SyrupCast (technology)
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. 

 

Direct download: SyrupCast42.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:29am EST

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

Direct download: SyrupCast_41.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

This week, new MobileSyrup contributor, Eric Leamen, joins me for a fantastic conversation about the Apple Watch, including our first impressions of the wearable; Apple's recent Q2 earnings; how carriers are adjusting to the higher cost of iPhones; my first impressions of the LG G4; and whether the Galaxy S6 and LG G4 beat the iPhone 6 in camera performance.

It's a really fun podcast, and you should listen to it all the way through.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Eric Leamen
Runtime: 1hr 28 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast40.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:02am EST

SyrupCast 39: We The North (Want Google Fi)

This week, Daniel and Douglas dig deep into wearables, specifically focusing on the app potential of the Apple Watch and the upcoming Android Wear update.

Also discussed is the tenuous relationship between HBO, VPNs and #takemymoney wannabees: does Bell's relationship with HBO prevent a service like HBO Now from ever coming to Canada?

Facebook just announced it has reached nearly 1.5 billion monthly users across its core network, but its chat entities, Messenger and WhatsApp, combine for nearly that number of users. Where does Facebook go from here, now that its mobile transformation is well underway?

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a great smartphone – we just reviewed it – but are small phones really worth getting worked up about? Are any phones really worth getting worked up about anymore? Daniel and Douglas explore that point through the lens of the recently-updated HTC One M9.

We're in person this week, and there's laughter, beer, and a little bit of swearing.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 53 minutes

 

Direct download: syrupcast39.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

SyrupCast 38: The Problem With Androids

This week on the SyrupCast, we chat about the LG G4 and the problems facing any Android company that isn't Samsung.

Plus, the release of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6; the return of the OnePlus One to Canada; Bell's privacy snafu; the 2,500Mhz spectrum auction, and lots more!

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Runtime: 1hr 17 min

Direct download: syrupcast38.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

SyrupCast 37: Still Crazy After All These Years

We're still here!

This week, Douglas and Daniel chat about the closure of Future Shop; the slow introduction of VoLTE; Koodo's and Fido's new colour palettes; how a $350 iPhone 6 will affect sales of it and the Galaxy S6; and lots more!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 10min

Direct download: syrupcast37-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

SyrupCast 36: Good Night, and Good Luck.

This week, we talk about a great many things, since variety is the spice of good podcasts.

First, we tackle the upcoming Fido rebranding, which most people don't seem to like. Maybe they'll use our readers as an informal focus group.

Then, we talk about Windows 10's summer release, and how Cortana's move to iOS and Android is as inspired a move as we've seen from the company in some time.

We spent a bit of time talking about the Neptune Duo Suite, a new project from Canadian wearables company, Neptune. It has the potential for greatness, but is its ambition going to be its downfall?

LG looks to be once again working with Google on an upcoming Nexus smartphone, which hopefully returns to reasonable proportions. In the meantime, though, the Nexus 6 appears to be greatly benefitting from Android 5.1.

And finally, we share some sad news with the listeners. It's not fair to tease, I know, but this one's worth sticking around for.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 28 min

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_36-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

SyrupCast 35: Apple Watch Price Pout

This week, wearables expert, Tom Emrich, joins Daniel, Jane and Douglas to talk about, what else, the Apple Watch.

Who is it for? And why is everyone hung up on the Apple Watch Edition, which starts at $13,000 CDN. Tom says it's mostly a marketing tool, a way for Apple to penetrate the lucrative marketing mechanism of the high-end Swiss watch market. And when it's all said and done, Apple's presence in the market will actually boost smartwatch sales overall, as they did with smartphones and tablets.

Also talked about is the CRTC's decision to regulate on-demand streaming services like Shomi and CraveTV. What are the consequences of the CRTC's decision? Will everyday Debbie be subscribing to CraveTV in the near future on a TekSavvy internet connection? Listen and find out!

Hosts: Daniel Bader (@journeydan), Jane McEntegart (@janemcentegart), Douglas Soltys (@tron)
Guest: Tom Emrich (@tomemrich)

Duration: 1 hr 9m

Direct download: SyrupCast_35-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:10am EST

SyrupCast 34: Mobile World Coffee Pods

This week, Jane and Daniel recount the many ways Mobile World Congress and Barcelona nearly killed him.

They discuss the new devices announced at the event, including the HTC One M9 and both Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, each of which reveals pros and cons in their companies' respective strategies.

They talk about the new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, and whether it has a chance in the saturated mid-range market; and how Nokia, the once-king of Symbian and Windows Phone, plans to make its comeback through... Android tablets?

The Apple Watch is launching next week, and we're going to be in San Francisco to cover all the mayhem. How much will it cost? What will its unannounced features be? And why the hell is everyone talking about Taptic Feedback?

Finally, they chat about the newly-concluded AWS-3 spectrum auction, which saw WIND Mobile walk away with more valuable spectrum than anyone else.

All that, and lots of Jamón ibérico, on this week's SyrupCast.

This week's SyrupCast is brought to you by Shop MobileSyrup. Pick up whatever you need, from cases to spare batteries. 

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 1 hr 22 minutes

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Direct download: syrupcast34.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

SyrupCast 33: Self-driving podcast

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?

And finally, will Apple develop a car? Ted doesn't think so despite new reports that they are planning to release an electric vehicle in 2020.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart
Guest: Ted Kritsonis
Duration: 56 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast33.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:13pm EST