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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    With the launch of the original Moto X, we all praised Motorola for its voice activation features, which allow the phone to respond to your voice once you said the magic phrase. The only problem with it is that if you were in a room full of Moto X owners, everybody's phone would also respond, something that Motorola has addressed on the new Moto X by detecting the location of the source voicing the command. If you thought Google was done, there's actually more to come, but these new changes are rather creepy. Google's September 4 patent named "detecting the end of a user question" ...

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    If you thought that Apple's intent to acquire Beats Audio was mainly focused on bringing better headphones to its lineup, we did too. Beats are sadly more famous for their design and marketing, and less for their audio quality, and it seems that Apple knows that as well. Apple has just filed a couple of new patents to improve its existing EarPod design, and we don't see Beats technology anywhere. Apple's new EarPod patent focuses on bringing new sensors to the headphones in order to increase audio quality, and noise cancellation accuracy. The design includes an accelerometer that will be ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8 should be more than just a software update on your radar if you value privacy. One of the major changes to the OS is that Apple no longer stores your encryption keys, meaning, only you have access to your passwords and data. This is great since it eliminates any known possibility for your data to be shared with any law enforcement agency without your consent, but then again, if you forget your password, keep in mind there's no way to retrieve it later. Apple has also taken its time to publish a full website with all the changes that the company has implemented to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's launch of iOS 8, and what to expect. We then continue with Apple, this time as we talk about the iPad and its rumored launch date. Then we talk about the Apple Watch and some rumored pricing for the higher-end models. Microsoft follows as we learn more about the company's mobile strategy. We end today's show talking Sony, and its recent forecast of losses for the year. All this and more after the break. Stories: - iOS 8 is live, download now before the server crashes! - Next-gen iPad launch date rumored for next month - Apple Watch ...

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    One of the coolest things that Motorola started last year, in addition the Moto X itself, is the way that it approaches updates to its services. Instead of making you wait for a full firmware upgrade, Motorola focused on adding as many services as it could to the Google Play Store, and updated these separately. We've seen many OEMs follow this trend lately, and it seems Motorola is continuing with this trend by adding more apps. Once you unbox your new Moto X, you'll notice that applications like Moto Actions, Moto Display, Motorola Sensor Services and one that's simply called Moto are ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily had the best time with its developer community. The company that once had its CEO sing "developers, developers" repeatedly has struggled to find enthusiastic support for it smartphone and tablet platform. As such, we've seen a couple of desperate measures in order to gain a broader community, and most of these efforts have worked, but Microsoft is at it for more. Developers are reporting that Microsoft has removed the yearly subscription fee that they would have to pay to either submit, or keep applications in the Windows Phone Store. This is a great move for ...

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    Sony has had a rough couple of years with its smartphone business. The consumer electronics giant has found significant success in almost every market that it caters to, but smartphones and computers don't seem to be its thing. We've seen how the company closed down the VAIO division a few months ago, and as things look lately, the Xperia lineup hasn't grown as the company expected. The company has just adjusted its economical forecast for the end of its financial year, and after all the adjustments, it seems that the company expects to lose quadruple what it thought it would. We're ...

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    At times when the spec sheet is everything for Android smartphones, Apple and Microsoft have adopted a much different approach to hardware. We have seen Microsoft change its game recently with devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows, but that doesn't change the fact that Windows Phone requires very little hardware to run smoothly. The same can be said of iOS, and if you thought that Apple needs a V8 engine to run its new phablet, think again. As reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have begun to emerge, one of the most interesting claims that we see is that both the iPhone 6 and the ...

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    iOS 8 is Apple's second iteration of the full revamp that iOS received with iOS 7. It's now a more mature platform, with a ton of new features that make a lot of sense, but that have taken years for Apple to acknowledge as necessary to satisfy its customers. If you've been curious to know what all the fuzz has been about, your wait is over, sort of. Apple has just released iOS 8 to the public, and if you're rocking an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch (5th generation), or any iPad that's iPad 2 or newer, you're eligible for the update. iOS 8 brings a bevy a new features ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Moto Voice is reaching older Motorola handsets, in addition to pre-orders of the Moto X going live today. NVIDIA follows as we get pre-order details for its Shield Tablet LTE. HTC is next as we get some interesting leaks that show that it is working on a Nexus tablet. Android Silver follows with some disappointing rumors for those waiting. We end today's show talking about the iPhone 6 benchmarks, and what you can expect from NFC on the iPhone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Moto Voice app reaches most 2013 Motorola ...

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    One thing that's no secret is that Microsoft has struggled with its mobile platform for years. After being the market leader for years last decade, the company hasn't found the right approach to regain its popularity after the launch of competitors like Android and iOS. We do know that Microsoft wants its company to focus on "Mobile and Cloud first," and Microsoft's new CEO explains how he measures success. In a recent luncheon with Seattle's Chamber of Commerce, Nadella was approached about the direction that Microsoft is steering with all the recent changes. Seattle Chamber President and ...

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    A lot of us anticipated Motorola's launch of the new Moto X. Some may argue that it's not the most powerful smartphone in the market, or the best looking, but whomever says that has clearly not spent any time with its software. Motorola's Touchless Control app was among the most popular of all the services included, and now that it's called Moto Voice, there are some good news for legacy Motorola smartphones. Motorola has just launched Moto Voice for devices like the 2013 Moto X, in addition to the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, and Droid Mini. This is an interesting move from Motorola given ...

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    You'd think that the next tier above mid tier, is a high-end smartphone, but that's really only the case if you're not talking about Samsung. We've seen the company launch watered down variants of certain smartphones, or new variants of the same phone with higher specs. If the amount of Galaxy phones in the market confuses you, we'll admit it confuses us too, but that won't stop Sammy from bringing on more. We have some leaked specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, which is definitely not a high-end phone, but will be a tad more powerful than the basic Samsung Galaxy Grand that ...

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    If you're wondering why people go so crazy on the launch date of any iPhone, it really has nothing to do with wanting to have it first on that specific day. The biggest problem is that for the longest of time, Apple has always struggled with meeting the amount of demand that it gets. We already saw how crazy the preorders went on September 12, and with Apple's online store now pushing shipments to three weeks, you can imagine the same will happen this Friday. Sources claim that Apple will struggle to meet demand of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19. The amount of units that ...

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    Apple is not only famous for its products and services, but also for how crazy things get whenever the company launches a new product, and specially a new iPhone. We've already heard that the company is making some dramatic changes to its Apple Store device reservation system, but it seems the company is preparing for more. Today we find new leaks that expose how Apple plans to handle the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, and we sure hope it works. The leak claims that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus inventories will arrive at Apple Stores on September 17th, and that ...

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