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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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New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor authentication

The feature will be built into Android with a Play Services update and work on iOS through the Google app.

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Twitter is bringing an in-app Periscope button to all

Next time you're about to fire off a tweet, you can instead decide to go live with just a couple of taps.

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Report: Apple to announce iMessage for Android at WWDC

Such a move would only make sense if Apple plans to integrate some type of revenue-generating services into the platform.

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Snapchat's Discover feature gets magazine-style makeover

Subscriptions and a larger Live element headline the social network's efforts to make content easier on the eyes.

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This custom-built case lets Android run on an iPhone (sort of)

With a 3D printer and a lot of trial and error, a clever developer has created the most unholy of smartphone alliances.

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Hands-on: Google's Motion Stills app makes Live Photos better and easier to share

Transform those moving pictures into GIFs or movies that you can use to dazzle others with your adorable children and pets.

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Hangouts 10.0 is improving its sharing capabilities on both Android and iOS

Android users will see support for the direct share feature, while the iPhone app now supports universal links for access to Hangouts from other apps.

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Google is enabling 'promoted pins' in Maps as part of larger advertising push

Other parts of the new initiative are trying to build deeper links between online advertising and in-store purchases.

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Update to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides lets them automatically save recent files offline

This ensures that your recent work is available for you even if you wander into one of those pesky Internet dead zones.

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Google's new 'Spaces' app is for group sharing across Android, web, and iOS

Articles, images, videos, and of course plenty of Google services are baked into the company's latest cross-platform service.

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How to make Android and iOS play nicely together

These apps will help you bridge the divide that's inherent to a cross-platform life.

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Instagram unveils revamped icon and interface tweaks

The nostalgic logo is out, with the new app icon embracing the trendy move to flat design and sharp colors.

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Google begins beta test of Trips, a new travel companion app

The app is in a limited trial with Local Guides participants, but screenshots give us hints about what Google is working on.

Hackers can track your whereabouts with Waze vulnerability

Researchers from UC-Santa Barbara were able to reproduce the hack by creating thousands of ghost drivers to monitor the whereabouts of the target.

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Google preps a new travel app to launch in beta next week

Members of Google's Local Guides program will be the first to get their hands on a test version.