Matt Smith

Joined May 2010

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

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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 […]


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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.


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.


3 Amazing Free-To-Play Decks For Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft

5th June, 2014

There are some “free-to-play” decks that can compete with those containing far more impressive cards.


What Is A Headphone Amp And Do I Need One?

3rd June, 2014

If you’re serious about music, you may be disappointed by the audio quality your mobile device manages – particularly when paired with high-end headphones. The solution? A headphone amplifier.


6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office Without Paying For It

2nd June, 2014

Microsoft Office remains the gold standard in office applications. Sure, Office alternatives exist, but Microsoft’s file formats dominate. People with access to Office tend to have an easier time than those who lack it, because while alternatives like LibreOffice can export to .doc or .xls, the formatting isn’t 100% compatible. Still, many people flinch at buying Office because it’s […]


The Best Free Video Editors For Windows

28th May, 2014

Video has become a common part of everyday life. You’d think, then, that free video editors would be common. Turns out the selection is limited for Windows users. Here are our five top choices.


10 Wrong Ways To Set Up Your Wireless Network

27th May, 2014

Set up your wireless network properly by learning from these ten avoidable mistakes.