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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LG V30 review: Another great LG phone that just isn't great enough

The LG V30 tries to break out of its niche with more mainstream appeal, but the results are pretty much the same.

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Google offers 2-year warranty, but no fixes, for Pixel 2 XL display woes

Google says nothing is wrong with the Pixel 2 XL display, but it will be giving all users an extra year of coverage anyway.

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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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Android Instant Apps: What they are and how to use them on your phone

Here's everything you need to know about how to set up, find, and use Instant Apps on your Android phone.

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Essential Phone’s $200 price cut leaves original buyers with worthless credit

Essential has dropped the price of its hype-driven debut phone to $499, a massive $200 cut just weeks after it started shipping. If you bought one, you'll get a $200 credit, but it's not as valuable as you think.

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Google's Instant Apps hit the Play Store as a big step toward a future of cloud-based apps

Google's Instant Apps have hit the Play Store via a new Tap-to-try button that lets you test full apps without installing them. The future it promises of cloud-based apps is even more intriguing.

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Samsung Bixby Voice: How to set up and use the Galaxy S8 assistant

Samsung has finally rolled out Bixby Voice on the Galaxy S8. Here's everything you need to know to get started.

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5 reasons to buy a Pixel 2 over iPhone 8 (and five reasons not to)

The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 are the two hottest phones out there. We help you choose which one to buy.

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Why Pixel Visual Core, Google's secret image processor, is the reason to buy a Pixel 2

Google surprised us with the unveiling of a custom image processor inside the Pixel 2, and it could be the best feature of all.

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Google Pixel 2: 10 awesome tips and tricks

The Google Pixel 2 has a bunch of new features and settings that let you personalize your phone just the way you want. Here are 10 of our favorite tips and tricks.

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Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro bring larger screens, better cameras, and bigger brains

Huawei has released its new fall flagship phones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro—from chip to screen, they offer big improvements over their predecessors.

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Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Five ways the neural processor is a game-changer

The Huawei Mate 10 introduces the neural processing unit, a dedicated chip that is devoted to AI. Here's why that's such a big deal.

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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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Hey Siri, Google Assistant is winning the AI game and it's not even close

Google showed off a slew of new products last week, and they all have one thing in common: They're smarter than anything Apple is making.

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