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App of the Week: Glympse

Glympse is a quick and easy way to share your location on your own terms. Whether on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, any Glympse you send can be viewed on a map with no download required.

Glympse lets you share your location with only the specific people you choose and only for as long as you decide. Compared to apps that want to keep tabs on you at all times, it’s a breath of fresh air.

The app is super simple: Send a Glympse request to anyone you wish using email, text, Hangouts, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter and more. Once connected, you are able to see each other’s location for the limited time period that you choose.

Made plans to hang with a friend but they’re running late? Request a Glympse to know exactly how long they’ll take before arriving. Trying to locate your friends at a packed music festival? Use Glympse to instantly share locations for an easy way to meet up!

Check out Glympse in action and learn more about this useful app in Kyra’s review below.

Back up Google Photos over Wi-Fi only

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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.

Back up photos and videos on Wi-Fi

Google Photos is available on Android and iOS and includes an Auto Backup tool that lets you save all your photos and videos privately in the cloud. Even if you upgrade or (heaven forbid) lose your phone, your pictures and videos will be safe and sound, ready to move to your new device. All your media is backed up and available at photos.google.com, accessible with your Google Account login. Even the Google Assistant moments your phone creates for you are safe and secure.

If you’re not careful though, this handy backup feature could ding you on mobile data. Avoid this possibility by choosing to perform backups “Over Wi-Fi only” as opposed to when connected to the mobile network.

First time opening Google Photos? You’ll be asked to select your uploading preferences upon startup.

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Automatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi on Android

Auto-download podcasts over Wi-Fi on an Android device

Tons of podcast apps on the Android platform allow you to download episodes over a Wi-Fi connection. Whether you’re heading out for your morning commute or afternoon session at the gym, it’s an easy way to save on mobile data and guarantee a smooth, uninterrupted stream.

Did you know that you can also set up your podcast manager to automatically grab the latest episodes once you’re back in a Wi-Fi zone?

While we used Pocket Casts as an example, there are several other Android apps that offer a similar experience, including BeyondPod and Podcast Addict.

Own an iOS device? Click here for the equivalent article.

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Reduce data usage in Google Chrome

Reduce data usage in Google Chrome

Your Chrome browser on both Android and iOS includes a feature that can compress the data sent through your smartphone. Using Google’s servers, Chrome condenses images and other files to reduce your data usage by up to 50 percent!

Top Ting smartphone cameras compared

The smartphone market is quickly becoming more and more saturated, and with it, comes the confusion of finding the perfect device for your needs. For many people, the quality of a smartphone’s camera is the most important aspect when deciding on a new device.

cameracomparisonsimage11_border_usemeTerms like “HDR”, “Ultra Pixel”, and “Image Stabilization” are being thrown around on the regular and it’s often difficult to figure out which smartphone camera actually performs the best.

So, we decided to compare the cameras of the top six devices on the Ting lineup in indoor and outdoor light settings! While we wouldn’t consider ourselves camera experts, we’ve taken our fair share of smartphone snaps and hope this article provides some valuable insight for you.

The frontrunners we compared are:

  1. Nexus 5 (8 MP )
  2. iPhone 5 (8 MP )
  3. HTC One M8 (5 MP )
  4. LG G2 (13 MP )
  5. Galaxy Note 3 (13 MP )
  6. Galaxy S5 (16 MP )

Google Photos: How awesome is Auto Awesome?

Google Auto Awesome auto edits your photos

Is that a robotic photo editor in your pocket? After getting used to Google Photos’ automatic editing technology, Auto Awesome, it might just feel that way!

Google Photos has recently been updated to give you endless picture possibilities. It examines the media you’ve backed up in the cloud and creates impressive copies of your images. Whether you’re taking landscape shots, group photos or a selfie, Google has the tools and effects to turn your snaps into altered masterpieces.

Own an iPhone and feeling left out? Grab Google+ in the App Store to get in on the action.