SyrupCast

Today is finally the day! It's the 100th episode of MobileSyrup's SyrupCast.

As a nostalgic throwback in celebration of 100 glorious episodes, two of the original crew -- Douglas Soltys, BetaKit's editor in chief, and Daniel Bader, Android Central's managing editor and MobileSyrup's former editor in chief -- rejoin the podcast to reflect on past shows and the present state of mobile.

This week, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Douglas Soltys, and Daniel Bader dig into the details of Rogers and Fido adding RCS messaging.

The team then discusses the launch of Amazon Prime Video in Canada. The new-to-Canada service officially launched on Wednesday, but has significantly limited content in comparison to its U.S. counterpart. The SyrupCast crew poses the question, how many streaming services do you actually need to subscribe to get all the content you want?

Last but not least, Freedom Mobile has finally activated its LTE network. Is this a step in the right direction for the recently rebranded Canadian telecom, or is this too little too late?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Direct download: MS100_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicRose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke and Zach Gilbert, bid a tearful goodbye to Pebble, one of the first manufacturers to release a smartwatch.

This week the company announced that Fitbit would be acquiring Pebble for a significantly reduced price, essentially buying the Canadian founded wearable manufacturer for spare parts. The SyrupCast crew wonders at what point Pebble took a turn for the worse, and if they could have done something differently.

Next, the team examines the most recent Samsung S8 rumours. Will the likely soon-to-be announced smartphone fare better than the Note 7? 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

 

Direct download: MS99_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic, start off the podcast with some candid takes on Freedom Mobile's first week. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded simultaneously with the launch of its LTE network, though the network didn't actually launch on November 27th as the company stated. The team wonders how this move will affect the "new" brand's reputation.

Next, the MobileSyrup squad goes through a run-down of some of the Google Pixel's recently uncovered issues. Were the first reviews too quick to give the phone a glowing recommendation? Finally, the SyrupCast discusses Moto's decision to step away from the wearable market for the foreseeable future. Although the choice does not come as much of a surprise, it means Android Wear fans will now have one less option.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Direct download: MS_98_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicIan Hardy, Patrick O'Rourke and Jessica Vomiero, are joined by Josh McConnell, tech producer at the Financial Post. To start off the show, the crew delves into Wind's recent rebranding to Freedom Mobile and what that means for the telecom.  

Next, in a rather confusing series of events, VentureBeat reported that Equibit, a Toronto-based Blockchain security startup, named controversial tech figure John McAfee as its Chief Security Officer. Not long after, this claim was disputed by McAfee himself via Twitter. The MobileSyrup team was able to reach out to McAfee to get to the bottom of it all. The podcast crew wants to know, where was the disconnect?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Direct download: MS_97_finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Igor Bonifacic, recap Rose's experience in New York at the Snapdragon Technology Summit for the announcement of Qualcomm's new 10-nanometer chip, the Snapdragon 835. The crew also talks about the rumour that Amazon Prime Video could come to Canada soon, with thew new stemming from a by a tweet from former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

In the second half of the show the team talks about CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais' impassioned keynote at the annual Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications conference, providing the SyrupCast team with insight into the current mindset of the CRTC and its future role in the Canadian telecom industry.

Direct download: MS_96_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

SyrupCast 95: Living the next 4 years in a virtual world

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O'Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic discuss the implications of a Trump Presidency for Canadian tech and the tech world in general. The U.S. election has everyone voicing strong opinions and MobileSyrup's editorial staff is no different; the views expressed in this episode are not representative of MobileSyrup, but rather individual members of our staff.

As an escape from reality, the team talks about the Google Daydream View, the next iteration of Cardboard. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts.

Trumped up tech: 1:20

Daydream: 16:05

Shoutouts: 26:50

Direct download: MS_95_finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

On this episode of the Syrupcast, co-hosts Igor BonifacicJessica Vomiero and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by renowned Canadian tech journalist, Peter Nowak, who comes on the podcast to discuss the CRTC's stance on net neutrality.

Direct download: MS_94_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we're steering away from mobile for the day and talking all about the latest and greatest in the world of personal computers.

Co-hosts Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Igor Bonifacic discuss Apple's much anticipated iteration of the Macbook Pro and dig into the details of Microsoft's Surface Studio. Is Microsoft coming for Apple's title as the big game in town? The team also laments the downfall of Vine as they discuss their own personal experiences using the application. Could Vine have been saved? Or was it past due to be retired? Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Music credit: Jimmy Fontanez - Dub Hub

Macbook Pro Impressions: 1:20

Twitter and Vine: 17:05

Microsoft Surface Studio: 23:07

Shoutouts: 28:55

Direct download: MS_Ep93-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we bid farewell to Rogers CEO Guy Laurence. The MobileSyrup crew, including Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, Ian Hardy, and Igor Bonifacic speculate on what this change in leadership may mean for the Canadian telecom giant.

The team also discusses the rumours circling Apple's upcoming Macbook Pro redesign and the current uncertainty surrounding the often-rumoured Apple car. We also take a deep dive into Tesla making the move to release fully autonomous cars across all of its models

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts, and jump in the comments to tell us what you think.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Jessica Vomiero and Ian Hardy

Duration: 36:08

We all discuss Guy Lawrence: 0:55

Zach Gilbert run down of next week: 13:44

Everyone talks Mac rumours: 14:35

Jessica talks Apple Car: 17:50

Tesla graveyard and autonomous cars: 20:00

Canada recruits students: 25:20

Direct download: MS_92-final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Rose Behar, Jessica Vomiero, Douglas Soltys join Igor Bonifacic to talk about the final demise of Samsung's Note7 and Android Pay coming to Canada. 

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Douglas Soltys and Jessica Vomiero

Duration: 30:11

Direct download: SyrupCast91_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:20pm EST