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Our favorite study apps to research, organize and prepare for tests

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Going back to school? Get the best study apps

Up your after class game with these nifty study apps. We’ve picked some of our favorites for getting organized, mastering languages, creating flashcards, doing research and brushing up on your math.

Think of these study apps for students as helpful aids. Supplement your Spanish class with Duolingo, check your homework with Photomath and research your next psychology project with TED’s massive library of Talks.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 specs: let’s take a look

Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy Note9 specs

Samsung’s billing the Note9 as the “world’s most powerful smartphone.” Is it really worth the title? We’ll let you decide.

In this post, we’ll dive into the Samsung Galaxy Note9 specs and see what they reveal. You can also check out our Facebook video on the Note9’s standout features.

The best educational podcasts for students

best educational podcasts

Even the best classes can leave gaps in your knowledge. Luckily, you don’t have to read all day to keep up with your peers. You can learn a lot about science, history, grammar and other topics by listening to podcasts. Start with these five titles to get useful information that will help you in school and life.

Looking for an Android data manager? Get Datally by Google

Android data manager

You’re going to love this Android data manager

Datally is an Android data manager app by Google that helps users control their mobile data use.

Why would you want to control mobile data? Well, data can be an unnecessary expense on many phone plans, especially when many of us spend most of our time at home or at work where a Wi-Fi connection is readily available.

We’ll walk you through Datally and how it works, plus we’ll review some other helpful hacks for Android users looking to use less (and pay less) on Ting.

How to restrict background data usage? Here are some tips for Android users

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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.

How to restrict background data usage

  1. Open Settings and tap Data usage.
  2. Scroll down to view a list of your Android apps sorted by data usage. Tap an app to see detailed usage statistics.
  3. Tap the app(s) you don’t want to connect to mobile data and select Restrict app background data (see example below).
  4. Save data, save money.

Restrict background data

Restrict background data and save money

At Ting, we like to think that anyone can save on their mobile bill by changing their mobile habits. One big way to save is to ask yourself if you can restrict background data and limit how much mobile data you use every month.

It’s worth knowing that despite your best efforts, some apps continue to use data in the background even while you don’t have them open. There are many Android apps that, without your knowledge, will go ahead and connect to your cellular network even when the app is closed.

Background data usage can wrack up quite a bit of MB. The good news is, you can reduce data usage. All you have to do is turn off background data. We’ll show you how to restrict background data on your Android phone and cut any lingering data usage.

Wrangle your usage and save big. Some people spend as little $20 a month on one phone. Now there’s a smartphone plan that makes sense. Reducing background data is a great place to start.

How to use Google Maps offline: 4 easy steps

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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.

How to download Google Maps

  1. Search for the location you want to save in Google Maps
  2. Tap the bottom info bar and tap Download
  3. Choose the size of the region
  4. To view, tap the top left menu button then tap Offline areas

 

How to download and use downloaded maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network.

The previous version of offline Google Maps would only let you view downloaded regions of a map, which was useful but still required you to connect to the Internet to start a navigation or search for a specific location. Google’s latest update offers a much better offline experience for users. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Once you know how to download Google Maps for offline use, you’ll be able to have a smooth, uninterrupted experience even when traveling through a low reception area.

Keep in mind that you can’t save the whole world. That’s Superman’s job. While there’s a limit on the amount of data you can cache, you can save a pretty large area before you hit the max.


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