Nexus 6 Tips & Tricks Roundup

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As one of our favorite devices of the past couple years, we thought we would share our love of the Nexus 6 by Motorola with you through this series of tips & tricks articles. These articles are meant to help you get the most out of the Nexus 6 and all of it’s features and raw horsepower. Check out our roundup of articles below:

Photo by TechStage via Flickr

Photo by TechStage via Flickr

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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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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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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5 Tips for shooting Better Video on Android

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For a long time after its invention, shooting any kind of video was costly, time consuming, and tedious. Nowadays, practically everyone has a device in their pocket they can pull out and begin shooting and sharing high definition video in mere seconds. This ubiquity of high quality video has enabled not only more video, but more ways to experience events, and has even launched entire new industries around it.

While the spread of information is usually good, most people who share their videos never get any sort of training on how to make a clip look good. I’m sure you’ve seen less-than-professional, often unwatchable videos from your friends or on video sharing sites like YouTube, where you have huge black bars on the side, or it’s so shaky you get a headache just watching.

DailyAppShow outlines below five of the best tips to improve the videos you take on your iPhone. Check it out:

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Top 5 Car Mounts for Galaxy Note 4

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The heyday of dedicated GPS navigation (and their generally bad maps and directions) devices is long gone, but people still need to find where they’re going, right? With constant data connections, and up-to-the-minute accurate maps and traffic detection, the modern smartphone is probably the easiest way to get where you’re going. But you want to stay safe (and legal) while using navigation hands-free. DailyAppShow has found the most convenient ways to get your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 visible, secure, and away from your hands so that you can concentrate on driving.


iOttie Easy One Touch

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  • Easy one touch mounting system locks and releases the device with just a push of a finger
  • Super sticky gel pad sticks securely to most surfaces (including textured surfaces), yet is still easily removable
  • New telescopic arm adds 2 inches to allow for closer device viewing
  • Two step locking lever provides additional mounting support for multiple surfaces

Koomus Vent Mount

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  • Stretchable clamp can hold from 1.5″ to 3.5″ wide
  • Full 360 degree rotatable, can be mounted with any thick or thin protective cases on it
  • Easy mount using Push in Technology
  • Can be tilted to create optimal angle at eye level view
  • Compatible with all Samsung Galaxy and all other smartphones

Cellet Phone Holder

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  • Easy expandable back button helps securely accommodate the size of your smartphone
  • Heavy duty arms with 360 rotation capability allow flexibility
  • Extra-large suction cup with lock button conveniently attaches to dashboard, windshield or any other smooth surface and easily removable
  • Effortless maintenance of suction cup by wiping with a damp cloth
  • Holder with sponge pads can hold devices up to 3.5 inches wide

Mountek nGroove

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  • Firmly and safely mounts cell phones and other devices
  • Comes already assembled and ready to use with a strong, sturdy grip thanks to rubber-reinforced insertion blade. Super-tight but simple blade system involves just a thumbscrew and tightening wheel
  • Insert directly into a front-loading CD player slot and still easily control your device from the driver”s seat. Or insert into a dashboard groove to keep your CD player accessible. No suction cups, no clips, no screw, no glue
  • Sophisticated ball joint adapter allows for fine-tuning your display angle for maximum viewing comfort while driving

AmazonBasics Windshield and Dash Mount

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  • Super strong suction
  • Fits Any Smartphone or GPS
  • Fits Tablets up to 10″
  • Compatible with Skins and Cases
  • No tools required
  • Easy to install

Turn Your Phone Into A Pro Camera With These Awesome Additions

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The past few years have seen massive improvements to micro-sized cameras used in smartphones and tablets, causing point-and-shoot cameras to begin going the way of the dodo bird. Not that that’s a bad thing: the latest crop of high end mobile cameras have proven to be more than adequate everyday shooters for millions of people. The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world is indication enough that smartphone photography has moved beyond a useful convenience to professional quality work good enough for commercial production. And the momentum of improvement does not appear to be slowing anytime soon.

With the advent of high quality cameras in more hands than ever, a cottage industry has arisen to help those who want to take their photography to the next level. DailyAppShow has gathered and reviewed the most effective and useful of those products. Read on for awesome smartphone accessories to bring you even closer to expert level photography.



Sony QX30

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The Qx30 is a completely unique device that essentially attaches a high-quality lens to the back of your smartphone, and connects via NFC, Bluetooth, or Wifi. Once connected, your smartphone acts as the camera controls. Using your smartphone as the viewfinder, you adjust focus, exposure, shutter speed, and composition using touchscreen controls. On top of a great quality Sony lens, you also get up to 30x optical zoom and a built-in tripod mount. Feel free to stick the QX30 on top of a tripod  while holding the coupled smartphone or tablet to get the perfect shot. Combine the QX30 with one of the PlayMemories apps, and you can enable awesome camera modes like time lapse and stop-motion photography.



Gorillapod

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If you’re at all serious about photography, you’ll need a tripod. One of the most versatile tripods today is the Gorillapod, with gooseneck legs that let you mount this tripod virtually anywhere. The higher end version we have selected includes a video head, so that you get smooth panning for those perfect seamless shots.



The Camalapse

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Want to take your landscape photography to the next level? The Camalapse is a nifty little device that sits between your camera and either a tripod or flat surface and will progress 360 degrees over an hour. Use this to create beautiful time lapse photography or video.



Nova Wireless Flash

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There is no getting over it: the flash on your phone sucks. The light is harsh and too close to the camera to be effective. Luckily there is a solution, and it works great. The Nova Wireless flash connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and provides clean, diffused light for your photos. The flash has 40 LEDs that are color temperature adjustable, charged with a USB cable, and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket. The Nova flash is a must for any serious portrait photography or lowlight scenes.



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Studio Neat’s biggest claim to fame is the Glif, a slick little tripod mount that was originally for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Glif now works with any smartphone and provides even more functionality. You simply slide your phone into the Glif and screw it onto any 1/4″ screw attachment (the standard for most tripods). Combine with the above Gorillapod and you have a kit that will enable stable mobile photography from practically anywhere.

Kill A Few Minutes With These Free Android Games

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So many times we need a quick distraction with to have a minute to relax, but you can’t invest in a game that’s very involved (Like an RPG or online game). Sometimes you only have one hand available (like you guys holding purses for your gals). DailyAppShow has selected some of the best games that you can pick up and play quickly without getting to entrenched into gameplay.

 



The Towertower tower

Like other stacking games before it, your objective in The Tower is to build the tallest tower you can as the game moves faster and faster. The tower differs in how you play though. Each level of your tower slides in from the side, and your goal is to set down each level as close to center as possible. You can fit a couple rounds in just a few minutes, and is simple enough that you don’t have to invest too much mental effort.

 



Don’t Touch The Spikes
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While Don’t Touch The Spikes might initially look like yet another clone of Flappy Bird, you’re in for a treat. The mechanics are similar, but the game provides tons of fun gameplay and different modes to keep you coming back.

 



Do Not Crashcrash
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Yet another game telling us what to do in the title? The game gives you a simple task: avoid the oncoming traffic by switching lanes in a timely manner. Though the game starts simply – just avoid the one group of cars – the game quickly gets complicated by speeding up and the opposing cars separating and moving independently.

 



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Subway Surfers is a runner style game where you guide your character around trains and over obstacles. While the layout and mechanics are familiar, this game gives you lots of extras, missions to accomplish, and regularly updated locales.



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In Doodle Jump, you guide Doodle the Doodler—using some of the most subtle and accurate tilt controls in existence—on a springy journey up, up, up a sheet of graph paper, picking up jet packs, avoiding black holes, and blasting baddies with nose balls along the way.

 

 

Robot Rock With Android Headphones Under $140

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Although Beats by Dre are a huge hit in the over-ear headphone market, and to some extent brought a new market to high end headphones, the $300 price tag for the basic model is a bitter pill to swallow for many. If you are looking to get a pair of cans that both look good and sound good, look no further than our top 5 picks for Android compatible over-ear headphones.

 



Skullcandy Crusher – $99skullcandy

Skullcandy made a name for itself making quality durable audio equipment for the extreme sports fan, specifically snowboarding, and have since moved to a more mass market audience. Crusher is one of their flagship headphone models, and for the price you get a lot to love. You can get these cans in a bunch of different colors and finishes, and have awesome features like built-in amp, removable cable, in-line microphone and volume controls, and folding hinge design for extra portability, not to mention great audio quality.

$99 on Amazon

 



Bose AE2 – $136bose2

Bose is one of the most respected audio equipment lineups in the industry, with its focus primarily on accurate sound reproduction. The AE2i entry is one of their least expensive offerings, and yet still has the same fantastic sound quality that has risen Bose to fame. These compact headphones feature a clean design built for comfort, in-line microphone, play/pause and volume controls, 45-degree connector to prevent cable damage, and a protective carrying case.

$136 on Amazon

 



Sony MDR10R – $108sony

The Sony MDR10R comes in three variations: Hi-Res, Bluetooth, and Noise-Canceling. Coming in at the lowest price point is the Hi-Res version, which forgo the unneeded features to bring you one of the highest quality over-ear headphones on the market. And as with almost all things Sony, you know you’re getting a high quality product. The headphones include all the features you expect and more: super hi-fidelity drivers, in-line music controls, full swivel ear cups, a carrying case, and a very stylish design.

$108 on Amazon

 



UrbanEars Plattan – $27
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UrbanEars Plattan, despite rock-bottom price, are one of the best sounding –and looking– headphones available. These headphones come in a rainbow of color choices for a perfect fit, a plush headband and ear cups for sustained wearability, and in-line playback controls.

$37 on Amazon

 



Klipsch Status – $128klipsch

Klipsch is not a name currently well known beyond the audiophile market, but their entry level over-ear headphones are absolutely nothing to scoff at. This handsome set of headphones of course pumps out the incredible sound expected from the company, and still packs in the functionality and looks of much more expensive headphones: foldable for compact carry, soft-touch ear pads for extended comfort, detachable cable, and easy to locate inline controls.

$128 on Amazon

 

Six Simple Ways to Mount your Phone in the Car

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The heyday of dedicated GPS navigation (and their generally bad maps and directions) devices is long gone, but people still need to find where they’re going, right? With constant data connections, and up-to-the-minute accurate maps and traffic detection, the modern smartphone is probably the easiest way to get where you’re going. But you want to stay safe (and legal) while using navigation hands-free. DailyAppShow has found the most convenient ways to get your screen visible, secure, and away from your hands so that you can concentrate on driving.


1. Onyx EasyGrip

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The Onyx EasyGrip is a versatile mounting solution. With suction gel mount, maneuverable head, and sizing brace that fits any phone up to 3.5 inches wide, the EasyGrip is a very stylish way to use your phone handsfree.


2. Ram Mount X-Grip

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The Ram Mount company has made a name for itself making ultra modular and secure mounts for practically anything anywhere. The X-Grip system by Ram Mount is their solution for securing smartphones and tablets to whatever you want. This kit provides everything you need to mount your phone in your car with a powerful suction cup, two-point articulated stem, and spring loaded arms that won’t scuff up your device.


3. Kenu Airframe

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The Airframe by Kenu is a pocket size mount that secures your phone to the air vents in your car in either horizontal or vertical positions. If you don’t want an imposing mount that reduces visibility or takes up much space, the Airframe might be for you. Bonus points: you can also use this phone as a stand for your device on any flat surface using a credit or business card.


4. Roadster Dash Mount

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This mount provides both a safe place to place your phone as well as a convenient tray to hold your small items such a a bluetooth headset or change. The Dash Mount holds your phone horizontally and at the perfect viewing angle, and with it’s soft touch rubber finish, that phone won’t be going anywhere.


5. Arkon Long Arm Mount

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If you need a mount that is more versatile and extensible, check out the Arkon Long Arm Mount. This mount will extend out to 18 inches away from it’s mounting point so that you can both mount and display your phone or small tablet in the perfect position for you.


6. Cooskin Holder

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This mount by Cooskin is one of the most unique and minimal mounts on the market. As the winner of the prestigious reddot design award, this mount uses gel suctions cups on both end to secure your phone. And with the unique pivoting system, you can set your phone to the perfect angle.