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

Gaming

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

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.

20-09-2013
Diablo 3 For PC Vs. Console: Can The 360 And PS3 Match Up?
What Do Your iPhone Apps Know About You?

iPhone and iPad

What Do Your iPhone Apps Know About You?

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.

16-09-2013
What Do Your iPhone Apps Know About You?
6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming

Gaming

6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming

There are still some titles that faithfully provide an excellent couch experience for multiple players. They either allows for up to four people to play at once, or provide an entertaining enough experience to keep those left to watch entertained while they wait for their turn. Games that can successfully pull of couch co-op are the cornerstone of dorm room gaming and a great way to keep broke college students entertained.

02-09-2013
6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming
Can You Really Get A Good Performing Gaming PC For Under $1000?

Gaming

Can You Really Get A Good Performing Gaming PC For Under $1000?

For many the $1000 mark is an important cut-off. Computers under this are generally considered affordable, even “mainstream,” while those exceeding it are looked at as luxurious items. The average selling price for a PC has meandered between $500 and $600 for the last five years, so even $1000 is a stretch for most buyers. But can you really buy decent gaming PC for less than a grand?

29-08-2013
Can You Really Get A Good Performing Gaming PC For Under $1000?
Tablets for Education: Study Tool Or Touchscreen Distraction?

Android iPhone and iPad

Tablets for Education: Study Tool Or Touchscreen Distraction?

When the computer arrived in homes many parents wondered; is this just a toy, or a tool for education? My mother decided that it was the latter, and while she was wrong (it’s both!), the PC did become a portal for learning. Today’s parents face the same question, but with tablets rather than PCs. These new devices are less expensive and more portable, yet some critics contend they’re not useful and are best for entertainment, not learning or work. Is this true? Or does putting a tablet in a child’s hands give them an edge?

28-08-2013
Tablets for Education: Study Tool Or Touchscreen Distraction?
This Is What You Need for Real Gaming on Your Mac

Mac Gaming

This Is What You Need for Real Gaming on Your Mac

Apple computers, like all of the company’s products, are supposed to be more intuitive and user-friendly than the alternative. Generally that is true, but there are some areas where Macs clearly fall behind the competition. Gaming is one such area. Gamers who want to use a Mac shouldn’t give up hope, however. The experience is not as simple as it is with Windows, but with the right software and hardware, it’s still possible to have an experience similar to what PC gamers enjoy. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of Mac gaming.

27-08-2013
This Is What You Need for Real Gaming on Your Mac
The 10 Best MMOs For The Mac

Gaming

The 10 Best MMOs For The Mac

Gaming on the Mac has always been a bit difficult, and many players turn to Boot Camp as their all-in-one solution for finding great games that work with OS X. This solution has its downsides, however, not the least of which is the annoyance of constantly switching between OS X and Windows. Fortunately, some genres of games now offer a wide enough selection to keep the average Mac gamer happy. Perhaps the best example is the MMO, a hugely popular category that used to ignore the Mac, but, over the last five years, has seen more and more games offer up Mac clients.

22-08-2013
The 10 Best MMOs For The Mac