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 Xbox and PC are closer than ever, but still not close enough

Microsoft focused its big E3 2016 announcements on crossplay with Windows 10 PC, promising 10 titles that can be enjoyed on either an Xbox or a computer. But has the company waited too long to pursue this path?
Virtual Reality

The PlayStation VR will launch on October 13 at $400, but there’s a catch

The much-anticipated PlayStation VR will beat the Rift and Vive's pricing at $400, but gamers who haven't already jumped on PlayStation Move will have to buy extra peripherals to make it work.
Computing

New Windows 10 build available, adding LastPass support and Windows Ink improvements

Microsoft has released build 14361 to Windows 10 Insider. It makes Edge officially compatible with the LastPass extension, and includes a behind-the-scenes Hyper-V feature developers will appreciate.
Product Review

Intel 750 Series SSD Review

Intel made an SSD so fast, it needed a new way to connect (and we tried it)
Computing

Asus’ Avalon brings the modular PC dream closer to reality 2:20

The modular PC concept has appeared time and time again, but the companies that conceive of it never have the resources to pull it off. Asus' Avalon is a different story.
Computing

The mechanical keyboards at Computex prove Steve Jobs was wrong about the PC

The halls of Computex are filled to the brim with keyboards, even while some repeat predictions of the PC's doom. Is the keyboard's popularity a fluke? Or does it reveal something deeper about computers?
Computing

AMD is fighting for middle-class gamers, but it needs world-class hardware

AMD focused on value at this year's Computex by announcing a mid-range, Polaris-based video card that almost any gamer can afford. But the company lacks the performance wins it sorely needs.
Virtual Reality

Microsoft’s latest HoloLens trailer looks ripped from a sci-fi blockbuster 3:15

Microsoft reaffirmed its commitment to openness at Computex 2016 by taking wraps off its Holographic and Hello API. Partners can now build devices that work with both.
Computing

AMD debuts full 7th-gen APU line at Computex, claims CPU boost of up to 56 percent

After months of teases, AMD has revealed its full 7th-generation APU line. The company claims a performance boost of up to 56 percent compared to AMD chips from two years ago.
Computing

Nobody wants Intel’s Core M processor, and Computex proves it

Core M was built to enable a new generation of 2-in-1 devices thinner, lighter, and quicker than any before. But companies have turned away from it for their latest ultra-thin PCs at Computex 2016. That may spell the beginning of the end.
Computing

Plextor’s newest solid state drive puts gamers in its crosshairs

Plextor's newest solid state drive hopes a combination of cutting-edge technology and racy styling will catch the attention of hardcore gamers worldwide.
Computing

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro is a slightly bigger, slightly better Surface Book

The latest 2-in-1 device from Asus owes a lot to Microsoft's Surface Pro, but it hopes to beat Redmond's engineers at their own game with a bigger screen and lower price tag.