SyrupCast

On this, the last podcast of the year, we talk about the stories that made the year so interesting... and controversial.

From the rise of wearables to the death of security, 2014 was a year to remember.

Happy new year!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 90 short minutes

 

Direct download: syrupcast27.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

SyrupCast 26: InfoSec Taylor Swift

On SyrupCast 26, we enjoy the company of our first guest, freelance writer, security analyst, .Digest curator and all-round awesome guy, Matthew Braga.

Topics discussed in this security-focused episode:

It's an awesome episode, and we highly recommend listening to it the whole way through.

Participants: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart, Matthew Braga

Duration: 85 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast26.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

SyrupCast 25: No one puts BlackBerry in a corner

This week, the BlackBerry Classic is on its way, and we're curious about why everyone is so interested in it. Is it mainly the nostalgia factor -- and the Classic name itself -- or is something else afoot here? Will the Classic manage to find success where the Q10 didn't?

We talk Android Wear 5.0 and the official Watch Face API: is this the update the smartwatch platform needs to go mainstream? Ustwo, the creator of best-mobile-game Monument Valley, is also creating watch faces for Android Wear. Sony's SmartWatch 3 is also discussed, as it is now available in Canada for $280. Is it too expensive?

Android 5.0.1 running on the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is the best Android experience out right now, but others are likely not far behind.

We talk about the world's biggest sunglass manufacturer, Luxottica, partnering with Intel on a wearables platform, and how that will impact the next-generation Google Glass, which is reportedly going to run an Intel chip.

Then, discussion of the Supreme Court's decision to allow warrantless phone searches upon arrest, and Canada's Privacy Commissioner urges platform owners like Google and Apple to make privacy policies mandatory.

Finally, is Windows Phone dead? One of its biggest supporters appears to think so.

A note on our podcast this week. Due to some audio problems, we were forced to use the feed from our Google Hangouts session, which is not quite as clear as our regular stream. Rest assured this is only temporary and next week we will be back to normal. Thanks for your understanding!

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Duration: 1hr 19min

Direct download: SyrupCast_25-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:47am EST

SyrupCast 24: The CESpool

News is thin this week, but it doesn't stop us from chatting up a winter storm.

 

Timestamps:

[Start - 13:05] YotaPhone 2 is one of the most interesting phones of the year, and a good representative of hardware innovation at a time when smartphones are becoming increasingly commoditized.

[13:05 - 24:00 ] The Galaxy Note Edge, Sonim XP7 and other devices are also really fascinating in their own ways, and prove that there is a market for more niche products, however expensive they may be.

[24:00 - 29:00] Xiaomi may be releasing its first North American-bound phone at CES this year, but is North America ready for China's rising star?

[29:00 - 37:00] Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a beast of a machine, but shows how far the manufacturer has come in such a short time. We're reviewing the AshTab right now -- does it hold up in testing?

[37:00 - 42:00] Android 5.0.1 is slowly rolling out to select Nexus devices. Why can't we have nice things, NOW?!

[42:00 - 55:00] CES is quickly approaching. We're gearing up to take it on, but there's a method to our madness, and it involves Snapchat.

[55:00 - end] Something something Microsoft. Something something Office 365.

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Duration: 67 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast24.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:17pm EST

SyrupCast 23: The Dread Pirate Podcast

This week, how the mobile gaming market has been undone by piracy, freemium and consumer entitlement to digital content. Is there a road back from this mess?

There's talk of our recently-launched Smartphone Gift Guide and the best Black Friday deals around.

And, of course, the new Star Wars trailer... because we're geeks, too.

Finally, user feedback: what do you want to hear on the podcast? Leave your questions in the comments and we'll try to get to them next week. And, if you like the show, please leave us a comment and a rating wherever you downloaded it.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 71 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast23.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

SyrupCast 22: Wearing your heart rate on your sleeve

This week, TELUS's new Your Choice plans are discussed and dissected: why the change, and are there any consumer advantages?

Plus, Samsung's Gear S smartwatch, and whether Canadians -- consumers and carriers -- are ready for cellular-connected wearables. Apple Watch and its new WatchKit developer tools mean great things for iPhone users, but did Cupertino stay too conservative with its 1.0 release?

Finally, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order this week, but did anyone actually manage to by one? And what do you guys think of Lollipop? We held a poll, and the response were quite enlightening.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Running time: 72 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast22.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

SyrupCast 21: Chairman Handsome

On SyrupCast 21, we talk about the Nexus 6, referencing our review and our first impressions of Android 5.0 Lollipop -- is it all it's cracked up to be?

We also discuss the Sony Xperia Z3 and its Compact counterpart, and whether a resurgent demand for "small" phones is inevitable. (The answer, I believe, is yes. The review's coming next week, so be patient.)

Then we delve into BlackBerry -- dry, I know, but bear with us -- and its enterprise aspirations. BES 12BBM Meetings and more all sound boring on paper, but it's the best position the company's been in years. We also discuss the Canadian company's partnership with Samsung, which just held its own developer conference this week and announced a bevy of interesting -- and less interesting -- products and services.

We reference Microsoft's first official Lumia device branded under its own name; WIND's continued talks with Videotron; and, of course, Taylor Swift's rift with Spotify.

This is SyrupCast. Thanks for listening.

Direct download: syrupcast21.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

SyrupCast 20: How To Lose a Billion in Ten Months

We chat about Rogers' new Roam Like Home deal and how it compares to KnowRoaming and Roam Mobility.

There's a big discussion about the Nexus 9 and the iPad mini 3, and how they compare as productivity devices -- which one do you think wins the argument?

We talk a lot about security and the NSA, a little about the state of mid-range Android devices, and there's a long discussion on whether Microsoft still has its head in the game when it comes to Windows Phone.

It's a long one, but this SyrupCast is worth listening to until the end.

Running time: 108 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Direct download: syrupcast20-3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

It was the rainy day of Hallowe'en

When Daniel slipped and broke his screen

Jane called him a jerk

Doug started to twerk

And the podcat went PG-13.

Direct download: syrupcast19.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

SyrupCast 18: That'll Cost Extra

This week, Jane, Daniel and Douglas chat about the growing market for wearables, and whether companies like Pebble, Fitbit and Jawbone have a place in the hardware space.

There's also talk about Bell's complaint to the CRTC  about Rogers' NHL GamePlus exclusivity, and a discussion on whether smartphone reviews are doing anyone any good.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 74 Minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast18.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

SyrupCast 17: Pop Pop Lollipop!

This week, Jane and Daniel take a bite out of Lollipop, and chat about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Apple's new iPads.

Featured Stories

Apps of the week

DanielRdio (iOS, Android)

Jane: Android Lollipop Flappy Bird easter egg

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Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 69 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast17.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 16: Pre-Thanksgiving Coma

This week, Jane and Daniel chat about the CRTC, Mobilicity (for real this time!), HTC's new RE Camera, the Desire Eye, Nokia's Lumia 830, Spotify, Nexus and iPad. It's Thanksgiving, and we're already tired.

Featured Stories

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Snowball for Android

Jane: Clue Period Track (iOSAndroid)

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 51 minutes

 

Direct download: SyrupCast16.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:38am EST

SyrupCast Episode 15: Absolutely Phabulous

This week, we talk about a big Nexus, a small Mobilicity, a CRTC controversy, and a bunch of new devices coming down the pipe this month. Plus, Spotify expands to all Canadians and our apps on the week.

This is SyrupCast.

Featured News

Apps of the week

Daniel: Circa 3.0 (Android / iOS)
Jane: Beer?! (Android / iOS)
DouglasPokemon TCG Online for iPad

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running time: 54 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast15_-_VBR2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

This week, BlackBerry's on the mind (as is Irish whiskey), so we chat about both. How does the Passport hold up to scrutiny, and what does BlackBerry have planned for the fall? Spoiler: it's another handset.

We also talk about Apple and the iPhone scandal de jour, and whether Samsung's acceleration of the Note 4's release is going to have an impact on sales.

Finally, we speculate on a 6-inch Nexus, the rising costs of smartphone plans and the fastest mobile networks in Canada.

Featured Stories

BlackBerry Passport & Co.

iPhone et al

Running Time: 67 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_14_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 13: So bias

Here we are, bringing you our thirteenth and best podcast to date. The days are getting shorter, but the number of smartphones being released is quickly ramping up.

This week, we chat about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 and what's next from Apple. We also delve into the rumoured demise of Android Silver, and what that means for the Nexus line.

Then we move into WIND Mobile's fate now that the company's ownership has been sorted, and why that may put Videotron in a difficult position.

And finally, we reminisce about old HTC tablets as we look forward to the company's rumoured Nexus 9, slated to be released in mid-October alongside Android L.

Featured News

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Starbucks for Android (free)
Douglas: Checky for iOS and Android (free) 
Jane: Kitten Taxi for iOS and Android (free)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_13.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

This week, we talk about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's new payment system, and Watch, the first wearable from the world's biggest tech company.

Running Time: 64 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Notes: We had some issues with the source recording from this episode, so you'll notice some parts of the recording are slightly sped up and contain crackling. Please power through these short sections, as they don't last long, and we'll make sure such a thing doesn't happen again.

Direct download: SyrupCastEpisode12-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:14am EST

SyrupCast Episode 11: Smartphone Apoplexy

This week, we discuss all of the week's many smartphone, tablet and wearable announcements, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch and more.

Featured Stories

Running time: 48 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_11_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

We made it to episode 10 of SyrupCast! Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has listened, given us compliments and feedback, and content suggestions for future segments. We're listening.

This week, as we get ready for the September onslaught, we dive into the idea that the next Nexus will be built by Motorola, and what it means for Lenovo's place in the Android ecosystem. Then there's the iPhone 6, which has been confirmed to launch on September 9th, Samsung and LG's new smartwatches -- which were announced last night at roughly the same time -- Rogers launching shomi, a Netflix competitor, and a new 30GB shared data plan. And finally, Cyanogen working on something really cool with former HTC, Motorola and Google execs.

App of the week:

Running time: 85 minutes
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_10_-_MP3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

 

This week, we talk about WIND Mobile's new lower roaming fees, Bell's tough time with the CRTC, Windows Phone 8.1 for the Lumia lineup, Thalmic's Myo teaming up with smart glasses, and a first peek at Telus's BlackBerry Passport.

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_9_-_Final_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

In this week's episode, we talk about the most interesting smartphones either on the market, or those coming soon. Specifically, Daniel, Doug, Ian and Jane chat about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6, the Moto X+1, the HTC W8 for Windows, Microsoft's upcoming 'selfie' phone, the Nexus 6 and, of course, the OnePlus One controversy.

Galaxy Note 4 rumours -- potentially curved-edged display, 4GB RAM, UV sensor
iPhone 6 rumours - bigger screen, faster chip, better camera. What else?
Motorola launching Moto X+1, Moto G2, Moto 360 and more on September 4th
New Microsoft/Nokia devices coming at IFA -- Is PureView still relevant?
HTC Windows Phone -- does it have a chance?
OnePlus One -- is this device still relevant given all the bad press?
Is OnePlus sexist or just plain stupid?
Nexus 6 going to be a 5.9-inch 1080p device?

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Ian Hardy, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_8_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

Welcome to another week of what is turning out to be a pretty entertaining summer in the smartphone industry.

Last week, Rogers bore the brunt of the blame in what the CRTC calls 'unjust discriminination' against new entrants in regards to domestic roaming. The issue at hand is exclusivity: Rogers is accused of forcing new entrants like Wind, Mobilicity, Eastlink and others to sign exclusivity agreements for domestic roaming, preventing them from negotiating with other service providers and thus keeping prices high. While the CRTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will regulate the price of domestic roaming outside of preventing incumbents from charging new entrants more than they charge their customers, the move bodes well for companies looking to expand service at reasonable costs.

We delve into that issue and more in Week 7. This is SyrupCast's Domestic Roaming-apalooza.

Stories discussed:

Running time: 62 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader & Douglas Soltys

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_7_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 6: Angel's in the details

This week, we contemplate the future of wireless in Canada. And what is wireless exactly? Less and less of our content is taking up by what we'd refer to as "traditional" mobile products. Instead, we fill the proverbial pages of our days with wearables like Thalmic's Myo gesture band, Oculus Rift's new virtual reality headset, Samsung's myriad smartwatches, and other gadgets that pair with our smartphones.

And yet as we get further away from core mobile, we always end up back at the beginning: the smartphone really is the centre of our digital world, and increasingly at the expense of other products. In our Tête-à-Tête this week, Douglas and I talk about whether affordable phablets are going to be the death of the tablet as a category, or whether the two will merely morph into a single type of product. So, in our podcast this week, we talk about just that, the affordable phablet, and how companies like Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus and others are meting swift blows on the traditional subsidized smartphone business model.

And from there we talk about mobile plan pricing, because we've been dancing around the subject for weeks.

News

Feature

We discuss the drastic changes in smartphone plan pricing since the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, and what it means for the future of handsets in Canada.

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Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_6_-_96.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36am EST

SyrupCast Episode 5: Culture Club Sandwich

This week on the SyrupCast, we're joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs.

We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple's app stores, and we'll delve into the Nvidia Shield Tablet, a brand new gaming-oriented Android tablet.

App Roundup

Daniel - Carousel by Dropbox (iPhoneAndroid)

Douglas - Tinder (iPhoneAndroid) / Swarm (iPhoneAndroid)

Jane - Android Wear Watchfaces (various apps)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntagart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 84 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_5.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Welcome to episode 4 of SyrupCast, the best only Canadian mobile podcast on earth.

This week, we delve into some of the more exciting elements of the Canadian regulatory system -- if the word 'exciting' can be used for such a thing -- with the newly-announced AWS-3 auction early next year.

We also get into some first impressions of the LG G3, which will be coming to Canada on August 1st, and touch on Spotify, which looks to be launching shortly in Canada.

We wax prolific on the sorry state of kids these days, and, as usual, talk about BlackBerry.

And finally, we've launched our first podcast-specific feature, the weekly App Roundup, where Douglas and Daniel convince you to waste your time in productive ways.

Running time: 72 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Released: July 11th, 2014

Direct download: SyrupcastEpisode4.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week, we talk about Android, Android and more Android. Oh, and BlackBerry. And LG. And Bell.

Google I/O just ended, but that doesn't mean we have to finish talking about the many Android-related announcements made during the two-day developer conference.

Daniel Bader and Douglas Soltys dive into Android L and its new Material Design language, Android One, Android TV, Android Auto and Android Wear.

  • Will Material Design help end Android fragmentation?
  • What is Android One, and is it Google's preamble to Android Silver?
  • How good is Android TV? And what about Android Auto?
  • We delve into Android Wear and its newest cohorts, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Our first impressions and a preview of the review.
  • Will the Moto 360 be the best of the bunch? (We think so!)
  • In Canadian news, Bell begins charging for SIM cards.
  • We saw the first working video of the BlackBerry Passport -- how does it look?
  • With the LG G3 coming to Canada soon, how does it stack up to the current list of high-end Android devices?

Running time: 62 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 2: Acquisitions Anonymous

In our second episode, we spend a little time talking about the Canadian wireless industry and, of course, a long time talking about BlackBerry. We also talk about Amazon's Fire Phone, Android Wear, and a lot of Google stuff leading up to Google I/O.

  • Are WIND and Videotron going to team up to take over Canadian telco?
  • How did BlackBerry fare during its close-to-profit quarter?
  • Is the Amazon Fire Phone boom or bust?
  • What's going on with Android Wear?
  • Is Google really into hardware, or are they leaving it up to Nest?
  • What can we expect from Google I/O this week?

Running time: 70 minutes.

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_2.m4a
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 1: Railing on everyone is a good place to start

This week, we look at a controversy within Rogers, a potential misstep by BlackBerry and a couple of gems by Motorola


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