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Brandon Widder

Brandon Widder

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Brandon Widder is a multimedia journalist and a staff writer for Digital Trends where he covers technology news, how-to guides, best-of pieces and more. In his free time, he moonlights as a freelance music writer for the Portland alt-weekly, Willamette Week, and other publications in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently based out of Portland, OR.

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How to play Steam games on Android

With our guide on how to play Steam games on Android, you'll be able to stream your entire PC library to your Android mobile device no matter where you are.
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How to get more free lives in ‘Candy Crush’

Check out our quick guide on how get more free lives on Candy Crush within minutes without having to annoy your friends or spend any of your hard-earned cash.
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How to sell on eBay

A perfect eBay post is a work of art. Our helpful guide to selling items on eBay will give you a comprehensive look at what it takes to craft a solid listing.

Live to fight another day with this Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 zombie survival guide

Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 touts one of the most diverse Zombie modes ever released. Here are a few tips and tricks for staying alive in this mode.
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How to make Google your default search engine

Setting a default search engine can be tedious. Here is our quick and easy guide on how to set Google as your default search engine no matter your browser.
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The best free online game sites

Looking to tackle the world of online gaming? We've rounded up the best free online game sites for new and old titles alike, no matter which genre you like.

How to convert FLV files to MP4

MP4s can be used by virtually any device out there. Why not convert your FLV videos to MP4? No matter your computer's OS, we have two methods to choose from.
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The best Xbox 360 headsets

The Xbox 360 may be old, but if you're planning on playing, you'll need a good headset. In this guide, we'll show you the best Xbox 360 headsets available.
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HBO Go vs. HBO Max

What's the difference between HBO Go and HBO Max? HBO Go is the digital streaming platform for HBO while HBO Max offers much more. Here are the key differences.
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How to boost your Wi-Fi signal

Is your Wi-Fi signal just not cutting it anymore? Here's simple guide on how to boost your signal for a better browsing experience no matter your location.
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Schwinn Monroe 250 review: Making me a fan

Schwinn has been a household name for as long as anyone can remember, but it's not one often associated with electric bikes. The Monroe 250 looks to change that, providing ample range and excellent rideability while making compromises that may not matter to the everyday commuter.
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Team Rubicon revolutionizes disaster response. Microsoft wants to help

Coordinating a network of more than 100,000 volunteers is no easy feat -- Team Rubicon would know. Thankfully, as the disaster response non-profit grows and the toll of Hurricane Dorian continues to grow, Microsoft has a custom solution to make it all manageable.
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How to change your name on Facebook

Not all names are require government intervention or papers to change. If you want to change your Facebook name, the process is simple. All you need to do is head over to the website and make the switch. Check out our quick guide on how to change your name on Facebook in under five minutes.
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Petcube’s latest smart cameras leverage Alexa to keep tabs on your pets

At CES 2019, Petcube introduced an updated smart camera lineup, which is set to launch in the spring. The new devices, aptly titled the Bites and Play 2, feature 1080p HD video, 4x digital zoom, and Alexa integration, ensuring you can feed or tease your favorite pet without ever lifting a finger.
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DT Daily: Chef Patrick McKee talks fine dining, details green bean side dish

Patrick McKee knows his way around the kitchen. In the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, the executive chef of Perlot talks about his upbringing in the culinary world of Portland, Oregon, and shows us how to make one of his favorite side dishes just in time for Thanksgiving.
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Digital Trends Live: Nissan turmoil, product designer Jae Yoo of Nerf, and more

On today's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discuss the forthcoming L.A. Auto Show and sit down with Jae Yoo, product design manager of Nerf, to talk inspirations and origins. We also catch up with Major League Soccer defender Zarek Valentin, who chats about how modern tech is changing the game.
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DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's installment of 'DT Daily,' we tackle reader comments and the latest headlines, including Waymo's forthcoming ridesharing service. We also present some tips for surviving the nuclear wasteland that is Fallout 76, and chat with singer Racella regarding her new EP, Dr. Dre, and more.
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Hip-hop artist Rakeem Miles talks musical upbringing, ‘Dante’s Toys’

For some artists, one medium is simply not enough. To prove our point, DT Daily host Greg Nibler caught up with California-based rapper Rakeem Miles to discuss his beginnings in the music industry, his forthcoming mixtape, and his gateway into the whimsical world of cartoons.

DT Daily: The latest flagship killer, shoe designer Chris Nixon, and more

In the latest episode of DT Daily, Mobile Editor Julian Chokkattu and Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Kaplan chat regarding Samsung and the much-lauded OnePlus 6T. We also speak with footwear guru Chris Nixon and Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement about their latest endeavors.
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DT Daily: Drone-snatching eagles, streamer Disguised Toast, and more

In the second episode of our new-and-improved newscast, DT Daily host Greg Nibler and various guests discuss the latest headlines, an assortment of anti-drone measures, and Sony's latest robotic companion. We all also sit down with streamer Disguised Toast to talk Twitch and the state of streaming.
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How to Use Facebook: The unofficial user manual

With over 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become the go-to social network. If you're new to the site, or are interested in some of the basics of the site, you may have some questions about how all this Facebook stuff works. Our guide will get you liking, sharing, and posting in no time.
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Automate your life with Apple Workflow, the most powerful app you’re not using

Most people know that automation is key when you're looking to save time. Thankfully, Apple's proprietary Workflow app allows you to automate the tasks you perform on a more routine basis with little hassle. Here, we show you how to set up individual workflows for both iOS and WatchOS.
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The ForwardX Ovis is the first smart suitcase custom-built to follow you

Luggage is only getting smarter. Case in point? The autonomous Ovis, a suitcase specifically designed to follow you throughout the terminal. After making a highly anticipated debut at CES 2018, the Ovis has now officially launched on Indiegogo, where the team is offering early bird pricing of $399.
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Smartphone face-off: Galaxy S9 Intelligent Scan vs iPhone Face ID

Both Apple and Samsung have incorporated facial unlocking into their flagship phones -- i.e., the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 -- but how do they compare when it comes to speed? We ran the two headsets through a multitude of real-world scenarios to find out which is quicker on the draw.
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Wish your Galaxy S9 were a Pixel? Here’s how to make it look like stock Android

The S9 and S9 Plus are attractive in more ways than one, but not everyone likes all the bells and whistles associated with Samsung's latest flagships. Thankfully, it's not difficult to bring Android Oreo more in line with stock Android. Here's how, just in case you want to make either device more basic.
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Worth the wait: All the best features arriving in this year’s flagship phones

The flagship smartphones of tomorrow have already started to arrive, offering consumers a wealth of new features and technology to capitalize on. Here are some of our favorites.

Kodak touts its 360-degree (and 3D) cameras at CES 2018

According to Paul Meyhoefer, VP of Marketing for JK Imaging Ltd, Kodak has a couple 360-degree (and 3D) cameras in store for 2018.

Oblend is a modern cauldron poised for crafting the perfect essential oil

Altopa's aptly titled Oblend is a jack-of-all-trades device, one that allows you to craft custom oils, tinctures, and a variety of drinks.

The Reliefband 2.0 looks to quell nausea with new modes and improved comfort

The apt-titled Reliefband 2.0 looks to regulate nausea like its predecessor, only with an improved aesthetic and new intensity modes.

Thanks to Alexa, the Onelink will emit CO alarms and the latest Cardi B tracks

First Alert's Onelink device equips the aging smoke alarm with a touch of modern, allowing you to control your home with just your voice.
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Baidu takes aim at Amazon and Google with the Raven H, its first smart speaker

Baidu -- the company behind China's most popular search engine -- unveiled a new smart speaker at CES, one designed to take aim at Amazon.

Halos’ smart hard drive lets your digital life live outside the cloud

Halos' forthcoming hard drive provides a centralized location for all your digital clutter, while providing an easy way to sync and share.
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Hanson Robotics CEO talks A.I. and Sophia, his latest humanoid robot, at CES

A.I runs amok at CES, so we sat down with one of the pioneers in the field, David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, to chat about his latest robot.
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Where to buy the NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is selling out as soon as it hits shelves. Luckily, we've put together a guide highlighting where you might be able to snag one.