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 current success in markets like China. Then we talk about Apple's rumored iPad Pro, and its unique features to come. Samsung is next, this time with some interesting internal secrets from the Galaxy S6 camera. HTC follows as we learn about the possible launch of the One M9e. We end today's show talking about the ASUS ZenFone 2, and some cool deals you can take advantage of. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple close to being crowned smartphone king of China - iPad Pro may bring much better features when compared to ...

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    Microsoft has been extremely aggressive about gaining customer feedback for all major products that are scheduled for a launch later this year. We've seen tremendous push in the Windows 10 technical preview for the desktop, and there's a mixed reception for Windows 10 on phones. Now its time for another major Microsoft service to get on the feedback wagon. Microsoft has just made its Office 2016 public preview official. After a few months as a developer preview, the company is now ready to take things further with regular consumers. According to the official statement: "In March we ...

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    Even with the lukewarm reception that the HTC One M9 has received, this hasn't stopped the company from launching device alternatives like the HTC One M9+ and the HTC One E9+ in the Asian market. There is still no word as to when we can expect any of these models in the rest of the world, but it seems that HTC is at it again for another product launch. TENAA certification documents now reveal the existence of an HTC One M9e, which resembles more the One M9+ than the One E9+ when it comes to internals. The documents claim that we have a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 ...

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    Even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the perfect smartphone, with major opportunity areas in the device's battery life, the device compensates with providing users with one of the best mobile cameras in the industry. The tendency that Samsung began with the Galaxy Note 4 only got better with the company's new flagship, though it seems that there are some secrets under the hood. User forums are already claiming that Samsung is using either its own proprietary sensor, or a Sony sensor for the primary camera of the Galaxy S6. Some users are reporting a Samsung SLSI_S5K2P2 sensor on their ...

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    Apple is in desperate need to get iPads to sell again, even if the company doesn't state it explicitly. Worldwide tablet sales have been on decline for years now, and most analysts predict this has a lot to do with phablets. We've heard a ton of rumors of what the iPad Pro might be after some case-maker leaks, but today we get insider data to reveal more. Trusted sources claim that the 12.9-inch iPad pro will bring substantial improvements when compared to Apple's existing tablet lineup. For starters, just as we've heard that the next iPhones will bring the same force touch technology of ...

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    Apple has made a substantial push into the Chinese market, as the company claims that there is tremendous amount of opportunity there. As such, out of the crazy 61 million of iPhones that Apple sold last quarter, 13.5 million units were sold to China alone. For a minute we thought that number wasn't much when you do the math on China's population, but actually it's the other way around. Strategy analytics has just provided some insight on the Chinese market share, and even though Xiaomi is still the market leader, that won't last long. Xiaomi currently owns 12.8% of the market, and Apple ...

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    At a time when most smartphones look and feel the same, our inner geek is always in need for something new, something we could seriously call cool! Oppo is one of the few companies that has realized this with most of its offerings, and today we get a chance to review its most unique offering yet, the Oppo N3. Yes, we know we’re a little late to this review, but this is one of those devices we were simply not going to leave without the full Pocketnow treatment. The best way to describe the Oppo N3 in a word is by calling it Unique. At a time when smartphone designs are just flat slabs ...

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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 the US launch of the ASUS ZenFone 2. Then we talk about high-end Microsoft Lumia models in the works. "Ok Google" is next, as we learn of its integration to third-party apps going forward. Apple is next as the company talks Apple Watch and Tattoos. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's HoloLens, and its possible price tag. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS ZenFone 2 prepares to make its formal debut on the US market - High-end Lumia rumor details pair of Windows 10 handsets - “Ok Google” functionality extended to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft Continuum, and what this means for Windows 10 smartphones. Then we talk about tablet sales, and how the iPad is still supreme at the top. Next is Google's Project Fi, and how its companion app has arrived at Google Play. Then we talk about a recent update to the HTC Camera app, and how this benefits the One M9. We end today's show talking about the recent tear down of the Apple Watch Sport, and the costs predicted. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Continuum for phones could be the phone-to-desktop experience ...

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    Even though Microsoft did a good job at wowing everyone with the HoloLens announcement a few months ago, it ended up leaving more questions than answers. First of all, we all know that most of the virtual reality solutions in the market are really a phone strapped to your head, but in the case of HoloLens, we still have no clue how it works, or what it pairs with. Microsoft's Build conference was the perfect scenario for answering some questions, and here are some facts. First of all, let's start by answering the primary question; this is pretty much a computer with a ton of sensors on ...

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    Google has been hard at work in extending the services that Google Now and Google Search can handle. Just a few days ago we saw how Google Now cards are being updated to support up to 70 different apps in order to provide users with timely suggestions when Google assumes it useful to you. The project doesn't end there though, and today we find another piece of the puzzle being updated. Google has silently updated its Android Developers Google+ page with the news that the "Ok Google" command will now support third party apps as well. You can say things like "Ok Google, listen to NPR," and ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has proven to be quite successful when it comes to its initial sales, it doesn't change the fact that these are the most expensive smartwatches in the market right now, with some even costing the average price of a mid-sized vehicle. Tim Cook was blunt in Apple's recent conference call about how cost estimates for any Apple product were far from accurate, in a way to justify the price tag for the Apple Watch. Today a new teardown estimate emerges, and it doesn't make Tim Cook look good. IHS recently dissected the 38mm Apple Watch Sport, and according to the cost ...

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    ZTE has been hard at work in growing mindshare in Asia and the US, and they've done a really good job at it. We're already impressed by products like the ZTE SPro 2 that we're currently reviewing, but when it comes to its smartphone lineup, the recent launch of the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini left a missing piece in the puzzle. More information of the flagship Nubia Z9 emerges today, but you won't believe the specs. The ZTE Nubia Z9 just arrived at TENAA for certification, and we don't know if the report is full of typos, or if the specs on this phone are this crazy and unique. ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    While many were wowed at CES 2015 for products like the G Flex 2 from LG, my biggest surprise came from my visit to ZTE, and now we get to take it out for a spin as we unbox the ZTE SPro 2. If you're asking yourself why you would want to buy a digital projector powered by Android, I'm about to spend a week showing you why in our final review coming very soon. For now, let's talk about the box, which coming from AT&T is sadly not saying much. AT&T is already infamous for making any unboxing experience dull, or stripping away accessories to a maximum, but unboxing the ZTE SPro 2 was ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Q1 results, and how it's back to being the top smartphone maker. Microsoft follows with its Build conference, and how iOS and Android apps will work on Windows. We also talk about the new name for Project Spartan. Apple then takes the stage with its new patent for turn-by-turn navigation instructions. We end today's show talking about Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, and how its price and model will be disruptive. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Q1 results have it return to the throne as the smartphone king ...

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    Even though we're still months away from the launch of Windows 10, the phone previews that we've received over the last few weeks have revealed a lot. Surely we know that there are other builds tested privately that promise more features, but it's hard to predict when the Windows Insider program will shed some light. Still, today we land some leaks of new features coming to Windows Phone, but the aspect of the OS has us confused. The leaked photos show us what seems to be multi-window support coming to Windows Phone, something that was very popular on Windows 8 for the desktop. Now, notice ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best couple of years when it comes to quarter results. The company not only disappointed when it came to smartphone sales, but the drop was significant enough to have Apple defeat it in smartphone sales, even with a much smaller product portfolio. Samsung's results for Q1 are in shedding some interesting improvements, even if these happened before the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were launched. Samsung was able to make $5.6 billion in profit for the quarter, which is good, but even more interesting is that it owns 24.1% of the global smartphone shipments for the ...

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    Apple is famous for many things, including its flops, and a major one is definitely Apple Maps. We've seen the company try to pick up the pieces of the disaster that Apple Maps was at launch, by making it available to the Mac, but it's still not a service users trust when compared to Google Maps. A new Apple patent intends to change that though, and we hope it works this time. Apple has just been granted a patent that was filed back in October 2013 that provides users with more human-like directions to places while in navigation. For example, instead of telling you to "head north," the new ...

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    A few years ago, many of us found the idea of online shopping to be cumbersome on a phone, and it wasn't until store applications emerged that this idea became a mainstream. You'd think that doing so on a watch would be even crazier, but Amazon and Target differ on that with their recent decision to support the Apple Watch, and it seems these are not the only companies considering it. Trusted sources claim that Apple is already preparing an its Apple Store application to support the Apple Watch in a future software update. The intent is for the app to provide some added convenience to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play services update, and how it enhances the Android Wear experience. Then we talk about the LG Watch Urbane, and its launch on the Google Play Store. Then we talk about an update to Google Now, and its enhancements to third party apps. The Apple Watch is next, as we now get confirmation that we shouldn't expect third-party watch faces. We end today's show talking about the new LG G4 and its official launch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play Services update lets you use multiple Android Wear watches - LG ...

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    Meizu made a significant statement with the launch of its flagship duo, the MX4 and MX4 Pro. Both devices are reportedly selling well in China, and their slim and elegant designs have turned some heads over seas as well. We find it hard for the compay to already prepare a successor for phones that were launched late in 2014, but it seems it's still possible. Leaked photos show us what is reportedly the MX5, and no, sadly the leaks don't include an MX5 Pro. Still, one of the most interesting parts of this leak is the physical home button included in this new device, which would contrast the ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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