SyrupCast (technology)

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Dean Daley, and Brad Shankar discuss their favourite games released over the course of 2017. As the year is winding down, the team felt it would be appropriate to reflect on their favourite games of 2017.

Fair warning though dear listeners, this week's episode contains Spoilers. 

Patrick goes first and selects The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Destiny 2 and Splatoon 2. Dean picks Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Nioh. Brad's selections are Persona 5, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Last, but not least, Igor picks Hollow Knight and Prey.

The team also dives into their most surprising and most disappoint games of the year.

Tune in to find out which games the SyrupCast team picked.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Brad Shankar and Patrick O'Rourke 

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: 42:58
Favourite games of 2017 discussion: 1:43
Shoutouts: 35:17

Brad gives his shoutout to Significant Zero. Dean's shoutout goes to PlayStation. Patrick throws a shoutout to Reigns: Her Majesty. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Rose, who is in Hawaii covering Qualcomm.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:13pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, and Sameer Chhabra discuss the CRTC's recently officially mandated smartphone unlocking fee ban.

It's now December 1st and this means that in Canada, carriers are no longer able to charge a fee to unlock customer's phones. The CRTC ruling to ban unlocking fees was initial revealed back in June, but the actual start date wasn't immediate.

Now, however, carriers are required to assist customers when it comes to unlocking their phones, free of charge; regardless of whether the phone is newly purchased, or if it's a device you've had for years.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra and Patrick O'Rourke 

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: 45:40
Unlocking fees: 1:20
Listener questions: 26:00
Shoutouts: 38:30

Sameer's shoutout goes to InstaRyde. Rose is talking about the Jim Beam smart decanter. Patrick's shoutout is dedicated to Super Mario cereal. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to the books of Kazuo Ishiguro.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Sameer Chhabra discuss the iPhone coming to Freedom and the latest Net Neutrality news from South of the border.

Starting on November 24th, Freedom Mobile will begin taking preorders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, all of which are now compatible with their networks. The team breaks down what the plans look like and what that could mean for the Canadian carrier market.

In the United States this week, Turkey was being served with a side of FCC proposals that would do away with net neutrality. Luckily, Canada is still steadfast in it's support of keeping the internet fair for all.

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: 31:51
iPhone goes free: 1:40
Net Neutrality in the States: 15:48
Shoutouts: 27:43

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke sit down to talk about the One Plus 5T and a recent interview with Ian Scott, the CRTC's recently appointed chair.

The team is not exactly over-the-moon with the One Plus 5T, but they were even less enthused about the device's reveal presentation. Reflecting on the 5T's various features also brought the Pixel 2 back into the conversation. The team dives into the latest reports related to the smartphone's display issues.

This week, Sameer conducted an interview with the CRTC's new chair Ian Scott following his first public speech. Among other things, the new chair said he is "neither pro-business nor pro-consumer."

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Sameer Chhabra, Igor BonifacicRose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke

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: 39:48
One Plus 5T: 1:40
CRTC Ian Scott interview: 20:00
Shoutouts: 33:09

Sameer's shoutout goes to the TrudeauMeter. Rose is talking about Bell and their roaming package. Patrick gives a shoutout to Amazon for launching the Echo in Canada. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to his hair dresser and her book shelf for recommending The Underwater Welder.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:17am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Brad Shankar, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss the iPhone X now that the team actually has one in the office, as well as theXbox One X.

Patrick, in an impressive feat of journalism, flew to New York this week to pick up the iPhone X for an initial impressions review he completed in less than 24 hours. The team discusses what it is like to use an Apple interface with no home button and the intricacies of Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition authentication system. 

Moving on the the other X product that dropped this week. Microsoft's Xbox One X has officially hit the shelves. The console, which boasts true 4K capabilities, is also capable of running previous Xbox One games, which ensures that consumers won't be left scrambling to buy all new games.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Brad Shankar,Rose Behar,Sameer Chhabra and Patrick O'Rourke

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: 43:33
iPhone X: 1:25
Xbox One X: 18:40
Shoutouts: 36:40

Brad's shoutout is dedicated to the MobileSyrup team for pulling extra weight while Igor is getting big in Japan. Patrick shouts out the original Xbox games that are compatible with the new console. Sameer sends a shoutout to all of the Canadian agencies that helped with his recent story (and his Mom). Finally, Rose's shoutout goes to Razer phone.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:10am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Ian Hardy, Rose Behar, Dean Daley, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss two of the year's most highly anticipated phones; the recently released Pixel 2XL, and the iPhone X.

Earlier this week was saw reports that the Pixel 2 XL's POLED screen is suffering from display burn-in issues. Problems like this usually pop up following years of usage, but the issues with the Pixel 2 XL's display are appearing just days after purchasing the device.

Note: This weeks' SyrupCast was recorded prior to Google stating that the company plans to release a software update that will mitigate the screen burn-in problem the Pixel 2 XL suffers from.

Speaking of manufacturing issues -- Google isn't the only company with supply chain problems. Apple is reportedly having difficulty sourcing specific parts for the upcoming iPhone X. The phone makes use of new Face ID authentication technology that is difficult to manufacture to the accuracy necessary for reliable functionality.

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: 31:48
Pixel 2XL screens: 1:30
iPhone X is extra exclusive: 13:40
Shoutouts: 26:00

Rose's shoutout is to Freedom Mobile's expansion to other devices. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Super Mario Odyssey being released. Ian gives a shoutout to Ted Rogers. Finally, Dean's shoutout goes to Sameer for getting his Masters degree.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss their thoughts on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The team also weighs in on the announcement that Alphabet is investing in Toronto.

Rose and Patrick both had the opportunity to review the brand new Pixel phones this week. The two chime in to give the team a well-rounded perspective on the updates to Google's new flagship smartphone.

Toronto is putting a bid in to bring the city into the future. Not only is Alphabet staking a claim to making Toronto a smart city, the #6ix is also doing its best to attract Amazon's HQ2. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks getting a new Amazon headquarters is what Toronto 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!

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 37:33
Pixel 2: 1:45
To Amazon or not to Amazon?: 17:00
Shoutouts: 31:47

Rose's shoutout is dedicated to Sameer since it is his birthday. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out some new Switch updates. Sameer sends a shoutout to Tony Lacavera and Bruce Croxon for their help with quotes in recent stories. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Moto X4.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke break down the details of roaming with Canadian cell phones. The team is constantly on the road for press events, so they have a few tips and tricks up their sleeves to share with you.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team discuss their favourite roaming options, what services might cost you a surprising amount, and their thoughts on how roaming could be made better.

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!

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 34:47
Shoutouts: 28:24

Rose is talking about The Swift Life. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Nintendo creating a Gameboy mini. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Blade Runner 2049

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis to talk about Google's Pixel event and all things Sonos.

The team does a deep dive into Google's recently revealed Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Among the other announcements at the Google event were Google's Pixelbook, an updated Daydream View updates, and the Google Home Mini.

Ted, who literally just touched down in Toronto following his trip to New York for Sonos' recent event, shares his thoughts on the newly announced Sonos One. The device features Amazon Alexa integration with Google Assistant functionality coming soon, making it one of the most versatile speakers out there.

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!

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Ted Kristonis

Total runtime: 36:22
Google Event announcements: 1:44
Sonos One: 25:55
Shoutouts: 30:55

Ted shouts out Sonos for opening up it's platforms and being set at a reasonable price. Rose is talking about Brad's mixed reality hands on. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Stardew Valley and Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime both coming to the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Chance the Rapper.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:55am EST

This week on the SyrupCast Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss Netflix's announcement to dedicate half a billion dollars to Canadian content.

Canadian heritage minister Mélanie Joly revealed the new deal with the American streaming giant that will see Netflix develop a Canadian production 'presence' and contribute $500 million to Canadian content over the next five years.

It has yet to be revealed if the deal will entail a Canadian office and whether it will affect the tax status for the service in Canada. Reactions from Canada's media providers are mixed, but more details about Netflix's deal with the Canadian government still needs to be revealed.

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!

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke 

Total runtime: 35:28
Netflix commits to CanCon: 1:30
Shoutouts: 28:20

Rose is talking about Bell Canada's suggestion at the NAFTA meeting. Patrick is shouting out the Sphero mini. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Sony for their decision to abandon OmniBalance design.

Direct download: SyrupCast140_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:57pm EST