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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Apple finally tackles smartphone addiction with new Screen Time app, grouped notifications

Apple is finally addressing smartphone addiction and digital wellness in iOS 12, with major changes to Do Not Disturb and notifications, as well as a new Screen Time app.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: This year's iPhones to cost up to $100 less than the iPhone X and iPhone 8

Speculation about the iPhone to be released in 2018. We've collected all the rumors right here.

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Spoiler alert: Apple's WWDC 2018 is probably going to be boring, and that's the way it should be

Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote kicks off on Monday morning, and it's shaping up to be a pretty boring show. That's just what Apple needs right now.

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Charge your phone wirelessly and cheaply with these can't-pass-up deals on Qi chargers

If you've been holding out on buying a wireless charger for just the right deal, your moment has arrived: You can get the Samsung Fast Charge pad for $25 or Anker's ultra-slim charging bag for $13.50 today.

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Apple WWDC 2018 preview

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on Monday. What do we hope and expect to see? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions.

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Apple awarded $539 million in Samsung patent trial, but iPhone 6 revelation may be more damaging

Apple wins its Samsung patent suit again, but it was also revealed that it knew about the iPhone 6 bending issues before the phone was released.

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The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it's not exactly what we dreamed it would be

The NY Times is reporting that Apple and Volkswagen have teamed up to build a new van that will shuttle employees back and forth between Apple's campuses.

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Apple offers $50 credit if you paid full price for an iPhone battery replacement last year

Apple has announced a new program that will refund the $50 difference between last year's iPhone battery replacement prices and this year's.

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Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program: Everything you need to know

Anyone with an iPhone 6 or later can get a new battery in their phone for $29. Here's how Apple's program works.

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5 reasons why Apple's next-gen 7nm A12 chip could be the best feature in the 2018 iPhones

A new report claims that production has started on Apple new 7nm A12 processor. Here's why that's a big deal.

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4 reasons why YouTube Premium will beat Apple Music (and 4 reasons why it won't)

At long last, Google is launching its new YouTube Premium service, which combines music and video under one roof. But is it a worthy competitor to Apple Music?

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Google One vs. iCloud, iOS 12 features we want, Apple Store anniversary

We'll be live on Twitter and YouTube. Topics: Google One versus iCloud, iOS 12 features we want, and the Apple Store anniversary. Plus, your comments and questions.

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Google One is the value-driven online storage locker I want iCloud to be

Apple's iCloud is surprisingly competitive on a per-gigabyte basis, but Google One has it beat as a complete online solution.

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The Google privacy conundrum: Why locking down your data is a hard choice

Google has made it easier to see and control what parts of your data it collects from you, but the decision to make it private is harder than it's ever been.

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Android P’s notification shade is so good Apple should just copy the whole damn thing in iOS 12

Google might have finally developed the perfect system for notifications in Android P and Apple should just copy it.