Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a writer, computing guru, gamer and geek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He is editor of Digital Trends' computing section.

LG announces world’s first 21:9 FreeSync monitor, and more

The display industry's most aggressive supporter of 21:9 displays, LG, has revealed three new ultra-wide screens including the first to embrace AMD's FreeSync technology.

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Need to take down a website? Lizard Squad will do it, for a fee

Want to take down a website? Lizard Squad can help! The notorious group has launched a rental DDoS service it claims can take down any target website, server or network.

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Lizard Squad loses its anonymity to computer security journalist Brian Krebs

The infamous and anonymous group called Lizard Squad, best known for bringing the PSN and Xbox Live networks down on multiple occasions, has been unmasked by well-known computer security journalist Brian Krebs.

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After a snooze-worthy 2014, PCs will perk up with new features next year

2015 looks like a big year for the traditional PC. Display resolution will go up, the desktop will come back into focus and powerful systems will be smaller than ever before. Is all this enough to make the average person once again lust for a computer?

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Multiferroic memory could slash RAM power consumption – a decade from now

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered how to make memory from a synthetic material called bismuth ferrite which can store data without an electrical current constantly applied.

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Do bite-sized Windows PCs still leave a bitter taste? We tested 3 new models

Pint-sized computers have been around for years, but they've a reputation for poor performance and connectivity. Is this deserved, or have modern processors made tiny Windows rigs relevant?

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Take Zap! Biostar hardens motherboards against surges

Worried about your motherboard becoming the victim of a power surge? Biostar's new motherboards, which have extra surge protection for the Ethernet port, may help you sleep at night.

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Your say Friday: Was there a new PC under your tree?

What was wrapped under your tree this holiday? Was it a new computer, a new monitor, or something else? Tell us in this week's poll!

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Turn your PC into the life of the party with yule logs, music, trivia and more

The holidays are a time of family togetherness, and that means it's time to turn off your electronics. Or maybe not. There are ways your computer can make Christmas better.

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Want to use Handoff without buying a new Mac? Check out the ‘Continuity Activation Tool’

Continuity, one of the best features in OS X Yosemite, is not supported by Macs built before 2011. Thankfully, Apple's fan community has found a way to bring it to systems up to seven years old.

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After a couple false starts, Dell just set the gold standard for 4K monitors

Dell's early attempts at 4K monitors weren't great, but the company hasn't given up. Its new P2715Q aims to fix the flaws of its ancestors with its IPS panel, extensive…

  • Pros: Plenty of connectivity , Intuitive on-screen controls…
  • Cons: Boring design , Limited image quality adjustments

Grab yourself a little something at Microsoft’s last-chance sale

The deals keep coming at the Microsoft Store, and while it's too late to order a last-minute holiday gift there's still time to buy yourself a special something at a deep discount.

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Apple deploys automatic OS X security update for the first time

A severe flaw in the Network Time Protocol (NTP) that allows for remote code execution has forced Apple to push an automatic update of Mac OS X for the first time in the company's history.

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North Korea’s Internet goes dark after Sony hack debacle

A weekend of network instability in North Korea has cumulated in a full-blown nationwide outage. The reason behind the sudden collapse is unknown, but an attack by outside forces is heavily suspected.

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[Updated] Andromium transforms your Android into a pocketable desktop computer

Have you ever wished you could fit your entire PC into your pocket? A new Kickstarter project called Andromium promises just that, and its compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones (along with a few other Android devices).

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