Brandon Widder

Brandon Widder

Brandon Widder is a multimedia journalist and a staff writer for Digital Trends where he covers technology news, how-to guides, best-of pieces and more. In his free time, he moonlights as a freelance music writer for the Portland alt-weekly, Willamette Week, and other publications in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently based out of Portland, OR.
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FiOS problems: the potholes in Verizon’s fiber internet “fast lane”

See what problems, issues, and trouble other Verizon FiOS users have reported before you decide to sign-up for the service.

How to erase a hard drive and encrypt your files

Unfortunately, simply deleting an item and emptying the Recycle Bin is not enough anymore. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to erase a hard drive and encrypt your files, so you can keep your precious data from falling into the wrong…

How to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One with SmartGlass

Microsoft's SmartGlass app can't do it all, but it does allow you to access your profile information and launch media content on your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One, regardless of…

How to beat 2048

There's no foolproof method for beating the infamous '2048,' but there are a couple methods for getting closer to doing so. Check out our suggestive guide on how beat 2048 using large number chains, high-value corner pieces — and well —…
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Find more hidden gems with these Craigslist search engines

Want to search all Craigslist postings with a fine-tooth comb instead of the back button? Here are choices for the best Craigslist search engines on the Web. Happy hunting.

LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live: Spec Showdown

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, two recently-announced smartwatches touting Android Wear, ship the first week of July. However, how do the two competing devices stack up against one another? Check out our brief spec comparison below…

The world can be your oyster with these 15 great travel apps

Traveling doesn't need to be a time-consuming nuisance with the right app. Our handpicked selection of the best travel apps will keep things simple, whether you need cost comparisons for distant hotels or directions to the most renowned…
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How to use Pinterest like a Pro

The iconic cork boards of yesterday aren't gone — they've just evolved to meet the needs of the 21st century. Check out our guide on how to use Pinterest for a in-depth look on how to create your own board, pin popular content, and follow…

Amazon Fire Phone vs. HTC One (M8): Spec Showdown

The AT&T-exclusive Amazon Fire Phone is officially launching on July 25, 2014. But how does the company's first foray into the realm of smartphones compare with HTC's latest behemoth, the HTC One M8? Check out our in-depth spec comparison…

15 PlayStation 4 exclusives that were revealed at E3

E3 is right around the corner and now is the time to start paying attention to what the biggest players are going to bring to the table. Read here for the latest in Sony news.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker coming to the Wii U this holiday season

Nintendo announced 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' at E3 2014. The platforming title looks to expand upon Toad's isometric adventures in last year's 'Super Mario 3D World' and is is set for a holiday 2014 release on the Wii U.

Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, coming 2015

Nintendo recently announced 'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse' during the company's digital conference at E3 2014. The claymation-esque game is a spiritual successor to 2005's 'Kirby: Canvas Curse' and scheduled for release on the Wii U sometime…