SyrupCast

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and Ian Hardy talk about the LG G6 and Toronto City Council's plea to the CRTC for unlimited data.

This week marks the Canadian launch of LG's newest flagship phone, the G6. Following the recent release of Samsung's Galaxy S8, the SyrupCast crew is asking if this is a swing and a miss for LG? Does a $100 price difference make any difference to someone in the market for a new high-end smart phone?

It is no secret that Canadian's pay exorbitant amounts for cell phone plans in comparison to other countries, and MobileSyrup has gone into great detail covering this issue many times in the past.

This week, Toronto's City Council has jumped on the bandwagon by introducing a motion asking the CRTC to pursue getting all major Canadian carriers to offer reasonably priced unlimited data plans. The motion passed, but the SyrupCast team is skeptical of the true intent behind the discussion and whether it will actually lead to any change.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor BonifacicIan HardyRose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 40:07

G6 or S8?: 1:50
Unlimited Data, just a pipe dream?: 22:45
Shoutouts: 34:58

Direct download: SyrupCast115_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar are joined by TechCrunch staff writer Darrell Etherington to discuss their reactions to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

This past week, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+. MobileSyrup went hands-on with the much anticipated devices and are bringing you their hot takes on the device on this week's podcast. Although the phone will not be available until April 21st, Canadians are able to pre-order the devices now.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode.

Did we mention that we're also giving away a Bell Samsung Galaxy S8? Enter by April 13th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST for your chance to win.

Hosts: Igor BonifacicRose BeharZach Gilbert and Darrell Etherington

 

Total runtime: 33:02

All about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: 1:45
Shoutouts: 27:20

Direct download: SyrupCast_114_s8pod-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

This week, the SyrupCast crew is mixing up the hosting duties and bringing you their hot takes on Android O, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and Apple's Project Red. Join Ian Hardy, Rose Behar, and Zach Gilbert as they dig into the biggest mobile news of the week! Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to give us yours.  

Total runtime: 40:29

Android O: 2:15

Samsung Galaxy S8: 16:30

Project Red: 27:05

Shoutouts: 36:05

Direct download: SyrupCast113-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:09pm EDT

This week, the SyrupCast crew is taking you on a tour of their go-to apps - Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Zach Gilbert each select three of their favourite mobile apps to share with the rest of the team and you, the listener!

Igor's picks: 1. Instapaper 2. Snapseed (and for Android) 3. 1Password

Jessica's picks: 1. One Big Thing 2. Timeline 3. Netflix (specifically offline functionality)

Patrick's picks: 1. Transit 2. Impossible Road 3. Plex

Zach's picks: 1. Zombies, Run! 2. Cineplex App 3. Deliveries

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's reasons for their choices and jump in the comments to tell us what your go-to apps are. Total runtime: 49:05

 

Direct download: MS_112-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Rose Behar talk about John Pecman, the Competition Bureau Commissioner, and his comments regarding the prices of wireless plans in Canada. The team then switches gears to talk about Google Assistant finally starting to hit some Canadian Android user's smartphones. 

As all Canadians with a cell phones will tell you, Canadian wireless plans are among the most expensive plans in the world. In recent years, the CRTC has started to step in and regulate pricing, but this week John Pecman, the Competition Bureau Commissioner, has suggested that the burden of finding a reasonably priced plan should fall to the consumer. His comments have been met by a less than favourable response.

Google Assistant is finally here for some non-Pixel Android owners. Canadians with Android phones running Marshmallow 0r Nougat are now receiving access to Google's AI-powered personal helper.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think about this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeRose Behar and Jessica Vomiero

Total runtime: 36:05

The Competition Bureau: 2:55
Google Assistant in Canada: 17:05
Shoutouts: 33:10

 

Direct download: MobileSyrup_111-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis to talk about the announcements from Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the arrest of Samsung heir, Jay Y. Lee.

Over this past week, the SyrupCast team has been keeping a close eye on MWC, covering all the smartphone reveals at the conference. With a plethora of new phones announced from Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG, the team ranks their top picks.

Samsung is back in the news for more unsavoury business this week, leaving the SyrupCast crew and many people around the world wondering, who will be left to lead the South Korean tech giant?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeRose Behar and Ted Kritsonis

 

Total runtime: 41:01

Mobile World Congress: 2:00
Samsung's arrested state: 26:20
Shoutouts: 36:30

Direct download: SyrupCast110_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar discuss recent Qualcomm announcements and the team's favourite phones from Mobile World Congress.

MobileSyrup staff writer, Rose Behar, travelled to the west coast recently to catch up with Qualcomm to learn more about the future of 5G. This week on the podcast, she brings back her newly acquired knowledge and some hot takes on the future of wireless networks.

This weekend is also Mobile World Congress, the holy grail event for anyone interested in the future of mobile technology. The SyrupCast team gives some insight into what to expect from the event this year and makes predictions on which phones will be the centre of the media's attention.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'RourkeRose Behar

 

Total runtime: 27:52

Qualcomm: 2:20
Mobile World Congress: 15:30
Shoutouts: 22:45

Direct download: MS109-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O'Rourke and Ian Hardy discuss Bell's acquisition of MTS and also go through a rundown of the highlights from the CRTC's recent Wireless Code review.

Bell recently finally received regulatory approval to finalize its acquisition of Manitoba's regional wireless carrier, MTS. The new network, Bell MTS, will be launching on March 17th, 2017.

In other CRTC news, the online discussion portion of the review of The Wireless Code has been extended until February 20th. Among other things, last week's review brought unlocking fees and disability services to the forefront of conversation surrounding Canada's telecommunications sector. The SyrupCast team remains hopeful that these discussions will continue and lead to progress and changes in Canada's wireless code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to let us know what you think of this week's episode.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica VomieroPatrick O'Rourke, Ian Hardy 

 

Total runtime: 33:27

Bell acquires MTS: 1:20
CRTC wireless code review highlights: 21:00
Shoutouts: 31:30

Direct download: MS_pod_108_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about the launch of Android Wear 2.0, as well as examine the Canadian telecom industry's sky-high mobile prices.

LG has officially announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, both of which will run off of Android Wear 2.0. Although the company has confirmed the devices will be coming to Canada, it has yet to announce a solid date for their release.

This week the CRTC also held a review of The Wireless Code in Gatineau, Quebec. Among other suggested changes, the CRTC is discussing implementing stricter regulations on wireless service cancellation fees. During the review, Freedom Mobile called on the CRTC to get rid of unlocking fees while adjusting the regulations spelled out in the now three year old Wireless Code.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 38:57

Android Wear 2.0 Launch: 1:12
CRTC & the wireless code: 15:00
Shoutouts: 36:00

Direct download: MS_107_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke take a look at the the CRTC's decision to feature American commercials in the Canadian broadcast of the Super Bowl.

The team also talks about the ZenWatch 3 and the future of Google's smartwatch operating system, Android Wear 2.0

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

 

Total runtime: 36:29

CRTC throws a flag on the play: 1:38
Android Wear 2.0: 16:00
Shoutouts: 31:25

Direct download: MS-106_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT