Derek Walter

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.

7 advanced Google Chrome tips and tweaks that save you time

10 tips and tricks to master the Google app for iPhone

10 tips and tricks to master the Google app for iPhone

Google's app does a lot more than just search, especially if you're a heavy user of the company's services

Everything a Chromebook can do offline

Everything a Chromebook can do offline

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

13 top Chromebook tools for business

13 top Chromebook tools for business

From collaboration apps to developer extensions, powerful add-ons help Chromebooks users get real work done

The essential Android business apps

The essential Android business apps

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

How to set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

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

Report: Backdoor access in the Blu R1 HD and other phones sent data to China

Report: Backdoor access in the Blu R1 HD and other phones sent data to China

The spyware impacted some prepaid and international models, but Blu says that a software fix has patched the privacy breach.

The Google Assistant Developer Platform will be ready in December

The Google Assistant Developer Platform will be ready in December

The new platform will let you issue voice commands for a wide variety of home and mobile apps and services

Verizon Pixel phones will get Android updates at the same time as those sold by Google

Verizon Pixel phones will get Android updates at the same time as those sold by Google

Verizon also reaffirmed you'll be able to uninstall the three Verizon apps that will come preloaded on the Pixel sold in the company's stores

Here's everything new in Android Nougat 7.1

Here's everything new in Android Nougat 7.1

Android smartphones will eventually get most new features (if they get updated), but some are Pixel exclusives

Google launches Duo, its cross-platform answer to FaceTime, for Android and iOS

Google launches Duo, its cross-platform answer to FaceTime, for Android and iOS

The no-frills FaceTime competitor is simple to use and gives you a peek at the video right from your lock screen

First Android Nougat smartphone to debut next month

First Android Nougat smartphone to debut next month

The follow-up to the LG V10 will include the same dual-screen and camera features that made the original such an unusual smartphone

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