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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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Google's Inbox puts organizing skills to work with links, newsletters, and events

Along with the refreshed Android and iOS apps, there's a new Chrome extension to save links directly to Inbox.

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New Google Calendar feature carves out time for personal goals

Whether it's working out more or taking up a new hobby, Google wants to be the service to help you reach those #lifegoals.

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YouTube signs up with 'Binge On' after T-Mobile tweaks controversial service

Google Play Movies, RedBull TV, and Discovery Pro are among nine new providers that you can stream without tapping into your data cap.

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Sprint brings back two-year contracts in effort to stand apart from other carriers

Several phones are now available at a subsidized price, as long as you're willing to pledge your loyalty for two years.

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages go live with promise of zippier browsing

Look for a green thunderbolt in Google search results to find out which sites are part of the new project.

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Amazon's free shipping minimum cost is now $49

The company is nudging more Amazon shoppers toward becoming Prime subscribers with this not-so-subtle move.

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PSA: Get 2GB of free Google Drive storage when you perform an account security checkup

Just as it did last year, Google will throw some more server space your way as part of Safer Internet Day.

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Hangouts targets improved call quality and speed with peer-to-peer connections

The change could alleviate some of the long-standing criticism of sluggishness and poor call quality with Google's communications platform.

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Google Calendar spreads international cheer with holidays for 54 new countries

The 'Smart Suggestions' service now works with 30 different languages, enabling more users to quickly add new events.

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T-Mobile adds 14 new services to Binge On while pushing back against net neutrality criticism

A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, and PlayStation Vue are among the new apps that can be streamed without eating into your monthly data allotment.

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Facebook Messenger debuts 'Photo Magic' feature, festive animations for holiday fun

Messenger will attempt to recognize the people in a picture you want to share and suggest who to send it to.

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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides update brings quick access to file templates, reading mode

The new reading mode is especially helpful on a smartphone screen, as it eliminates the clutter so you can focus on writing.

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The best Live Photos alternatives for the iPhone

Jealous of all those magical, moving pictures on the iPhone 6s? Get (mostly) the same effect with these apps.

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Text your friends some cash thanks to Google Wallet update

While Android Pay replaced Wallet for retail payments, Wallet still has some life left as a possible PayPal competitor.

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Google Drive supercharges search capabilities across Android, iOS, and web

You're now able to find files by file owner, email address, and take advantage of tools specific to each mobile platform.