Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a writer, computing guru, gamer and geek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He is editor of the @DigitalTrends computing section.
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Computing

3 computer companies that killed it in 2015 (plus 3 that biffed it)

2015 saw the release of several impressive, important products, but the market overall continued to shrink, and many have suffered. Few have managed to improve their hardware and software despite the PC's stormy waters.
Product Review

Dell XPS 15 (2015) Review

Dell XPS 15 (2015) review.
Computing

Comcast is the most hated broadband provider by far, according to FCC complaints

The FCC has received more complaints about Comcast than the three other major broadband providers combined. Customers strongly dislike the new data cap program, but also have issues with availability and service speed.
Computing

Dell's XPS 13 steals the MacBook's crown, then stomps on it for good measure

Windows notebooks have always struggled to attract high prices, surrendering to Apple in the luxury market. Dell’s XPS 13 steals the MacBook’s crown, and sets a new standard for notebook design.
Computing

Windows Hello is the miraculous password killer you’ve waited for

Windows Hello, the new biometric login option built into Windows 10, works far better than any previous attempt. It's not perfect, but it may herald a major change to how users log in to their systems.
Product Review

Acer Predator 17 (2015) Review

All hail the new king of gaming laptops, Acer's vicious Predator 17
Product Review

AVADirect Z170 Review

AVADirect does more with less in the fast and frugal Z170
Computing

Which laptop has the best battery life of them all?

Whether it's a gaming laptop, or an ultrabook, your notebook is useless if it don't has any juice. Here are the laptops that last the longest on a charge.
Computing

Machine learning algorithm puts the words of George W. Bush in Barack Obama's mouth

A team from the University of Washington has developed a machine learning algorithm that can create an animated digital persona from a collection of online photographs. The research has progressed to the proof-of-concept stage.
Computing

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 may be beautiful, but its firmware isn't

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the best 2-in-1 device available so far, but its quirky firmware drags down the day-to-day experience with a grab bag of annoyances.
Product Review

Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC Review

Asus gives Apple's iMac a run for its (considerable) money with the 4K Zen Pro.
Computing

Windows 10 .ISO tool removed, forcing users to rely on Windows Update

Microsoft has removed the media creation tool that allows download of a Windows 10 .ISO, leaving users to lean on Windows Update. The decision further muddies the operating system's unclear upgrade policies.