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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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.

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Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus and Home Assistant Pack review: A middling tablet is a poor Alexa speaker

The Lenovo's Tab 4 8 Plus is an OK Android tablet on its own, but the Home Assistant Pack accessory doesn't do Alexa justice.

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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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Best Buy gets smart, teams up with Amazon to sell Alexa-powered Fire TVs

Amazon has announced a partnership with Best Buy to sell the next-generation of Fire TVs due to launch this summer.

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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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You can now stream music from Google Home to a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how

Google has finally given its Home and Home Mini speakers the ability to play music through a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how to do it.

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Google Assistant's new voice command sends money to your contacts

On the heels of its Shopping Actions program that encourages stores to use Assistant to sell stuff, Google has unveiled a new way to send money to your friends using Google Assistant.

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Google takes Assistant worldwide with new languages and custom phone integrations

Google is expanding Assistant to 30 languages by the end of the year and working with OEMs to build custom integrations into upcoming phones.

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Siri vs Siri: What Apple’s AI can and can’t do on every Apple device

Siri is on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Macs, and HomePod, but the experience is different on each device—in some cases there are surprising and frustrating limitations.

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8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player

HomePod sounds great, but it isn't the music authority Apple wants you to think it is. Here are eight ways Apple can make it better.

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