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The best karaoke apps for connecting with friends

We’ve rounded up three of the best karaoke apps around. Take your favorite power ballads on the go, sing duets and group tracks and connect with other karoke lovers around the world.

The best karaoke apps have free and paid versions, so try a few out and see what interface and experience you prefer. Work on perfecting your pitch, gain followers and unlock coveted songs with Yokee, StarMaker and Smule.

best karaoke appsKaraoke Sing & Record by Yokee

Yokee’s app integrates with YouTube, scouring the massive streaming catalog for the best and hottest karaoke around.

To get started with Yokee, just grab the free app in Apple App Store or Google Play, log in and select the type of music you like to sing. Yokee builds your songbook according to your preferences and matches you to your first song right away. You can add audio effects like echo and record, re-record yourself and listen to your friends’ performances.

Browse the songbook by genre or search for a specific track. As Yokee integrates with YouTube, it gives users the most in terms of free music access. You can share or save your performance on Yokee and navigate through a feed of other performers. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Rising Stars stream showcases popular users doing impressive renditions of karaoke classics and top 40 hits.

With the VIP version you get unlimited access to VIP songs, unlimited saves, shares and listens to your performances. It’s totally ad-free and you can access your Yokee account from multiple devices.

Five reasons why the Galaxy S5 is still a great phone

Galaxy S5 is a great phone

The world of smartphones moves fast. It seems like only yesterday that Samsung was announcing the release of its latest, greatest model: The Samsung Galaxy S5.

These days, the Galaxy S5 is a few years old, and so it’s probably not going to get any oohs and aahs from your friends and coworkers anymore. However, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is still a great phone. It has some powerful specs to its name and offers some clear advantages over its successors at a significantly lower price.

Here’s five reasons why the Galaxy S5 is still a great smartphone choice.

Great battery

One of the biggest selling points of the Galaxy S5 was and still is its battery. To begin with, it’s removable, which means you can bring an extra battery along for the ride and replace it in a snap. Switching batteries is not possible in either the Galaxy S6 and S7.

At 2800 mAh (milliamp hours), it’s also larger than the battery in the Galaxy S6, and according to some reviews, lasts longer as well.

Make a custom ringtone for Android and iPhone

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make a custom ringtone using your favorite song. You can set up cool, custom sounds for all your incoming messages, alerts, phone calls and even your morning alarm. Maybe your default ring (yes, iPhone people, that one) just feels somewhat lackluster these days. Maybe you’re obsessed with The Final Countdown and you want to wake up to that glorious air guitar anthem every morning.

Whatever the reason, we’re going to make it easy to do.

Best music streaming apps

best music streaming appsThe best music streaming apps and services give you access to massive artist catalogs, personalized playlists, exclusive Internet radio and so much more.

Today, we’re going to compare three of the big players on the music streaming scene: Google Play Music, Apple Music and Spotify. We’ll weigh the differences between each one and let you in on the benefits and drawbacks.

Some thing to look out for:

Limit background data usage with Data Saver in Android Nougat

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Data Saver in Android Nougat

Lowering your monthly data usage gets easier and easier.

Android’s latest operating system, 7.0 Nougat, includes a new Data saver toggle that sits inside the Android Settings menu.

Data saver is a brand new feature that, when you’re connected to mobile data, limits background processes so apps can only use a small amount of cellular data when the app isn’t explicitly opened. This means you’ll still get email updates, Facebook messages and other data-related notifications when Data saver is enabled, you’ll just see them less frequently than before. Once you’re back on a Wi-Fi connection, things resume to normal. You’ll receive all your notifications and updates the second they happen.

Say goodbye to apps that use 200 MB of mobile data in the background without your knowledge. Say hello to a lower phone bill if you’re with a pay for what you use provider like Ting.

A Month with the Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is the best phone you can get for $300.

There, I said it, and certainly not just because the Moto G5 Plus is available in the Ting shop.

I liked the Moto G5 Plus when I first clapped eyes on the still images. The tech specs, materials and build quality seemed on point (confirmed). Rare but very welcome features like expandable storage were present and accounted for.

Anticipation grew as we learned more about the phone leading up to the launch.

Speaking of which, Moto took a very different approach to launching the Moto G5 Plus; it went to the smaller carriers rather than the big ones. It took the phone to carriers like Ting, who’d appreciate the value proposition rather than big guys who might lament the relatively small price and thin margins.

Unboxing the Moto G5 Plus

We received a Gold Dust Moto G5 Plus in advance of the launch and, while it didn’t come in retail-ready packaging, we gave it as much of the Ting unboxing treatment as we could. Take a look.

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