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Ting Download: Giphy Cam

Giphy Cam makes it easier than ever to create awesome animated GIFs on your smartphone.

The app is straightforward – you can record a short video that’s automatically converted into GIF format. Filters, borders and backgrounds can be added to your masterpiece, along with funny animations like the ever-popular “deal with it” sunglasses, a raging fire, cats, popcorn and much more. Once saved, you can share your special GIF with your friends through social media, MMS or email.

We definitely recommend trying out Giphy Cam if you get the chance, it really is a lot of fun. During filming, we couldn’t stop cracking up at some of Kyra’s creations. Plus, let’s be honest, you’ve stolen enough GIFs in your lifetime. Now it’s time to give back!

The timing of this app feature couldn’t have been better, either. With Facebook announcing the arrival of profile videos, Giphy Cam is the perfect way to spice up your profile.

Giphy Cam is currently only available on iOS, with an Android version in the works.

Be entertained by Kyra and Giphy Cam in the Ting Download below!

App of the Week: Simple

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If there’s one thing we at Ting like, it’s simplicity. If there’s one market that could use the kind of common sense approach that we advocate, it’s banking.

Makes sense, then, that we’d love Simple.

Simple makes saving easy. By tracking the money coming in along with regular expenditures, it figures out how much you spend each month and on what, and lets you see it all on your smartphone.

Simple helps you set and meet your savings goals and provides the data you need to make decisions on what budget items you might need to trim. Its unique “Safe to Spend” calculation lets you know how much you can blow on lunch today or, conversely, if you really should start brown-bagging it.

You can instantly transfer money to other Simple customers, deposit a cheque through the app, and much more. The Simple app is available on Android and iOS – take a closer look with Kyra in our video below.

App of the Week: Untappd

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As the popularity of craft beer continues to rise in North America, so do the tools to keep track of your drinking experience. Until recently, beer logging (or journaling) was relegated to pen and paper, spreadsheets and note apps. What was missing was the ability to promptly recommend a brew to a friend without having to search through books and/or line items. Thankfully, this week’s App of the Week helps bring craft beers into the 21st century.

Untappd is best viewed as both a social network and a discovery app. On the social side is a timeline that logs both yours, and your friend’s, drinking history. Rather than checking-in at a bar or restaurant, you check-in your exact drink. From there others who follow you can get a sense of the drinks various details (ABV and IBU), community ratings, comments, pictures and more.

Now the discovery comes into play. From a check-in, you can wish-list a drink or search for it around your area. Or, if you’d like to go at it alone, the app will use your location data to look for specific beers, bars or breweries around you.

Untappd caters to both the craft beer enthusiast and newcomer. If fact, the latter will find the app as a great jumping off point. And wouldn’t you know it – the app is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Our review and links are located below.

App of the Week: Snake Rewind

Today’s App of the Week brings us back to the simple days of mobile phones. Back when feature phones were the latest and greatest, and when there was that one game on your phone you played way too much, mostly because it was the only game on your phone.

snakeThat one legendary game, for many people out there, was Snake. Shipped on the old school Nokia 6610 and 3310 brick phones, it was an addictive time waster in which the more you played, the more beating your high score became a matter of life or death.

The creator of the original mobile Snake is back to feed your nostalgia with Snake Rewind: A new and improved version that, fortunately, doesn’t stray too far from its dated predecessor.

Eat fruit, get longer, and avoid running into the wall or yourself – just like back in the day. While there’s new stages, effects and features (like the ability to rewind time if you hit an obstacle), it’s still the same old Snake you know and love.

Snake Rewind is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices and is free to play (outside of some unnecessary in-app purchases). The game is a lot of fun with tons of replay value, so if you find yourself with a few minutes of free time during the day and enjoy simple arcade games, Snake Rewind is worth checking out.

Watch Kyra’s review below to check it out in action!

App of the Week: Ting

The Ting app gets a makeover.

The Ting app lets you take complete control of your Ting mobile account from the palm of your hand.

Available for Android and iOS, you can check out your usage and monthly bill, make changes to devices on your account and contact support with just a quick tap. You can even read this blog post from inside the Ting app!

Both versions of the app have been recently updated, so what better time to do a little horn tooting?

So whether you’re out and about or just feeling a little too lazy to move from the couch, the Ting app has got your back.

Oh and it’s free. That’s important to note.

App of the Week: WifiMapper

WifiMapper is the Wi-Fi access point search tool you wish was built into your phone. The app lets you search any location for available hotspots, and lists helpful tidbits about each Wi-Fi zone, like if it’s free or password protected.

The app comes from the folks at OpenSignal (who already provide a great tool for cellular area coverage) and boasts the world’s largest Wi-Fi database. Best of all, the information is maintained and updated by the apps community (i.e. you and me). So if a free access point suddenly goes dark, you or someone else using the app can make a change to the listing.

And hey, if that’s not enough, WifiMapper also includes Foursquare comments so you can find out more about the hotspot’s establishment. You may just end up with a decent meal in addition to free internet.

WifiMapper is free and currently available on the Apple App Store. An Android version is incoming – you can sign up for updates on the official page or join the beta now.