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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    Samsung really needed for people to love using the Galaxy S6 just as much as holding it, and the company clarified that it made significant investments in removing the bloat and the excess distractions from its new TouchWiz UI. One important way to improve this experience was to also launch the Galaxy S6 with the latest and greatest memory options, and its 3GB of DDR4 RAM speak highly of it. You'd think that there should be no complaints about all this, but it seems that there is. User forums have begun to complain that Samsung's RAM management exaggerates its chore a little. Instead of ...

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    One of the coolest options that Android Wear and Pebble users have is the ability to use third-party watch faces. Surely not all of these are great, and some even affect your watch's performance, but it’s better than having just a handful of built-in options. Many developers were upset by Apple's approach to not allow them to create third party watch faces when WatchKit launched, but don't expect good news any time soon. Apple has just updated its App Store review guidelines, and the documentation now makes it official that it will not approve apps that only tell the time, or in other ...

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    Apple has been closing the gap between its OS X platform and its iOS platform more and more over the years. Still, instead of converging products into one OS, Apple has devised tools like Continuity and Handoff with the purpose of giving users an added value when buying into the Apple Ecosystem. A new patent granted to Apple today takes things further, in a more intimate way. This new Apple patent was actually filed back in 2010, when the iPad was barely a few months old. The idea is to allow users of creative apps like FinalCut Pro or Photoshop to use an iPhone or iPad as an extra input ...

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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Oppo R7 for quite some time. The Oppo R5 did an amazing job at wowing us in our recent review, thanks to its premium and thin design, but it seems that Oppo wants more. The rumors of the Oppo R7 and a design without bezels have kept us busy for the last few weeks, and the company has finally decided to give us a glimpse of what to expect. Oppo has just published a couple of teasers on the web for the R7, and even though these don't say much about what we're getting, the fact that the teasers exist is enough reason to be excited. Sources claim that we should ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent Facebook Messenger, which now allows video calls. Samsung is next with rumors on how it'll increase production of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Sony is next as we hear of the company's development of a budget-minded phone for specific markets. Apple Watch vs Android Wear is next, as you'd be surprised at the sales figures comparison. We end today's show talking about Apple's quarter results, and how the company doesn't disappoint. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in certain countries ...

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    Apple’s quarter results conference call just ended, and as is customary for Cupertino, numbers continue on a rise. Last quarter Apple broke all of its records by selling a crazy 74.5 million iPhones in just one quarter, building up $74.6 billion in revenue in the process. Apple’s revenue this quarter isn’t as significant when compared to last quarter, but if compared to the same quarter last year, the company broke yet another record. Apple quarter results claim that it sold 61 million iPhones in the quarter, and ramped up $58 billion in revenue. This would be Apple’s most ...

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    Samsung's reluctance to adopt the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in favor of its Exynos processor for all Galaxy S6 models was definitely a shocker. Our biggest concern back then was that every Exynos-based Galaxy device that we've reviewed has underperformed when compared to a variant powered by a Snapdragon. Our worries with the Galaxy S6 are gone for the most part in everything except battery life, but it seems Samsung is hard at work for following this trend. Reports claim that Samsung is already testing a new Exynos processor with custom CPU cores under the codename Mongoose, and which ...

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    Even though Siri started the new trend of digital assistants on smartphones, it seems that Apple has completely neglected the service since the departure of Scott Forstall. We've seen all of its competing services getting better in every platform update, and the Siri saw very few improvements with iOS 8. Apple has a lot to fix when it comes to Siri's reliability, and it seems that its new plan is to do just that. Apple is now officially operating Siri on its third-generation system for handling queries, and this time it's using the open source Mesos platform that's already famous for ...

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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    Even with Apple's current struggle to meet demand for the Apple Watch, that doesn't mean that a few devices were ordered for the sake of drama. The Apple Watch Sport being the less expensive and most common has been a target of torture tests recently, and so far we've seen that its display is anything but indestructible, but what about the aluminum or its watch bands? More videos have emerged with details. CNET has just posted its usual torture test for the Apple Watch Sport, and you'd be surprised at how much it can take. The device was submerged for 10 minutes under water, and then was ...

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    When the Apple Watch was announced, one of the biggest concerns was its battery life. Any smartwatch that can't guarantee more than a day of performance is definitely a concerning topic for everyone. Now, what users weren't prepared for is for the iPhone to not behave the same way after pairing the Apple Watch, and mixed results have arrived. On one hand, a certain batch of users have praised the Apple Watch for helping the iPhone perform better in the battery department. It makes sense that if you spend more time on the watch, that as a result, this subtracts the amount of time you need ...

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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 Sony Xperia Z3 and how it has made a surprise return to T-Mobile. The Apple Watch is next as third party bands seem to be a possibility. Nokia follows as the company has pretty much confirmed an Android smartphone. Google Glass then returns to the spotlight, but in a sketchy way. We end today's show talking about Google's Q1 earnings, and how the Nexus family didn't help. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony Xperia Z3 makes a surprise return at T-Mobile - Authorized third-party Apple Watch bands could be coming - Nokia ...

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    Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the LG Watch Urbane launch, and how it will retail in different countries. Then we talk about the rumors of a possible Dual-SIM LG G4, in addition to some LG teasers of its camera features. Samsung follows as we see evidence of a round smartwatch to come. Oppo is next with the Oppo R7 event rumored to happen some time in May. We end today’s show talking about all the bidders interested in Nokia’s HERE Maps, including Apple, Amazon and even Facebook. All this and more after the break. Stories: - LG Watch Urbane rollout starts this week, ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    We've kept a close eye on all the rumors of the Xiaomi Mi 5, which eventually turned into a possible Mi 4i. Today the company finally made the Xiaomi Mi 4i official in an event held New Delhi, and even though for some this might be a step back from the existing Mi 4, that depends what matters most to you. Have a look at these specs, match them with the price tag, and you'll understand why. First of all, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is built on a polycarbonate body and packs an octa-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, which might be a step back in speed from the Snapdragon 801 on the Mi 4, but with ...

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    Windows 10 preview for phones has had a very rocky start when compared to its desktop counterpart. Our initial impressions of the first build weren't very positive, but hey, we do know this is still a work in progress. The problem now lies in its second build not playing well with certain Lumias like the 520, 521, 525 and 526, and even though those problems were solved, another problem just emerged. Microsoft has just admitted that there is still a flaw in Windows 10, and specifically for the new Lumia 640. The Microsoft Support statement pretty much confirms that the same previous flaws ...

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    Apple is famous for owning an insane amount of patents that it hasn't ever used. When it comes to display patents, we even remember a patent the company filed for a flexible display that can emulate a keyboard a few months ago. Today we learn of a new Apple display patent, and this time it focuses on touch. Apple was granted a patent today for a display that makes use of an actuator to vibrate the surface of the glass and even change its temperature, in a way to make users feel that they're touching a particular material. This actuator moves in different directions and at different speeds ...

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    For many, the Apple Watch sold out too early to even allow them to think twice about it. Apple's odd strategy to not sell the Apple Watch on its own stores tomorrow has generated significant controversy, as online stores are not offering shipping times earlier than June. Still, there were some lucky enough to land a timely order for launch date, and some good news have begun to arrive today. Apple has already begun to send shipment alerts to those who were lucky enough to order an Apple Watch on time. As of today, the status for these products appears as "shipped," for the US or ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's new teaser on the leather back process for the LG G4. Samsung follows with lukewarm sales of the Galaxy S6 in its home market. Apple follows as the rumors of the iPhone mini seem to be put to rest. Then we talk about the Apple Watch Sport, and how it failed horribly in a scratch test. We end today's show talking about Google's introduction of Project Fi, and what this means for US consumers. All this and more after the break. Stories: - LG shows off the G4’s leather back in its latest teaser clip - Samsung Galaxy S6 sales underperform ...

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    If you're currently testing Windows 10 in the Insider program and thought you were rocking the latest build, fact of the matter is you're not. The Insider program is currently testing version 10052, and today we land a leaked video from a trusted source on version 12544, which is definitely a significant jump in version number. The changes are significant, and the video is quite technical, so here's what changes: Background transparency: Microsoft will be providing users with a slider to control for the background image transparency, something that's definitely handy for images that are ...

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    Lawsuits between Chinese OEMs may either not be common, or just not as public as other OEMs in our shores make it seem. Huawei spent a great deal of time showing us all the camera innovations that it launched with the Huawei P8 a few days ago, some hardware related like with the RGBW sensor, and others software related. ZTE feels that some of these innovations on the Huawei P8 and the MediaPad X2 infringe in Nubia patents, and a lawsuit has been filed. The first infringement applies to "Slow Shutter and Capture technology," which we assume relates to the light painting option in the P8's ...

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    Even though the race for the thinnest smartphone continues at a rate we don't even find logical, that's not the only frontier that OEMs are trying to win lately. Oppo's R lineup has always been about pushing the limits of design, with the Oppo R5 succeeding at being the thinnest phone in the world for a short lived time. Some recent leaks show us that the Oppo R7 will shift its design focus a little into another area of interest, and we get more leaked photos today. These new leaked photos prove that the Oppo R7 is a gorgeous device in every way. Most of us find devices like the Moto 360 ...

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    The Apple Watch sport has proven to be one of the best selling Apple wearables so far, and it makes sense given the price difference with the stainless steel Apple Watch. That said, there is a level of compromise as aluminum is not a common material for Watches, or at least not as common as stainless steel, and neither is the Ion-X glass used on the Apple Watch Sport when compared to sapphire. We already know that sapphire is second only to diamonds when it comes to durability, but it seems Ion-X didn't do so well. A recent video from Unbox Therapy has emerged on YouTube testing the Apple ...

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