SyrupCast (technology)
SyrupCast 23: The Dread Pirate Podcast

This week, how the mobile gaming market has been undone by piracy, freemium and consumer entitlement to digital content. Is there a road back from this mess?

There's talk of our recently-launched Smartphone Gift Guide and the best Black Friday deals around.

And, of course, the new Star Wars trailer... because we're geeks, too.

Finally, user feedback: what do you want to hear on the podcast? Leave your questions in the comments and we'll try to get to them next week. And, if you like the show, please leave us a comment and a rating wherever you downloaded it.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 71 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast23.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

SyrupCast 22: Wearing your heart rate on your sleeve

This week, TELUS's new Your Choice plans are discussed and dissected: why the change, and are there any consumer advantages?

Plus, Samsung's Gear S smartwatch, and whether Canadians -- consumers and carriers -- are ready for cellular-connected wearables. Apple Watch and its new WatchKit developer tools mean great things for iPhone users, but did Cupertino stay too conservative with its 1.0 release?

Finally, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order this week, but did anyone actually manage to by one? And what do you guys think of Lollipop? We held a poll, and the response were quite enlightening.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Running time: 72 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast22.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

SyrupCast 21: Chairman Handsome

On SyrupCast 21, we talk about the Nexus 6, referencing our review and our first impressions of Android 5.0 Lollipop -- is it all it's cracked up to be?

We also discuss the Sony Xperia Z3 and its Compact counterpart, and whether a resurgent demand for "small" phones is inevitable. (The answer, I believe, is yes. The review's coming next week, so be patient.)

Then we delve into BlackBerry -- dry, I know, but bear with us -- and its enterprise aspirations. BES 12BBM Meetings and more all sound boring on paper, but it's the best position the company's been in years. We also discuss the Canadian company's partnership with Samsung, which just held its own developer conference this week and announced a bevy of interesting -- and less interesting -- products and services.

We reference Microsoft's first official Lumia device branded under its own name; WIND's continued talks with Videotron; and, of course, Taylor Swift's rift with Spotify.

This is SyrupCast. Thanks for listening.

Direct download: syrupcast21.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

SyrupCast 20: How To Lose a Billion in Ten Months

We chat about Rogers' new Roam Like Home deal and how it compares to KnowRoaming and Roam Mobility.

There's a big discussion about the Nexus 9 and the iPad mini 3, and how they compare as productivity devices -- which one do you think wins the argument?

We talk a lot about security and the NSA, a little about the state of mid-range Android devices, and there's a long discussion on whether Microsoft still has its head in the game when it comes to Windows Phone.

It's a long one, but this SyrupCast is worth listening to until the end.

Running time: 108 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Direct download: syrupcast20-3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

It was the rainy day of Hallowe'en

When Daniel slipped and broke his screen

Jane called him a jerk

Doug started to twerk

And the podcat went PG-13.

Direct download: syrupcast19.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Featured Stories

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 EST

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.

Featured News

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 EST

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 EST