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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    The battle for mobile supremacy in China is still on its way, and even though Apple has gained a significant amount of popularity with its current flagships, all of its competitors are doing the complete opposite. Mid-range phones seem to be the best strategy the rest of the market wants to push through and Meizu has been doing a lot of positive damage here. The company has just announced its new Meizu M2 Note in a major event in China, and here's what you're getting. First of all the Meizu M2 Note is available in four polycarbonate color options, white, blue, gray and pink. It sports a ...

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    Even though certain platforms don't really care much about hacking into phones any more, rooting Android devices is still one of the most popular reasons why people love the operating system. Sadly, OEMs don't seem too fond of having you root their devices, up to the point where certain devices are notoriously difficult to root or unlock. LG has gained a certain level of fame in this department, and even if the company promised a bootloader unlock for the LG G3, that didn't necessarily happen. Just to be clear, yes LG did just launch its bootloader unlock tool, but the problem is that not ...

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    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference is definitely one of Cupertino's most important events of the year. We did see Steve Jobs announce a few iPhones during this event back in the day, but the fact that the company uses this event to announce major updates to its software experiences is just as important. If you're planning to keep an eye on what Apple announces, the company just made it easier for you to tune in. Apple has just made it official that it'll be live streaming its WWDC 2015 keynote on June 8. The company's website was recently updated to confirm that you can watch it from ...

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    Apple's hobby with the Apple TV has proven to be quite resilient over the last couple of years. Cupertino has done its best to drop the price of the hardware, and even add options like HBO GO to sweeten the pot for those in the market for a streaming hub. We'v heard that Apple has some major plans to reinvent the TV with a new subscription service, but it seems you'll just have to wait. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple's negotiation with TV services is still not finalized, and it will delay the rumored possible launch at WWDC. Apple's negotiations are rather complex as the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official Windows 10 launch date, and some precautions you need to take. Google is next as the company has just simplified its privacy settings with a new hub. Nintendo is next as we learn that the NX console might be powered by Android. Apple follows as the company's music service may borrow some popularity from celebrities. We end today's show talking about how iPhone subsidies might end on Apple Stores. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Windows 10 gets an official launch date this summer - Google simplifies privacy settings ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work reinventing itself since the administration of Satya Nadella began a few months ago. We now see a company that's more aggressively focused in expanding its software grip, even if that's at the cost of not serving its own hardware at the same speed. Windows 10 plays a major roll in this reinvention, and today we learn more about its launch date. Microsoft had teased that we should expect Windows 10 to launch this summer, but today we finally get an official date for July 29th. We did hear that the service would be a free upgrade, but today we also learn that ...

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    Android has proven to be one of the best computing ideas of our generation. From having the operating system power the hottest smartphones, tablets and wearables in the world, to giving life to services like Project Brillo, there is clearly no limit to what the service can do. Amazon and other companies have used Android in a proprietary way, to benefit their particular needs, and reports claim that the next company is Nintendo. Nintendo has been reluctant to provide details on its NX console that's planned for a possible launch in 2016, but leaks are inevitable for almost every company in ...

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    Google has been making some major changes over the last couple of months since Sundar Pichai took over of the company's units last fall. Most of these changes have been focused in unification and simplification, given the vast amount of services that Google offers. Privacy has definitely become a concern for many lately, and given how convoluted this was in Google before, the company has just provided a solution. As of today you'll notice that Google has just launched a new account security hub for all users. In a nutshell this service consolidates all your privacy and security settings in ...

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    At a time when music labels are already enjoying the economical benefits of the music freemium model, Apple is clearly desperate to regain its supremacy in this department. Previous rumors have even claimed that Cupertino has tried to use its current leverage to get music labels to drop the model in order for the company's plan to survive. For now what we know is that the service might be called Apple Music, and today we learn more about the company's plan. New sources mention that Apple is in talks with music celebrities like Drake, Pharrell Williams and even David Guetta in a plan to ...

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    Buying any flagship smartphone these days is an expensive proposition, no matter what brand you're acquiring. iPhones are specially notorious for being expensive pieces of hardware, and especially if you desire more than the entry-level 16GB of storage options. Carrier subsidies have always been the best option for US consumers to gain access to new iPhones, but it seems that's about to change. Trusted sources claim that Apple has just informed its employees that it will be dropping AT&T carrier subsidies this month of June, but the reasons for the change weren't announced. Consumers ...

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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 Apple's WWDC keynote date and time. Then we talk about Apple's bug fix for the iPhone SMS bug that's plaguing users. Sony is next as we learn about the display roadmap for Xperia devices. Android Pay and Google Wallet are next, as no, they aren't the same thing. We end today's show talking about Android M multi-window mode, and its current status. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple confirms WWDC keynote date and time, hundreds of sessions will take place - Apple shares how to save your iPhone from that glitchy text - No 2K ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the offline updates that Google Maps will receive soon. Then we talk about the new Google Cardboard, and how the protocol now supports even iPhones. Then we talk bout the new Google Now On Tap, which could be the coolest new feature of Android M. Google Photos also received a major update, and made it self cooler than ever. We end today's show talking about Android M and its bevy of new features. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Maps will expand offline capabilities very soon - Google’s got a new and improved Google ...

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    Apple Pay has done its fair share of damage when it comes to making mobile payments a thing. Cupertino hasn't necessarily succeeded, but statistics have proven that it has had better luck than Google, in addition to other competitors. We've heard rumors that the service will make it to China and Canada soon, but we also hear of new changes to come. Reports claim that Apple will launch Apple Pay 2.0 at WWDC 2015, even though specifics of what we're getting weren't mentioned. Apple has shown some interest in acquiring certain mobile payment startups, but nothing has been made public yet. ...

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    Apple's Force Touch technology has certainly made a big boom since it became public with the Apple Watch, and Apple's new MacBook. Many of us still find it confusing to determine when an Apple Watch has this command option, but it is cool to have a sort of right-click function on such a small display. We've heard conflicting rumors on this technology reaching the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mainly because most of these claimed it to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive. Trusted supply chain sources now claim that Apple has already made up its mind, and will bring Force Touch to both the iPhone ...

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    Google I/O has proven to be the company's most epic event of each and every year. Google is definitely a software company at heart, and this is the show floor for the future of Google's software vision. This has also proven to be a key event for product launches, in some cases hardware related, but where software-related launches never miss a spot. As such, Android M is definitely going to be a key product that we're looking forward to, and the amount of rumors surrounding it is substantial. When it comes to hardware, we have seen a couple of Nexus tablets being launched at this event over ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    We’ve heard a ton of rumors regarding a new Google Photos app, and it finally gets announced today at Google I/O. If you thought that having these services unlinked from Google+ was cool enough, well as it turns out, the news are much broader than just a platform change. Google is seriously doing a lot in order to make this your only photos service, and let’s talk about how. First of all, the focus of this new service is to: 1. Become a home for all your photos and videos available from any device 2. Help you organize and bring your moments to life 3. Make it easy to share and save ...

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    It’s been two years since Google announced its intent to power the Internet of Things, or in other words, to make as many products in your home, smart products. Back then the prototype concept sounded cool and all, but we didn’t really see any of this reach the market. Today we get to see the fruit of Google’s acquisition of Nest with two new announcements in Google I/O. Project Brillo is Google’s new operating system to power “The Internet of Things.” This new OS is based on Android, but is much smaller, less powerful, and more efficient. Obviously a light bulb requires less ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new deals to get more apps on Android phones. Then we talk about the iPhone SMS bug that's been plaguing users. Samsung is next as we learn of its plans for future camera and battery technology. Xiaomi follows as we learn more of what to expect with the Mi 5. We end today's show talking about the rumored iOS 9 Proactive feature that'll compete with Google Now. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft signs app pre-install deal with more Android OEMs - More text messaging bugs bring new trouble to iPhones - Samsung ...

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    Xiaomi is not just one of China's leading mobile device companies, but also one of the most aggressive Android OEMs when it comes to design and product focus. We've kept a close eye on all the rumors regarding the Mi 5 lately, but instead we ended up getting the Mi 4s, which did bring some welcome updates to last year's flagship. Today we learn a little more about why the Mi 5 was delayed, and the reasons seem worth it. First of all we hear that Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5 with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and that the main reason why the Mi 5 didn't reach the market this ...

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    For a minute there we thought that the Spotlight Stories that were exclusive to recent Motorola smartphones, remained that way because it was a Motorola thing. As it turns out, these augmented reality games were created by Motorola's ATAP division, which was kept by Google after the Lenovo acquired Moto. You can learn more about Michael Fisher's love for these services in his recent After The Buzz of the Moto X 2014, and if you like what you see, here's how to get it. Google has just launched Spotlight Stories as a separate app that's accessible to all Android devices. All three original ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months covering many rumors regarding future Windows 10 Mobile Lumia flagships in the works. Sadly these haven't gone beyond rumors, something quite unfortunate for a platform that's hungry for flagships. That said most of these rumors coincide with each other so far, so it seems we're close to something good. Yesterday we saw some of the specs we should expect for two Windows Phone flagships that we currently assume to be the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. Today we hear more about these devices, codename Talkman and Cityman. The specs apparently are exactly the ...

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    Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world, but also the one that's fastest at innovating with new features for users. A really cool service that Android users had exclusively was to get app suggestions whenever they searched for something. For example, getting suggestions to download Yelp whenever users searched for restaurant information. We say, "had exclusively" because the service just expanded, or at least it sort of did. Google has just announced that it'll now give iOS users app suggestions for search queries as well. The only catch is that the service will ...

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    Even though Cupertino will want you to believe that its mobile operating system is the most secure and reliable in the world, we know there's no such thing. We've expressed how disappointing things have become for iOS since the launch of iOS 7, and as much as iOS 9 might come to save the day, that doesn't mean you won't have to wait another couple of months to get it. Today we get word on a new iOS bug, that's actually older than many think. Users are complaining of their iPhones randomly rebooting themselves, or in some cases, of having the SMS app crash every time they try to launch it. ...

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