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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    Whenever we see spec wars between smartphones, a lot of people forget to note that each operating system handles its respective hardware differently. It would be unfair to compare a Windows Phone to an Android phone on a spec sheet, as we do know that Windows Phone requires much less power to perform just as well as Android, and which is something that doesn't speak highly of Android. If you're wondering just how power efficient a Windows Phone can be when running on the same specs as Android, just have a look at the HTC One M8 for Windows, and see for yourself. The spec sheet of both ...

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    After all the drama between Apple and Samsung, you could think that Sammy needs to hire a new batch of lawyers to fix its problems. Well, it turns out that the company is once again facing legal issues, but this time it has nothing to do with patents. The company just sold a ton of Samsung devices to the US Government, but ended up breaking a law in order to do so. Samsung has to pay a fine of $2.3 million to the US Government for misleading it into believing that the phones it acquired from Samsung met the necessary US government policies. As it stands, the US Government is legally forced ...

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    Secret is one of those apps that can drive a tad of controversy. It's designed for office gossip, and hey, getting your complaints out of your system without others really knowing who you are. Sadly it has also led to bullying in certain cases as well, as there is no safer place to keep your office secrets, than in your own mind. There is also a similar app called Cryptic for Windows Phone, and news are that there is a country that wants them banned. A Brazilian Judge is already fed up with all the reports of bullying cases, and the fact that these services haven't been able to put these ...

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    The quest for thin and light always has its drawbacks. We've seen both Apple and Samsung ignore optical image stabilization on smartphone cameras for the longest time in order to ensure device ergonomics, and we wonder if this trend will continue on the iPhone 6. We do know that this would be the thinnest iPhone ever, and in order to reach that goal, it seems that Apple might copy a design it brought to the market a couple of years ago. Leaked schematics show us that the iPhone 6 might have a camera lens that protrudes 0.77mm from the chassis, in order to fit all the planned optics into ...

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    Apple wasn't the first company to focus on giving us sharp displays, as we do remember the old days of HTC, and its development of WVGA displays. Still, we can't ignore how significant it was for Apple to bring the Retina Display to the iPhone 4, and the trend that begun after that launch. One of the biggest questions we have with the iPhone 6 is what screen resolution Apple plans to bring to the table, and some conflicting rumors claim to know what we should expect. Let's start by clarifying that we have two different sources claiming two different screen resolutions. On one side, Feld ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the unveiling of the HTC Butterfly 2, the international variant of the J Butterfly for the rest of Asia. Then we talk about Pebble, and how it has just hired some WebOS muscle in order to improve. Motorola follows as we get details on a new deal if you want a wooden Moto X. Apple follows as the new leaks of the iPhone 6 point to an LTE-A modem. HTC and Microsoft end today's show, as we talk about the HTC One M8 for Windows. All this and more after the break. Stories: * Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and ...

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    We've all heard a ton of rumors pointing to the possible launch of the next Moto X, and there is even a scheduled Motorola event that points to this launch as well. These rumors claim that this Moto X+1 will sport a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB RAM, all decent specifications for this year. Now, what if some new rumors point to another Motorola smartphone in the works, and oddly, a more powerful one? Leaked CPU-Z screen shots show us a new Motorola device under the codename "Quark_Verizon," and with a model number XT1254. Motorola regularly keeps model numbers ...

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    One of the biggest complaints that Windows and Windows Phone users have with both of these platforms, is how hot features get killed for no particular reason. Surely there must be a reason for these features to die, but you'd assume that the evolution of a platform should only make it look and perform better. Such is the case of the death of the animated Live Tile for Xbox Music, which died with the birth of Windows Phone 8, and which is rumored to make a come back. It seems that there is a version of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 that is currently being tested in Italy, and one of the ...

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    For some, size does matter, and one-handed usability doesn't. Such is the case of the Galaxy Mega lineup that was unveiled last year, and which received a decent amount of acceptance from the market, even though many considered it to be "too big for average use." If you thought Samsung's experiment was finished there, it turns out that we've been following the Galaxy Mega 2 for quite some time now, and more specifications get leaked today. If you remember, the previous list of specifications provided by GFXBench claimed that his phone had 1.8GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel primary camera, and a ...

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    Google may not be fond of all of its competitors lately, but that doesn't mean the company is not doing a good job in partnering with Apple. Most, if not all of the Google services that have made Android popular have slowly arrived on iOS, and seems the collaboration only continues as the company continues to launch products today. Google's Photo Sphere service has just launched for iOS, and in addition to giving you the option to create 360º images of where you're at, you can also share these photos to Google Maps. The list of features includes: • Outdoor enthusiasts: from mountain ...

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    Apple hasn't necessarily done the best job in pushing the latest and greatest cellular technology to its iPhones on time. The first generation iPhone launched with EDGE at times when 3G was already ubiquitous, and the same thing can be said about its late arrival to LTE and HSPA+. With LTE Advanced being the new thing in a few countries in Asia, you could say it's a little too early for Apple to consider the technology on the iPhone 6, and then again, rumors claim otherwise. More parts of the iPhone 6's logic board have emerged, and these include a new MDM9625 LTE modem. In contrast to the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the LG G Watch 2, if you thought there was just going to be one of these. HTC follows as we get the first leaked renders of the HTC One M8 for Windows. Sony then shows us that there can be an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, even if the name is funny. Then we talk about the iPhone 6, the possibilities of reversible USB, and its RAM options. We end today's show talking about the Moto 360, its price, and its possible launch date. All this and more after the break. Stories: **Smartphone giveaway: win a Blackphone from Pocketnow, GSM Nation, and Fight ...

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    Waze has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years for its crowd sourced navigation. Surely it's not a perfect service, but it has become popular enough to get Google to buy the service, but which also leads to a major problem. We know how divorced Google and Microsoft are lately, and it seems the problem only extends as new services get acquired. Waze has just confirmed on Twitter that it has no plans to provide any updates for its service on Windows Phone. It does clarify that things could change in the future, which definitely leaves us with hope, but that doesn't mean ...

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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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    Sony has done an amazing job at regaining its popularity for cutting-edge smartphones, though we wish we could say the same about its tablets. We can't deny that we loved the Xperia Tablet Z at the time of our review, but neither this tablet, nor its successor gained a decent level of popularity. We do know that Sony is working on an Xperia Tablet Z3 for a possible launch at IFA, but it seems there's probably more to look forward to, or less if you look deeper. Some documentation of the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth speaker has emerged, and within the listing of compatible products, we see that ...

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