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Save battery power on your AMOLED display with Pixel Filter for Android

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Get Pixel Filter to save battery power

As screens get bigger and with battery life always at a premium, even AMOLED screens can use a little help.

AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emitting diode) screens are inside a wide variety of phones, from the original Moto X to the latest Samsung Galaxy 8, 8+ and Note8. AMOLED differs from LCD in that each pixel is its own light source. With traditional LCD screens, the pixels need to be lit from behind. Counterintuitively, in LCD, pixels are backlit even when they’re trying to show black.

If you’re wondering whether your phone has an AMOLED display or not, check out this handy Wikipedia list (just click Show to expand the list).

AMOLED screens are capable of showing off a greater range of colors and displaying vibrant images. One cool thing about AMOLED is that when a pixel is black, it’s off and so doesn’t draw power.

Maybe you’re already dimming your screen when your battery starts to run low but that’s only part of the battle. Pixel Filter is a smart little app that lets you take things a step further. Download it for free in the Google Play Store.

Wifi Analyzer for Android finds the best Wi-Fi connection at home and on the go

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Get Wifi Analyzer for the best connection

Wherever you are, Wifi Analyzer for Android helps you find the best Wi-Fi connection.

Wifi Analyzer is also great if you’re troubleshooting a chronically slow Wi-Fi connection at home. If you live in a densely populated area like an apartment building, there’s a chance all those different Wi-Fi networks, in all those different units, end up on the same channels and compete for the same airspace. Wifi Analyzer can suggest the least densely populated Wi-Fi channel so you can get your router out of the fray.

If you’re not using a VPN app on your smartphone, you should be

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Secure your smartphone with a VPN app

As much as the Internet has become commonplace and we rely on it every day, surfing, shopping and sharing online can expose us to digital threats, hackers and identity theft.

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about what a VPN is.

Hack your phone plan: A smartphone plan under $20

smartphone plan under $20A phone plan with data for around $16 plus tax each month. It’s not a pipe dream. It doesn’t mean giving up your smartphone. In fact, it requires having a smartphone.

With Ting Mobile, the $16 phone bill is within reach. If you’re smart about how you use your phone (and smart about choosing a cell phone service) your phone bill doesn’t need to come with a side of sticker shock. Whether you love iPhone or whether you’re in the Android camp, following are some easy ways to take complete control of your phone bill.

This phone hack works due to Ting’s flexible pricing model where you pay for minutes, messages and mobile data separately. With this “a la carte” approach to pricing, you can use free and freely available services to meet all your smartphone needs without ever paying for a voice minute or a text message. Use Wi-Fi whenever it’s available and jump on mobile data when it’s not.

Make email easy with Unroll.me for iOS and 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.

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Clean up your inbox and mass unsubscribe with Unroll.me

Got a scary high inbox count? Find yourself flooded with alerts, newsletters and offers? Managing subscriptions is easier than ever with Unroll.me | Android | iOS | , a productivity app for Android and iOS.

Unroll.me helps you wrangle your email subscriptions and keep your email feeling fresher than ever.

Five things iPhone can do that Android can’t

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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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Why iPhone users stick around and keep buying Apple

While the launch of the iPhone X had Apple fans rejoicing, it left many Android users left thinking, Really?

With a hefty price tag and some competitive Android phones in the sub $200 range, what gives? Why do iPhone users stay so loyal to Apple year after year?

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