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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 makes Play Music Family Plan official - $15 per month for 6 members

In the U.S., this includes YouTube Red, making it a very compelling offer.

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Verizon offering free Star Wars Google Cardboard headsets to customers

You should probably head to a Verizon store fast, as plenty of Star Wars fans are likely to quickly swoop in to grab one.

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New Google mobile search feature lets you save and sort images from the web

Similar to Pinterest, you can tap your way to photo-collection bliss when looking up images in any mobile browser.

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Google search bolsters its ability to understand more complex questions

Your queries to Google search can now use more complex phrases, superlatives, and time-specific references.

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Google to offer deep links to Facebook content inside its search app

A new agreement between the two companies means Google will be able to index Facebook profiles and other pages from the social network.

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Google offers 1TB of Drive storage, other perks in exchange for more Maps reviews

The Local Guides program is dangling more carrots in order to bolster the user-contributed content to Google Maps.

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YouTube Music mobile apps launch, with offline listening and no ads for subscribers

The app is available for all, but has particular perks for subscribers to YouTube Red, Google's $10 per month video and music package.

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Access shared Google Drive files through push alerts, thanks to newest update

You don't have to dig through your email any more to find sharing requests and collaboration invites with Drive for Android and iOS.

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Hands on with YouTube Red: Is Google's ad-free media-streaming service worth the price of admission?

You get some cool features for $10 per month, but this service isn't for everyone.

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Spice up your Skype video messages with a new collection of zany filters

Along with some Halloween-friendly emoticons, there are several functional improvements to the latest version of Skype.

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YouTube Red is Google's $10 per month video and music streaming service

Subscribers will get ad-free YouTube access, a Google Play Music subscription, and a new slate of original movies and TV series.

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Swipe down to play these four Notification Center games

True, these aren't the most complicated games, but for a quick-play distraction, they may just fit the bill.

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YouTube Kids adds new playlists, a walkthrough for parents, Chromecast and Apple TV support

There are new collections from National Geographic Kids, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and Kid president for you and the kiddies to enjoy.

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Got an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? Do these 10 things first

Your new iPhone is is finally here. Here are some essential steps to take first so you can get the most out of your new device.

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Google says its voice search is faster, hears you better in noisy environments

A technology called Recurrent Neural Networks helps Google more quickly process searches and filter out background noise.