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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

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_36-1.mp3
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

Direct download: SyrupCast_35-1.mp3
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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Direct download: syrupcast34.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

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