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Hiya protects you from spam callers and phishing scams

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Save yourself the spam call headache with Hiya

Everybody hates spam calls. Beyond those annoying “you won a cruise” messages that interrupt your day and clog your voicemail, scammers can use your phone number in phishing schemes and even trick you into giving up precious personal information. Luckily, when it comes to blocking spam and flagging unwanted numbers, you’ve got options.

We like the app Hiya | Android | iOS | because it serves numbers with a side of context. Hiya gives bit more information about numbers outside of your contact list, flagging them as likely spam, a colleague from work or an important call from the doctor’s office. Hiya also lets you control and update a personalized block list and report nuisance callers.

Hiya aggregates spam lists from their carrier partners to offer comprehensive protection against annoying and phishy calls and texts. It’s ad-free and easy to use. Grab the app and start protecting yourself today.

This DIY boombox can save your next party

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Create a DIY boombox in minutes flat

So you’re stuck at a party without an AUX cord or a wireless speaker for your smartphone. What to do?

Pump that playlist you’ve been waiting to show off with a DIY boombox that will take just minutes (seriously) to throw together. Consider this a level up from that old “toss your smartphone in a chip bowl” hack. Which also works, by the way, if you’re short any of the materials below.

How to turn your collection of vinyl to digital

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Rip your vinyl to digital

There’s a ton of reasons why you might prefer vinyl to digital. The sound, the large-scale album artwork, the rarity, the whole physical collection part of it. Sometimes, it feels like the only thing vinyl lacks is portability.

The good news is, you can take your collection anywhere if you rip it to digital.

Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let it be known: this is a labor of love. Ripping vinyl isn’t as easy as ripping CDs (assuming your computer still has a disc drive and if not, remember those?) and transferring vinyl sound to digital requires a bit of care, attention and patience. But of course you, as a lover of LPs, already possess all of those qualities. So, full steam ahead.

How to download apps without a password on 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 download apps without a password

Let’s face it, as great as Apple’s App Store is, the need to enter a password for a free app is pretty silly. Sure, it’s great to have an added layer of security, but if you trust yourself and those around you – it’s an unnecessary hassle.

Thankfully, Apple has heard our laments and addressed the problem with the latest update to iOS (8.3).

Additionally, more control has been granted when it comes to paid apps and in-app purchases. Now, you can give the App Store a 15-minute grace period with your password, making bulk buyings a breeze. That said we’re less inclined to recommend this option, as it paves the way for accidental berry purchases in FarmVille.

Actually, does anyone even play FarmVille anymore?

Below is our two-step GIF guide on how to download apps without a password.

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How to save data on Snapchat by using the Memories feature

How to save data on Snapchat

If you’re a regular user of Snapchat, you know how easy it is to use a lot of mobile data without even realizing it. Even just sharing a couple videos when you’re out and about can rack up 50-100 MB of cellular data usage.

While Snapchat has added Travel Mode to help lower your mobile data usage when viewing Snaps from friends and family, there hasn’t been an easy way to reduce your data usage when sending them, until now!

Snapchat’s Memories feature allows you to save your pictures and videos for later, letting you share them once you’re back on a Wi-Fi connection. While it may not be an “up-to-the-minute” Snap, it’s a small price to pay to significantly reduce your mobile data usage, and lower your phone bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

We’ll walk you through the steps on how to save data on Snapchat right away using this feature.

How to reduce YouTube data usage on your mobile device

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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.

Reduce YouTube data usage and save money

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If you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce YouTube data usage in the mobile app.

Streaming video in high-definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Limit mobile data usage

Take advantage of the Limit mobile data usage setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

Download YouTube videos

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down on reducing data usage in YouTube in our quick two-step tutorial below.