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.

Huawei rolls out its Android Wear 2.0 watch in the U.S. with an eye on fitness, Android Pay

Huawei rolls out its Android Wear 2.0 watch in the U.S. with an eye on fitness, Android Pay

Android Wear fans looking for a wearable built for the latest generation of the OS have two new watches to choose from: the Huawei Watch 2 and Verizon Wear 24.

People are disappearing from Google Photos albums, but a fix is coming

People are disappearing from Google Photos albums, but a fix is coming

Some users on the Google Photos forum have complained that people were disappearing from their auto-generated albums, but Google is aware of the problem.

The 10 best features in Android O (so far)

The 10 best features in Android O (so far)

We've explored the developer's preview of Android O, the next version of Google's operating system, and found some exciting new things.

Samsung's Bixby won’t support voice commands when it debuts on the Galaxy S8

Samsung's Bixby won’t support voice commands when it debuts on the Galaxy S8

In a statement ahead of the Galaxy S8's April 21 launch, Samsung has said that Bixby Voice won't be supported in the U.S. until later in the spring.

Fear not, early adopters: The Galaxy S8 might not be running Android 7.0 for very long

Fear not, early adopters: The Galaxy S8 might not be running Android 7.0 for very long

While it will be shipping with Android 7.0, there are signs that Samsung is looking to update the Galaxy S8 to Nougat 7.1 as quickly as possible.

The ability to make audio calls in Duo is rolling out worldwide

The ability to make audio calls in Duo is rolling out worldwide

Previously limited to users in Brazil, Google is rolling our auto calling in Duo to users all across the globe.

Google primes Home for a major new feature: multiple account support

Google primes Home for a major new feature: multiple account support

Google appears to be turning on support for multiple accounts in Home, letting family members access their own calendars and music libraries on the speaker.

Surprise! Your first-gen Huawei Watch might get Android Pay after all

Surprise! Your first-gen Huawei Watch might get Android Pay after all

A statement from Huawei reportedly confirms that its first-generation wearable has a dormant NFC chip that may be turned on after the Android Wear 2.0 update lands.

Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it

Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it

Samsung will reportedly begin selling a 128GB Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB of RAM, but it will only be available in China and Korea.

Comcast takes another crack at being a mobile provider with new Xfinity Mobile service

Comcast takes another crack at being a mobile provider with new Xfinity Mobile service

Cable giant Comcast is rolling out a new wireless service that looks to tap into its wide array of Wi-Fi hotspots and use Verizon's network to fill in the gaps.

LG G6 Review: The right phone at the wrong time

LG G6 Review: The right phone at the wrong time

LG reinvents its flagship handset with the G6, but its great screen and industrial design are almost certain to be overshadowed by the Galaxy S8.

Galaxy S8+ gets high marks in battery test, but that might not tell the whole story

Galaxy S8+ gets high marks in battery test, but that might not tell the whole story

Phone Arena benchmarked the battery in the Galaxy S8+ and found that it got 8 hours, better than any other Android phone and even besting the iPhone 7. But Samsung's default settings limit the display's full potential.

Google pushes 7.1.2 to Nexus, Pixel devices, bringing new multitasking for tablets

Google pushes 7.1.2 to Nexus, Pixel devices, bringing new multitasking for tablets

The new 7.1.2 Nougat update, part of the April security release, brings interface changes and a new multitasking window for the Pixel C, as well as minor changes for Pixel and Nexus phones.

More people are using Android to get online than any other operating system, even Windows

More people are using Android to get online than any other operating system, even Windows

The latest report of internet usage by StatCounter shows Android edging Windows as the most popular OS on any platform.

No joke, Google lets you play Ms. Pac-Mac in Google Maps for April Fool's

No joke, Google lets you play Ms. Pac-Mac in Google Maps for April Fool's

As part of its annual April Fool's Day tricks and treats, Google has launched a playable Ms. Pac-Mac game right inside the Maps app.

PSA: You probably don't want to use face recognition to unlock your Galaxy S8

PSA: You probably don't want to use face recognition to unlock your Galaxy S8

A new video shows that the face-recognition unlocking on the Galaxy S8 is just as insecure as it's always been, allowing a photo to spoof the system.

Hands-on with DeX, Samsung's bid to make your Galaxy S8 a desktop computer
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Hands-on with DeX, Samsung's bid to make your Galaxy S8 a desktop computer

Samsung is releasing a docking station called DeX alongside the S8, expanding your phone's screen to a desktop-sized environment.

Google to developers: Get on the 18:9 bandwagon or get left behind

Google to developers: Get on the 18:9 bandwagon or get left behind

In a post on its Android developers blog, Google urges developers to tune their apps for the new 18:9 ratio screens on the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8.

AI test drive: Is Alexa on your phone as good as it is in your home?

AI test drive: Is Alexa on your phone as good as it is in your home?

We test Alexa on the iPhone and the Mate 9 to see if the expanded availability can replicate the experience we get on Amazon's devices.

Samsung announces plan to refurbish and resell some Note7s that didn't explode

Samsung announces plan to refurbish and resell some Note7s that didn't explode

Samsung will be refurbishing some recalled Note7s for re-use, as well as removing components and extracting metals from the ill-fated phablet.

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