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.

Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would...

iPad Magic Keyboard overview and Apple’s enterprise push

iPad Magic Keyboard overview and Apple’s enterprise push

Apple’s newly launched iPad Magic Keyboard brings even more enterprise capabilities to the iPad Pro. But is it worth it? If a MacBook Air is cheaper than a souped-up iPad Pro and keyboard, which is the better buy? Computerworld...

Podcast: What happened to the iPhone 9 release?

Podcast: What happened to the iPhone 9 release?

Amid concerns about the coronavirus, Apple released its latest iPad Pro and MacBook Air without an official event in mid-March. But one piece of hardware was noticeably absent… the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2. Early rumors suggested a...

Podcast: How to secure and speed up your home Wi-Fi network

Podcast: How to secure and speed up your home Wi-Fi network

With most of (if not everyone in) your household now working from home, you’re perhaps asking more of your home network than ever before. Multiple devices may now be hosting a video conference, streaming and using chat tools all at...

Apple may owe you 25 dollars

Apple may owe you 25 dollars

Apple settled a class action lawsuit as a result of alleged battery throttling issues in its iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE models. The settlement calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 per iPhone. Macworld’s Michael...

iPhone 9 release and high-end vs. low-end smartphones

iPhone 9 release and high-end vs. low-end smartphones

Apple is rumored to announce its new, lower-end iPhone at the end of March. Modeled after the iPhone 8, the iPhone 9 (or maybe it'll be called the iPhone SE 2) will offer consumers a cheaper alternative to the higher-end iPhone 11 or...

What we can expect from Apple in 2020

What we can expect from Apple in 2020

2019 was a big year for Apple, with the arrival of the Apple Card, the iPhone 11, the new Mac Pro and and a new MacBook Pro. What can we expect from the company in 2020? Macworld’s Michael Simon and Computerworld’s Ken Mingis offer...

What's on our 2019 holiday wish list | TECH(talk)

What's on our 2019 holiday wish list | TECH(talk)

Computerworld's Ken Mingis is joined by PCWorld's Michael Simon to discuss what they're wishing for this holiday season. From existing smart home gadgets and the Mac Pro to the yet-to-be-announced 5G iPhone, Ken and Michael hash out...

Technology we're thankful for | TECH(talk)

Technology we're thankful for | TECH(talk)

In honor of Thanksgiving, Ken and Juliet are joined by Macworld's Michael Simon to discuss the technology they appreciate the most. From iPhones to WiFi, there's plenty to be thankful for.

5G in 2020: What to expect | TECH(talk)

5G in 2020: What to expect | TECH(talk)

2020 is supposed to be the year of 5G. We can expect to see more infrastructure roll out, faster speeds and 5G-enabled phones will flood the market. PCWorld's Michael Simon joins Juliet to discuss who will get 5G when and how the...

Your Apple iOS questions answered | TECH(talk)

Your Apple iOS questions answered | TECH(talk)

Macworld’s Michael Simon and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers' questions about Apple iOS.

Technology that scares us | TECH(talk)

Technology that scares us | TECH(talk)

Drones, self-driving vehicles and intrusive tech devices have our otherwise fearless hosts on edge. Watch as IDG TECH(talk) hosts Ken Mingis and Juliet Beauchamp, plus Macworld’s Michael Simon discuss why that tech scares them and...

The hottest iPhone 11 rumors | TECH(talk)

The hottest iPhone 11 rumors | TECH(talk)

With the new iPhone unveiling just weeks away, the rumor mill is in overdrive. What can you expect? We get the latest news and leaks from Macworld's Michael Simon, Computerworld's Ken Mingis and TECH(feed) host Juliet Beauchamp.

AI and your smartphone: How AI is transforming mobile apps

AI and your smartphone: How AI is transforming mobile apps

Computerworld’s Ken Mingis and Michael Simon from PCWorld and Macworld talk about how more mobile apps use artificial intelligence and how it improves features.

All about Apple's latest updates and 5G push | TECH(talk)

All about Apple's latest updates and 5G push | TECH(talk)

It's already been a big summer for Apple: the company unveiled the long-awaited Mac Pro, updated its line of laptops and may buy Intel's smartphone modem business. Computerworld's Ken Mingis and Macworld's Michael Simon explain what...

Tech giants are embracing financial services | TECH(talk)

Tech giants are embracing financial services | TECH(talk)

Apple may be prepping to turn your iPhone into a digital wallet, and has already announced plans for an Apple credit card. Now, Facebook expects to roll out its own cryptocurrency in 2020. So just what's going on?

Mobile World Congress 2019 recap | TECH(talk)

This year's MWC was mainly about 5G networking. And foldable phones. In fact, foldables largely stole the show, according to PC World's Michael Simon. He and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis chew over both topics in this...

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