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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Computing

Want to keep a folder secure? Here’s how to password protect it

Some things are meant solely for your eyes, but keeping it that way isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to password protect a folder in Windows and MacOS, so you can keep those would-be hackers and unwanted passerby at bay.
Computing

Don’t pay $10 a month for Microsoft Office! Here are the best free alternatives 2:08

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Check out five of our favorite alternatives, whether you're looking for a barebones piece of software or one that touts the latest-and-greatest features.
Computing

Pocket your favorite videos with our guide to downloading from YouTube

The web can be a scary place when it comes to downloading YouTube videos. Thankfully, our guide will provide you with some viable methods for getting it done, using both desktop and web-based services like Clip Converter.
Computing

Best product key finders: How to find that missing software license for free

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.
Social Media

How to download Facebook photos

Ready to kick the Facebook habit or merely looking to download a local backup of your most precious moments? Here's how to do so using the social network's built-in features and a web-based app known as Pick & Zip.
Computing

Dazzle your retinas with these top-tier 4K monitors

The day is coming, slowly but surely, when 1080p resolution will be behind us. Check out our current picks for the best 4K monitors on the market, whether you're looking for a budget solution or a visual treat.
Gaming

Make the next-gen jump with our favorite Xbox One and One S bundles

Microsoft's latest consoles are just as capable at streaming media as they are tackling games, even if they're not the cheapest devices around. Check out our current picks for the best Xbox One and One S bundles to be had on Black Friday.
How-To

The art of the poke: A Facebook guide for the uninitiated

With more than a billion users, Facebook has become the go-to social network for almost everybody. If you're new to the site, our comprehensive guide will lay out both the network's fundamentals and its more intricate functionality.
Computing

How to convert FLAC audio to MP3 1:13

It's true, FLAC files sound awesome ... that is, if your media player or audio device can handle the popular, lossless format. Here's our guide on how to convert FLAC to MP3 so you no longer have to worry about incompatibility…
Computing

Want Hollywood results on a budget? Here’s the best free video editing software

Video-editing software doesn't have to cost you a paycheck and a half. Here are some of our favorite pieces of free software for making quick and extensive edits, so you can channel your inner Hollywood director.
Mobile

How to fix a wet smartphone

Water and electronics don't mix well, but you can often save a wet cell phone or smartphone after it's been dropped in the can or spun in the washing machine. Here's how, whether you prefer to do so using a towel or a bag of uncooked rice.