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

Why can’t your computer stream 4K yet? Crazy compression and piracy

Both Amazon Prime and Netflix now offer 4K video streaming, but PC users are locked out despite the fact computers should technically be able to handle it. We take a closer look at the obstacles barring easy access to Ultra HD content on…
Product Review

LG 34UC97 Review

Wide load: Nearly three feet of desktop make this LG monitor a mammoth.
Computing

Zotac goes small on desktops, big on graphics

Zotac has shown its commitment at CES 2015 with two new pint-sized models, one of which is passively cooled. The company is also showing a heavily overclocked variant of the GTX 970 video card.
Product Review

Digital Storm Triton Review

Ick. A distasteful display spoils the sweet Digital Storm Triton.
Computing

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.
Computing

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.
Computing

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.
Computing

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…
Computing

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.
Computing

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?