SyrupCast (general)

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.

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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.

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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

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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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This week on the SyrupCast, Sameer Chhabra, Igor Bonifacic, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss how the Pixel 2 has behaved in the field since its release, specifically Japan, and the 2017 communications monitoring report for broadcast content.

Igor spent the last two weeks in Japan and had the Pixel 2 along with him along for the ride. While he was traveling he had the chance to use the state of the art smartphone camera to take snap some photos. He was especially impressed with the Pixel 2's ability to take night photos. You can find some of those images here.

This week saw the CRTC released the 2017 Communications Monitoring Report for Broadcast Content. The report discussed the average data usage by Canadians, which was surprisingly low coming in at 1.2 GB per month. Most Canadians however have plans that are allotting them quite a bit more data than the average user needs.

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: 37:07
Pixel 2 in the field: 1:40
CRTC report: 18:45
Shoutouts: 28:55

Patrick shouts out Hulu coming to the Switch. Sameer sends a shoutout to Kenyan village of Metipso and their live broadcast. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Roy "Doc" Halladay.

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On this episode of the Syrupcast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicJessica Vomiero and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by renowned Canadian tech journalist, Peter Nowak, who comes on the podcast to discuss the CRTC's stance on net neutrality.

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On this episode of the SyrupCast, we bid farewell to Rogers CEO Guy Laurence. The MobileSyrup crew, including Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, Ian Hardy, and Igor Bonifacic speculate on what this change in leadership may mean for the Canadian telecom giant.

The team also discusses the rumours circling Apple's upcoming Macbook Pro redesign and the current uncertainty surrounding the often-rumoured Apple car. We also take a deep dive into Tesla making the move to release fully autonomous cars across all of its models

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Jessica Vomiero and Ian Hardy

Duration: 36:08

We all discuss Guy Lawrence: 0:55

Zach Gilbert run down of next week: 13:44

Everyone talks Mac rumours: 14:35

Jessica talks Apple Car: 17:50

Tesla graveyard and autonomous cars: 20:00

Canada recruits students: 25:20

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