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This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Dean Daley are joined by Rose Behar who is attending Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle.

With Build 2017 already well underway, Rose walks the team through all of the latest announcements from Microsoft as well as what the company seems to have left in its past.

Also in the news this week, Amazon announced the new Echo Show, a voice activated speaker that feature's a 7-inch touch screen. This device unveiling comes on the heels of Microsoft's Cortana-powered Invoke announcement, whispers of a Windows 10 HomeHub, and rumours that Apple is also aiming to make a play into the smart home market with its own device.

The team is beginning to wonder, are voice activated smart home devices the new tech frontier? Or are they just another tech gimmick bound to be forgotten in a few years.

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

Hosts: Igor BonifacicPatrick O'RourkeRose Behar, Dean Daley

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Total runtime: 29:18

Microsoft Build 2017: 1:30
Amazon Echo Show: 10:15
Shoutouts: 25:05

Direct download: MS_120_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar welcome MobileSyrup's newest staff writer Bradly Shankar to the podcast, and talk all about Microsoft's New York City education event.

On Tuesday, Microsoft held an education-focused hardware event in New York City. In attendance to take it all in was MobileSyrup senior reporter, Rose Behar. Among the announcements were the new Surface Laptop, mixed reality using the Surface Laptop's webcam, an educational version of Minecraft, and Windows 10 S -- a slimmed down, education-focused response to Google's Chrome OS.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Brad Shankar

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

Total runtime: 26:17

Microsoft's Education Event: 1:26
Shoutouts: 22:05

Direct download: MS119_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Rose Behar give the low down on the fight for net neutrality in Canada.

On April 20th, the CRTC ruled that Videotron's zero rated Unlimited Music service could no longer operate in its current form given the carriers preferential treatment of certain customers and music streaming platforms.

The CRTC also went on to use this ruling as a means of strengthening their stance in favour of net neutrality by introducing stricter regulations regarding differential pricing. These new guidelines has a Trump advisor in the U.S., a country that recently opted to go the opposite direction in regards to net neutrality, up in arms.

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'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Rose Behar

 

Total runtime: 36:16

CRTC net neutrality: 1:45
Shoutouts: 32:20

Direct download: SyrupCast_118_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Ian Hardy give their updated perspectives on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and speculate about Andy Rubin's rumoured Android phone.

The MobileSyrup team has had its hands on the Galaxy S8 for a few weeks now and is bringing you their more detailed impressions of the device, including the phone's design, comparing it to LG's G6 and Bixby's lacklustre launch. The team also discusses a new (though also kind of old player) possibly player entering the game very soon.

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Google's Android operating system, is working on a new smartphone called the 'Essential' following the device's promising looking specs recently leaking.

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'Rourke, Zach Gilbert, and Ian Hardy

 

Total runtime: 36:49

Hands-on S8 reviews: 1:25
Is Andy Rubin building the best android smartphone on the market?: 17:15
Shoutouts: 33:40

Direct download: syrupcast117-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This week the SyrupCast is 'Switch-ing' it up and bringing you a special video game focused episode.

After having a couple of weeks to play with the Nintendo SwitchMobileSyrup senior editors Igor Bonifacic and Patrick O'Rourke, as well TechCrunch transportation and automotive reporter Darrell Etherington and Financial Post reporter Josh McConnell, sit down to discuss their initial impressions of the console.

The squad talks about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and looks at the system's future release line-up, which as of right now, still looks pretty sparse.

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.

Note: This podcast was recorded prior to the announcement of new summer game releases and a Joy-con battery pack accessory. 

Hosts: Patrick O'RourkeDarrell EtheringtonRose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 34:46

Direct download: SyrupCast_SWITCH_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST