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After impatiently waiting all year, we’re jazzed that the holidays are finally here. To make sure you don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we’ve compiled a list of handy holiday apps to help you out. Whether it’s keeping your shopping lists organized, saving money on gifts, or a helpful cooking app to help you power through Christmas dinner, we’ve got you covered! We've broken our favorite apps into several groups: deal apps, festive apps, gift apps, organizational apps, and cooking apps - none of which are in any specific order.

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Christmastime has arrived. And TCC’s fifth and final week of GIftaways is here! It’s the week you’ve all been waiting for- this Giftaway is sponsored by TCC. And features the latest Apple devices - iPhone 7, an iPad Pro, and a Scooch case.

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Definition

Roaming gives your smartphone the ability to make and receive calls outside your service area. Through the mechanics of roaming, you gain access to the internet, and thus, service. Your cellular provider and other networks agreed to work together to provide service to your mobile device no matter where you travel.

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Braven delivers a myriad of speakers, perfect for many uses. These modern bluetooth speakers range from the sleek home series to their rugged portable speakers. And fortunately, you don’t need to leave these active speakers at home. They’re tough, portable, and waterproof. Yet, they don’t sacrifice durability for the stellar sound quality. This winter season, take these speakers on your next adventure - whether it’s a weekend ski trip, sledding, or simply getting cozy next to the fire. Here's a list of our top three favorite Braven speakers, which you can pick up at your local TCC store:

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Podcasts are digital audio files made for downloading to a device for listening enjoyment. Podcast listeners may elect to download a podcast series all at once, in installments, or as podcast episodes become available. You’ll find a treasure trove of subjects and genres of podcasts in both iTunes and the Google Play Store – ranging from comedy, horror, fantasy, news shows, reviews, and more. Listeners can choose from literally millions of engaging podcasts, so we’ve volunteered to sift through the choices to find our favorite story-telling podcasts of 2016. And here they are, in no particular order:

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For three weeks now, we‘ve been giving away eye-catching and useful tech gadgets in our Holiday Giftaway sweepstakes. Each week, we feature an awesome bundle of devices and accessories, and a handful of lucky winners can look forward to a brighter holiday. This week, our Giftaway is sponsored by Samsung. And you definitely don’t want to miss out.

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-Albert Einstein

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Wireless charging seems like a concept straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. It seems your phone just charges through osmosis, simply by being close to a charger. How does the energy go from one device to another without cords? The process is so easy it seems too good to be true. So, how the heck does wireless charging even work?

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2016 was a pretty big year in tech. We’ve seen a sudden emergence of new competitors and start-ups to the tech market. New and old social media platforms have adapted to new messaging techniques. No one foresaw the popularity of Facebook live-streaming, or virtual reality games like Pokemon Go. Needless to say, we’re sitting on the cusp of even more advanced technologies in the coming months. We at TCC can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2017!

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It’s another week of Giftaway sweepstakes, sponsored by your favorite Verizon Authorized Retailer, TCC! Each week, we are giving away some of the most-wanted tech devices and accessories to lucky winners. During the third week of Giftaways, this week, you can look forward to prizes provided by Motorola. This giveaway runs from December 5th to December 9th.
 

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Definition of mobile data

Mobile data allows smartphone users to access the internet, even without Wi-Fi access. If you have a data-enabled device, you'll access your apps, information, email, and more using smartphone data. Your carrier will automatically charge any cellular data usage through your elected data plans.

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Buying a tablet device is not as simple as you'd think. There are a variety of other factors to think about, such as what you intend to use your tablet for. Do you need word-processing capabilities? Will you primarily be surfing the web? You should also think about battery life in context to how often you plan on using your new tablet.

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“If you hear a voice within you say,
‘You cannot paint,’
Then by all means, paint,
And that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

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If your kid wrote "tablet" on their Christmas wish list, you may be surprised at the number of available tablet options on the market. You could easily become intimidated choosing between tablets differing by size, operating system, app availability, battery life, storage capacity, and more. To make your tablet selection process a little easier, we have rounded up 50 of the top kid-friendly tablets. Our tablets come from a variety of manufacturers and cover a wide price range. We also chose tablets that have some of the best features for kids, including ease-of-use, parental controls, durability, and built-in safety controls, and we considered reviews and ratings from leading parenting sites, technology sites, and consumer sites. Best of all, we’ve grouped our suggestions by age appropriateness so that you have a better idea of which tablets are geared toward which kids (in no particular order).

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For the next five weeks, TCC is doing a special Giftaway contest. Each week, we will be giving away awesome bundles of devices, wireless accessories, and other products from brands you know. The holidays can be tough. Thankfully, trusted accessories brand Pelican put together a Holiday Survival Kit for one lucky winner. This first holiday Giftaway comes complete with the toughest products to ensure you (and your devices) are prepared for anything the holiday season brings.

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… And she said,
'Flowers are red, young man,
Green leaves are green,
There's no need to see flowers any other way,
Than the way they always have been seen.'
But the little boy said,
'There are so many colors in the rainbow,
So many colors in the morning sun,
So many colors in the flowers,
and I see every one.'
- “Flowers are Red”, Harry Chapin

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The Holiday season is quickly approaching and it can be the most wonderful, but also the most stressful, time of year. What was supposed to be a quick trip to the mall can turn into a giant hassle: finding a parking spot, navigating your way through the crowds, and walking to countless stores just to find a couple things. This year, skip the mall and make TCC your one stop shop for everyone’s gifts on your list. With the hottest devices, wireless accessories, and holiday deals, you might even find a gift for yourself too.

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With easy access to the internet and social media, along with millions of apps, there are also myriad ways to distract yourself from work. But smartphones don't really deserve the majority of the blame in these situations. In fact, they actually serve as a tool for organization for a great many users. With smartphone technology, you can schedule appointments, manage tasks, and so much more, thanks to the vast number of features that assist you to become more productive. To find out how savvy smartphone users tap into this smartphone productivity power, we asked a panel of business professionals and gadget lovers to weigh in on this question:

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The excitement and joy of being together with family and friends ramps up quickly in the weeks before Christmas. But unfortunately, holiday expenses add up quickly – like food for family gatherings, present-buying for the kids, and extra costs for holiday parties. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the top five money-saving apps to help you find the best deals on the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.

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A definition of Push to Talk

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Push to Talk (PTT) is a service that enables wireless cell phone users to instantly communicate. Users activate this feature by simply pushing a button. The button switches your cell phone's mode from voice transmission mode to voice reception mode. People liken this operation to using walkie-talkies. That's because PTT switches phones to half duplex mode, so only one party can speak at a time. Most wireless carriers are now offering this service. Previously Push to Talk was used most commonly in telecommunications and construction. Some carriers refer to their PTT service as "Push to Talk over Cellular," or PoC. In most cases, carriers allow only users of their own networks. Fortunately, there are whispers of cooperation between carriers, who would set standards to allow PTT service inter-carrier.

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With Veteran's Day just around the corner, you might want to do something to support the troops. Well, one of the biggest challenges soldiers face during deployment is having limited access to phones. Keep in mind, there are many requirements for communication devices that make it impossible to buy a cell phone for a soldier. But there are other ways you can use your old devices to support U.S. military. Think about it. You might have several older cell phones collecting dust in your home or taking up space in a drawer. Why not put them to good use?

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We’ve all seen a scary movie or read a horror novel which was set in a hospital. Why are hospitals considered such spooky places? Probably because they generally carry a bit of the unknown. But medical technology is growing at an insanely swift speed, which is minimizing the unknown. Here are five new medical patents and innovations that aim to make medical spaces even more hospitable.

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