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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!

Unboxing the iPhone 6 Plus in a minute

This iPhone 6 Plus was in a box when we started this unboxing. It wasn’t when we finished. Mission accomplished.

If you’ve got an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or if you’ve been thinking of grabbing one, rest assured you can bring it to Ting.

App of the Week: Yummly

Yummly is an Android, iOS and Windows Phone app that puts a world of recipes right at your fingertips.

If you know nothing about cooking and aren’t sure where to start… Yummly is exactly where you should start!

Share your social media profile and let Yummly pull together some meals you might enjoy based on your interests and interactions. Or, use the advanced search filters to specify exactly what you’re interested in cooking.

If you’re a picky eater or have to avoid certain foods, you’ll appreciate all the app has to offer. Whether you’re vegan, allergic to dairy or hate mustard, you’ll find tons of delicious recipes that are tailored to your taste buds.

Learn more about Yummly from Kyra in our App of the Week below.

Download Spotify music for offline use

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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.

Take Spotify offline and reduce your data usage

If you’re a Spotify Premium user, make sure you take advantage of the Available Offline feature for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Instead of streaming music over your mobile network, Spotify lets you download your tunes on a Wi-Fi connection, giving you a seamless listening experience all while using zero mobile data.

With the flick of a switch, you’ll get access to all your favorite albums and playlists anywhere you go without needing an active internet connection. This is perfect for the subway, on an airplane or if you’re a Ting customer looking for a cheaper monthly bill.

Trying to decide whether Spotify Premium is worth it? If you’re a current student, it’s now only 5 bucks a month. You can always try Premium free for 30 days if you’d like to take it for a test drive.

Follow along with the GIF-y goodness below to learn how to download all your tracks and save on your monthly bill.

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App of the Week: Boot the Dispute

fingersborderIf you’ve ever been with a group of people who couldn’t come to a unanimous decision, you’ll appreciate today’s App of the Week pick.

Boot the Dispute is a useful app developed by BipolarDesign. The way it works is simple: Open the app and place a finger on your phone to get in on the action. Whoever wants a say can add their finger to be a part of the selection. After a few seconds of inactivity, Boot the Dispute will randomly pick a winner and instantly end the debate.

No matter what your indecision, Boot the Dispute can help. The app can be picked up for free right now on Android and iOS. Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more!

App of the Week: Pluto TV

Pluto TV is an app (and website) that broadcasts hundreds of live TV channels, completely free. While it’s not exactly network television, you’ll find curated streams for all sorts of shows, videos and events, including news, music, children’s programming, comedy and sports.

If you’ve opted out of cable TV but still enjoy throwing something on while you make dinner, Pluto TV is perfect for the job. From documentaries you’d never find on cable TV to R Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet, Pluto TV has something for everyone.

Pluto TV is available for Android and iOS, with support for Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast as well.