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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HomePod pre-orders are live: How to be the first to get Apple's new $349 speaker

Apple new HomePod smart speaker is finally going on sale. Here's how to be among the first to grab one.

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Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws: How to protect your Mac and iOS devices

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs affect every Mac and iOS device, but there are ways you can stay safe.

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HomePod, iPhone rumors, iOS 11.3, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 589

Apple's HomePod goes on sale this Friday. Are you buying one? The latest iPhone rumors have created confusion about the future of the iPhone X. Apple provides a sneak peek into new features coming to iOS. We also feature your comments and questions.

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5 ways HomePod will beat Amazon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won't)

Apple's HomePod is due to arrive on February 9, but for $349, it's not exactly an impulse buy. Here are five reasons you might want to buy one and five reasons why you should wait.

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Apple's $349 HomePod smart speaker arrives Feb. 9, but it won't have multi-room audio

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is coming to a house near you.

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Cook says 'people weren't paying attention' but vows to let users turn off iPhone throttling

In an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook says an upcoming update will bring an option to turn off throttling as well a clear indication of your battery health.

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How Apple can turn the iPhone into an ultra portable MacBook Air

The iPhone and the MacBook Air are both 10 years old, and they're both showing their age. It's time for the next step.

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Meltdown and Spectre, iPhone addiction, CES, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 588

How do the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities affect Apple users? Is iPhone addition a problem? And does the recent Consumer Electronics Show mean anything for Apple? We also feature your comments and questions.

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Apple’s iOS 11.2.2 Spectre patch probably won’t slow down your iPhone, but here’s what to do if it does

There are reports that Apple's iOS 11.2.2 Spectre security update is slowing down some older iPhones. That shouldn't be the case for most people, but here's what to do if your phone is affected.

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Apple, kids, and iPhone addiction: Parental controls in iOS are long overdue

After being publicly called out over its lack of parental controls in iOS, Apple has vowed to implement "new features and enhancements" to protect kids. But it might be too little too late.

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Alexa is eating Siri's lunch at CES 2018, and HomePod isn't going to make a difference

The smart home is once again on full display at this year's CES, but it's not Siri who's in charge, it's Alexa. And Apple might never be able to take the lead.

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How the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws affect phones and tablets

The CPU flaw isn't just limited to PCs and Macs anymore. The Spectre vulnerability affects mobile devices and your phone is likely at risk. Here's what it is and how you can mitigate the risks.

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High-profile music exec Jimmy Iovine is said to be leaving Apple Music mid-year

Billboard reports that high-profile music exec Jimmy Iovine will bolt from Apple in August, leaving a vacancy at the top of the Apple Music heirarchy.

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Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws affect all iOS and Mac devices, but don't panic

Apple has released a statement on Meltdown and Spectre, and the flaws affect every iOS and Mac in existence. But it's probably not as scary as you think.