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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Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s newest release shows how Apple Music has tipped the streaming scale

Beyoncé and Jay-Z unveiled a new album last Saturday that was exclusive to Tidal. Here’s why less than 48 hours later, you could listen to it everywhere.

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Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones' 911 problems

Apple has announced a new feature in iOS 12 that will securely and accurately relay your location when you dial 911.

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Why Apple's rumored 6.1-inch iPhone will be the model everyone wants, even with an LCD screen

A new Wall Street Journal report says Apple is ordering more LCD iPhones than OLED ones for next year's cycle. Here's why that's not the least bit surprising.

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iPhone and Apple Watch rumors, Sonos vs. HomePod, WWDC 2018

iPhone and Apple Watch rumors, Sonos vs. HomePod, WWDC final thoughts, and your questions and comments.

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Nothing to C here: Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

A new report from DigiTimes suggests that the 2019 iPhones will dump the Lightning cable in favor of USB-C. Here's why there's no chance of that happening.

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Fitbit’s Ace tracker for kids could be the ultimate weapon in the fight against smartphone addiction

Fitbit's first fitness tracker for kids, the Ace, is now available for $99.

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That Russia router malware threat might be worse than feared: What you need to know

The FBI recommends rebooting or even resetting your router to avoid sophisticated "VPNFilter" malware by a group tied to Russia. Here's what you need to know.

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Apple WWDC 2018

Apple had its big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last Monday. What did you think about the announcements to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS?

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What was missing from WWDC 2018? Originality

Apple's WWDC keynote was jam-packed with new features for iOS, macOS, and watchOS, but none of them were very innovative.

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Why the announcements Apple didn't make at WWDC might be more important than the ones they did

Apple had a lot to say at WWDC this year, but there were some conspicuous absences from the keynote. Here's what Apple didn't say and why that matters.

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11 fantastic iOS 12 features that didn't make the WWDC keynote

Apple's WWDC keynote was so jammed with new features, some of the best ones don't make the cut.

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watchOS 5: Five awesome features that will supercharge your Apple Watch

WatchOS 5 is packed with awesome features that will make our Apple Watches way more powerful and useful. Here are five our our favorites.

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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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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.