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 halts Siri ‘grading’ program, promises opt-out in upcoming software update

Apple has announced that it will be suspending its Siri grading program following backlash around employees who were listening to customers' recordings.

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Apple’s Q3 2019 earnings, Apple Card coming soon, your hot takes, and more

Apple announced its third-quarter 2019 financial results. The Apple Card is coming to a wallet near you. And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

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Apple’s Q3 2019 earnings show that sales for everything is growing—except the iPhone

Apple has announced its earnings for Q3 FY2019, and it’s another record for the company, with strong sales across everything that isn’t the iPhone.

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100 million Capital One credit card applications hacked: What you need to know (and do next)

Capital One has revealed that some 100 million customers had their personal information stolen in a hack earlier this year. Here's everything you need to know.

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Apple’s Siri ‘eavesdropping’ controversy can be fixed with a toggle that should’ve been there all along

An Apple whistleblower has revealed the company’s practice of listening to samples of Siri recordings unbeknownst to users.

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3 reasons why Apple spent a billion bucks on Intel's smartphone modem business

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is eyeing the purchase of Intel's smartphone modem chip business. Here's why that could be a massive deal.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Small and solid wins the race

Amazon's newest Echo speaker is its best yet, with a great design, excellent features, and a killer price tag.

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Apple is poised to lose lots of iPhone users if it keeps ignoring the middle

If Apple wants to start growing iPhone sales again, it should target the mid-range market like Google and Samsung.

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Macworld reader hot takes on the MacBook Air, Apple Maps, Jony Ive, and more

We did a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

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Emoji are getting more inclusive on your iPhone and Android phone—even if you're a vampire

Google and Apple have unveiled a preview of the new emoji coming to phones this fall.

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How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

You can use Alexa on your Amazon Echo to make calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Year five of Amazon Prime Day is packed with good tech deals—and you can still find a few incredible bargains, too. To help you cut straight to business, we're highlighting the best of the best.

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Apple pushes new silent updates to address vulnerable Zoom software

Zoom has patched its Mac app after a researcher discovered a vulnerability that could allow a website to access your Mac's camera.

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The Fitbit Charge 3’s Prime Day discount brings it down to an all-time-low price

Amazon has shaved $30 off the price of the Fitbit Charge 3, bringing it down to an all-time-low price of $120.

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals on Fitbit devices, smartwatches and fitness bands

Amazon has slashed prices on numerous Fitbit devices and smartwatches as part of its Prime Day extravaganza.