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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Xbox Live Versus PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each?

13th March, 2014

Let’s see which provides the best bang for your buck.

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Steam Family Sharing: How Do You Use It?

12th March, 2014

There’s an important new weapon in Steam’s arsenal: Family Sharing. What is it, and how does it work?

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How To Choose The Right Dashcam For Your Car

11th March, 2014

As you browse dashcams you may wonder why one would be desirable. What features do they offer? How are they different from a regular camera? Why not just use a smartphone?

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5 Top Tips For Path Of Exile Newbies

5th March, 2014

In this video we explain five tips that absolutely anyone, even a complete action-RPG newbie, can follow to become better at PoE.

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5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous

3rd March, 2014

Malware is still a thing! Tens of millions of PCs remain infected worldwide. The damage ranges from unstable computers to identity theft. What makes people not take malware seriously? Let’s uncover the myths.

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How To Fix High CPU Usage In Windows

25th February, 2014

If your computer fans frequently hit top speeds, it’s a sign that your CPU is fully loaded. Simultaneously, your computer may slow down. That’s annoying, especially if you’re not actually doing anything.

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Getting Started With World Of Warcraft: A Complete Newbie’s Guide

24th February, 2014

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve never tried World of Warcraft before.

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How To Optimize Data Transfer Speed To & From External Drives

20th February, 2014

Do you have a short fuse? Transferring data between a PC and external storage is a common task and slow transfer of files can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, you can easily improve transfer speeds.

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5 Silent Fanless Mini PCs That Will Save You Money

18th February, 2014

Miniaturization continues to shrink the size of the average PC. What once required several rooms can now fit in your pocket. There’s a new category, the mini-PC, that’s becoming popular.

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5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Buying A New Laptop

17th February, 2014

The laptop has, for many people, become the only home computer needed. This means picking the right system is both more important, yet also more difficult.

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5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry

13th February, 2014

Many games are free up-front, but bombard players with an endless array of in-game purchases, some of which are impossible to avoid if you want to complete the game.

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10 Incredible Steam Games You Can Buy For Under $10

12th February, 2014

New games can be expensive, sucking $60 (or more) from your bank account, but there are plenty of games available for far less. The same money can buy you hours of additional entertainment if you pick older titles instead of the latest and greatest, and there’s plenty to choose from; Steam currently lists almost 3,500 […]

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10 Great Apps To Manage And Save Money In 2014

11th February, 2014

Since your smartphone is always with you, it’s a great resource for monitoring your budget, calculating interest or finding coupons.

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Should You Buy An Aftermarket Controller For Your Console?

5th February, 2014

The Xbox 360’s gamepad has become the standard for both PC and console games, but the PlayStation 3′s gamepad isn’t much worse, and both next-gen consoles improve on their predecessors. Does that mean aftermarket controllers are worthless, or is there still a reason to buy them?

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Is Windows Taking Forever To Shut Down? Try This!

4th February, 2014

You’re just turning your PC off; how hard can it be? Shutting down is a complex process and much can go wrong. If your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 gets stuck, check out our troubleshooting tips.