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This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Peter Nowak to talk about former Telus executive, Ian Scott, joining the CRTC and the future of wireless in Canada.

Scott, who has 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry, will be taking over as the head of the CRTC. The team is wondering if Scott will follow in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Blais and be a consumer advocate, or if he will toe the party line.

As the government works hard to ensure fair rulings in Telecom, the industry itself is trying to push for improved technology and better offerings. Huawei and Telus just finished testing 5G technology in BC and the advances has the SyrupCast team pondering the future impact on wireless in Canada.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Peter Nowak

Total runtime: 39:23
Ian Scott to head the CRTC: 2:00
5G: 22:40
Shoutouts: 33:00

 

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out poorly designed voice chat system. Peter gives his shoutout to the Jay's and their abysmal season thus far. Rose's shoutout goes to Bean Boozled. Finally, this week Igor shouts out the GoPro Film Guidebook.

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

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Dean Daley, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke, talk about Fido's announcement to offer five free hours of data per month to their Pulse plan customers.

The announcement comes just a week after Roger's, the owner of Fido, bumped their data overage charges up significantly.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Dean Daley

Total runtime: 35:05
Fido: 1:10
Shoutouts: 28:45

 

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Arms -- a game he didn't anticipate liking. Dean gives his shoutout to Android Police and their rendering of

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke, discuss the ever increasing costs of owning a smartphone in Canada and get nostalgic about the past.

Rogers increased its data overage rate this week by 40 percent and this has a lot of consumers up in arms. The team discusses what this rate hikes mean to the average consumer, why the cost has gone up so drastically, and what we can expect to see from the other carriers following this increase.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the iPhone (at least in the States), so the SyrupCast crew is getting nostalgic over smartphones of the past and talking about their personal favourites.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode! 

Hosts: Igor BonifacicZach GilbertPatrick O'Rourke and Rose Behar

Total runtime: 53:14
Rogers increases overages: 1:30
Favourite past smartphones & listener remarks: 25:00
Shoutouts: 44:55

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out the sfans adapter. Zach gives his shoutout to Canada's Wonderland and the new ride -- soaring timbers. Rose's shoutout goes to UberEATS for surpassing 100 cities. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Hollow Knight.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

This week, the SyrupCast crew -- Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke -- are joined by tech journalist and MobileSyrup contributor, Teddy Kritsonis, to discuss the Google Home coming to Canada and the release of iOS 11 beta.

Canadian's have been long awaiting the arrival of a smart speaker north of the border. The Google Home is the first to be released officially in Canada and both Teddy and Patrick have had the opportunity to set one up and use them in their homes.

This week also saw the public release of Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 11. Zach and Patrick have downloaded and installed the update on their phones and tested out some of the operating system's newest features.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicZach GilbertPatrick O'Rourke and Teddy Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:55
Google Home: 1:30
iOS 11: 25:30
Shoutouts: 37:15

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out I Am Setsuna. Zach gives his shoutout to MobileSyrup's sister site BetaKit for Dead By Daylight. Teddy's shoutout goes to the amended drone rules. Finally, this week Igor shouts out the Expanse series.

Direct download: MS_127_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Last week under the leadership of departing Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, the CRTC announced that Canadian carriers can no longer charge unlocking fees.

As of December 1st, 2017, all phones sold in Canada will no longer be carrier-locked. The decision is being touted as a win by consumer advocates because it means that the barrier to switching carriers and finding more competitive rates, has just been significantly minimized.

This week, the SyrupCast crew -- Igor BonifacicIan Hardy, and Rose Behar -- are joined by Globe and Mail telecom reporter, Christine Dobby, to discuss the tenure of CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and the rulings that have been set out under his leadership.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy and Christine Dobby

Total runtime: 44:30

Shoutouts: 40:00

Rose shouts out the Huawei-Telus 5G tests. Ian gives his shoutout to MobileSyrup's sister site BetaKit for their event last week celebrating Canadian innovation in the start up space. Christine's shoutout goes to her colleague's exclusive interview with Warren Buffett. Finally, this week Igor shouts out a birthday gift that Rose got him -- Norwegian Wood by Murakami.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:52am EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Sameer Chhabra, and Brad Shankar are joined by Patrick O'Rourke who is live on location in LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3.

Patrick fills the team in on how this year's E3 differed from previous years by letting in the general public and how he thinks that may affect the direction the conference goes in next year. The team weighs in on some of the most significant announcements, such as the new Xbox One X, Nintendo's announcements -- both Switch-related and otherwise, and long awaited game reveals from Ubisoft's Canadian studios.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'Rourke, Brad Shankar, Sameer Chhabra

Total runtime: 36:29

E3: 2:30
Shoutouts: 31:25

 

Patrick is bringing us the #SwitchMinute straight from E3. This week, his shoutout is more of a head shake in the direction of Nyko and their strange E3 booth. New to the pod, Sameer Chhabra, shouts out the CRTC for requiring all phones be unlocked by December 1st. Brad sends his shoutout to the parody Twitter account CEO Kaz Hirai. Last but not least, Igor shouts out departing intern Sameer Chhabra, who will be starting with CBC this coming week.

Direct download: SyrupCast125-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Zach Gilbert are joined by Patrick O'Rourke who is live on location in San Jose for this year's WWDC.

This week, Apple held its annual developer conference, WWDC, in San Jose, California. The main event was chalk full of major announcements for developers, but surprisingly also contained many hardware reveals. Among some of the more notable announcements were a Kaby Lake-powered iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro, ARKit, iOS 11, a new10.5 inch iPad Pro, and the HomePod.

The Canadian Telecom Summit was also this week. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, called for the CRTC to reconsider their previous decision regarding MVNO access to incumbent networks. Closing out the conference was a message from south of the border. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, addressed the conference via video message, advocating against heavy regulation in the telecom industry.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharZach Gilbert

Total runtime: 55:23

WWDC: 1:45
Listener Mail: 28:10
Canadian Telecom Summit: 39:50
Shoutouts: 51:30

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Rose tips her hat to the Huawei P10 Lite. Zach, avid movie-goer, shouts out the Cineplex 4DX theatre -- the first of its kInd in Canada. Last but not least, Igor is shouting out US Politics and the Comey Senate hearing.

Direct download: SyrupCast124-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:43pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Dean Daley debate the usefulness of Android Pay and ask if it's 'Essential' for another high-end smartphone to enter the market?

On Wednesday, Android Pay officially launched in Canada. Not all major banks are supported on the platform however, with both TD and RBC notably absent. Previous mobile payment platforms such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay have not experienced large-scale adoption in Canada yet, so the SyrupCast team is skeptical whether Android Pay will reach a mainstream audience.

Andy Rubin's new company Essential has announced its first smartphone. The phone features many of the same trademarks as other high-end Android devices currently on the market. The unveiling has the SyrupCast crew wondering, do we really need another competitor in an already flooded Android market?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us a voice recording of your question or comment and you may end up featured in a future episode!

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharDean Daley

Total runtime: 47:03

Android Pay: 1:40
Just the Essentials: 18:20
Listener Mail: 34:08
Shoutouts: 42:25

 

Dean's shoutout goes to Andy Rubin and his interests in AI. Rose is giving a round of applause to Zach Gilbert, MobileSyrup social media and community manager, for his Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scale review. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to the Nintendo Switch's ever complicated voice chat system. Finally, Igor is shouting out former MobileSyrup editor, Daniel Bader, and his review of the Moto Z2 Play.

Direct download: SyrupCast_123_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

This week the SyrupCast is trying something new! We are asking you, our listeners, to send in your questions, comments, thoughts, and anything you would like addressed on the podcast.

Send us an email to podcast@mobilesyrup.com. If you're feeling extra adventurous, send us an audio recording of your question and it may make it into a future episode!

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, and Ted Kritsonis sit down to chat about Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro.

The team is excited to talk about the direction that Microsoft is headed with its Surface Pro 4 refresh, the Surface Pro. Is it possible that this is finally a true start to Microsoft's app ecosystem? Will we see a high-end smartphone next?

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

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharTed Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:52

Surface Pro: 1:20
Shoutouts: 36:30

 

Ted's shoutout goes to 'The Woz' and his Toronto appearance. Rose is pumped about Android Pay coming to Canada and pouring one out for Roger Moore. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to 8Bitdo for making its retro-inspired controllers compatible with the Switch . Finally, Igor is back to book suggestions and this week his shoutout goes to Stay A While and Listen.

Direct download: SYRUPCAST122_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Brad Shankar discuss the ins and outs of this year's Google I/O.

Google I/O's keynote included major announcements this year, especially for Canadians, with the Google Home finally becoming available north of the border. Along with hardware announcements came updates to Android O, Google's next-gen mobile operating system. We also learned that Android Pay is finally set to officially launch in Canada at some point in the near future.

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

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose BeharBrad Shankar

 

Total runtime: 32:57

Google I/O: 1:15
Android O thoughts: 22:30
Shoutouts: 28:00

Shoutouts

Brad's shoutout goes to Injustice 2. Rose gives a nod to Tecla, a company helping differently-abled people use touchscreen devices. Patrick, per usual, gives a shoutout to the new and funky coloured Nintendo Switch controllers. Finally, Igor pays homage to the late, great Chris Cornell, who passed away this week.

Direct download: SyrupCast_121_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:05pm EST