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

Update: Google denies plan to “phase out” Chrome OS

Google has officially reports that it plans to "phase out" Chrome OS while confirming a project is under way to combine the best of Chrome and Android.
Computing

Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10576 is released to the Fast Ring

Microsoft Windows Build 10576 is a minor update, but it does add streaming support from the Edge browser to Miracast and DLNA devices, along access to Cortana from within PDF files.
Computing

Superior silicon: How Apple is beating chipmakers at their own game

Apple's latest A9 processors are incredibly quick, nipping at the heels of even Intel's hardware. That feat was accomplished in just half a decade, and challenges what the industry thought possible.
Computing

Updated: Here’s where you can buy the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

Want to be an early adopter of Microsoft's first-ever convertible laptop? We've compiled a list of retailers and ship dates to help you can your hands on a Surface Book first.
Computing

Want to play games on your Surface Book? Prepare for disappointment

Microsoft's inclusion of an Nvidia GPU in the Surface Book suggests it might work for light gaming, but several issues prevent it from playing as hard as it works.
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

Appleā€™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?