SyrupCast (technology)

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke takes over hosting duties and sits down with telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and reporter Bradley Bennett to discuss Apple's big October hardware event.

Completely the opposite of what Patrick predicted a few weeks ago, Apple revealed a new MacBook Air at the company's October 30th event in New York City. The device comes across as a bit of a Frankenstein laptop, borrowing features from the modern MacBook Pro and the 12-inch Macbook. The team discusses the new laptop's various pros and cons.

The SyrupCast team also chats about the new features coming to the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro, as well as the Mac mini. The new Mac mini came as a bit of a surprise to most, and the team thinks it's an update not everyone is excited about -- though hardcore Apple fans are likely thrilled.

Finally, the discussion turns to whether or not Apple plans to do away with more ports in its various devices. Are we moving towards a fully wireless future like Bradley predicts?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 32:48
Macbook Air: 4:15
iPad Pro: 9:20
Mac mini: 16:20
Shoutouts: 29:20

Patrick gives his shoutout to YouTube finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Sameer's shoutout is to the CRTC, as expected. Finally, Bradley gives his shoutout to all the fallen ports out there.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke discuss Apple's upcoming fall hardware keynote.

Patrick is heading out to Apple's Fall event in New York on October 30th.

There are quite a few devices expected to be revealed at this year's keynote, including a new iPad Pro, an updated MacBook Air, the iPad Mini, the Mac Mini, the AirPower, and second-generation AirPods. Rumours indicate Apple's 2018 iPad Pro will come equipped with USB-C this time around, making Apple's iPhone the only device that still features the companies proprietary Lighting port technology.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:51
Apple Event expectations: 2:15
Air pricing predictions: 13:30
Pat's predictions: 15:00
Shoutouts: 26:15

Igor gives his shoutout to his friend Vanessa's birthday. Patrick gives his shoutout to Call of Duty Black Ops 4's battle royale Blackout mode.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, publisher and founder Ian Hardy, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and RNMKR CEO Corey Herscu discuss the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

If you haven't heard by now, recreational use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. The team digs into the various technology and software solutions that have been popping up around the country in response to the big day.

The team also talks about how to actually buy cannabis online. One of those ways, at least in the province of Ontario, is through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), which was built via a partnership with Canadian e-commerce company Shopify. Over the course of October 17th, the OCS' online store hit 100 orders per minute.

The SyrupCast then looks to the future of cannabis in Canada.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:01
Shoutouts: 31:11

Sameer gives his shoutout to the CRTC's public hearing into aggressive sales practices on October 22nd. Patrick's shoutout is to Shooting Hoops. Finally, Corey's shoutout is to his team at RNMKR Agency.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance technology reporter Josh McConnell, discuss the recent launch of Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. 

This past week, Igor and Josh flew to New York City for the long-anticipated Pixel 3 release keynote. The team wasn't surprised by the smartphone's specs, as nearly everything about the device leaked ahead of its official release date.

The SyrupCast team debates the depth of the Pixel 3's notch and discusses this year's new features, including the smartphone's dual front-facing cameras.

The team then talks about where the Pixel line can go from here. Patrick's take is that this is an iterative step forward for the Pixel 3. Sameer predicts that Google's push for AI will continue. And Josh thinks that we'll see a bit of a design change in the next version of the tech giant's flagship smartphone. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 37:53
Made By Google, Pixel 3 event: 2:00
Shoutouts: 31:10

Igor shouts out the Engadget crew in NYC. Josh gives his shoutout to the MobileSyrup crew. Patrick's shoutout is to Nintendo for adding more games to online services. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is to the federal court and the right to be forgotten.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter and author Peter Nowak discuss everything the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been doing lately.

Last week, the CRTC issued a follow-up decision to the Canada Broadband Fund. Under the regulator's previous chair, Jean-Pierre Blais, the recommended broadband target was set at 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed.

Now the CRTC has halved that number to 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload for rural and remote communities across Canada. Friend of the podcast and telecom journalist Peter Nowak has some thoughts on the matter that he tweeted out last week.

Among other announcements this past week, the CRTC denied the Fairplay Canada coalition on 'jurisdictional grounds.' The team talks about how the CRTC pointed out that there is already a copyright review under way in Parliament that it states is a better fit for the discussion of whether or not to block websites that facilitate piracy.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 38:22
CRTC 25/5: 2:00
Fairplay Canada: 10:00
Shoutouts: 34:30

Igor shouts out the LG G7 One. Peter gives his shoutout to LED lights. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is to Bloomberg's report on The Big Hack.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:05am EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, staff reporter Dean Daley, news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell, discuss the myriad of recent Google product-related leaks.

Over the past few weeks, Google's upcoming product releases have become the focus of numerous leaks.

Whether it's the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, or the tech giant's upcoming Pixelbooks, almost everything about these upcoming devices has already appeared online.

Another device getting people talking about Google's fall event is the Google Home Hub, which has been extensively leaked across various tech websites this week.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime:
Google Pixel leaks: 2:00
Notch debate is still alive: 8:15
Google Pixelbook leaks: 22:40
Shoutouts: 30:20

Igor shouts out Joe Allam. Dean gives his shoutout to Josh and Patrick and their debauchery. Josh's shoutout this week is to Michael Buble's new album 'Love.' And finally, Sameer's shoutout is the CRTC.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing Patrick O'Rourke, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell recap Apple's recent fall hardware event.

If you listened to last week's episode, you'd know that the team predicted what they expected to see at the annual keynote. Leaks indicated that the Apple had plans to add a larger display to the Series 4 Apple Watch. It turns out that the wearable's screen gained a substantial 30 percent, resulting in a shift that the team feels is a significant improvement to the Apple Watch.

The updated iPhone XS and XS Max, on the other hand, are more iterative and have the team considerably less thrilled, with the entry-level iPhone XR being the most compelling new announcement to come out of the event. The XR still includes the majority of the XS' and XS Max's most exciting features but includes a colourful body and a more affordable price tag.

As was mentioned last week, it seems Apple will likely hold an additional fall event focused on an updated MacBook Air, second-generation AirPods and a new iPad Pro.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 41:27
Apple event rundown: 2:00
Shoutouts: 35:50

Igor shouts out 71. Patrick gives his shoutout to the MobileSyrup team. Josh's shoutout this week is to Jack Ryan. And finally, Sameer's shoutout is Uber and their investment in Toronto.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, along with freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell and MacRumors tech reporter Joe Rossigno, discuss what they expect to see at Apple's upcoming September 12th fall hardware event.

As far as leaks go, we will almost certainly catch a glimpse of the rumoured iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The team also expects to see the Apple Watch Series 4, a new version of Apple's smartwatch that's tipped to feature a larger display and smaller bezels.

Further, the team doesn't think that the new MacBook Air will debut at next week's event. A bold prediction is that Apple could hold an additional keynote in October like the company did back in 2016 to reveal a revamped MacBook Air and new version of the iPad Pro.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 35:23
iPhone XS: 2:00
Apple Watch 4: 16:20
Macbook Air: 21:10
Shoutouts: 29:14

Igor shouts out Daniel Bader and his wife and their new baby. Patrick brings back the 'Switch Minute' and shoutouts Into The Breach. Josh's shoutout this week is to National Cheese Pizza Day. And finally, Joe shouts out everyone living in the '905'.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and staff writer Jon Lamont, catch up on the last three week's worth of mobile news.

The Galaxy Note 9 has the team talking smart phone pricing expectations and what Samsung's latest smartphone means for the future of iterative smartphone updates. The Note 9, starting at an expensive $1299 CAD, has the team questioning how expensive smartphone prices will get in the coming years.

An added feature to this iteration of the Note series is the S Pen's Bluetooth-enabled photo snapping functionality. You can now use the Note 9's S Pen as a shutter button, which the team argues is not enough of a draw to spend $1299 on a phone. That said, the Note 9 also features significant hardware updates, including a Snapdragon 845 Processor and 8GB of RAM in the 512GB version of the smartphone.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 44:31
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 1:30
Shoutouts: 34:30

Igor shouts out the book Creativity Inc. Patrick brings back the Switch Minute and gives his shoutout to Octopath Traveler. Sameer's shoutout this week is to Voice Inc. And finally, Jon's shoutout is sent out to Discord.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:15am EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and PHD student at Carlton University Ben Klass, talk about all the telecom and mobile news from the past two weeks.

Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, replacing Melanie Jolie, Canadian Heritage Minister, with Pablo Rodriguez. The team discusses what they think the change will mean for Canadians.

Also in the last two weeks mobile overage rates have gone up again. Ben Klass joins the podcast to discuss the impact of these increases.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 34:01
New minister: 2:00
Increased rates: 6:00
5G: 21:00
Shoutouts: 30:20

Ben gives his shoutout to his sister Rebecca, who just ran an olympic-length triathlon. Rose gives her shoutout to all of the reader's of MobileSyrup. Igor shouts out Rose and her work at MobileSyrup.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

Tau is yet another Netlfix science fiction film with an interesting, important core idea but a disappointingly shoddy execution.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speakers with MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic about Federico D'Alessandro's Tau.

Later in the episode, Lex Gill, a research fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, speaks about digital profiling and the ways in which our digital footprints are being used to target us.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra discuss the latest TCL-made BlackBerry branded smartphone, the KEY2.

The KEY2 brings all of the features that BlackBerry fans have to come to expect from the partnership between the former smartphone giant and TCL. However, the smartphone's price tag lands squarely in flagship territory, making the KEY2 a tough sell in a hyper-competitive industry, especially considering its processor is only a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 17:23
Blackberry Key 2: 1:30
Shoutouts: 14:05

Sameer gives his shoutout to Justice Kennedy. Igor shouts out Viewer Experience.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

What makes Incredibles 2 so fascinating is how intimately aware it is of the current state of politics in the world. It's a movie set in the 1960s that somehow manages to address the conversations about feminism, gun control and identity that are taking place today. All that, and it also manages to cram in a story about screen addiction as well.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup news and telecom editor Rose Behar about Brad Bird's Incredibles 2.

Later in the episode, Fardous Hosseiny -- national director of public policy and government relations at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) -- sheds some insight on the subjects of internet, video game and screen addiction.

For more information about the resources offered at the CMHA, visit the Centre's problematic internet use website.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra are joined by Ben Klass to discuss his recent proposal to the CRTC.

Recently, Canadian carriers released information on low-cost, data-only plans for Canadians. The plans left a lot to be desired.

Last week, a report filed by telecom analyst Ben Klass and professor of communication studies at Carleton University, Dwayne Winseck, proposed an alternate plan for low-cost, data-only rates. The proposal, called the 'CRTC flex plan,' suggests that people should be able to access a small amount of data (250 Mb) for $5, along with larger amounts of data at market prices.

Additionally, the crew discusses the federal government's recent order for the CRTC to investigate high-pressure sales at Canada's largest carriers.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on the matter.

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Total runtime: 30:57
CRTC Flex Plans: 2:00

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:45am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Brad Shankar, and Bradley Bennett sit down to chat their favourite games from this year's E3.

Patrick's picks are The Last of Us Part 2, Halo Infinite, and Skull & Bones. Brad chooses to highlight Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Bradley selects Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76, and Sea of Solitude. Finally, Igor takes note of Ghost of Tsushima, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Sable.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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Total runtime: 39:02
Gaming galore: 2:45
Shoutouts: 31:30

Patrick gives his shoutout to Fortnite for the Switch. Igor shouts out Grime Fandango. Brad gives a shoutout to The Incredibles 2, and finally, Bradley gives a shoutout toRed Dead Redemption 2.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

A movie with a solid idea, but a relatively weak execution, Netflix's The Titan might just be the first movie that Viewer Experience is unable to recommend. It's a movie that's about biohacking, genetic engineering and space exploration, but that fails to deliver on almost all of those fronts.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke to try to get to the bottom of why Netflix's sci-fi slate seems to avoid being impressive.

Later in the episode, Wise Elephant Family Health Team lead physician Dr. Sanjeev Goel speaks about biohacking and the SPARK Biohacker Summit in Toronto.

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?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:07am EST

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and freelance tech journalist Josh McConnell, discuss all of the announcements from this year's WWDC.

As Patrick returns from covering the events of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, the team sits down to discuss their thoughts on everything that was unveiled.

One notable difference at this year's conference in comparison to past keynotes was the lack of new hardware reveals. Among the new software updates announced during the conference are macOS Mojave, iOS 12 , tvOS 12 and watchOS 5.  

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: 45:02
WWDC: 2:00
Shoutouts: 40:00

Patrick gives his shoutout to Moonlighter, a recently released indie game where you run a store during the day and go adventuring at night. Igor shouts out Patrick and his hard work. Finally, Josh gives a shoutout to the Nintendo Switch.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and telecom editor Rose Behar chat about a new report recently released by the CRTC.

Rose joins the team from Ottawa after attending a media event in Gatineau at the CRTC's head office. The report, requested by the Minister of Heritage and Innovation ahead of reviews of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunication Act, suggested that internet service providers should contribute to media funding in the same way that cable providers do.

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!

Rose gives her shoutout to VIA Rail. Igor shouts out the pipeline deal signed by Justin Trudeau. Finally, Sameer shouts out his podcast, Viewer Experience.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Part of what makes HBO's Westworld so appealing to so many different people is how it can be so many different things all at once. It's a show that's simultaneously about artificial intelligence, video games, storytelling, all while being a show that, at its core, is about the wild, wild west.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Rose Behar to attempt to find out what Westworld all about.

Later in the episode, University of Waterloo artificial intelligence professor Dr. Fakhri Karray speaks about AI research taking place in Canada, while British Columbia-based video game developer Raphael van Lierop sheds some insight on the subject of video game design.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

On the SyrupCast this week MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom editor Rose Behar chat about all things Google I/O 2018 related.

This year at Google I/O there were over 100 announcements, with some being more notable than others. The company focused it's efforts on meaningful engagement and digital wellness. Among some of the most exciting reveals were Android P's beta and new updates to Google Assistant. Google also announced Duplex, the company's AI-powered phone call technology, which has many both worried and excited.

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: 34:47
Google I/O: 1:25
Duplex: 9:00
Shoutouts: 28:20

Rose gives her shoutout to Michael Geist's recent article. Igor shouts out the US Senate attempting to over-throw the net neutrality changes.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

Imagine a world without privacy or anonymity, where a totalitarian surveillance state has access to your deepest, darkest secrets.

No, this isn't 2018 and we're not talking about social media, this is the world of Andrew Niccol's Anon.

On this week's podcast, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with managing editor Patrick O'Rourke about their thoughts on Netflix's latest sci-fi flick.

Later on in the episode, Brenda McPhail, the director of the Canada's Civil Liberties Association's privacy, technology and surveillance project sheds some insight into the state of privacy in Canada.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former information and privacy commissioner of Ontario and the director of Ryerson University's Privacy By Design Centre of Excellence, speaks about her theories on privacy by design.

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by telecom editor Rose Behar and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, to chat about the long-awaited LG G7 ThinQ.

LG has announced its next flagship device, the G7 ThinQ, a smartphone that at least at the outset, seems to offer a solid experience -- though there's nothing particularly exciting about it. The phone has been long-awaited amid a flurry of rumours and leaks leading up to its 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: 32:25
G7 thoughts: 1:45
Shoutouts: 23:15

Patrick shouts out Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. Rose gives her shoutout to Facebook's newly announced dating feature. Finally, Igor aires a grievance about some not so friendly reader mail.

We record the SyrupCast in Toronto at StartWell.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

This week, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with staff reporter Brad Shankar about Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War.

Later on in the episode, storyboard and concept artist Rob McCallum and Western University media studies professor Tim Blackmore speak about science fiction, the film industry, sci-fi design and why we seem to love the genre.

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by telecom editor Rose Behar, telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra and Laura Tribe, executive director of Open Media, to talk about Rogers, Telus and Bell's proposals for low-cost, data-only plans.

On previous episodes of the Syrupcast, the team has talked about the pending CRTC decision regarding Wi-Fi-first MVNOs. After the CRTC decided to uphold previous rulings against Wi-Fi-first MVNOs, it requested that existing telecoms offer low-cost data plans. The resulting proposals from the Big Three were released this week to much criticism from consumer groups and the public.

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: 36:17
CRTC decision: 1:38
Shoutouts: 31:25

Sameer shouts out the Supreme Court of Canada. Rose gives her shoutout to Broad band: The Untold Story of Women Who Made the Internet. Laura gives a shoutout to the monkey who took a selfie. Finally, Igor shouts out A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:59am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra to talk about Motorola's new phones and Patrick's look back at the iPhone X six months after the phone's release.

Motorola just announced its 2018 series of mid-range smartphones. The team discusses the strategy behind Motorola releasing so many mid-range smartphones at once, as well as Sameer's experience at the company's G6 and E5 preview event in New York.

On the high-end of the smartphone market, Patrick discusses what it's been like to use the iPhone X for the past six months. His main takeaway is that the gestures he initially found clunky are now so ingrained that he has a hard time using any other smartphone. He also has new thoughts on the look of the phone.

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: 34:43
Moto launch: 1:45
iPhone 10 updated review: 14:40
Shoutouts: 28:00

Sameer shouts out the House of Commons standing committee on access to information privacy and ethics. Patrick gives his shoutout to Nintendo for filing a wireless communication patent for the Switch. Finally, Igor shouts out the movie In The Fade.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

This week, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with telecom and business editor Rose Behar, as well as features editor Igor Bonifacic, about Steven Soderbergh's Unsane.

Later in the episode, filmmaker Nicole Holland, as well as executive producer and director of marketing for Vancouver Film School Christopher Ian Bennett and festival operations manager for the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival Susan Lee-Pierce, discusses smartphone filmmaking and the potential future of cinema.

If you're a victim of stalking, please visit the YWCA as well as the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? 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!

Direct download: VX_EP2_Unsane_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:56am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, telecom editor Rose Behar is joined by podcast producer Robyn Edgar and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, to discuss Facebook's recent privacy issues, as well as the new Sony Xperia XZ2.

Over the course of the past few weeks major privacy issues surrounding Facebook have surfaced. This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a call with journalists to discuss the Cambridge Analytica breach. On the call, Zuckerberg said that the original number of 50 million people affected is actually more in the ballpark of 87 million, 600,000 of those being Canadians.

The team talks about what this means and what's next for Facebook.

Back in the mobile tech space, the team gets into the pros and cons of the brand new flagship smartphone from Sony, the Xperia XZ2. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on all things telecom.

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: 40:55
Facebook Privacy: 1:23
Sony Xperia XZ2: 25:15
Shoutouts: 37:47

Sameer shouts out Daniel Therrian. Rose gives her shoutout to Viewer Experience. Finally, Robyn shouts out her roommate for watching her dog Hewitt.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:42am EST

Believe it or not, we here at MobileSyrup enjoy movies and television almost as much as we love tech.

Whether the subject is Steven Spielberg or Steve Jobs, the iPhone or I, Robot, you can be sure that someone at the MobileSyrup office has an opinion or interesting fact to share. Keeping in line with our love for tech and pop culture, MobileSyrup presents Viewer Experience, a podcast where tech meets pop culture.

Tune in every two weeks for a brand new episode built around a newly released movie or television show and the technology used in it or used to create it. Each episode will discuss a particular movie or television show, the technology involved with it, as well as interesting people doing fascinating things within that particular tech space.

Listener’s note: Viewer Experience isn’t replacing the SyrupCast. For now, they’re just sharing the same space. Eventually you'll be able to subscribe to Viewer Experience separately. 

 

Direct download: VX_EP_1_ReadyPlayerOne_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:16am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup telecom editor Rose Behar is joined by Globe and Mail telecom reporter Christine Dobby and Financial Post telecom reporter Emily Jackson, to discuss the current state of Canada's telecom environment.

Last week the CRTC released an updated ruling on MVNOs in Canada. The team discusses how this decision impacts Canadians and if it will help drop the cost of phone plans. The team also predicts what the remainder of CRTC chairman Ian Scott's time with the regulatory body will look like and speaks about the new 600MHz auction framework.

The podcast then turns to facilities-based investment. The Big Three feel that since they've put a lot of money into networks, they should solely benefit from them. The smaller providers, on the flip side, feel they should be able to piggy back off of existing infrastructure. With the new MVNO ruling, this discussion is again at the forefront of the telecom scene.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on all things telecom.

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: 44:41
MVNO: 1:00
Facilities-based Investment: 15:00
Shoutouts: 39:00

Emily shouts out the call center operators that have to deal with people trying to better their phone plans. Rose gives her shoutout to Telus and Koodo raising their connection fee. Christine shouts out the podcast Note to Self.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:47am EST

This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, discuss Sidewalk Labs and the recent controversy surrounding Facebook's latest data breach.

People have been voicing concerns related to privacy at Sidewalk Labs, Google's new smart city development project in downtown Toronto. Rose recently spoke with Rohit Aggarwala, Sidewalk Lab's head of urban systems, who discussed the company's intentions and plans behind Sidewalk Labs.

This past week news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a major analytics firm in London, U.K., exploited the data of 50 million Facebook profiles through third-party applications. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has since come out and apologized for the breach, stating that Facebook plans do better in the future when it comes to privacy. The team digs into the story and debates if regulating tech companies like Facebook should be the norm.

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: 30:32
Sidewalk Labs: 1:20
Facebook's Data Breach: 12:30
Shoutouts: 24:30

Igor shouts out his new cat Liam. Rose gives her shoutout to Hot Ones. Patrick shouts out the podcast Blink 155 #GetPatrickonBlink155.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:00am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar, and managing editor Patrick O'Rourke talk about MWC and Samsung's Galaxy S9/S9+.

Very sleep deprived Patrick and Rose are finally back on the ground in Canada after a whirlwind trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The team discusses what MWC is, as well as what some of the biggest stories from this year's show are. Following up on last week's talk about the Samsung Galaxy keynote, the team dives into Patrick's recently published review of the Galaxy S9.

The SyrupCast crew then switches gears and talks about the recently released developer-version of Android P.

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: 30:27
MWC: 1:37
S9: 9:00
Android P: 20:00
Shoutouts: 25:30

Igor shouts out Jon Hopkins. Rose gives her shoutout to her 5G for dummies. Patrick brings the Switch minute back after a hiatus and shouts out Donkey Kongas

We'd also like to thank Frontstream for providing us with a podcast recording space this week. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:27pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup head of editorial Igor Bonifacic and reporter Sameer Chhabra talk about MWC's various manufacturer keynotes.

At MWC this year, Samsung's spotlight moment was overshadowed by the company's attempt to once again poke fun at Apple and the iPhone X notch. The joke not only fell flat, but also leaves us wondering how Samsung intends to brings its S Series design in to the future.

Also at MWC were numerous discussions related to the feasibility of 5G. The discussions centred around the cost of equipment and how the spectrum will be deployed in different regions around the world.

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: 28:20
Not about the Notch: 1:05
Samsung does ARmoji: 15:00
Shoutouts: 25:00

Sameer gives his shoutout to the Lite Phone 2. Igor shouts out Into The Breach.

Direct download: SyrupCast160_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom report Sameer Chhabra and YouTube personalities Matt Moniz and Ash Tailor tee up predictions for this year's Mobile World Congress.

After a week off, the SyrupCast is back with predictions for Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC). Rose and Patrick will both be headed to cover MWC 2018 for MobileSyrup.

Leading into this year's MWC, we've already seen leaks for the Samsung's Galaxy S9, but new phones are also expected from ZTE, Asus, Lenovo, Sony, and more.

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: 22:49
Mobile World Congress predictions: 2:00
Shoutouts: 18:56

Sameer gives his shoutout to Rose and Patrick, who are headed to MWC. Ash throws a shoutout to the SyrupCast. Matt gives a shout out to all of the amazing tech journos and youtubers. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Team Canada.

Direct download: SyrupCast_158_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:55am EST

On this week's podcast, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, features editor Igor Bonifacic and freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell take a look back at the Nintendo Switch's first year on the market.

The team discusses the great games that have made their way to the system, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart Deluxe, and Splatoon 2.

In the home console-portable hybrid system's second year on the market, the SyrupCast squad wants to see full-fledged online services, a solid line-up of first-party games -- we're hoping to learn more at this year's E3 -- and most importantly, a downloadable game blast from Nintendo's nostalgic past that spans systems ranging from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) all the way up to the Wii.

For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out my recently published editorial about the spectacular first year the system has had.

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: 37:37

Patrick shouts out Rose and Sameer for their hard work covering the Canadian and telecom industry this week; Josh hypes up his favourite day of the year, which is, of course, National Pizza Day; and finally, Igor, bringing things back to a more serious topic, shouts out the movie Call Me By Your Name.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, feature editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, telecom editor Rose Behar, and freelance tech reporter Simon Cohen, discuss recent layoffs at Shaw as well as FairPlay Canada

A group, known as FairPlay Canada, is lobbying the CRTC to begin blocking specific websites known for facilitating piracy. The group is backed by some of Canada's largest carriers, such as Rogers and Bell, leaving some to wonder about the long-term net neutrality implications a shift like this could cause.

This week news also came out that Shaw is attempting to buy out almost half of the company's employees. Nearly 6,500 employees are being offered severance packages, with Shaw claiming that the move is because the telecom giant is moving towards automating customer service. The jobs being bought out however, tell a different story -- it's still unclear what's really going on at Shaw.

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: 37:37
Fair play: 1:30
Shaw buyouts: 18:45
Shoutouts: 31:00

Rose gives her shoutout to Netflix purchasing their first French Canadian film. Patrick throws a shoutout to Mario Kart coming to mobile. Simon gives a shout out to Nicolas Cage being inserted into other movies. Finally, this week Igor shouts out roam like home price increases.

Direct download: SyrupCast157_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

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 EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

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 EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Rose Behar and Igor Bonifacic are joined by Christine Dobby, telecom reporter at the Globe and Mail, and Daniel Bader, managing editor at Android Central, to take a look back the major Canadian telecom developments of 2017, with a focus on Freedom Mobile.

A lot has changed over the course of 2017 in terms of Canada's telecom ecosystem. One of the most significant shifts in the space involves Canadian carrier unlocking fees being stopped by the CRTC. Freedom Mobile also underwent significant changes this year, with the carrier rebranding from Wind Mobile to Freedom Mobile, following Shaw's acquisition of the company back in 2015.

With the CRTC unlocking fee ban recently going into effect, Freedom jumped at the opportunity to acquire new customers from the larger competitors in the Canadian telecom space. Freedom introduced a new, highly competitive plan that offered 10GB of data for $50, and in an unprecedented move, other major carriers and flanker brands responded with similar offers. The ensuing deal madness saw Canadians trying to take advantage of the offers being stuck in long lineups and customer service reps being overwhelmed with calls.

Finally, and this may be the most important news of all, the Freedom Bear has officially retired.

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: 33:13

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and Sameer Chhabra sit down to discuss Rose's recent trip and answer a few listener questions.

Rose, back at the MobileSyrup office fresh from her trip to the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, gives the team a run down of all Qualcomm's major announcements from the event. The smartphone hardware manufacturer's new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor is set to include new features, including camera and AI improvements.

The team also takes a look at some recently submitted listener questions. Will Freedom Mobile market the fact that all devices in Canada are unlocked? Is the Note 8 better than the iPhone X.? Listen to find out.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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

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: 31:36
Qualcomm: 2:00
Listener Questions: 13:30
Shoutouts: 26:30

Sameer discusses recent political developments in the U.S. in his shoutout. Patrick throws a shoutout to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) glitchy, but still fun Xbox One version. Finally, this week Rose shouts out Commisioner Mignon Clyburn and her speech about Net Neutrality.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke sit down to talk Apple reviews and get Frank about phones.

Patrick was at the Apple keynote recently and had the chance to check out all of Apple's new devices: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple TV 4K. He sits down with the team to discuss his thoughts on the new devices and where Apple may be headed.

Two young entrepreneurs in Ottawa found themselves in a bit of hot water recently after taking credit for designing a phone that was actually just a rebranded device purchase from Alibaba. Rose brings us a story about the Frank phone and sheds some light on both sides of the controversy. 

Finally, everyone's favourite part of phone announcements -- the leaks that tend to preempt them. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL designs have hit the web in advance of their official unveiling. The Syrupcast crew weighs in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's rumoured new look

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 and Sameer Chhabra.

Total runtime: 39:59
Apple reviews: 2:40
Frank phone: 9:10
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL: 26:55
Shoutouts: 36:04

Sameer's shoutout goes to Daniel Therrien. Rose is talking about the release of the LG V30. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to golfing on the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Wes Anderson!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Josh McConnell, technology editor at the Financial Post, to discuss all the announcements from Apple's keynote.

The Apple presentation this week showed off a variety of new devices, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X, the Apple watch 3 and a the Apple TV 4K. Both Patrick and Josh were in attendance at the much anticipated event and have plenty of takeaways to share with the SyrupCast crew.

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 and Josh McConnell

Total runtime: 41:16
Apple fall event: 2:00
Shoutouts: 36:46

Josh's shoutout goes to Patxi's Pizza. Rose is talking about Navdeep Bains defending his spectrum advantage for smaller competitors. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to the Super Mario Odyssey Edition for the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to The Current War!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke do their best to predict what will be unveiled at Apple's upcoming event.

Apple's iPhone 8 keynote is coming up soon on September 12th, so the team sits down and does their best to predict all the announcements they expect to see at the keynote. It's anticipated that there will be a few new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV set-top box, and possibly a new LTE Apple Watch as well.

This week also marks a SyrupCast milestone -- our first audio listener question! 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: 45:00
Apple predictions: 1:30
Listener questions: 27:30
Shoutouts: 40:10

Sameer's shoutout goes to Sabarish Gnanamoorthy. Rose is talking about Harman's CEO throwing shade. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to his brand new neon yellow joy-cons. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Rose because this week is her birthday!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ted Kritsonis, and Patrick O'Rourke dig into the pending rivalry between Google and Apple's AR offerings.

WWDC this year brought us ARKit from Apple, but there is now another option for developers -- ARCore from Google. As the consumer version of iOS 11 is hitting phones in a few weeks, this arms race is bound to continue heating up.

With the Samsung Note series back in action and the LG V30 recently revealed, the SyrupCast is comparing and contrasting flagship phones. Ted and Patrick were both at the release events and give their thoughts on what both phones have to offer.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ted Kritsonis, 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: 38:48
ARcode vs ARKit: 2:00
V30 vs Note 8: 19:00
Shoutouts: 32:52

Ted's shoutout goes to Houston and all of the efforts going to disaster relief. Rose is talking about Sony and their flagship phone. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Wind River.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy, and Sameer Chhabra discuss Samsung's triumphant return to the Note series and the increase in Rogers' Roam Like Home pricing.

Last year's Note 7 issues are behind us now, but the reminders of Samsung's problems can still be found at airports. The SyrupCast crew is wondering if the release of the Note 8 will be enough to overcome the Note 7's errors.

Additionally, they're pondering how the Note 8 stacks up in comparison to the other smartphone options now. With the Essential phone, Samsung's own Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, and the pending iPhone 8 launch - competition is fierce.

In other mobile news this week, Roger's has increased the price of their Roam Like Home deal. The option has increased to $6 per day.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy and Sameer Chhabra

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: 35:38
Note 8: 1:40
Roam like home: 24:47

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Dean Daley, Sameer Chhabra, and Brad Shankar discuss their thoughts about the Essential phone and discuss the direction streaming video platforms are headed.

Igor recently got his hands on the Essential phone and outlines his first impressions of the device on the podcast. Is it possible for Andy Rubin to break into the already crowded Android market space?

Sameer leads the back half of the podcast with a deep dive discussion on the direction streaming seems to be going. Disney announced last week that it will be pulling content from Netflix to start it's own streaming platform. It isn't the only company with sights set on getting into the streaming game, which has the team wondering -- how many services will we need to buy into to see the content we want to see?

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: 31:31
Essential phone, hands on: 2:18
The future of streaming: 19:24
Shoutouts: 29:30

Sameer shouts out Andy Rubin. Dean gives his shoutout to Rose. Rose's shoutout goes to Freedom's super cheap phone plans. Finally, this week Brad shouts out his review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined once again by Tom Emrich, founder of We Are Wearables and partner at Super Ventures, to talk about the recent iPhone 8 leaks.

Last week, major leaks about the much anticipated iPhone 8 surfaced thanks to Apple's release of HomePod firmware. Contained within the software update were references that gave away some of the secret sauce about updates to the soon-to-come iPhone. Among the biggest spoilers: face unlock using BiometricKit, no more home button, a wrap-around display design, and a tap-to-wake function.

In other smart device news, Fitbit seems to be leaning into the smart watch market. The team discusses what this might look like and wonders, does the world need another smartwatch?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:59am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Tom Emrich, Founder of We Are Wearables and Partner at Super Ventures, to talk about Apple's ARKit and the future of reality.

This past week, Rose jetted off to the west coast to learn about the ZenFone AR. This ASUS phone is Tengo-enabled and even Google Daydream VR certified. Discussing this new phone gets the team thinking about the future of mobile tech and AR/VR. What does the future hold?

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 BonifacicRose BeharPatrick O'Rourke, andTom Emrich

 

Total runtime: 34:23
Shoutouts: 29:10

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out a long-wanted battery-monitoring fix from Nintendo. Tom gives his shoutout to Neurable and their brain-controlled VR. Rose's shoutout goes to La Machine and their mechanical beasts. Finally, this week Igor shouts out David S and his books on photography.​

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Galang, Dean Daley, and Brad Shankar are bringing you a special episode on their favourite seventh generation video games. Fair warning, dear listeners, this week's episode contains spoilers.

Jessica, news editor at BetaKit, goes first and chooses The Last of Us, Bioshock and Catherine. Dean gives his top three picks to Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Dishonoured. Brad's selections are Uncharted 2, Mass Effect 2, and Batman: Arkham City. Last, but not least, Igor picks Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space 2, and Assassin's Creed 2.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on each game.

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, Jessica Galang, Dean Daley, and Brad Shankar

Total runtime: 33:32
Shoutouts: 29:27

 

Brad gives his shoutout to the trailer for the new Avengers movie, which was leaked after Comic Con. Dean's shoutout goes to his friend Dylan who got him into gaming in the first place. Jess throws a shoutout to Catherine, her third pick -- since she didn't get to talk about it enough on the podcast. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Dunkirk.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Peter Nowak to talk about former Telus executive, Ian Scott, joining the CRTC and the future of wireless in Canada.

Scott, who has 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry, will be taking over as the head of the CRTC. The team is wondering if Scott will follow in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Blais and be a consumer advocate, or if he will toe the party line.

As the government works hard to ensure fair rulings in Telecom, the industry itself is trying to push for improved technology and better offerings. Huawei and Telus just finished testing 5G technology in BC and the advances has the SyrupCast team pondering the future impact on wireless 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!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Peter Nowak

Total runtime: 39:23
Ian Scott to head the CRTC: 2:00
5G: 22:40
Shoutouts: 33:00

 

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out poorly designed voice chat system. Peter gives his shoutout to the Jay's and their abysmal season thus far. Rose's shoutout goes to Bean Boozled. Finally, this week Igor shouts out the GoPro Film Guidebook.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Dean Daley, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke, talk about Fido's announcement to offer five free hours of data per month to their Pulse plan customers.

The announcement comes just a week after Roger's, the owner of Fido, bumped their data overage charges up significantly.

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 BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Dean Daley

Total runtime: 35:05
Fido: 1:10
Shoutouts: 28:45

 

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Arms -- a game he didn't anticipate liking. Dean gives his shoutout to Android Police and their rendering of

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke, discuss the ever increasing costs of owning a smartphone in Canada and get nostalgic about the past.

Rogers increased its data overage rate this week by 40 percent and this has a lot of consumers up in arms. The team discusses what this rate hikes mean to the average consumer, why the cost has gone up so drastically, and what we can expect to see from the other carriers following this increase.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the iPhone (at least in the States), so the SyrupCast crew is getting nostalgic over smartphones of the past and talking about their personal favourites.

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 BonifacicZach GilbertPatrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar

Total runtime: 53:14
Rogers increases overages: 1:30
Favourite past smartphones & listener remarks: 25:00
Shoutouts: 44:55

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out the sfans adapter. Zach gives his shoutout to Canada's Wonderland and the new ride -- soaring timbers. Rose's shoutout goes to UberEATS for surpassing 100 cities. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Hollow Knight.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

This week, the SyrupCast crew -- Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke -- are joined by tech journalist and MobileSyrup contributor, Teddy Kritsonis, to discuss the Google Home coming to Canada and the release of iOS 11 beta.

Canadian's have been long awaiting the arrival of a smart speaker north of the border. The Google Home is the first to be released officially in Canada and both Teddy and Patrick have had the opportunity to set one up and use them in their homes.

This week also saw the public release of Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 11. Zach and Patrick have downloaded and installed the update on their phones and tested out some of the operating system's newest features.

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 BonifacicZach GilbertPatrick O'Rourke and Teddy Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:55
Google Home: 1:30
iOS 11: 25:30
Shoutouts: 37:15

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out I Am Setsuna. Zach gives his shoutout to MobileSyrup's sister site BetaKit for Dead By Daylight. Teddy's shoutout goes to the amended drone rules. Finally, this week Igor shouts out the Expanse series.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Last week under the leadership of departing Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, the CRTC announced that Canadian carriers can no longer charge unlocking fees.

As of December 1st, 2017, all phones sold in Canada will no longer be carrier-locked. The decision is being touted as a win by consumer advocates because it means that the barrier to switching carriers and finding more competitive rates, has just been significantly minimized.

This week, the SyrupCast crew -- Igor BonifacicIan Hardy, and Rose Behar -- are joined by Globe and Mail telecom reporter, Christine Dobby, to discuss the tenure of CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and the rulings that have been set out under his leadership.

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, Ian Hardy and Christine Dobby

Total runtime: 44:30

Shoutouts: 40:00

Rose shouts out the Huawei-Telus 5G tests. Ian gives his shoutout to MobileSyrup's sister site BetaKit for their event last week celebrating Canadian innovation in the start up space. Christine's shoutout goes to her colleague's exclusive interview with Warren Buffett. Finally, this week Igor shouts out a birthday gift that Rose got him -- Norwegian Wood by Murakami.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:52am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Sameer Chhabra, and Brad Shankar are joined by Patrick O'Rourke who is live on location in LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3.

Patrick fills the team in on how this year's E3 differed from previous years by letting in the general public and how he thinks that may affect the direction the conference goes in next year. The team weighs in on some of the most significant announcements, such as the new Xbox One X, Nintendo's announcements -- both Switch-related and otherwise, and long awaited game reveals from Ubisoft's Canadian studios.

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 BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Brad Shankar, Sameer Chhabra

Total runtime: 36:29

E3: 2:30
Shoutouts: 31:25

 

Patrick is bringing us the #SwitchMinute straight from E3. This week, his shoutout is more of a head shake in the direction of Nyko and their strange E3 booth. New to the pod, Sameer Chhabra, shouts out the CRTC for requiring all phones be unlocked by December 1st. Brad sends his shoutout to the parody Twitter account CEO Kaz Hirai. Last but not least, Igor shouts out departing intern Sameer Chhabra, who will be starting with CBC this coming week.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Zach Gilbert are joined by Patrick O'Rourke who is live on location in San Jose for this year's WWDC.

This week, Apple held its annual developer conference, WWDC, in San Jose, California. The main event was chalk full of major announcements for developers, but surprisingly also contained many hardware reveals. Among some of the more notable announcements were a Kaby Lake-powered iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro, ARKit, iOS 11, a new10.5 inch iPad Pro, and the HomePod.

The Canadian Telecom Summit was also this week. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, called for the CRTC to reconsider their previous decision regarding MVNO access to incumbent networks. Closing out the conference was a message from south of the border. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, addressed the conference via video message, advocating against heavy regulation in the telecom 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!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharZach Gilbert

Total runtime: 55:23

WWDC: 1:45
Listener Mail: 28:10
Canadian Telecom Summit: 39:50
Shoutouts: 51:30

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Rose tips her hat to the Huawei P10 Lite. Zach, avid movie-goer, shouts out the Cineplex 4DX theatre -- the first of its kInd in Canada. Last but not least, Igor is shouting out US Politics and the Comey Senate hearing.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:43pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Dean Daley debate the usefulness of Android Pay and ask if it's 'Essential' for another high-end smartphone to enter the market?

On Wednesday, Android Pay officially launched in Canada. Not all major banks are supported on the platform however, with both TD and RBC notably absent. Previous mobile payment platforms such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay have not experienced large-scale adoption in Canada yet, so the SyrupCast team is skeptical whether Android Pay will reach a mainstream audience.

Andy Rubin's new company Essential has announced its first smartphone. The phone features many of the same trademarks as other high-end Android devices currently on the market. The unveiling has the SyrupCast crew wondering, do we really need another competitor in an already flooded Android market?

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 BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharDean Daley

Total runtime: 47:03

Android Pay: 1:40
Just the Essentials: 18:20
Listener Mail: 34:08
Shoutouts: 42:25

 

Dean's shoutout goes to Andy Rubin and his interests in AI. Rose is giving a round of applause to Zach Gilbert, MobileSyrup social media and community manager, for his Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale review. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to the Nintendo Switch's ever complicated voice chat system. Finally, Igor is shouting out former MobileSyrup editor, Daniel Bader, and his review of the Moto Z2 Play.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

This week the SyrupCast is trying something new! We are asking you, our listeners, to send in your questions, comments, thoughts, and anything you would like addressed on the podcast.

Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us an audio recording of your question and it may make it into a future episode!

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and Ted Kritsonis sit down to chat about Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro.

The team is excited to talk about the direction that Microsoft is headed with its Surface Pro 4 refresh, the Surface Pro. Is it possible that this is finally a true start to Microsoft's app ecosystem? Will we see a high-end smartphone next?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharTed Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:52

Surface Pro: 1:20
Shoutouts: 36:30

 

Ted's shoutout goes to 'The Woz' and his Toronto appearance. Rose is pumped about Android Pay coming to Canada and pouring one out for Roger Moore. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to 8Bitdo for making its retro-inspired controllers compatible with the Switch . Finally, Igor is back to book suggestions and this week his shoutout goes to Stay A While and Listen.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Brad Shankar discuss the ins and outs of this year's Google I/O.

Google I/O's keynote included major announcements this year, especially for Canadians, with the Google Home finally becoming available north of the border. Along with hardware announcements came updates to Android O, Google's next-gen mobile operating system. We also learned that Android Pay is finally set to officially launch in Canada at some point in the near future.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharBrad Shankar

 

Total runtime: 32:57

Google I/O: 1:15
Android O thoughts: 22:30
Shoutouts: 28:00

Shoutouts

Brad's shoutout goes to Injustice 2. Rose gives a nod to Tecla, a company helping differently-abled people use touchscreen devices. Patrick, per usual, gives a shoutout to the new and funky coloured Nintendo Switch controllers. Finally, Igor pays homage to the late, great Chris Cornell, who passed away this week.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Dean Daley are joined by Rose Behar who is attending Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle.

With Build 2017 already well underway, Rose walks the team through all of the latest announcements from Microsoft as well as what the company seems to have left in its past.

Also in the news this week, Amazon announced the new Echo Show, a voice activated speaker that feature's a 7-inch touch screen. This device unveiling comes on the heels of Microsoft's Cortana-powered Invoke announcement, whispers of a Windows 10 HomeHub, and rumours that Apple is also aiming to make a play into the smart home market with its own device.

The team is beginning to wonder, are voice activated smart home devices the new tech frontier? Or are they just another tech gimmick bound to be forgotten in a few years.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose Behar, Dean Daley

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Total runtime: 29:18

Microsoft Build 2017: 1:30
Amazon Echo Show: 10:15
Shoutouts: 25:05

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar welcome MobileSyrup's newest staff writer Bradly Shankar to the podcast, and talk all about Microsoft's New York City education event.

On Tuesday, Microsoft held an education-focused hardware event in New York City. In attendance to take it all in was MobileSyrup senior reporter, Rose Behar. Among the announcements were the new Surface Laptop, mixed reality using the Surface Laptop's webcam, an educational version of Minecraft, and Windows 10 S -- a slimmed down, education-focused response to Google's Chrome OS.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Brad Shankar

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Total runtime: 26:17

Microsoft's Education Event: 1:26
Shoutouts: 22:05

Direct download: MS119_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Rose Behar give the low down on the fight for net neutrality in Canada.

On April 20th, the CRTC ruled that Videotron's zero rated Unlimited Music service could no longer operate in its current form given the carriers preferential treatment of certain customers and music streaming platforms.

The CRTC also went on to use this ruling as a means of strengthening their stance in favour of net neutrality by introducing stricter regulations regarding differential pricing. These new guidelines has a Trump advisor in the U.S., a country that recently opted to go the opposite direction in regards to net neutrality, up in arms.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode. 

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

 

Total runtime: 36:16

CRTC net neutrality: 1:45
Shoutouts: 32:20

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Ian Hardy give their updated perspectives on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and speculate about Andy Rubin's rumoured Android phone.

The MobileSyrup team has had its hands on the Galaxy S8 for a few weeks now and is bringing you their more detailed impressions of the device, including the phone's design, comparing it to LG's G6 and Bixby's lacklustre launch. The team also discusses a new (though also kind of old player) possibly player entering the game very soon.

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Google's Android operating system, is working on a new smartphone called the 'Essential' following the device's promising looking specs recently leaking.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Ian Hardy

 

Total runtime: 36:49

Hands-on S8 reviews: 1:25
Is Andy Rubin building the best android smartphone on the market?: 17:15
Shoutouts: 33:40

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This week the SyrupCast is 'Switch-ing' it up and bringing you a special video game focused episode.

After having a couple of weeks to play with the Nintendo SwitchMobileSyrup senior editors Igor Bonifacic and Patrick O'Rourke, as well TechCrunch transportation and automotive reporter Darrell Etherington and Financial Post reporter Josh McConnell, sit down to discuss their initial impressions of the console.

The squad talks about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and looks at the system's future release line-up, which as of right now, still looks pretty sparse.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Note: This podcast was recorded prior to the announcement of new summer game releases and a Joy-con battery pack accessory. 

Hosts: Patrick O'RourkeDarrell EtheringtonRose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 34:46

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and Ian Hardy talk about the LG G6 and Toronto City Council's plea to the CRTC for unlimited data.

This week marks the Canadian launch of LG's newest flagship phone, the G6. Following the recent release of Samsung's Galaxy S8, the SyrupCast crew is asking if this is a swing and a miss for LG? Does a $100 price difference make any difference to someone in the market for a new high-end smart phone?

It is no secret that Canadian's pay exorbitant amounts for cell phone plans in comparison to other countries, and MobileSyrup has gone into great detail covering this issue many times in the past.

This week, Toronto's City Council has jumped on the bandwagon by introducing a motion asking the CRTC to pursue getting all major Canadian carriers to offer reasonably priced unlimited data plans. The motion passed, but the SyrupCast team is skeptical of the true intent behind the discussion and whether it will actually lead to any change.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor BonifacicIan HardyRose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 40:07

G6 or S8?: 1:50
Unlimited Data, just a pipe dream?: 22:45
Shoutouts: 34:58

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar are joined by TechCrunch staff writer Darrell Etherington to discuss their reactions to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

This past week, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+. MobileSyrup went hands-on with the much anticipated devices and are bringing you their hot takes on the device on this week's podcast. Although the phone will not be available until April 21st, Canadians are able to pre-order the devices now.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode.

Did we mention that we're also giving away a Bell Samsung Galaxy S8? Enter by April 13th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST for your chance to win.

Hosts: Igor BonifacicRose BeharZach Gilbert and Darrell Etherington

 

Total runtime: 33:02

All about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: 1:45
Shoutouts: 27:20

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

This week, the SyrupCast crew is mixing up the hosting duties and bringing you their hot takes on Android O, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and Apple's Project Red. Join Ian Hardy, Rose Behar, and Zach Gilbert as they dig into the biggest mobile news of the week! Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to give us yours.  

Total runtime: 40:29

Android O: 2:15

Samsung Galaxy S8: 16:30

Project Red: 27:05

Shoutouts: 36:05

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

This week, the SyrupCast crew is taking you on a tour of their go-to apps - Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Zach Gilbert each select three of their favourite mobile apps to share with the rest of the team and you, the listener!

Igor's picks: 1. Instapaper 2. Snapseed (and for Android) 3. 1Password

Jessica's picks: 1. One Big Thing 2. Timeline 3. Netflix (specifically offline functionality)

Patrick's picks: 1. Transit 2. Impossible Road 3. Plex

Zach's picks: 1. Zombies, Run! 2. Cineplex App 3. Deliveries

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's reasons for their choices and jump in the comments to tell us what your go-to apps are. Total runtime: 49:05

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Rose Behar talk about John Pecman, the Competition Bureau Commissioner, and his comments regarding the prices of wireless plans in Canada. The team then switches gears to talk about Google Assistant finally starting to hit some Canadian Android user's smartphones. 

As all Canadians with a cell phones will tell you, Canadian wireless plans are among the most expensive plans in the world. In recent years, the CRTC has started to step in and regulate pricing, but this week John Pecman, the Competition Bureau Commissioner, has suggested that the burden of finding a reasonably priced plan should fall to the consumer. His comments have been met by a less than favourable response.

Google Assistant is finally here for some non-Pixel Android owners. Canadians with Android phones running Marshmallow 0r Nougat are now receiving access to Google's AI-powered personal helper.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeRose Behar and Jessica Vomiero

Total runtime: 36:05

The Competition Bureau: 2:55
Google Assistant in Canada: 17:05
Shoutouts: 33:10

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:16am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis to talk about the announcements from Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the arrest of Samsung heir, Jay Y. Lee.

Over this past week, the SyrupCast team has been keeping a close eye on MWC, covering all the smartphone reveals at the conference. With a plethora of new phones announced from Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG, the team ranks their top picks.

Samsung is back in the news for more unsavoury business this week, leaving the SyrupCast crew and many people around the world wondering, who will be left to lead the South Korean tech giant?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeRose Behar and Ted Kritsonis

 

Total runtime: 41:01

Mobile World Congress: 2:00
Samsung's arrested state: 26:20
Shoutouts: 36:30

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar discuss recent Qualcomm announcements and the team's favourite phones from Mobile World Congress.

MobileSyrup staff writer, Rose Behar, travelled to the west coast recently to catch up with Qualcomm to learn more about the future of 5G. This week on the podcast, she brings back her newly acquired knowledge and some hot takes on the future of wireless networks.

This weekend is also Mobile World Congress, the holy grail event for anyone interested in the future of mobile technology. The SyrupCast team gives some insight into what to expect from the event this year and makes predictions on which phones will be the centre of the media's attention.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'RourkeRose Behar

 

Total runtime: 27:52

Qualcomm: 2:20
Mobile World Congress: 15:30
Shoutouts: 22:45

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:57pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Ian Hardy discuss Bell's acquisition of MTS and also go through a rundown of the highlights from the CRTC's recent Wireless Code review.

Bell recently finally received regulatory approval to finalize its acquisition of Manitoba's regional wireless carrier, MTS. The new network, Bell MTS, will be launching on March 17th, 2017.

In other CRTC news, the online discussion portion of the review of The Wireless Code has been extended until February 20th. Among other things, last week's review brought unlocking fees and disability services to the forefront of conversation surrounding Canada's telecommunications sector. The SyrupCast team remains hopeful that these discussions will continue and lead to progress and changes in Canada's wireless code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'Rourke, Ian Hardy 

 

Total runtime: 33:27

Bell acquires MTS: 1:20
CRTC wireless code review highlights: 21:00
Shoutouts: 31:30

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about the launch of Android Wear 2.0, as well as examine the Canadian telecom industry's sky-high mobile prices.

LG has officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, both of which will run off of Android Wear 2.0. Although the company has confirmed the devices will be coming to Canada, it has yet to announce a solid date for their release.

This week the CRTC also held a review of The Wireless Code in Gatineau, Quebec. Among other suggested changes, the CRTC is discussing implementing stricter regulations on wireless service cancellation fees. During the review, Freedom Mobile called on the CRTC to get rid of unlocking fees while adjusting the regulations spelled out in the now three year old Wireless Code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

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

 

Total runtime: 38:57

Android Wear 2.0 Launch: 1:12
CRTC & the wireless code: 15:00
Shoutouts: 36:00

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke take a look at the the CRTC's decision to feature American commercials in the Canadian broadcast of the Super Bowl.

The team also talks about the ZenWatch 3 and the future of Google's smartwatch operating system, Android Wear 2.0

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

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

 

Total runtime: 36:29

CRTC throws a flag on the play: 1:38
Android Wear 2.0: 16:00
Shoutouts: 31:25

Direct download: MS-106_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about Samsung's many newsworthy moments from this week, including the South Korean tech giant's Q4 2016 earnings, as well recent leaks of LG's upcoming G6 smartphone.

The SyrupCast team is a bit surprised by Samsung's relatively positive earnings following a tumultuous 2016, mainly related to the debacle surrounding the Note 7, but speculate that perhaps those numbers have yet to catch up with the company.

LG on the other hand, has suffered its first quarterly loss in six years. LG is predicting it will make a quick comeback next quarter, however, with the announcement of the G6, due to make its big debut on February 26th.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Host: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 36:37

All things Samsung: 1:50
LG G6: 24:30
Shoutouts: 32:20

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Shane Dingman, a technology reporter at the Globe and Mail.

Rose, one of MobileSyrup's staff writers and a frequent contributor on the SyrupCast, starts off the show by relaying to the team how Freedom Mobile's new LTE compares to the other players in town. After spending a lot of time riding the TTC around Toronto, she is fairly confident that the speeds of Freedom's network actually bests that of Rogers'.

'Switching topics,' the SyrupCast crew talks Nintendo and the company's latest gaming console. The Nintendo Switch, set to release on March 3rd, is a truly mobile home console gaming solution, with a lightweight console that doubles as a handheld device.

Finally, the SyrupCast team digs into the recent rumours that the Canadian government may soon require Netflix to charge sales tax. These announcements leave the team wondering if this is a policy voice waiting to be filled. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

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

Total runtime: 36:57

Freedom mobile's LTE network: 2:00
Nintendo Switch: 11:25
Netflix tax: 23:05
Shoutouts: 32:45

Direct download: MS104_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis, who recently touched down in Toronto after a week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The SyrupCast crew gets a first person account of what it's really like to attend the CES, including Ted's thoughts on the recently revealed BlackBerry device currently codenamed Mercury. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeIan Hardy and Ted Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:36

Ted talks CES: 1:45
Televisions at CES: 3:35
Blackberry 'Mercury': 21:00
MobileSyrup got a facelift: 31:15
Shoutouts: 34:10

Direct download: MS_103-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:56am EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar look to the Consumer Electronics Show for hints of mobile tech to come in 2017.

MobileSyrup senior editor Patrick O'Rourke and staff writer Rose Behar take the lead on discussing Blackberry's upcoming new phone, code named 'Mercury.' Although there is currently not an official name for the device yet, the initial hands-on revealed some unusual design choices for BlackBerry's next smartphone. 

The team then examines another mobile announcement from this week regarding LG no longer creating modular smartphones. Were modular smartphones just another marketing gimmick?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Total runtime: 35:41

Blackberry "Mercury": 3:10
LG ditches modular mobile: 15:20
CES shoutouts: 27:15

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, the entire MobileSyrup team squeezes into the podcast studio for a year end wrap up of their favourite tech stories from 2016.

MobileSyrup director of social media Zach Gilbert is up first and discusses Blackberry's rocky 2016. The company has undergone drastic changes over the course of the past year, from handing off hardware production to TCL, to focusing its future on autonomous cars and software security, leaving the team to predict that 2017 will see a very different BlackBerry emerging from the embers.

Staff writer Rose Behar selects the Samsung Note 7 to reminisce in her segment. Although Samsung had battery combustion problems with the Note 7, rumours regarding the impending release of the S8 are already circulating.

MobileSyrup staff writer Jessica Vomiero does a deep dive into Canadian cybersecurity. Between rulings from the CRTC and the liberal government's approach to CSIS collecting data, the entire team agrees that 2017 will be a year where Canadians need to think carefully about their data privacy.

Senior editor Patrick O'Rourke, in true Pokémaster fashion, brings Pokémon Go into the conversation as his favourite story of the year. The augmented reality app that brought the nostalgia of Pokémon to smartphones, has not seen continued growth following its initial boon in popularity, though the developer behind the game, Niantic, is starting to add new features to the mobile title at a rapid pace.

Senior editor Igor Bonifacic directs the conversation to the successful year Microsoft has had. Apple has been at the forefront of the post-PC era, but 2016 saw releases from both Microsoft and Apple that hint at the end of Apple's reign.

Ian Hardy, MobileSyrup's founder and publisher, chose Freedom Mobile as his favourite mobile tech news development of 2016. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded late in 2016 and launched its own LTE network.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts on the year, and jump in the comments to tell us what your favourite stories were this year.

Total runtime: 37:09

Zach's pick - Blackberry: 2:05
Rose's pick - Samsung Note 7: 6:27
Jessica's pick - Canadian cybersecurity: 13:05
Patrick's pick - Pokémon GO: 17:35
Igor's pick - Microsoft: 21:20
Ian's pick - Freedom Mobile: 28:59
Year end shoutouts: 32:53

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Today is finally the day! It's the 100th episode of MobileSyrup's SyrupCast.

As a nostalgic throwback in celebration of 100 glorious episodes, two of the original crew -- Douglas Soltys, BetaKit's editor in chief, and Daniel Bader, Android Central's managing editor and MobileSyrup's former editor in chief -- rejoin the podcast to reflect on past shows and the present state of mobile.

This week, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Douglas Soltys, and Daniel Bader dig into the details of Rogers and Fido adding RCS messaging.

The team then discusses the launch of Amazon Prime Video in Canada. The new-to-Canada service officially launched on Wednesday, but has significantly limited content in comparison to its U.S. counterpart. The SyrupCast crew poses the question, how many streaming services do you actually need to subscribe to get all the content you want?

Last but not least, Freedom Mobile has finally activated its LTE network. Is this a step in the right direction for the recently rebranded Canadian telecom, or is this too little too late?

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

Direct download: MS100_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicRose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke and Zach Gilbert, bid a tearful goodbye to Pebble, one of the first manufacturers to release a smartwatch.

This week the company announced that Fitbit would be acquiring Pebble for a significantly reduced price, essentially buying the Canadian founded wearable manufacturer for spare parts. The SyrupCast crew wonders at what point Pebble took a turn for the worse, and if they could have done something differently.

Next, the team examines the most recent Samsung S8 rumours. Will the likely soon-to-be announced smartphone fare better than the Note 7? 

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

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic, start off the podcast with some candid takes on Freedom Mobile's first week. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded simultaneously with the launch of its LTE network, though the network didn't actually launch on November 27th as the company stated. The team wonders how this move will affect the "new" brand's reputation.

Next, the MobileSyrup squad goes through a run-down of some of the Google Pixel's recently uncovered issues. Were the first reviews too quick to give the phone a glowing recommendation? Finally, the SyrupCast discusses Moto's decision to step away from the wearable market for the foreseeable future. Although the choice does not come as much of a surprise, it means Android Wear fans will now have one less option.

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicIan Hardy, Patrick O'Rourke and Jessica Vomiero, are joined by Josh McConnell, tech producer at the Financial Post. To start off the show, the crew delves into Wind's recent rebranding to Freedom Mobile and what that means for the telecom.  

Next, in a rather confusing series of events, VentureBeat reported that Equibit, a Toronto-based Blockchain security startup, named controversial tech figure John McAfee as its Chief Security Officer. Not long after, this claim was disputed by McAfee himself via Twitter. The MobileSyrup team was able to reach out to McAfee to get to the bottom of it all. The podcast crew wants to know, where was the disconnect?

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Igor Bonifacic, recap Rose's experience in New York at the Snapdragon Technology Summit for the announcement of Qualcomm's new 10-nanometer chip, the Snapdragon 835. The crew also talks about the rumour that Amazon Prime Video could come to Canada soon, with thew new stemming from a by a tweet from former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

In the second half of the show the team talks about CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais' impassioned keynote at the annual Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications conference, providing the SyrupCast team with insight into the current mindset of the CRTC and its future role in the Canadian telecom industry.

Direct download: MS_96_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

SyrupCast 95: Living the next 4 years in a virtual world

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic discuss the implications of a Trump Presidency for Canadian tech and the tech world in general. The U.S. election has everyone voicing strong opinions and MobileSyrup's editorial staff is no different; the views expressed in this episode are not representative of MobileSyrup, but rather individual members of our staff.

As an escape from reality, the team talks about the Google Daydream View, the next iteration of Cardboard. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts.

Trumped up tech: 1:20

Daydream: 16:05

Shoutouts: 26:50

Direct download: MS_95_finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we're steering away from mobile for the day and talking all about the latest and greatest in the world of personal computers.

Co-hosts Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Igor Bonifacic discuss Apple's much anticipated iteration of the Macbook Pro and dig into the details of Microsoft's Surface Studio. Is Microsoft coming for Apple's title as the big game in town? The team also laments the downfall of Vine as they discuss their own personal experiences using the application. Could Vine have been saved? Or was it past due to be retired? Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Music credit: Jimmy Fontanez - Dub Hub

Macbook Pro Impressions: 1:20

Twitter and Vine: 17:05

Microsoft Surface Studio: 23:07

Shoutouts: 28:55

Direct download: MS_Ep93-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Rose Behar, Jessica Vomiero, Douglas Soltys join Igor Bonifacic to talk about the final demise of Samsung's Note7 and Android Pay coming to Canada. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Douglas Soltys and Jessica Vomiero

Duration: 30:11

Direct download: SyrupCast91_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the first smartphone built from the ground up by Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as Rogers' new worry-free data management feature. Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke join Igor Bonifacic to discuss their hot takes on Google's devices and ask the question, is Google becoming more like Apple?

Direct download: MobileSyrup_90-finalscuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

On this week's episode of SyrupCast, we dig into the downfall of BlackBerry's hardware division. Zach Gilbert, previously of TheBerryFix and Crackberry.com, and now MobileSyrup's director of social media and community manager, joins the podcast to give us his views on what went wrong.

Also providing his views on Blackberry's decision, Douglas Soltys, editor in chief of BetaKit and former blog manager at RIM. As always, MobileSyrup senior editors Patrick O'Rourke and Igor Bonifacic also drop knowledge on both BlackBerry and Shomi on this week's podcast.

Direct download: MobileSyrup89_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:03pm EST