Derek Walter


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.


Is Your Team Ready for Remote Work?
Remote work isn’t the right fit for everyone. Choosing to set everyone free from the nest requires some some thought. If you need some guidance, here are a few key questions to consider before going partially or all-in on a remote work plan.
How to Keep Your Remote Team Connected Across International Borders
Staying connected and keeping the workflow going from point to point across the globe is quickly becoming the norm. Before that next trip, here are a few things to consider to ensure that you stay connected.
Microsoft Word vs. Google Docs: Which is the Best for Your Writing 1
When it comes to getting words into a file, it usually comes down to two coices: Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Wondering, “which is better” is an existential question: They each have merits and some key features the other doesn’t possess
The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold 2
Android apps were supposed to transform Chromebooks, making them more robust. They're taking their sweet time about it, reports Derek Walter.
How to Master Project Management Across Devices
Working seamlessly across devices is imperative when it comes to any major project. You can do it with a solution that relies on the right software and services.
How to Make Android and Windows Play Nicely Together 2
Microsoft has fully embraced the capabilities of Android, a wise move given how much the company can embed its apps and services at a deeper level than what’s possible on iOS. And here's what is possible.
What Does Mobile-First Security Look Like?
Mobile-first security isn’t terribly different from just good security practices. However, things move more quickly and require a deep understanding of managing security and data with a cloud provider. The cloud is smarter, but everything it knows means that it must be protected.
Google’s New Cloud Search is a Preview to a Future of Quantified Work
Google is pretty good at search. But how well can it bring about the more quantified experiences that we all crave? Will it give you insights about your work that will impress clients and help you work smarter?
Tiered Security: Google Approach of "Just Enough" Security + Cloud Works For Employees
A deeper look inside the Googleplex offers some strategies that might impact how to implement your own multiplatform computing environment.
Ten Alexa Skills to Enhance Your Productivity
While speaking instead of typing may sound like the newest form of digital-enhanced laziness, it’s actually turned into a way to work smarter.
Alexa Privacy FAQ: Here's What It Knows About You
By taking some time to learn how the Echo works, how Amazon saves your data, and how to delete it, you’ll have less trepidation that chatting with your Echo will generate an Exhibit A against you in the future.
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 8

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.