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

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore is lost to the sea — until next summer, at least

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's VP of its operating systems group, is a familiar face at the company's presentations. He'll be missing for a time, however, as he's headed off to sea for an educational tour with his family.
Computing

Windows 10 will soon let you send text messages through Cortana

Leaked internal builds of Windows 10 have revealed plans to integrate text messaging into the operating system through Cortana, including text-to-speech, but you'll need a Windows 10 phone to use it.
Apple

Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac with Retina is the least repairable yet

Apple's new iMac with Retina seems to have packed in so many pixels that it didn't leave room for future upgrades. Notorious tear-down specialist iFixit has slapped it with the lowest reparability score of any iMac.
Product Review

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA Review

A slow processor holds back the otherwise budget-friendly Asus Flip TP200SA
Computing

Latest Windows 10 Insider build adds tab previews to Edge, notes to Cortana

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders. It offers Skype integration, new Cortana features, and thumbnail previews of Edge, and makes it easier for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 owners to activate Windows 10.
Computing

Is World of Warships making your PC sweat? Here’s how to improve performance

World of Warships is a beautiful game of ship-to-ship combat set in World War II. While it's not the most demanding game around, it can tax mid-range and mobile PCs. Fortunately, just a few tweaks can really boost your framerate.
Computing

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro: Spec Showdown 4:27

Apple's iPad Pro was impressive, but Microsoft has responded with its new Surface Pro 4, which is thinner, lighter and quicker than ever before. Does it hold the new iPad at bay, or is Apple's tablet a credible challenger?
Computing

Spec Comparison: Google Pixel C vs. Microsoft Surface 3

The Surface 3 is one of the best portable 2-in-1s on the market, but the new Google Pixel C looks set to give it a fight. Which one is worth your money?
Computing

Dell leaks more specs for upcoming XPS 12 2-in-1

The much-needed, long-awaited update to Dell's XPS 12 is just around the corner, and the company's Malaysian website has leaked detailed information about the hardware it will be packing.
Computing

Intel needs to kill the Atom before cheap PCs sour users on all PCs

The Atom processor, and it cousins, have made it possible for PCs to hit prices below $200. But doing so results in a frustrating experience that ultimately damages the reputation of every computer.
Computing

Google reveals the Pixel C, an Android tablet that wishes it was a laptop 1:55

Google has joined the ranks of Microsoft Surface clones with the Pixel C, and Android-based device with a magnetic keyboard. It will offer a 2,560 x 1,800 display and be powered by Nvidia hardware.
Computing

Remember! OS X 10.11 El Capitan is coming tomorrow

September 30 is the release date for the latest version of OS X, 10.11, also known as El Capitan. The update will work on most Macs that are six years old or newer, and we have the list of those that are compatible.