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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    Whether you admit it or not, John Legere is most famous for making the T-Mobile brand something to talk about in the US. His hilarious demeanor and his "Un-carrier" strategy has brought T-Mobile back to the lime light after a failed buy-out by AT&T just a few years ago. Legere is also famous for his predictions, and today he's got a lot to say about two separate topics. In an odd press release today, John Legere made a couple of predictions for 2015. One of these has to do with the Apple Watch, and the other has to do with his company reaching the goals they set out for 2014. When it ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Xiaomi is now worth more than a ton of major companies in the world. HTC follows as we get new hints on what to expect for CES 2015. Samsung then takes the stage with the Galaxy A7 and a possible launch date. Sony follows as we learn of its probable tablet plans for the next few weeks. We end today's show talking about how Apple dominated the mobile space with the iPhone and iPad. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Xiaomi scores massive valuation during latest round of funding - HTC hints at new Desire launch in CES teaser: ...

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    We all remember how Sony sold its VAIO PC business earlier this year to JIP, in an attempt to focus on mobile exclusively. As a result, we now have a Sony Corporation that launches Xperia smartphones, and there is also a separate VAIO Corporation, of which Sony still owns a small 5%. We sadly don't know if there is any collaboration between both companies, but we do hear that there is some competition on the way. Japanese sources claim that the VAIO Corporation will launch its first Android smartphone at CES 2015. This VAIO-branded smartphone is rumored to be an affordable device, and ...

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    Most of us are still trying to understand Samsung's purpose of the Alpha lineup. While we do recognize that the build quality in devices like the Galaxy Alpha is top notch, it's clear that the market isn't really happy with the amount of limitations in an Alpha smartphone. That said, Samsung's plans for more Alphas continues, and today you can get your hands on a couple. The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are now available in the US, though not in the conventional route. Samsung hasn't really launched these devices on any US carrier yet, but you can purchase these devices unlocked through ...

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    Even though most of us agree that Microsoft has done an amazing job at closing the app gap over the last couple of years, that doesn't change the fact that the iOS and Android currently sports almost triple the amount of apps on Windows Phone. The market share difference between these three platforms still leaves a significant challenge for developers to consider Windows Phone, even after the platform's fourth anniversary. Microsoft's new leadership has the task of improving these numbers soon, and today we learn how the company plans to do it. Mary Jo Foley is famous for her insider ...

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    Apple was clearly responsible for the death of the stylus after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. In a way, this has allowed user interaction with smartphones to be more efficient, but it also removes the level of accuracy that styli have offered users since their inception. Samsung has tried to pioneer the re-birth of the stylus with its Galaxy Note lineup, but reports claim that Apple has something cooler up its sleeve. We've been covering a significant amount of patents that Apple has filed with the stylus, but none of these have yet become a product. A new patent today reveals ...

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    Who would've thought that increasing the size of the iPhone would amount to so much in 2014? Apple broke all of its sales records during the first few days since the launch of the iPhone 6, and these numbers also broke records in the company's bottom line. If you're wondering how well Apple did this holiday season, the answer is still a shocker. Flurry conducted some very interesting analytics this holiday season, and this consisted in measuring the worldwide mobile device activations during December 19 to the 25th. These are the most common dates when people could've opened gifts for ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent launch of an LTE-A variant of the Galaxy Note 4. Then we continue talking about Samsung, but with the surprising rumors of the cancelation of the Galaxy Alpha. HTC follows as we learn of its CES plans in what pertains to the Hima flagship, in addition to some entry-level smartphones. Apple then takes the stage as the company has just changed its refund policies in some countries. We end today's show talking about Qualcomm and LG, and their plans for CES 2015. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung launches new Galaxy ...

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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 new and weird patent to help you type on your keyboard. Samsung follows as we learn more details of some budget tablets coming to CES 2015. Kodak follows as the company seems to want to get into the smartphone business. Apple then takes the spotlight as we learn about the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We end today's show talking about NVIDIA and how it has taken leadership in Android software updates. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft patents eye-tracking keyboard software - Samsung in-development ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent update to its Apple Pay vendors, and the bad news about it. Apple then follows as we learn how Apple plans to use other vendors to solve its sapphire needs. Amazon is next as we learn about its holiday give aways, and why you need to act fast. HTC then takes the stage as we have new details on HTC Sense 7. We end today's show talking about the latest Whastapp feature that's being worked on. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple Pay website updated with some partnership delays - Apple may use Foxconn to solve its ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus was more than just a success. The company broke sales records on the first few days, and even with the supply restraints of the iPhone 6 Plus, the company's bottom line still broke records as well. It's already been three months since the launch of these devices in the US, and if you think sales figures have slowed down, think again. A recent survey conducted to more than a thousand US consumers reveals that people still want to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. 50% of the people surveyed said they wanted to buy an iPhone, compared ...

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    Huawei may only be famous in American shores for its entry-level smartphones, but that doesn't mean that the company doesn't raise the bar with its flagships in Asia and Europe. Huawei's Ascend P7 and P7 special edition proved that the company is bold enough to launch very powerful smartphones, and add special features like a sapphire display to the mix. We've already heard some rumors of the Huawei Ascend P8 a few weeks ago, and today we get to learn more. We have some leaked photos of an aluminum frame that the source claims to belong to the Huawei Ascend P8. We're not sure if this means ...

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    We've spent the last few weeks discussing how HTC will implement Android 5.0 Lollipop mixed with its proprietary HTC Sense user interface. What's odd is for any OEM to launch such a major software update before the announcement of a future flagship smartphone, since this is a good selling point. None of the rumors we've caught have mentioned a new version of Sense being launched along with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now we understand why. The same source that leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop on the HTC One M8 a few days ago has just revealed that HTC will differentiate its 2015 ...

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    Amazon hasn't had the best year when it comes to its smartphone and tablet offerings. The company's launch of the Fire Phone is probably one of its worse flops in history, and the recent update to its tablet lineup went under the radar. Still, that doesn't mean the company isn't famous for building mindshare through some crazy tactics, and today Amazon is at it again. Amazon is currently giving away 40 Android applications that are worth a crazy $220 combined. Some of these apps are great, others aren't, but the simple idea of being able to get them for free is great no matter how you look ...

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    Apple has tried and failed at bringing us sapphire displays for its iPhone and iPad lineup. The drama behind the company's attempt to build sapphire in the US is long, and in the end, all we see is the company's Asian partners trying to solve the problem for Cupertino. Today we learn that Apple is still planning to give us a sapphire iPhone soon, and a long time partner seems to be in charge. Foxconn has been responsible for building iPhones for Apple since we can remember, and some new reports claim that the company is highly interested in adopting the sapphire business for Apple. If you ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Marriott wants to block your right to use your Wi-Fi hotspot. Nokia follows as we learn of a possible launch date for the N1 Android tablet. Samsung then takes the stage as we learn more about its progress with 4GB of RAM chips. HTC then surprises us with spec details and accessories for its Hima smartphone. We end today's show talking about new reports on the smaller iPhone and larger iPad in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Businesses seek right to block smartphone WiFi hotspots - Nokia’s Android tablet gets an ...

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    With the branding change that most, if not all Microsoft services received recently, don't feel odd if this headline doesn't remind you of the now defunct Bing Translator. Microsoft is now naming everything under its current brand, and these changes even include some hefty updates for some services. Today we learn that Microsoft is adding more functionality to some of its services, and that even includes tools to translate. Microsoft Translate was recently updated to version 3.2, and the changes include voice support for different versions of English, French and Spanish. These changes ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5c last year was met with significant complaints and disappointment. Surely, there wasn't anything that was really wrong with the smartphone as it was, but the fact that it was priced too high made people ignore it and focus on the iPhone 5s at the time. Today Meizu has launched a new smartphone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5c, but fixing some of its quirks. The new Meizu M1 Note is so identical to an iPhone 5c, that the Chinese press confirms that Meizu sent press invitations along with an iPhone 5c chassis on the invite. The main difference is that this ...

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    Even though mobile payments haven't really gained the level of acceptance that smartphone makers would've expected, that doesn't mean that Apple hasn't found some success in the market after just one month. Recent statistics showed that the company was already enjoying 1% of digital payments, and with most users using the service more than once every week. We might attribute Apple's success to the partnerships the company was able to land, though not everything is a pretty picture. Apple has silently updated its Apple Pay website to reflect some new light in the status of the remaining ...

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    Sapphire is definitely not new on smartphones, as you might remember Kyocera launch a smartphone sporting a sapphire display a few months ago. Still, you might not remember it as well as you might remember Apple's failed attempts to bring sapphire to its existing smartphone lineup. If you're wondering when you'll be able to get sapphire on your next smartphone, it seems another company is planning to beat Apple. Xiaomi is now reported to include a 5.7-inch sapphire display in its new Xiaomi 5, which we are expecting to see launched at CES 2015 in the next few weeks. The source claims that ...

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    There's no denying that Apple found new success with its launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company has broken every sales record it had in just the first few weeks of sales, making it clear that customers did want a larger display on an iPhone. That being said, we also heard some recent reports claiming that Apple is working on a smaller 4-inch iPhone, and these rumors gain more traction today. Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company landed some fame recently with some accurate rumors about the display size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year. Today, Arcuri ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about ASUS and its new teasers for CES, which include a hot Zen Phone video. Then we talk about Google and the new rumors regarding Android 5.0.2. HTC follows as we get some new leaks of HTC Sense running on top of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Apple follows as we learn how the company is making work difficult for developers of third-party keyboards. We end today's show talking about Apple Pay and its statistics after a month of operation. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS delivers CES 2015 teaser vid (and no, those aren’t dual cameras) ...

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    The launch of the Lumia 1320 was clearly overshadowed by its sibling, the Lumia 1520. Surely the Lumia 1320 was intended to be a mid-tier phablet for those in need of a big display on a tight budget, but that doesn't change the fact that the spec differences with the Lumia 1520 made some users prefer to pay the extra cash. We've heard rumors of Microsoft's smartphone plans for 2015, and today we learn more about the successor of the Lumia 1320. For the purpose of this post, we'll dub this smartphone the Lumia 1330, even if that data isn't yet confirmed. New leaks claim that this device ...

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    Google's launch of Android One had the purpose of serving emerging markets with a fluid Android experience on entry-level hardware, and at the same time relieving OEMs of the need to worry about the software experience. At the moment, the Android One initiative was only available in India as its launch country, and we've heard of different OEMs like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn jumping on board. If you're wondering when Android One smartphones will reach your country, more news emerge today. Google has just made it official that Android One is expanding its reach to Bangladesh, Nepal and ...

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