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.

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

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.

The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

If you want to keep prying eyes away from your conversations, then these are the apps that you need to get.

Samsung to launch its own digital assistant for the Galaxy S8

Samsung to launch its own digital assistant for the Galaxy S8

Not content to cede the artificial intelligence market to Google, the A.I. effort will be a key part of a comeback after the Note7 fiasco.

The best Android photo filtering and creative editing apps

The best Android photo filtering and creative editing apps

Want to go above and beyond simple photo touchup? These apps will put powerful editing tools right on your smartphone or tablet.

5 helpful Chromebook tools for marking up documents, photos and web pages

5 helpful Chromebook tools for marking up documents, photos and web pages

You don't need a smartphone or a Surface Pro to scribble on the screen. Check out these apps that let you sign a form, comment on a document or scratch out a note in Chrome OS.

10 signs it's time to look for a new job

10 signs it's time to look for a new job

In the high-stakes world of high tech, a subtle look can be enough to know it's time to jump ship to a new gig.

Google announces the Nexus 6P and 5X, shipping in October

Google announces the Nexus 6P and 5X, shipping in October

Google says it has the best camera to ever grace a Nexus smartphone, specifically touting its low-light performance.

The best free Android apps for going back to school

The best free Android apps for going back to school

Sadly, it's time for fewer games and more productivity. Here's how to get your Android device ready for another school year.

Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office: Which suite rules productivity on your Android tablet?

Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office: Which suite rules productivity on your Android tablet?

We break down the strengths and weaknesses of each to help you decide which apps to use for getting work done.

The 10 best widgets for your Android tablet

The 10 best widgets for your Android tablet

Instead of filling your tablet screen with a row of icons, bring it to life with these cool widgets that put information and utilities touch away.

Report: Android L hits November 1, newest Nexus tablet coming mid-October

Report: Android L hits November 1, newest Nexus tablet coming mid-October

We are inching closer to a new Nexus hardware and the latest from Android.

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