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 Apple's official announcement of its September 9 iPhone 6s event. Then we talk about Samsung Pay and how it went live in the US. Then we focus on Microsoft's new Lumia flagships and some leaked renders. Then we talk about some new Moto 360 leaks, this time of the smaller variant. We end today's show talking about the new iPhone 6s and its camera improvements. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple goes official with September 9 event - Samsung Pay now available in the US, but as a beta - Upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagships, the ...

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    Apple is famous for the audio quality of its products ever since the days of the iPod, but it’s been a while since the company has launched a new pair of earphones. The company’s in-ear headphones are older than old, the EarPods exist since the iPhone 5, and it’s not like if we actually praise Beats headphones for their quality. Today we learn that Cupertino hasn’t necessarily been sitting in its laurels about this. The company has filed a new patent for wireless earphones with bone conduction noise canceling technology. In a nutshell, you can take a phone call with these wireless ...

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    The closer we get to Apple’s September 9 event, the more credible leaks get on the iPhone 6s. We’ve heard rumors teasing the iPhone 6s in a rose gold variant, and we’ve also heard rumors dismissing them. There have also been strong hints to Force Touch technology, in addition to the possibility of a sapphire display option. Sources today claim that the rose gold iPhone 6s will exist, and will be the only hint that you’re actually carrying the newer iPhone. It’ll resemble the same copper-like color tone of the rose gold Apple Watch, though obviously made of anodized aluminum. ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    For those of you that have forgotten, Apple is that company that spent 3 generations of its mobile operating system without a wallpaper for the icons. The fact that Apple decided to take a leap forward and allow dynamic wallpapers with iOS 7 was huge by Cupertino standards. We've seen an even broader approach from the company with the Apple Watch, and today it seems it won't stop there. Insider sources that claim to have already used the iPhone 6s claim that Apple will bring motion wallpapers to the new smartphone lineup, in a similar fashion to what we see in the Apple Watch. The source ...

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    At this point it's no secret that we're just a few days away from learning everything that Apple plans to launch with its new line of iPhones. We've heard a few rumors of iPhone 6s camera improvements, but some of these were even a topic of worry. Today we get more information on what to expect, and it seems to be major. Sources are helping bring additional credibility to some crazy rumors we hear months ago, like for example a selfie camera with a flash. We haven't really seen any changes in the leaked display panels, but this source claims that it will happen, and it leaves us to wonder ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's approach to the recent Galaxy Note 5 S Pen complaints. Then we talk about Verizon's new option to allow certain unlocked phones. We then focus on the LG Nexus 5 leaked specifications. Then we talk about a leaked video of a working iPhone 6s. We end today's show talking about Lenovo's decision to switch its mobile division to Motorola. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy Note 5 S Pen stuck? Samsung says RTFM - Verizon now welcomes activation of compatible off-network unlocked phones - Fresh batch of rumored LG Nexus 5 ...

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    Windows 10 has proven to be rather popular since its launch on July 29, and we assume it has to do with more than just its free price tag. Microsoft has brought some major changes that have actually made Windows "cool again," something desperately needed after the flop of Windows 8. If you're wondering how many products run Windows 10 today, we just received details. Yusef Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group has just tweeted details. We hear that 75 million devices now run Windows 10, and this even includes computers from back in 2007. 90,000 ...

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    Apple's recent change in retail leadership has brought some interesting changes to Apple Stores. The Apple Watch pre-orders were definitely not popular, and forcing third-party accessory makers to adopt Apple-style packaging was just odd, but not all is bad. Today we see more changes happening as part of the new retail strategy. Starting today we see that Apple Stores will now be selling Apple Watch third-party accessories, something never done before. The company starts with the $29.95 NightStand made by ElevationLabs. This is actually one of the first to have ever launched to the market, ...

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    Android is a very interesting platform since you're not forced to get your apps from Google Play. The Amazon App Store has been a major alternative for years, and its "Free App of the Day" feature did a good job of luring new customers to the platform. Today we learn that the promotion system we knew is gone, and as of today we learn about Amazon Underground. Amazon's new Underground service is a new type of App Store that also sells you other things. In away, this combines the Amazon App Store with the Amazon Store into one simple app. It uses a new freemium app model to make itself ...

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    We all know that Apple owns an insane amount of patents, and in most of these cases, these patents cover things that would be insane to patent because of their simplicity. That said, these patents have helped Cupertino win trials against Samsung in the US, and against the Google-owned Motorola in Europe. This second patent case was subject to an Appeal by Motorola tough, and it seems Apple has just lost it. The patent EP1964022 that was granted to Apple back in 2010 focused on the "swipe to unlock" gesture that is now common on all smartphones, and that gave Cupertino teeth to sue and ...

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    Even though we've been using voice commands for over a decade, it's not until Apple launched Siri that things began to take shape to what we see today. Today we've seen major improvements to Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but these services are still not good enough to be widely used. We heard that Facebook's "Moneypenny" project planned to add some human touch to this problem, and today we learn about it. Today the company has announced "Facebook M," the company's new Messenger-based digital assistant. The service will initially be limited to a certain amount of users in the Bay Area, but ...

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    Our recent trip to Beijing gave us some quality time with the Oppo R7 that was closer to a launch at the time, but for most of us, the biggest news were really about its larger sibling, the Oppo R7 Plus that just arrived for review. This is not the average "Plus" version of a smaller phone where all you're really getting is a larger phone. Oppo has given the R7 Plus a couple of extra features that make this device truly superior to the smaller phone we already reviewed. To provide some context, keep in mind that even though the Oppo R lineup is considered a premium mid-ranger by many, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent deals for the HTC One M9 if you buy one now. Then we talk about the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ sales for the first couple of months, in addition to the S Pen complaints when placed backwards. Then we talk about the iPhone 6s, and how Chinese carriers are tipping details. We then follow with Android Wear and the new offerings we should expect for IFA. We end today's show talking about the future Moto 360, and its price points. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC One M9 purchases now come with free $100 Google ...

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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    As we get closer to the rumored announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, it only makes sense for all the batch of rumors to start falling into place. By this time Apple has most likely sat down with partners to reveal whatever it is that it has cooked up for its smartphone business, so anything we hear going forward should be close to what the final product should look like. China is a major business area for Apple particularly with the iPhone, and today we hear about it from Chinese sources. A China Telecom representative has just brought more credibility to certain iPhone 6s ...

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    One of the biggest questions left on the table at this year's Google I/O was the future of Android Wear. We expected Google to at least make some updates to the platform given its lukewarm reception, but instead the folks at Mountain View decided to remain quiet. At a time when the Apple Watch is controlling 76% of the Market, and Samsung another 7.6% with its Tizen offerings, it's about time that Google does something about it. Today we hear that Google and its partners are preparing something big for IFA when it comes to Android Wear. We hear that ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola are all ...

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    We've gotta hand it to Microsoft for all the recent changes we've seen. Surely some haven't been all popular when it comes to the mobile space, but the company's aggressiveness in the software department is clearly something never seen before. Microsoft Research has also been at it with a ton of cool new concepts, and today we see another. Microsoft Research Applied Sciences Group has just shown off a new e-ink based "DisplayCover" concept for the Surface. It envisions giving users the option of a secondary display to assist in multi-tasking and productivity. Given the limited display size ...

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    We still can't understand Apple's reluctance to provide sales figures for the Apple Watch, so the only logical thing we can think of is that they aren't going so well. This is the best selling smartwatch by numbers and popularity, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it reached Apple's own expectations. Cupertino recently decided to begin expanding sales availability of the Apple Watch to other retailers, and that doesn't seem to go so bad. One of the stores that the Apple Watch expanded sales to earlier this month was Best Buy, and the company's CEO, Hubert Joly, was recently on record to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of Cortana for Android, in beta at least. Then we talk about this whole stock slump today, and how this doesn't affect Apple according to Tim Cook. Then we talk about the Huawei Nexus with a few leaks of the device. It's then all about the HTC A9, a possible flagship coming soon. We end today's show talking about what Swatch's CEO thinks of the Apple Watch, and how his company's smartwatch might be better. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Cortana for Android beta opens to the public - Tim Cook assures investors of ...

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    Samsung's decision to remove expandability options from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ has proven to be a polarizing topic. While some don't care, the rest of us are truly disappointed by Samsung's measures, even if both devices improved in overall appearance. If you're wondering how this amounts to sales, the answer is rather shocking. The Korea Times just published news claiming that Samsung has sold more of its new phablet units than it did last year. The report claims that Samsung has been able to sell 100,000 units of both devices in just three days, a number that's far better ...

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    For those of you wondering just how successful Google Wallet has been, well, the fact that there's another service called Android Pay should say enough. Google announced Android Pay at its Google I/O conference as a new alternative to fix the old and compete with Apple. At this point the only thing missing is a launch date, and we seem to get a light on the subject. Employees at McDonalds claim to have already received a memo claiming that Android Pay will launch on August 26, just a few days away. Sadly the leaked memo goes as far as to claim that Samsung Pay should already be official, ...

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    The smartwatch market is still anybody's game, as even company's like Apple haven't figured out the right combination for success. As a result we've heard major brands like Tag Heuer and Fossil interested in a piece of the pie, in addition to Swatch. We have yet to see what these watch experts come up with in the future, but today we get a minor teaser. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek was recently interviewed about the smartwatch market, and his reaction to the Cupertino offering in particular was that "The Apple Watch is an interesting toy, but not a revolution." According to Hayek, the biggest ...

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    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ may not bring the expandable storage or replaceable battery that many of us wanted, but that doesn't mean that these are mediocre phones either. Both devices pack most of the high-end specifications that we praised on the Galaxy S6, with a couple of extra tricks to entice users. Samsung isn't famous for providing specifics on the components that make up the spec sheet, but today we get some details. For those of you wondering what camera sensor these new phablets cary, it turns out that they aren't far off from the Galaxy S6. Spec listings ...

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    Today the news are all about a major slump happening in the stock market as the weakening Chinese economy has created a ton of negative speculation. Most of Apple's growth in the last few quarters has concentrated in China, so it's only natural that Cupertino's stock plunged this morning to an all time low for 2015. As a reaction to this, Apple has decided to speak up. Apple CEO Tim Cook just responded to an inquiry from Mad Money's Jim Cramer to give investors positive insight on Apple's operations in China. According to Cook, Apple has continued to experience growth even with the ...

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