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Ting app roundup: the best apps for road trips

Time to hit the road with these awesome apps for road trips

Planning a road trip this summer? Want to take it to the next level? We’ve got a roundup of apps for road trips that make travel a breeze, from the tried and true to the one you’ve never heard of. Dodge traffic, get bargain hotel rooms, save on gas and more.

Download your road trip playlist and grab your sunnies, this is going to be a smooth ride.

Show my location on a map (for iPhone and Android)

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Show my location on a map

Trying to meet up with your bestie for dinner but they just can’t seem to find the restaurant? Waiting for your brother to pick you up from the movies but he’s doing laps of the parking lot?

Don’t worry. Google Maps has a cool little feature that lets you share locations in real-time with your friends and family.

Free Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts

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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.

 

Free Wi-Fi calling

wi-fi callingYou can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android and Hangouts on iOS to any number across North America. For free.

You may be thinking, “doesn’t Google Hangouts use data?” How can it be free?

In short, jump on a Wi-Fi connection and any call you make to any number across the US and Canada is entirely free. These calls won’t count toward your voice minutes and can help you lower your monthly bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls, too! No longer will you show up as “Unknown” – your friends and family now see your Ting number when you give them a ring.

Not familiar with Google Hangouts? It’s similar to Skype or iMessage (messaging, voice calls and video chat), except, as we’ve pointed out, Wi-Fi calling North American phone numbers through Hangouts Dialer costs absolutely nothing. Hangouts also supports animated GIFs… need we say more?!

It’s worth noting that you can lower your monthly bill even further by routing incoming calls (and texts) through Hangouts. Just remember that if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be using your mobile data plan, not your voice minutes.

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.

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.