Tech Bytes: Apple U.S Microchips, Google search filters, and Apple Music Karaoke

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Apple is bringing business back to the U.S. The company has confirmed it will buy microchips produced in a new factory in Phoenix. The plant will start producing chips in 2024. CEO Tim Cook called the new plant, “only the beginning.”

Google is changing its ‘search’ for mobile devices. In addition to the usual filters, there’s now a list of related topics at the top of a search results page. You can add or remove topics, which are designated by a ‘plus’ symbol, to quickly zoom in or backtrack on a search.

There’s a new karaoke feature for Apple Music users, just in time for the holidays. “Apple Music Sing” allows subscribers to sing alongside real-time lyrics. Vocals can be set to a solo, or duet or even include background singers. There are tens of millions of songs to choose from.