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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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The best educational software for students

Get your PC ready for another academic year with the best and most productive applications.

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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.

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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.

on techhive.com

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Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make following faster

You can grab your own code or scan another directly from the Twitter app for Android and iOS.

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Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji suggestions

Google's cross-platform chat app is continues to improve in its bid to lure users from other services.

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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for smarter language learning

Google says that it can translate entire sentences at once, which is far more accurate than just tackling one word at a time.

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Google's new PhotoScan app will transform your prints into digital images

Google Photos is also getting a number of new editing tools so you can make more detailed tweaks to your existing images.

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Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds more diverse playlist recommendations

The mobile app will automatically store music offline based on recent listening history while tapping into your location and other factors for music suggestions.

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BTS Pro review: Bluetooth headphones let you tweak the sound with an app

Sporty Bluetooth 4.2 headphones from 66 Audio let you customize the sound and the button output with an app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

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T-Mobile to pay $48 million in settlement over throttling customers with heavy data usage

At issue is how the carrier slowed down connections for those on unlimited plans without any type of notification.

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Google Photos begins creating animations from videos, gets smarter about fixing sideways pictures

You may start seeing more frequent memories to help you capture all those small moments of a young child growing up.

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Google Photos improves sharing and builds up movie making skills

Sending photos is much easier if you and the recipient are using Google's all-in-one image service.

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Google Trips is here to tame all your unruly travel plans

The Android and iOS app taps summarizes your details and lets you save it offline for easier access while traveling.

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How to get bokeh and depth of field tricks without an iPhone 7

Jealous of all those cool tricks that are coming to the iPhone 7? With some software trickery you can make the images shine on your current iPhone.

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AT&T announces data-free streaming of DirectTV and U-Verse over its network

The plan will be a win if you have your services bundled together, though it's likely to generate more net neutrality questions.