SyrupCast

This week, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke takes over hosting duties alongside staff writers Bradley Bennett and Jon Lamont. The team sits down to discuss Sonos' new portable Move speaker, the best Android 10 features and Apple's upcoming fall hardware event.

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

Total runtime:  59:07
Shoutouts: 55:00

Direct download: SyrupCast_0905_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and MacRumors editor Joe Rossignol, dig into the latest Apple news.

Apple released two new products this week, the updated the Macbook Air and the entry-level Macbook Pro. The SyrupCast breaks down the new devices and what they mean in the broader context of Apple's laptop lineup.

Apple also discontinued the 12-inch Macbook this week. The team discusses some of the reasons that Apple may have killed this model and whether it's actually that big a loss.

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 commentand you may end up featured in a future episode!

Total runtime: 30:12
Shoutouts: 26:15

Igor gives his shoutout to French Exit by Patrick Dewitt. Patrick sends a shoutout to Switch Lite. Finally, Joe shouts out his fiancé.

Direct download: SyrupCast_202_final2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, staff reporter Jon Lamont, telecom reporter Shruti Shekar, and guest The Globe and Mail telecom reporter Christine Dobby recap the latest developments in competitive pricing regarding Canadian smartphone plans.

This past week, Rogers announced its Infinite Plans starting at $75 CAD for 10GB of high-speed data, with additional unlimited data at a throttled speed of 256Kbps. Other Canadian carriers quickly followed suit with their own promotional plans. Telus initially offered a plan with a flat 15GB for $75, but with no unlimited data.

Next up, Bell launched plans matching Rogers' offering, and then released additional plans to match Telus' deal as well. Finally, Telus released a 'no overage' plan, including the same 10GB of high-speed data for $75, along with faster throttled unlimited data speed at 512Kbps. Smaller carriers such as Eastlink and SaskTel were not far behind in launching or promoting their own versions of unlimited data plans as well.

The team talks about what these plans mean for Canadian consumers. They also take a look back at the last time Canada's largest carriers launched major promotional plans. And finally, the SyrupCast team discusses whether these plans will help or hurt the carriers offering them.

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: 38:52
Shoutouts: 34:55

Igor gives his shoutout to Kawhi Leonard. Shruti sends a shoutout to the Raptors and to Christine. Jon shouts out Bungie. Finally, Christine gives her shoutout to Marc Gasol.

Direct download: SyrupCast201_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacicand MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourkediscuss the announcements from Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Last week, Patrick headed out to Cupertino, California to cover Apple's WWDC on the ground. There were a lot of announcements, but some of the biggest included: the death of iTunes, the creation of an iPad-specific operating system, a new Mac Pro(and a corresponding, pricey display), and of course - iOS 13. Patrick and Igor take time to dig into each of the announcements, whether they thought the updates make sense in the grand scheme of things, and what they are most excited about.

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: 34:23
Shoutouts: 31:45

Igor gives his shoutout to the sequel to Nintendo's Breath of the Wild. Patrick sends a shoutout to the Halo Infinite trailer and to Link's Awakening.

Direct download: Podcast_200_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter, Shruti Shekar is joined by the Editor of The Wire Report, Anja Karadeglija, to do a deep dive into the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review.

For the past few years, the Canadian government has promised to review the Broadcasting Act and the Telecom Act -- both of which date back to the early 1990s. Finally, last year, the government appointed a panel of seven experts to lead a review of this legislation. The panel has been accepting written submissions from various companies and organizations within the media and telecom industries to inform their interim report, which is due to release sometime this month.

Ahead of this anticipated report, Shruti and Anja breakdown the written submissions of a handful of key players. With the exception of Shaw, one thing all of the major companies involved seem to agree on is a Netflix tax.

It's important to note though that the term 'Netflix tax,' could mean multiple things and ranges from whether Netflix should be imposed a sales tax or whether it should contribute part of its revenue into Canadian content.

Shruti and Anja also ask the question, why should we care about a legislative review of the Broadcast and Telecom Acts?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Total runtime: 30:23

Direct download: SyrupCast_199_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporters Bradley Bennett, Jon Lamont and Dean Daley sit down to share their thoughts about the current smartphone market.

Over the last few years, the smartphone industry has evolved significantly. The difference between mid-tier smartphones and flagship devices has diminished considerably.

The SyrupCast team argues that regardless of the make and model of flagship phone these days, you're still going to walk away with a great phone. They also contend that as flagships become increasingly expensive, mid-tier phones might just start taking over the smartphone market.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and their latest recommendations of what phone you should buy.

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: 32:45
Shoutouts: 30:00

Brad gives his shoutout to Anne, his apartment's ghost. Jon gives his shoutout to AMD and their rumoured CPUs. And Dean shouts out the upcoming Nioh 2.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and freelance contributor Ted Kritsonis discuss the announcements from last week's Google I/O.

Google didn't disappoint regarding the announcements coming out of its annual I/O developers conference this year, with the tech giant making many significant announcements. The biggest reveals include the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the Nest Hub coming to Canada, new Android Q features and some impressive updates for Google Assistant.

Igor, Patrick, and Ted talk about how these updates and new technology both fit into the current tech ecosystem.

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: 40:44
Shoutouts: 36:00

Igor gives his shoutout to The Crown. Patrick gives his shoutout to Apex Legends coming to mobile. And Ted shouts out last week's Uber and Lyft strike.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and freelance contributors Bryson Masse and Ted Kritsonis, sit down to discuss Samsung's Galaxy Fold and when we can expect to see the smartphone finally hit the market.

The next frontier in smartphone innovation in the next few years is believed to be foldable devices. Samsung is among the first smartphone manufacturers leading that foldable phone charge. The South Korean company was set to release the Galaxy Fold -- the company's first stab at a consumer-facing foldable device -- on April 26th.

But those ambitions were thwarted when media reviewing the device started to encounter issues with the foldable display. The SyrupCast team points out that this is not the first time a Samsung smartphone has faced hardware issues. As a result of this setback, Samsung has indefinitely postponed the smartphone's official 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: 40:45

Igor gives his shoutout to SPQR by Mary Beard. Patrick gives his shoutout to McDonald's. Ted shouts out both the NHL and NBA playoffs. And Bryson shouts out his iPad Pro.

Direct download: Syrupcast196_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter Shruti Shekar talks to Gregory Taylor, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, about the recent 600 MHz spectrum auction.

When the auction first started last month on March 12th, Shruti spoke with The Globe and Mail telecom reporter Christine Dobby about what Spectrum is and how companies go about acquiring it. Now that the auction is over and has resulted in $3.47 billion CAD, the conversation has shifted.

Shruti and Gregory talk about what companies were awarded spectrum and why one of Canada's biggest telecom providers opted out of purchasing 600MHz altogether. They also dig into whether or not the 600 MHz spectrum will truly benefit rural areas the way it has been touted to.

Tune in to hear their 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: 36:30

Direct download: SyrupCast195_final.mp3
Category:technology, carriers -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter Shruti Shekar, Financial Post telecom reporter Emily Jackson and Yahoo Finance reporter Alicja Siekierska, discuss their recent trip to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Huawei has been in the news a lot lately. The company is at the forefront of developing 5G infrastructure but has also garnered attention recently regarding its legal troubles.

Whether it's the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou back in December of 2018, the charges the U.S. recently brought against Huawei, or the lawsuit the China-based tech giant launched against the U.S. in response, Huawei has been under a lot of scrutiny lately.

Until recently, Huawei has also been a very private operation.

The company rarely speaks to reporters and is generally reluctant to open its doors to the media. Now, in an attempt to regain the public's trust, Huawei invited four Canadian reporters -- Shruti, Emily, and Alicja being three of the four -- to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

The question now is whether Huawei will be able to turn it's PR crisis around and win back the world's trust.

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: 49:15

mily, and Alicja being three of the four -- to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. The question now is whether Huawei will be able to turn it's PR crisis around and win back the world's trust.

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: 49:15

Direct download: SyrupCast194_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and staff reporter Brad Shankar talk about last week's Game Developers Conference (GDC) and the more recent Apple announcements.

At last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google revealed its often-rumoured game streaming platform Stadia. The service will allow users to stream online to any device, regardless of technical specs. The team breaks down the pros and cons of bringing gaming to consumers through a cloud-based streaming platform. Will this be the 'future of gaming' like Google has claimed?

Speaking of streaming, this week Apple held an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, announcing a number of new services. Among those, the most notable was Apple TV+, which will see Apple releasing its own original television shows and movies. The event brought a handful of celebrities out onto the stage to announce some of the upcoming shows for Apple TV+, but the presentation still left viewers disappointed because there were no actual trailers shown.

Patrick's favourite announcement from the Apple Event was Apple Arcade, which brings users a monthly paid subscription model for mobile games. The Syrupcast crew discusses how this could be huge for mobile game developers, as it brings a new monetization model to the industry.

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: 37:40
Google Stadia: 1:37
Apple announcements: 25:15
Shoutouts: 34:40

Igor gives his shoutout to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Patrick gives his shoutout to Apple. And Brad shouts out Cuphead, which is coming to the Switch.

Direct download: SyrupCast_193_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:09pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff writer Shruti Shekar and Globe and Mail telecom report Christine Dobby ask the question, "what is spectrum and why is it important?"

Last week, Canada began auctioning off the 600 MHz spectrum to twelve different players. This spectrum is low-frequency and capable of passing through buildings as well as travelling long distances.

Shruti and Christine discuss how this will allow Canadian carriers to serve rural and urban areas of the country better, especially as 5G becomes available in Canada.

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: 29:29

Direct download: Syrupcast192_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and staff writer Jon Lamont discuss Android Q's first developer beta.

Google recently dropped the first developer beta version of the next version of its mobile operating system, Android Q. The release is only available on all Pixel devices for the time being.Jon installed Android Q on one of the MobileSyrup team's Pixel 3 smartphone to check out what the new operating system has to offer.

At first glance, Jon says that Android Q looks quite similar to Android P. Upon further inspection though, the updates to the OS place an emphasis on various minor improvements, with the most noticeable shift being gesture navigation.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts regarding the changes.

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: 34:45
Shoutouts: 32:30

Igor gives his shoutout to Persian Fire by Tom Holland. Jon gives his shoutout to fellow Mobilesyrup staff writer Bradley Bennett.

Direct download: Syrupcast_191_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and staff writer Dean Daley discuss the latest and greatest in phones following Mobile World Congress and dig into Samsung's new Galaxy S10.

Last week, Dean travelled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. What got everyone excited, including Dean, was all the foldable smartphone technology at the show this year. The (possibly) innovative phones feature a hefty price tag though, with Huawei's Mate X coming in at an outstanding $3,425 CAD. The Syrupcast team discusses how they feel foldable devices will fair in the long term, and whether the foldable displays will stand the test of time.

Another major point of focus at this year's MWC was 5G phones. As countries around the world build out the infrastructure necessary for the next generation in wireless technology, companies are scrambling to release smartphones capable of handling 5G.

Even though there were prototype devices on display at MWC, it's unlikely Canadians will get their hands on them anytime soon given 5G isn't set to start going online in Canada until 2020 at the earliest.

Finally, the team turns to talking about the Samsung Galaxy S10. Patrick, who has spent a few weeks with the phone, explains that the S10 is a great phone that "doesn't really have anything wrong with it" -- as long as you can afford its expensive price tag. You can find a full link to his Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e review here.

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: 33:35
Mobile World Congress: 2:00
5G phones: 17:30
Samsung Galaxy S10: 24:00
Shoutouts: 30:36

Igor gives his shoutout to Tim Apple. Patrick gives his shoutout to Respawn Entertainment's new battle royale game Apex Legends. And Dean shouts out Pokémon Sword and Shield coming to the Switch.

Direct download: SyrupCast_190_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

While U.S.-based streaming giant Netflix's catalogue of original film still leaves quite a bit to be desired, there's respite in knowing that the over-the-top streaming platform's selection of original documentaries continue to impress.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke discuss Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened, and share their opinions on the second major Fyre Festival documentary to debut on a U.S. streaming platform.

Later on the show, Sameer speaks with Toronto-based online content creator Casie Stewart to talk about online influencing, while University of Toronto professor Megan Boler addresses Sameer's questions about the glorious dream of the internet and humanity' digital developments.

In the interest of full disclosure, MobileSyrup recorded an original interview with Boler, and Sameer re-recorded the questions after the fact.

This episode also marks Sameer's last appearance as the host of Viewer Experience.

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?

Send us an email to patrick@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! Facebook.

Direct download: VX_EP_10_Netflix_Fyre_Festival_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and freelance technology journalist Ted Kritsonis talk about CES 2019.

This year's Consumer Electronic's Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was, as always, home to slew of new innovations, particularly in the automotive world and television space. LG even revealed a rollable tv that stows away in a box that doubles as a speaker, with Samsung showing off a more advanced version of its modular microLED television concept. The team also talks about Royole's FlexPai, the first commercially available foldable smartphone.

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: 28:31
CES: 2:00
Shoutouts: 24:40

Igor gives his shoutout to the Ovis. Patrick gives his shoutout to the BreadBot. And Ted shouts out downtown Las Vegas.

Direct download: SYRUPCAST_EP_189_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and freelance technology journalist Ted Kritsonis talk about CES 2019.

This year's Consumer Electronic's Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was, as always, home to slew of new innovations, particularly in the automotive world and television space. LG even revealed a rollable tv that stows away in a box that doubles as a speaker, with Samsung showing off a more advanced version of its modular microLED television concept. The team also talks about Royole's FlexPai, the first commercially available foldable smartphone.

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: 28:31
CES: 2:00
Shoutouts: 24:40

Igor gives his shoutout to the Ovis. Patrick gives his shoutout to the BreadBot. And Ted shouts out downtown Las Vegas.

Direct download: SYRUPCAST_EP_189_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Ted Kritsonis ring in the new year by talking about Apple's updated earnings forecast.

This week, in an updated forecast to investors, Apple predicted their Q1 earnings to be $84 billion USD. This forecast is down $9 billion from the last released numbers due to fewer iPhone upgrades than expected and weak sales in China. The SyrupCast crew discusses possible ways for Apple to bring their numbers back up.

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: 41:15
Shoutouts: 34:50

Igor gives his shoutout to the new episode of Viewer Experience. Patrick gives his shoutout to Moonlighter. And Ted shouts out the tv show Bad Blood.


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch isn't just the latest episode of Charlie Brooker's acclaimed Black Mirror anthology series, it's also a visual novel that represents one of the most public Netflix experiments ever deployed.

The film tells the story of a young programmer who finds himself in a strange reality loop while attempting to build a choose-your-own-adventure video game based on a fictional choose-your-own-adventure novel called Bandersnatch.

This week, MobileSyrup reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and staff reporter/video producer Shruti Shekar about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Later in the episode, Mike MacDonald, an author of the Choose Your Own Misery series of choose-your-own-adventure novels (and a former colleague of MobileSyrup's own Patrick O'Rourke), speaks about what it's like writing narratives that depend on continuous reader input.

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? 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! Facebook.

Direct download: VX_EP_9_Black_Mirror_Bandersnatch_Jan.2.2019_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

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