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, 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.

on pcworld.com

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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.

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Why the $29 iPhone battery replacement is Apple's best move of the year

Apple's announcement that it will replace aging batteries in iPhones 6 and later is the perfect way to end a rocky 2017.

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30 free macOS apps every Mac user should have

From useful utilities to handy archivers and transcoders, here are 30 free yet powerful macOS apps you can download today.

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Amazon Echo Spot review: This Alexa speaker is as sharp as it is smart

Amazon’s Echo Spot is its best smart speaker yet, with good looks, good sound, and a killer screen.

on techhive.com

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Sorry, Apple Watch Series 3 LTE users: If you want to stop and start service it'll cost you

As the three-month promotion for Apple Watch Series 3 comes to an end, many users are going to want to suspend their cellular service. Here’s why it might end up costing more in the long run.

Macworld Podcast Episode 586

iMac Pro, Apple and Shazam, holiday wish lists, 2018 predictions, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 586

Apple's most power and most expensive Mac is the iMac Pro. Why would Apple want Shazam? Plus, thought about the end of the year and the one coming up.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

on pcworld.com

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Apple has announced that it will begin selling its new iMac Pro on Thursday, December 14, but users won't be able to add RAM after they buy one.

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Apple and Shazam: It’s not just about identifying songs

Apple’s purchase of Shazam might not be as splashy (or as expensive) as its $3.2 billion Beats buy, but it means much more to the iPhone.

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Amazon Prime Video, tvOS 11.2, iOS 11.2 and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 585

The Macworld staff talks about the recent news in the world of Apple.