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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Google's major Gmail update boosts your privacy and productivity

Google has rolled out a major update to its Gmail web client, bringing a new interface and strong privacy features.

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OnePlus 6: Everything we know leading up to its May 16 launch

Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship phone. Yes, it'll have a notch.

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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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13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ: What it is and how to use it

Apple has launched a battery replacement program for some non-Touch Bar model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Here's how to find out if your model is affected and how to get it replaced.

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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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Best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases: Top picks in every style

If you want a case for your new Galaxy S9, check out our list to find the one that's right for you.

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I don't care if Google's 'chat' for Android is an inferior version of Apple iMessage, I want it now

Google has announced that a new messaging protocol called chat is on the way, bringing RCS support and unifying the scattershot messaging experience on Android. It's about time.

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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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Opera is shuttering its VPN app for iOS and Android, sending users to SurfEasy

Opera has announced that it will be shutting down its VPN app on April 30, but is offering users discounted subscriptions to SurfEasy Total and Ultra plans.

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Google makes AI easy as (Raspberry) Pi with new DIY Google Assistant kits

Google has updated its AIY Vision and Voice kits to include a Raspberry Pi Zero WH, so everything you need to build an Assistant-powered speaker is right in the box.

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Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating

We already now that Android P will be bringing iPhone X-style notch support, but now Google has inadvertently outed a new gesture-based navigation system as well. What happened to Android's innovation?

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Sony makes May’s Xperia XZ2 launch irrelevant with the announcement of the 4K XZ2 Premium

Sony has unveiled the Xperia XZ2 Premium with a better display, camera, and battery than the XZ2 that hasn't even gone on sale yet.

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Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 1: Which budget smartwatch is right for you?

Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch is on sale today for $200. How does it stack up against the $249 Apple Watch Series 1?

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

Bloomberg's report that Apple is working on a custom Macs processor could mean big things are in store for Apple's notebooks.

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