Michael SimonStaff Writer, PCWorld

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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Garmin Speak Plus Review: Alexa and a dash cam make a mighty fine co-pilot

The Garmin Speak Plus has a tiny screen and a long cord, but it brings a few tricks you won't get with your smartphone.

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Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

Amazon has unveiled its newest Fire HD 8 tablets, which are pretty much the same as the old ones with less battery life.

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This massive Philips Hue sale at Amazon gets you 20% off nearly everything

Amazon is running a huge sale on Philips Hue lights and bulbs, with many down to their lowest price ever.

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The adorable and portable Anker Power Cube is on sale for just $20 today

Amazon is selling the Anker Power Cube for $19.54, matching its all-time low.

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Lenovo Smart Display review: The best home for Google Assistant so far

Lenovo brings Google Assistant to life with the Smart Display, an elegant speaker with an 8- or 10-inch screen and a personality all its own.

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

Did you know that you can use your Echo to make voice and video calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how to do it.

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Stock up on Philips Hue Color Ambiance bulbs and floodlights with 20% off at Amazon

You can get the Hue color bulb and floodlight for $40 today at Amazon.

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Why a supersized Apple TV/Music/News subscription streaming bundle just might work

The latest rumor about Apple's upcoming streaming video service suggests it may bundle music and news into one giant package. Here's how that might work.

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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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4 reasons why YouTube Premium will beat Apple Music (and 4 reasons why it won't)

At long last, Google is launching its new YouTube Premium service, which combines music and video under one roof. But is it a worthy competitor to Apple Music?

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How Assistant could help Google take over your living room

JBL's Link Bar isn't just another Android TV device. It's a Trojan horse designed to help Google get a leg up on Roku, Amazon, and Apple in the living room.

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JBL’s Link Bar might be the Google Assistant/Android TV soundbar of my dreams

Google and JBL are partnering on a new smart sounder with always-on Google Assistant support and Android TV.

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Google Assistant works with over 5,000 smart devices, but Alexa is far in the lead with 12,000

Google has announced that Assistant works with 'every major device brand' in the U.S., but it still has a long way to go to catch up to Alexa.

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How Spotify’s new free tier could put a dent in Apple Music’s subscriber base

Spotify’s new app update gives its free tier access to hundreds of on-demand songs and a heavy focus on personalization, and it just might be better than Apple Music.

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5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to)

Spotify has taken the wraps off its new mobile app, which includes a major upgrade to the streaming service's free tier. Here's why Premium users might want to give it a listen.