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

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.

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The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

A long overdue revamp modernizes the service, but it still needs some work to truly match its potential.

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How to add custom ringtones to your Android phone

Go beyond the staid sounds that came with your phone by adding in some of your favorite tunes.

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The essential Android business apps

Your phone is now your digital briefcase, your ever-present business companion.

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How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

Take charge of your privacy so there are no surprises about how much information your digital assistant is holding onto.

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A beginner's guide to IFTTT on Android

If you truly want to work smarter instead of harder, mastering the ins and outs of IFTTT is the way to do it.

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Choosing between Google Photos or Google Drive for image backups

Google Photos and Drive complement each other in some ways and offer stark differences in others.

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Five Google Assistant integrations we want to see

Google's eager aide offers some useful tools, but in order to overtake Alexa it needs to talk to more apps and services.

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How to set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

Here's how to replace all of those data-hungry apps and services with ones that don't need to know so much about you.

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10 ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to use

Instead of just sticking your old phone in a drawer or selling it for a pittance, give it a new role.