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.
Articles
Computing

Stagnant? Nah. PCs are improving faster than you thought

Today's software often doesn't need a powerful PC to run smoothly, but that doesn't mean progress is slowing. In fact, the home PC is quicker than ever, and easily puts every other consumer electronics device to shame.
Computing

Want to overclock your notebook CPU? Intel will let you by the end of the year

Enthusiasts love to unlock extreme performance from a CPU by overclocking it, but that path hasn't been an option for laptop owners in the past. Now, Intel plans to change that by releasing an unlocked "K" series mobile chip.
Computing

Stellaris, from Paradox, is the galactic strategy game you’ve always wanted on your PC 1:44

Epic sci-fi strategy is unique among PC gaming genres, but has become stagnant in recent years. Paradox hopes to stir the genre's still waters with Stellaris, an internally developed title that focuses on intergalactic politics.
Product Review

Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Review

Intel's Skylake is the king of quads, but not the upgrade you waited for.
Computing

SanDisk and Toshiba announce world’s first 256GB, 48-layer NAND memory chip

SanDisk has announced a new 256 3D-NAND chip built in partnership with Toshiba, the first in the world built with 48 layers. It should appear in products sometime next year.
Computing

Intel vs. AMD: Which brand of CPU should you choose when building a PC?

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. Here, we explain the basic differences between what AMD and Intel generally offer with their processors.
Apple

New video outlines IBM’s plan to switch from Windows to Mac

Jeff Smith, IBM's Chief Information Officer, has outlined a goal to switch up to 75 percent of IBM employees from Lenovo systems running Windows to Apple's MacBook.
Computing

Windows 10 is better than Windows 7, and you should upgrade now 1:38

Microsoft's Windows 7 was well-loved, and many fans have stuck with it despite Microsoft's efforts to sway their opinion. Now that Windows 10 is available, though, the time has come to stop being stubborn and embrace progress.
Product Review

AMD A10-7870K processor Review

AMD's A10-7870K is the only chip a budget gaming PC needs.
Computing

Windows 10 restores the desktop to dominance, but Cortana and Edge need work

Windows 10 scores a major victory for desktop users with a hoard of handy new features, but Microsoft still has work to do on the touchscreen experience.
Computing

Despite improvements, Windows 10 tablets remain second-class 1:48

Microsoft made desktop users unhappy with Windows 8, and hopes that 10 will atone for the company’s sins. It also has to continue support for tablets, 2-in-1s and touchscreen monitors. Can the company walk that tight-rope?
Computing

To 4K, and beyond: Windows 10 nails UltraHD displays

Windows didn’t keep up with rapidly increasing monitor resolution, and the result is ugly, aliased text and images in many menus as recently as Windows 8.1. Does Windows 10 fix it, or does Microsoft’s operating system still prefer…