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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    Huawei has some major smartphone plans coming soon, and it seems that IFA is a main focus point. Previous reports claim that a Mate 7 Plus phablet is planned for the show, and that it might even wow some with "ForceTouch" capabilities. That said, it seems that the company has something else up its sleeve, and it seems to bring even more of a wow factor. We've come across some leaks of a device with a curved display, and instead of being curved like the LG G Flex, it reminds us more of the defunct Samsung Galaxy Round, but backwards. It does show a very premium finish, even though these are ...

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    Even though iOS is famous for its simplicity, it's also infamous for how many steps are required to fulfill an action. We've followed continues rumors of Apple's plan to bring Force Touch technology on its new line of smartphones, but we wondered if this would only confuse users, just as it has with the Apple Watch. New sources claim that this is actually the other way around. It seems that Apple's plan with Force Touch on the iPhone is to simplify the user experience and provide new shortcut options. For example, a Force Touch on Maps will apparently launch navigation, on Music it may ...

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    Mobile technology can be a very unpredictable business, and if not you can ask former market leaders like Palm and Motorola how that whole leadership period went. Complete unknowns to the smartphone business like Apple are at the top of their game, and newbies like OnePlus continue to make headlines with their affordable flagships. You'd think that it would be too crazy for any startup to enter this rollercoaster, but facts prove otherwise. We've kept a close eye at Nextbit for more than a year. This company formed by former Apple, Google, HTC and Amazon employees has been trying to jump ...

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    Apple has had an amazing track record with its sales of the iPhone 6. The company has broken every single sales record it held in the past in just a few weeks of sales, and it even took over the Chinese market for a brief stint. Reports claim that Apple is preparing for significant growth the iPhone 6s, but analysts predict otherwise. KGI has gained a significant amount of fame for the accuracy of its Apple predictions. Today the company claims that the iPhone 6s might not be the success that Apple is predicting for two major reasons, out of which only one is in Apple's control. On one ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google Hangouts 4.0 and its new UI and services. Then we talk about the recent leaks of the iPad mini 4. Then we focus on the iPhone 6s and some of the new leaks on video. The Galaxy Note 5 takes the stage after that as we see it unboxed. We end today's show talking about the future Microsoft Lumia flagships to come. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Hangouts 4.0 brings a faster and simpler UI to Android - iPad mini 4 CAD images hint to a very thin tablet - iPhone 6s display assembly exposed on video - Galaxy Note 5 leak ...

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    There's been much debate over the future Lumia flagships that Microsoft may announce later this year. Codenamed "Talkman" and "Cityman," there's been much conflict over the final names of these products, even though the leaked specifications all seem to be written in stone. If you're on the ropes waiting for Microsoft to launch these new Lumias along with Windows 10 Mobile, it seems they aren't too far. Famous tipster Evan Blass, previously known as @evleaks, has garnered a lot of positive reputation for the accuracy of his leaks. Today he has decided to chime in on Twitter and share that ...

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    Google's desire to put Android in the hands of everyone continues to gain traction. Android One is one of these initiatives, with the idea of giving emerging markets the access to extremely affordable Android handsets. We still don't know just how well this project has behaved for Google when it comes to sales and deployment, but it seems there are bolder plans in the works. Google's managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, was recently interviewed by the Financial Times, and one of his major statements within is that we should expect a new plan for Android One will be unveiled ...

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    Google’s approach to messaging is quite confusing if you account for the amount of services it owns, but it’s safe to say that Google Hangouts has proven to be its most popular offering. We’ve seen the company push updates that continuously merge more and more of its services with Hangouts, so it’ safe to say that this will be the app to rule them all. Today Google has launched major update to the Google Hangouts Android application, pushing it now to version 4.0. Some of the changes are visual, as Google continues to push for its Material Design across all of its services. Other ...

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    If the recent rumors are true, we’re pretty much just a month away from Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus combo. We know Cupertino is out to build a ton of them in order to meet demand, so manufacturing had to begin quite early this year. The cool thing about that is the amount of supply chain leaks that Apple has historically been terrible at controlling, and today we get more. A new video of the display assembly of the iPhone 6s has emerged, and it gives additional credibility to the previous leaks we saw in photos last week. We see the same cut out in the ...

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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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