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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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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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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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.

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Apple's $349 HomePod smart speaker arrives Feb. 9, but it won't have multi-room audio

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is coming to a house near you.

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Huawei's new WiFi Q2 mesh networking system is capable of ridiculous speeds

Huawei has announced the WiFi Q2, a new mesh networking system capable of delivering speeds up to 1867Mbps.

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Alexa is eating Siri's lunch at CES 2018, and HomePod isn't going to make a difference

The smart home is once again on full display at this year's CES, but it's not Siri who's in charge, it's Alexa. And Apple might never be able to take the lead.

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Amazon Echo Spot review: This Alexa speaker is as sharp as it is smart

Amazon’s Echo Spot is its best smart speaker yet, with good looks, good sound, and a killer screen.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV: Here’s everything you can watch

At long last, Amazon Prime Video has arrived on Apple TV.

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HomePod is looking more and more like the return of iPod Hi-Fi

Apple's new smart speaker is on track to release in early 2018 after a delay, but it might not be everything we want it to be.

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Apple delays HomePod till 2018

Siri skips Christmas this year; Apple's HomePod speaker was due to begin shipping in December.

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Google gives its Home app a makeover and advanced audio controls, just in time for Max

Google has updated its Home app with a new design, smarter search, and super-cool audio controls.

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Google Assistant gets fun with 50 new family games, activities, and stories

Google is rolling out a few dozen games, activities, and stories for Google Assistant—and kids can get in on the fun too.

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Apple TV 4K review: The ultimate iTunes box has finally arrived

Apple has finally released a TV box that can handle 4K HDR streaming, and even with a few missing parts, it’s the perfect companion for your UHD television.

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