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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Essential Phone: Everything you need to know about Andy Rubin's new Android phone

There's a lot of hype surrounding the Essential Phone. We've got everything you need to know about it.

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CES 2018: 8 awesome Android announcements you might have missed

CES isn't exactly a launchpad for Android gear, but there were still some cool announcements this week. Here are eight that might have flown under your radar.

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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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Sorry, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, not even Wonder Woman can fight the U.S. carrier stronghold

Huawei's big U.S. launch of the Mate 10 Pro was dampened when AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell the new handset in stores. Now Huawei may never break through in the states.

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Apple, kids, and iPhone addiction: Parental controls in iOS are long overdue

After being publicly called out over its lack of parental controls in iOS, Apple has vowed to implement "new features and enhancements" to protect kids. But it might be too little too late.

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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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How the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws affect phones and tablets

The CPU flaw isn't just limited to PCs and Macs anymore. The Spectre vulnerability affects mobile devices and your phone is likely at risk. Here's what it is and how you can mitigate the risks.

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Google is combining Android Pay and Google Wallet under one brand: Google Pay

Google Pay is bringing Android Pay and Google Wallet under a united brand, and Google says it's the first step toward simpler, streamlined digital payments.

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That thing on the back on the Sony Xperia XA2 is a fingerprint sensor. And it works in the U.S.

The mid-range Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra have Snapdragon 630 processors, sport big batteries, run Oreo, and boast a cool new feature: a fingerprint sensor that works in the U.S.

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Honor's View 10 flagship phone is coming to the U.S., but we don't know when

Honor's View10 will have a 5.9-inch display, Kirin 970 chip, 3,750mAH battery, and a dual camera when it hits U.S. shelves

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Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws affect all iOS and Mac devices, but don't panic

Apple has released a statement on Meltdown and Spectre, and the flaws affect every iOS and Mac in existence. But it's probably not as scary as you think.

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Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 chip could make the Galaxy S9 very iPhone X-like

Samsung's new Exynos 9810 chip could mean that Face ID-style unlocking is coming to the S9.

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Why the $29 iPhone battery replacement is Apple's best move of the year

Apple's announcement that it will replace aging batteries in iPhones 6 and later is the perfect way to end a rocky 2017.

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Google 2017 in review: Hits, misses, and WTF moments

From the Pixel phones to Assistant, Google was everywhere in 2017. But it wasn't all great. We take a look at Google's step, stumbles, and serious falls over the past 12 months.

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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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