SyrupCast

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar discuss recent Qualcomm announcements and the team's favourite phones from Mobile World Congress.

MobileSyrup staff writer, Rose Behar, travelled to the west coast recently to catch up with Qualcomm to learn more about the future of 5G. This week on the podcast, she brings back her newly acquired knowledge and some hot takes on the future of wireless networks.

This weekend is also Mobile World Congress, the holy grail event for anyone interested in the future of mobile technology. The SyrupCast team gives some insight into what to expect from the event this year and makes predictions on which phones will be the centre of the media's attention.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'RourkeRose Behar

 

Total runtime: 27:52

Qualcomm: 2:20
Mobile World Congress: 15:30
Shoutouts: 22:45

Direct download: MS109-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:57pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Ian Hardy discuss Bell's acquisition of MTS and also go through a rundown of the highlights from the CRTC's recent Wireless Code review.

Bell recently finally received regulatory approval to finalize its acquisition of Manitoba's regional wireless carrier, MTS. The new network, Bell MTS, will be launching on March 17th, 2017.

In other CRTC news, the online discussion portion of the review of The Wireless Code has been extended until February 20th. Among other things, last week's review brought unlocking fees and disability services to the forefront of conversation surrounding Canada's telecommunications sector. The SyrupCast team remains hopeful that these discussions will continue and lead to progress and changes in Canada's wireless code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'Rourke, Ian Hardy 

 

Total runtime: 33:27

Bell acquires MTS: 1:20
CRTC wireless code review highlights: 21:00
Shoutouts: 31:30

Direct download: MS_pod_108_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about the launch of Android Wear 2.0, as well as examine the Canadian telecom industry's sky-high mobile prices.

LG has officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, both of which will run off of Android Wear 2.0. Although the company has confirmed the devices will be coming to Canada, it has yet to announce a solid date for their release.

This week the CRTC also held a review of The Wireless Code in Gatineau, Quebec. Among other suggested changes, the CRTC is discussing implementing stricter regulations on wireless service cancellation fees. During the review, Freedom Mobile called on the CRTC to get rid of unlocking fees while adjusting the regulations spelled out in the now three year old Wireless Code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 38:57

Android Wear 2.0 Launch: 1:12
CRTC & the wireless code: 15:00
Shoutouts: 36:00

Direct download: MS_107_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke take a look at the the CRTC's decision to feature American commercials in the Canadian broadcast of the Super Bowl.

The team also talks about the ZenWatch 3 and the future of Google's smartwatch operating system, Android Wear 2.0

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 36:29

CRTC throws a flag on the play: 1:38
Android Wear 2.0: 16:00
Shoutouts: 31:25

Direct download: MS-106_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about Samsung's many newsworthy moments from this week, including the South Korean tech giant's Q4 2016 earnings, as well recent leaks of LG's upcoming G6 smartphone.

The SyrupCast team is a bit surprised by Samsung's relatively positive earnings following a tumultuous 2016, mainly related to the debacle surrounding the Note 7, but speculate that perhaps those numbers have yet to catch up with the company.

LG on the other hand, has suffered its first quarterly loss in six years. LG is predicting it will make a quick comeback next quarter, however, with the announcement of the G6, due to make its big debut on February 26th.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Host: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 36:37

All things Samsung: 1:50
LG G6: 24:30
Shoutouts: 32:20

Direct download: MS105-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Shane Dingman, a technology reporter at the Globe and Mail.

Rose, one of MobileSyrup's staff writers and a frequent contributor on the SyrupCast, starts off the show by relaying to the team how Freedom Mobile's new LTE compares to the other players in town. After spending a lot of time riding the TTC around Toronto, she is fairly confident that the speeds of Freedom's network actually bests that of Rogers'.

'Switching topics,' the SyrupCast crew talks Nintendo and the company's latest gaming console. The Nintendo Switch, set to release on March 3rd, is a truly mobile home console gaming solution, with a lightweight console that doubles as a handheld device.

Finally, the SyrupCast team digs into the recent rumours that the Canadian government may soon require Netflix to charge sales tax. These announcements leave the team wondering if this is a policy voice waiting to be filled. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Shane Dingman

Total runtime: 36:57

Freedom mobile's LTE network: 2:00
Nintendo Switch: 11:25
Netflix tax: 23:05
Shoutouts: 32:45

Direct download: MS104_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis, who recently touched down in Toronto after a week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The SyrupCast crew gets a first person account of what it's really like to attend the CES, including Ted's thoughts on the recently revealed BlackBerry device currently codenamed Mercury. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeIan Hardy and Ted Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:36

Ted talks CES: 1:45
Televisions at CES: 3:35
Blackberry 'Mercury': 21:00
MobileSyrup got a facelift: 31:15
Shoutouts: 34:10

Direct download: MS_103-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:56am EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar look to the Consumer Electronics Show for hints of mobile tech to come in 2017.

MobileSyrup senior editor Patrick O'Rourke and staff writer Rose Behar take the lead on discussing Blackberry's upcoming new phone, code named 'Mercury.' Although there is currently not an official name for the device yet, the initial hands-on revealed some unusual design choices for BlackBerry's next smartphone. 

The team then examines another mobile announcement from this week regarding LG no longer creating modular smartphones. Were modular smartphones just another marketing gimmick?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Total runtime: 35:41

Blackberry "Mercury": 3:10
LG ditches modular mobile: 15:20
CES shoutouts: 27:15

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Direct download: SyrupCast102-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, the entire MobileSyrup team squeezes into the podcast studio for a year end wrap up of their favourite tech stories from 2016.

MobileSyrup director of social media Zach Gilbert is up first and discusses Blackberry's rocky 2016. The company has undergone drastic changes over the course of the past year, from handing off hardware production to TCL, to focusing its future on autonomous cars and software security, leaving the team to predict that 2017 will see a very different BlackBerry emerging from the embers.

Staff writer Rose Behar selects the Samsung Note 7 to reminisce in her segment. Although Samsung had battery combustion problems with the Note 7, rumours regarding the impending release of the S8 are already circulating.

MobileSyrup staff writer Jessica Vomiero does a deep dive into Canadian cybersecurity. Between rulings from the CRTC and the liberal government's approach to CSIS collecting data, the entire team agrees that 2017 will be a year where Canadians need to think carefully about their data privacy.

Senior editor Patrick O'Rourke, in true Pokémaster fashion, brings Pokémon Go into the conversation as his favourite story of the year. The augmented reality app that brought the nostalgia of Pokémon to smartphones, has not seen continued growth following its initial boon in popularity, though the developer behind the game, Niantic, is starting to add new features to the mobile title at a rapid pace.

Senior editor Igor Bonifacic directs the conversation to the successful year Microsoft has had. Apple has been at the forefront of the post-PC era, but 2016 saw releases from both Microsoft and Apple that hint at the end of Apple's reign.

Ian Hardy, MobileSyrup's founder and publisher, chose Freedom Mobile as his favourite mobile tech news development of 2016. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded late in 2016 and launched its own LTE network.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts on the year, and jump in the comments to tell us what your favourite stories were this year.

Total runtime: 37:09

Zach's pick - Blackberry: 2:05
Rose's pick - Samsung Note 7: 6:27
Jessica's pick - Canadian cybersecurity: 13:05
Patrick's pick - Pokémon GO: 17:35
Igor's pick - Microsoft: 21:20
Ian's pick - Freedom Mobile: 28:59
Year end shoutouts: 32:53

Direct download: MS_yearendwrapup-finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Today is finally the day! It's the 100th episode of MobileSyrup's SyrupCast.

As a nostalgic throwback in celebration of 100 glorious episodes, two of the original crew -- Douglas Soltys, BetaKit's editor in chief, and Daniel Bader, Android Central's managing editor and MobileSyrup's former editor in chief -- rejoin the podcast to reflect on past shows and the present state of mobile.

This week, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Douglas Soltys, and Daniel Bader dig into the details of Rogers and Fido adding RCS messaging.

The team then discusses the launch of Amazon Prime Video in Canada. The new-to-Canada service officially launched on Wednesday, but has significantly limited content in comparison to its U.S. counterpart. The SyrupCast crew poses the question, how many streaming services do you actually need to subscribe to get all the content you want?

Last but not least, Freedom Mobile has finally activated its LTE network. Is this a step in the right direction for the recently rebranded Canadian telecom, or is this too little too late?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Direct download: MS100_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:02pm EST