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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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The 3 Best Pinball Games You Can Play On Your Tablet [Android]

Android

The 3 Best Pinball Games You Can Play On Your Tablet [Android]

Pinball has always been difficult to re-create on a computer. Though there have been some good incarnations, the lack of direct interaction is a sore point for pinball on consoles and PCs. Playing with a keyboard just isn’t the same as the real thing. Tablets, however, can put you much closer to the traditional pinball experience.

04-04-2013
The 3 Best Pinball Games You Can Play On Your Tablet [Android]
5 Ways To Spend Less On Amazon Purchases

Internet

5 Ways To Spend Less On Amazon Purchases

Amazon has built a reputation for great prices. Though not always the least expensive, and often not the best source for sale and clearance items, stock is generally inexpensive and comes attached to a large and lenient customer service department. In other words, Amazon.com is a good online store. Yet there are ways to squeeze even more savings out of Amazon.

02-04-2013
5 Ways To Spend Less On Amazon Purchases
The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter – March 29th 2013 Edition

Internet

The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter – March 29th 2013 Edition

Perhaps you haven’t heard, but there is this nifty website called Kickstarter where people can pledge to support projects that they’re interested in. Little things – like Android game consoles, eInk watches, and high-budget video games. Each Kickstarter is its own drama representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will it become a media sensation?

29-03-2013
The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter – March 29th 2013 Edition
How To Buy A Sweet Office Chair For Less

Web Culture

How To Buy A Sweet Office Chair For Less

If you spend a lot of time on your computer you probably spend a lot of time sitting. Slowly, over the course of hours, you may experience pain. The pain goes away after a few minutes or hours – at first. Over time, however, minor pains can add up to serious health concerns. Ergonomic office chairs help, but are also expensive, which is why most people don’t buy them.

28-03-2013
How To Buy A Sweet Office Chair For Less
How Role Playing Games Can Teach You To Improve Your Finances

Gaming

How Role Playing Games Can Teach You To Improve Your Finances

Games are often viewed as entertainment, yet the lessons learned in them can be useful in real-life situations. Learning to balance present needs against future plans in a strategy game can also help players decide the right course of action in the real world, and the twitch skills learned by gamers can help them quickly react to objects they see. Habits that work well in these games can be a boon to your wallet.

26-03-2013
How Role Playing Games Can Teach You To Improve Your Finances
What You Need To Know About Buying Or Selling A Used iPad Or iPhone

iPhone and iPad

What You Need To Know About Buying Or Selling A Used iPad Or iPhone

The iPad and iPhone remain incredibly popular and continue to command a premium over some competing devices. Apple generally doesn’t do sales so, if you want to buy either for less than retail, going used may be your only option. Here’s everything you need to know before buying or selling.

22-03-2013
What You Need To Know About Buying Or Selling A Used iPad Or iPhone
5 Essential Interface Mods For World Of Warcraft

Gaming

5 Essential Interface Mods For World Of Warcraft

World Of Warcraft is nearly nine years old, an age at which most good games border on “classic” status and have long since been forgotten by both players and developers. Yet the game remains the most popular MMO in both North America and Europe. Millions continue to enjoy it and, for some players, the experience is new. The game’s default interface is alright, newcomers may wonder why certain features aren’t included.

21-03-2013
5 Essential Interface Mods For World Of Warcraft
Buyer Beware: How Not To Fall For Fake & Dangerous Apps [iOS & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

Buyer Beware: How Not To Fall For Fake & Dangerous Apps [iOS & Android]

The popularity of Android and iOS has put a target on their virtual backs. These operating systems are a new frontier for those who use malware to achieve nefarious goals. Many users don’t take security seriously and will happily download apps they’ve never dream of downloading to their PC. App stores have hindered as much as they’ve helped. You have to watch out for yourself – so here are warning signs to look for when grabbing a new app.

19-03-2013
Buyer Beware: How Not To Fall For Fake & Dangerous Apps [iOS & Android]
The Gadgets & Games Of Kickstarter: March 14th 2013 Edition

Internet

The Gadgets & Games Of Kickstarter: March 14th 2013 Edition

Perhaps you haven’t heard, but there is this nifty website called Kickstarter where people can pledge to support projects that they’re interested in. Little things – like Android game consoles, eInk watches, and high-budget video games. Each Kickstarter is its own drama representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will it become a media sensation?

14-03-2013
The Gadgets & Games Of Kickstarter: March 14th 2013 Edition
Why Doesn’t Android Come Rooted?

Android

Why Doesn’t Android Come Rooted?

Rooting your Android phone is a rite of passage. It unlocks the functionality that separates Android from iOS and opens a realm of almost infinite customization. Replacing the entire operating system is possible on a rooted device. So, given the benefits, why aren’t Android phones rooted from the factory? Even those sold by Google, like the Nexus 4 and 7, require root after purchase. Why is that the case?

12-03-2013
Why Doesn’t Android Come Rooted?
5 Tech Myths Debunked: Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer and More

Web Culture

5 Tech Myths Debunked: Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer and More

Myths are more common than most people will admit. They perpetuate because they sound like they could be true – and nobody has time to fact-check every last detail. Eventually, as the myths are repeated time and time again, they sound more factual than the truth. Technology is as susceptible to myths as any other niche. Let’s set the record straight.

08-03-2013
5 Tech Myths Debunked: Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer and More
5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available

Product Reviews

5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available

Rumors that Apple is developing a smartwatch have caused a wave of new interest in this relatively small and obscure market. What is a smartwatch? Do they already exist? What can they do? These are questions that have been asked by others – and answered. A handful of companies (from small start-ups to the biggest electronics companies on the planet) have already crafted these devices and will sell you one right now.

05-03-2013
5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available
Maximizing Storage On A Windows Tablet: What Are Your Options?

Windows

Maximizing Storage On A Windows Tablet: What Are Your Options?

Windows tablets are now available from Microsoft and several other companies. The hardware inside them is generally the same as that found in an ultrabook, but there’s a notable exception – the hard drive. Most Windows tablets ship with only 64 or 128 gigabytes of space. Subtract the space required for the Windows install, which is usually around 30GB, and you can see the problem.

01-03-2013
Maximizing Storage On A Windows Tablet: What Are Your Options?
Maximize Your Limited Storage Space On iPhone: Here’s How

iPhone and iPad

Maximize Your Limited Storage Space On iPhone: Here’s How

The iPhone’s lack of expandable storage has always been a sore point. The memory in the device when it’s purchased is all it will ever have. Need more? Buy a new iPhone. Apple has increased the storage available throughout the years, but that’s a losing battle. High-speed mobile Internet connections, combined with 3D games and HD video, make even the 64GB model easy to fill.

26-02-2013
Maximize Your Limited Storage Space On iPhone: Here’s How
What Is An Android Stick Computer, And How Can You Use It?

Technology Explained

What Is An Android Stick Computer, And How Can You Use It?

Miniaturization has been a computing trend for decades, but it seems to have accelerated over the past five years. Even Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing), a hockey-puck sized PC, looks large compared to ARM powered “stick computers” that are literally the size of a USB flash drive. A computer this small is not just portable. It’s pocketable

22-02-2013
What Is An Android Stick Computer, And How Can You Use It?
Convert, Rip and Download With SuperEasy Video Converter 2 [Rewards]

Windows

Convert, Rip and Download With SuperEasy Video Converter 2 [Rewards]

Video remains the dominant form of media on computers, tablets and smartphones and is becoming more popular with every passing day. Yet video also remains problematic. Different devices work best with different formats and resolutions, making conversions a necessity. SuperEasy Video Converter 2 is one of many solutions developed to tackle conversions head-on.

21-02-2013
Convert, Rip and Download With SuperEasy Video Converter 2 [Rewards]
The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter: February 19th 2013 Edition

Internet

The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter: February 19th 2013 Edition

Each Kickstarter is its own drama representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will it become a media sensation? It’s impossible to know before the money starts flooding in – or doesn’t. So pop some popcorn and grab your mouse. We’ve got some Kickstarters to watch.

19-02-2013
The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter: February 19th 2013 Edition
Saving Mobile Data: 5 Clever Ways To Reduce Data Usage

Android iPhone and iPad

Saving Mobile Data: 5 Clever Ways To Reduce Data Usage

If you’re on a limited mobile data plan, you may find opening your bill to be harrowing experience. Is there an overage charge? How much? And why was there so much data used? While the charges are concrete, the reasons are often harder to understand. You’re not powerless, however. With the right apps, and a change of habits, you can make overage charges a thing of the past.

14-02-2013
Saving Mobile Data: 5 Clever Ways To Reduce Data Usage
Game On: Useful Tips And Apps To Optimize Windows For Gaming

Gaming

Game On: Useful Tips And Apps To Optimize Windows For Gaming

Gaming is among the most demanding tasks a consumer PC will ever be asked to handle. Updating hardware is expensive, so many users look for optimizations that can improve performance for free. The truth is that many of these tweaks are barely more than snake oil. They rarely (if ever) work and provide little benefit when they do. There are just a handful of tactics that make a real difference.

12-02-2013
Game On: Useful Tips And Apps To Optimize Windows For Gaming
Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad?

Android iPhone and iPad

Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad?

The latest web traffic statistics show that 78% of all web surfers using a tablet after the holiday season were on an iPad. Though its dominance is slowly dwindling, Apple’s device remains on the throne. You may wonder – why? Is the iPad all that, or have better Android devices been ignored because of Apple’s famously effective marketing? That’s a difficult and controversial question, but not impossible to answer.

08-02-2013
Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad?
Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android

Android

Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android

Ask any Android enthusiast about why they love the operating system and they’re likely to reply “Widgets!” These homescreen mini-apps can display all sorts of information. They also allow users quick access to core system functions via toggles. Let’s look at some of the best toggles on Google Play right now.

01-02-2013
Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android
NFC! What Is It Good For? Here Are 5 Uses

Technology Explained

NFC! What Is It Good For? Here Are 5 Uses

If your phone doesn’t already have a Near-Field Communication chip in it, your next one probably will. High-end Android handsets are quickly adopting the tech and while Apple has so far shrugged it off, adoption of NFC by the iPhone would be easy to implement. Apple’s neglect from NFC seems to stem from its limited application in the real world thus far. The most appealing ideas are exactly that.

31-01-2013
NFC! What Is It Good For? Here Are 5 Uses
How To Buy A Laptop Or Notebook PC In 2013

Windows

How To Buy A Laptop Or Notebook PC In 2013

This is an exciting time for the PC. Contrary to predictions of its death, the personal computer isn’t going away – but it is changing and, in some ways, becoming more personal. Touchscreens, convertible hinges and efficient processors are making a mark. Changes like this make buying a laptop at the beginning of 2013 a bit different from buying one at the same time in 2012.

29-01-2013
How To Buy A Laptop Or Notebook PC In 2013
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

DIY

How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

Computers have changed a lot over the last decade, but one thing remains the same – the need for cooling. Efficiency has pushed temperatures down but hasn’t eliminated heat as an issue. That’s particularly true for high-end workstations and gaming PCs. A new cooling fan is often the best way to decrease heat. It also can be a good way to reduce noise. Adding a fan is one of the easier upgrades a user can perform.

24-01-2013
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan