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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    Even though most of the rumors have been focused on a possible iPad Pro to be launched later this year, we've also kept a close eye on Apple's plan to revamp its aging iPad mini. Apple has kept the current design for three generations now, something odd coming from Cupertino's typical two-year revamp cycle. We saw this particularly with the iPad Air 2, and as some iPad mini 4 leaks have claimed, that's exactly what Apple plans to do here. Today we land a new batch of leaks of the iPad mini 4 in 3D CAD drawings, and if looks were everything, this gives us more solid data with regards to ...

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    Pocketnow 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 about Google's commitment to fi Stagefright for Android. iOS 9 and watchOS 2 are next as they reach new betas. Then we talk about the Pebble Time Steel and when you can buy one. We then follow up on the LG Nexus as reports claim that it might be crucial for Android Pay. We end today's show with the bad news that HTC might need to cut team members. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google commits to patching Stagefright vulnerability soon - iOS 9 and watchOS 2 reach beta 5, public beta 3 for iOS 9 in tow - Pebble Time Steel reservations ...

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    Even though hijacking an iPhone through a simple SMS has been a common topic lately, we know that iPhones aren't the only devices vulnerable. Just yesterday we reported of "Stagefright," which can hijack your Android device through a simple MMS by addressing the libStageFright media library. We're talking about hundreds of millions of Android devices vulnerable here, and Google has just decided to speak up. Google spent some time at Black Hat 2015 clarifying that the company is working closely with OEMs to bring a fix for Stagefright as early as this month. At the moment we hear that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple Music and its stats with regards to trial subscribers. Then we talk about Apple's security when it comes to iMessage, FaceTime and other services. ASUS follows with a new ZenFone Max, and its gigantic battery. Huawei is next as we find some possible leaks of its Nexus phablet. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its teasers for its Unpacked event. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple Music has reached 55% of Spotify’s subscriber base in one month - iMessage and FaceTime may not be as private as Apple claims - ...

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    Apple has been on a roll with its beta updates for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan, so much so that beta 5 reached the desktop variant earlier than the rest. Today Apple has stepped its game up with beta 5 for iOS 9 and watchOS 2 in the case of the developer preview, and even the third public beta for iOS 9, and the list of changes are significant. In the case of watchOS 2, Apple hasn't really pushed any significant updates in the past, but today it gets two new features. First you'll notice that you can now select how long the display remains active, but only with two options that ...

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    ASUS has taken the challenge of gaining mindshare in its smartphone offerings, and so long it's done a good job. The company's bevy of affordable options for the ASUS ZenFone 2 have proven to give it a very popular selling point. What's interesting is that it seems the company was just getting started, and today we see a new offering. ASUS has just announced a bunch of phones today in a major launch event in India, but not all of them are really new devices, with the exception of the new ASUS ZenFone Max. The main selling point of this phone is its whopping 5,000 mAh battery, even though ...

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated “We’re not reading your email. We’re not reading your iMessage,” in addition to claiming that “If the government laid a subpoena to get iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have a key. And so it’s sort of — the door is closed.” The question is if it's really as secure as he claims. Nicholas Weaver, a computer security researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkley, wrote a very interesting article that claims otherwise. Surely the FBI would need a warrant to tap your information, but ...

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    Even though Apple championed the digital music era for years, its reluctance to adopt a music streaming model has clearly taken a toll. Cupertino's response with the launch of Apple Music has still not proven to be as good as Spotify, the service it pretty much copied and is trying to defeat. That said, the company doesn't seem far from defeating it either, and today we learn more. Apple's Internet services SVP Eddy Cue has just told USA Today that Apple Music has 11 million trial members after a month of being in the market. Two million of these users signed up for family plans as well, ...

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    I remember one day back in 2007 when Brandon Miniman wrote me and said: "Hey, there's this new thing called YouTube that we should consider, and I already uploaded a video of my HTC Tilt unboxing." Back then, Pocketnow's main focus was to be a Review machine, and our original idea was to have YouTube videos serve as an added value to differentiate our reviews. We had a very humble start. None of us were video producers, show hosts, and we had no clue on how to properly edit a video. I remember my first video (which was Pocketnow's second) was done by setting a cheap Sony Cybershot that I ...

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    Microsoft has been on a roll with consumer-oriented products lately, something uncommon for the Redmond that we knew in the past. We've seen the company launch a bevy of apps for iOS and Android, and leave a few in preview here and there as well. Microsoft Sway is one of those services in preview that just swapped status today. Microsoft Sway has left preview and becomes fully available to iOS, Android, and Office 365. Sway is really a re-imagined presentation tool. It's less powerful than PowerPoint, but even with its web limitations is capable of delivering some stunning presentations ...

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    Even though there were a ton of rumors surrounding a fingerprint scanner coming the current Google Nexus 6, the reality was a different story. We even heard former Motorola CEO call Apple out over acquiring the company necessary to bring this technology to the Nexus 6, but then again we still see competitors bring out good fingerprint scanners without excuses today. That said, Dennis Woodside wasn't really kidding about their plans, as today we find proof. Today we land some neat photos of a prototype Google Nexus 6, and believe it or not, that beloved dimple at the back was actually ...

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    At this point we're still not sure if Google will push more Nexus devices to the market, but the amount of rumors sure say it will. We've followed the tracks of both an LG Nexus smartphone and a Huawei Nexus phablet for weeks now. We have seen information on their specs before, but today we learn more information. When it comes to the LG Nexus, we're talking about a 5.2-inch 1080p P-OLED display powered by a new Snapdragon 620 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 615, but with more powerful Cortex A72 cores. We also see 4GB of DDR3 RAM, options for up to 64GB of storage, USB ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some Q2 market share analytics, and how the iPhone has dominated most of them. Then we talk about Microsoft and its plan for Xbox and Windows 10. We then follow up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and a possible event happening soon. Sony is next with more leaks on the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. We end today's show talking about Apple Music, Dre, and exclusivity. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Q2 market share data shows Android still losing ground to the iPhone - Microsoft sets timetable for Xbox One Windows 10 testing, ...

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    Apple's challenge to make its Apple Music service hotter than the likes of Spotify does require some unique tactics, and we've seen a few lately. This is an on going business though, and today we learn that Cupertino has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The first is that Dr. Dre's new Album, "Compton," will be an Apple Music exclusive. It's been a crazy 16 years since his last album, and given the fact that his "Detox" music project never delivered, Dre promises that this new album will be worth it. It should reach the service tonight, just in time for the release of the film "Straight ...

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    The second quarter of every year has never been a good month for Apple Market share due to various factors. On one hand people are already waiting for the next iPhone, and on another, major competitors like Samsung's latest Galaxy are gaining traction. This year things seem to have changed though, and we get some solid data to back it up. Kantar has just launched its survey data for smartphone marketshare, and even though the Android growth is normal for this period, it's curious to note that Android actually lost market share to the iPhone in some European markets and Australia. China is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ZTE Blade 6, and its iris scanning technology. Then we talk about the new leaks of the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and its fingerprint scanner. We then follow with OnePlus as the company teases another phone coming soon. Then it's all about the iPhone mini and when we can expect it. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy Note 5 and its teasers. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Iris scanning comes to ZTE Blade S6 via software update - Possible Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact leak uncovers side-mounted fingerprint scanner ...

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    Apple is not only famous for being a very conservative company, but also for changing its mind all the time. This same company that didn't want to build a bigger iPhone or a smaller iPad, has clearly not delivered on its word. We recently heard rumors that Cupertino was working on its own MVNO service, and today we get official news on the matter. Apple has just issued a statement denying the recent rumors that it will be launching its own MVNO service. In the statement, Cupertino declares that: "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch an MVNO,” said an Apple ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been kind of infamous for its timing at launching products, this is clearly a new company. Redmond was able to deliver its Windows 10 promise for computers, and so far stats seem positive. If you're in the market for a product right now, it seems you won't even need to upgrade. Microsoft has decided to already sell its Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 installed. Whether it's the case of the 10.8-inch tablet, or the 12-inch professional computer, you won't have to bother with the burden of installing Windows 10 on either. This is also happens to be the ...

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    The launch of the HTC One M9 came with both good and bad news. The shiny new device is obviously good news, but learning of new ways HTC wants to monetize through ads on HTC Sense is the bad news. We thought this would just be a pilot for certain regions, and only on BlinkFeed, but it seems we were wrong. Reddit users have begun complaining that their HTC One M8 or One M9 has begun giving them push notifications of movie advertising. At the moment it seems the ad is about the Fantastic Four, which depending on your age, is a remake that might make your teeth cringe on its own. What's ...

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    Apple's push to higher-resolution technology on its computers has certainly done a good job in boosting the company's product reputation. Its existing Retina Display laptops are top of their class, and the same can be said about its 5K iMac in everything but its price tag. We know that mentality doesn't last for long in Cupertino, and it seems more products are already planned. Code buried inside the recent betas of OS X El Capitan has already begun hinting a 4K iMac in the works, but it seems this is not just one product. The recent beta has gone as far as to reveal three new iMacs on the ...

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    The idea of an iPhone mini launching along side the iPhone 6s has been a polarizing topic lately. Some sources claim it will happen, and other say the project was ditched back in March in order to not cannibalize the iPhone 6. What we do know is that sales of the iPhone 5s prove that the world still wants a small iPhone, and it seems Apple will deliver. Unnamed sources from the semiconductor industry argue that Apple will launch a successor to the iPhone 5c in Q2/2016. We're not sure if this iPhone 6c will follow the polycarbonate design of the iPhone 5c, or aluminum design of the iPhone ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5, and its future announcements at IFA. Then we talk about how Nokia sells HERE services to German automakers. Apple follows with the rumors of a probable MVNO to compete with Google's Project Fi. Then we talk about the recent leaks of a thicker iPhone 6s, Force Touch, and a Taptic engine. We end today's show talking about Apple's probable voice mail integration to Siri with iOS 10. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony launches “super mid-range” Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra with ...

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    Microsoft may not be the world's most famous smartphone OEM, and particularly after the turn of events with the Lumia division. That said, the company did confirm a solid commitment to the platform, and that we should expect flagship devices later this year. Rumors first started with the Lumia 940 / 940 XL, and then these flipped to Lumia 950 / 950 XL. Now it seems things are flipping again. Sources claim that Microsoft will indeed launch a Lumia 940, Lumia 940 XL and even a Lumia 840 later this year. The Lumia 940 is said to bring a 5.2-inch QHD display, and be powered by a 64-bit ...

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    The amount of leaks surrounding Samsung's future phablet lineup is significant. At this point we already have a press event scheduled for August 13 as well, bringing Apple some heat with its future phablet launch as well. What we hadn't really seen is official photos of these devices, at least until now. Famous tipster Evan Blass has just collaborated with a new photo of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. This is a press-quality photo, which if not for the odd button drawings on the Note 5, could be considered pretty much the real deal. Blass also hints on the Galaxy Note 5 ...

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