SyrupCast (technology)
SyrupCast 18: That'll Cost Extra

This week, Jane, Daniel and Douglas chat about the growing market for wearables, and whether companies like Pebble, Fitbit and Jawbone have a place in the hardware space.

There's also talk about Bell's complaint to the CRTC  about Rogers' NHL GamePlus exclusivity, and a discussion on whether smartphone reviews are doing anyone any good.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 74 Minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast18.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

SyrupCast 17: Pop Pop Lollipop!

This week, Jane and Daniel take a bite out of Lollipop, and chat about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Apple's new iPads.

Featured Stories

Apps of the week

DanielRdio (iOS, Android)

Jane: Android Lollipop Flappy Bird easter egg

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Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 69 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast17.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 16: Pre-Thanksgiving Coma

This week, Jane and Daniel chat about the CRTC, Mobilicity (for real this time!), HTC's new RE Camera, the Desire Eye, Nokia's Lumia 830, Spotify, Nexus and iPad. It's Thanksgiving, and we're already tired.

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Apps of the Week

Daniel: Snowball for Android

Jane: Clue Period Track (iOSAndroid)

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 51 minutes

 

Direct download: SyrupCast16.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 15: Absolutely Phabulous

This week, we talk about a big Nexus, a small Mobilicity, a CRTC controversy, and a bunch of new devices coming down the pipe this month. Plus, Spotify expands to all Canadians and our apps on the week.

This is SyrupCast.

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Apps of the week

Daniel: Circa 3.0 (Android / iOS)
Jane: Beer?! (Android / iOS)
DouglasPokemon TCG Online for iPad

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running time: 54 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast15_-_VBR2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

This week, BlackBerry's on the mind (as is Irish whiskey), so we chat about both. How does the Passport hold up to scrutiny, and what does BlackBerry have planned for the fall? Spoiler: it's another handset.

We also talk about Apple and the iPhone scandal de jour, and whether Samsung's acceleration of the Note 4's release is going to have an impact on sales.

Finally, we speculate on a 6-inch Nexus, the rising costs of smartphone plans and the fastest mobile networks in Canada.

Featured Stories

BlackBerry Passport & Co.

iPhone et al

Running Time: 67 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_14_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 13: So bias

Here we are, bringing you our thirteenth and best podcast to date. The days are getting shorter, but the number of smartphones being released is quickly ramping up.

This week, we chat about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 and what's next from Apple. We also delve into the rumoured demise of Android Silver, and what that means for the Nexus line.

Then we move into WIND Mobile's fate now that the company's ownership has been sorted, and why that may put Videotron in a difficult position.

And finally, we reminisce about old HTC tablets as we look forward to the company's rumoured Nexus 9, slated to be released in mid-October alongside Android L.

Featured News

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Starbucks for Android (free)
Douglas: Checky for iOS and Android (free) 
Jane: Kitten Taxi for iOS and Android (free)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_13.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

This week, we talk about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's new payment system, and Watch, the first wearable from the world's biggest tech company.

Running Time: 64 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Notes: We had some issues with the source recording from this episode, so you'll notice some parts of the recording are slightly sped up and contain crackling. Please power through these short sections, as they don't last long, and we'll make sure such a thing doesn't happen again.

Direct download: SyrupCastEpisode12-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 11: Smartphone Apoplexy

This week, we discuss all of the week's many smartphone, tablet and wearable announcements, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch and more.

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Running time: 48 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_11_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

We made it to episode 10 of SyrupCast! Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has listened, given us compliments and feedback, and content suggestions for future segments. We're listening.

This week, as we get ready for the September onslaught, we dive into the idea that the next Nexus will be built by Motorola, and what it means for Lenovo's place in the Android ecosystem. Then there's the iPhone 6, which has been confirmed to launch on September 9th, Samsung and LG's new smartwatches -- which were announced last night at roughly the same time -- Rogers launching shomi, a Netflix competitor, and a new 30GB shared data plan. And finally, Cyanogen working on something really cool with former HTC, Motorola and Google execs.

App of the week:

Running time: 85 minutes
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_10_-_MP3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

 

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