TIP OF THE WEEK

Wireless providers would love for you to believe that a modern lifestyle requires an endless, unlimited stream of data; and by the way, they’d love to sell it to you. On its face, there’s probably nothing wrong with this assumption. Just think about how much of your day is spent on data-dependent activities, like streaming video or music, searching the internet or using GPS on your smartphone. They all require data, in some form, to deliver what you need.

But in our fast-paced, plugged-in world, don’t lose sight of the fact that all of these things can actually be done while using far less, and sometimes even none, of the data from your cellular plan.

Tame the video beast

The convenience of watching video on your smartphone can sometimes obscure an important fact: it’s a data glutton. For example, viewing a full-length movie on Netflix consumes about 1GB of data per hour in standard definition video, and up to 3GB per hour in high definition. At that rate, you’ll burn through even the most robust data package in no time.

Try connecting to Wi-Fi instead. It’s widely available, and lets you stream without using any cellular data at all, often with a faster connection. While connected to Wi-Fi, you can also download videos, TV shows or movies to your phone or SD card to watch anytime at your convenience, with no data required.

Manage social media and streaming music

Videos have also become a standard part of the social media experience. Adjusting your settings to prevent videos from playing automatically will prevent them from eating up your data. The steps to change this setting can vary between applications. On most platforms, like Facebook, you’ll go to your Account Settings and either disable the “Autoplay” feature entirely, or change it so that videos will only play automatically when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

Try a smaller plan for bigger savings

By managing data effectively, you can save money by choosing smaller, less expensive data plans. Also, be sure to take advantage of Usage Alerts, which most carriers provide for free. On an Android device, you can do this by going to your device settings, and then tapping the data usage option. Simply turn on “Alert me about data usage” to receive notifications about how much data you are consuming.

— Brandpoint

THE LIST

According to Forbes, the top 10 growth companies are:

1. Damac Properties (Real Estate)

2. China-Grand-Automotive (Specialty stores)

3. Greenland Holdings Group (Real Estate)

4. Melco International Development (Consumer financial services)

5. S.F. Holding (Construction materials)

6. SK Holdings (Oil and gas operations)

7. Jabal Omar Development (Consumer financial)

8. XPO Logistics (Trucking)

9. Cnpc Capital (Heavy equipment)

10. CK Hutchison (Conglomerates)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$60 million: Wilmington Trust Corp. recently settled federal criminal charges that alleged the bank illegally concealed $1 billion in bad loans from shareholders, government examiners and the TARP bank-bailout program. The commercial lender, which is now run by M&T Bank Corp., will pay $60 million to settle the government’s claims.

TECH TALK

Snapchat users can book rides with Uber

Snapchat recently announced a new feature called Context Cards that will allow users to book Uber rides and make restaurant reservations directly through the app. The new feature will also allow users to swipe up for more related information including maps, reviews and booking options. Along with Uber, users can also book a ride through Lyft and can make restaurant reservations through OpenTable.

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