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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    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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    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 Pocektnow Daily as we talk about the Huawei announcement of the Honor 7i, and its flipping camera. Then we talk about the iPhone 6s and the probable pre-order date. Windows Hello follows as it was recently tested for its accuracy. Then we talk about Samsung and how it plans to take Apple to the Supreme Court. We end today's show talking about all the wear and tear damage that people complain about with the Apple Watch Sport. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Huawei Honor 7i launches with a flip-up dual-mode camera - Carrier iPhone 6S leak hints at start date for ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Android Wear update, and how this improves the Watchface UI. Then we talk about smartphone marketshare, and how the iPhone has grown despite the sluggish smartphone sales. We then focus on Microsoft, Intel, and a new technology that allows your computer to wake up with the "Hey Cortana" voice command. Then we go through some recent rumors about Microsoft and a possible launch event. We end today's show talking about a possible Galaxy Note 5 Active, and its improvements. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Android Wear ...

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    The biggest issue with facial recognition software, is that well, my older son looks a lot like me. We’ve seen Google work hard at fixing this in its latest versions of Android, but that is no guarantee on every scenario. Microsoft has been working hard on that regard with Windows Hello, and today we’re shown how. Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 included a bevy of new services, and when it comes to security, we have Windows Hello, which is the company’s biometric security system. This allows you to authenticate your computer using facial recognition, fingerprints, etc. Obviously ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    Even though Apple pretty much depends on its partnership with Samsung for the existence of most of its products, their rivalry is already a viral topic. At this point the last thing we remember is of Apple winning the patent lawsuit and forcing Samsung to pay hundreds of millions in damages. Samsung on the other hand has tried its way to not have to pay the damages to Apple, and some cases have succeeded and others haven’t. Samsung has just filed court documents to take this whole patent dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court. Samsung was already able to shed off almost $500 million in ...

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    Signs of wear and tear are common to gadgets, and particularly to wearables. The Apple Watch is not exempt to this, even if the price tag of the most affordable model is still higher than every other smartwatch in the market. The question is if you’re really getting your money’s worth, and today we read about it. Apple Discussion Forums and even Reddit has a good amount of posts complaining about the durability of the Apple Watch Sport. Users of the Space Gray model complain about the Apple Logo and even the text behind the Apple Watch to already be wearing off. Others complain that ...

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    The smartphone market is a very interesting business. It doesn't matter how popular brands like Nokia and Motorola were a few years ago, we all know how things went for most of the leaders these last few years. Apple, an unknown to the business in that period is seeing an opposite response from the market, and even more so now with the iPhone 6. Gartner has just published its world-wide smartphone market numbers, and the results are rather revealing. Year over Year, Apple has grown a crazy 36% in sales when compared to last year, while market leaders like Samsung have seen a drop of 5.3%. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Fossil and Intel's partnership for an Android Wear smartwatch. Samsung follows as it seems that Samsung Pay doesn't really work with every carrier. Then we talk about Google and Motorola, as there seem to be issues with the Moto G and Android Auto. HTC is next, this time with rumors of the future HTC One M10, or HTC O2 as we hear. We end today's show talking about the iPhone 6s and a recent bend it passed with flying colors when compared to the iPhone 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Fossil exhibits new wearables, including ...

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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    Even though HTC is one of the pioneers of the smartphone ecosystem we know today, the company has been struggling to remain popular. Devices like the HTC One M9 were easily overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, up to the point where we heard of the company's plans to reduce 15% of its work force. Today we learn of additional initiatives in that regard. HTC is apparently selling off its Shanghai factory to an undisclosed Chinese company. The sale value is not reported, but we do know that HTC built this factory in 2009 for $32.2 million. Back in 2010, this facility made a lot of sense ...

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    We're pretty much just a few weeks away from IFA, and we've seen a few teasers of Huawei's future products to be announced. The company itself claims that it'll launch a new Mate 7S device, but other sources continue to chime on different names for the product. It could just be that Huawei plans to launch more than one device, and today we see more. These reports claim that we're talking about the Huawei Mate8, and no, we didn't type that name wrong. Leaked specs show us a golden metallic frame with 2.5D rounded corners all around, and we expect that to even extend to its glass. It'll be ...

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    It's funny but we've been covering iPad Pro rumors since 2013. At this point we don't know what's taken Apple so long to launch this product, but rumors have gotten much stronger these last couple of months. Sources claim that we might see this product later this year, and today we find proof. Analyst firm Appsee claims that it has found concrete evidence to prove that the iPad Pro does exit. The company's data logs have found iPad model 6.8 already testing applications. You could say this could be just any iPad, but the fact that it's testing apps at a resolution of 2048 x 2732 is a clear ...

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    One of the biggest questions on the table for the iPhone 6s and even more so for the iPhone 6s Plus is if either will bend. We've heard a ton of rumors of Apple using the same 7000 grade aluminum that it currently uses with the Apple Watch on its new batch of smartphones. If you're wondering just how much stronger this new material will be, the answer is a lot. Lou from Unbox Therapy was able to get himself a leaked iPhone 6s chassis and compare its rigidity against the original iPhone 6 in a pressure tester. In his preliminary tests he was able to show that the iPhone 6 bends at just 30 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Then we talk about Google's announcement of OnHub, its smart Wi-Fi router. LG is next, first with trademarks that have to do with Edge devices, and followed by the rumors of a high-resolution smartwatch. Then we move the spotlight over to Apple Music, and its current sales performance. We end todays show talking about the iPhone 6s launch date, and the rumored 5-inch iPhone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - T-mobile skips Galaxy Note 5 pre-orders, sells and ships August ...

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    Google was pretty stoked about its plans for the Internet of Things at its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago. The company's acquisition of Nest is proof that it is very interested in selling digital home products, and I/O served to show off Weave and Project Brillo, the company's protocol to get products to talk to each other. Today we see where all of this is headed with a new product. Google has just announced OnHub, a $200 Wi-Fi router that claims to be simple to use above everything. Setting up routers can be a pain, and sharing passwords can be another exercise in frustration, let ...

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    Android One is Google's solution for its mobile operating system to reach as many hands as possible. Even though Android is free, Android One is designed with extremely affordable hardware in mind, and where OEMs only focus on the hardware, while Google deals with the software. Recent news have left us debating whether the service has succeeded or not, but today we see it expand. As of today, Android One has expanded to six more countries in Africa, being these Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, and Nigeria. Google's launch partner will be Infinix, and the launch device will be the ...

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