SyrupCast

This week on SyrupCast, Daniel is joined by Patrick O'Rourke and Matthew Moniz to talk about the future of VR and how it will shape the gaming, entertainment and content development spaces.

Show notes:

Duration: 1hr 18min
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Patrick O'Rourke
Special Guest: Matthew Moniz

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

On this week's SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas are back to talk about what's been happening in the world of technology.

They talk about the BlackBerry Priv (obviously) and whether it can stand up to what Daniel thinks is the best Android phone out there, the Nexus 6P.

Then they talk about Apple's latest gear, the iPad Pro and the Apple TV, and where the company could have improved things in the rollout.

Finally, they talk about the ever-changing world of content, and whether physical media have a place in the digital age.

Running time: 1hr 20min
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

In this episode of The Review, Daniel tackles the Sony Xperia Z5 which, despite having a lot going for it, is overshadowed by many other devices on the market.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

In this episode of The Review, Daniel goes back to the very beginning of his tech obsession with the BlackBerry Pearl and original Bold. He then talks about the BlackBerry Priv, a great Android smartphone that may be too little, too late.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

In the second episode of The Review, Daniel talks about the fantastic Nexus 6P -- probably the best all-round Android phone to date -- and how Google needs to do a lot more to get the Nexus name out into the world.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

In this inaugural episode of The Review, Daniel dives into the HTC One A9, and reflects on why it is such a confusing value proposition for most people.

While The Review will live in SyrupCast's feed for now, it may eventually strike out on its own. If you enjoy this kind of content and want to see more of it, please leave your own review on iTunes, or let us know in the comments!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

SyrupCast 53: Podtoberfest

SyrupCast is back after a month-long hiatus, during which Daniel got married, Douglas got bed head, and a bunch of companies released a bunch of devices.

Join Daniel and Douglas as they talk about the iPhone 6s's 3D Touch feature, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, Microsoft's bevy of hardware, and the BlackBerry Priv.

Show Notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 28 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas break down the highs and lows of the recent Apple event. The iPhone 6s looks like a big upgrade, but a 16GB base model is making a lot of people upset.

Why would someone want an iPad Pro? We dig into the possibilities.

And the Apple TV? Disruptor or me-too? Apple's plan for the future of television.

Show notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 16min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas get into it about BlackBerry's acquisition of rival Good Technology. Is John Chen in it for himself, or does he have the best interests of BlackBerry in mind?

And it's IFA, so bring on the smartwatches, smartphones and other mobile detritus. How does the new Moto 360 compare to the Samsung Gear S2, Huawei Watch and the Apple Watch?

Finally, Rogers just unveiled its Share Everything+ plans: are they good for the industry, or just widening the gulf between good service and mediocre?

Show Notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 29min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

This week, Douglas and Daniel stay firmly in the warm confines of Canadian telcos with an exploration of what's happening at Videotron and Wind Mobile. With Videotron launching a new policy that exempts some streaming music services from counting towards its customers monthly bandwidth, will customers come in droves? Or will the CRTC pounce at the opportunity to ban the process of zero-rating in yet another instance?

And Wind Mobile has reduced its subsidy from $150 to $100 in response to the popularity of Bring Your Own Device? Confusing as it might be, the move points to a decision by Wind to pass along the actual cost of devices to its consumers rather than increasing monthly plan prices.

It's a great show with some excellent debate, so tune in!

Show notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 6min

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas talk about the big topic they missed last week: Alphabet. What spurred the move, and will it make Google a better-run company? And why did Google decide to start making routers, anyway?

Also on the show, Star Trek vs. Star Wars vs. Ignorance, and the launch of the Many Smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Moto X Play, and the OnePlus 2. Which one would you take to a deserted island for a month (along with your one significant other)?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

SyrupCast is back! This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about the new Galaxy Note phones, Motorola's strategy, the OnePlus 2, BlackBerry's Security Summit, and we answer your questions!

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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Running time: 1 hr 10 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about Android's Nexus line, and how Google can get its groove back. We're hearing that Huawei is going to be the company creating (one of) this year's Nexus device(s), but can the Chinese OEM, known mainly outside North America, step up and deliver a great stock Android experience alongside Google?

And what about BlackBerry? Now that it has teamed up with Google in the enterprise, is the prospect of a Waterloo-made Android device more or less likely? We delve deep into this one.

Also:

That and lots more this week on SyrupCast!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1 hr 21 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas explore the many ways that Canadians roam. Rogers' Roam Like Home makes it very easy to roam in the U.S. and Europe, but is it actually a good deal?

Also on the ticket is Sony's renewed investment in camera sensors, and whether Apple Music is worth the investment.

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Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Duration: 1 hr 11 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas are joined by telecom expert and friend of the show, Ben Klass, who guides us through the muddy waters of the recently Rogers-Mobilicity-Wind Mobile deal.

There's a lot of stuff packed in here, but they also had time to chat a bit about RootMetrics' report on network speeds in Vancouver; MTS's new Total Internet plan; and BlackBerry's expansion into Internet of Health Things (IoHT).

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

This week on SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas talk about the new Wall Report and how Canadians are spending more on wireless this year than in 2015.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

This week, Douglas and Daniel go into Google I/O Rundown, talking about Google's strengths in machine learning and internet services. But do Google's smarts justify the rather creepy nature of its intelligence, especially when it comes to things like your photos?

And what's next for Apple, which is under pressure to deliver a similarly impressive software update at WWDC.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

SyrupCast 42: The Double Cohort

This week, Douglas is back! 

What, you want more? Fine: we also have a great conversation.

The topics this week include the end of three-year contracts and the so-called Double Cohort, which will allow millions of Canadians to leave their contracts on June 3rd without paying a dime.

Also on the cards are the rise of unlocked phones, and they relate to the relative value of phone contracts; as subsidies decrease, customers are more aware of the often high cost of their smartphones. Low-cost, unlocked phones are changing the way Canadians buy cellphones.

And because it is developer conference season, we chat about the upcoming Google I/O and WWDC sessions, and what's in store for iOS 9 and Android M. 

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

This week, Daniel and special guest Matthew Moniz discuss the LG G4 and how it compares to the latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and Note 4.

They talk about the state of wearables, and how Android Wear is doing in relation to the Apple Watch and Pebble, which is coming out with its own refresh, Pebble Time, in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, they discuss Microsoft Build and how far the company has come since Windows 8. But will Windows 10 really have the results Microsoft is looking for?

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Matthew Moniz

Duration: 1hr 16min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

This week, new MobileSyrup contributor, Eric Leamen, joins me for a fantastic conversation about the Apple Watch, including our first impressions of the wearable; Apple's recent Q2 earnings; how carriers are adjusting to the higher cost of iPhones; my first impressions of the LG G4; and whether the Galaxy S6 and LG G4 beat the iPhone 6 in camera performance.

It's a really fun podcast, and you should listen to it all the way through.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Eric Leamen
Runtime: 1hr 28 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

SyrupCast 39: We The North (Want Google Fi)

This week, Daniel and Douglas dig deep into wearables, specifically focusing on the app potential of the Apple Watch and the upcoming Android Wear update.

Also discussed is the tenuous relationship between HBO, VPNs and #takemymoney wannabees: does Bell's relationship with HBO prevent a service like HBO Now from ever coming to Canada?

Facebook just announced it has reached nearly 1.5 billion monthly users across its core network, but its chat entities, Messenger and WhatsApp, combine for nearly that number of users. Where does Facebook go from here, now that its mobile transformation is well underway?

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a great smartphone – we just reviewed it – but are small phones really worth getting worked up about? Are any phones really worth getting worked up about anymore? Daniel and Douglas explore that point through the lens of the recently-updated HTC One M9.

We're in person this week, and there's laughter, beer, and a little bit of swearing.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 53 minutes

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

SyrupCast 38: The Problem With Androids

This week on the SyrupCast, we chat about the LG G4 and the problems facing any Android company that isn't Samsung.

Plus, the release of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6; the return of the OnePlus One to Canada; Bell's privacy snafu; the 2,500Mhz spectrum auction, and lots more!

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Runtime: 1hr 17 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

SyrupCast 37: Still Crazy After All These Years

We're still here!

This week, Douglas and Daniel chat about the closure of Future Shop; the slow introduction of VoLTE; Koodo's and Fido's new colour palettes; how a $350 iPhone 6 will affect sales of it and the Galaxy S6; and lots more!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 10min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

SyrupCast 36: Good Night, and Good Luck.

This week, we talk about a great many things, since variety is the spice of good podcasts.

First, we tackle the upcoming Fido rebranding, which most people don't seem to like. Maybe they'll use our readers as an informal focus group.

Then, we talk about Windows 10's summer release, and how Cortana's move to iOS and Android is as inspired a move as we've seen from the company in some time.

We spent a bit of time talking about the Neptune Duo Suite, a new project from Canadian wearables company, Neptune. It has the potential for greatness, but is its ambition going to be its downfall?

LG looks to be once again working with Google on an upcoming Nexus smartphone, which hopefully returns to reasonable proportions. In the meantime, though, the Nexus 6 appears to be greatly benefitting from Android 5.1.

And finally, we share some sad news with the listeners. It's not fair to tease, I know, but this one's worth sticking around for.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 28 min

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

SyrupCast 35: Apple Watch Price Pout

This week, wearables expert, Tom Emrich, joins Daniel, Jane and Douglas to talk about, what else, the Apple Watch.

Who is it for? And why is everyone hung up on the Apple Watch Edition, which starts at $13,000 CDN. Tom says it's mostly a marketing tool, a way for Apple to penetrate the lucrative marketing mechanism of the high-end Swiss watch market. And when it's all said and done, Apple's presence in the market will actually boost smartwatch sales overall, as they did with smartphones and tablets.

Also talked about is the CRTC's decision to regulate on-demand streaming services like Shomi and CraveTV. What are the consequences of the CRTC's decision? Will everyday Debbie be subscribing to CraveTV in the near future on a TekSavvy internet connection? Listen and find out!

Hosts: Daniel Bader (@journeydan), Jane McEntegart (@janemcentegart), Douglas Soltys (@tron)
Guest: Tom Emrich (@tomemrich)

Duration: 1 hr 9m

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

SyrupCast 34: Mobile World Coffee Pods

This week, Jane and Daniel recount the many ways Mobile World Congress and Barcelona nearly killed him.

They discuss the new devices announced at the event, including the HTC One M9 and both Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, each of which reveals pros and cons in their companies' respective strategies.

They talk about the new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, and whether it has a chance in the saturated mid-range market; and how Nokia, the once-king of Symbian and Windows Phone, plans to make its comeback through... Android tablets?

The Apple Watch is launching next week, and we're going to be in San Francisco to cover all the mayhem. How much will it cost? What will its unannounced features be? And why the hell is everyone talking about Taptic Feedback?

Finally, they chat about the newly-concluded AWS-3 spectrum auction, which saw WIND Mobile walk away with more valuable spectrum than anyone else.

All that, and lots of Jamón ibérico, on this week's SyrupCast.

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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 1 hr 22 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

SyrupCast 33: Self-driving podcast

This week, Daniel, Jane and special guest and regular MobileSyrup contributor go all-in on automotive.

We discuss the current state of the in-car dash -- it's a sorry state, according to Mr. Kritsonis -- and fall down the rabbit hole of automotive tech.

Will the major automakers be able to keep up with the quickly-changing face of mobile technology, or will Google and Apple force them to become more cooperative, not only within their own organizations but externally?

And finally, will Apple develop a car? Ted doesn't think so despite new reports that they are planning to release an electric vehicle in 2020.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart
Guest: Ted Kritsonis
Duration: 56 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

SyrupCast 32: I experimented with different platforms in college

This week, it's all hardware. (Finally, they scream!)

As Mobile World Congress approaches, Jane, Douglas and Daniel chat about the upcoming hardware we can expect from the show, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9, and much more.

We also talk about Jane's Nexus 6, two months on take, which left commenters with a lot to say.

Finally, Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones just got released, and while it's not finished, we chat about whether Microsoft got it right.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Run time: 53 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

This week, special guest Ben Klass talks about his complaint filed to the CRTC back in 2013, and the regulatory body's decision to force Bell and Videotron to change the way they bill customers for mobile TV access.

We also talk about the role of regulation within Canada's telecom system as a whole, and how the changing viewing habits of Canadians will be impacted by monthly bandwidth limitations.

Finally, we touch on TELUS's rebranding of Public Mobile, and whether it's possible to get by with a data-only LTE plan.

It's a bit regulatory-heavy again (sorry for those wanting phone talk, it will be back next week!) but it's a really interesting conversation with a really smart guy.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Guest: Ben Klass

Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

SyrupCast 30: Hello, is it LTE you're looking for?

This week, we chat about Net Neutrality, and how Bell and Videotron (and others) can no longer exempt the traffic from their mobile TV apps. Did the CRTC make the right decision? We get into it.

We chat about WIND Mobile's commitment to bid in the AWS-3 and 2500Mhz spectrum auctions in March and April respectively; Rogers and its quest for value, not volume; Apple's massive Q1 earnings; and whether Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is just a little too weird for most people.

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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 1 hr 12 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

SyrupCast 29: Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!

This week, we talk about Microsoft's new moonshot, its augmented reality wearable, HoloLens, and lots of Windows 10 stuff. Can it fix the company's epic fragmentation issues?

We talk about John Chen's letter about net neutrality and how Apple should be forced to make iMessage for Android (or something). Is he crazy, or does he have a point?

Then we delve into the new HTC One device, and what it needs to be successful. I think it needs a better camera, but everyone else has opinions. What's yours?

Also: Motorola's epic Lollipop rollout mess up; the Samsung Galaxy S6; and Kyle Lowry, who was selected to start at point guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team on February 5th.

We're almost 30, but until then -- Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!

Duration: 84 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, and Jane McEntegart

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

This week, Jane and Daniel recount all the CES 2015 trials, tribulations, winners and losers.

Specifically, a great deal of time is spent figuring out whether the LG G Flex 2 is just another gimmick or if it has the legs (and the curve) to go mainstream.

Also, YotaPhone 2, all the terrible smartwatches, and Attack of the Drones.

Duration: 81 minutes

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Direct download: syrupcast28.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

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