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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    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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    So far, it's almost a general consensus among the Pocketnow Team, that our favorite Android user interfaces are either HTC Sense or the stock Android experience. Matching these interfaces together is something we're all highly anticipating, and we've kept a close eye on some leaked screenshots a few weeks ago, in addition to some possible launch dates that might happen earlier than expected. HTC promised a launch within the next 90 days from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and new leaks prove that things are close. Some new leaked screenshots of HTC Sense running on top of ...

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    Just as with mobile payments and a ton of other services, Apple wasn't first in allowing third-party keyboards to work on its iOS products. Apple's stock iOS keyboard isn't as bad as some stock Android keyboards we've tested, but it's always good to give people options to choose what better solves their particular needs. The biggest problem is that third-party keyboards on iOS are sluggish, and it seems that Apple also wants them to become less functional. Nintype has become very famous because of all the added functionality that the developer has envisioned you would like in a keyboard. ...

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    Even though Apple didn't invent mobile payments, we all know that Cupertino is famous for arriving late at certain markets and making these take off. Google has struggled for years to make Google Wallet famous, and even if the service still exists, we rarely see any improvements over the already failed market strategy. Google's failure in mobile payments, and the reluctance of certain retailers over Apple Pay made us skeptical over its possible success at launch, but it seems that there's not need to worry. Reports already claim that Apple Pay was able to claim 1% of the digital payment ...

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    We're sure that by now you've noticed that we love comparisons. There's no better way to help you all decide between one product and another, than if we test them side by side on a couple of average days of use. It's always hard for us to determine a winner, since each product was designed with a specific niche in the market in mind, but at least our experience will serve you to get a feel for what device suits your needs. As we wind up our initial coverage of the Oppo R5, one very requested comparison was to put this device to the test against the ultimate aluminum power house from HTC. ...

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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 launch of Lumia Denim, and what this means for most Lumias in the market. Google follows as we learn more about the possibility of Nexus 9 leather covers. Sony follows as the company has begun to tease what we should expect for CES 2015. Then Sony takes the stage one more time as we see some new leaks on the Sony Xperia Z4. We end today's show talking about Samsung's Galaxy S6 and some new evidence. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft issues Lumia Denim update statement (while taking an axe to availability ...

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    Miniaturization has been one of the key elements that has allowed technology to evolve over the years. Decades ago, a computer was big enough to fill a room, and today most of us carry smartphones that are more powerful than some of the computers NASA needed to put a man on the moon. If you’re new to the smartphone business, you might not remember how big and bulky these products were just a few years ago, and how companies focused on defying form factors and designs in order to make your use of a smartphone a pleasant experience. Some of us struggle with the level of compromise that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new BlackBerry Classic, and what this means for the stressed company. Then we talk about the possible launch date and changes coming with Google's Android 5.1 update. Samsung follows as we learn about a new mobile payments system in the works. Apple then takes the stage with some new patents regarding Touch ID. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy S6 Edge and its probability. All this and more after the break. Stories: - BlackBerry Classic launches with a very familiar look - Android 5.1 tipped for early next year, partial ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ASUS CES event, and what we should expect to be announced. Apple follows as we learn details on launch dates for iOS 8.1.3. HTC then takes the stage as we learn of probable dates for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop for its flagships. We then talk about the recent leaks of a OnePlus One mini that just emerged. We end today's show talking about the Pebble smartwatch, and how it will soon support Android Wear, sort of. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS announces its CES press event, time for new ZenPhones - Apple ...

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    Sprint hasn't been famous for launching Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As a matter of fact, the company hasn't really launched any at the moment, and specially Lumia devices across its pre-paid customer brands. The good news is that both Sprint and Microsoft have announced a partnership today to end this problem, and we start with an aggressive device for its price tag. Microsoft and Sprint have just announced the launch of the Lumia 635 on the Sprint post-paid network as soon as December 23rd, and on its pre-paid companies like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile as early as January 16. The device ...

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    We've praised Apple for its design of the iPhone ever since its first iteration. Up until the launch of the iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple kept a very positive track record as a company that knew how to deliver flawless design on its smartphone and tablet lineup. Today, we admit we still like Apple's iPad lineup, but we struggle to recommend the iPhone 6 because of some elements in its design, and a famous engineer and designer has built a concept of his own. Business insider recently reported on a very interesting concept design by famous engineer and designer Nikola Cirkovic. Obviously concepts ...

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    Apple has had its good batch of ups and downs with iOS 8. On the positive side, the company has launched a more mature version of the operating system, and has addressed a lot of the things we asked for with iOS 7. That being said, its initial launches led to some bricked iPhone 6 units, and some slow legacy devices. iOS 8.1.2 was recently launched with some silent bug fixes, but it seems that was just part of the story. Apple hasn't really seeded iOS 8.1.3 to developers as is customary, but some activity logs are already claiming its existence. This wouldn't be the first time that Apple ...

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    ASUS may not be as popular as it deserves with its smartphone offerings, but tablets are a different story. Both iterations of the Nexus 7 were made by ASUS and garnered significant success, and even though its PadFone concept hasn't grown to a significant degree, it's clear that there is a lot of innovation behind ASUS' work both in hardware, and its aggressive price points. We've heard rumors that the company is planning something big for CES 2015, and we get the first teaser today. ASUS has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on January 5th, and even though the ...

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    The launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop has proven to be a complete contradiction among OEMs. Google is usually very timely at launching the update to its Nexus and Google Play lineup, but this time, even though Lollipop is probably one of the most dramatic overhauls we've seen come to Android, third party OEMs like Motorola and LG have done a better job at providing support for existing flagships. HTC is one of the companies that has done a fantastic job pushing newer versions of Android to its flagship smartphones, but this time, it seems the company is working at a faster pace. If you ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Nexus 9 magic cover, and how much it'll cost. Then we talk about Android 5.0.1 for the Google Nexus 5. Microsoft follows as we get some disappointing news about Lumia flagships. Samsung then takes the stage as we learn about some possible dates for the Galaxy S6. We end today's show talking about Samsung's current market share. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nexus 9 Magic Cover sales finally take off this week - Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 update likely landing today - Long wait rumored until next Microsoft Lumia ...

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    Can you imagine a world where companies didn’t push the boundaries of thin and light? Some of you may mock these efforts, but that doesn’t change the fact that the best selling smartphones today keep getting thinner and lighter. We can't ignore the fact that one of the best selling smartphones in the world shows a clear obsession for getting slimmer every new iteration, and the same can be said about Oppo's R lineup. Have a look at our comparison video of the Oppo R5 vs the iPhone 6. In a way, this comparison would've been more suited agains the iPhone 6 Plus given the dimensions of ...

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