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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13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ: What it is and how to use it

Apple has launched a battery replacement program for some non-Touch Bar model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Here's how to find out if your model is affected and how to get it replaced.

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Amazon's custom Alexa Blueprints skills show how far ahead of Siri and Google Assistant it is

Amazon has released a super-easy tool for anyone to make their own Alexa skill, and you won't find anything like for Siri or Google Assistant.

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Macworld Podcast Ep. 601

Apple’s premium news service, eGPUs, HomePod and watchOS rumors

Talking about the latest Apple news, as well as your comments and questions.

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Opera is shuttering its VPN app for iOS and Android, sending users to SurfEasy

Opera has announced that it will be shutting down its VPN app on April 30, but is offering users discounted subscriptions to SurfEasy Total and Ultra plans.

on pcworld.com

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Apple is poised to take another swing at news subscriptions and this time it might work

A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is poised to launch a new premium news service based on its acquisition of the Texture app. Here's why it might work this time around.

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Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating

We already now that Android P will be bringing iPhone X-style notch support, but now Google has inadvertently outed a new gesture-based navigation system as well. What happened to Android's innovation?

on pcworld.com

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Third-party faces might be more of a curse than a blessing for Apple Watch

Speculation is mounting that Apple will open up watchOS to third-party watch faces. That might not be a good thing.

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Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 1: Which budget smartwatch is right for you?

Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch is on sale today for $200. How does it stack up against the $249 Apple Watch Series 1?

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macOS High Sierra: Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest Mac operating system

Apple has taken the wraps off High Sierra, the next version of macOS, and while it may be a maintenance release, it still brings some exciting new features.

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Apple needs to stop promising new products and start delivering them

Now that we've learned the new Mac Pro won't be launching until sometime in 2019, it might be time for Apple to rethink its product announcement strategy.

Macworld Podcast Ep. 599

New iPad review, Apple to ditch Intel, and iOS 11.4 beta

The Macworld staff talks about the latest happenings in the world of Apple. Plus, we feature your comments and questions.

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Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's longtime AI and machine learning wizard, to head its new Siri team, but the transition is going to be tricky.

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Apple’s future iPhones might have more curves and fewer fingerprints

A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is working on a curved screen and touch-free gestures for future iPhones.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

Bloomberg's report that Apple is working on a custom Macs processor could mean big things are in store for Apple's notebooks.

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Grab Apple's Leather Case for iPhone X with some of the lowest prices we've ever seen

Amazon is running a sale on several of Apple's iPhone X leather cases today—so act fast.