SyrupCast (technology)

This week, Douglas and Daniel stay firmly in the warm confines of Canadian telcos with an exploration of what's happening at Videotron and Wind Mobile. With Videotron launching a new policy that exempts some streaming music services from counting towards its customers monthly bandwidth, will customers come in droves? Or will the CRTC pounce at the opportunity to ban the process of zero-rating in yet another instance?

And Wind Mobile has reduced its subsidy from $150 to $100 in response to the popularity of Bring Your Own Device? Confusing as it might be, the move points to a decision by Wind to pass along the actual cost of devices to its consumers rather than increasing monthly plan prices.

It's a great show with some excellent debate, so tune in!

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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 6min

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas talk about the big topic they missed last week: Alphabet. What spurred the move, and will it make Google a better-run company? And why did Google decide to start making routers, anyway?

Also on the show, Star Trek vs. Star Wars vs. Ignorance, and the launch of the Many Smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Moto X Play, and the OnePlus 2. Which one would you take to a deserted island for a month (along with your one significant other)?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

SyrupCast is back! This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about the new Galaxy Note phones, Motorola's strategy, the OnePlus 2, BlackBerry's Security Summit, and we answer your questions!

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Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Running time: 1 hr 10 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about Android's Nexus line, and how Google can get its groove back. We're hearing that Huawei is going to be the company creating (one of) this year's Nexus device(s), but can the Chinese OEM, known mainly outside North America, step up and deliver a great stock Android experience alongside Google?

And what about BlackBerry? Now that it has teamed up with Google in the enterprise, is the prospect of a Waterloo-made Android device more or less likely? We delve deep into this one.

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That and lots more this week on SyrupCast!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1 hr 21 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas explore the many ways that Canadians roam. Rogers' Roam Like Home makes it very easy to roam in the U.S. and Europe, but is it actually a good deal?

Also on the ticket is Sony's renewed investment in camera sensors, and whether Apple Music is worth the investment.

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Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Duration: 1 hr 11 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas are joined by telecom expert and friend of the show, Ben Klass, who guides us through the muddy waters of the recently Rogers-Mobilicity-Wind Mobile deal.

There's a lot of stuff packed in here, but they also had time to chat a bit about RootMetrics' report on network speeds in Vancouver; MTS's new Total Internet plan; and BlackBerry's expansion into Internet of Health Things (IoHT).

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

This week on SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas talk about the new Wall Report and how Canadians are spending more on wireless this year than in 2015.

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

This week, Douglas and Daniel go into Google I/O Rundown, talking about Google's strengths in machine learning and internet services. But do Google's smarts justify the rather creepy nature of its intelligence, especially when it comes to things like your photos?

And what's next for Apple, which is under pressure to deliver a similarly impressive software update at WWDC.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

SyrupCast 42: The Double Cohort

This week, Douglas is back! 

What, you want more? Fine: we also have a great conversation.

The topics this week include the end of three-year contracts and the so-called Double Cohort, which will allow millions of Canadians to leave their contracts on June 3rd without paying a dime.

Also on the cards are the rise of unlocked phones, and they relate to the relative value of phone contracts; as subsidies decrease, customers are more aware of the often high cost of their smartphones. Low-cost, unlocked phones are changing the way Canadians buy cellphones.

And because it is developer conference season, we chat about the upcoming Google I/O and WWDC sessions, and what's in store for iOS 9 and Android M. 

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

This week, Daniel and special guest Matthew Moniz discuss the LG G4 and how it compares to the latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and Note 4.

They talk about the state of wearables, and how Android Wear is doing in relation to the Apple Watch and Pebble, which is coming out with its own refresh, Pebble Time, in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, they discuss Microsoft Build and how far the company has come since Windows 8. But will Windows 10 really have the results Microsoft is looking for?

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Matthew Moniz

Duration: 1hr 16min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT