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Five things you didn’t know Google Assistant could do

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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.

Google Assistant, Android’s official voice command software (available for iOS in the Apple App Store), is a useful tool that has been impressing us more and more through each update it brings.

You may think it’s only used to input voice-to-text in messages, emails and Google searches, but there’s much more under the hood than you might expect. We’ve been keeping tabs on the powerful features in Google Assistsnt and decided to list some valuable tricks that you may not have heard about.

Whether you’re navigating across town, listening to music or looking to go out for a meal, Google Assistant can not only make things easier, but enhance your life on a daily basis.

If you’re not able to get the “OK Google” voice action to work, you may need to turn the feature on in the Google Assistant settings page. To enable this:

Open the Google app (called googlenowGoogle in the app drawer) > Tap the menuiconmenu button in the top left > SettingsVoice > “Ok Google” detection > Enable Always on or From any screen


Learn more in the full article


Download Netflix shows and movies 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.

 

Netflix now allows movies and TV shows to be downloaded and watched offline.

Offline viewing is feature that Ting customers in particular have been waiting for. Now, with a tiny bit of pre-planning, you can save your favorite shows and movies and watch them, in full resolution, whenever you want.

Every Netflix original is available to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing. Beyond Netflix original content, you’ll find a wealth of TV shows, movies and specials available. Just keep an eye out for the new Download option in the listing.

Configure five popular apps to save on mobile data

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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.

There are many ways to save on cellular data without restricting your mobile experience. Take a look at some of the most popular apps with built-in data saving features below.

Open a beer with your Mac charger

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Simple tips, tricks and things you can do yourself to improve your mobile lifestyle.

The scene: You’re in a hotel room after a long day of schlepping around whatever conference is the annual rally point for whatever industry it is you work in.

open-beer-with-macbook-charger-macgyver-introYou’ve earned a cold beer. But what’s this? There’s no bottle opener in sight! They took your multitool away at the airport, thwarting your plans to, among other things, open a cold beer.

No need to resort to crushing cans of Natty Ice. In true MacGyver style, you can get past that crude metal barrier to your microbrewed tipple with just your Mac laptop charger. Here’s how.

How to install a USB power outlet at home

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Simple tips, tricks and things you can do yourself to improve your mobile lifestyle.

Replace your old power outlets with USB power outlets. Lose the USB power bricks that litter your counter or bedside table. It’s easier than you might think to turn your old, tired electrical outlets into new, hot (figuratively speaking) USB electrical outlets.

Following is the step-by-step how to for replacing an existing electrical outlet in a simple circuit with a USB outlet.

Reduce your cellular data usage with Wi-Fi Assistant

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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.

Google has rolled out a new feature for Nexus and Pixel smartphones that automatically connects your device to public Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. To keep your personal information safe, Wi-Fi Assistant creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which routes all of your data through a secure server managed by Google.

Not to be mistaken with the iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist function, enabling Wi-Fi Assistant can significantly lower your mobile data usage if you’re often near malls, restaurants and other areas with public Wi-Fi. Keep in mind, though, that Wi-Fi Assistant will not work if the public Wi-Fi network requires you to sign in.

It’s as simple as enabling a toggle in the settings menu – find out how in our instructions below.