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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iOS 11.3 Battery Health FAQ: What it does and how to use it on your iPhone

The iOS 11.3 Public Beta has introduced the new Battery Health tab in Settings to provide better control over battery-related performance throttling. Here's everything you need to know about it.

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Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can detect diabetes, Cardiogram study finds

Cardiogram has announced the findings of a new study that tracked 14,000 people wearing Apple Watches to detect whether they had diabetes.

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5 ways Apple can stop developers from abandoning Apple Watch

Over the past few months, high-profile apps such as eBay, Twitter, and Slack have bailed on Apple Watch, as developers shift their efforts away from watchOS. Here's how Apple can reverse that trend.

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HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,' 'best-in-class' sound, but Siri is 'embarrassingly inadequate'

The first HomePod reviews are in, and while it excels as a speaker, its smarts leave much to be desired.

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Apple Music overtaking Spotify in the U.S. shows why it needs a free tier more than ever

A new report says Apple Music's subscriber base is poised to overtake Spotify's in the U.S. but it still trails by a wide margin around the world. A free tier would help close that gap.

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iPhone, iPad sales surprisingly flat, but Apple still soars to record revenue in first quarter

iPhone sales dipped over the same period last year, but Apple still posted record revenue as more customers opted for the pricier iPhone X

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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iOS 11.3 update, iOS 12 rumors, T co-processors in new Macs, HomePod, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 590

Details about iOS 12 have leaked, while Apple released the iOS 11.3 beta. Apple could release new Macs with its T co-processor later this year. We also feature your comments and questions.

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HomePod’s biggest problem isn’t Siri, it’s that it’s too much like the original iPod

Apple is tying HomePod to its hardware and services just like it did with the iPod 15 years ago. That could be a problem.

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Why reports of iPhone X production cuts are (probably) not a sign of poor sales

The Nikkei Asian Review made some waves by reporting that Apple is slashing iPhone X production by as much as 50 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Here's why that's not a reason to panic.

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HomePod facts: 11 things you need to know if you're on the fence about pre-ordering

If you're still deciding whether or not to buy a HomePod smart speaker, here are 11 things you need to know.

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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.