exoskeleton Technology Is Redefining Limits

18th September, 2014

Exoskeleton research has been underway for over a century, resulting in a number of viable prototypes. Surprisingly, though, they focus less on super-human strength and more on improving endurance and quality of life.

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iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor

17th September, 2014

Apple’s new watch will turn your iPhone into a revolutionary device for managing your health and fitness – here’s how it works.

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Store You Shop At Get Hacked? Here’s What To Do

17th September, 2014

Businesses can’t seem to stop hackers looking to steal customer data. The list of companies prayed on has grown long indeed and includes well known names like JP Morgan, Home Depot and Target. And that’s just what we know about. Every unexplained website outage is met with raised eyebrows. Was it a glitch? Was the site hacked? […]

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Have $20? Here’s 10 Things To Improve Your Gaming Life

15th September, 2014

Tightening your budget means you can’t have the latest and greatest, but you may be surprised what you can buy for a third the price of a brand new AAA title.