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

The Surface 3 is an upgrade from its predecessor, but its price will sneak up on you

Microsoft’s entry-level Surface has always played second fiddle to the supercharged Surface Pro, but the new Surface 3 runs full-blown Windows 8.1 just like its Pro sibling. Does that make it almost as capable, or does its budget hardware…
Computing

Developers from NASA, Skype and Trimble discuss building for HoloLens

In a panel discussion hosted by Microsoft four developers came together to discuss building apps for HoloLens. They described an experience that was creatively challenging, but intuitive from a technical perspective.
Computing

We played architect with Microsoft's staggeringly surreal HoloLens prototype

Microsoft reaffirmed its dedication to HoloLens at BUILD 2015 by letting users experience live demos with a prototype that looks exactly like that shown on stage. We went hands on with the future of computing.
Computing

Developers can port games between Windows 10 devices with just a few lines of code

Microsoft's game evangelists spent a BUILD 2015 session highlighting the company's vision for cross-device gaming, which includes easy porting of titles from Windows 10 for desktop to mobile devices and even to the Xbox One.
Computing

BUILD 2015 held plenty of surprises, but where was the new Surface Pro?

This year’s BUILD keynote offered plenty of surprises, but it was also notably lacking several expected announcements, such as a new Surface Pro 4. Does this mean Microsoft is shifting focus once more?
Computing

From Windows 10 to the next Surface, here’s what we expect from Microsoft BUILD

Microsoft’s annual BUILD conference is always a big event for the company, but with Windows 10 on the horizon, this year will be even bigger than normal. That’s not all we’re likely to see, though, as a redesigned Surface Pro 4 and a…
Product Review

Digital Storm Velox (2015) Review

Digital Storm's Velox offers performance and value in a gaming PC
Computing

Is it Daenerys, or Daeneres? Microsoft Word knows, even if you don’t

Not sure how to spell the name of your favorite Game of Thrones character? That's no problem, as long as you use Microsoft Word. The popular word processor knows most of the series' major characters and locations.
Product Review

CyberTronPC Thallium Review

CybertronPC’s Thallium is like raw ore: powerful but unrefined.
Product Review

Falcon Northwest Talon (2015) Review

Falcon Northwest’s Talon may be small but it claws its way to the top.
Product Review

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Review

It might be a chubby dinosaur, but Lenovo's prehistoric T450s still has teeth.
Computing

Why don’t laptops with Intel’s Core M processors run longer? We tested to find out

Intel's Core M processor line, which debuted late last year, enables feather-weight, fanless systems and promises efficiency beyond the standard Core line. Yet in reviews, notebooks with Core M inside don't necessarily offer record-breaking…