SyrupCast

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

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