Posts by Jaime Rivera

Jaime has been a fan of technology since he got his first computer when he was 12, and has followed the evolution of mobile technology from the PDA to everything we see today. As our Multimedia Manger, he’s been in-charge of growing our YouTube hobby into one of the biggest video channels in the industry. When he’s not building one of our videos, or filming our Pocketnow Daily, he can be found in his second biggest passion, which is running and fitness. Read more about Jaime Rivera!

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    When asking yourself if it would be better for you to choose the color and trim of your smartphone, or to have a designer decide that for you, you'd assume that having a choice is better. Sadly after the second year of Moto Maker's lukewarm existence, it seems that people don't want to bother with the need to choose. Apple's SVP of design, Jony Ive claimed this very thing in a recent profile by the New Yorker, and it did leave some sour competitors. Even though Ive asked not to directly mention Motorola in his recent critique, his statement made things more than obvious. Ive stated that: ...

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    Even with the amount of praise that Sony's Xperia lineup has received over the last couple of years, it seems to not be enough to get the company's mobile division back on track. We've seen the company struggle to reach its profitability goals over the last couple of quarters, and it's clear that the company is desperate for a come back somehow. You'd think that the company's turnaround plan would include a heavy focus on mobile, especially given the fact that Apple's success fully depends on it, but the reality is the other way around. In a plan to raise $4.2B in profit by year 2018, ...

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    It seems that along with the departure of Scott Forstall as Apple's VP of iOS software, so did the company's focus on Siri. We've seen Apple launch updates to iOS 7 and iOS 8, and the most we've seen from Siri is a new "Hey Siri" function that doesn't necessarily work as current competitors like the Moto X do. Still, we do know that the Apple Watch will rely heavily on Siri, and it's only fair that Apple brings some updates. In the embedded video you'll notice two recordings of Siri, the first one with the current voice, and the second recording with a newer one that's apparently slated ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some new reports that claim that the Snapdragon 810 processor doesn't heat up at all. Then we talk about LG as we learn about the possible launch date of the G4, earlier than expected. HTC follows with the One M8i, along side the One M9. Samsung then takes the stage with its predictions on wireless charging for 2015. We end today's show talking about the new Galaxy S6 teaser that Samsung just posted. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Snapdragon 810 overheating myth busted? SoC runs cooler than the 801, claims report - LG G4 launch ...

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    If you're currently on the ropes deciding if you should buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in the next few months, there are more reasons than ever to become part of the full Microsoft ecosystem, assuming you also use Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft made a big deal of how universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone will also work on the Xbox One, but at the moment, support for third-party apps is limited to only a few elite developers. This is about to change and in a major way. Sources claim that Microsoft is preparing to show us how the whole third-party Xbox One platform will work in April ...

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    Samsung's supremacy over the smartphone market has quickly faded over the last couple of years. The company was China's top smartphone vendor for a significant amount of time, and that leadership was taken away by Xiaomi last year.  If you're wondering how Samsung is doing lately with so many entry-level Galaxy phones in the market, you'd be amazed at how the tables have turned for the Korean giant. The IDC has just provided its market share figures for Q4/2014, and Samsung is not second, nor third, nor even fourth place in the Chinese market share, but an unbelievable fifth with only ...

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    Yes, we know that as geeky as Project Ara is going to be, we won't be able to test it unless we move to Puerto Rico in its initial launch phase. While there's nothing wrong in moving to such a beautiful island, we're sure you're all as skeptical as we are over how the modules of this Google project will look for the end consumer. Toshiba seems to agree that this is a valid concern, and has decided to show us its camera modules. Toshiba has been able to build three initial camera modules for Google's Project Ara, a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel primary camera module, and a ...

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    Even though we've got a few players in the VR headset business like Samsung and Oculus, this is still a niche market that needs traction to take off. Microsoft's vision of what a VR headset should be has gotten a lot of us surprised as well, but as much promise as the HoloLens brings, we still have to see a final product to judge if it'll revolutionize anything. Apple is always open to pick up on slow markets and propose smarter solutions, and it seems a VR headset is the next way to go. Apple was just granted a patent for its own VR headset, but if you thought this would be a ...

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    We've continuously discussed how the state of wearables is, in an odd way, disappointing. The added value of notifications in a watch doesn't seem to be as appealing as the industry would think, and many of us have set our expectations in the Apple Watch as the device that will change that. We're just a few months away from the official launch teased by Tim Cook, but it seems that this won't be the product Apple intended. In a lengthy article, the Wall Street Journal has shared some inside information on how the Apple Watch is not what the company envisioned. Apple’s original plan was to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's new Watch Urbane, and its elegant design. ASUS follows as we learn more about its smartwatch plans, even if some don't include Android Wear. HTC follows as we learn more details on its final name and display resolution. Jony Ive continues as new reports point to a possible retirement coming soon. We end today's show talking about Apple's electric Car project status. All this and more after the break. Stories: - LG reveals Watch Urbane, a stylish Android Wear device for MWC - ASUS CEO outlines smartwatch plans beyond Android Wear - HTC ...

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    We had heard that Microsoft was planning two major GDR upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1, but with all the Windows 10 buzz, it was easy to assume that GDR2 was dead. Many of us are already testing the Windows 10 preview for phones, so it really doesn't make any sense for there to be Microsoft resources working on an update in between. Still, Microsoft is Microsoft, and some new documents prove otherwise. Internal Microsoft documents that are usually only shared with OEMs and carrier partners claim that Microsoft is still working on GDR2 for Windows Phone. The document is dated on January ...

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    One of the only technologies that hasn't been able to miniaturize successfully at the same trend that the mobile industry has evolved, is battery technology. The way it goes is that the beefier the processor, or the higher resolution the display, the larger the battery you require. We've seen Samsung Galaxy phones not only excel in this department year over year, but new reports claim that the company will take a step back. Reports claim that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will sport a 2600 mAh batter, a step back when compared to the current 2800 mAh power pack of the Galaxy S5. Just to give you ...

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    Apple decided to drop the name "Computer" from its name a couple of years ago, mainly when it branched out to products like the iPhone and iPad. Today we see the company expand to new categories like the Apple Watch, something we should be able to test later this year. Tim Cook has teased that we haven't seen the best of Apple's roadmap yet, and some new reports claim that the next challenge is huge. Some of the recent reports on an Apple van full of cameras sounded more like an Apple "Street View" project, but it eventually evolved into an Apple Car project. Today the Wall Street Journal ...

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    There's a famous saying in Latin America the goes a little like: "Always leave a party early, so that you're missed." That could be said about the late Steve Jobs who passed away just months after turning his bankrupt startup into the most valuable company in the world. His famous army of executives behind such an incredible success story is still there, but the question is for how long? An extensive profile on Jony Ive was recently published by The New Yorker, and if you read into the lines a bit, there are a couple of hints that point to a future without Jony Ive. First of all, the ...

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    Apple is definitely not a company that can be trusted when it comes to the leaks of its product roadmap. Just a few years ago the company assured the public that it didn't believe in 7-inch tablets, and well, the iPad mini can help us prove our point. Apple also claimed that the existence of a computer with a touch screen would not be optimal for the user when it launched the 11-inch MacBook Air, but with all the leaks of a larger 12-inch iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro, it seems the company is on the verge of contradicting itself again. New leaks show us that Chinese companies are already ...

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    Pockentow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk bout Apple's new changes to iOS App limits on App Store. Then we talk about the Galaxy S6, its possible launch date, and software changes. HTC then takes the stage as we learn of a new possible device in the works. Then we talk about all the Lollipop updates that have happened over the last week. We end today's show talking about the Windows 10 Phone Edition preview, and our full coverage. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple gives the go-ahead for the largest iOS apps yet - Galaxy S6 retail release date hinted at in new leak - ...

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    Being part of the Apple ecosystem has its benefits, so long as you’re willing to invest in them. One of the products that takes the most advantage of this is actually the most underrated as well, the Apple TV and its marriage with AirPlay. Years ago, AirPlay was originally known as AirTunes, mainly because you could stream your music to any stereo system if you connected it to an Airport Express, all through a Wi-Fi connection that provides better reception over long distances than Bluetooth. The concept evolved into AirPlay once the Apple TV could take this streaming features a step ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about NVIDIA's press invites for an event focused on gaming. Then we talk about Sony and some new developments on the company building phones with MediaTek processors. Google follows as we learn of new possible ways in which the company might revamp Google Wallet. Samsung then takes the stage as we talk about some high-quality renders of the Galaxy S6. We end today's show talking about how iPhone theft has dropped with Activation Lock. All this and more after the break. Stories: - NVIDIA sends out invites for gaming-focused announcement next month - ...

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    The Inateck TPB-IA is probably one of the most useful, yet simplistic iPad cases we've ever used. It's made of a soft-touch felt material inside and out, and is complemented by a magnetic leather buckle to ensure your iPad is fully protected when in use. The sleeve measures 10.2 x 7.4 inches, so it's compatible with either the iPad Air or iPad Air 2. If you're interested in other options, Inateck also provides similar solutions for devices like the iPad mini and even the MacBook lineup. The TPB-IA not only provides a very elegant solution for those wanting to carry an iPad on the go, but ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's new Market cap, which has now broken a new world record. Samsung follows as we learn more details on what to expect for the Galaxy S6. HTC then takes the stage as some hot new renders show us what we should see in the HTC One M9. HTC then takes the stage again as we learn about its "Petra" smartwatch plans. We end today's show talking about the status of Android Wear in the market. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple now worth $720B; more than Google and Microsoft combined - Two Galaxy phones coming at MWC, one with ...

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    Microsoft has gained a lot of fame for making its mobile operating system run like a champ on the lowest hardware specifications imaginable. Sadly, Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't necessarily shined in allowing Microsoft to retain this reputation, and with the confirmation that Windows 10 will run on devices with 512MB of RAM, but with less features, you could say we have all the reasons in the world to be worried. If you currently own any budget Lumia, we've got some possible good news. Microsoft's Gabriel Alu has taken on Twitter to tell us all that he's currently testing Windows 10 on a budget ...

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    Google's launch of the Knowledge Graph three years ago has proven to be the back bone of what makes Google Search services so popular. Its ability to place a specific meaning to the words you search, instead of interpreting a string of characters, has allowed Google Search to provide useful and related information at the right of each search that you do. One of the biggest search topics that Google has detected in recent times is people searching for health-related information, and the company has decided to do something about it. In the next few days you'll notice that your ...

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    Applications and services are popular depending on where you live, and this is most evident when it comes to Maps services. Google Maps is clearly one of the world's favorites, but its turn-by-turn navigation services are terrible in Latin America, where Waze is much more popular and usable, and the same can be said about HERE Maps in Europe. What remains of the Nokia from Finland has just launched a major upgrade for its HERE Maps services, and these are worth the read. HERE Maps now expands to bring more map coverage to other areas of the world, turn-by-turn navigation to more regions, ...

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    It's surreal to think that the same company that was roughly 90 days from going bankrupt back in 1997, is now considered the most valuable company in the world. Even more surreal is the fact that Microsoft was one of the companies that helped boost credibility back into Apple as part of Steve Jobs' turn around plan, and that now Apple is worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Apple's stock is on a rise after certain records were broken yesterday, and the numbers are just crazy. Apple became the first US company in history to close stock market trading with $700 billion in ...

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