Canon 70D Tips and Tricks Roundup

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A lot can be said for the powerful and versatile Canon 70D DLSR camera…and we’ve said it! State of Tech has created a series of articles on how to make the most of the Canon 70D. Check them out:

Shot by Luke Detwiler using the Canon 70D

Shot by Luke Detwiler using the Canon 70D

 

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.

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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

36 Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks

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Samsung’s latest flagship for 2015 device features advancements in nearly every aspect from it’s predecessor in newly designed hardware refresh using premium materials to create a smartphone that instantly became the standard to which all other Android devices are compared. To get the most out of your new Samsung Galaxy S6, we have created dozens tips and tricks articles for our readers. Below we have rounded up the entire list:

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bitplay SNAP! 6 iPhone Case

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bitplay SNAP! 6 Series iPhone 6 Case – The easiest way to snap a shot with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Bringing the feel to mobile photography
Like taking a picture with your traditional camera, now experience it on your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus. The heart of design of SNAP! 6 Series, embeds the shutter button without compromising the thickness and premium looks of iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus.

It just gets better, with lenses
It’s time to make your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus camera really powerful. Other than taking extraordinary photos, with add-on lenses, these moments can be captured even better.

Keeping it secure, with a strap
We all love taking photos with our iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus, but sometimes, we might risk the chance of dropping them. With the strap, you can now hold on to your beloved phone without worries.

Keeping fully accessible, with your convenience
All ports, buttons and speaker are fully accessible for unhindered access when your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus is in the case.

Considering ergonomics, the Grip
Hand posture matters and we want to get the experience right. The grip allows you to take a photo more naturally and steadily without sacrificing the slim design and sleekness of the phone.

Matching your style
SNAP! 6 Series is all about quality, simplicity and fun. With Its metallic finish and polished, modern look, it also comes in shades that fit everyone.
Classic Black, Premium Silver, Strawberry Pink and Deep Blue. No matter what your preferences are, you can always find a color that best represents your personality.

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HTC One M9 Tips & Tricks Roundup

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This year’s latest flagship phone from HTC focused less on new features, and aims more to refining and improving an already impeccable mobile experience. In continuing with our tradition of exploring the latest and greatest hardware, here’s a round up of all our HTC One M9 Tips & Tricks to make the most of your new device. Check it out:

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Top Five News Apps for iPhone

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The iPhone has fast become the most widely used method for receiving news of all sorts, whether it be personal, local, or global. News publishers have recognized this fact and have begun to embrace it, utilizing a mobile-first strategy and making the most of social media. And while newspaper readership has waned significantly over the past couple decades, there is still a desire for a one-stop place for your news. Luckily, there is no shortage of news aggregation apps for the iPhone, and we have round up five of the best. Check it out:

 

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How to use Periscope to Livestream Video

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While live video streaming has actually been around for a while (justin.tv, a video streaming service, launched in 2007), there has been new life breathed into the idea with the recent release of two competing apps with a similar idea: instantly stream video from your phone to your followers. One of those two apps is Periscope, the new live video streaming app brought to you by Twitter.

Periscope is awesome for getting a glimpse into the lives and happenings of people you follow. But don’t just watch, get in on the action and live stream your own video to an engaged audience. Here’s how:

First you’ll need the app. Right now you can only stream from the iPhone app, but Twitter says the Android app is coming soon. Go ahead and download Periscope from the App Store right now:

Periscope on the iOS App Store

When you open the app, you’ll get an introduction to what Periscope is and how it works. You’ll then get a list of live streams from people you follow on Twitter. You can tap on any of these to watch their stream and comment. Comments will be sent out as tweets from your Twitter account and show up in real time at the bottom of the video stream where everyone watching can read. You can also tap the screen to “heart” the stream, and these hearts build up for each broadcaster over time to show an overall score.

Let’s get to the fun part though: making our own stream. You might be tempted to hit that “stream” button right now, but you should probably do some preparation first. Ask yourself a couple questions first:

1. Do I have something people want to watch?

Right now, you’ll find lots of people live streaming their walk to work or school. I’m willing to bet not many of your followers want to watch your face bounce up and down their screen as you’re taking a walk.

The most interesting streams –and the ones that will get the most watchers– will be where you are doing something interesting. Skydiving? Zip lining? Painting? Creating? Go for it. Writing a paper for for your Econ 208 class? Probably not.

2. Am I prepared to not use my phone for as long as I stream?

Streaming on Periscope will be the full-time job of your phone as you stream. You might be able to close the app during your stream, but your viewers will get a lovely blurred screen and nothing to watch.

3. Do I want random people around the world watching what I’m doing?

Periscope is live video from your iPhone’s camera, so whatever your phone can see, anyone in the world can see too. You need to be prepared to forsake your privacy for as long as you stream. This means cleaning up anything you don’t want people to see, and not saying anything you don’t want heard. It’s also a good idea to let the people around you know what you’re doing, and make sure that taking broadcasting is allowed at your location. Using Periscope while you’re cooking a fancy dinner at home is ok, but you could run into problems if you try to stream at a major league game or a museum.

If all three questions are met with a yes, tap stream and broadcast to the world. The app will ask permission to use your camera and your microphone, and you’ll be streaming almost immediately. The interface is similar to watching a Periscope stream, but with a few more options. You can change which camera to use (front or back), a button to turn on the rear camera flash to light your scene, and a stop button, in addition to the comment button.

Once you end your stream, Periscope will ask if you want to keep the stream. Tapping yes will enable anyone with the link to the stream to watch as a video after you’re off the air.

And that’s it. Periscope could potentially create a huge impact on how we view events and get a glimpse into the lives of others from around the world. What and when you stream is entirely up to you, and as of this moment, Periscope is skyrocketing into relevance as a media tool and we’ve only just scratch at the surface of the possibilities of the platform.

Five Tips for Better Android Photography

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Smartphones these days are equipped with cameras that have steadily improved to the point where they frequently produce better quality photos than dedicate point-and-shoot cameras, and the ubiquity of high quality cameras in everyone’s pocket has caused billions of photos to be taken and shared in recent years.

But these capable new cameras do not necessarily mean most people will instantaneously take better photos. Even the most sophisticated professional cameras will take crappy photos if you aren’t aware of photography basics. Using the front facing camera to snap a selfie in your unlit room to send to your ‘bae’ is fine, but to create an Instagram classic, or even a photo you want to print and frame, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when using your Android for photography.

Here are five of the best tips I can share that will help bring your photography to a new level.

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SHUMURI SLIM case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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SHUMURI-clear-silverThe SHUMURI SLIM is a vanishingly thin case for your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that offers scratch and scuff protection in a sleek, branding-free design.

The SLIM case is quite possibly the thinnest case you can get for any phone, anywhere. At less than a third of a millimeter, it’s thinner than most business cards, and not much thicker than a couple sheets of paper. SHUMURI-bottom If, like this author, you prefer your phone to be naked, but have found the latest iPhones to be extremely slippery in the hand, the SHUMURI case is the next best thing. You gain some much needed grip from the textured finish, and scratch protection for the back and sides of the phone.

Blue-Side3-4_grandeDon’t expect this case to help your iPhone survive any nosedives, however. This slim case will provide exactly zero shock protection. The phone’s screen is also left vulnerable: this case does not rise past the level of the screen to prevent contact when lying face down, like some other cases.

Blue-Side_grandeThe SHUMURI SLIM rocks a branding-free aesthetic, which means nothing will detract from the design of the iPhone. The case also retains all functionality as well: headphone and lightning ports, as well as the volume, power, and vibrate switches are completely free from obstructions.

The SLIM case is undetectable in the pocket, so you don’t lose any ability to keep your phone in your skinny jeans. The translucent design also helps to unify the design of the back of the phone, which means the iPhone retains all it’s nice lines.

The SHUMURI SLIM case for iPhones 6 and 6 Plus are offered at a very reasonable $18.99 and $19.99 respectively, and can be purchased through their web store at shumuri.com

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Five Tips for Better iPhone Photography

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The latest pocket super computers from Apple feature improved cameras that can beat the pants off pretty much any dedicated point-and-shoot camera, and the iPhone, for the last couple years, has been the most popular camera in the world.

But these capable new cameras do not necessarily mean most people will instantaneously take better photos. Even the most sophisticated professional cameras will take crappy photos if you aren’t aware of photography basics. Using the front facing camera to snap a selfie in your unlit room to send to your ‘bae’ is fine, but to create an Instagram classic, or even a photo you want to print and frame, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when using your iPhone for photography.

Here are five of the best tips I can share that will help bring your photography to a new level.

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