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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    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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    Samsung hasn't had the best couple of years when it comes to quarter results. The company not only disappointed when it came to smartphone sales, but the drop was significant enough to have Apple defeat it in smartphone sales, even with a much smaller product portfolio. Samsung's results for Q1 are in shedding some interesting improvements, even if these happened before the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were launched. Samsung was able to make $5.6 billion in profit for the quarter, which is good, but even more interesting is that it owns 24.1% of the global smartphone shipments for the ...

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    Apple is famous for many things, including its flops, and a major one is definitely Apple Maps. We've seen the company try to pick up the pieces of the disaster that Apple Maps was at launch, by making it available to the Mac, but it's still not a service users trust when compared to Google Maps. A new Apple patent intends to change that though, and we hope it works this time. Apple has just been granted a patent that was filed back in October 2013 that provides users with more human-like directions to places while in navigation. For example, instead of telling you to "head north," the new ...

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    A few years ago, many of us found the idea of online shopping to be cumbersome on a phone, and it wasn't until store applications emerged that this idea became a mainstream. You'd think that doing so on a watch would be even crazier, but Amazon and Target differ on that with their recent decision to support the Apple Watch, and it seems these are not the only companies considering it. Trusted sources claim that Apple is already preparing an its Apple Store application to support the Apple Watch in a future software update. The intent is for the app to provide some added convenience to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play services update, and how it enhances the Android Wear experience. Then we talk about the LG Watch Urbane, and its launch on the Google Play Store. Then we talk about an update to Google Now, and its enhancements to third party apps. The Apple Watch is next, as we now get confirmation that we shouldn't expect third-party watch faces. We end today's show talking about the new LG G4 and its official launch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play Services update lets you use multiple Android Wear watches - LG ...

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    Meizu made a significant statement with the launch of its flagship duo, the MX4 and MX4 Pro. Both devices are reportedly selling well in China, and their slim and elegant designs have turned some heads over seas as well. We find it hard for the compay to already prepare a successor for phones that were launched late in 2014, but it seems it's still possible. Leaked photos show us what is reportedly the MX5, and no, sadly the leaks don't include an MX5 Pro. Still, one of the most interesting parts of this leak is the physical home button included in this new device, which would contrast the ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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    Samsung really needed for people to love using the Galaxy S6 just as much as holding it, and the company clarified that it made significant investments in removing the bloat and the excess distractions from its new TouchWiz UI. One important way to improve this experience was to also launch the Galaxy S6 with the latest and greatest memory options, and its 3GB of DDR4 RAM speak highly of it. You'd think that there should be no complaints about all this, but it seems that there is. User forums have begun to complain that Samsung's RAM management exaggerates its chore a little. Instead of ...

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    One of the coolest options that Android Wear and Pebble users have is the ability to use third-party watch faces. Surely not all of these are great, and some even affect your watch's performance, but it’s better than having just a handful of built-in options. Many developers were upset by Apple's approach to not allow them to create third party watch faces when WatchKit launched, but don't expect good news any time soon. Apple has just updated its App Store review guidelines, and the documentation now makes it official that it will not approve apps that only tell the time, or in other ...

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    Apple has been closing the gap between its OS X platform and its iOS platform more and more over the years. Still, instead of converging products into one OS, Apple has devised tools like Continuity and Handoff with the purpose of giving users an added value when buying into the Apple Ecosystem. A new patent granted to Apple today takes things further, in a more intimate way. This new Apple patent was actually filed back in 2010, when the iPad was barely a few months old. The idea is to allow users of creative apps like FinalCut Pro or Photoshop to use an iPhone or iPad as an extra input ...

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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Oppo R7 for quite some time. The Oppo R5 did an amazing job at wowing us in our recent review, thanks to its premium and thin design, but it seems that Oppo wants more. The rumors of the Oppo R7 and a design without bezels have kept us busy for the last few weeks, and the company has finally decided to give us a glimpse of what to expect. Oppo has just published a couple of teasers on the web for the R7, and even though these don't say much about what we're getting, the fact that the teasers exist is enough reason to be excited. Sources claim that we should ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent Facebook Messenger, which now allows video calls. Samsung is next with rumors on how it'll increase production of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Sony is next as we hear of the company's development of a budget-minded phone for specific markets. Apple Watch vs Android Wear is next, as you'd be surprised at the sales figures comparison. We end today's show talking about Apple's quarter results, and how the company doesn't disappoint. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in certain countries ...

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    Apple’s quarter results conference call just ended, and as is customary for Cupertino, numbers continue on a rise. Last quarter Apple broke all of its records by selling a crazy 74.5 million iPhones in just one quarter, building up $74.6 billion in revenue in the process. Apple’s revenue this quarter isn’t as significant when compared to last quarter, but if compared to the same quarter last year, the company broke yet another record. Apple quarter results claim that it sold 61 million iPhones in the quarter, and ramped up $58 billion in revenue. This would be Apple’s most ...

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    Samsung's reluctance to adopt the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in favor of its Exynos processor for all Galaxy S6 models was definitely a shocker. Our biggest concern back then was that every Exynos-based Galaxy device that we've reviewed has underperformed when compared to a variant powered by a Snapdragon. Our worries with the Galaxy S6 are gone for the most part in everything except battery life, but it seems Samsung is hard at work for following this trend. Reports claim that Samsung is already testing a new Exynos processor with custom CPU cores under the codename Mongoose, and which ...

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    Even though Siri started the new trend of digital assistants on smartphones, it seems that Apple has completely neglected the service since the departure of Scott Forstall. We've seen all of its competing services getting better in every platform update, and the Siri saw very few improvements with iOS 8. Apple has a lot to fix when it comes to Siri's reliability, and it seems that its new plan is to do just that. Apple is now officially operating Siri on its third-generation system for handling queries, and this time it's using the open source Mesos platform that's already famous for ...

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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    Even with Apple's current struggle to meet demand for the Apple Watch, that doesn't mean that a few devices were ordered for the sake of drama. The Apple Watch Sport being the less expensive and most common has been a target of torture tests recently, and so far we've seen that its display is anything but indestructible, but what about the aluminum or its watch bands? More videos have emerged with details. CNET has just posted its usual torture test for the Apple Watch Sport, and you'd be surprised at how much it can take. The device was submerged for 10 minutes under water, and then was ...

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    When the Apple Watch was announced, one of the biggest concerns was its battery life. Any smartwatch that can't guarantee more than a day of performance is definitely a concerning topic for everyone. Now, what users weren't prepared for is for the iPhone to not behave the same way after pairing the Apple Watch, and mixed results have arrived. On one hand, a certain batch of users have praised the Apple Watch for helping the iPhone perform better in the battery department. It makes sense that if you spend more time on the watch, that as a result, this subtracts the amount of time you need ...

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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 Sony Xperia Z3 and how it has made a surprise return to T-Mobile. The Apple Watch is next as third party bands seem to be a possibility. Nokia follows as the company has pretty much confirmed an Android smartphone. Google Glass then returns to the spotlight, but in a sketchy way. We end today's show talking about Google's Q1 earnings, and how the Nexus family didn't help. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony Xperia Z3 makes a surprise return at T-Mobile - Authorized third-party Apple Watch bands could be coming - Nokia ...

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