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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How To Install Chrome Extensions Manually

4th July, 2014

Google recently decided to disable the installation of Chrome extensions from third-party websites, but some users still want to install these extensions. Here’s how to do it.

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3 Real Security Risks Threatening Your Smart TV Entertainment

3rd July, 2014

The humble television is the latest in a long line of devices to receive “smart” enhancements that make it operate like a stripped-down computer rather than a simple display device. Features like a web browser and social network support can add convenience, but they also introduce potential security flaws. Here are three ways a hacker […]

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Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark

2nd July, 2014

If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We’ll show you.

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5 Desktop Apps To Give An Instagram-Like Effect To Your Photos

1st July, 2014

Instagram makes your photos shine applying standardized filters. Now you can do the same on the desktop, using these tools.

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How To Buy A Laptop On A Budget

28th June, 2014

But how do you choose the right laptop, and what can you expect from its performance?

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Bandicam, Tune Sweeper And Microsoft Office Arrive In July [Rewards]

27th June, 2014

Have you been saving your MakeUseOf Rewards points? If so, get ready to spend them, because July is going to be a great month for the program. Here’s a preview of what’s around the corner. Wait, What’s Rewards? Are you new to the site, or simply haven’t heard of Rewards before? If so, here’s the […]

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Does Your Mac Take Too Long To Shut Down? Try These Fixes

25th June, 2014

In rare instances the proper OS X kill processes go wrong, greatly increasing shutdown times. Here are a few potential fixes.

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How To Sync Google Calendar With Every Other Platform

24th June, 2014

Google Calendar is arguably the easiest, most intuitive and most versatile way to organize your day. The only problem users commonly encounter is syncing it with their devices.

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5 Fileshare Options That Work From The Windows Desktop

23rd June, 2014

Share your files directly from where you use and store them – your computer. Desktop apps offer advanced sharing features and can be used to keep files backed up in the Cloud.

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Windows XP Refugees: Have You Considered A MacBook Air Yet?

19th June, 2014

Users of Windows XP (and, to a lesser extent, Windows Vista and 7) have an unhappy upgrade path ahead of them. Maybe it’s time to ditch Windows entirely and pick up a MacBook Air instead.

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How Much Does Google Really Know About You?

17th June, 2014

Google is a technology giant that provides a huge variety of services, many of which are free. Gmail, Google Drive and Google Hangouts can be used without paying a dime. Instead, pay by providing information about yourself, which Google can use for advertising. Though it started in search, the lion’s share of the company’s profits […]

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What You Really Need To Know About Smartphone Security

16th June, 2014

Your smartphone is a computer in your pocket, and it often contains just as much private data. All of your emails, location history, web history and app usage are likely accessible through the device on your pocket. This makes it well worth protecting, but the threats you should worry about extend beyond. Viruses Exist Since […]

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5 Ways To Clear Memory & Increase RAM On Your Windows Computer

11th June, 2014

RAM, the final frontier. You always seem to run out of it. We’ll show you how you can free up internal memory and extend your RAM, both virtually and physically.

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A Mac OS X Guide To Accessibility Features

10th June, 2014

Mac OS X has a number of accessibility features built-in which can accommodate the needs of most users. Here’s what they are, and what they do.

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Get More Out Of Your Console With Companion Mobile Apps

9th June, 2014

A game controller isn’t a terrible remote, but it’s not a great one, either. A tablet or, in some cases, a smartphone provides a better way to access console features.