SyrupCast (technology)

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicRose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke and Zach Gilbert, bid a tearful goodbye to Pebble, one of the first manufacturers to release a smartwatch.

This week the company announced that Fitbit would be acquiring Pebble for a significantly reduced price, essentially buying the Canadian founded wearable manufacturer for spare parts. The SyrupCast crew wonders at what point Pebble took a turn for the worse, and if they could have done something differently.

Next, the team examines the most recent Samsung S8 rumours. Will the likely soon-to-be announced smartphone fare better than the Note 7? 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

 

Direct download: MS99_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic, start off the podcast with some candid takes on Freedom Mobile's first week. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded simultaneously with the launch of its LTE network, though the network didn't actually launch on November 27th as the company stated. The team wonders how this move will affect the "new" brand's reputation.

Next, the MobileSyrup squad goes through a run-down of some of the Google Pixel's recently uncovered issues. Were the first reviews too quick to give the phone a glowing recommendation? Finally, the SyrupCast discusses Moto's decision to step away from the wearable market for the foreseeable future. Although the choice does not come as much of a surprise, it means Android Wear fans will now have one less option.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicIan Hardy, Patrick O'Rourke and Jessica Vomiero, are joined by Josh McConnell, tech producer at the Financial Post. To start off the show, the crew delves into Wind's recent rebranding to Freedom Mobile and what that means for the telecom.  

Next, in a rather confusing series of events, VentureBeat reported that Equibit, a Toronto-based Blockchain security startup, named controversial tech figure John McAfee as its Chief Security Officer. Not long after, this claim was disputed by McAfee himself via Twitter. The MobileSyrup team was able to reach out to McAfee to get to the bottom of it all. The podcast crew wants to know, where was the disconnect?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Direct download: MS_97_finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Igor Bonifacic, recap Rose's experience in New York at the Snapdragon Technology Summit for the announcement of Qualcomm's new 10-nanometer chip, the Snapdragon 835. The crew also talks about the rumour that Amazon Prime Video could come to Canada soon, with thew new stemming from a by a tweet from former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

In the second half of the show the team talks about CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais' impassioned keynote at the annual Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications conference, providing the SyrupCast team with insight into the current mindset of the CRTC and its future role in the Canadian telecom industry.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

SyrupCast 95: Living the next 4 years in a virtual world

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic discuss the implications of a Trump Presidency for Canadian tech and the tech world in general. The U.S. election has everyone voicing strong opinions and MobileSyrup's editorial staff is no different; the views expressed in this episode are not representative of MobileSyrup, but rather individual members of our staff.

As an escape from reality, the team talks about the Google Daydream View, the next iteration of Cardboard. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts.

Trumped up tech: 1:20

Daydream: 16:05

Shoutouts: 26:50

Direct download: MS_95_finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we're steering away from mobile for the day and talking all about the latest and greatest in the world of personal computers.

Co-hosts Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Igor Bonifacic discuss Apple's much anticipated iteration of the Macbook Pro and dig into the details of Microsoft's Surface Studio. Is Microsoft coming for Apple's title as the big game in town? The team also laments the downfall of Vine as they discuss their own personal experiences using the application. Could Vine have been saved? Or was it past due to be retired? Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Music credit: Jimmy Fontanez - Dub Hub

Macbook Pro Impressions: 1:20

Twitter and Vine: 17:05

Microsoft Surface Studio: 23:07

Shoutouts: 28:55

Direct download: MS_Ep93-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Rose Behar, Jessica Vomiero, Douglas Soltys join Igor Bonifacic to talk about the final demise of Samsung's Note7 and Android Pay coming to Canada. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Douglas Soltys and Jessica Vomiero

Duration: 30:11

Direct download: SyrupCast91_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the first smartphone built from the ground up by Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as Rogers' new worry-free data management feature. Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke join Igor Bonifacic to discuss their hot takes on Google's devices and ask the question, is Google becoming more like Apple?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

On this week's episode of SyrupCast, we dig into the downfall of BlackBerry's hardware division. Zach Gilbert, previously of TheBerryFix and Crackberry.com, and now MobileSyrup's director of social media and community manager, joins the podcast to give us his views on what went wrong.

Also providing his views on Blackberry's decision, Douglas Soltys, editor in chief of BetaKit and former blog manager at RIM. As always, MobileSyrup senior editors Patrick O'Rourke and Igor Bonifacic also drop knowledge on both BlackBerry and Shomi on this week's podcast.

Direct download: MobileSyrup89_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Welcome to the new and improved Syrupcast!

On this episode of our new an improved podcast we talk about the Note 7's ongoing recall, detailing exactly how the process is going to work, Google's new chat app Allo and the continued disaster that is Yahoo.

Direct download: MobileSyrup_88_finalcut.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:22pm EST