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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    Sony has proven to have a great track record with Android software updates, ever since the company said goodbye to the old Sony Ericsson brand. Even today, we've seen the company update legacy flagships like the first Xperia Z, and its timing for updates is also competitive. We've seen the company tease its Android 5.0 Lollipop launch in the past, but today we get more visuals. For better or for worse, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings changes to the visual aspect of the navigation keys. At the moment only a few OEMs have pushed their Lollipop updates to the masses, and those that use soft ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's new policy for app submissions as of February 1st. Then we talk about the Galaxy S6, and how it might not be waterproof, in addition to a possible event date. Then the rest of the show is all about Microsoft, starting with the company's announcement of the mobile version of Windows 10, and how you will be able to acquire it when it launches. We then cover Cortana's integration with the PC, in addition to how the Xbox will integrate with the PC as well. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's launch of the Surface Hub, and even ...

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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Microsoft is a productivity company at its core, and we see this in almost every one of the products it launches. As Microsoft's Windows 10 event is on its way, the company has expressed how important it has been for it to build products that currently don't exist in order to improve the Windows 10 experience. The first of two products announced is the Microsoft Surface hub, and it's bigger than you think. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a huge 55 or 84-inch 4K display with integrated computing capabilities. It supports multi-touch, multi pen input, and it supports advanced sensors, built-in ...

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    Microsoft's Internet Explorer is currently one of the biggest web browsers in the world, but not necessarily the world's, or the most advanced. Over the last couple of years we've seen how Google Chrome, FireFox and even Apple's Safari have evolved to add new features that were still missing on Internet Explorer. Today, Microsoft has announced a new Project Spartan to improve web browsing across all Windows 10 form factors, and even though we still don't know if this will be an evolution of Internet Explorer or a new web browser, here are some of the improvements mentioned. Joe Belfiore ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 event is currently on its way, and even though we're still expecting to hear a lot from its mobile developments, Microsoft has begun with PC announcements. Windows 10 is showcased to be one operating system across all platforms, and the services that we find on these platforms is intended to be shared among form factors. Cortana made some major headlines with its launch on Windows Phone 8, and now it's time for the PC. Joe Belfiore has just announced Cortana for the PC, and we get to see how Cortana will integrate as part of your start menu. Belfiore took his time to ...

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    Microsoft's previous reveal of Windows 10 showed us a company that's willing to make some bold moves in order to re-invent itself. The first Windows 10 preview showed us that the desktop version of Windows is moving in the direction that many of us wanted in Windows 8, and we also got some teasers on how great this will be for mobile. That said, a lot is still  unsaid, and today's Microsoft event should shed some light on the future of Windows Phone. Join us for our Editorial Roundtable as we discuss our first impressions over everything that Microsoft announces today. Rumors claim that ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about YouTube's recent changes on Android, and a teaser for filters to come. Sharp follows as it brings the flip phone back from the dead with a new Aquos. Qualcomm follows as we learn of its new Snapdragon SoC roadmap. HTC then takes the stage as we find leaked photos of the One M9 in full glory. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's Windows 10 mobile preview, which might not happen tomorrow. All this and more after the break. Stories: - YouTube for Android update reveals work towards video filters - The flip phone lives on with a new Sharp ...

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    Apple is famous for many of its patents, mainly because even though most of these reach a final product, some don't. That being said, Cupertino is also famous for taking its time in not launching products until it feels ready to shine with them, and that sometimes means holding patents for years until implementation, like in the case of the iPad. Today we learn of some old Apple patents that gain a new status, and we're talking about features that competitors are already using to a certain degree. The USPTO has granted Apple a patent it filed back in 2012, and it has to do with ...

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    Google has been working hard on bringing Material Design updates to its mobile applications, and these changes aren't really focused on its in-house platform. In addition to the Android updates, we've seen Google bring these same changes iOS, and we also see rumors of more to come. A new major change has arrived to one of Google's iOS apps today, and this time it's major. iOS users may stick to Safari for many things, but Google Chrome has also proven do a great job on iOS. Today's app update is for Google Chrome, and in addition to bringing its famous Material Design elements, we also see ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's final plans with BlackBerry. Then we continue talking about Samsung, this time regarding the possible design of the Galaxy S6. Yes, we then have more Samsung to talk about, but now we focus on some good news for its future wearable. HTC follows as we learn more about the possible specs of the HTC One M9. We end today's show talking about the Apple Stylus, and how Apple plans to sell it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung puts an end to the BlackBerry acquisition rumors  - Galaxy S6 Edge rumors double-down on dual ...

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    Even though Microsoft hasn't broken any records with its Surface lineup, the company's Surface Pro 3 has proven to be a step in the right direction. The new productivity tablet has proven to be one of our favorite gadgets of 2014, and it has challenged other OEMs and platforms to make tablets more productive. Part of Microsoft's success has fallen in its extensive software update plan, and today we learn more. Microsoft recently released new firmware update to all three of its existing Surface tablets. The company didn't provide much detail on what bugs were getting fixed, or what ...

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    Just a few years ago, hearing the Huawei brand was extremely uncommon in our side of the ocean. Still, after seeing how much brand presence the company has made at every single MWC since the year 2012, it's clear that the company was on to something. The company has done an incredible job at building the same success it has in Asia in other regions, and today we hear more on its strategy. For years we've seen Huawei use brands like Ascend Mate to designate its flagship lineup. This year we saw the company merge a couple of names here and there, and we thought that would be how the company ...

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    What happens when you join two companies that aren't really going through their best times? Well, it's hard to compare Samsung to BlackBerry, as Samsung is simply not reaching its goals, while BlackBerry is in dire need to re-invent itself one more time. We've been hearing reports of Samsung wanting to acquire BlackBerry, but those rumors end today. Samsung's J.K. Shin just came on record to confirm that there is no intent to acquire BlackBerry. Instead, Samsung's mobile lead has stated that the company wants to work with BlackBerry and develop the existing partnership. If you remember, ...

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    Google's launch of its native Google Calendar application made a lot of sense for most Android users that rely on Google services. The intensive skinning of Android led many OEMs to launch proprietary calendar services that weren't on par with the pace at which Google was bringing newer and smarter services to Google Calendar. You'd think that only Android users would benefit from this, but that reality is about to extend. Leaked screen shots show us that the Google Calendar is almost ready for a launch on iOS. The design replicates almost every single detail of how we see the Google ...

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    Many of us miss the old days of the Windows Mobile and Palm stylus, something that Apple single-handedly killed with the iPhone. Still, it would be unfair to forget that the Apple Newton was one of the first products to feature such a concept, and we have seen companies like Samsung succeed in making the stylus something smarter. Recent patents showed us that Apple has been considering building a stylus for the masses, but under a very different concept to what we currently see in the market. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo gained a lot of fame for some of the recent iPhone 6 predictions. In a new ...

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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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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Lumia Denim launch, and the devices that will be receiving it. HTC follows as we learn more about the company's plans for MWC 2015. LG then takes the stage as we hear details on the LG G4 specifications. Samsung then shows us a new patent for a smarter way to build a round smartwatch. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy S6 and some rumored improvements to features like fingerprint scanning. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update begins rollout - HTC MWC 2015 event invites go out ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the possible launch date for Project Ara, and which market will be testing the product. Google follows as we talk about the company's new Google Translate features. We then talk about HTC's plans to update the rest of its old flagship devices in 2015 to Lollipop. Samsung then takes the stage as we learn about a probable Galaxy S6 without a Snapdragon 810. We end today's show talking about Samsung again, and the rumor that it might acquire BlackBerry. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Project Ara market pilot coming to Puerto Rico ...

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    Microsoft's Lumia Denim is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone updates since the inception of the operating system. On its own, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 does a good enough job at setting Microsoft's mobile operating system on par with competition, but Lumia Denim takes a couple of steps further in differentiating Microsoft's hardware from even other Windows Phones. The list of updates that come with Lumia Denim is quite significant, but Microsoft felt the camera enhancements alone were important enough to give us a tour during our stay in Las Vegas for CES 2015. Our ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Oppo R1C and what it brings. Then we talk about Samsung and its Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5. We then talk about HTC and its push of Lollipop on the One M8. Then we continue talking about HTC, this time with the new rumors of the Hima Ace Plus phablet. We end today's show talking about some new rumors of of Sony selling the Xperia division. All this and more after the break. Stories: - OPPO R1C officially announced, has a sapphire edition as well - Samsung Galaxy S 5 Lollipop update rolling out in the UK - Android ...

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