5 Tips for shooting Better Video on Android



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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Five Tips for Shooting Better iPhone Video

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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 generally a good thing, 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:  [Read more…]

How Use to Meerkat to Livestream Video


Meerkat is the new video live stream service that enables anyone with a smartphone to stream video live to any of your followers and lets them comment via twitter. If you are a follower of tech media, you will undoubtedly have heard that Meerkat is making a huge splash as the current must-have app. Even big name celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Ashton Kutcher are embracing the video streaming app.

Meerkat 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 On the Air, the company that develops Meerkat, has a viewing app for Android out now. Go ahead and download Meerkat from the App Store right now:

Meerkat on the iOS App Store

When you open the app, you’ll get an introduction to what Meerkat 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 on and like. Comments and likes will be sent out as tweets from you Twitter account and show up in real time at the bottom of the video stream where everyone watching can read.

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 Meerkat 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?
Meerkat 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 Meerkat 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.

In fact, Meerkat has a list of eight rules for using the app, in order to keep everyone happy, safe, and legal:

The Rules of Meerkat
Everything that happens on meerkat happens on Twitter.
Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
People can only watch it live. No reruns.
Watchers can restream any stream to their followers in real time.
Scheduled streams will be distributed in the community by their subscribers.
Your own streams can be kept locally on your phone, but never on the cloud.
Everyone can watch on web.
Be kind.

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 Meerkat 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, Meerkat will ask if you want to keep the stream. Tapping yes will save a video copy of the entire stream to your camera roll on your phone.

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

Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 Features


Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone was recently announced, touting a bevy of new features that will likely make the Samsung Galaxy S6 at least as successful as it’s predecessor. DailyAppShow has taken the time to drive through all the marketing mumbo jumbo to find the top five features of the Galaxy S6.

Galaxy S6 Edge


The latest Samsung Galaxy S phone actually comes in two flavors: the S6 and the S6 Edge. While otherwise identical, the Galaxy S6 Edge features a unique new feature: both long edges of the display curve back towards the rear of the phone that almost makes the screen look seamless, and makes gestures on screen edges much more smooth. Samsung has even provided novel ways to utilize the curved edges, letting you set screen edge gestures to navigate in apps.

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Both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge feature a hugely improved industrial design from previous generations of the series. Samsung’s latest flagships use ultra strong Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back to provide a more premium feel to the devices. Both phones also utilize anodized metal frames to hold all that glass for a fit and finish unlike any Galaxy S device before.

Improved Fingerprint Reader

While the previous generation Galaxy S5 introduced a built-in fingerprint reader into the home button, many users were unable to reliably use the feature. The Galaxy S6 improves massively on fingerprint reading by using a one-touch reader as opposed to the swipe reader on the S5. Now you can simply rest your finger on the button for recognition to enable biometric security features.

Improved cameras

You will find a much improved 16 MP image sensor at the back of the S6 and S6 Edge that features improvements like optical image stabilization, a wide ƒ/1.9 aperture, auto-HDR mode, improved low light performance, and a feature Samsung is touting as “fast tracking autofocus,” which enables you to tap on your subject, and the camera will keep that object in focus even if it’s moving.

The front facing camera was also improved to 5 MP from 3.7 MP of the previous generation.

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Unlike the megapixel war in consumer cameras, the screen resolution war in smartphones is still in full effect. The latest crop of smartphones brings the game to yet another level, featuring an absolutely insane 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The latest Samsung flagship is no exception, featuring a 1440p AMOLED screen. That’s an incredibly 3.68 million pixels stuffed into a mere 5.1 diagonal inches. This amount of pixels ensures anything you look at on this phone, from photos and video, to text and games, will look stunningly sharp.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is set to be available at retailers in April.

Tips & Tricks for Alto’s Adventure


If you haven’t already been caught up in the frenzy caused by the new iOS game Alto’s Adventure, it’s probably time you should. Alto’s Adventure is a charming little game for iPhones and iPads that also happens to be one of the most insanely addictive things on the planet in recent memory (aside from the devices we’re playing on themselves).

As for the game itself, you play Alto (or one of the other unlockable characters with unique skills) looking to conquer the ski slopes while jumping, flipping, picking up coins and powerups, and attempting to evade the “elders”. Of course, the surface goal is to ski as far as you can and pile up as many points as possible by performing tricks and building combos. But Alto’s Adventure goes beyond that simple goal: the game includes a level system, and each level requires you to complete three objectives in order to move on to the next. As you can expect, higher levels requires ever more complicated and difficult challenges. Every ten levels, you unlock a new playable character, each with different strengths and weaknesses.

As this author has already logged nearly a million meters skied in the game, there are a couple tips and tricks I want to share with you so that you can continue to make progress though the levels of Alto’s Adventure.

Unlock the Wing Suit First

You might have visited the workshop and seen the three items therein: feather and magnet timer upgrades, and the wing suit for a cool 5,000 coins. You might be tempted to purchase the cheaper upgrades first (the most expensive timer upgrade is 5,000, and lower levels are significantly cheaper), but try and collect the coins required for the wing suit first. The Wing Suit upgrade enables even bigger combos, and you’ll need the wing suit later to complete certain goals. Once you have the wing suit, you’ll be able to afford the additional unlocks even quicker.

Stick with Maya

Maya is the first player character that is unlocked at level 11, and a couple goals will specifically require you play her. However, even with characters unlocked at higher levels, I stick with Maya. Although Maya is relatively slow, and slow to build up speed, she can flip on a dime, a skill essential for racking up the trick combos. I can usually fit in three or more backflips before my first town or forest using Maya. Almost any sort of decline or bounce is enough air to complete a flip. Even a bounce off a rock is enough to get those extra points.


Test the limits of her speed to get a handle on how quickly you can get those flips in, and you’ll be triple flipping in no time (speaking of which, good luck with level 21!).

Maya’s high-flying acrobatics also make powering up the wing suit incredibly fast. If you haven’t already noticed, you power the wing suit by completing as many tricks in quick succession as possible. You can keep track of your progress by keeping an eye on your player’s scarf. As you land tricks, your scarf grows in length, but will quickly shrink down to nothing if you spend too much time between tricks. The wing suit will be powered up when the scarf reaches full length (when it’s nearly to the left edge of your screen) and glows white.

Build Up Those Combos


The fastest way to your new high score is by chaining together as many tricks as possible into combos. Be aware: any combo is broken by regular skiing. Try to flip from grind to grind, throw in a wing suit flight, land on another grind or ramp or rock, and keep flipping! Here are a couple tips on how to get big combos.

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If you have enough built-up speed when you first enable it, you can complete a loop-de-loop in the wing suit right from the get go. Then, if possible, skim past the surface in the suit without touching down to add another trick to your combo (don’t forget, the suit doesn’t make you immune to the perils of rocks, fires, and direct hits like the hover feather will). Try and complete a second loop-de-loop before coming down to a landing at the end of your wing suit’s power.

Wing suit on/off

One trick you can occasionally employ is to use the built-in ability of the wing suit. Once you have enabled the wing suit, you can at any time turn it off with another tap of the wing suit button on the left. Once you have got that first loop-de-loop done, find a grind to land on, jump off, and re-enable the wing suit once again.

Flip during grinds

Another quick way to add tricks to your combo is during bunting line grinds. When you encounter a longer stretch of bunting line, you often find different sections will angle off at a slope from previous sections. This change in descent is enough time for the faster flippers to get an extra backflip in.

Use the Right Player


As previously mentioned, each unlocked player has their own strengths and weaknesses. While Alto is a fairly good all-rounder, he’s not particularly skilled at any one thing. Maya is great at getting flips in quickly, but not the fastest on the ground. Paz isn’t great at the upside-downy, but good luck stopping him when he’s on a roll. Whatever your current challenges are, try and use the strengths of each player to get a leg up on them.

Re-power the wing suit


You’ll find there are plenty of tricks to the wing suit once you have played around with it, but here is one I use often to get extra points. As I mentioned above, the wing suit includes the power to turn off at the touch of the button. Fortunately, when you turn the wing suit off, you don’t lose all of its built up power. This means you can re-enable it after, say, completing a grind. On top of that, you can actually top up on wing suit power by completing additional tricks before time runs out. You have a limited time to do this, as wing suit power depletes whether you’re using it or not, but if you can complete a trick or two in time, you’ll get the wing suit back to full power. This is achieved even faster if you complete a quick combo. Using this trick, I have been able to string together a combo with three separate wing suit flights for a ridiculous amount of points.


So there you have it. Hopefully these tips will come in handy on your trips down the slopes in Alto’s Adventure. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the game on the App Store. Alto’s Adventure is an absolute steal at two dollars for the insane amount of entertainment you’ll be able to squeeze out of this seemingly simple game. You can also check out the dedicated website here.

How to Transfer Android Text Messages to iPhone


If you were one of the millions of people who purchased or received one of the latest iPhones this last holiday season (or any other time), your last phone might have been an Android powered device.

While it’s often fun and exciting to experience a whole new thing like an iPhone for the first time, it can be frustrating when trying to move all of your old data from your previous phone. This can include things like contacts and photos. One of the most important bits you will probably want to keep is your messages. Text messaging has become one of the most used communication tools around the world, and you can easily amass thousands of messages to your friends and family.

So this might lead you to the question: how do you transfer text messages from your Android phone to your iPhone?

There is no built-in way to transfer your SMS and MMS messages from your Android to the iPhone, but it’s still entirely possible to get all of your messages from your old device to your new one.

We have done the research and found that the best application to get your messages transferred from Android to iOS is Backuptrans’ Android iPhone SMS/MMS Transfer+ application for both Windows and Mac OS X, and have created a guide on how to use the application. We will be using the Mac OS X version in the tutorial, but Windows users can follow the same steps.

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Backuptrans offers a free trial of Android iPhone SMS Transfer+ which limits transfers to 20 messages. However, the $34.95 asking price is not too much to ask in order to keep the cherished memories and important information contained in your conversations.

First, either download the trial version, or purchase and download Android iPhone SMS Transfer+ from Backuptrans’s website here (PC version).

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You will have a file called “android-sms-to-iphone-transfer-for-mac.dmg” in your downloads folder. Double click this to open the file, and a window with two files will pop up: the .pkg installer file, and a text file with system requirements and instructions on how to disable OS X’s GateKeeper if you have not already done so.

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Follow the simple instructions on how to disable GateKeeper, then double-click on “android-sms-to-iphone-transfer-for-mac.pkg” to begin the install.

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Follow the directions in the installer to install the application on your computer. After following the instructions, you will then find BackupTrans Android SMS To iPhone Transfer in your Applications folder (or All Programs in the Windows Start Menu).

Double-click to open the app. You will then be prompted to plug in your devices via USB cable if you have not already done so.

The application requires Android phones to have USB debugging enabled. Don’t let the name spook you, this simply means that you are telling Android to allow data to transfer over the USB cable.


On your Android device, open the Settings app (you can find it in your app drawer), and scroll down and tap on “About phone” in the System section, then find the listing for “Build number”. Quickly tap on this section a few times until a popup says that you have enabled Developer Options.


Go back one menu and find the “Developer options” listing in the System section. Tap into it and find the listing for “Android debugging” and enable it. Done! You have enabled USB debugging, and you are now able to transfer your messages from your Android device.

Similarly, there is a step you need to complete on your iPhone as well: disabling iCloud backup. Don’t worry, you can turn it back on once we complete the transfer process (and you will want to in order to keep your iPhone extra safe).


On your iPhone, open the settings app and scroll down and tap on iCloud. Find and tap “Backup”, and turn off the switch.

Back on your computer, Backuptrans will complete a backup of both devices. After the process is done, you can mouse over each button in the toolbar at the top of the application to discover the various tools we can use.

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However, the quickest way to start the process of transferring all of your messages from your Android to your iPhone is to right-click your Android device under Devices in the left column, and click on “Transfer SMS to iPhone”.

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A dialog will popup and ask you to confirm that you want to proceed. Make sure your iPhone is selected from the dropdown and click confirm. The transfer will begin.

After the transfer completes, your iPhone will perform a quick restart. At this point you can confirm that all your messages have been transferred. And you’re done!

Don’t forget to re-enable iCloud backup in your iPhone’s settings at this point.

If you’re interested in purchasing Android iPhone SMS/MMS Transfer+, you can find the PC version here, and the Mac OS X version here.

Pebble Time is the Fastest Funded Kickstarter Ever


As of 2:45PM Pacific standard time, the Pebble Time watch has raised more than six million dollars since it’s launch on Kickstarter early this morning, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping (at least until the deadline of March 27th). The funding goal of $500,000 was met twice over in the first 30 minutes of the campaign. Not coincidentally, the previous record for fastest funded project on Kickstarter was the original Pebble.

(As I was writing that sentence, the project jumped from the sixth to fifth most funded project on the crowd funding website)

When the project reached funding on May 18th, 2012, the Pebble Smartwatch launched an entirely new product category, which now boasts players like industry giants Apple and Samsung. Pebble took a unique approach to a wrist-mounted extension of your smartphone. Instead of using a traditional LED display that would no doubt reduce the effective battery usage to less than a day, Pebble utilized the novel approach of using an E-ink display. This meant you could could reliable get 5 days of use out of a single charge – unprecedented in an industry when most battery lives are measured in hours. Also maintained are fitness tracking, water resistance, and the open platform for third party developers to bring their watch faces and apps to the Pebble Store.

Predictably, the product was a hit: Pebble, and it’s grown-up sibling Pebble Steel, are now sold in retailers worldwide, with more than a million units sold.

Nearly three years later, the company behind the original Pebble is back with their sophomore product (if you don’t count the Pebble Steel re-skinning), and it’s taking the internet by storm.

It’s called the Pebble Time, and it improves upon every aspect of the original. Pebble Time will come with a color E-ink display to add additional depth and vibrancy to screen graphics while maintaining the still-unmatched 7 day battery life. The new Pebble Time is also 20% thinner than the predecessor, and is curved to better match the curvature of your wrist. You get an updated rounded rect design to make for a very clean look, and the charging port is now positioned on the back of the device for an even sleeker appearance.

But likely the most appealing upgrade is the new software. Whereas the original was essentially a watch that showed your phone’s notifications and gave you music playback controls, the Pebble Time is built with significantly more functionality. Built around a timeline, you get glimpses into your past, present, and future with just a click. Jump up into the past to view and interact with missed notifications, check out your step count, and view recently updated data like sports scores. Scroll down into the future to check out your active alarms, upcoming calendar events, and weather forecasts. And while this is all incredibly useful information, every interaction with Pebble Time is met with beautiful and creative animations. Scrolling down will zoom out your watch face while upcoming information floats into view like bubbles from a fizzy drink. Move into your music and watch album art fill in as though being squeezed out of a tube.

When the Pebble Time goes to retailers this summer, regular price will be set at $199 (a full $150 cheaper than the lowest end Apple Watch at $349), but the 10,000 lucky early bird backers of the Kickstarter paid only $159. As you might have surmised, the early bird pricing is already gone, but the next level for backing the campaign will still net you $20 off retail at $179. Hurry, there’s only twenty-thousand spots left!

The company could not have picked a better time to unleash the new product unto the world. As the tech industry is abuzz about the imminent release of the Apple Watch (due out in April), Pebble gets to ride the wave of renewed fervor for “wearables” by updating what is likely the most popular product in the still-new category. As Pebble Technologies returns to its roots, the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign serves the dual purpose of building hype for it’s new product while also gauging interest and determining manufacturing scale.

You can check out their Kickstarter campaign here, or visit getpebble.com.

Level Up Your Kitchen Prowess With These Apps


Turkey Day cometh. Make sure you’re prepared to make and serve and awesome Thanksgiving feast with the most useful kitchen apps. Or maybe you have a date coming up and you want to make a delicious homemade meal, but you don’t know where to start. Check out DailyAppShow’s guide to the top apps for improving (or maybe improvising) your kitchen and cooking.


Grocery iQ

Grocery iQ makes shopping quick and easy with the features you expect from the #1 grocery shopping list app. Build lists from the extensive product database using text, barcode, or voice search, sync and share lists with other devices and the GroceryiQ.com website, find related coupons and more.



Featured on the Today Show and used by millions, Yummly puts every recipe in the world in your pocket. The most powerful recipe search, the recipe sites you love, your digital recipe box, recipe recommendations just for you, and a smart shopping list – all with you wherever you go.



A timer is a must for any kitchen, but often a single timer won’t do (just ask anyone in charge of a Thanksgiving dinner). Timeless is a countdown timer and stopwatch application that combines a very simple and fast interface with powerful features like multiple timers, labeling, gesture based controls, Focus mode and color themes.



Cups allows you to convert between weight and volume in a few finger taps. Simply select the ingredient, the origin and the desired unit of measure. Then, slide to reach the weight you wish to convert too and you are done!



Have you ever found yourself halfway through a recipe only to discover that you’re missing an ingredient? It happens, and when it does, don’t panic and launch Substitutions. The app not only helps you find alternatives for ingredients you’re missing, but also substitutes for foods that you might have allergies to, or things you’re trying to avoid like carbs or salt. If you cook for multiple people with any regularity, Substitutions is a must-have for your app pantry.

These Apps Solve Problems That Don’t Exist


There are lots of awesome apps that solve niggling problems many of us have. A good banking app is indispensable. Google Maps in your pocket? Awesome. Sending money to the other side of the planet instantly? No problem. And yet, there is a frenzy of apps that solve problems that…frankly don’t exist. Yours truly has gone to the deeps of the app store to find some of these ridiculous apps. Check them out below:


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Did you watch the pixar movie Wall-E? In the movie you find that all humans have gone aboard a giant galactic cruise ship that does everything for them. They don’t even have to walk. After some years of living on this ship, all the humans have become fat, utterly disabled blobs of flesh and laziness. I feel like Umbrella is just another step to a similar dystopian future for society. Umbrella solves the age-old problem of deciding whether or not to take your umbrella out with you. The two dollar app opens up and gives you a straight up yes or no. And some weather text. And a picture. What happened to…you know…looking out the window?


Yo gained widespread infamy after finding out that the company who made it secured rather a lot of funding despite it’s simplistic premise: You load the app with your favorite Yo app users, at which point you can pick any of them and they will get a notification saying Yo. That’s it. You can’t customize the message, send pictures, or do any of that other fancy stuff that “complicated” messaging apps can do. It’s like poking on Facebook, but with even less relevancy.

Also, yes, that is the real app icon up there. The app might fool you into thinking they’re hip to the trend of flat design aesthetics, but I’m calling shenanigans and saying it’s just out of pure laziness.


Another photo sharing app? Oh boy! The idea of Tiiny is that you take a photo or video and submit it through this app, at which point everybody gets to see a tiny (tiiny, get it?) version of it on the feed. No enlarging. No saving. Everything gets deleted after 24 hours. I don’t know about you, but I feel like Instagram photos are small enough. I just don’t feel up to squinting to see mediocre-at-best iPhone pictures from people you don’t even know.

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Continuing the trend of useless apps named after colloquial greetings, Sup lets you connect to your friends’ cameras so that you can see what they’re seeing. You can even tell them to turn a certain way using on screen controls so you can see what you want. BRB while I connect with my girlfriend and tell her to point down…down…down…

Wait, hold on, what was wrong with FaceTime or Skype?


I’ve saved the best for last, because I’m still not one-hundred percent convinced this is a real thing. And I’m not going to download this free app to find out.

So…I guess the point of this app is kinda like Tinder on steroids. Using 3nder (we’re still not sure how you actually say that) you find other people who would like to participate in a consensual threesome. And I guess in an attempt to “encourage people to meet offline” (and probably get an STD) the app limits you to talking to the other two people in your group for three days. After that time you have to fork over money to continue talking.