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Five great apps for parents

Recommended apps for parents

Becoming a parent is a pretty marvellous thing. One day its all about you and the next its all about your brand new kiddo, their hopes and dreams, their trials eating vegetables and tribulations potty-training.

apps for parentsOkay, if you’re a parent you’re probably aware that rearing your very own rugrat isn’t always glamorous. Between making endless PB and J sandwiches, driving kids to and from soccer practice and your dreaded return to long division homework, being a modern parent is no easy feat.

Luckily, technology is on your side. The market is flooded with great apps for parents with kids of all ages. And we’ve rounded up five of our favorites.

The best smartphone deals (Millennial edition)

best smartphone deals

Looking for the best smartphone deals around?

You stopped buying avocado toast for a week and now, you’re bankrolled to buy a new smartphone.

Chances are you’ve been through a few phones already. You’ve tried iPhone and Android and pledged allegiance to your preferred (and obviously superior) OS. You want a smartphone that can do it all: take professional looking photos, stream with ease, support gaming and generally not keep you waiting as you snapstagram or instachat or whatever. You’re willing to lay down some money rather than signing on to a contract or back-loaded financing plan, and you want to be sure you’re spending your money wisely.

Here’s some of the best smartphone deals, tailored for those born in the 1980s and 1990s. You know: around the time culture peaked. Whether you’re Team Android or Team iPhone, we’ve got options for you, from bargain phones to flagship models.

Family game night 2.0: Smartphone games on the TV that everyone can play

Play smartphone games on the TV with the family

Struggling to get in that quality time with your family? What you need is a good old-fashioned family game night–except instead of breaking out the board games, you’ll be huddled around a TV trying to crush your competition. Or, like, fostering family togetherness. Same difference.

There are plenty of couch co-op games that the whole family can enjoy. Your mobile device becomes the controller. Technology really is amazing, isn’t it? Here’s a look at just a few of your options for family-friendly smartphone gaming.

How to save data – Six tips to save data and money

Save data in six simple steps

You don’t have to sacrifice the convenience of a connected smartphone just to save money on mobile data. Here are six things that’ll take you five minutes to do and can save you a ton of money each month.

Your smartphone is indispensable. There are a ton of varyingly data-hungry apps that improve your mobile experience. Cloud storage, audio and video streaming, rich browsing, turn-by-turn navigation and so on can put a heavy demand on your mobile data connection. Fortunately, though, it’s easy to cut down on mobile data use without hindering your mobile experience.

If you have already figured out that “unlimited” and, high-cap plans are a ploy, you’ll love these simple tips that will teach you how to save data usage each month.

How to download Google Maps 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.

 

How to download Google Maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over a short period of time. 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.


How to use Google Maps offline for iOS

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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 use Google Maps offline

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a ton of data usage over a short period of time. Fortunately, Google Maps for iOS includes a feature that lets you download entire regions of the map for offline use later.

By downloading your routes over a Wi-Fi connection, you can save big on the amount of mobile data used during navigation. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Knowing how to use Google Maps offline also makes sure you have a consistent experience through areas with low reception. Taking a wrong turn due to a network delay will be a thing of the past.