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Small Business owners can protect net neutrality

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Run a small business? You can save the Internet

The first week of May is National Small Business Week. If you operate a small business or startup, we’d like to enlist your help.

You may already have already heard that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal net neutrality laws. In fact, the FCC has already voted to do so. Repealing these regulations will directly impact small businesses by allowing ISPs to create fast lanes and data caps, block specific sites or apps, throttle Internet speeds and charge exorbitant tolls. It would give the biggest corporations an even greater advantage over new startups and small mom-and-pop businesses.

The Senate will soon vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the FCC’s repeal. Small business owners and net neutrality supporters can pressure our Senators to do the right thing and pass the CRA.

Restrict background data: how to reduce your data usage in Android

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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.

Restrict background data

Restrict background data and save money

At Ting, we like to think that anyone can save on their mobile bill by changing their mobile habits. One big way to save is to ask yourself if you can restrict background data and limit how much mobile data you use every month.

It’s worth knowing that despite your best efforts, some apps continue to use data in the background even while you don’t have them open. There are many Android apps that, without your knowledge, will go ahead and connect to your cellular network even when the app is closed.

Background data usage can wrack up quite a bit of MB. The good news is, you can reduce data usage. All you have to do is turn off background data. We’ll show you how to restrict background data on your Android phone and cut any lingering data usage.

Wrangle your usage and save big. Some people spend as little $20 a month on one phone. Now there’s a smartphone plan that makes sense. Reducing background data is a great place to start.

The wacky, cool cell phones of Hollywood

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We’ll never forget these cool cell phones from TV and the movies

Believe it or not, some of us grew up in the time where cell phones were still a novelty both in real life, on TV and in the movies.

Whether Hollywood was trying to play on our gadget envy or make us laugh, these cool cell phones made a statement, in ways that came off as wacky at best.

Keep your eyes peeled for all your favorites and even one that’s making a comeback.

 

Update Google Play apps over Wi-Fi only

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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 update Google Play apps over Wi-Fi

Google Play automatically updates your apps to provide a smooth, uninterrupted smartphone experience.

If you haven’t yet changed Google Play’s auto-update setting to Wi-Fi only, your device will download these app updates any time you’re connected to the Internet, including over a mobile network. The file size of these app releases can sometimes be large, resulting in tons of unnecessary mobile data usage if you’re not careful.

While instant updates are a useful Android feature, they’re not typically crucial and can wait till you’ve reached a Wi-Fi covered zone like home or work.

Follow today’s two-step Ting tip to help save your mobile data for more important matters.

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File taxes online: Our favorite apps for tax season

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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.

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Use your phone to file taxes online this tax season

The best tax season apps let you file taxes online right from your phone and keep you organized all year long.

Take a look at what’s out there and choose the app that’s right for you. Know that in the world of taxes, these services are rarely free. When you file your taxes in person you’re typically charged a fee for the service, right? A couple of the options below are no different, but we did find one free service you might want to check out.

We’ll point out some features of each and let you know where one app might get the edge up on another. Always read the app descriptions thoroughly so there aren’t any surprises in terms of fees.

How to listen to free audiobooks legally

How to listen to free audiobooks

Free audiobooks

Did you know you can listen to free audiobooks? Audiobooks give you a way to “read” fiction and non-fiction while you’re involved in other activities, such as exercising or doing household chores. They’re also great for road trips and long flights. The convenience of audiobooks has contributed to the format’s growing popularity. In 2011, 11 percent of people in the United States listened to audiobooks. In 2018, 18 percent of people listen to them.

For people who get through at least one audiobook per month, Audible.com offers an inexpensive way to enjoy the latest titles. At $14.95 per month, an Audible.com subscription makes sense for voracious audiobook… readers? However, that expense doesn’t make sense for everyone.

So, if you want them but you don’t want to be out of pocket, you should know how to listen to free audiobooks. You’ll still get to enjoy your favorite authors, but you won’t have to spend any money.