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Ting Download: Pintasking

Whoever said multitasking on a smartphone was easy clearly never tried multitasking on a smartphone.

App switching has never been as simple as it should be. Sure, you can always tap the Recent apps button, but it involves pulling up a different screen and scrolling through cards to find the specific app you’re looking for. It’s far from a one-tap solution, and considering the extensive customizability Android offers, it’s a little silly there isn’t a better way.

You may sense where this is going…

Pintasking is a useful tool that turns your apps into small buttons that hang out on the side of your smartphone screen. Similar to Facebook Messenger’s “Chat Heads,” these circles aren’t intrusive and let you multitask like never before.

The premise is simple: Apps are pinned into floating shortcuts, that, when tapped, take you straight into the app. It’s the quickest way to switch between apps that we’ve ever seen, and since discovering it, it’s become a feature that we just can’t live without.

If you’re often using multiple apps on your smartphone, Pintasking is definitely worth a download. The basic version of Pintasking that allows pinning of just two apps is free. If it becomes indispensable, the Pro version for $3.99 lets you pin more multiple apps and offers much more customizability.

Take a look and learn more about the app in our review below.

Ting Download: LastPass

Managing complicated passwords to keep your online information secure can really be a hassle. Today’s Ting Download remembers all your strong, complex and crazy long passwords so you don’t have to.

LastPass is a cross-platform password manager app that uses AES-256 encryption to keep your data safe from intruders.

It’s a powerful tool that can manage all aspects of your personal security online, no matter if you’re checking your bank account in a dedicated app or logging into your personal blog.

Available on Android, iOS and the web, the standard version of LastPass is free while premium is $12 a year and includes some useful extras.

Discover the ins and outs of this great app in Kyra’s review below.

Unlock the full power of Google Assistant

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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.

GooglenowmiciconblogGoogle Assistant is an “intelligent personal assistant” native to the Android platform (available for iOS in the Apple App Store) that lets you command your phone with your voice.

Recently, Google Assistant was updated to let users use the voice prompt (“Ok Google”) from anywhere across your phone. No longer do you have to take your eyes off the road while navigating with Google Maps – just say “Ok Google, what’s my next turn.” When you’re getting ready for work, just say “Ok Google, what’s the weather like outside” to see if you’ll need a jacket.

There’s a wide variety of useful voice commands you can discover, whether you’d like to stay safer while driving, text without taking off your winter gloves or just try and impress your friends. Many of the newer Android devices also include what was previously a Motorola exclusive (and the finishing touch for a top-notch Google Assistant experience), “Touchless Control,” which lets you prompt with “Ok Google” even when your screen is turned off and the phone is idle.

All it takes is flipping a switch in the settings menu to instantly take advantage of all the hands-free goodness that Google Assistant has to offer.

Get a quick tutorial below.


Ting Download: Top five apps of 2015

Over the past 12 months, we covered a wide variety of apps on the Ting blog and on YouTube. Like last year, we decided to select five apps that deserve a second look and compile a short highlight reel as the final Ting Download of the year.

Each app is available on both Android and iOS and is completely free to download and use. Individual app reviews and direct downloads are listed below the video.

From saving on groceries to saving on cable, here’s five great apps we shared throughout 2015!

Ting Download: Overcast

Still using the basic Podcasts app on your iPhone or iPad? Well, today’s the last day.

Introducing Overcast, the iOS podcast player that goes above and beyond. Whether you like a straightforward “one-tap and listen” experience or are looking to dive into the details, this app has all you’ll need.

Overcast offers some killer features to enhance your podcasting experience that you won’t find elsewhere. It’s also great for discovering new content and finding recommended podcasts within the app.

Overcast is simple to use, completely free (with an optional tip jar) and easy on the eyes.

Rather than give up all its secrets, let Kyra fill you in on Overcast’s specifics in our Ting Download below.

Turn off Twitter’s video autoplay feature

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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.

twitterWith video content becoming increasingly popular in this day and age, it’s no wonder that mainstream social apps are jumping on the “auto-play” bandwagon.

First Facebook, then Instagram and now Twitter. These social giants may not care how much data you’re using, but you probably do.

Fortunately, like Facebook and Instagram, you now have the option to disable videos from automatically playing in your Twitter feed over a mobile data connection. In Twitter’s settings menu, you can select Wi-Fi only or choose to never automatically play videos – whichever you’d prefer.

Whether you’re using an Android or iOS device, we’ve hooked you up with some simple instructions below.