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A few fiber optic cable networking terms

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Mystified by fiber optic cable terminology?

fiber optic cableWe try our best to avoid industry jargon. There are certain concepts, though, where jargon is the only concise way to say a thing. “Fiber blowing,” for example, beats “shoot air down a tube to reduce friction such that a fiber optic cable can be pushed as opposed to pulled through the conduit, lessening the risk of damage.”

We’ll continue to avoid jargon. That said, if your interest in the building out of a fiber network goes beyond “when will it be in my neighborhood?” there are a few terms and concepts it would be beneficial to understand.

Airplane travel with kids: how to keep them entertained offline

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airplane travel with kidsLet’s be fair here: most children are very well-behaved during air travel. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tech tricks up your sleeve the next time you’re undertaking airplane travel with kids.

For your sake (and for your fellow passengers’ sanity), we’ve built this quick guide to keep the peace when you’re bringing small kids on a flight.

How to backup iPhone text messages

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How to back up text messages on iPhone

  1. Enable iCloud storage by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  2. Follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup and select the backup you created.
  3. If you’re reinstalling iOS on the same device, wipe it by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. Then follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup when prompted and select the backup you created.

Trying to backup iPhone text messages only to realize there is no one-step solution? We previously explained how to save your texts in Android. We thought it was time to give some love to the Apple crowd!

Looking to transfer your texts to a brand new iPhone or restore your iPhone without losing all your messages? Wondering how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud? Hoping to save texts to your computer in a viewable format? This is for you.

So you’ve just ordered Ting Internet. What now?

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Thanks for placing your order with Ting. We’re excited for you to get your hands on a fiber connection and see what it can do.

If you haven’t heard from our team already, expect a call from them soon to set up your appointment and get the ball rolling.

It all begins with a fiber drop. A fiber drop is the last bit of fiber that gets you connected directly to the network. You don’t need to be home when your fiber drop is installed in the path pre-marked by construction workers.

Our guide to the best streaming TV services for traveling

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Summer is officially here and for many, that means traveling. Whether that is to a beach house, camping, or a week at the cottage, the good news is you can take your streaming with you. If you’ve been looking for the best streaming TV on the Internet, this guide’s for you.

I often travel for work and rather than hoping the hotel has a good TV lineup, I take a streaming player with me to watch my favorite shows on the road.

That raises the question, which of the many live TV streaming services is best for travelers? Well, the truth is, what’s right for me may not be right for you. We’ll break down each service’s rules and let you pick and choose the ones you like.

The best streaming TV service for traveling is…

How to use Google Maps offline: 4 easy steps

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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

  1. Search for the location you want to save in Google Maps
  2. Tap the bottom info bar and tap Download
  3. Choose the size of the region
  4. To view, tap the top left menu button then tap Offline areas

 

How to download and use downloaded maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. 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.