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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new and weird patent to help you type on your keyboard. Samsung follows as we learn more details of some budget tablets coming to CES 2015. Kodak follows as the company seems to want to get into the smartphone business. Apple then takes the spotlight as we learn about the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We end today's show talking about NVIDIA and how it has taken leadership in Android software updates. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft patents eye-tracking keyboard software - Samsung in-development ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent update to its Apple Pay vendors, and the bad news about it. Apple then follows as we learn how Apple plans to use other vendors to solve its sapphire needs. Amazon is next as we learn about its holiday give aways, and why you need to act fast. HTC then takes the stage as we have new details on HTC Sense 7. We end today's show talking about the latest Whastapp feature that's being worked on. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple Pay website updated with some partnership delays - Apple may use Foxconn to solve its ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus was more than just a success. The company broke sales records on the first few days, and even with the supply restraints of the iPhone 6 Plus, the company's bottom line still broke records as well. It's already been three months since the launch of these devices in the US, and if you think sales figures have slowed down, think again. A recent survey conducted to more than a thousand US consumers reveals that people still want to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. 50% of the people surveyed said they wanted to buy an iPhone, compared ...

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    Huawei may only be famous in American shores for its entry-level smartphones, but that doesn't mean that the company doesn't raise the bar with its flagships in Asia and Europe. Huawei's Ascend P7 and P7 special edition proved that the company is bold enough to launch very powerful smartphones, and add special features like a sapphire display to the mix. We've already heard some rumors of the Huawei Ascend P8 a few weeks ago, and today we get to learn more. We have some leaked photos of an aluminum frame that the source claims to belong to the Huawei Ascend P8. We're not sure if this means ...

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    We've spent the last few weeks discussing how HTC will implement Android 5.0 Lollipop mixed with its proprietary HTC Sense user interface. What's odd is for any OEM to launch such a major software update before the announcement of a future flagship smartphone, since this is a good selling point. None of the rumors we've caught have mentioned a new version of Sense being launched along with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now we understand why. The same source that leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop on the HTC One M8 a few days ago has just revealed that HTC will differentiate its 2015 ...

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    Amazon hasn't had the best year when it comes to its smartphone and tablet offerings. The company's launch of the Fire Phone is probably one of its worse flops in history, and the recent update to its tablet lineup went under the radar. Still, that doesn't mean the company isn't famous for building mindshare through some crazy tactics, and today Amazon is at it again. Amazon is currently giving away 40 Android applications that are worth a crazy $220 combined. Some of these apps are great, others aren't, but the simple idea of being able to get them for free is great no matter how you look ...

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    Apple has tried and failed at bringing us sapphire displays for its iPhone and iPad lineup. The drama behind the company's attempt to build sapphire in the US is long, and in the end, all we see is the company's Asian partners trying to solve the problem for Cupertino. Today we learn that Apple is still planning to give us a sapphire iPhone soon, and a long time partner seems to be in charge. Foxconn has been responsible for building iPhones for Apple since we can remember, and some new reports claim that the company is highly interested in adopting the sapphire business for Apple. If you ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Marriott wants to block your right to use your Wi-Fi hotspot. Nokia follows as we learn of a possible launch date for the N1 Android tablet. Samsung then takes the stage as we learn more about its progress with 4GB of RAM chips. HTC then surprises us with spec details and accessories for its Hima smartphone. We end today's show talking about new reports on the smaller iPhone and larger iPad in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Businesses seek right to block smartphone WiFi hotspots - Nokia’s Android tablet gets an ...

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    With the branding change that most, if not all Microsoft services received recently, don't feel odd if this headline doesn't remind you of the now defunct Bing Translator. Microsoft is now naming everything under its current brand, and these changes even include some hefty updates for some services. Today we learn that Microsoft is adding more functionality to some of its services, and that even includes tools to translate. Microsoft Translate was recently updated to version 3.2, and the changes include voice support for different versions of English, French and Spanish. These changes ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5c last year was met with significant complaints and disappointment. Surely, there wasn't anything that was really wrong with the smartphone as it was, but the fact that it was priced too high made people ignore it and focus on the iPhone 5s at the time. Today Meizu has launched a new smartphone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5c, but fixing some of its quirks. The new Meizu M1 Note is so identical to an iPhone 5c, that the Chinese press confirms that Meizu sent press invitations along with an iPhone 5c chassis on the invite. The main difference is that this ...

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    Even though mobile payments haven't really gained the level of acceptance that smartphone makers would've expected, that doesn't mean that Apple hasn't found some success in the market after just one month. Recent statistics showed that the company was already enjoying 1% of digital payments, and with most users using the service more than once every week. We might attribute Apple's success to the partnerships the company was able to land, though not everything is a pretty picture. Apple has silently updated its Apple Pay website to reflect some new light in the status of the remaining ...

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    Sapphire is definitely not new on smartphones, as you might remember Kyocera launch a smartphone sporting a sapphire display a few months ago. Still, you might not remember it as well as you might remember Apple's failed attempts to bring sapphire to its existing smartphone lineup. If you're wondering when you'll be able to get sapphire on your next smartphone, it seems another company is planning to beat Apple. Xiaomi is now reported to include a 5.7-inch sapphire display in its new Xiaomi 5, which we are expecting to see launched at CES 2015 in the next few weeks. The source claims that ...

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    There's no denying that Apple found new success with its launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company has broken every sales record it had in just the first few weeks of sales, making it clear that customers did want a larger display on an iPhone. That being said, we also heard some recent reports claiming that Apple is working on a smaller 4-inch iPhone, and these rumors gain more traction today. Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company landed some fame recently with some accurate rumors about the display size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year. Today, Arcuri ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about ASUS and its new teasers for CES, which include a hot Zen Phone video. Then we talk about Google and the new rumors regarding Android 5.0.2. HTC follows as we get some new leaks of HTC Sense running on top of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Apple follows as we learn how the company is making work difficult for developers of third-party keyboards. We end today's show talking about Apple Pay and its statistics after a month of operation. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS delivers CES 2015 teaser vid (and no, those aren’t dual cameras) ...

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    The launch of the Lumia 1320 was clearly overshadowed by its sibling, the Lumia 1520. Surely the Lumia 1320 was intended to be a mid-tier phablet for those in need of a big display on a tight budget, but that doesn't change the fact that the spec differences with the Lumia 1520 made some users prefer to pay the extra cash. We've heard rumors of Microsoft's smartphone plans for 2015, and today we learn more about the successor of the Lumia 1320. For the purpose of this post, we'll dub this smartphone the Lumia 1330, even if that data isn't yet confirmed. New leaks claim that this device ...

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    Google's launch of Android One had the purpose of serving emerging markets with a fluid Android experience on entry-level hardware, and at the same time relieving OEMs of the need to worry about the software experience. At the moment, the Android One initiative was only available in India as its launch country, and we've heard of different OEMs like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn jumping on board. If you're wondering when Android One smartphones will reach your country, more news emerge today. Google has just made it official that Android One is expanding its reach to Bangladesh, Nepal and ...

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    So far, it's almost a general consensus among the Pocketnow Team, that our favorite Android user interfaces are either HTC Sense or the stock Android experience. Matching these interfaces together is something we're all highly anticipating, and we've kept a close eye on some leaked screenshots a few weeks ago, in addition to some possible launch dates that might happen earlier than expected. HTC promised a launch within the next 90 days from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and new leaks prove that things are close. Some new leaked screenshots of HTC Sense running on top of ...

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    Just as with mobile payments and a ton of other services, Apple wasn't first in allowing third-party keyboards to work on its iOS products. Apple's stock iOS keyboard isn't as bad as some stock Android keyboards we've tested, but it's always good to give people options to choose what better solves their particular needs. The biggest problem is that third-party keyboards on iOS are sluggish, and it seems that Apple also wants them to become less functional. Nintype has become very famous because of all the added functionality that the developer has envisioned you would like in a keyboard. ...

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    Even though Apple didn't invent mobile payments, we all know that Cupertino is famous for arriving late at certain markets and making these take off. Google has struggled for years to make Google Wallet famous, and even if the service still exists, we rarely see any improvements over the already failed market strategy. Google's failure in mobile payments, and the reluctance of certain retailers over Apple Pay made us skeptical over its possible success at launch, but it seems that there's not need to worry. Reports already claim that Apple Pay was able to claim 1% of the digital payment ...

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    We're sure that by now you've noticed that we love comparisons. There's no better way to help you all decide between one product and another, than if we test them side by side on a couple of average days of use. It's always hard for us to determine a winner, since each product was designed with a specific niche in the market in mind, but at least our experience will serve you to get a feel for what device suits your needs. As we wind up our initial coverage of the Oppo R5, one very requested comparison was to put this device to the test against the ultimate aluminum power house from HTC. ...

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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 about Microsoft's launch of Lumia Denim, and what this means for most Lumias in the market. Google follows as we learn more about the possibility of Nexus 9 leather covers. Sony follows as the company has begun to tease what we should expect for CES 2015. Then Sony takes the stage one more time as we see some new leaks on the Sony Xperia Z4. We end today's show talking about Samsung's Galaxy S6 and some new evidence. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft issues Lumia Denim update statement (while taking an axe to availability ...

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    Miniaturization has been one of the key elements that has allowed technology to evolve over the years. Decades ago, a computer was big enough to fill a room, and today most of us carry smartphones that are more powerful than some of the computers NASA needed to put a man on the moon. If you’re new to the smartphone business, you might not remember how big and bulky these products were just a few years ago, and how companies focused on defying form factors and designs in order to make your use of a smartphone a pleasant experience. Some of us struggle with the level of compromise that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new BlackBerry Classic, and what this means for the stressed company. Then we talk about the possible launch date and changes coming with Google's Android 5.1 update. Samsung follows as we learn about a new mobile payments system in the works. Apple then takes the stage with some new patents regarding Touch ID. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy S6 Edge and its probability. All this and more after the break. Stories: - BlackBerry Classic launches with a very familiar look - Android 5.1 tipped for early next year, partial ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ASUS CES event, and what we should expect to be announced. Apple follows as we learn details on launch dates for iOS 8.1.3. HTC then takes the stage as we learn of probable dates for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop for its flagships. We then talk about the recent leaks of a OnePlus One mini that just emerged. We end today's show talking about the Pebble smartwatch, and how it will soon support Android Wear, sort of. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS announces its CES press event, time for new ZenPhones - Apple ...

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