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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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.

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How Cars Will One Day Talk to Each Other

12th September, 2014

Tomorrow’s transportation is not just about the self-driving car. The future will see networks of cars working together to keep passengers safe and deliver them to their destinations efficiently.

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Call It A Comeback: 5 Xbox Franchises Ripe For A Reboot

3rd September, 2014

Microsoft’s Xbox isn’t doing so well these days. Perhaps the answer is to look backwards at old franchises that had potential but, for various reasons, never hit their stride.

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Track Who’s Using Your Windows Computer When You’re Not Around

1st September, 2014

A password is not enough to lock strangers out. If you suspect someone is accessing your Windows account, catch them red handed with the following tools.

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Don’t Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store

29th August, 2014

The Windows Store has been spoiled by useless junkware and scams. Microsoft recently purged many fake apps, but the store still features questionable apps. We show you how not to get scammed.

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Want To Ditch Big Business And Protect Your Privacy? Here’s How

29th August, 2014

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have come to dominate every aspect of our online lives because they offer almost so much for free. Email, cloud storage, document editing, photo hosting and more can be accessed without paying a cent. Instead you have to pay with something that you may not think is valuable, but can prove […]

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How To Stop Your Entire Desktop PC Or Home Office From Being Stolen

28th August, 2014

Over a million computers are stolen in the United States alone every year. The majority of these systems are laptops, but desktops can also end up the victim of a heist. Modern computers are relatively small, making them easier for thieves to walk out with, and computers are easy to sell on on eBay or […]

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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.