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 T-Mobile's new Un-carrier 6.0 deals, this time with Apple Music and iPhone deals. Microsoft is next as we talk about their new Arrow Android launcher. We then talk about Samsung as we finally see the first leaked photo of the Galaxy Note 5. Motorola follows as we get a new Moto X Style, Moto X Play and even a new Moto G announced. We end today's show talking about the new OnePlus 2, and how this device stacks up to competition. All this and more after the break. Stories: - T-Mobile amps up Un-carrier 6.0 for iPhone customers - Arrow Launcher ...

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    It seems smartphone announcements today have gone crazy, with products from Motorola and OnePlus making headlines today. These companies weren't the only ones announcing new products today, and Cat (or Caterpillar for those who didn't know) has just announced a rugged product of its own. If you thought Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active was tough, think again. Cat has just announced the new S40 smartphone, which brings some crazy durability for drops up to 1.8 meters onto concrete, IP68 and exceeds Mil-Spec 810G - Water, Dust and Shock Proof, super bright display capable of being read in direct ...

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    Even though the state of wireless charging is still questionable in its popularity, major players like Samsung have already done major improvements in helping take the technology to the next level. That said, as metals like aluminum have become a common trend for smartphones lately, it makes sense for manufacturers to work on figuring that par out. Today we learn of a major milestone in this challenge, even though it'll only apply to a possible future. Qualcomm has just announced a new technology called WiPower, which in a nutshell solves the missing link between smartphones with a ...

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    Motorola has spent the last few years trying to re-invent itself and has succeeded for the most part. In that "most part" we include the fact the company has managed to delight most of us in the tech media to adopt a Moto X as our daily driver, thanks to its user experience and uniqueness. What's not included in that "most part" is success in sales, as no matter who parents the company, Motorola hasn't succeeded at regaining its glory RAZR days. We've followed tons of rumors regarding a refresh to the Moto X and Moto G, and today we get the goods. The company has made a few major ...

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    We're pretty much just a few hours away from Microsoft's official launch of Windows 10 to the public. We're talking about the desktop variant though, as the mobile version of Windows 10 is clearly still a product in development. We're sure that many of you are eagerly waiting for today to be over and get the goods, but it seems that Microsoft became impatient. Users have begun to report that Microsoft is already deploying Windows 10 to some lucky customers. It's hard to confirm what has determined that certain specific customers get the update today and not tomorrow. We assume that what ...

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    Apple has spent the last few weeks updating the beta releases for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan simultaneously. iOS 9 has seen most of feature updates on every beta release, but it seems that the reason for that is that OS X El Capitan was launched in a more complete manner since its first beta. Today we see Apple launch another beta for its desktop operating system, but this time we're taken by surprise. As opposed to previous beta updates, Apple has decided to launch beta 5 for OS X El Capitan on its own, and without the company of beta 5 for iOS 9 and watchOS 2. At the moment we ...

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    Watching T-Mobile's John Legere on video with company announcements is always a treat, not really because of the deals, but because of how he just loves to bash every competitor before delivering the news. That said, the last few deals offered by the T-Mobile haven't been bad at all. Mobile without borders is one of them, giving users the ability to roam freely across North America, but it seems that this was just part of the plan. T-Mobile has just announced a few deals that are exclusive for iPhone users, and these make a lot of sense given the current popularity of the device. To ...

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    Apple's retail strategy for the Apple Watch has proven to be both weird, and unsuccessful in a way. Cupertino is still reluctant to provide exact sales figures for the product, and even though analysts predict that Apple is already the king of the market, it seems that it didn't reach the numbers the company intended. One of the biggest problems the product faces at the moment is its limited availability, and it seems that's about to change. Best Buy has just announced that it'll begin selling the Apple Watch in 100 locations during the month of August. The plan is to expand to as many as ...

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    Apple's Activation Lock is the company's response to the legal mandate that requires OEMs to provide a "kill switch" in order to render a device useless in case of theft, and as a result, removing the device as a target for such action. In the case of iOS, if you don't know the owner's iCloud password, it won't matter if you wipe the device, you wont' be able to activate it. This feature became available since iOS 7 for devices compatible with positive results at the beginning, but it seems thieves are smarter. Even though Activation Lock has proven to be a success in cities like San ...

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    Speculation over Apple working on an iPhone mini has been around for quite a while. Some predict that Apple will revamp its "c" iPhone as the iPhone 6c, and bring the specs of the current iPhone 6 to a budget minded crowd, all under a smaller iPhone 5s-like chassis. Other conflicting rumors claim that it Cupertino ditched this project a long time ago, though no reasons were provided. If this were a match where 2 out of 3 wins, then don't bet on the product ever happening. Analysts are now telling investors not to bet on the smaller iPhone happening this year, and site credible supply chain ...

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    The future of Apple's iPad lineup has been a topic of much debate over the last few weeks. While some predict that Apple is focusing its resources on an iPad Pro and holding updates to the iPad Air lineup for another year, we also hear that Apple is planning a major refresh to its iPad mini. Whatever the case may be, Apple's quarter results confirm that the company is in need of something hot, and today we learn more about its plans. Japanese sources are now claiming that the iPad mini 4 that we've seen in rumors will not only match the iPad Air 2 in design, but also in specifications. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's introduction of another flip phone, this time the LG Gentle. Then we talk about Samsung and the new rumors of a Galaxy S6 Mini. We then continue with Samsung, but this time focused on the company's marketing strategy for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5. Then we focus on some recent rumors of the Moto G 2015 with regards to its box contents. We end today's show talking about the OnePlus 2 and when we should expect sales to start. All this and more after the break. Stories: - LG introduces Gentle Android flip phone: ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding an early announcement of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 have been intense. Samsung is clearly out to beet Apple to the phablet punch before the iPhone 6s Plus gets announced, and an early announcement makes all the sense in the world. The only thing missing to make these rumors official was a press invite, and that just happened today. Samsung has just surprised our inboxes with a press invitation for an event to happen on August 13 in New York City at 11am Eastern. The press invite sadly doesn't reveal much, but we've got a ton of rumors on ...

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    I've personally covered Oppo's last major announcements for devices like the Oppo R5 and Oppo N3, which I also reviewed eventually, and now the Oppo R7. In the case of the first two, you'll notice that my thoughts on their cameras (R5, N3) were what I'd call ok, but not on par with some of the smartphone cameras that flagships used in 2014. 2015 is a different animal, with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 leave very little room for mediocrity. Oppo spent a great deal of time boasting the improvements in camera quality with its new Oppo R7 and R7 Plus, and it's time to talk ...

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    Here at Pocketnow we’re fond of review rebuttals, mainly because the needs of one editor are different to the needs of others. Michael’s review of the Apple Watch has been live for a few weeks now, but just like it'll happen to you and even a close friend, his taste is dramatically different to mine. I’m particularly very picky about watches, mainly because I have to actually like one in order to be willing to use it, or let alone buy it. So it’s only fair that I clarify that when deciding what smartwatch to buy a few months ago, I jumped the gun for a stainless steel Moto 360 ...

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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 new back to school deals, and how they underwhelm. Then we talk about some Google Play deals that also underwhelm for the most part. Then we talk about Apple as we see the first leaks of the iPhone 6s display. Then we move the spotlight to Samsung as the Galaxy Note 5 might not bring a special S Pen after all. We end today's show talking about Samsung and Apple, and their current market share dominance. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple tapers its Back To School deals, now only for the Mac - Google Play summer sale ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's stock-Android UI information. Then we talk about the 2015 Moto G and the recent leaks on how its Moto Maker plan will work. We then focus on the Moto X, the selfie flash, and a very interesting fingerprint scanner. Samsung follows as the company may be planning a new type of fingerprint scanner coming soon. We end today's show talking a LG's teaser of a "super premium phone" coming soon. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony shares new details on “stripped back, vanilla Android look-and-feel” UI trial - 2015 Moto G Moto ...

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    Even with the rumored Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL as the flagship devices that Satya Nadella would be proud to show off, we know that Microsoft has a tremendous focus on the mid and low-tier sectors. Most of the company's product launches lately have been all about that, and it seems Redmond is out for more. First of all let's get the hot news out of the way, and it's that sources claim that Microsoft is targeting to be done with Windows 10 Mobile for existing devices in September, rumors which match the close-to-IFA dates we heard of previously. It seems we should expect compatible devices ...

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    This would be the third fourth year where we praise LG's efforts in mobile. Surely the LG G3 wasn't our favorite smartphone last year, but this years LG G4, the company's new G Flex 2, and even some of its legacy devices from two years ago continue to spark joy. If you thought this Korean giant was done for the year, then you clearly don't know much about LG. LG CEO Cho Jun-ho was recently on the company's results conference call, and teased that the company will launch a "super premium phone" in the second half of this year, as if the LG G4 and G Flex 2 weren't already premium enough. It ...

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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    We've kept a close eye on Apple's future Apple TV, and even the remote control that should come with it. There shouldn't be anything hot about a remote control, but this one in particular is rumored to bring a few enhancements like bluetooth, a touch pad, and other features that make it useful for any other Apple product. Today we see a patent on the topic, and it seems there's more to come. It seems that Apple is considering the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on a future Apple TV remote control according to the patent. Now keep in mind this is Apple, and this wouldn't be the first patent ...

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    Apple has been famous for its Back to School deals ever since we can remember. Back in the day students would get an iPod Touch when they purchased a Mac, and it eventually expanded to gift cards if students bought an iPhone or iPad. There was a lot of mystery surrounding why it took Apple so long to announce its deals, and today we learn why. Apple has silently launched its Back to School deals today, and by silently we mean buried inside the company's rebates page. This is odd behavior from a company that usually gives these deals the front page. It could be because now you won't get any ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's introduction of Google Maps Timeline, and what it means for your privacy. Then we talk about Apple's launch of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public betas. Then we talk about Sony's launch of Android 5.1 for legacy Xperias, in addition to rumors of other flagship Xperias coming soon. Then we talk about the Apple Watch and its market dominance over others. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus specs. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google introduces Google Maps Timeline to show you it ...

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    Microsoft has made a ton of controversial changes to its mobile platform. From providing broader support to competing platforms with its newest services, to massive layoffs in the Lumia division, it's hard to not be concerned over the future of Microsoft's smartphone business. Satya Nadella has committed to continue building great Lumia offerings going forward, and today we hear more. Satya Nadella was recently questioned about his stance in mobile during the company's results conference call. When approached by Keith Weiss from Morgan Stanley on the company's smartphone business in the ...

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