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 Is RAM Made, And Why Does The Price Fluctuate?

11th October, 2013

Random Access Memory, more frequently known as RAM, is a common component that every PC needs. Users building a new computer always need to buy it, and those with older hardware often seek to upgrade it as an easy way to improve performance. RAM can also be found in a variety of products like smartphones, […]

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5 Minecraft Mods That Give The Game A Whole New Life

10th October, 2013

There are a lot of Minecraft mods, and they do everything that you could imagine, and perhaps some things you couldn’t.

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Road Warriors: The Essential Gadgets

9th October, 2013

Life on the road can be difficult for a variety of reasons, and gadget headaches can only add to the stress. Though devices are constantly reducing their proportions, mobility has not changed in many aspects. Even smartphone batteries tend to deplete after a day of normal use, and if you don’t have a charger handy, […]

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5 Reasons To Give Eve Online A Second Chance

2nd October, 2013

Over the past few years CCP Games have made changes to help newbies dig into Eve’s massive universe, and they’ve paid off.

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5 Common PC Gaming Problems (And How To Fix Them)

2nd October, 2013

Many people still enjoy consoles, and it’s easy to see why. PCs are more complex and lack standardized components, which means there’s no guarantee a game will run, or run well.

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AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It?

1st October, 2013

High customer satisfaction ratings and a large network of stores capable of performing certain repairs on-site give AppleCare the edge over the average warranty – but are the benefits really worth the price?

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Apple Changed The Camera App In iOS7: Here’s What You Need To Know

30th September, 2013

Every element of the new iOS interface has been updated. In addition to the home screen and menus, this includes core apps like the Camera which form a large part of the iOS experience.

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Sound Cards: Do They Really Enhance PC Gaming?

29th September, 2013

That has damaged the market for sound cards, of course, but there’s still a niche of high-end cards that promise better sound quality relative to integrated alternatives. Is there any truth to this claim, or is it expensive snake oil?

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Want A “Cheap” iPhone? Buy The 4S (But It’ll Cost You)

24th September, 2013

Buyers who want Apple’s quality without the “Apple tax” may find the ageing iPhone 4S appealing; but they should also beware of its disadvantages.

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What Is The Best Gaming Laptop For 2013?

23rd September, 2013

Looking for the best gaming laptop around? We’ve got you covered.

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Diablo 3 For PC Vs. Console: Can The 360 And PS3 Match Up?

20th September, 2013

The release of Diablo 3 for consoles was, to say the least unexpected; so much so that its announcement was actually a bit disappointing, as Blizzard’s appearance at an early Sony PlayStation 4 press conference seemed to hint an entirely new game. Predictably, porting one of the PC’s most beloved franchises to the console has caused a fair share of grumbling; diehard computer gamers have, as always, turned their noses up at the couch experience.

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What Do Your iPhone Apps Know About You?

16th September, 2013

The iPhone is an incredibly powerful and convenient device, capable of storing all of your contact information, making calls, finding restaurants, and much more. Yet all of this comes with a potential risk; the loss of privacy. Many users want to know exactly what data their iPhone stores, and how it’s shared. The good news is that most information doesn’t leave your phone with your permission, but once you’ve let that data into the wild, you can’t take it back.

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Play It Your Way: Gaming’s Top 10 Most Customizable Games

13th September, 2013

While most gamers find plenty of fun in playing games, some want to go beyond interacting with a world and dive head-first into creation. Customization of levels, characters, items and more can, if available, give creative players hundreds of hours of enjoyment.

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Rome II: Total War Review And Giveaway

12th September, 2013

The Second Punic War killed my interest in fiction. Tolkein’s fantastical Battle Of Helm’s Deep seems but a minor skirmish compared to the Battle of Lake Trasimene, where Hannibal managed to hide his entire army, surprise the Romans, and drive them into the lake, killing an estimated 15,000 with less than 2,500 causalities of his […]

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The 5 Best Office Chairs You Can Buy Right Now

12th September, 2013

A good chair is an office worker’s best friend. The best office chairs in the market are just a click away, and some of them are more affordable than you may have guessed.