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

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.
Computing

New to MacOS? Here are 30 of the best apps available

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our tightly-curated list of the best Mac apps, which takes into account the App Store and web.
Computing

Here’s how to convert your MP4 files to old-school MP3s

Sometimes you just want the audio without the video. Well, here's how to extract the audio and convert those precious MP4 files of yours to an MP3 using web-based software and dedicated programs for both Windows and MacOS.
Mobile

How to convert a Kindle ebook to PDF

Amazon's flagship ebook reader is one of the best on the market, but it doesn't make viewing proprietary files on other platforms any easier. Check out our quick guide on how to convert Kindle files to PDFs using either desktop or web-based…
Mobile

How to factory reset an iPhone (every generation) 1:26

Resetting an iPhone can alleviate all sort of software woes, and wipe any info you might want to pass on should you sell your device or give it to someone else. Here's how to do so, whether you intend to perform a factory reset…
Mobile

Get smart: The 25 best educational apps for iPhone and Android

"Education" may be a broad term, but there are more than enough quality educational apps on the market for both iOS and Android. Check out our top picks for the best educational apps, whether you're a student, a teacher, or simply an avid…
Computing

Have a .RAR file? Here’s how to get that sucker open

Few things are more bothersome than not being able to open a file when you need it most. Check out our quick guide about opening RAR files in Windows and MacOS, so you'll have little trouble opening the file format on either platform.