SyrupCast

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

SyrupCast Episode 13: So bias

Here we are, bringing you our thirteenth and best podcast to date. The days are getting shorter, but the number of smartphones being released is quickly ramping up.

This week, we chat about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 and what's next from Apple. We also delve into the rumoured demise of Android Silver, and what that means for the Nexus line.

Then we move into WIND Mobile's fate now that the company's ownership has been sorted, and why that may put Videotron in a difficult position.

And finally, we reminisce about old HTC tablets as we look forward to the company's rumoured Nexus 9, slated to be released in mid-October alongside Android L.

Featured News

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Starbucks for Android (free)
Douglas: Checky for iOS and Android (free) 
Jane: Kitten Taxi for iOS and Android (free)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_13.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

This week, we talk about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's new payment system, and Watch, the first wearable from the world's biggest tech company.

Running Time: 64 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Notes: We had some issues with the source recording from this episode, so you'll notice some parts of the recording are slightly sped up and contain crackling. Please power through these short sections, as they don't last long, and we'll make sure such a thing doesn't happen again.

Direct download: SyrupCastEpisode12-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:14am EST

SyrupCast Episode 11: Smartphone Apoplexy

This week, we discuss all of the week's many smartphone, tablet and wearable announcements, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch and more.

Featured Stories

Running time: 48 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_11_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

We made it to episode 10 of SyrupCast! Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has listened, given us compliments and feedback, and content suggestions for future segments. We're listening.

This week, as we get ready for the September onslaught, we dive into the idea that the next Nexus will be built by Motorola, and what it means for Lenovo's place in the Android ecosystem. Then there's the iPhone 6, which has been confirmed to launch on September 9th, Samsung and LG's new smartwatches -- which were announced last night at roughly the same time -- Rogers launching shomi, a Netflix competitor, and a new 30GB shared data plan. And finally, Cyanogen working on something really cool with former HTC, Motorola and Google execs.

App of the week:

Running time: 85 minutes
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_10_-_MP3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

 

This week, we talk about WIND Mobile's new lower roaming fees, Bell's tough time with the CRTC, Windows Phone 8.1 for the Lumia lineup, Thalmic's Myo teaming up with smart glasses, and a first peek at Telus's BlackBerry Passport.

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_9_-_Final_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

In this week's episode, we talk about the most interesting smartphones either on the market, or those coming soon. Specifically, Daniel, Doug, Ian and Jane chat about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6, the Moto X+1, the HTC W8 for Windows, Microsoft's upcoming 'selfie' phone, the Nexus 6 and, of course, the OnePlus One controversy.

Galaxy Note 4 rumours -- potentially curved-edged display, 4GB RAM, UV sensor
iPhone 6 rumours - bigger screen, faster chip, better camera. What else?
Motorola launching Moto X+1, Moto G2, Moto 360 and more on September 4th
New Microsoft/Nokia devices coming at IFA -- Is PureView still relevant?
HTC Windows Phone -- does it have a chance?
OnePlus One -- is this device still relevant given all the bad press?
Is OnePlus sexist or just plain stupid?
Nexus 6 going to be a 5.9-inch 1080p device?

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Ian Hardy, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_8_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

Welcome to another week of what is turning out to be a pretty entertaining summer in the smartphone industry.

Last week, Rogers bore the brunt of the blame in what the CRTC calls 'unjust discriminination' against new entrants in regards to domestic roaming. The issue at hand is exclusivity: Rogers is accused of forcing new entrants like Wind, Mobilicity, Eastlink and others to sign exclusivity agreements for domestic roaming, preventing them from negotiating with other service providers and thus keeping prices high. While the CRTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will regulate the price of domestic roaming outside of preventing incumbents from charging new entrants more than they charge their customers, the move bodes well for companies looking to expand service at reasonable costs.

We delve into that issue and more in Week 7. This is SyrupCast's Domestic Roaming-apalooza.

Stories discussed:

Running time: 62 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader & Douglas Soltys

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_7_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

SyrupCast Episode 6: Angel's in the details

This week, we contemplate the future of wireless in Canada. And what is wireless exactly? Less and less of our content is taking up by what we'd refer to as "traditional" mobile products. Instead, we fill the proverbial pages of our days with wearables like Thalmic's Myo gesture band, Oculus Rift's new virtual reality headset, Samsung's myriad smartwatches, and other gadgets that pair with our smartphones.

And yet as we get further away from core mobile, we always end up back at the beginning: the smartphone really is the centre of our digital world, and increasingly at the expense of other products. In our Tête-à-Tête this week, Douglas and I talk about whether affordable phablets are going to be the death of the tablet as a category, or whether the two will merely morph into a single type of product. So, in our podcast this week, we talk about just that, the affordable phablet, and how companies like Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus and others are meting swift blows on the traditional subsidized smartphone business model.

And from there we talk about mobile plan pricing, because we've been dancing around the subject for weeks.

News

Feature

We discuss the drastic changes in smartphone plan pricing since the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, and what it means for the future of handsets in Canada.

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Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_6_-_96.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36am EST

SyrupCast Episode 5: Culture Club Sandwich

This week on the SyrupCast, we're joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs.

We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple's app stores, and we'll delve into the Nvidia Shield Tablet, a brand new gaming-oriented Android tablet.

App Roundup

Daniel - Carousel by Dropbox (iPhoneAndroid)

Douglas - Tinder (iPhoneAndroid) / Swarm (iPhoneAndroid)

Jane - Android Wear Watchfaces (various apps)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntagart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 84 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_5.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:54pm EST