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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    As the holiday season gets closer, we get a ton of questions on Twitter over the best tablet or smartphone to buy. Tablets are a very different breed when compared to smartphones because for once, you don't really need a tablet if you already own a computer and a smartphone, and second, because not all tablets are created equal. Smartphones can generally do the same, but some tablets are great for work and suck for play, and others are great for Play and suck for everything else. At this point OEMs are still struggling to find the right mix when it comes to tablets, which is why you'll ...

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    Buying a wearable these days is not easy. For starters this is one of those markets that has taken for ever to grow out of infancy. As a result we see companies approach the market differently, and bringing a lot of disparity to the offerings that you can choose. Still, we get questions every day on Twitter regarding the best smartwatch for important lifestyle needs like fitness, or simply the usefulness of notifications at a quick glance. The biggest problem is that even with all the offerings out there, you'd be shocked at how few of these products get both of these needs right. The ones ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we discuss the OnePlus X and some of the software updates coming for it. Then we focus on the new CyanogenMod 13, and the devices supported. Then it's all about Samsung and a few new Galaxy A devices that are being certified. Fossil is next as the company gives us details on the price tags for its new smart wearable lineup. We end today's show talking about the recent rumors of Google and Samsung working together to improve TouchWiz. All this and more after the break. Stories: - OnePlus X microSD support improves with new OxygenOS update - Official ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's recent attempt at wearables, but with a different approach with existing watch makers. Then we talk about Oppo and how the company is working on a new smartphone that follows the iPhone design language. Then we focus on Lenovo's line of smartphones and how these will merge with Motorola in the future. The Apple Watch is next, but this time because it reportedly caused some major burns to a customer. We end today's show talking about the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and its launch in the US. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HP ramps ...

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    As the holiday season gets closer, it's right about that time for a smartphone upgrade in the case of most of you. Years ago this was rather easy as there were only a few players doing things right every year. 2015 is a different animal though, with most OEMs doing an amazing job at raising the bar in design quality and overall user experience. We have flagship devices at mid-range prices, and even new categories like the "Premium mid-range" for those that want elegance on a budget. If you're still on the ropes trying to decide which smartphone is right for you, this guide will hopefully ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the major update that Samsung has just pushed to the Gear S2, and why you should care. Then we talk about the possibility of Google unlocking your smartphone depending on the Android version that you're using. Google continues as we learn more about some of the Nexus 6P microphone issues when used in speaker mode. Then we talk about Apple's probability of bringing an AMOLED display to iPhones, though we're probably talking about the iPhone 8. We end today's show talking about Google's prototype "combadge" for communications. All this and more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new HTC deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Then we discuss the status for any options to get the Google Nexus 6P. Microsoft follows as we learn of when to find new Lumias a the Microsoft Retail stores, in addition to when to get Windows 10 Mobile on the Xiaomi Mi 4. Then we focus on Apple's iPhone 7, some changes in design and added RAM. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy s7, microSD support, Edge design changes, and other leaks. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC has Nexus 9, One M9, and One A9 ...

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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 recent enhancements that just reached Google Fit. Then we talk about the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and our first impressions. Then we discuss the ridiculous $2000 phone bill that the iPhone 6s just caused a family, according to them of course. We then focus on the Apple Watch 2 and its current status. We end today's show talking about how LG has abruptly pulled the LG Watch Urbane 2nd edition over hardware issues. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Fit picks up new strength training tools, instant feedback, and ...

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    Color OS is, well, Color OS. Some people hate it, some people like it. Oppo did a good job in listening to customers with its latest version running on the Oppo R7 Plus, which I’ll admit is my favorite Android skin to date, but it hasn’t done that same great job in bringing legacy flagships up to speed. Chances are that if you’re currently using the Oppo Find 7 or Find 7a, you’re still stuck on a version of Color OS that runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. I know, that’s terrible. The good thing is that Oppo is clearly paying attention to customer demand. Instead of pushing another ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about OnePlus X sales in North America, and the process you'll have to follow. Then we talk about the iPad Pro, its production issues, and sales projections. Microsoft follows as the company has just seeded a major update to Windows 10 Mobile. Then we talk about Samsung's new BRITECELL technology for future Galaxy cameras. We end today's show talking about Samsung Galaxy Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates, and how long you'll have to wait. All this and more after the break. Stories: - OnePlus X sales come to North America today; got your invite yet? - ...

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    Yes, we're back! Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Amazon's Black Friday deals, which will actually last a lot more than just a day. Google and ASUS follow, this time with the launch of the Google Chromebit. Then we discuss a recent change that just arrived to Google Photos, and why you should care. Then we talk about the LG G5, and its possible design changes. We end today's show talking about the iPhone mini, and how its specs won't wow anyone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon previews eight straight days of holiday deals starting November 20 - Google and ...

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    The Internet of Things (IoT) isn't really something we could call new, but it isn't until now that we notice companies taking this seriously as a new product category. The idea of having more and more devices around your home connected, and that it can later bring support to your current smartphone experience are always something we'd call cool. Today it seems that we get some insight on where all this is going. Gartner analysts have already begun dissecting the possible future of the Internet Of Things, and according to the firm, IoT might grow as much as 30% by 2016, and a crazy 20.8 ...

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    Huawei has spent a good deal of time improving its premium smartphone designs, up to the point where even Google has decided to take advantage of it. That's not to say that these design choices are perfect given the recent developments on how easy it is to bend the Google Nexus 6P, but it doesn't mean that Huawei hasn't done a good with the rest. It's only natural that the company launches yet another flagship before the year ends, and today we find some details. Trusted sources have just revealed the first image of the Huawei Mate 8 that actually answers more questions than the ones left ...

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    Google Glass is one of those products that was definitely cool, up until we learned of its crazy price tag. Surely a few people here and there were willing to invest $1,500 on a unit, but the whole purpose of the product wore off as quick as users begun to notice that it was too little product for too much money. As a result Google has decided to re-think this concept through its new Project Aura, and today we learn more about its future. Sources claim that Google is currently testing as many as 3 different prototypes for its future Google Glass model. We're not sure if all models will ...

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    There's no such thing as an Apple product announcement without a certain degree of drama in the mix. Whether it's the usual "gates" that we find with each iPhone, or the curse of the early adopter for other products, Apple is clearly a conservative company when it comes to the first batch of whichever new product it's experimenting with. Users have already begun complaining about a very annoying issue the iPad Pro, and today we learn more about it. Apple support forums are already a tad flooded with complaints of users with an unresponsive iPad Pro. So far it's been hard to pinpoint a ...

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    Apple's approach to hardware is always a mixed bag if you start comparing newer products with existing ones. Right now a new MacBook is far less powerful and more expensive than the entry-level MacBook Air, but it packs a far better display, trackpad technology, you name it. If you thought this was only happening in the desktop environment, think again, as iPads are also prone to this apparently. DisplayMate Technologies has gained a lot of fame for its display tests, and the firm just decided to put Apple's new tablets to a comparison test. We expected to see the new iPad Pro triumphant ...

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    Even though Microsoft pretty-much pioneered the idea of having voice-controlled interaction with your smartphone through its old Voice Command services on Windows Mobile, we do know that the company was rather late to the digital assistant crowd with Cortana. Still, we can’t deny that Redmond has done an amazing job with the service, sometimes leapfrogging its competitors in a few features. If you’re wondering where all this is going with Cortana and its predominance on Windows 10, today we learn more. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently interviewed, and he had a few thoughts to ...

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    At this point we weren’t really expecting any more hardware from Lenovo, mainly because the company decided to use the Motorola brand for its smartphones going forward. Still, we’ve seen the company announce a few products here and there, as it seems that part of the plan is not yet going to begin. Today the company announces a new product, and this time it goes all out in a few departments. Lenovo has just announced the new Vibe X3, a product it started teasing a few days ago. This is not your average smartphone though, as Lenovo is featuring Hi-fi 3.0 stereo speakers thanks to a ...

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    Apple’s mobile payment service is still a little far from gaining the popularity that Apple might have expected, but at this point this is still understandable. At the moment only two generations of iPhone, iPad and one of Apple Watch support it, and Cupertino still needs to add more markets to list. Added availability is key for this product to grow, and we learn of a new move in that particular department. Trusted sources in Canada claim that Apple Pay will be launching in the market sometime around November 17, which is pretty much today, depending on which time zone you’re in. The ...

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    Sony is definitely the king when it comes to smartphone cameras. The company doesn’t only manage to gain a ton of praise for its camera performance on its high-end Xperia smartphones, but every competing device that is praised for this is most likely using a Sony camera sensor. That said, the user interface is also important in helping the user enjoy the experience of taking a quick photo on the go, and Sony has just decided to do something about it. Sony has just pushed a major update to its camera application when it comes to the user experience. You’ll no longer have to dig within ...

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    It's still hard to predict if Apple will find any success with the iPad Pro. The company did broaden the countries it usually launches products on the first day, something rare for Cupertino, but it seems that even then Apple wasn't ready for the possible demand. Scarcity is even more notorious on the separate iPad Pro accessories, and it seems you'll have to learn to deal with it. Apple's iPad Pro is currently available on most Apple Stores, and the wait for it online is barely 1 to 7 days, which is not that bad. The biggest problem is mainly with the new iPad Pro Smart Keyboard and the ...

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    Facebook continues to be the most popular social network in the world by a long shot, and part of that has a lot to do with how it continues to evolve over time. Some of the changes we've seen the company bring to the table have been anything but popular, but others have proven to gain a market. One of those experiments that Facebook started back in September is 360-degree videos, and that expands as of today. Facebook has just announced that 360-degree video has just reached iOS in an update that was pushed today. The company is also launching a microsite deisgned to offer tips and tricks ...

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    Even though Project Ara is still something most of us wish to see in person before we judge, the idea of modular products is slowly gaining traction. Just a few weeks ago we saw a modular smartwatch in the works, which did gain some significant popularity. Then again, the idea of a modular smartphone is still fascinating, and it seems another OEM is joining the crowd. Small German OEM Shift has just announced that it'll be offering its own take on a modular smartphone. This is a different product to what we know with Project Ara though, as the Shift 5+ will even allow you to decide between ...

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    Apple is never the company to actually promote the use of third-party browsers on iOS, up to the point where it took years to allow them to even land on the App Store. Since then we've seen Chrome and others find a spot, even though with certain minor limitations. The only one missing from joining iOS was Firefox, but that actually came to an end today. Mozila has just announced that Firefox is now available for iOS. It's been available on Android for years, but given Apple's standards actually prevented Mozila from buidling a variant that's available for Apple's mobile devices. If you're ...

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