SyrupCast

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.

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

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

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

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Running time: 62 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader & Douglas Soltys

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

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.

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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 EDT

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