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Derek Walter is a freelance technology writer based in Northern California. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, a hands-on guide to building your own Android apps.

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How to prep your phone for offline use

The internet isn’t quite everywhere yet, so here’s what you need to do to survive your next commute, flight, camping trip, or whenever you want to disconnect.

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Dress up your texts with these 4 Android SMS-replacement apps

Get a better messaging app that suits your texting style and personal preferences.

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5 ways to speed up Chrome: Tips for power users and newbies

Google's Chrome browser is plenty fast, but by turning a few more dials you can make the browsing experience even zippier.

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Master the many ways to search with Google on your Android phone

Search faster and smarter by learning all of the various places and ways to perform a Google search on Android.

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eBay's new Google Home chatbot can tell you how much your stuff is worth

If you want to start cleaning out your junk drawer, ask Google Home for the value of what you want to sell.

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How to get started with the Google Assistant on your Android phone

No longer a Pixel exclusive, Google’s all-knowing oracle will transform the way you use Android.

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The Vaux: A portable battery-powered speaker for the Echo Dot

Available for preorder now, it promises a more immersive audio experience and more freedom for your Alexa-powered device.

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How to reduce your smartphone use without missing out

We offer some practical strategies for spending less time with your phone in your hand, without being disconnected from the rest of the world.

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Everything you need to know about the Google Home app

This relative newcomer to Team Google has turned into an essential application for managing several core services.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far

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From a new digital assistant to a beefed-up camera, Samsung is angling for a major comeback in the new year with the Galaxy S8.

Chromebook power tips: How to work smarter online and offline

Bet you don’t know everything Chrome OS can do. Here’s what it offers, from keyboard shortcuts to Chromecast capers—and a surprising amount of offline productivity.

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How to set up your new Chromebook the right way

Follow these tricks for getting yourself up and running with the right apps, settings, and offline tools.

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How to use your smartphone to get politically active

You want to do more than tweet, share, and like. You want to make a difference. These are the apps that can get you there.

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Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline

From productivity to playtime, offline Chromebooks aren't the useless hunks of plastic that they used to be.

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How to customize icons with icon packs

Your phone's home screen can get as wild or tame as you want with these customizations.