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The best gaming controller for your phone

Words with Friends, Pokemon GO, Candy Crush, even Flappy Bird: Whatever tickles your fancy, there’s a mobile game for it. It’s hard to overstate just how popular mobile games are these days. In 2016, for example, mobile games generated more revenue than either console or PC games for the first time, an impressive $36.9 billion.

Unfortunately, trying to play games on a tiny smartphone touchscreen isn’t always the greatest experience. The good news is that you can fix that — there’s plenty of ways for you to get your hands on a mobile-enabled gaming controller that you can have with you while you’re on the go, at work or just lying in bed. Here’s how to find the perfect controller that will make your gaming experience so much better.

The One You Already Own

If you’re already a console gamer, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily use your PlayStation or Xbox controller together with your Android smartphone or tablet. Here’s a rundown of your options:

PS3: You can connect your PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller to your device via Bluetooth using an app called Sixaxis Controller. Note that you’ll need root access on your device, as well as a mini USB cable to connect the controller with your computer.

PS4: PlayStation 4 controllers can also connect via Bluetooth, but the process is much simpler; all you have to do is use your device to scan for the controller.

Xbox 360: Connecting an Xbox 360 controller only requires the use of a plug-and-play USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable.

Xbox One: As with the PS4 controller, connecting an Xbox One controller just requires you to scan for it using Bluetooth. One caveat: Although games with button mapping will work just fine, your results may vary when using the controller on other games.

Android vs iOS: Pick your platform

Android vs iOS
Android vs iOS. It’s a topic that elicits some strong opinions. Unreasonably strong, some might argue.

First, let’s just get this out of the way: There isn’t much you can do on Android that you can’t do on iPhone and there isn’t much you can do on iPhone that you can’t do on Android. Provided you’ve got a reasonably current smartphone model, neither iOS nor Android will leave you wanting.

But you didn’t come here for vagaries. You came here to understand whether Android or iOS is the right choice for you.

How to 3D print your own unique fidget spinner


What can we say about fidget spinners that hasn’t already been said?

I mean, not much… but let’s talk about 3D printing your own custom fidget spinner, step by step.

Is there any way a neighborhood can accelerate the process of getting fiber installed?


Whether a member of the Ting team or the mayor of a Ting town, we put your questions in front of smart people.

If transparency was a color, it would be our favorite. It’s also why we enjoy answering questions from our customers.

For instance, Humphrey Lui from Charlottesville asks, “Is there any way a neighborhood can accelerate the process of getting fiber installed?”

Adam Eisner, VP of Internet, explains that while Ting is making great strides in getting all of downtown Charlottesville set up for crazy fast fiber Internet, areas around the city will take a little more work due to HOA’s and other factors.

That said, Monica Webb, Ting Internet’s Government Relations, says the best way to get your neighborhood noticed is by pre-ordering at

So now might be the time to start a grassroots movement for crazy fast fiber Internet.

Happy Father’s Day: your best Dad jokes

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s a roundup of some of the best Dad jokes around. Thanks to everyone who shared on Twitter and Facebook!

We give out lots of Ting credit on our Facebook page and Twitter. Be sure to like and follow us so you can score some free service.Father's DayCongrats to those lucky winners of $25 of Ting credit. Now, use that credit to call your Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.

How to make a game app of your own

So, you’ve got an awesome idea for a game but you don’t know how to code. No sweat. We’re going to walk you through two fantastic programs that let you make a game app with simple, 2D graphics.

Popular mobile games are built around strong, basic ideas, have unique artwork and are relatively easy to play.

make a game app

There’s a lot of coding opportunities for full 3D gameplay out there but we’re going to cover two options for beginners.

Both programs we’ll recommend allow you to make a game app of your own and publish your game for people to download and play.

GameSalad and Stencyl help you master important game-making skills like logic, organization, design, story-building, problem solving and more.


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