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Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Galaxy Note 4

Available in white or black.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is now in the Ting shop!

An exceptional smartphone both inside and out, the Note 4 sports a beautiful 5.7-inch high res display cased inside a metal frame – a first for the Note series and a great addition at that.

It includes the classic S Pen that sets the Note 4 apart from other phablets on the market, and has a camera that’s in contention for the top Android spot.

The latest Ting Unboxing, featured below, reveals the Galaxy Note 4 in all its glory in just under two minutes.

To celebrate the Note 4’s arrival, we’re giving one away!

App of the Week: Fyuse

Fyuse turns picture taking into an interactive experience. Where Google’s Photo Sphere only creates 360 degree panoramas, Fyuse adds a whole new level of animation into the mix. The app supports movement – tilting the device will cause aspects of the image to naturally move as they did when you were taking the shot.

They call it “surround view” technology and it’s unlike any photo you’ve ever taken before.

While Fyuse includes a social network similar to Instagram, you can share your “spatial photographs” on Facebook, Twitter and the web to encourage your friends to check out the app.

Fyuse is available for free on Android (4.3+) and iOS (7.0+). Check out some sweet snaps and learn more about the app in Kyra’s review below!

Background data breakdown: Facebook

Some apps are using data even if you’re not actively using them.

It’s called background data or background syncing and, if this were a TV news stinger right before we cut to commercial, we’d say “and it may be robbing you blind.” While it can be nice to have the latest tweets, status updates and Snapchat stories waiting for you, that convenience comes with a mobile data use cost.

Learn more about controlling which apps can access background data on Android and iOS.

This got us to thinking: How much background data do popular apps, in this example, Facebook, use without us even realizing?

That’s where you (and this fun contest) come in.

We’d like to see how much background data Facebook used on your Android phone over one full month.

Contest has ended, thanks to everyone who submitted.

*Congrats to our lucky winners, David L (OnePlus One), Sarah S, Connor L and Justin A!

App of the Week: TripCase

TripCase aims to make your travel experience as painless as possible.

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or just looking to head home for the holidays, TripCase is definitely worth a download. After installing the app and making an account, email your itinerary to trips@tripcase.com and TripCase will pull all your travel info into its user-friendly app.

Open TripCase and instantly see all your flight information at a glance including your boarding pass, check-in times and plane arrivals. The app alerts you if your gate departure changes and includes some useful tools like airport maps and weather forecasts. You can also forward other confirmation emails which will automatically show up in your TripCase account, like hotel reservations or an event you bought tickets for.

TripCase is free and available on Android and iOS. Get a detailed look at the world’s most popular travel app in App of the Week below.

App of the Week: Checky

Are you glued to your smartphone screen? Can’t make it through a Facebook-free dinner without resorting to The Phone Stack?

If you think you’re becoming the next “Texting Teresa” or “Snapchat Steve,” Checky is your saving grace. This simple app tells you how often you wake your device every day, putting your usage in perspective to help you get back on track.

It’s available for both Android and iOS smartphones, and is completely free. If you think your phone usage is interrupting your everyday life, Checky could be the wake-up call you need.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more!

Last longer with the Battery Saver app on Android

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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.

Android’s new built-in battery saver app

If your phone runs out of juice a little quicker than you’d like, Android 5.0: Lollipop includes a neat battery saving feature that’ll help extend your battery life. It’s easy to enable – just follow along with our GIF instructions below!

While the battery saver app is super useful, your smartphone experience will be restricted. Device performance is reduced and background data is disabled, meaning you won’t get notifications from apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Gmail.

Unfortunately, Battery saver is only available for Android 5.0: Lollipop and higher. If your device runs Android 4.4 KitKat or below and you’re looking to extend its battery life, check out Google Play for tons of third-party power saving apps.