SyrupCast (technology)

 

This week, we talk about WIND Mobile's new lower roaming fees, Bell's tough time with the CRTC, Windows Phone 8.1 for the Lumia lineup, Thalmic's Myo teaming up with smart glasses, and a first peek at Telus's BlackBerry Passport.

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_9_-_Final_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

In this week's episode, we talk about the most interesting smartphones either on the market, or those coming soon. Specifically, Daniel, Doug, Ian and Jane chat about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6, the Moto X+1, the HTC W8 for Windows, Microsoft's upcoming 'selfie' phone, the Nexus 6 and, of course, the OnePlus One controversy.

Galaxy Note 4 rumours -- potentially curved-edged display, 4GB RAM, UV sensor
iPhone 6 rumours - bigger screen, faster chip, better camera. What else?
Motorola launching Moto X+1, Moto G2, Moto 360 and more on September 4th
New Microsoft/Nokia devices coming at IFA -- Is PureView still relevant?
HTC Windows Phone -- does it have a chance?
OnePlus One -- is this device still relevant given all the bad press?
Is OnePlus sexist or just plain stupid?
Nexus 6 going to be a 5.9-inch 1080p device?

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Ian Hardy, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_8_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Welcome to another week of what is turning out to be a pretty entertaining summer in the smartphone industry.

Last week, Rogers bore the brunt of the blame in what the CRTC calls 'unjust discriminination' against new entrants in regards to domestic roaming. The issue at hand is exclusivity: Rogers is accused of forcing new entrants like Wind, Mobilicity, Eastlink and others to sign exclusivity agreements for domestic roaming, preventing them from negotiating with other service providers and thus keeping prices high. While the CRTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will regulate the price of domestic roaming outside of preventing incumbents from charging new entrants more than they charge their customers, the move bodes well for companies looking to expand service at reasonable costs.

We delve into that issue and more in Week 7. This is SyrupCast's Domestic Roaming-apalooza.

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Running time: 62 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader & Douglas Soltys

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_7_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 6: Angel's in the details

This week, we contemplate the future of wireless in Canada. And what is wireless exactly? Less and less of our content is taking up by what we'd refer to as "traditional" mobile products. Instead, we fill the proverbial pages of our days with wearables like Thalmic's Myo gesture band, Oculus Rift's new virtual reality headset, Samsung's myriad smartwatches, and other gadgets that pair with our smartphones.

And yet as we get further away from core mobile, we always end up back at the beginning: the smartphone really is the centre of our digital world, and increasingly at the expense of other products. In our Tête-à-Tête this week, Douglas and I talk about whether affordable phablets are going to be the death of the tablet as a category, or whether the two will merely morph into a single type of product. So, in our podcast this week, we talk about just that, the affordable phablet, and how companies like Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus and others are meting swift blows on the traditional subsidized smartphone business model.

And from there we talk about mobile plan pricing, because we've been dancing around the subject for weeks.

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We discuss the drastic changes in smartphone plan pricing since the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, and what it means for the future of handsets in Canada.

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Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_6_-_96.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 5: Culture Club Sandwich

This week on the SyrupCast, we're joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs.

We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple's app stores, and we'll delve into the Nvidia Shield Tablet, a brand new gaming-oriented Android tablet.

App Roundup

Daniel - Carousel by Dropbox (iPhoneAndroid)

Douglas - Tinder (iPhoneAndroid) / Swarm (iPhoneAndroid)

Jane - Android Wear Watchfaces (various apps)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntagart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 84 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_5.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

Welcome to episode 4 of SyrupCast, the best only Canadian mobile podcast on earth.

This week, we delve into some of the more exciting elements of the Canadian regulatory system -- if the word 'exciting' can be used for such a thing -- with the newly-announced AWS-3 auction early next year.

We also get into some first impressions of the LG G3, which will be coming to Canada on August 1st, and touch on Spotify, which looks to be launching shortly in Canada.

We wax prolific on the sorry state of kids these days, and, as usual, talk about BlackBerry.

And finally, we've launched our first podcast-specific feature, the weekly App Roundup, where Douglas and Daniel convince you to waste your time in productive ways.

Running time: 72 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Released: July 11th, 2014

Direct download: SyrupcastEpisode4.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

This week, we talk about Android, Android and more Android. Oh, and BlackBerry. And LG. And Bell.

Google I/O just ended, but that doesn't mean we have to finish talking about the many Android-related announcements made during the two-day developer conference.

Daniel Bader and Douglas Soltys dive into Android L and its new Material Design language, Android One, Android TV, Android Auto and Android Wear.

  • Will Material Design help end Android fragmentation?
  • What is Android One, and is it Google's preamble to Android Silver?
  • How good is Android TV? And what about Android Auto?
  • We delve into Android Wear and its newest cohorts, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Our first impressions and a preview of the review.
  • Will the Moto 360 be the best of the bunch? (We think so!)
  • In Canadian news, Bell begins charging for SIM cards.
  • We saw the first working video of the BlackBerry Passport -- how does it look?
  • With the LG G3 coming to Canada soon, how does it stack up to the current list of high-end Android devices?

Running time: 62 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 2: Acquisitions Anonymous

In our second episode, we spend a little time talking about the Canadian wireless industry and, of course, a long time talking about BlackBerry. We also talk about Amazon's Fire Phone, Android Wear, and a lot of Google stuff leading up to Google I/O.

  • Are WIND and Videotron going to team up to take over Canadian telco?
  • How did BlackBerry fare during its close-to-profit quarter?
  • Is the Amazon Fire Phone boom or bust?
  • What's going on with Android Wear?
  • Is Google really into hardware, or are they leaving it up to Nest?
  • What can we expect from Google I/O this week?

Running time: 70 minutes.

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_2.m4a
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 1: Railing on everyone is a good place to start

This week, we look at a controversy within Rogers, a potential misstep by BlackBerry and a couple of gems by Motorola