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Derek Walter

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Derek Walter is a freelance writer. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, and a contributor to @agreenbot@cmswire,@fastcompany@thenextweb and others.

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2017 Predictions: Google Wants to (Literally) Be Everywhere You Are
The story of Android in 2016 was about more than just the operating system. It was about Google's real ambition: Total ubiquity in everyone's lives.
Battle of the Brains: Cortana Vs. Siri Vs. Google Home 5

How helpful are these assistants? And is there a clearly superior option? We tested the offerings from Microsoft, Apple and Google -- Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant, respectively -- by coming up with a list of presumably simple tasks and seeing how each one performed each task.

What We Want to See From Google Home in 2017
If Google Home is ever going to be able to take on Amazon Alexa, it's going to need to remember the "home" part of the "smart home:" phrase and add more household-management tasks.
How to Migrate to a New PC Without Losing Your Mind
Are you about to switch computer platforms? Knowing what you’re in for can make for a smoother transition -- and we've got the Mac-to-PC and PC-to-Mac experiences covered.
Google Home Is the Right Companion -- If You're All In on Google's Services 1
Welcome to the next big tech brawl in town: Alexa vs. Google Home. We've let the Alphabet's attempt at a home assistant run our household -- and we have some insights to share.
Five Things to Know About Switching Mobile Ecosystems 1

The Android or iPhone debate too often focuses on which is the “best.” That’s often a misnomer, because each ecosystem has its own distinct advantages that might tempt you to switch from one to another.

Identify and Solve Your Digital Asset Management Problems
It has never been easier to store a lot of files. But guess what's gotten harder? Storing, finding, and keeping track of rich media, digital rights, and permissions
How To: Boost Your Cloud Storage Mindfulness 1

Mindfulness is one of the hot new terms when it comes to healthy living. The idea it embodies: slow down, take stock of your life from time to time, and clear away all the clutter in your life, from the spare keys in your junk drawer to the Facebook friends you can't even remember.

The same principle applies to your cloud storage.Without taking some time to think about exactly what you’ve stored there, you may get sucked into the false panacea promised by limitless cloud storage.

How To: Make Project Fi Your Wireless And Voice Service When Traveling

After two weeks in Europe with Project Fi, I don’t want to turn the service off. 

How To: Never Lose a Photo Again With the Right Cloud-Based Backup Tools 5
There are so many good, cloud-based backup options now that unless you work for clandestine services or would rather keep local files of everything, there’s no reason not to go with the cloud. But which one? We'll lay out your options.
Here Are the Security Implications of Android Apps Coming to Chromebooks

One of the biggest selling points to Chromebooks is security. You just can’t really screw up a Chromebook - it’s essentially just a browser, after all.

Five Things Android Does Right With Security, Four Things It Does Wrong, And Five Things You Should Be Doing
Some areas of Android security are finally rock solid, while there are other areas that Google definitely needs to nail down. But don’t forget that most of security is consumer behavior: if you take the right steps, there’ll be little for you to worry about.
What's a Tech Lover to Do When Everything Cool Is "Coming Soon"?
How do you plan where to spend your tech budget where all the radical, new stuff is still a few months off? And why is it taking so long anyway? Here's our explanation, via Google IO, the show whose motto this year was "Coming Soon."
Analysis: A Smarter Google Wants to Be Around And With You, Always
Search is the lure Google will use to insinuate itself into everyday life, if the products previewed at Google IO are anything to go by.
How To: Making Sense of Google’s New Tools to Reign in All Your Saved Links
Google is finally giving you a system for saving stuff on the web, which had been sorely lagging. But the actual workflow isn’t completely straightforward. Let’s take a deeper dive into Google’s solutions and how they may work best for you.

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