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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    Every time we've seen Apple partner with Google on something, the results have proven to be positive. We wish we could say the same about every time Apple has decided to stop using Google for any particular service, but historically, Apple has never succeeded at it. Just as we recently discussed how Apple might be working on its own version of Street View, it seems Cupertino is now out for more. A recent job posting has Apple searching for a project manager that will work on "a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users" and "play a part in revolutionizing how people use ...

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    Google has not only pioneered the whole concept of bringing usable maps to the internet, but it has also succeeded in giving us a much smarter way to commute through services like Google Maps. Apple tried to do the same with its launch of iOS 6, and yes, it has continue to fail to gain consumer trust even with recent software updates and fixes. The result of all this ended up being that Google Maps made its way to the iPhone, but it seems that Apple is still interested in the maps business. San Francisco radio station KPIX recently reported that a mysterious minivan was driving around the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Motorola's smartphone sales figures, a shocker so far. Apple follows as we learn of its security measures with the Apple Watch Edition. Pebble follows as we learn about the company's future smartwatch plans. Microsoft then takes the stage as we learn more about the mobile version of the Windows 10 preview. We end today's show talking about the color options you'll have with the Galaxy S6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Motorola’s smartphone sales figures from last quarter impress - Apple Stores being fitted with special ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 2520 joined the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 on the list of very good looking tablets running a very bad Windows RT operating system. As much hype as there was for Nokia to finally build a Windows-powered tablet, the company's decision to stick to Windows RT made this tablet a DOA product. Windows 10 does paint a much brighter picture for mobile tablets running the operating system, and today we have good and bad rumors for fans of the Lumia 2520. If we start with the bad news, one source is already claiming that the existing Nokia Lumia 2520 is being put to rest ...

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    Mobile payments have existed for the longest time, and we still have a hard time finding a company that succeeds at it. Apple is off to a decent start with Apple Pay according to certain statistics, but not as ground breaking if you compare it to the amount of iPhones that Apple sells in a quarter. We heard some early rumors that Samsung was also looking for ways to get its own competitor going, and it seems that the company is now ready. New reports claim that Samsung is ready to announce a new mobile payments system along side the Galaxy S6. This payment system will be based on LoopPay, ...

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    OnePlus has gained an extreme amount of fame for its flagship-affordable smartphone, the OnePlus One, but that's just about it. The company stumbled numerous times with ways to sell the device and be able to meet demand, up to the point where many of us simply decided to give up. There are some hot news about the new UI that the company plans to bring to its devices, but that's not the only OnePlus news for the day. The company has just published its annual report card, and even though it is revealing in certain things, it isn't in some of the things we care about. On the positive side, we ...

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    We've come to a stage where most of the things we read about the Apple Watch are now news, and no longer rumors, and that's a good thing. We already know that the product will be available in stores in April, and we even know that Apple is building a new version of iOS to support it, in addition to bringing a special app to control it. If you're wondering when these extras will be ready for the Apple Watch, we just learned more. Developers are already stating that Apple has begun requesting their Apple Watch app submissions for testing, and the report also claims that Apple aims to have ...

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    The thought of a technology company preparing itself to sell jewelry would've been hilarious just a few years ago. Even today with many OEMs selling wearables, none of the products we've seen in the market so far are what we would consider to be luxury items. Apple is trying to approach this market in a different way, and that also involves significant retail changes as part of the territory. Inside sources claim that Apple is requiring that all of its stores to be fitted with safes that can protect the Apple Watch Edition, something that makes sense since its an 18k gold product. These ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Galaxy S6 event for MWC 2015. Then we talk about the new reports of the HTC One M9 camera design. Apple follows as we learn more about the iPad Plus possible display design. We then talk about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and what devices will support it. We end today's show talking about the return of the Google Nexus 5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung MWC invite appears to throw us a curve - HTC One M9 rumors can’t shake reports of dual rear cameras - Apple iPad Plus specs talk about 12.9-inch 2K screen - ...

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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 recent updates to Windows Insider and Windows 10. Then we talk about Microsoft again, and how it might be backing Cyanogen. Samsung follows as we learn design details on the Galaxy S6. LG follows as we learn more about the G4's display. We end today's show talking about how Apple and Samsung are tied for the global smartphone lead. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft updates Insider app in advance of Windows 10 phone preview, hints at hardware requirements  - Microsoft to back Cyanogen’s plan to weaken ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new deals for the Google Nexus 6. Microsoft is next as we learn about its new Outlook app for iOS and Android, that doesn't work with Windows Phone. LG then takes the stage as we learn the reality of the Snapdragon 810 processor. Then Samsung follows with details on a new accessory to come to the Galaxy S6 and S Edge smartphones. We end today's show talking about Samsung's master plan to make TouchWiz cool. All this and more after the break. Stories: - T-Mobile offers appealing discount on Nexus 6 - Microsoft introduces new Outlook ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    Apple and Samsung may be out of the court room with all the patent disputes, but it seems that both companies continue to compete at something. For the longest time, Samsung has overshadowed Apple in smartphone sales, and that does make sense since Samsung serves every single market segment, while Apple only focuses on the higher-end. That being said, even with all the logic behind Samsung's success, it seems that reality is about to change very soon. Both Strategy Analytics and even the IDC are already revealing their worldwide smartphone figures, and it turns out that Samsung's ...

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    A few years ago, anybody would've believed that Samsung's growth momentum was invincible. The Korean giant not only managed to make more profit than many of its competitors combined, but it is still the biggest cellphone seller in the world. That said, we do know that the company has struggled in its sales figures over the last couple of quarters, and it seems things aren't getting better. A day after Apple announced that its $18 billion in quarterly profit broke even the ExxonMobil record set back in 2012, Samsung's profits continue to plummet. Samsung is barely reporting 5.3 trillion Won ...

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    Tim Cook spent a good amount of time yesterday telling us how well the iPhone was performing in sales over the last quarter. One interesting point he made during the conference call, is that more Android users had switched to iOS with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, than ever before, something hard to believe at a time when Android is still dominant in market share. If you're wondering if these words hold true, some analytics firms did so too, and have just published a study. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) have just released a some numbers regarding the switch ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Motorola's Valentine Day sales, and why they all matter. Sony follows as we learn more about the company's re-invention plans, and they're not good. HTC then takes the stage as we find more leaks of the HTC One M9. Apple then takes the stage as we learn about iOS 8.1.3, in addition to its record breaking iOS sales. We end today's show talking about the Apple Watch, and when we should expect it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Motorola announces Valentine’s Day deals, with up to $140 in savings - Sony’s smartphone division ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Twitter's new update, which brings native video capture and group messaging. Then we talk about T-Mobile's recent changes to its spectrum in order to improve service. ASUS follows as we learn about the battery life on the ZenWatch 2. HTC then takes the stage, this time with some of the design elements of the HTC One M9. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy S6, and some really cool back panel projects being rumored. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Twitter gets native video capture, group messaging - T-Mobile ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Facebook's new app for those using a slow Android device. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible names for its new Project Spartan browser. Sony then takes the stage as we talk about the Xperia Z4 and its possible launch dates. HTC is next as we learn that the One M9 might have a much different design that we expect. We end today's show talking about some features that are missing on the Google Nexus 6, made by Motorola. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Lite lands for Android: mobile site with notifications - Microsoft ...

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    We've all complained over how Samsung has diluted the Galaxy brand with so many devices over the last couple of years. The recent shakeups and changes have pointed to the company doing significant changes in order to re-gain the same popularity its Galaxy brand had a few years ago. We've recently heard that Samsung is considering simplifying its product lineup in months to come, but it seems we didn't follow what it meant by simplification. Samsung has just filed new trademarks for the Galaxy E3, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. So many mid-to-low end device trademarks doesn't hint to ...

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    Huawei has done a very good job over the last couple of years in building mindshare outside of China. We've seen the company launch a bevy of powerful smartphones last year, like the gigantic Ascend Mate 7, and we've been hearing that there are some bold plans in store for MWC 2015. So far Huawei has done a good job at keeping leakers quiet, but verbal news are still a thing it seems. New sources claim that Huawei is preparing to launch a compact version of its Ascend Mate 7. This device is rumored to sport a 5.5-inch display, which falls perfectly in line with the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 (or ...

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    We've all praised Microsoft for the death of Internet Explorer in part of the company's Windows 10 announcements. We haven't really seen Microsoft's Spartan browser compared to others, but the features shown off at the event were cool enough to have us excited. We all thought the browser would simply be named "Microsoft Spartan," but it seems that the company is already considering something more appealing to the past. New internal surveys being conducted are already throwing around a couple of possible names for the browser. We do hear that Microsoft is experimenting with a couple of ...

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    Apple has never been famous discounts, and definitely not for giving things away on any of its stores. There was a time when the company was giving away singles, and it seems that even that went away silently. The good thing is that it seems that Apple has decided to take these free singles to a whole new level. Apple has replaced the "Single of the week" freebie with a new section called "Free on iTunes." Instead of just getting one free single, there is a current list of 16 singles being given away. Free on iTunes is also giving away TV episodes, and the list currently has as many as 24 ...

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