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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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