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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    After spending some time in Singapore with the Oppo N3 a few months ago, I won't deny that I was really interested in taking the device for a spin. Smartphone designs have become dull lately, with predictable camera setups and the usual controls. For that reason alone, it's hard for our inner geek to not be excited about something as unique as the motorized camera on Oppo's N3, where you no longer have to compromise a selfie to a less-powerful camera, or a panorama to a pair of shaky hands. After spending nearly a month the the Oppo N3 and its camera, here are some thoughts about its ...

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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 update to its mobile search services, and how this brings some interesting updates. Then we talk about the LG G4, some new teasers and a possible processor. We then continue with LG, this time following the rumors of the LG Stylus, and how it differentiates. Microsoft then takes the stage with Windows 10 for phones, which now returns after a bug fix was found. We end today's show talking about the OnePlus event that happens next week. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google mobile search indexing now able to suggest new ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's halt of Windows 10 preview for smartphones due to a couple of significant bugs. Sony then takes the stage as the Xperia Z4 continues to be alive, and this time leaks point to new materials. Then we talk about the next iPhone, and how it might bring stronger materials in design. We end today's show talking about some predictions that claim that the Apple Watch sold in the millions. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft halts Windows 10 Technical Preview availability for select Lumia models - New Sony Xperia Z4 ...

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    Halo is definitely one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, and one of the biggest differentiators in its Xbox platform. The launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam made a lot of sense two years ago, as these were all platforms where Microsoft wanted to use the Halo brand to extend mindshare. Today we finally get a sequel for the game, but this time Microsoft wants to expand further. Halo: Spartan Strike finally goes live today after it was announced back in October 2014, and those of you lucky enough to carry a Windows 8.1 computer, Windows Phone, Steam account ...

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    Live streaming is clearly becoming a thing lately, with Twitter launching its “Periscope” app as a way to let you broadcast what you’re doing live. The service does have a significant amount of limitations so far, like for example being an iOS exclusive, at a time when the world is full of Android phones. If live streaming is for you, or you want to give it a try today, there’s a new alternative that just reached Android. Meerkat gained significant popularity in the South by Southwest conference that happened this year in Austin. Just like Periscope, this app allows you to live ...

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    It's hard to remember the last time rumors became so confusing about a particular product, but the Sony Xperia Z4 takes the cake. First we heard that Sony was considering ditching the product name, and that all the leaks we saw were based on the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo, and then other leaks claim a more-powerful Sony Xperia Z5 being the company's next flagship. Today the name Xperia Z4 returns to the spotlight, and this time with some changes up its sleeve. First of all, it seems that this new Sony Xperia Z4 will bring some major design changes when compared to all of its predecessors. The ...

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    If you're tired of iPad Pro (or iPad Plus) leaks, so are we, and that's mainly because we've spent a good portion of this and last year talking about it. At some point we assumed that the new MacBook was really what all the fuss was about, but more case leaks continue to emerge, and saying otherwise. Today we find some new leaks from Asian case makers, and it seems that Apple is ready for a change. First of all, the case leaks show us much of what we had seen in the past. A 12.9-inch display that's now accompanied by dual speakers on the sides, both new changes to the existing iPads that ...

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    Even with all the negative reviews surrounding the Apple Watch, this reminds us of the time when Steve Jobs unveiled the first-generation iPad and none of us in the tech media liked it. History ended up proving us wrong, with the iPad selling more in a year, than 10 years of Tablet PC sales, and so far, the story seems to repeat itself with the Apple Watch. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for accurate predictions, and so far it seems that Apple has sold a crazy 2.3 million Apple Watch units, which is already more than the whole smartwatch market combined. The statement also claims that ...

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    Watch today's Pockentow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent acquisition of better camera technology for a future iPhone. Then we talk about Samsung's secret team to build better displays for Apple. Windows 10 is next as we see leaked screenshots of it running on small tablets. OnePlus then takes the stage as we learn of a budget model in the works. We end today's show talking about how the EU is accusing Google of antitrust practices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple acquires advanced camera module manufacturer - Samsung now focused on building displays for Apple - ...

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    Google Keyboard may not be the world's preferred input method for Android, but we can't deny that the company has done a decent job in improving its capabilities over the last couple of years. If QWERTY keyboards are not your thing, the Google Play Store offers a ton of alternative solutions to choose from, but Google has decided to bring back an oldie today, and this one focuses on your handwriting. Google Handwriting Input has just reached the Play Store as an app, and as its name implies, you get the option to switch the regular QWERTY keyboard for an option that can detect your ...

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    Microsoft has become a preview machine over the last couple of months with Satya Nadella's leadership. From a free preview of Windows 10 for desktops and phones, to a preview of Office 2016 for the Mac, it's clear that Microsoft wants to gain loyal customers through free testing. Office 2016 for the Mac has proven to be very popular so far, and with today's update, even iOS and Android get some love. Microsoft has just launched Office Delve for iOS and Android, as companion apps to Office 2016. The service requires Office 365, and the idea is for this app to serve as a companion to Office. ...

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    Even though Windows 10 is already available in preview for desktop computers and even some Lumia smartphones, one of the biggest mysteries is how Microsoft's mobile operating system will adapt to small tablets. At the moment you don't have the option to test it on existing models, so we didn't really have a clear idea until today. We get the first leaked screenshots of Windows 10 running on a small tablet of unknown dimensions, and yes, the tablet model wasn't disclosed either. You'll notice that this is a very early beta, as the Start screen is not yet final. As we expected, there is no ...

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    Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn't really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What's interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise. Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won't ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are more famous for their courtroom battles, that doesn't change the fact that their partnerships for hardware internals keep growing. Samsung currently supplies Apple with processors, flash storage, RAM chips and even display technology in a few cases, but rumors point to more collaboration to come. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has just built a team of around 200 employees, and their sole purpose is to design and build new displays for Apple. It's not clear as to what these displays will power, or if these are multiple displays for Apple's future ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's set date for WWDC 2015. Then we continue talking about Apple, though this time about iOS 8.4, as we see a complete revamp to the music player. Sony is up next as we talk about a possible Xperia Z3 Neo and an Xperia Z5. Then we talk about Huawei, and the company trying to hire employees from Samsung. We end today's show talking about HTC's partnership with Microsoft for a new Windows Phone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple sets the date for WWDC 2015 - Apple seeds iOS 8.4 beta to devs, revamps the Music app completely ...

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    As popular as Twitter is when it comes to social media, there's no denying that this is the most barebones service there is. Surely that simplicity is what most people enjoy, but if any of you remember how crazy it was to retweet something a few years ago, you'll understand what it means when too much simplicity isn’t practical. The good thing is that Twitter fixed retweets a while ago, and now Quotes is the next frontier. As of today, the updated "Quote Tweet" feature that we saw reach iOS a few days ago is now available for Android users. The advantage is that instead of having to ...

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    Whether you call it the Huawei Ascend P8, or you follow most of the rumors that have called it simply the Huawei P8, this is the company's next flagship, and there's a lot to look forward to on tomorrow’s event. We recently saw some leaked renders of the design, and even a separate list of specs that claim that we could expect as many as three different variants. Today some additional leaks of promo material reveal more. First of all, the new promo material leaked shows us that the previous renders we found were correct; this is definitely a premium device, at least in its design. A new ...

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    HTC and Microsoft haven't really had the best relationship ever since HTC decided to help Google launch the first-ever Android smartphone back in 2008. Yes, we have seen HTC Windows Phones launch over the following years, but not at the same pace as we saw HTC supporting Windows Mobile since its ODM days. We're not sure if that's going to change any time soon, but we do hear that there is work in progress. At the launch of the HTC One M9+ in New Delhi this morning, Chia-Lin Chang, the company's President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer was approached about the company's future ...

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    Even though Apple launched iOS 8.3 just a few days ago, it seems that Cupertino was already hard at work with its next software update. The company has just seeded iOS 8.4 to developers this morning, and so far the biggest news are focused on Apple's new Music app. Most of us have complained over how barebones Apple's music player became since the launch of iOS 7, but not any more. The list of changes is rather significant, so let's focus on the main features that visually changed for the better: A new design - Aesthetically it still looks like the old music player, but things have ...

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    Apple has never been famous for the 30% cut it makes over any data that's distributed through its stores. We saw how publishers made a big deal about the policy when it was introduced back in 2011, but eventually, it seems all of them decided to give in if they wanted to be part of Apple's current success in digital media. The only area where Apple has fumbled in succeeding so far is with its Apple TV, and reports claim that the company took drastic measures to change this. Trusted sources claim that in order to retain popular services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and MLB.tv, the company had ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sprint's Direct 2 You service, and how it may change your perspective on buying a new phone. We then talk about Android's new voice unlocking mechanism, and how skeptical we are about it. Motorola then takes the stage as we learn about some new Moto 360 deals. Apple is next as the Apple Watch might not ship so late after all. We end today's show talking about the LG G4 leaks, which show us what to expect in its entirety. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sprint Direct 2 You comes to your house to set up a new phone - Android gains ...

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    Microsoft's launch of the second preview of Windows 10 for phones might have landed later than we'd like, and some of us are even complaining about certain missing features. Still, that's the price of evolution, and that's something Microsoft needs to do desperately. No all is a loss though, a lot of cool new features are being added, and today we get a teaser. Even though we praise the keyboard on Windows Phone, one of our biggest complaints is how big the keys and the UI tend to be on devices with a larger display. Today we find Microsoft's new one-handed keyboard being demoed on video, ...

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    We've kept a close eye at Xiaomi's offerings, and specially the Mi4, even if the company's market focus is China. The Mi4 is a special device, particularly because we've even seen Microsoft experiment with some Windows Phone love on its hardware. Still, it seems that was just the tip of the iceberg for Xiaomi, as some rumors show us that there's more. First of all, to have the company schedule an event in New Delhi says a lot, but to tease a catchphrase like "i is coming" could also spell the company's first true international flagship. We've followed the rumors of the Xiaomi Ferrari for a ...

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    Even with all the rumors surrounding Sony's intention to sell its Xperia division, that hasn't pulled the company back from being one of the best at timely software updates. The company may have taken a little too long to update the Xperia Z3 a few weeks ago, but it seems that a broader plan behind the update was designed to compensate to other customers for the lost time. Today Sony has announced that users off the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra should receive Android Lollipop today. Those of you using the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia C3 (both variants) ...

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