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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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

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Essential Phone PH-1 review: Sorry, even limited-edition colors won't make it less terrible

Essential has announced that the PH-1 is finally available in ocean depths blue, but a new color won't fix what ails this phone.

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Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones

The heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA warned U.S. customers from buying Huawei phones and said they would never consider buying one for themselves in testimony on Capitol Hill this week.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors: ‘3D emoji’ may challenge iPhone X Animoji

Samsung's next flagship phone will launch in just a few weeks, and we've got all the details on what to expect.

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Android P rumor suggests Google's Pixel 3 could have an iPhone X-style notch

Google is reportedly building support for notched screen into Android P, which could offer a huge clue as to what the Pixel 3 will look like.

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Apple confirms iOS source code leak, but downplays it as old and outdated

The source code the the heavily-guarded iOS iBoot system has leaked on GitHub, bringing with it a major headache for Apple.

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How tighter ties between Google and Nest can bring new value to the Google Tax

Google is bringing Nest back into its fold to build a home that's smarter—and that's good news if you're frustrated with the Google Tax.

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HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,' 'best-in-class' sound, but Siri is 'embarrassingly inadequate'

The first HomePod reviews are in, and while it excels as a speaker, its smarts leave much to be desired.

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Honor 7X review: The most phone you can get for under $200

The Honor 7X may be priced like a budget phone, but with an 18:9 screen, slim-bezel design, and all-metal enclosure, you might mistake it for a premium one.

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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Best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases: Top picks in every style

The Galaxy Note 8 is a very expensive phone, so if you buy one you're going to want to protect it. Here are the best cases we could find.

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How to send Android SMS messages with Amazon Echo, and why it's a big deal

Amazon has opened up the ability to send SMS text messages on Echo devices. Here's how to set it up on your Android phone.

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How to take a screenshot on any Android phone

Once an arduous task, taking a screenshot is a snap—no pun intended—on modern Android phones. Here's how to do it on your phone.

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Google's cleaning up the Play Store, using machine learning to remove 700,000 bad apps

Google has announced that some 700,000 apps were removed from the Play Store in 2017 as it continues to crack down on bad apps that could harm your phone.

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The Galaxy S9's rumored Intelligent Scan isn't a Face ID clone and that's a good thing

By combining the face and iris biometrics, the Galaxy S9's 'Intelligent Scan' could be the smartest way to take on Apple's Face ID.