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

How to restore your Windows computer to its factory settings

With this guide, you'll be able to restore your Windows PC to the settings that it had when you first bought it. We cover every version of Windows since Vista.
Computing

McAfee has an interesting theory about the Ashley Madison hack

John McAfee, the famous security entrepreneur, has a theory about the Ashley Madison hack. He thinks it was an inside job by a rogue female employee, but his reasoning isn't entirely sound.
Product Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Review

Play any game at 1080p with GeForce's budget bulldozer, the GTX 950
Computing

How much RAM does your gaming PC need? Maybe just 4GB, according to new test

New testing by PC enthusiast site TechSpot has discovered that many apps still don't see substantial benefit from more than 4GB of memory. Games, in particular, have no issue with limited RAM.
Computing

3 reasons you shouldn’t buy an all-in-one

All-in-one computers have become a popular desktop alternative over the last half-decade. They promise a sleeker, more intuitive experience, but their initial attractiveness can quickly wear off.
Computing

Intel announces Optane hard drives powered by 3D XPoint technology

3D XPoint will be coming to a drive near you in 2016, according to Intel's IDF San Francisco keynote. The drives will be sold under a new Optane brand to enterprise and consumer markets.
Computing

The Core i7-6700K restores faith in Intel processor overclocking

Intel’s new Core i7-6700K is a new architecture, and it’s unlocked so enthusiasts can increase its clock speed. The result is a processor that’s surprisingly easy to tune.
Computing

ComputerStick’s IndieGoGo is built on faked video and questionable claims

A recently posted IndieGoGo campaign for the ComputerStick seems to show an innovative and powerful mini-PC, but it's in fact just an Intel Compute Stick re-branded with deceptive marketing.
Computing

New QLC flash memory from Toshiba could push SSD capacity as high as 128TB

Toshiba has announced that it is working on a new form of flash memory that stores four bits of data per cell, which is a technology that could result in 128TB SSDs as early as 2020.
Computing

Leaked slides show Intel’s upcoming Skylake notebook chips

A set of leaked slides seem to show Intel's upcoming mobile CPU lineup. It predictably includes several dual-cores, most of which have Hyper-Threading. The chips will likely debut no later than September.
Computing

Samsung builds its own super-dense SSD chip to fight off SanDisk and Toshiba

In early August, SanDisk and Toshiba announced the world's first 256Gbit, 48-layer NAND chip for solid state drives. Now Samsung has its own version of the same, and the race is on to bring it to retail products.
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.