Fri, 20 February 2015
This week, Daniel, Jane and special guest and regular MobileSyrup contributor go all-in on automotive.
We discuss the current state of the in-car dash -- it's a sorry state, according to Mr. Kritsonis -- and fall down the rabbit hole of automotive tech.
Will the major automakers be able to keep up with the quickly-changing face of mobile technology, or will Google and Apple force them to become more cooperative, not only within their own organizations but externally?
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart
Fri, 13 February 2015
This week, it's all hardware. (Finally, they scream!)
As Mobile World Congress approaches, Jane, Douglas and Daniel chat about the upcoming hardware we can expect from the show, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9, and much more.
We also talk about Jane's Nexus 6, two months on take, which left commenters with a lot to say.
Finally, Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones just got released, and while it's not finished, we chat about whether Microsoft got it right.
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys
Run time: 53 minutes
Fri, 6 February 2015
This week, special guest Ben Klass talks about his complaint filed to the CRTC back in 2013, and the regulatory body's decision to force Bell and Videotron to change the way they bill customers for mobile TV access.
We also talk about the role of regulation within Canada's telecom system as a whole, and how the changing viewing habits of Canadians will be impacted by monthly bandwidth limitations.
Finally, we touch on TELUS's rebranding of Public Mobile, and whether it's possible to get by with a data-only LTE plan.
It's a bit regulatory-heavy again (sorry for those wanting phone talk, it will be back next week!) but it's a really interesting conversation with a really smart guy.
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Runtime: 1 hr 3 min
Fri, 30 January 2015
This week, we chat about Net Neutrality, and how Bell and Videotron (and others) can no longer exempt the traffic from their mobile TV apps. Did the CRTC make the right decision? We get into it.
We chat about WIND Mobile's commitment to bid in the AWS-3 and 2500Mhz spectrum auctions in March and April respectively; Rogers and its quest for value, not volume; Apple's massive Q1 earnings; and whether Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is just a little too weird for most people.
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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart
Duration: 1 hr 12 minutes
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Fri, 23 January 2015
This week, we talk about Microsoft's new moonshot, its augmented reality wearable, HoloLens, and lots of Windows 10 stuff. Can it fix the company's epic fragmentation issues?
We talk about John Chen's letter about net neutrality and how Apple should be forced to make iMessage for Android (or something). Is he crazy, or does he have a point?
Then we delve into the new HTC One device, and what it needs to be successful. I think it needs a better camera, but everyone else has opinions. What's yours?
Also: Motorola's epic Lollipop rollout mess up; the Samsung Galaxy S6; and Kyle Lowry, who was selected to start at point guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team on February 5th.
We're almost 30, but until then -- Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!
Duration: 84 minutes
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, and Jane McEntegart
Wed, 14 January 2015
This week, Jane and Daniel recount all the CES 2015 trials, tribulations, winners and losers.
Specifically, a great deal of time is spent figuring out whether the LG G Flex 2 is just another gimmick or if it has the legs (and the curve) to go mainstream.
Also, YotaPhone 2, all the terrible smartwatches, and Attack of the Drones.
Duration: 81 minutes
Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader
Wed, 31 December 2014
On this, the last podcast of the year, we talk about the stories that made the year so interesting... and controversial.
From the rise of wearables to the death of security, 2014 was a year to remember.
Happy new year!
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart
Duration: 90 short minutes
Fri, 19 December 2014
Topics discussed in this security-focused episode:
It's an awesome episode, and we highly recommend listening to it the whole way through.
Participants: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart, Matthew Braga
Duration: 85 minutes
Fri, 12 December 2014
This week, the BlackBerry Classic is on its way, and we're curious about why everyone is so interested in it. Is it mainly the nostalgia factor -- and the Classic name itself -- or is something else afoot here? Will the Classic manage to find success where the Q10 didn't?
We talk Android Wear 5.0 and the official Watch Face API: is this the update the smartwatch platform needs to go mainstream? Ustwo, the creator of best-mobile-game Monument Valley, is also creating watch faces for Android Wear. Sony's SmartWatch 3 is also discussed, as it is now available in Canada for $280. Is it too expensive?
Android 5.0.1 running on the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is the best Android experience out right now, but others are likely not far behind.
We talk about the world's biggest sunglass manufacturer, Luxottica, partnering with Intel on a wearables platform, and how that will impact the next-generation Google Glass, which is reportedly going to run an Intel chip.
Then, discussion of the Supreme Court's decision to allow warrantless phone searches upon arrest, and Canada's Privacy Commissioner urges platform owners like Google and Apple to make privacy policies mandatory.
Finally, is Windows Phone dead? One of its biggest supporters appears to think so.
A note on our podcast this week. Due to some audio problems, we were forced to use the feed from our Google Hangouts session, which is not quite as clear as our regular stream. Rest assured this is only temporary and next week we will be back to normal. Thanks for your understanding!
Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Duration: 1hr 19min
Fri, 5 December 2014
News is thin this week, but it doesn't stop us from chatting up a winter storm.
[Start - 13:05] YotaPhone 2 is one of the most interesting phones of the year, and a good representative of hardware innovation at a time when smartphones are becoming increasingly commoditized.
[13:05 - 24:00 ] The Galaxy Note Edge, Sonim XP7 and other devices are also really fascinating in their own ways, and prove that there is a market for more niche products, however expensive they may be.
[24:00 - 29:00] Xiaomi may be releasing its first North American-bound phone at CES this year, but is North America ready for China's rising star?
[29:00 - 37:00] Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a beast of a machine, but shows how far the manufacturer has come in such a short time. We're reviewing the AshTab right now -- does it hold up in testing?
[37:00 - 42:00] Android 5.0.1 is slowly rolling out to select Nexus devices. Why can't we have nice things, NOW?!
[42:00 - 55:00] CES is quickly approaching. We're gearing up to take it on, but there's a method to our madness, and it involves Snapchat.
[55:00 - end] Something something Microsoft. Something something Office 365.
Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 67 minutes