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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke takes over hosting duties and sits down with telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and reporter Bradley Bennett to discuss Apple's big October hardware event.

Completely the opposite of what Patrick predicted a few weeks ago, Apple revealed a new MacBook Air at the company's October 30th event in New York City. The device comes across as a bit of a Frankenstein laptop, borrowing features from the modern MacBook Pro and the 12-inch Macbook. The team discusses the new laptop's various pros and cons.

The SyrupCast team also chats about the new features coming to the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro, as well as the Mac mini. The new Mac mini came as a bit of a surprise to most, and the team thinks it's an update not everyone is excited about -- though hardcore Apple fans are likely thrilled.

Finally, the discussion turns to whether or not Apple plans to do away with more ports in its various devices. Are we moving towards a fully wireless future like Bradley predicts?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 32:48
Macbook Air: 4:15
iPad Pro: 9:20
Mac mini: 16:20
Shoutouts: 29:20

Patrick gives his shoutout to YouTube finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Sameer's shoutout is to the CRTC, as expected. Finally, Bradley gives his shoutout to all the fallen ports out there.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke discuss Apple's upcoming fall hardware keynote.

Patrick is heading out to Apple's Fall event in New York on October 30th.

There are quite a few devices expected to be revealed at this year's keynote, including a new iPad Pro, an updated MacBook Air, the iPad Mini, the Mac Mini, the AirPower, and second-generation AirPods. Rumours indicate Apple's 2018 iPad Pro will come equipped with USB-C this time around, making Apple's iPhone the only device that still features the companies proprietary Lighting port technology.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:51
Apple Event expectations: 2:15
Air pricing predictions: 13:30
Pat's predictions: 15:00
Shoutouts: 26:15

Igor gives his shoutout to his friend Vanessa's birthday. Patrick gives his shoutout to Call of Duty Black Ops 4's battle royale Blackout mode.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, publisher and founder Ian Hardy, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and RNMKR CEO Corey Herscu discuss the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

If you haven't heard by now, recreational use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. The team digs into the various technology and software solutions that have been popping up around the country in response to the big day.

The team also talks about how to actually buy cannabis online. One of those ways, at least in the province of Ontario, is through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), which was built via a partnership with Canadian e-commerce company Shopify. Over the course of October 17th, the OCS' online store hit 100 orders per minute.

The SyrupCast then looks to the future of cannabis in Canada.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:01
Shoutouts: 31:11

Sameer gives his shoutout to the CRTC's public hearing into aggressive sales practices on October 22nd. Patrick's shoutout is to Shooting Hoops. Finally, Corey's shoutout is to his team at RNMKR Agency.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance technology reporter Josh McConnell, discuss the recent launch of Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. 

This past week, Igor and Josh flew to New York City for the long-anticipated Pixel 3 release keynote. The team wasn't surprised by the smartphone's specs, as nearly everything about the device leaked ahead of its official release date.

The SyrupCast team debates the depth of the Pixel 3's notch and discusses this year's new features, including the smartphone's dual front-facing cameras.

The team then talks about where the Pixel line can go from here. Patrick's take is that this is an iterative step forward for the Pixel 3. Sameer predicts that Google's push for AI will continue. And Josh thinks that we'll see a bit of a design change in the next version of the tech giant's flagship smartphone. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 37:53
Made By Google, Pixel 3 event: 2:00
Shoutouts: 31:10

Igor shouts out the Engadget crew in NYC. Josh gives his shoutout to the MobileSyrup crew. Patrick's shoutout is to Nintendo for adding more games to online services. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is to the federal court and the right to be forgotten.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter and author Peter Nowak discuss everything the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been doing lately.

Last week, the CRTC issued a follow-up decision to the Canada Broadband Fund. Under the regulator's previous chair, Jean-Pierre Blais, the recommended broadband target was set at 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed.

Now the CRTC has halved that number to 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload for rural and remote communities across Canada. Friend of the podcast and telecom journalist Peter Nowak has some thoughts on the matter that he tweeted out last week.

Among other announcements this past week, the CRTC denied the Fairplay Canada coalition on 'jurisdictional grounds.' The team talks about how the CRTC pointed out that there is already a copyright review under way in Parliament that it states is a better fit for the discussion of whether or not to block websites that facilitate piracy.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 38:22
CRTC 25/5: 2:00
Fairplay Canada: 10:00
Shoutouts: 34:30

Igor shouts out the LG G7 One. Peter gives his shoutout to LED lights. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is to Bloomberg's report on The Big Hack.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:05am EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, staff reporter Dean Daley, news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell, discuss the myriad of recent Google product-related leaks.

Over the past few weeks, Google's upcoming product releases have become the focus of numerous leaks.

Whether it's the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, or the tech giant's upcoming Pixelbooks, almost everything about these upcoming devices has already appeared online.

Another device getting people talking about Google's fall event is the Google Home Hub, which has been extensively leaked across various tech websites this week.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime:
Google Pixel leaks: 2:00
Notch debate is still alive: 8:15
Google Pixelbook leaks: 22:40
Shoutouts: 30:20

Igor shouts out Joe Allam. Dean gives his shoutout to Josh and Patrick and their debauchery. Josh's shoutout this week is to Michael Buble's new album 'Love.' And finally, Sameer's shoutout is the CRTC.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

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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 EST

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 EST

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and freelance tech journalist Josh McConnell, discuss all of the announcements from this year's WWDC.

As Patrick returns from covering the events of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, the team sits down to discuss their thoughts on everything that was unveiled.

One notable difference at this year's conference in comparison to past keynotes was the lack of new hardware reveals. Among the new software updates announced during the conference are macOS Mojave, iOS 12 , tvOS 12 and watchOS 5.  

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: 45:02
WWDC: 2:00
Shoutouts: 40:00

Patrick gives his shoutout to Moonlighter, a recently released indie game where you run a store during the day and go adventuring at night. Igor shouts out Patrick and his hard work. Finally, Josh gives a shoutout to the Nintendo Switch.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and telecom editor Rose Behar chat about a new report recently released by the CRTC.

Rose joins the team from Ottawa after attending a media event in Gatineau at the CRTC's head office. The report, requested by the Minister of Heritage and Innovation ahead of reviews of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunication Act, suggested that internet service providers should contribute to media funding in the same way that cable providers do.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Rose gives her shoutout to VIA Rail. Igor shouts out the pipeline deal signed by Justin Trudeau. Finally, Sameer shouts out his podcast, Viewer Experience.

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

Part of what makes HBO's Westworld so appealing to so many different people is how it can be so many different things all at once. It's a show that's simultaneously about artificial intelligence, video games, storytelling, all while being a show that, at its core, is about the wild, wild west.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Rose Behar to attempt to find out what Westworld all about.

Later in the episode, University of Waterloo artificial intelligence professor Dr. Fakhri Karray speaks about AI research taking place in Canada, while British Columbia-based video game developer Raphael van Lierop sheds some insight on the subject of video game design.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

On the SyrupCast this week MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom editor Rose Behar chat about all things Google I/O 2018 related.

This year at Google I/O there were over 100 announcements, with some being more notable than others. The company focused it's efforts on meaningful engagement and digital wellness. Among some of the most exciting reveals were Android P's beta and new updates to Google Assistant. Google also announced Duplex, the company's AI-powered phone call technology, which has many both worried and excited.

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: 34:47
Google I/O: 1:25
Duplex: 9:00
Shoutouts: 28:20

Rose gives her shoutout to Michael Geist's recent article. Igor shouts out the US Senate attempting to over-throw the net neutrality changes.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

Imagine a world without privacy or anonymity, where a totalitarian surveillance state has access to your deepest, darkest secrets.

No, this isn't 2018 and we're not talking about social media, this is the world of Andrew Niccol's Anon.

On this week's podcast, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with managing editor Patrick O'Rourke about their thoughts on Netflix's latest sci-fi flick.

Later on in the episode, Brenda McPhail, the director of the Canada's Civil Liberties Association's privacy, technology and surveillance project sheds some insight into the state of privacy in Canada.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former information and privacy commissioner of Ontario and the director of Ryerson University's Privacy By Design Centre of Excellence, speaks about her theories on privacy by design.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to sameer@mobilesyrup.com.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by telecom editor Rose Behar and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, to chat about the long-awaited LG G7 ThinQ.

LG has announced its next flagship device, the G7 ThinQ, a smartphone that at least at the outset, seems to offer a solid experience -- though there's nothing particularly exciting about it. The phone has been long-awaited amid a flurry of rumours and leaks leading up to its release.

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: 32:25
G7 thoughts: 1:45
Shoutouts: 23:15

Patrick shouts out Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. Rose gives her shoutout to Facebook's newly announced dating feature. Finally, Igor aires a grievance about some not so friendly reader mail.

We record the SyrupCast in Toronto at StartWell.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

This week, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with staff reporter Brad Shankar about Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War.

Later on in the episode, storyboard and concept artist Rob McCallum and Western University media studies professor Tim Blackmore speak about science fiction, the film industry, sci-fi design and why we seem to love the genre.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to sameer@mobilesyrup.com.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by telecom editor Rose Behar, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and Laura Tribe, executive director of Open Media, to talk about Rogers, Telus and Bell's proposals for low-cost, data-only plans.

On previous episodes of the Syrupcast, the team has talked about the pending CRTC decision regarding Wi-Fi-first MVNOs. After the CRTC decided to uphold previous rulings against Wi-Fi-first MVNOs, it requested that existing telecoms offer low-cost data plans. The resulting proposals from the Big Three were released this week to much criticism from consumer groups and the public.

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: 36:17
CRTC decision: 1:38
Shoutouts: 31:25

Sameer shouts out the Supreme Court of Canada. Rose gives her shoutout to Broad band: The Untold Story of Women Who Made the Internet. Laura gives a shoutout to the monkey who took a selfie. Finally, Igor shouts out A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:59am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra to talk about Motorola's new phones and Patrick's look back at the iPhone X six months after the phone's release.

Motorola just announced its 2018 series of mid-range smartphones. The team discusses the strategy behind Motorola releasing so many mid-range smartphones at once, as well as Sameer's experience at the company's G6 and E5 preview event in New York.

On the high-end of the smartphone market, Patrick discusses what it's been like to use the iPhone X for the past six months. His main takeaway is that the gestures he initially found clunky are now so ingrained that he has a hard time using any other smartphone. He also has new thoughts on the look of the phone.

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: 34:43
Moto launch: 1:45
iPhone 10 updated review: 14:40
Shoutouts: 28:00

Sameer shouts out the House of Commons standing committee on access to information privacy and ethics. Patrick gives his shoutout to Nintendo for filing a wireless communication patent for the Switch. Finally, Igor shouts out the movie In The Fade.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

This week, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with telecom and business editor Rose Behar, as well as features editor Igor Bonifacic, about Steven Soderbergh's Unsane.

Later in the episode, filmmaker Nicole Holland, as well as executive producer and director of marketing for Vancouver Film School Christopher Ian Bennett and festival operations manager for the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival Susan Lee-Pierce, discusses smartphone filmmaking and the potential future of cinema.

If you're a victim of stalking, please visit the YWCA as well as the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to sameer@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!

Direct download: VX_EP2_Unsane_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:56am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, telecom editor Rose Behar is joined by podcast producer Robyn Edgar and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, to discuss Facebook's recent privacy issues, as well as the new Sony Xperia XZ2.

Over the course of the past few weeks major privacy issues surrounding Facebook have surfaced. This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a call with journalists to discuss the Cambridge Analytica breach. On the call, Zuckerberg said that the original number of 50 million people affected is actually more in the ballpark of 87 million, 600,000 of those being Canadians.

The team talks about what this means and what's next for Facebook.

Back in the mobile tech space, the team gets into the pros and cons of the brand new flagship smartphone from Sony, the Xperia XZ2. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on all things telecom.

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: 40:55
Facebook Privacy: 1:23
Sony Xperia XZ2: 25:15
Shoutouts: 37:47

Sameer shouts out Daniel Therrian. Rose gives her shoutout to Viewer Experience. Finally, Robyn shouts out her roommate for watching her dog Hewitt.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:42am EST

Believe it or not, we here at MobileSyrup enjoy movies and television almost as much as we love tech.

Whether the subject is Steven Spielberg or Steve Jobs, the iPhone or I, Robot, you can be sure that someone at the MobileSyrup office has an opinion or interesting fact to share. Keeping in line with our love for tech and pop culture, MobileSyrup presents Viewer Experience, a podcast where tech meets pop culture.

Tune in every two weeks for a brand new episode built around a newly released movie or television show and the technology used in it or used to create it. Each episode will discuss a particular movie or television show, the technology involved with it, as well as interesting people doing fascinating things within that particular tech space.

Listener’s note: Viewer Experience isn’t replacing the SyrupCast. For now, they’re just sharing the same space. Eventually you'll be able to subscribe to Viewer Experience separately. 

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:16am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup telecom editor Rose Behar is joined by Globe and Mail telecom reporter Christine Dobby and Financial Post telecom reporter Emily Jackson, to discuss the current state of Canada's telecom environment.

Last week the CRTC released an updated ruling on MVNOs in Canada. The team discusses how this decision impacts Canadians and if it will help drop the cost of phone plans. The team also predicts what the remainder of CRTC chairman Ian Scott's time with the regulatory body will look like and speaks about the new 600MHz auction framework.

The podcast then turns to facilities-based investment. The Big Three feel that since they've put a lot of money into networks, they should solely benefit from them. The smaller providers, on the flip side, feel they should be able to piggy back off of existing infrastructure. With the new MVNO ruling, this discussion is again at the forefront of the telecom scene.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on all things telecom.

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: 44:41
MVNO: 1:00
Facilities-based Investment: 15:00
Shoutouts: 39:00

Emily shouts out the call center operators that have to deal with people trying to better their phone plans. Rose gives her shoutout to Telus and Koodo raising their connection fee. Christine shouts out the podcast Note to Self.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:47am EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, discuss Sidewalk Labs and the recent controversy surrounding Facebook's latest data breach.

People have been voicing concerns related to privacy at Sidewalk Labs, Google's new smart city development project in downtown Toronto. Rose recently spoke with Rohit Aggarwala, Sidewalk Lab's head of urban systems, who discussed the company's intentions and plans behind Sidewalk Labs.

This past week news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a major analytics firm in London, U.K., exploited the data of 50 million Facebook profiles through third-party applications. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has since come out and apologized for the breach, stating that Facebook plans do better in the future when it comes to privacy. The team digs into the story and debates if regulating tech companies like Facebook should be the norm.

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: 30:32
Sidewalk Labs: 1:20
Facebook's Data Breach: 12:30
Shoutouts: 24:30

Igor shouts out his new cat Liam. Rose gives her shoutout to Hot Ones. Patrick shouts out the podcast Blink 155 #GetPatrickonBlink155.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:00am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar, and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, discuss everything CRTC related.

The CRTC is in the process of putting together its program distribution report, of which streaming services will be an important part. Since foreign streaming platforms like Netflix aren't likely to divulge public information about subscribers and revenue, the regulatory body bent the rules and has decided to allow private companies to report confidentially, versus the usual public reporting.

This means that even if Netflix does reveal numbers to the CRTC, Canadians still won't get to see that information. The crew talks about whether or not the CRTC made the right call, and gets into some Civics 101.

Beyond Netflix, the CRTC has also been busy working on a decision regarding Wi-Fi-first MVNOs. If the decision goes through, the wireless market in Canada may be disrupted by low-budget providers.

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: 27:27
CRTC & Netflix: 2:00
CRTC MVNOs: 19:30
Shoutouts: 23:30

Igor shouts out John Chen. Rose gives her shoutout to Qualcomm. Sameer shouts out Innisfil, Ontario.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar, and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke talk about MWC and Samsung's Galaxy S9/S9+.

Very sleep deprived Patrick and Rose are finally back on the ground in Canada after a whirlwind trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The team discusses what MWC is, as well as what some of the biggest stories from this year's show are. Following up on last week's talk about the Samsung Galaxy keynote, the team dives into Patrick's recently published review of the Galaxy S9.

The SyrupCast crew then switches gears and talks about the recently released developer-version of Android P.

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: 30:27
MWC: 1:37
S9: 9:00
Android P: 20:00
Shoutouts: 25:30

Igor shouts out Jon Hopkins. Rose gives her shoutout to her 5G for dummies. Patrick brings the Switch minute back after a hiatus and shouts out Donkey Kongas

We'd also like to thank Frontstream for providing us with a podcast recording space this week. 

Direct download: SyrupCast_161_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:27pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup head of editorial Igor Bonifacic and reporter Sameer Chhabra talk about MWC's various manufacturer keynotes.

At MWC this year, Samsung's spotlight moment was overshadowed by the company's attempt to once again poke fun at Apple and the iPhone X notch. The joke not only fell flat, but also leaves us wondering how Samsung intends to brings its S Series design in to the future.

Also at MWC were numerous discussions related to the feasibility of 5G. The discussions centred around the cost of equipment and how the spectrum will be deployed in different regions around the world.

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: 28:20
Not about the Notch: 1:05
Samsung does ARmoji: 15:00
Shoutouts: 25:00

Sameer gives his shoutout to the Lite Phone 2. Igor shouts out Into The Breach.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom report Sameer Chhabra and YouTube personalities Matt Moniz and Ash Tailor tee up predictions for this year's Mobile World Congress.

After a week off, the SyrupCast is back with predictions for Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC). Rose and Patrick will both be headed to cover MWC 2018 for MobileSyrup.

Leading into this year's MWC, we've already seen leaks for the Samsung's Galaxy S9, but new phones are also expected from ZTE, Asus, Lenovo, Sony, and more.

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: 22:49
Mobile World Congress predictions: 2:00
Shoutouts: 18:56

Sameer gives his shoutout to Rose and Patrick, who are headed to MWC. Ash throws a shoutout to the SyrupCast. Matt gives a shout out to all of the amazing tech journos and youtubers. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Team Canada.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:55am EST

On this week's podcast, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, features editor Igor Bonifacic and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell take a look back at the Nintendo Switch's first year on the market.

The team discusses the great games that have made their way to the system, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart Deluxe, and Splatoon 2.

In the home console-portable hybrid system's second year on the market, the SyrupCast squad wants to see full-fledged online services, a solid line-up of first-party games -- we're hoping to learn more at this year's E3 -- and most importantly, a downloadable game blast from Nintendo's nostalgic past that spans systems ranging from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) all the way up to the Wii.

For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out my recently published editorial about the spectacular first year the system has had.

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: 37:37

Patrick shouts out Rose and Sameer for their hard work covering the Canadian and telecom industry this week; Josh hypes up his favourite day of the year, which is, of course, National Pizza Day; and finally, Igor, bringing things back to a more serious topic, shouts out the movie Call Me By Your Name.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, feature editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, telecom editor Rose Behar, and freelance tech reporter Simon Cohen, discuss recent layoffs at Shaw as well as FairPlay Canada

A group, known as FairPlay Canada, is lobbying the CRTC to begin blocking specific websites known for facilitating piracy. The group is backed by some of Canada's largest carriers, such as Rogers and Bell, leaving some to wonder about the long-term net neutrality implications a shift like this could cause.

This week news also came out that Shaw is attempting to buy out almost half of the company's employees. Nearly 6,500 employees are being offered severance packages, with Shaw claiming that the move is because the telecom giant is moving towards automating customer service. The jobs being bought out however, tell a different story -- it's still unclear what's really going on at Shaw.

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: 37:37
Fair play: 1:30
Shaw buyouts: 18:45
Shoutouts: 31:00

Rose gives her shoutout to Netflix purchasing their first French Canadian film. Patrick throws a shoutout to Mario Kart coming to mobile. Simon gives a shout out to Nicolas Cage being inserted into other movies. Finally, this week Igor shouts out roam like home price increases.

Direct download: SyrupCast157_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, senior editor Igor Bonifacic, senior editor Patrick O'Rourke, senior reporter Rose Behar, and freelance tech journalist Josh McConnell, sit down to talk about Rogers' sales tactics and Josh's recent interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Reports about Rogers' sales practices have resurfaced as multiple employees have come forward with stories about their managers and supervisors pressuring them to “hit sales targets or risk termination.” These reports went further to expose the expectations that employees must up-sell products to unsuspecting customers. Rogers has vehemently denied this portrayal of the company's sales strategies.

Also this week, Josh McConnell -- friend of the podcast and freelance tech journalist -- had the opportunity to interview Apple's CEO Tim Cook during his short (but sweet) visit to Toronto. The team is curious about what the famed CEO is like in person and whether he lives up to the hype.

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: 32:48
Roger's up-selling has gotten out of hand: 1:30
Tim Cook is ripped: 15:30
Shoutouts: 28:34

Josh gives his shoutout to Justin Timberlake's surprise album, dropping song by song. Patrick throws a shoutout to Sea of Thieves. Rose's shoutout is to Call Me By Your Name. Finally, this week Igor shouts out the Toronto Public Library for getting Kanopy.

Direct download: SyrupCast_156_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeTed Kritsonis, and Simon Cohen break the "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" rule and sit down to discuss this year's CES.

This year's CES kicked off the voice-activated assistant war, as well as exciting new developments in the infotainment side of the automotive industry. When the weather was behaving, CES attendees got to see Samsung show off a 146-inch modular TV, Google Assistant made the jump to vehicles, and a wide range of other devices were shown off.

Finally, the team talks also about LG recently discussing the possibility of rebranding G series of smartphones.

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: 37:30
CES: 2:00
Shoutouts: 32:45

Ted gives his shoutout to the Vegas Golden Knights. Patrick throws a shoutout to Nintendo for the Switch being named the fastest selling gaming console in Canada. Finally, this week Igor shouts out All The Money In The World.

Direct download: syrupcast155_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and now free agent, Josh McConnell, are back after a two week holiday break to bring you their opinions about Apple's recent battery fiasco.

Just before the holidays, Apple confirmed that the company does indeed slow down older iPhone models in order to conserve battery quality. Apple fans are especially frustrated that they were not made aware of this feature and that the Cupertino, California based tech giant was forced to reveal that it throttles batteries only after it was uncovered.

Apple has since apologized for its lack of transparency. As a result of the public outcry in response to the revelation, Apple has marked the price of replacement batteries down considerably.

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: 27:52
Apple Battery Scandal: 2:00
Shoutouts: 20:25

Rose gives his shoutout to the first concept phone with a in-screen fingerprint scanner. Josh's shoutout goes to Google Play Music. Patrick throws a shoutout to Mario Tennis Aces. Finally, this week Igor shouts out The Hospital Suite.

Direct download: Syrupcast154_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Sameer Chhabra, and Rose Behar bring you the SyrupCast's end-of-year episode, looking back at the team's favourite tech moments of 2017.

Patrick goes first and talks about -- I'm sure you're surprised -- the Nintendo Switch; Rose's pick is the rise of Freedom Mobile;  Sameer's selection is the CRTC's precedent setting zero rating decision related to Vidéotron. Last, but not least, Igor's pick is the general ambivalence surrounding Samsung's Galaxy Note 8

Tune in to hear the team ring in the New Year!

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: 25:37
Shoutouts: 20:25

Sameer gives his shoutout to MobileSyrup for giving him his first job as a journalist. Rose's shoutout goes to Nancy Drew and HeR Interactive's game update. Patrick throws a shoutout to Nintendo Power coming back as a podcast. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Robyn, the SyrupCast's producer.

Direct download: syrupcast153__final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

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