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 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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Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu, and Amazon libraries: Here's how

At long last, Disney has opened its Movies Anywhere service to other studios, and now you can watch your iTunes movies on an Android Phone. Here's how it works.

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Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID

Starting Wednesday, you'll be able to make calls to anyone in your contacts through your Google Home speaker, but caller ID is coming later this year.

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Apple again offers free Beats for its back-to-school promo, but the iPhone is excluded

Students and faculty can rock out with a pair of Beats Solo3, Powerbeats3, or Beats X wireless earphones with most Mac or iPad Pro purchases—but not the iPhone 7.

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Amazon Dash Wand review: A home shopping device made for a not-too-distant future

Amazon Dash Wand deftly combines the power of Alexa with a handheld barcode scanner, but our shopping carts aren't quite ready for it yet.

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Samsung's Connect Home smart hub/mesh router mash-up is finally going on sale

Samsung has announced that preorders for its $170 Connect Home smart hub/Wi-Fi mesh router combo will start June 4 for release on July 2.

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You'll soon be able to control IKEA's affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri

IKEA's line of smart lights are already affordable, but now they will work with Google Home and Assistant, Amazon Alexa-powered devices, and Apple's HomeKit.

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How to use Google Home's built-in ambient audio to get some rest and relaxation

A new feature for Google Home lets you listen to ambient sounds while you fall asleep. Here's how to get it to work.

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We've gotten our first look at an Echo with a built-in screen, and it's straight out of 2005

A leaked photo of what is purported to be an Echo with a built-in screen shows a device with a big screen, big bezels, and a giant speaker.

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Twitter swings for the streaming fences with new 24/7 live sports and news TV service

Twitter has announced that it will be launching a new always-on TV service that covers an array of programming, from live sports to breaking news, concerts, and fashion.

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Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

Google is launching the developer's preview of a new Google Assistant ASK, which will bring the AI chatbot to a slew of new products.