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App of the Week: Crossy Road

Today’s App of the Week is for lovers of simple arcade smartphone games. If you had a hard time putting down Flappy Bird or Timberman, you’re in for a treat.

Crossy Roafrankensteincrossyroadd calls itself an “Endless Arcade Hopper,” which is really just a fancy way of saying “Frogger spinoff”. The game’s goal is simple: the further you go, the more points you get. While the mechanics are identical to Frogger, you only have one life and you can collect coins along the way to help you unlock a ridiculous amount of characters.

From animals like a duck, pigeon and crab to mythical creatures like Frankenstein and Doge, you’ll be discovering new units for months. Each character adds its own unique touch to Crossy Road, but keep in mind that these features are all cosmetic.

If you’re looking for an endlessly replayable game, Crossy Road is where is at. It’s free to play and available on Android and iOS, so head to your respective app store and give it a shot!

How to control which iOS apps use cellular data


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

Disable specific iOS apps from using mobile data

Apps are pretty awesome. What’s not awesome is apps that decide, without any input from you, that your cellular data connection is their personal plaything. We’re looking at you, Snapchat.

Thankfully, iOS lets you choose which apps will work when you’re on-the-go, and which ones will stay dormant until you find yourself back in a Wi-Fi connected environment. This feature is particularly handy for those who are bandwidth conscious or prone to accidentally hitting the wrong app icon (we’ve all been there).

But wait, you ask, isn’t not opening the app enough? Sort of. While iOS’s background application management is designed to put the app completely to sleep, some apps will continue talking with their servers for status updates (like new e-mail, message notifications, etc). In terms of data used, these are minor updates. But they do add up towards your monthly data usage – so why not turn them off if they’re not essential?

So if you’re wondering how to control which iOS apps use cellular data, follow today’s two-step Ting tip to learn and start saving your mobile data for more important matters (like streaming cat videos).

Using Android? Here’s how to control which apps use background data.

How to control which iOS apps use cellular data

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


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, 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.


Automatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi on iOS

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

Podcasts is the only podcast app you’ll ever need on an iPhone or iPad. This native app lets you automatically download every podcast you’ve subscribed to on iTunes once you’re in range of a Wi-Fi connection.

Not only will this significantly lower your mobile data usage, it also guarantees a smooth, uninterrupted stream, no matter where you are or what you’re up to.

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


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 )