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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    Even though Microsoft pretty-much pioneered the idea of having voice-controlled interaction with your smartphone through its old Voice Command services on Windows Mobile, we do know that the company was rather late to the digital assistant crowd with Cortana. Still, we can’t deny that Redmond has done an amazing job with the service, sometimes leapfrogging its competitors in a few features. If you’re wondering where all this is going with Cortana and its predominance on Windows 10, today we learn more. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently interviewed, and he had a few thoughts to ...

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    At this point we weren’t really expecting any more hardware from Lenovo, mainly because the company decided to use the Motorola brand for its smartphones going forward. Still, we’ve seen the company announce a few products here and there, as it seems that part of the plan is not yet going to begin. Today the company announces a new product, and this time it goes all out in a few departments. Lenovo has just announced the new Vibe X3, a product it started teasing a few days ago. This is not your average smartphone though, as Lenovo is featuring Hi-fi 3.0 stereo speakers thanks to a ...

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    Apple’s mobile payment service is still a little far from gaining the popularity that Apple might have expected, but at this point this is still understandable. At the moment only two generations of iPhone, iPad and one of Apple Watch support it, and Cupertino still needs to add more markets to list. Added availability is key for this product to grow, and we learn of a new move in that particular department. Trusted sources in Canada claim that Apple Pay will be launching in the market sometime around November 17, which is pretty much today, depending on which time zone you’re in. The ...

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    Sony is definitely the king when it comes to smartphone cameras. The company doesn’t only manage to gain a ton of praise for its camera performance on its high-end Xperia smartphones, but every competing device that is praised for this is most likely using a Sony camera sensor. That said, the user interface is also important in helping the user enjoy the experience of taking a quick photo on the go, and Sony has just decided to do something about it. Sony has just pushed a major update to its camera application when it comes to the user experience. You’ll no longer have to dig within ...

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    It's still hard to predict if Apple will find any success with the iPad Pro. The company did broaden the countries it usually launches products on the first day, something rare for Cupertino, but it seems that even then Apple wasn't ready for the possible demand. Scarcity is even more notorious on the separate iPad Pro accessories, and it seems you'll have to learn to deal with it. Apple's iPad Pro is currently available on most Apple Stores, and the wait for it online is barely 1 to 7 days, which is not that bad. The biggest problem is mainly with the new iPad Pro Smart Keyboard and the ...

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    Facebook continues to be the most popular social network in the world by a long shot, and part of that has a lot to do with how it continues to evolve over time. Some of the changes we've seen the company bring to the table have been anything but popular, but others have proven to gain a market. One of those experiments that Facebook started back in September is 360-degree videos, and that expands as of today. Facebook has just announced that 360-degree video has just reached iOS in an update that was pushed today. The company is also launching a microsite deisgned to offer tips and tricks ...

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    Even though Project Ara is still something most of us wish to see in person before we judge, the idea of modular products is slowly gaining traction. Just a few weeks ago we saw a modular smartwatch in the works, which did gain some significant popularity. Then again, the idea of a modular smartphone is still fascinating, and it seems another OEM is joining the crowd. Small German OEM Shift has just announced that it'll be offering its own take on a modular smartphone. This is a different product to what we know with Project Ara though, as the Shift 5+ will even allow you to decide between ...

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    Apple is never the company to actually promote the use of third-party browsers on iOS, up to the point where it took years to allow them to even land on the App Store. Since then we've seen Chrome and others find a spot, even though with certain minor limitations. The only one missing from joining iOS was Firefox, but that actually came to an end today. Mozila has just announced that Firefox is now available for iOS. It's been available on Android for years, but given Apple's standards actually prevented Mozila from buidling a variant that's available for Apple's mobile devices. If you're ...

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    Yes we know, no matter how much praise Apple's processors receive, it's still something hard to believe. Surely Apple beat everyone to the 64-bit processor punch, but we wonder just how useful that is with the meager amount of RAM found in most of its products. Still, using iPhones proves that Apple's processors are top notch, and benchmarks continue to agree, even when compared to 2016 offerings. Samsung has pretty much unveiled its new Exynos 8990, and so has Qualcomm with its Snapdragon 820. Both of these processors join the 2016 line-up of power that's also owned by Huawei's Kirin 950, ...

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    Everyone's had this happen to them: you've bought everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner and head back home only to find out that you forgot to buy the turkey. To pivot to an analogue: is it just poor quality assurance that's been hampering some of these iOS software releases recently? If so, there's a pretty sloppy track record developing for Apple right now. Well that would explain the MAS problem. pic.twitter.com/Nuqj9Uxxiz — Paul Haddad (@tapbot_paul) November 12, 2015 That track record frustrated TweetBot developer/co-founder Paul Haddad today as Mac App Store apps could not be ...

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    Photography on mobile devices has gotten significantly better over the last few years, and we do have Microsoft's Nokia to thank for most of this. By now it's to be expected that the company's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will do great in the camera department, or at least we hope. What we didn't think would be a headline were the cameras on the company's new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, but Redmond decided to make it a topic. Microsoft has just published details on the camera technology that powers both of its new Surface tablets, and according to the company, this is "part science, part ...

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    Even though the LG V10 is the company's new flagship "super premium phone," we sometimes struggle to agree with that statement. The LG G4 is in many ways just as premium, if not superior in some of its customization options. Still, not everyone is a fan of the permanent black front, and it seams that this is the new change that just arrived. LG has just announced a new LG G4 White Gold Edition, which as the name implies, changes the look that we currently know of the LG G4. The faceplate and the back of the device are now white, and the trim is now gold. Sadly this white back is ceramic, ...

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    Even though many may not be happy with Samsung's approach at trying to do everything, it's hard to ignore the company for how much innovation it's brought to the market. Samsung has created a few popular categories like the phablet, and has also re-defined others in a smarter way with products like the S Pen. It's only fair that the company lands a good amount of design awards, and today some became official. Samsung has just announced that it has won a crazy 38 CES 2016 awards in 18 categories. If that's as much of a shocker to you, well, the company actually landed just one more award ...

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    Even tough some are still skeptical about any sort of success when it comes to the iPad Pro, the trick to gain more market share has everything to do with availability. Tim Cook is currently on a little tour to try to sell the product in other markets, something which doesn't necessarily work. In the US however, the name of the game is getting along with the carriers, and today we learn of a new deal. T-Mobile has just announced that the iPad Pro will be joining its "JUMP!" program. Just like the company announced the cellular variants of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 recently, you'll ...

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    Even though Apple and Microsoft claim that both companies get along just fine, things are a different story when you measure product lineups. While Microsoft has done an amazing job at bringing its apps to iOS, its hardware products are clearly trying to compete with Apple in every way, even if Microsoft is primarily a software company. Apple is never the type to silence opinions on competitors though, and today we hear what Tim Cook has to say. Apple's CEO recently started his iPad Pro publicity tour, and while in an Iris college he did have some things to say about the Microsoft Surface ...

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    Samsung has really made a few statements with its launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The company has worked hard in re-inventing its flagship into something that customers would be proud to own, and we've seen significant levels of success in how the company is maintaining itself financially. Obviously the next challenge is to retain momentum, and for that we learn more of the future Galaxy. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has already begun development for the firmware necessary for the Galaxy S7. For those of you keeping up, this is actually a later date to when the company ...

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    Apple considers that the future of TV is apps, and to push this forward the company has launched the new Apple TV, and along with it tvOS. Obviously the next step is for people to adopt it like crazy in order to gain developer interest, but the fact that certain mobile apps can easily be ported to tvOS actually creates an interesting opportunity to developers. It seams that Apple hasn't seen an adoption that's that quick though, so today it launched a new strategy. Apple has just launched a new "Tech Talks" tour, which plans to help developers create apps and games for the company's new ...

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    Even though Apple continues to break records with iPhone sales, the company is never nice enough to clarify which iPhones sold most. It's hard to predict if people have given in to the 3D Touch fake revolution, or if all they want is a the conventional iPhone we see with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s that are still in stores for a smaller price tag. Those of you wondering where Apple stands, analysts have just provided some insight. Swiss bank Credit Suisse has just lowered its iPhone sales estimates by 10%, claiming that instead of 2016 reaching as many as 242 million units in sales, Apple ...

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    The recent news about Samsung and Apple testing AMOLED displays for the Apple Watch generated more buzz for the iPhone 7 than anything else. The source of the rumors claimed that Samsung and Apple were in talks for this, and a change like this a one alone would be huge for Cupertino's best selling product. The idea of deep blacks and more contrast on a future iPhone is something we've wanted for years, but new sources don't say much about it. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is already famous for accurate Apple rumors and predictions, and according to some recent data, an iPhone 7 with ...

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    Qualcomm has spent the last few months trying to re-build the reputation that it has maintained for years, mainly because this year's flagship offerings have been literally "in the heat" of things The company's Snapdragon 820 has been widely teased all year long and promises to not only fix the broken legacy of the Snapdragon 810, but to also take technology a step further. For those of you curious as to what that means, the company finally detailed specs today. Qualcomm claims that this new processor is "holistically designed around enriching visual quality and audio clarity." In the ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs spent an iconic moment in time telling us why Apple didn't believe in the stylus, well, we all know how that went with the iPad Pro. Then again we also heard him say the same about a small tablet, and that also went south with the iPad mini. The thing is, Apple doesn't seem to see this as going back on its previous mentality, and here's why. Tim Cook was recently interviewed by the UK's The Independent, and he took some time to discuss how Apple sees the iPad Pro. According to Cook, Apple didn't really build a Stylus. He considers that a stylus is a fat device that ...

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    At this point the amount of time we've waited for Windows 10 Mobile is just a plain out exaggeration. Surely the last Microsoft event has proven that it'll be worth the wait, but it's hard to prove this at a time when every other popular OEM has already launched its competing flagship. If you're still a die-hard loyalist waiting to get it, today we get more information. A recent Microsoft video takes a few minutes to show us what the mature Windows 10 Mobile will look like when you get your hands on a new Lumia at some point, or if these make the upgrade build for your current device in ...

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    Even though Samsung can be credited for being one of the first companies to believe in wearables as a category, it's hard to praise the company for its efforts. While some products have proven to be quite popular during their buzz periods, it's hard to not notice how quickly people have stopped caring about them. Such is the case of the Samsung Gear Fit, which promised a lot in the fitness category, but didn't really deliver, and today we learn of some future plans. Sources claim that Samsung is working on a model number SM-R150, which is actually a couple of numbers bellow the SM-R350 ...

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    It's been years since Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s, and so far the user adoption of the service has been polarizing. For some Siri is something nice to have for setting an alarm or a reminder, and for others it's actually more important or less. That level of importance is what a recent study tried to prove, and competing services were also included. A survey conducted claims that 81% of users feel satisfied with using Siri, which reportedly beats 68% of users claiming the same for Google Now, and 57% for Cortana. According to the study, participants were asked to try seven ...

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    Apple's new 3D Touch technology could be considered as one of the only selling points for the new iPhone 6s. Surely if you ask Apple's advertisement, everything changed, but once you dig deep into using Cupertino's new products, you notice that it all revolves around this new interaction feature. Developer adoption is key for this to grow into something important over time though, and that particular challenge is what supplier's are already talking about. TPK is Apple's component supplier for this touch display technology, and the company's CEO Michael Chung has just sat down to discuss ...

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