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 HTC's drop in sales for the month of April. Then we talk about the teasers of the Oppo R7, as we've got some mixed feelings on its specs. LG is next as we get credible leaks of the LG Lancet, and the news aren't positive. Then we talk about the new "Made for Apple Watch" policies, and how these will benefit and slow third party developers. We end today's show talking about Apple's silent approach to convince music labels to end the Spotify freemium model. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC’s sales plummet again; worst April results ...

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    As much as we love the opportunity to preview the future of Windows 10 for phones, the first two builds haven't necessarily proven to be very popular. Still, the promise of a brighter future emerged with some recent leaks that demoed the really cool aesthetic enhancements that are coming to the platform very soon. Given the build difference between the leaks and what we have today, we thought the wait would take a while, but it seems we might just find some luck this week. Reports claim that we should expect Windows 10 for phones build 10072 (officially titled 10.0.12555.74) to be launched ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a ton of interesting moves in order to become "cool" again, as consumers continue to move away from Microsoft software in favor of other alternatives. Part of this involves extending its reach in cross platform solutions, like we've seen with iOS and Android apps, and another part of it has to do with ending its patent troll days in a smart way. One of the biggest moves we saw recently was ending its patent war with Samsung, and gaining some app placement on Galaxy phones, but plans don’t end there according to new rumors. It seems that Microsoft is already in ...

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    Even though HTC is very desperate for a turnaround, products like the HTC One M9 didn’t reach the goal of wowing reviews. We thought the market felt otherwise given HTC's success in Q1 when compared to last year, but it seems that success was short lived. Figures for the company's performance last month are now available, and they don't paint a pretty picture. HTC was able to gather just $439.95 million in sales, which is down a whopping 38.6% year-over-year, as last April reported $719.24 million. If compared to March, sales declined 32.26% after the company reported $652.44 million. ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    The iPod was more than just a business for selling music and music players. Apple banked lots of money in the "Made for iPod" business model that allowed third-party manufacturers to make use of the old 30-Pin connector, in much of the same way we see today with the "Made for iPhone/iPad" program today. Apple is clearly not done with that business model, and following some recent rumors, it seems that the ease in swapping out Apple Watch bands had a purpose. Apple has just published its guidelines for allowing third-party developers and manufacturers to create watchbands for the Apple ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's current success in markets like China. Then we talk about Apple's rumored iPad Pro, and its unique features to come. Samsung is next, this time with some interesting internal secrets from the Galaxy S6 camera. HTC follows as we learn about the possible launch of the One M9e. We end today's show talking about the ASUS ZenFone 2, and some cool deals you can take advantage of. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple close to being crowned smartphone king of China - iPad Pro may bring much better features when compared to ...

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    Microsoft has been extremely aggressive about gaining customer feedback for all major products that are scheduled for a launch later this year. We've seen tremendous push in the Windows 10 technical preview for the desktop, and there's a mixed reception for Windows 10 on phones. Now its time for another major Microsoft service to get on the feedback wagon. Microsoft has just made its Office 2016 public preview official. After a few months as a developer preview, the company is now ready to take things further with regular consumers. According to the official statement: "In March we ...

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    Even with the lukewarm reception that the HTC One M9 has received, this hasn't stopped the company from launching device alternatives like the HTC One M9+ and the HTC One E9+ in the Asian market. There is still no word as to when we can expect any of these models in the rest of the world, but it seems that HTC is at it again for another product launch. TENAA certification documents now reveal the existence of an HTC One M9e, which resembles more the One M9+ than the One E9+ when it comes to internals. The documents claim that we have a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 ...

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    Even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the perfect smartphone, with major opportunity areas in the device's battery life, the device compensates with providing users with one of the best mobile cameras in the industry. The tendency that Samsung began with the Galaxy Note 4 only got better with the company's new flagship, though it seems that there are some secrets under the hood. User forums are already claiming that Samsung is using either its own proprietary sensor, or a Sony sensor for the primary camera of the Galaxy S6. Some users are reporting a Samsung SLSI_S5K2P2 sensor on their ...

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    Apple is in desperate need to get iPads to sell again, even if the company doesn't state it explicitly. Worldwide tablet sales have been on decline for years now, and most analysts predict this has a lot to do with phablets. We've heard a ton of rumors of what the iPad Pro might be after some case-maker leaks, but today we get insider data to reveal more. Trusted sources claim that the 12.9-inch iPad pro will bring substantial improvements when compared to Apple's existing tablet lineup. For starters, just as we've heard that the next iPhones will bring the same force touch technology of ...

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    Apple has made a substantial push into the Chinese market, as the company claims that there is tremendous amount of opportunity there. As such, out of the crazy 61 million of iPhones that Apple sold last quarter, 13.5 million units were sold to China alone. For a minute we thought that number wasn't much when you do the math on China's population, but actually it's the other way around. Strategy analytics has just provided some insight on the Chinese market share, and even though Xiaomi is still the market leader, that won't last long. Xiaomi currently owns 12.8% of the market, and Apple ...

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    At a time when most smartphones look and feel the same, our inner geek is always in need for something new, something we could seriously call cool! Oppo is one of the few companies that has realized this with most of its offerings, and today we get a chance to review its most unique offering yet, the Oppo N3. Yes, we know we’re a little late to this review, but this is one of those devices we were simply not going to leave without the full Pocketnow treatment. The best way to describe the Oppo N3 in a word is by calling it Unique. At a time when smartphone designs are just flat slabs ...

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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 the US launch of the ASUS ZenFone 2. Then we talk about high-end Microsoft Lumia models in the works. "Ok Google" is next, as we learn of its integration to third-party apps going forward. Apple is next as the company talks Apple Watch and Tattoos. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's HoloLens, and its possible price tag. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS ZenFone 2 prepares to make its formal debut on the US market - High-end Lumia rumor details pair of Windows 10 handsets - “Ok Google” functionality extended to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft Continuum, and what this means for Windows 10 smartphones. Then we talk about tablet sales, and how the iPad is still supreme at the top. Next is Google's Project Fi, and how its companion app has arrived at Google Play. Then we talk about a recent update to the HTC Camera app, and how this benefits the One M9. We end today's show talking about the recent tear down of the Apple Watch Sport, and the costs predicted. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Continuum for phones could be the phone-to-desktop experience ...

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    Even though Microsoft did a good job at wowing everyone with the HoloLens announcement a few months ago, it ended up leaving more questions than answers. First of all, we all know that most of the virtual reality solutions in the market are really a phone strapped to your head, but in the case of HoloLens, we still have no clue how it works, or what it pairs with. Microsoft's Build conference was the perfect scenario for answering some questions, and here are some facts. First of all, let's start by answering the primary question; this is pretty much a computer with a ton of sensors on ...

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    Google has been hard at work in extending the services that Google Now and Google Search can handle. Just a few days ago we saw how Google Now cards are being updated to support up to 70 different apps in order to provide users with timely suggestions when Google assumes it useful to you. The project doesn't end there though, and today we find another piece of the puzzle being updated. Google has silently updated its Android Developers Google+ page with the news that the "Ok Google" command will now support third party apps as well. You can say things like "Ok Google, listen to NPR," and ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has proven to be quite successful when it comes to its initial sales, it doesn't change the fact that these are the most expensive smartwatches in the market right now, with some even costing the average price of a mid-sized vehicle. Tim Cook was blunt in Apple's recent conference call about how cost estimates for any Apple product were far from accurate, in a way to justify the price tag for the Apple Watch. Today a new teardown estimate emerges, and it doesn't make Tim Cook look good. IHS recently dissected the 38mm Apple Watch Sport, and according to the cost ...

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    ZTE has been hard at work in growing mindshare in Asia and the US, and they've done a really good job at it. We're already impressed by products like the ZTE SPro 2 that we're currently reviewing, but when it comes to its smartphone lineup, the recent launch of the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini left a missing piece in the puzzle. More information of the flagship Nubia Z9 emerges today, but you won't believe the specs. The ZTE Nubia Z9 just arrived at TENAA for certification, and we don't know if the report is full of typos, or if the specs on this phone are this crazy and unique. ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    While many were wowed at CES 2015 for products like the G Flex 2 from LG, my biggest surprise came from my visit to ZTE, and now we get to take it out for a spin as we unbox the ZTE SPro 2. If you're asking yourself why you would want to buy a digital projector powered by Android, I'm about to spend a week showing you why in our final review coming very soon. For now, let's talk about the box, which coming from AT&T is sadly not saying much. AT&T is already infamous for making any unboxing experience dull, or stripping away accessories to a maximum, but unboxing the ZTE SPro 2 was ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Q1 results, and how it's back to being the top smartphone maker. Microsoft follows with its Build conference, and how iOS and Android apps will work on Windows. We also talk about the new name for Project Spartan. Apple then takes the stage with its new patent for turn-by-turn navigation instructions. We end today's show talking about Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, and how its price and model will be disruptive. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Q1 results have it return to the throne as the smartphone king ...

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    Even though we're still months away from the launch of Windows 10, the phone previews that we've received over the last few weeks have revealed a lot. Surely we know that there are other builds tested privately that promise more features, but it's hard to predict when the Windows Insider program will shed some light. Still, today we land some leaks of new features coming to Windows Phone, but the aspect of the OS has us confused. The leaked photos show us what seems to be multi-window support coming to Windows Phone, something that was very popular on Windows 8 for the desktop. Now, notice ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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