SyrupCast
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.

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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

SyrupCast 32: I experimented with different platforms in college

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

Direct download: syrupcast32.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

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
Guest: Ben Klass

Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

Direct download: SyrupCast_31-3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

SyrupCast 30: Hello, is it LTE you're looking for?

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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Direct download: syrupcast30.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:01am EST

SyrupCast 29: Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!

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

Direct download: SyrupCast29.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

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

Direct download: syrupcast28.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:57am EST

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

 

Direct download: syrupcast27.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

SyrupCast 26: InfoSec Taylor Swift

On SyrupCast 26, we enjoy the company of our first guest, freelance writer, security analyst, .Digest curator and all-round awesome guy, Matthew Braga.

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

Direct download: SyrupCast26.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:34pm EST