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This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing Patrick O'Rourke, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell recap Apple's recent fall hardware event.

If you listened to last week's episode, you'd know that the team predicted what they expected to see at the annual keynote. Leaks indicated that the Apple had plans to add a larger display to the Series 4 Apple Watch. It turns out that the wearable's screen gained a substantial 30 percent, resulting in a shift that the team feels is a significant improvement to the Apple Watch.

The updated iPhone XS and XS Max, on the other hand, are more iterative and have the team considerably less thrilled, with the entry-level iPhone XR being the most compelling new announcement to come out of the event. The XR still includes the majority of the XS' and XS Max's most exciting features but includes a colourful body and a more affordable price tag.

As was mentioned last week, it seems Apple will likely hold an additional fall event focused on an updated MacBook Air, second-generation AirPods and a new iPad Pro.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 41:27
Apple event rundown: 2:00
Shoutouts: 35:50

Igor shouts out 71. Patrick gives his shoutout to the MobileSyrup team. Josh's shoutout this week is to Jack Ryan. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is Uber and their investment in Toronto.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, along with freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell and MacRumors tech reporter Joe Rossigno, discuss what they expect to see at Apple's upcoming September 12th fall hardware event.

As far as leaks go, we will almost certainly catch a glimpse of the rumoured iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The team also expects to see the Apple Watch Series 4, a new version of Apple's smartwatch that's tipped to feature a larger display and smaller bezels.

Further, the team doesn't think that the new MacBook Air will debut at next week's event. A bold prediction is that Apple could hold an additional keynote in October like the company did back in 2016 to reveal a revamped MacBook Air and new version of the iPad Pro.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:23
iPhone XS: 2:00
Apple Watch 4: 16:20
Macbook Air: 21:10
Shoutouts: 29:14

Igor shouts out Daniel Bader and his wife and their new baby. Patrick brings back the 'Switch Minute' and shoutouts Into The Breach. Josh's shoutout this week is to National Cheese Pizza Day. And finally, Joe shouts out everyone living in the '905'.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and staff writer Jon Lamont, catch up on the last three week's worth of mobile news.

The Galaxy Note 9 has the team talking smart phone pricing expectations and what Samsung's latest smartphone means for the future of iterative smartphone updates. The Note 9, starting at an expensive $1299 CAD, has the team questioning how expensive smartphone prices will get in the coming years.

An added feature to this iteration of the Note series is the S Pen's Bluetooth-enabled photo snapping functionality. You can now use the Note 9's S Pen as a shutter button, which the team argues is not enough of a draw to spend $1299 on a phone. That said, the Note 9 also features significant hardware updates, including a Snapdragon 845 Processor and 8GB of RAM in the 512GB version of the smartphone.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 44:31
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 1:30
Shoutouts: 34:30

Igor shouts out the book Creativity Inc. Patrick brings back the Switch Minute and gives his shoutout to Octopath Traveler. Sameer's shoutout this week is to Voice Inc. And finally, Jon's shoutout is sent out to Discord.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and PHD student at Carlton University Ben Klass, talk about all the telecom and mobile news from the past two weeks.

Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, replacing Melanie Jolie, Canadian Heritage Minister, with Pablo Rodriguez. The team discusses what they think the change will mean for Canadians.

Also in the last two weeks mobile overage rates have gone up again. Ben Klass joins the podcast to discuss the impact of these increases.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 34:01
New minister: 2:00
Increased rates: 6:00
5G: 21:00
Shoutouts: 30:20

Ben gives his shoutout to his sister Rebecca, who just ran an olympic-length triathlon. Rose gives her shoutout to all of the reader's of MobileSyrup. Igor shouts out Rose and her work at MobileSyrup.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Tau is yet another Netlfix science fiction film with an interesting, important core idea but a disappointingly shoddy execution.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speakers with MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic about Federico D'Alessandro's Tau.

Later in the episode, Lex Gill, a research fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, speaks about digital profiling and the ways in which our digital footprints are being used to target us.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra discuss the latest TCL-made BlackBerry branded smartphone, the KEY2.

The KEY2 brings all of the features that BlackBerry fans have to come to expect from the partnership between the former smartphone giant and TCL. However, the smartphone's price tag lands squarely in flagship territory, making the KEY2 a tough sell in a hyper-competitive industry, especially considering its processor is only a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 17:23
Blackberry Key 2: 1:30
Shoutouts: 14:05

Sameer gives his shoutout to Justice Kennedy. Igor shouts out Viewer Experience.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

What makes Incredibles 2 so fascinating is how intimately aware it is of the current state of politics in the world. It's a movie set in the 1960s that somehow manages to address the conversations about feminism, gun control and identity that are taking place today. All that, and it also manages to cram in a story about screen addiction as well.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup news and telecom editor Rose Behar about Brad Bird's Incredibles 2.

Later in the episode, Fardous Hosseiny -- national director of public policy and government relations at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) -- sheds some insight on the subjects of internet, video game and screen addiction.

For more information about the resources offered at the CMHA, visit the Centre's problematic internet use website.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra are joined by Ben Klass to discuss his recent proposal to the CRTC.

Recently, Canadian carriers released information on low-cost, data-only plans for Canadians. The plans left a lot to be desired.

Last week, a report filed by telecom analyst Ben Klass and professor of communication studies at Carleton University, Dwayne Winseck, proposed an alternate plan for low-cost, data-only rates. The proposal, called the 'CRTC flex plan,' suggests that people should be able to access a small amount of data (250 Mb) for $5, along with larger amounts of data at market prices.

Additionally, the crew discusses the federal government's recent order for the CRTC to investigate high-pressure sales at Canada's largest carriers.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on the matter.

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Total runtime: 30:57
CRTC Flex Plans: 2:00

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Brad Shankar, and Bradley Bennett sit down to chat their favourite games from this year's E3.

Patrick's picks are The Last of Us Part 2, Halo Infinite, and Skull & Bones. Brad chooses to highlight Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Bradley selects Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76, and Sea of Solitude. Finally, Igor takes note of Ghost of Tsushima, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Sable.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Total runtime: 39:02
Gaming galore: 2:45
Shoutouts: 31:30

Patrick gives his shoutout to Fortnite for the Switch. Igor shouts out Grime Fandango. Brad gives a shoutout to The Incredibles 2, and finally, Bradley gives a shoutout toRed Dead Redemption 2.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

A movie with a solid idea, but a relatively weak execution, Netflix's The Titan might just be the first movie that Viewer Experience is unable to recommend. It's a movie that's about biohacking, genetic engineering and space exploration, but that fails to deliver on almost all of those fronts.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke to try to get to the bottom of why Netflix's sci-fi slate seems to avoid being impressive.

Later in the episode, Wise Elephant Family Health Team lead physician Dr. Sanjeev Goel speaks about biohacking and the SPARK Biohacker Summit in Toronto.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for which movies we should discuss next?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:07am EDT