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What can gigabit Internet do for your city?

Ting Internet has been proudly sponsoring Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival since we first arrived in town. This year, our CEO Elliot Noss, was invited to speak on a panel discussing what fiber Internet can do for a city. Joining him is Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, the city to watch for how the best Internet access improves cities; Sheila Dugan of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University and Aimee Meacham of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The panel discussion was moderated by Deb Socia of Next Century Cities.

It’s a lively discussion that covers everything from public/private partnerships to over-the-air Internet.

Apologies for the audio quality. This panel discussion took place in a room where a loud air conditioner was competing for everyone’s attention. We eliminated the noise as much as we could.

This was not our first time speaking with Deb Socia. Check out our interview with her from two years ago at the fiber lighting ceremony in Westminster, MD.

Reddit Offline: App of the Week

Reddit Offlinereddit offline lets you browse reddit on your smartphone without having to consume mobile data.

You can schedule Reddit Offline to automatically download content when you have Wi-Fi access, so you can browse your favorite subreddits without having to connect to the Internet. Pictures, gifs, imgur albums, text posts and comments can all be saved in the subreddits of your choosing.

Keep in mind that the app stores all this content on your device, so if you find yourself running out of space, make sure to clear the cache inside the Settings menu.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more about this awesome Android app!

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how you can do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Bitmoji: App of the Week

Bitmoji app

Today’s featured app brings the next generation of emoticons.

Bitmoji (the company behind the popular Bitstrips comics) has spiced up emoji’s and made them more about you.

Coined “Your Avatar Emoji,” Bitmoji creates a personalized and expressive cartoon version of yourself that becomes the star across a massive library of reactions, statements and expressions, complete with all the internet memes and pop culture references you can handle.

Bitmoji can be easily added to popular messaging apps on both Android and iOS and shared on social apps like Facebook and Twitter. You can even show off your stickers to friends who haven’t yet installed the app!

Learn more about this creative app add-on in Kyra’s review below.

GasBuddy: App of the Week

GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas prices nearby.

Available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, GasBuddy relies on user submissions to list current pump prices at stations all around you. You can switch between a list or map view and quickly compare prices to get the best possible deal when filling up.

The GasBuddy app is free and simple to use. Learn more in Kyra’s review below.

Trepn Profiler: App of the Week

Trepn Profiler gives you detailed insights into the power and performance of apps on your smartphone. It was just released by Qualcomm, the makers of the popular Snapdragon processors you’ll find in a slew of Android devices today.

If you’ve noticed your phone starting to slow down or run out of battery quicker than before, Trepn Profiler helps you figure out what’s going on behind the scenes. The main page includes preset profiles that run in the background to identify apps that drain your battery, hog your CPU or use excess data.

It’s great for developers and anyone interested in digging a little deeper into the impact of apps on your smartphone. Go grab it for free on Google Play.

PS: Five points to whoever can tell us what the heck Trepn means.

Onavo Extend: App of the Week

Today’s App of the Week can save you big money on mobile data!

Onavo Extend is a free app for Android and iOS that creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection on your smartphone to compress the data you download over the mobile network. This compression technology directs your data through Onavo’s server’s, significantly cutting your monthly mobile data usage. For you visual learners out there, Onavo has created a nifty image to explain how their “magical shrinking machine” works:

onavo extend
   Source: www.onavo.com

Keep in mind that it only compresses data that is received by your device, so any photos or videos you send will stay crisp and clear. Onavo Extend is available for Android 4.0+ and iOS 6.0+. Onavo takes privacy seriously. You can check out Onavo’s privacy policy to read up on how your privacy is protected.

While Onavo Extend cannot compress video streaming apps, Opera Max for Android can! Learn more in our Opera Max review.

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Onavo Extend

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