SyrupCast

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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