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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    Windows Phone is definitely what we'd like to dub as the "Finally" platform, as Microsoft has taken ages to support basics like VPN connectivity, even when its old Windows Mobile OS could do this since the turn of the century. That said, the Windows 10 preview for smartphones has been in the public for more than a month now, and it has showed us a lot of what's to come, but many of the new features are still not ready for the public preview. We've slowly learned of the new features to come in the recent WinHEC conference, and today more details emerge. Microsoft will finally bring support ...

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    Xiaomi may not be the most popular handset maker in the US or Europe, but once you measure its popularity in China, you get to understand why it's one of the largest smartphone maker in the world. We've already reviewed a couple of its products and admired its attention to detail when designing products for the mid-range market, and some new leaks show us that the company is just getting started. Leaked benchmarks show us a new Xiaomi Ferrari in the works, though we're not sure if that's the final product name or just its codename. This new mid-range handset is powered by a 1.65 GHz ...

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    Apple didn't just surprise the world with giving users public betas for iOS with the launch of iOS 8.3 beta, but we also see the company bringing more than just a dot update with what's to come. Surely the initial release only gave users a couple of changes to emoji options and skin tones, in addition to support for Google's two-step verification process, but some new updates prove that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Apple has just seeded iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers and public beta testers, and one forgotten topic that gets updated today is Siri. iOS 8 brought some minor updates to ...

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    Apple has done a very good job when it comes to the image quality of its iPhone cameras, ever since the launch of the iPhone 4. Many may debate that the company has been reluctant to leave the 8-megapixel-comfort zone that began four iPhone generations ago, but we've been able to prove the dramatic differences between each iPhone camera in our reviews of each product. Still, we've seen the company playing around with different ideas on how to improve the iPhone's camera, while still allowing its smartphone lineup to remain thin and light, and new developments could lead to a breakthrough. ...

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    Apple is not only embarking on a new category with the Apple Watch, but it's also trying to succeed in a market that hasn't been able to take off. As such, we've seen the company hire an immense amount of experts from the fashion industry in order to develop the right angle for how to sell its new wearable. The company that was once famous for its laid-back Apple Store sales approach is about to change everything with the Apple Watch. Leaked insider information on how Apple Store employees are being trained over the next few weeks shows us that the new sales approach will dramatically ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new deal with other Android OEMs for built-in apps. Google follows as we learn more about the company's plans with Google Glass. HTC follows as we see more leaks from other sources regarding the HTC One M9 Plus. Apple then takes the stage about the Apple Watch and some possible manufacturing constraints. We end today's show talking about the iPad Plus, and some possible design changes. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft inks deals with Android OEMs to pre-install apps and services - Google Glass will continue, ...

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    Companies still struggle to make Mobile Payments a popular service among users. Google continues to be the more predominant service when it comes to install base, but Apple is the company that has nailed this service most with Apple Pay, even if to a lukewarm reception. If you've noticed we pretty much haven't mentioned Microsoft on this topic lately, that's because there hasn't been much to talk about until now. Microsoft's WinHEC conference continues in China, and today we learn more about what changes are coming to mobile payments with Windows 10. After Google snatched Softcard a few ...

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    For a minute there, we thought that the launch of Apple's new MacBook would be the end of the iPad Pro/Plus rumors that we've been talking about for months. We only had one Cupertino product with a 12-inch display in our radar, and that ended up matching some of the specs of Apple's new notebook. What's interesting is that rumors for this larger iPad continue, and this time we hear of design changes. Case manufacturers are rarely wrong with case designs, and today we land some new leaks that show us the case for a larger iPad Plus or iPad Pro, and probably the most striking difference of ...

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    What would an Apple product launch be without some of the usual drama, right? Apple is famous for not being able to meet the demand of its customers during the first weeks or months of a product launch, and we sometimes wonder if this is a real or just a marketing stunt. If you thought the Apple Watch would be exempt to this, well, it seems reality is different. Internal sources claim that Apple's manufacturing partners are struggling with various stages of Apple Watch production. Most predominant are issues with the manufacturing of the display, as LG seems to not be able to manufacture ...

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    Google has gained a lot of fame for many of its services, but Google+ is definitely not one of them. Some of us still debate the need for another social network, and even with how useful Google+ can be for backing up your photos, not everyone likes the idea. Google seems to have noticed this particular pattern in users, and reports claim that this is the main reason why things might change soon. It seems that some code buried within an update to the Photos app points to a new update to come, which might change the dynamics of how the app works. The rumors are that now you won't be forced ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    Pockentow 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 launch of Android Auto, and the way you can give it a try now. HTC follows as we learn of the new corporate shuffles that just happened. We then talk more about HTC and how the company is addressing the software issues on the One M9. Microsoft then takes the stage as we learn about USB Type-C for mobile. We end today's show talking about how Lenovo just leaked the second-generation Moto 360. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Android Auto now available if you’ve got the right hardware - HTC executives shuffled: Cher Wang takes ...

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    BlackPhone has a ton of good ideas up its sleeve. At a time when security has become important, it does make sense for an expert in the market to figure out a way to sell you a phone that can do it right. Sadly, even though our review of the first-generation BlackPhone showed us that you're getting a ton of added features for what you pay for, that's not necessarily the case once you have to actively use it. We've set a ton of expectations for the second-generation BlackPhone, which is now dubbed the BlackPhone BP2, and even the company's new tablet, the BlackPhone+. To our disappointment ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new strategy for Un-Carrier 9.0. The we talk about OnePlus, but this time, not necessarily about future smartphones. Pebble then takes the stage as we learn about how the company plans to innovate with watch straps. Google follows with some rumors that may lead to another LG Nexus product. We end today's show talking about all the Apple Store preparations for the Apple Watch to come. All this and more after the break. Stories: - T-Mobile will pay off your financed device if you jump carriers - Next OnePlus product sounds like some ...

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    Microsoft continues to shed more light on what to expect for Windows 10 on computers, tablets and smartphones during its WinHEC conference in China. We've heard that the computer variant of Windows 10 will bring more intuitive gestures on touchpads and touch screens for users, which is great news, but don't think that Windows 10 smartphones won't be getting some extra fun. Microsoft has just made it official that Windows 10 smartphones will support USB Type-C in addition to a ton of USB protocols that will allow users to enjoy services like USB Mass Storage. Services like USB Serial ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's partnership with Xiaomi and Lenovo to build Windows 10 smartphones.OnePlus follows as the company plans to raise the price of tis smartphone. Then we talk about the new rumors of the HTC One M9+, in addition to the launch dates for the One M9. Huawei then takes the stage as we learn how disappointed they are in Android Wear. We end today's show talking about Tag Heuer and its plans to be a smartwatch, All this and more after the break. Stories: - Xiaomi and Lenovo are getting into Windows phones this year - OnePlus One gets an ...

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    As we get closer to the pre-order date for the Apple Watch, more details emerge on all the different policies that Apple will apply in order to get as many people as possible to test its new wearable. We've already learned that Apple has given second thoughts to requiring appointments from users, which is good news, but don't think that's all there is to it. Apple Store sources claim that employees continue to be trained on the Apple Watch and how to sell it, and among some of the policies recently discovered, there will be a time limit for users to give the Apple Watch a try. The source ...

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    Even with the recent launch delays for the HTC One M9 in Taiwan, the company has already committed to launch the device in the US at the same time as the Galaxy S6. In addition to this flagship, we've also heard a ton of rumors of a more powerful variant in the works. If sticking with the specs of the HTC One M9 spell compromise for you, let's talk about its more powerful sibling. So far we've talked about the HTC One M9 Plus as the new flagship to come from Taiwan, but rumors claim that the final name might be the HTC One M9+, something which resembles the old One X+ days. The source ...

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    Microsoft is gearing up for a big splash with Windows 10 this summer, up to the point where it won't only be free for existing paid users, but even those with pirated copies. It's clear that Microsoft wants to gain the same amount of mindshare that its operating system had a decade ago, and bold moves like these are necessary. Still, making it free is as important as making it desirable and easy to use, and in addition to the visual changes of Windows 10, we also get some gesture changes. In a session of today's WinHEC conference, Microsoft displayed the new touch gestures that will be ...

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    Apple is clearly on a mission to get its Apple Watch in the hands of millions of people, even if this is still a market in its rough infancy. Part of the strategy involves allowing users to give the product a try at Apple Stores, and we even hear that you won't need an appointment to do so. That being said, if you can't wait until April 10th for Apple Stores to get devices ready for user testing, you can at least choose which size is right for you today. First off, you'll need either an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch capable of running the latest version of the Apple Store app. Go into the ...

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    We've spent the last couple of years drooling over the idea of new smartphone form factors. Lately every single device we see is a just a typical flat slab, and even though some of these have gained some curves over time, it simply can't replace the era of experimentation that we saw before the birth of the first-generation iPhone. Even so, back when slide-out QWERTY keyboards were common, we rarely ever saw companies experiment with the old flip-phone design that became so popular in the early turn of the century. Palm did give it a try at some point, but we've wished to see this come to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent fix to the memory leak on Android 5.1, and what this means for existing devices. Samsung follows as we learn of a possible date for its Orbis smartwatch. Apple then takes the stage as we hear rumors regarding how it plans to buy back old Android smartphones. Apple then continues, this time with its possible plan for the Apple TV in the future. We end today's show talking about Nintendo's wake up call, and when we can expect mobile games from the service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google fixes the Android 5.1 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the preview of Microsoft Office 2016 and Skype for Business. HTC then takes the stage, but for some sad news about the HTC One M9. Samsung follows as we learn about the possible launch date of the Galaxy S6 int he US. We also talk about Samsung's round smartwatch, and how it may even share internals with the Galaxy S6. We end today's show talking about the Apple Watch, and how surveys claim that it'll be acquired by more than just a few people. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Office 2016 and Skype for Business previews ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work at re-inventing itself, and among those changes, we've seen how the company has broadened its focus for one of its biggest assets, Microsoft Office. We've seen how the company has expanded the reach of these apps to now work on iOS and Android in a big way, and we've also seen its serious revamp to its Outlook email client. Still, that doesn't mean the company has ignored its core Windows business, and part of that vision comes with Microsoft Office 2016. Microsoft has just launched the preview for both Office 2016 and Skype for Business to the public. Keep ...

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