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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Sound and vision: Levoit’s latest diffuser taps more than just your sense of smell

Levoit isn't a household name when it comes to aromatherapy, but it certainly hopes to become one with the forthcoming Halo. The sleek diffuser can issue soothing scents, audio, and lighting.
Outdoors

Moshi's Arcus is a fashionable backpack with functionality to match

The apt-titled Arcus represents Moshi's latest foray into backpacks, one that allows you to stow a 15-inch laptop, your gym clothes, and any accessories you might need. The pack's sleek, stylish design is just a plus.
Home

Lynx gives Amazon’s Alexa appendages, personality, and robot dance moves

Ubtech's latest device is a humanoid robot baked with Amazon's virtual assistant, allowing it to play music, place orders via Amazon, and control nearly all facets of your smart home. It can also cut a rug.
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

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…
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

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.