Michael Simon

Staff Writer

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.

Motorola could be working on a killer new feature for a tablet that no one will want to buy

Motorola could be working on a killer new feature for a tablet that no one will want to buy

A new report from Android Police says that Motorola is working on a new premium tablet with a Productivity mode feature that tailors the Android interface for the big screen.

New Android security report is alarming, but not because of the amount of malware

New Android security report is alarming, but not because of the amount of malware

A new security report says that more than 3.5 million instances of malware will land on Android this year, with most phones unequipped to stop them.

Samsung sweetens Galaxy S8 purchases with 6 months of Netflix, other goodies

Samsung sweetens Galaxy S8 purchases with 6 months of Netflix, other goodies

Samsung is offering a new entertainment promotion for Galaxy S8 purchases that bundles a free Flip Cover case, 64 GB memory card, and six months of Netflix.

Google beefs up security in Android Gmail app following Docs phishing scam

Google beefs up security in Android Gmail app following Docs phishing scam

After nearly a million users were affected by the Docs phishing scam, Google is pushing out a new security feature to its Android Gmail app that will warn users about visiting fraudulent sites.

 Allo update brings chat backups, incognito mode for groups, link previews
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Allo update brings chat backups, incognito mode for groups, link previews

Google is updating Allo with a flurry of new features, including chat backups, incognito mode for groups, and link previews, as it continues working toward the release of a desktop client.

8 ways Samsung still manages to annoy us with the Galaxy S8

8 ways Samsung still manages to annoy us with the Galaxy S8

Don't get us wrong, the Galaxy S8 is the best Android phone we've ever used, but there are still a few things about it that drive us crazy.

Bixby Voice goes live in Korea on the Galaxy S8 as Samsung eyes U.S. launch next

Bixby Voice goes live in Korea on the Galaxy S8 as Samsung eyes U.S. launch next

The Galaxy S8 has gained support for Bixby Voice in South Korea, but the U.S. launch is likely still several weeks away.

Sorry Pixel owners, Google probably won't update your phones past Android P

Sorry Pixel owners, Google probably won't update your phones past Android P

Google announces that the Pixel and Pixel XL will only receive guaranteed version updates until October 2018 and security updates until October 2019.

Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

An update rolling out to Google Home this week will let you get step-by-step instructions for more than 5 million recipes from Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Food Network, and others.

How to save your parking spot in Google Maps
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How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

A new option in the Google Maps beta lets you manually save a parking location, take notes, and snap a photo.

Google Fit update finally brings strength training feature to all Android Wear 2.0 watches

Google Fit update finally brings strength training feature to all Android Wear 2.0 watches

An update to the Google Fit app on Android Wear 2.0 brings strength training, which will automatically detect your workout and count your reps.

Seeing red: Samsung to offer software fix for tinted Galaxy S8 displays

Seeing red: Samsung to offer software fix for tinted Galaxy S8 displays

In response to customer complaints about overly red Galaxy S8 displays, Samsung will be pushing out a software update soon that provides "a further enhanced ability to adjust the color setting."

8 ways the iPhone 8 can beat the Galaxy S8

8 ways the iPhone 8 can beat the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 might be the best phone of 2017, but the year's not over until the next iPhone makes its debut. Here's how Apple can take the crown back from Samsung.

Now it's personal: Google Home picks up support for multiple accounts, voice recognition

Now it's personal: Google Home picks up support for multiple accounts, voice recognition

In an update rolling out to all U.S. users, Google Home will now support up to six users and be able to differentiate between who is speaking for personalized briefings and playlists.

HTC looks to put the squeeze on the S8 with a new grip-sensing flagship phone
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HTC looks to put the squeeze on the S8 with a new grip-sensing flagship phone

HTC will reportedly release a Snapdragon 835-powered phone on May 16 that uses touch-sensitive bezels to control the screen.

Wunder no more: Microsoft releases new task managing app called To-Do

Wunder no more: Microsoft releases new task managing app called To-Do

Microsoft has taken the wraps off its Wunderlust successor, an overly simple task managing app called To-Do.

Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature

Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the Note8 will sport a 6.4-inch screen and the dual camera system we were hoping the S8 would have.

Google partners with PayPal to bring new checkout options for Android Pay

Google partners with PayPal to bring new checkout options for Android Pay

Google and PayPal have announced they are teaming up to allow users to access their accounts at store checkouts via Android Pay.

Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream support nowhere to be seen

Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream support nowhere to be seen

Google unveils a new Earth for Chrome and Android phones that gives you more places to visit and greater control over what you see.

Galaxy S8+ Unboxing: A whole lot more than a phone

Galaxy S8+ Unboxing: A whole lot more than a phone

When we got word that our Galaxy S8+ was arriving, it was a pretty exciting affair. But we weren't expecting this.

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