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Matt Smith

/ Joined 17 May, 2010

Matthew Smith is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He also writes and edits for Digital Trends.

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How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network

Internet

How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network

As many people now know, connecting to a public, unsecured wireless network can have serious risks. It’s known that doing this can provide an opening for all manner of data theft, particularly passwords and private information. Let’s have a look at the exact risks of public networks, and the solutions available to counter those risks.

24-05-2011
How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network
3 Cool Ways To Use SD Memory Cards

Web Culture

3 Cool Ways To Use SD Memory Cards

SD memory cards are one of the most common forms of mobile storage, but they also tend to be very specific in their purpose. On their own, these cards tend to be less useful than USB thumb drives and portable hard drives. That doesn’t have to be the case though. There are quite a few cool ways to re-purpose old SD cards and drag some extra life out of them.

20-05-2011
3 Cool Ways To Use SD Memory Cards
Why Apple’s New Thunderbolt Port Is Awesome [Technology Explained]

Technology Explained

Why Apple’s New Thunderbolt Port Is Awesome [Technology Explained]

I/O ports aren’t a technology that folks spend a lot of time thinking about. Let’s face it – they’re not sexy. Still, ports are important. As the interface between your computer and everything else, your ports determine what you can do, and how quickly you can do it. Now Apple and Intel have released an entirely new port called Thunderbolt. What does it do, and what does it mean for modern and future computers?

19-05-2011
Why Apple’s New Thunderbolt Port Is Awesome [Technology Explained]
4 Great Craigslist Search Engines to Make Your Searches on The Site Easier

Internet

4 Great Craigslist Search Engines to Make Your Searches on The Site Easier

In a web 2.0 era, Craigslist has refused to make major alterations to its site. This has advantages, but one disadvantage is the lack of a great search function. It can be hard to find specific information, particularly if you’d like to search multiple locations at once. Let’s take a look at some search engines that solve that problem.

17-05-2011
4 Great Craigslist Search Engines to Make Your Searches on The Site Easier
3 Great Alternatives To Portal 2 When You’ve Finished Playing It

Gaming

3 Great Alternatives To Portal 2 When You’ve Finished Playing It

I love Valve, and I love Portal 2. It’s easily among the best game I’ve ever played. But it’s also a short game. After eight hours, the game was done with me, but I wasn’t done with it. I still had the itch to play a unique puzzle game. If you’ve been similarly spurned by the fact that Portal 2 isn’t infinite, give these five games a try.

05-05-2011
3 Great Alternatives To Portal 2 When You’ve Finished Playing It
5 Cool Android Apps That Will Impress Your Friends

Android

5 Cool Android Apps That Will Impress Your Friends

Smartphones are cool. That’s a given. Not all smartphones are equally cool, however – even when the hardware is the same. The apps that you install on your smartphone can turn it into a non-stop awesome train. This is particularly true for Android as you’ll find all manner of unusual apps for your Android phone.

03-05-2011
5 Cool Android Apps That Will Impress Your Friends
The Rise Of Smartphone Snooping & How To Check For It

Android iPhone and iPad

The Rise Of Smartphone Snooping & How To Check For It

Snooping on computers has been a problem for decades. But snooping on a PC is an accepted risk, and one users often look out for. But what about your smartphone? Smartphones transmit location data and store lists of everyone you know. Obviously, this information shouldn’t be in the wrong hands, but what can you do to prevent snooping?

29-04-2011
The Rise Of Smartphone Snooping & How To Check For It
Turn Your Android Phone Into A Windows 7 Phone With Launcher 7

Android

Turn Your Android Phone Into A Windows 7 Phone With Launcher 7

Although not as popular, the smaller mobile OS options have their own unique traits. Windows Phone 7, for example, has a unique “Metro” interface that is excellent in most every way. It’s beautiful, it’s simple, and the large tiles that make up the interface are easy to navigate. Yet you don’t need to own a Windows phone to enjoy the Windows Phone 7 launcher, thanks to Launcher 7.

26-04-2011
Turn Your Android Phone Into A Windows 7 Phone With Launcher 7
MyFitnessPal – A Cross-Platform Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

Android Internet

MyFitnessPal – A Cross-Platform Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

One of the most effective ways to combat weight gain is to count the calories and keep track of your intake, as well as your exercise, in a diet diary. The only problem is that you can’t take a diary everywhere – and so you might forget a meal here, or a snack there. MyFitnessPal solves the problem by having a presence everywhere – on your phone, your tablet or your PC.

22-04-2011
MyFitnessPal – A Cross-Platform Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
The 5 Best Gaming Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Gaming

The 5 Best Gaming Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

There are few better ways to entertain or educate oneself while on the go than a podcast. All you need is an MP3 player or smartphone and a pair of earbuds. It’s no surprise that most podcasts cover topics of particular interest to tech-savvy listeners. The number of podcasts available about gaming is tremendous. Not all are worth your time however, so I’ve rounded up the five podcasts that I turn to.

21-04-2011
The 5 Best Gaming Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
What’s The Fastest Android Browser? [Geeks Weigh In]

Android

What’s The Fastest Android Browser? [Geeks Weigh In]

Performance is important when browsing the web on a computer, but your average PC has plenty of power to work with. Smartphones, however, are a different story. The hottest Android phones on the market right now are packing the nVidia Tegra 2 processor, which is substantially slower than any modern PC. That begs the question – which Android web browser is the quickest?

15-04-2011
What’s The Fastest Android Browser? [Geeks Weigh In]
How To Put Amazon’s Cloud Drive On Your Desktop

Windows

How To Put Amazon’s Cloud Drive On Your Desktop

Amazon’s recently released Cloud Drive service has been making waves, mostly due to the music streaming feature that lets users stream music files. Cloud Drive offers 5GB of free space by default, and that can be raised to 20GB (for one year) if you purchase an MP3 album from Amazon. The space can be accessed on any PC, but only via a web browser – that is, until now.

14-04-2011
How To Put Amazon’s Cloud Drive On Your Desktop
Five Ways To Benchmark Your Web Browser’s Performance

Browsers

Five Ways To Benchmark Your Web Browser’s Performance

Web browsers have become arguably the most important application on a modern computer. Browser performance has a big impact on how you experience the web and modern media. A slow browser might skip or stutter while a fast one breezes through without batting an eye. If you’d like to learn how to judge browser performance for yourself on your own computer, read on.

08-04-2011
Five Ways To Benchmark Your Web Browser’s Performance
4 Free Game Benchmarks That Will Make Your PC Scream

Gaming

4 Free Game Benchmarks That Will Make Your PC Scream

Graphical quality is still a big deal in the PC gaming world. The newest computer components have raw power and taking advantage of that power can be difficult. Fortunately, there are some game demos that have benchmarks built into them, and they’re a great way to benchmark your gaming PC for free.

07-04-2011
4 Free Game Benchmarks That Will Make Your PC Scream
7 Awesome Add-Ons That Only Work With Firefox 4

Browsers

7 Awesome Add-Ons That Only Work With Firefox 4

Firefox has long been the darling of geeks everywhere, but its popularity has waned lately, mostly due to competition from Google’s Chrome browser. Firefox, while stable and practical, simply wasn’t as quick as Chrome. Some, such as myself, switched. Now Firefox 4 is out, and the browser has been substantially redesigned to improve performance and offer a better interface.

01-04-2011
7 Awesome Add-Ons That Only Work With Firefox 4
6 Cool Google Chrome Extensions for Gmail Users

Browsers

6 Cool Google Chrome Extensions for Gmail Users

If you’re like me, you use Gmail for all of your email needs, even across multiple email accounts. Although there are plenty of email clients available, Gmail is often easier to use, quicker, and nearly as functional. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. There’s always room for tweaks and modifications, and Chrome users have an endless lineup of extensions to use for that purpose. Not all of them are cool, but the ones listed here are!

31-03-2011
6 Cool Google Chrome Extensions for Gmail Users