How to Manage Notifications on the Nexus 6

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Notifications can often be one of the most annoying aspects of using mobile devices, but there are plenty of ways to wrangle notifications into submission on the Nexus 6. Check out how:

 

Managing Notifications

You will see notifications in two places on your Nexus 6; in the notification drawer (and a corresponding icon in the status bar) that’s accessible by dragging down from the status bar, and on your lock screen. You can double tap on any notification to take you to whatever app the notification is from, and swiping the notification either to the left or the right will dismiss it both in the notification drawer and from the lock screen.

Some notifications give you additional options as well. For example; after saving media or taking screenshots, you are given the option to share it directly from the notification.

 

Changing Notification Settings

There are a number of ways to change what notifications you get and how you get them.

Each app has at least two settings specific to the notifications it sends: Block Notifications, and Set as priority. You can access these settings by opening the Settings app, tapping on Sounds and Notifications, then App Notifications. Tap on any app to access and change either settings. Block notifications will prevent the app from sending you any notifications, and Set as priority pins the notifications from that app to the top of the list of notifications on the lock screen and notification drawer.

The behavior of notifications on the lock screen can also be adjusted. In the Sound & Notification menu, tap on the When device is locked to choose between Show all notification content or Don’t show notifications at all.

Although some apps use a specific tone for their notifications, general notifications use the same default tone. You can change the default notification tone in the Sound & notification menu by tapping Default notification ringtone, selecting from one of the tones available, then tapping OK.

Nexus 6 Home Screen Tips & Tricks

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From cars to clothes, houses to hairdos, people like to customize and make things unique. Our smartphones are no different. Here’s some tips on how to customize and organize the home screen on your Nexus 6:

Screenshot_2015-06-26-09-57-39Change Your Wallpaper

  1. Tap and hold any black space on your homescreen.
  2. Tap on Wallpapers at the bottom, then scroll through and pick any image from the list at the bottom, or tap the “Pick image” selection at the beginning of the list to choose an image from anywhere on your device.
  3. Once you have an image selected, you can move and resize it from the preview.
  4. Tap the “Set wallpaper” button at the top left to apply your wallpaper.

 

Add Apps to Home Screen

  1. Open the app drawer from the home screen. The app drawer is the white round icon with six dots, in the middle of the bottom bar by default.
  2. Find the app you wish to add to your home screen.
  3. Tap and hold the app until your home screen(s) appear.
  4. Drop the app wherever you want your app to be added.

Add and Remove Widgets

  1. Tap and hold any black space on your homescreen.
  2. Tap Widgets.
  3. Scroll through and find the widget you would like to add to your home screen.
  4. Tap and hold on any widget, then drag and drop to the desired location.

 

Add or Remove Home Screen Pages

  1. Choose an icon or widget you would like on your new home screen page.
  2. Tap and hold the icon or widget until you can move it around.
  3. Drag to the left or right screen edge to move to a new page. If there is not a page there currently, a new one will be created.
  4. To remove a page, simply remove all icons, folders, and widgets from the page. The page will automatically disappear.

 

Add Folders

  1. Drag and drop an icon onto another icon until a white highlight appears behind the icon.
  2. A folder is created containing the two apps.
  3. At this point the folder has no name. You can add a name by tapping on the folder, and tapping on the words “Unnamed Folder” at the bottom to bring up the keyboard and let you type in a name for the keyboard.
  4. To remove a folder, simply drag app icons out until only one is left. The folder will be removed, and the last app will remain in it’s spot.

Custom Functions: Exposure on Canon 70D

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Custom Functions on the Canon 70D let you specify with fine-grain control how your camera operates. Exposure custom functions focus on adjustments related your camera’s exposure settings.

These custom functions are found in the C.Fn I: Exposure menu in the second-to-last tab in the settings menu of the camera. There are six customizable functions. Let’s cover each of them individually:

  • Page 1 gives two options to adjust the increments at which exposure is adjusted in the camera: 1/3 stop increments or 1/2 stop increments.
  • Page 2 lets you set the increment adjustment for your ISO speed: third stop or half stop increments.
  • Page 3: Bracketing auto cancel can be set to off or on. When set to off, the camera will reset AEB and white balance bracketing when the camera is switched off. When set to on, the camera will resume bracketing even through a camera restart.
  • Page 4 gives three options for the order of bracketing sequences. The options are read left-to-right: the default (option 0) selection will start the bracket by taking the neutral photo, then underexposure, and finally overexposure. Option 2 starts with the underexposure, then neutral, then overexposure. Finally, option 3 begins with overexposure, neutral exposure, then underexposure.
  • Page 5 lets you set the number of shots taken in a bracket: 2, 3, 5, or 7 shots.
  • Finally, page 6 lets you change which settings the camera will automatically adjust (despite a manual setting) if autoexposure cannot obtain a balanced exposure. The default option is set to disabled.
  • Option 1 allows the camera to adjust shutter speed and aperture in Shutter Priority (Tv) and Aperture Priority (Av) shooting modes. Option 2 will allow the camera to adjust ISO speed in Av, Tv, and Program (P) shooting modes.

How to Use Multiple Exposure Mode on Canon 70D

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The human eye, in combination with the incredibly powerful processing of the brain on the eye’s signals, is an amazing thing. We can move from direct sunlight to a near lightless room and our vision will adjust enough to be able to see in less than four seconds. And despite the massive advancements in sensor and lens technology, even the highest end cameras cannot reach the same levels of dynamic range as the eyeball of a person with 20/20 vision. Dynamic range is the amount of detail that is present in the light and dark areas of a photo. Higher dynamic range means that more detail is preserved with greater differences between the brightest and darkest areas of the image.

Using a feature on the Canon 70D, we can replicate the dynamic range of human sight using multiple exposures. This is also referred to as bracketing. By taking between two and nine images of the same scene with different exposures, the images are combined to create an image with more detail in the under and over-exposed areas. Here’s how to set up and use your Canon 70D’s Multiple Exposure mode, and a couple tips on how to get the most out of the mode:

When and Where

An example situation where combining multiple exposures is beneficial

An example situation where combining multiple exposures is beneficial.
Image via Farbspiel Photography

Oftentimes, the Multiple Exposure method of photography is not needed: in any uniformly lit scene where the difference in the brightest and darkest areas is not extreme, a regular, properly exposed photograph will produce similar results as attempting to use multiple exposures.

Multiple Exposure photography is most useful in circumstances when there is large distance between the darkest and lightest area of the scene. An example of such a situation is attempting to take a photo with a sunlit window. With a single exposure, you must make the choice between the sunlit outside being properly exposed and the portions of the frame inside the building being underexposed, or the inside being properly exposed with the window being blown out by sunlight.

Using Multiple Exposure mode, we can combine images with multiple levels of exposure to create one, uniformly exposed photo.

Settings and Setup

Properly utilizing Multiple Exposures is really only possible using a tripod (other stabilizing techniques will help as well. Check out our article How to Use Mirror Lockup on Canon 70D), as the images taken in the mode will be layered directly over one another.

  1. In one of the Creative Zone modes (Shooting Modes on Canon 70D), open the Menu and navigate to the third Camera Settings tab, then open the Multiple Exposure menu. This menu is also disabled if the Wi-Fi function is currently enabled.
  2. Open Multiple Exposure and switch to Enable.
  3. Next, open the Multi-expos ctrl menu and choose between Additive and Average. These are the two methods the camera uses to combine the multiple exposures.
  4. Additive is the more manual of the two, and will combine the images without exposure compensation. I.e., two images combined additively will combine the brightness of both.
    • To use the Additive method, you will need to compensate with negative exposure. The best starting point is to subtract a whole stop for two exposures, and another half step for each additional exposure (-1.5 stops for 3, -2 stops for 4, etc.).
  5. Average will automatically set negative compensation for you as you take the photos, making the setup somewhat less complicated.
  6. No. of Exposures lets you select anywhere from two to nine. This is the number of photos that will be taken and combined when using multiple exposures.
  7. Continue Mult-exp has two options: 1 shot only and Continuously. This sets whether or not your camera will stay in Multiple Exposure mode after the first shot is created. If set to Continuously, your next shot will start another multiple exposure using the same settings.

Taking the Shot

Now for the fun part: actually taking the photos. Exit the Multiple Exposure menu by either pressing the Menu button until the menu is fully exited, or simply press the shutter button.

You can determine if you’re in M.E. mode with the icon of two overlapping rectangles in the bottom left corner of the top LCD panel.

  1. Lock down your camera on a tripod, prepare and frame your scene, and, if desired, set up a remote shutter and/or Mirror Lockup.
  2. Based on the number of exposures set in the settings, determine the exposure difference between the shots. Don’t forget negative compensation if using the Additive method.
  3. Press the shutter button to capture the first exposure. If using Live View (by pressing the start/stop button), successive exposures will be overlaid and shown on the LCD monitor.
  4. You will see the number of exposures left to take indicated by the number in brackets in the top left of the LCD monitor, or the bottom right of the viewfinder.
  5. Adjust exposure as needed and continue capture using the shutter button.
  6. As you take your exposures, you can check your image by pressing the Playback button. Pressing the Delete button will let you undo the last image taken, and increase the number of exposures remaining by 1.
  7. When using the Additive method, the camera will immediately begin combining the images after the final exposure is captured.

Your combined shot is now recorded to your camera.

Note: the final combined photo will the only image stored on the card. Individual exposure images will be discarded.

How to Set White Balance on Canon 70D

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White balance is one of the most critical aspects of camera control, as it determines the color of whites in your image, and consequently can affect how neutral (or not) your image is. There are two ways to access the white balance settings on your Canon 70D:

  • Click the Quick Settings button (next to the top right corner of the rear display with the letter Q inside a square) then select or tap on AWB.

Or:

  • Click the Menu button and navigate to the third Camera Settings page and open the White Balance menu.

Both methods take you to the same menu, and you have a few white balance settings to choose from.

  • Auto White Balance is the default setting and will attempt to calculate the white balance from the frame automatically. For a majority of situations, this mode will work fine (or at least close enough to not need too much post production tweaking). However, in extreme situations, auto white balance can fail to accurately measure the white balance of a given situation, and manual adjustment might produce more accurate results.
  • The first five selections are presets for some of the most common lighting situations:
    • Daylight (5200 K)
    • Shade (7000 K)
    • Cloudy (6000 K)
    • Tungsten light (3200 K)
    • White fluorescent light (4000 K)
  • Flash is for use with compatible Speedlites, which will automatically set the white balance based on the connected flash units. If the Flash option is selected and there are no compatible flash units connected, white balance is fixed at 6000 K.
  • Custom is a manually set white balance that makes it easy to set then return to a white balance quickly. This is a useful function if you have a lighting setup or location where you know the white balance will remain the same. Check out our article How to Set a Custom White Balance.

Check out our Canon 70D Tips & Tricks Roundup for more info!

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 Cases

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The newest entry in Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones is the Galaxy S6, and it comes with a slick new case design that improves both looks and grip using premium materials like Gorilla Glass 3 and aluminum. Unfortunately, while the new Galaxy S6 looks and feels great, much of the durability of the previous generation’s plastic body has been sacrificed. Luckily for us, accessory manufacturers are more than happy to provide us with what seems like an endless supply of new cases for flagship model phones. After much research, we have picked what we believe to be the five best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S6. Check out our list below:


Speck CandyShell

711YT8gbZBL._SL1500_ copyOne of the most well-known and established names in the mobile accessory market is Speck and their CandyShell line of cases, which has been updated to include the Samsung Galaxy S6. Like the rest of the line, the CandyShell case for the Galaxy S6 features an impact resistant combination of soft rubber inner and hard plastic outer shells that protect every face of the phone. Not to mention doing all this stylishly with a plethora of pleasing color combinations.

Speck CandyShell on Amazon


SUPCASE Rugged

81sZioYjzoL._SL1020_ copy For absolute maximum protection, SUPCASE has you covered with their Rugged case for the Samsung Galaxy S6. For those who need their mobile device to be ready for practically any situation, this case provides nearly 100% coverage, dual layer impact protection, corner and edge fortification, and an included swiveling belt clip. The case also comes in five different colors.

 

SUPCASE Rugged on Amazon


Incipio Feather

816znAViFOL._SL1500_ copy For those days when your phone doesn’t need to be ready for a war zone or being thrown off a mountain, Incipio’s Feather line of cases provide scratch and dent protection without sacrificing too much of your Samsung Galaxy S6’s thinness and lightness. This case has cutouts for unfettered access to every port and button, an anti-glare diffusion rim around the camera, and protective coverage of the most vulnerable areas of the phone.

 

Incipio Feather on Amazon


OtterBox COMMUTER

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OtterBox is the de facto standard in ultimate smartphone protection, as you might expect from a company that originally began as a manufacturer of everything-proof containers for even the most grueling tasks in extreme conditions. The COMMUTER is their mainstream line of cases that features both complete protection against drops, bumps, and scratches, and a stylish smooth exterior design. The case provides 360º coverage, including the front-facing ridge to keep the delicate display glass away from hard surfaces and protection for buttons and ports.

 

OtterBox COMMUTER on Amazon


Rokform Mount Case

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Rokform is a company that brings a whole new take on smartphone cases. Beyond merely providing excellent protection for the device, Rokform smartphone cases extend the functionality of your device by adding an attachment point that integrates with an entire system of accessories and mounts available from Rokform. The Rokform attachment system includes adapters for everything from attaching a GoPro to mounting on your bike or car.

 

Rokform Mount Case on Amazon

Camera Reviews, Tips & Tutorials

StateofTech is expanding into the area of cameras and photography. This is not a new field for our staff as we are bringing years of photography experience to StateofTech.Net.

Jerad Hill is a professional photographer who started shooting weddings professionally in 2006. Jerad also produced a free photography course in 2013 titled “Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual.” Over 70,000 people have taken his course. Until December of 2014, Jerad shot primarily with Canon DSLR equipment but made the change to Sony’s Fullframe Mirrorless Alpha line of cameras and has not looked back.

Our new Camera Reviews, Tips and Tutorials section will focus on learning how to use cameras. Such as with our Smartphone Tips Roundups, we will be creating lengthy lists of tips and how-to articles and videos on cameras as well.

We look forward to expanding in the area of photography and cameras. Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like to see.

DailyAppShow Merges with StateofTech

Several years ago, we started developing StateofTech.Net as news and review site for products outside of the app space. We ended up producing a lot of educational content for a variety of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. About a year ago, we began producing similar content on DailyAppShow around the concept of learning how to better use your smartphones.

There had always been talk around the office about what it would look like if we merged DailyAppShow.Com and StateofTech.Net, but we never pulled the trigger. After a few years of talking about it and discussing possibilities we finally decided to merge the two sites and fly under the StateofTech banner.

Same People, Same Quality Content

Behind the scenes, nothing has changed. Jerad Hill is still managing the website with help from his staff at Hill Media Group. What will change is simply the branding. We have had social media channels for StateofTech for years, see the links below. We encourage all DailyAppShow social media friends and followers to friend, follow or like StateofTech to assure you get our latest updates.

So what’s to come?

The organization of content will be changing on Stateoftech. Surveys and conversations with many of DailyAppShow’s viewers told us that they were interested in more than just videos and articles about apps. Viewers expressed interest in a wider range of information on mobile devices and when asked about digital cameras, there was interest in photography related content as well.

Over the next few months we will be testing the waters by expanding out content into new categories. The best way to keep updated is to follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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Changing text and links from DailyAppShow.Com to StateofTech.Net will likely take a couple of weeks. If you find an error that we missed, please let us know by sending us a message.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. We are excited to move forward as StateofTech (formerly DailyAppShow.Com).

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Jerad Hill
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[updated: 5/5/2015]

How to Add App Folders on Samsung Galaxy S6

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There’s an app for that. And that. And that. All the apps we download onto our phones can quickly become a daunting and never-ending list that we might rather not navigate. Thankfully, Samsung has provided us some relief. Here’s how to add and customize app folders on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

On your home screen

  1. On any page of your home screen, make sure there are at least two of the apps you want in a folder together.
    • To add apps to your home screen, open the App Drawer, tap and hold the app you want, then drag to the home page you want.
  2. Drag and drop an icon onto another icon until a square highlight behind the icon appears.
  3. A folder is created containing the two apps. At this point you’re prompted to name the folder, and you can choose to either give it a name or leave it blank.
  4. You can customize the background color of the folder by tapping the Palette icon to the right of the folder name inside the folder.
  5. To add more apps to the folder, simply tap and hold then drag the app’s icon on top of the folder.

In your App Drawer

  1. Open the App Drawer and tap Edit at the top right.
  2. Drag one app icon onto another until you see a square highlight behind both, then drop. Customize the folder in the same way as home page folders.
  3. Tap outside the folder to close, then drag as many apps as you like into the folder.
  4. Once finished, tap Done at the top of the screen.

 

For even more Galaxy S6 articles, check out our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks Roundup

How to Use Tethering and Mobile Hotspot on Samsung Galaxy S6

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It’s not always the case, but sometimes a strong cellular data connection can be found more easily than a good Wi-Fi network. In these situations, a newer smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a data plan can be worth it’s weight in gold. Why? Because you can enable a Wi-Fi network right from your phone to let other nearby devices get Wi-Fi and use your data connection for internet using a feature called Tethering. Here’s how to use tethering on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

Before setting up, please note that tethering is not always available through every cellular carrier, and data used while tethering will count against your mobile data plan (and most computer operating systems like Windows and Mac OS X do not attempt to minimize the amount of data used like Android and iOS do).

  • To enable tethering and create a Wi-Fi network for other’s to connect to, open the Settings app and navigate to the Connections page.
  • Tap on the Mobile Hotspot and Tethering menu.
  • Tap on Mobile Hotspot, then switch the toggle to the ON position.
  • Below the toggle, you see the name of the Wi-Fi connection from your Galaxy S6. Tap this name to switch between two options: Allow all devices, and Allowed devices only.
    • When Allowed devices only is enabled, only devices you specifically allow will be able to connect to the S6’s Wi-Fi network.
    • To configure an allowed device, tap on MORE at the top left of the Mobile Hotspot menu, then tap Allowed devices.
    • Tap ADD at the top right, give the device a name, and enter the MAC address of that device (this can usually be found in the About or Information setting of each device), then tap OK.
      • Make sure to enter the MAC address accurately, or the device will not be recognized.
    • After configuration, the allowed device will be able to connect to your Galaxy S6’s Wi-Fi.
  • There are additional options to further configure the Wi-Fi network of your Galaxy S6. To access these options, tap on MORE at the top right of the Mobile Hotspot menu, then tap Configure Mobile Hotspot.
    • Network name is the name of the Wi-Fi network and can be changed to whatever you like.
    • The Hide my device check box will prevent your Wi-Fi network from being publicly visible.
    • The Security dropdown menu lets you choose between requiring a password to connect by selecting WPA2 PSK, or leaving it Open.
    • Choosing the WPA2 option in the Security dropdown will show the Password box, where you can set the password of the network.
    • Show password” checkbox will either show or conceal the above password.
    • Enabling the “Show advanced options” box will unlock additional settings. Leave this unchecked if you are not familiar with advanced Wi-Fi configuration.
  • Under the MORE dropdown in the Mobile Hotspot menu, there is a selection titled “Timeout settings“. Tapping this option will display a popup that lets you choose an amount of time before Mobile Hotspot is disabled when there are no connected devices. This option is useful to minimize battery consumption when using the Mobile Hotspot feature.

 

For even more Galaxy S6 articles, check out our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks Roundup

How to Change the Default Launcher on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Your Samsung Galaxy S6 uses by default the TouchWiz launcher made by Samsung, and generally works just fine. However, you might consider using one of the third party launchers downloaded from the Google Play store for additional features and flexibility that you might not find in TouchWiz. Here’s how to change the default launcher on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Download a third party launcher using the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the new launcher and configure how you like. You should have access to a launcher settings app from within the launcher.
  3. After launching then closing an app or the app tray, you will be prompted to pick a default launcher. Tap the icon of your launcher and and then tap Always to keep using the new launcher whenever you go back to your home screen.

 

For even more Galaxy S6 articles, check out our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks Roundup

How to Add and Change Ringtones on Samsung Galaxy S6

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It might seem obvious how to change a ringtone on your phone, but how do you add new ones? Let’s walk through how to add and change ringtones on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Open the Settings app on your S6 and swipe to the Device pane.
  2. Tap on Sounds and Notifications then Ringtones and Sounds.
  3. Tap on Ringtone.
  4. You’re given a list of ringtones that come pre-installed on your Samsung Galaxy S6. Tap on any of them to preview the ringtone. At the bottom of the list, you’ll find the Add Ringtone selection, here is where you can add your own ringtones to use with your phone. This opens the sound picker, where you’re given the option to select from any audio on your device to use as the ringtone. Check out our article How to Add Music to Your Samsung Galaxy S6 if you haven’t already so that you can use any of your music as a ringtone.
  5. Once you’ve found a song or audio clip you want to use as your ringtone, tap Done at the top right.

Ringtones can also be set on a per-contact basis so that a specific ringtone plays when that person calls:

  1. Open the the contact either through the Phone app or the Contacts app.
  2. Navigate to the contact and tap Edit at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Ringtone and select the ringtone you would like to use for this contact
  4. Tap Save.

 

For even more Galaxy S6 articles, check out our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks Roundup