Michael SimonStaff Writer, Macworld

If it has a screen, battery or a plug, Michael Simon wants to play with it. He has been obsessed with technology since he bought his first ThinkPad—the one with the lift-up keyboard that let you swap out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style.

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8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player

HomePod sounds great, but it isn't the music authority Apple wants you to think it is. Here are eight ways Apple can make it better.

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15 awesome tips and tricks to master Apple's HomePod

Your HomePod can do more than kick out the jams. More than you may realize.

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iPad 2018 rumors: Animoji and tabbed windows on tap

If you want to get a sense of where the iPad will go in 2018, look to the iPhone X.

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iOS 12: Animoji in FaceTime, deeper Siri integration, DND improvements

Axios and Bloomberg are reporting that Apple will be punting several features planned for iOS 12 to 2019 as it focuses on quality issues, security, and performance.

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6 things to do to prepare for the Apple HomePod

If a new HomePod is on your way to your home today, here are six things you need to do before it arrives.

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Apple confirms iOS source code leak, but downplays it as old and outdated

The source code the the heavily-guarded iOS iBoot system has leaked on GitHub, bringing with it a major headache for Apple.

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

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HomePod early reviews, Apple Watch apps, iOS 11.3 Battery Health, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 591

The first round of HomePod reviews are out. Developers are leaving the Apple Watch. The beta of iOS 11.3 with Battery Health settings will be released soon. We also feature your comments and questions.

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iOS 11.3 Battery Health FAQ: What it does and how to use it on your iPhone

The iOS 11.3 Public Beta has introduced the new Battery Health tab in Settings to provide better control over battery-related performance throttling. Here's everything you need to know about it.

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Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can detect diabetes, Cardiogram study finds

Cardiogram has announced the findings of a new study that tracked 14,000 people wearing Apple Watches to detect whether they had diabetes.

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5 ways Apple can stop developers from abandoning Apple Watch

Over the past few months, high-profile apps such as eBay, Twitter, and Slack have bailed on Apple Watch, as developers shift their efforts away from watchOS. Here's how Apple can reverse that trend.

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HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,' 'best-in-class' sound, but Siri is 'embarrassingly inadequate'

The first HomePod reviews are in, and while it excels as a speaker, its smarts leave much to be desired.

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Apple Music overtaking Spotify in the U.S. shows why it needs a free tier more than ever

A new report says Apple Music's subscriber base is poised to overtake Spotify's in the U.S. but it still trails by a wide margin around the world. A free tier would help close that gap.

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iPhone, iPad sales surprisingly flat, but Apple still soars to record revenue in first quarter

iPhone sales dipped over the same period last year, but Apple still posted record revenue as more customers opted for the pricier iPhone X

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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