SyrupCast (technology)

This week on the SyrupCast, Ian Hardy, Rose Behar, Dean Daley, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss two of the year's most highly anticipated phones; the recently released Pixel 2XL, and the iPhone X.

Earlier this week was saw reports that the Pixel 2 XL's POLED screen is suffering from display burn-in issues. Problems like this usually pop up following years of usage, but the issues with the Pixel 2 XL's display are appearing just days after purchasing the device.

Note: This weeks' SyrupCast was recorded prior to Google stating that the company plans to release a software update that will mitigate the screen burn-in problem the Pixel 2 XL suffers from.

Speaking of manufacturing issues -- Google isn't the only company with supply chain problems. Apple is reportedly having difficulty sourcing specific parts for the upcoming iPhone X. The phone makes use of new Face ID authentication technology that is difficult to manufacture to the accuracy necessary for reliable functionality.

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!

Total runtime: 31:48
Pixel 2XL screens: 1:30
iPhone X is extra exclusive: 13:40
Shoutouts: 26:00

Rose's shoutout is to Freedom Mobile's expansion to other devices. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Super Mario Odyssey being released. Ian gives a shoutout to Ted Rogers. Finally, Dean's shoutout goes to Sameer for getting his Masters degree.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss their thoughts on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The team also weighs in on the announcement that Alphabet is investing in Toronto.

Rose and Patrick both had the opportunity to review the brand new Pixel phones this week. The two chime in to give the team a well-rounded perspective on the updates to Google's new flagship smartphone.

Toronto is putting a bid in to bring the city into the future. Not only is Alphabet staking a claim to making Toronto a smart city, the #6ix is also doing its best to attract Amazon's HQ2. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks getting a new Amazon headquarters is what Toronto needs.

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, Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 37:33
Pixel 2: 1:45
To Amazon or not to Amazon?: 17:00
Shoutouts: 31:47

Rose's shoutout is dedicated to Sameer since it is his birthday. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out some new Switch updates. Sameer sends a shoutout to Tony Lacavera and Bruce Croxon for their help with quotes in recent stories. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Moto X4.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke break down the details of roaming with Canadian cell phones. The team is constantly on the road for press events, so they have a few tips and tricks up their sleeves to share with you.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team discuss their favourite roaming options, what services might cost you a surprising amount, and their thoughts on how roaming could be made better.

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, Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 34:47
Shoutouts: 28:24

Rose is talking about The Swift Life. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Nintendo creating a Gameboy mini. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Blade Runner 2049

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis to talk about Google's Pixel event and all things Sonos.

The team does a deep dive into Google's recently revealed Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Among the other announcements at the Google event were Google's Pixelbook, an updated Daydream View updates, and the Google Home Mini.

Ted, who literally just touched down in Toronto following his trip to New York for Sonos' recent event, shares his thoughts on the newly announced Sonos One. The device features Amazon Alexa integration with Google Assistant functionality coming soon, making it one of the most versatile speakers out there.

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, Patrick O'Rourke, Ted Kristonis

Total runtime: 36:22
Google Event announcements: 1:44
Sonos One: 25:55
Shoutouts: 30:55

Ted shouts out Sonos for opening up it's platforms and being set at a reasonable price. Rose is talking about Brad's mixed reality hands on. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, shouts out Stardew Valley and Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime both coming to the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Chance the Rapper.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss Netflix's announcement to dedicate half a billion dollars to Canadian content.

Canadian heritage minister Mélanie Joly revealed the new deal with the American streaming giant that will see Netflix develop a Canadian production 'presence' and contribute $500 million to Canadian content over the next five years.

It has yet to be revealed if the deal will entail a Canadian office and whether it will affect the tax status for the service in Canada. Reactions from Canada's media providers are mixed, but more details about Netflix's deal with the Canadian government still needs to be revealed.

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 and Patrick O'Rourke 

Total runtime: 35:28
Netflix commits to CanCon: 1:30
Shoutouts: 28:20

Rose is talking about Bell Canada's suggestion at the NAFTA meeting. Patrick is shouting out the Sphero mini. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Sony for their decision to abandon OmniBalance design.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke sit down to talk Apple reviews and get Frank about phones.

Patrick was at the Apple keynote recently and had the chance to check out all of Apple's new devices: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple TV 4K. He sits down with the team to discuss his thoughts on the new devices and where Apple may be headed.

Two young entrepreneurs in Ottawa found themselves in a bit of hot water recently after taking credit for designing a phone that was actually just a rebranded device purchase from Alibaba. Rose brings us a story about the Frank phone and sheds some light on both sides of the controversy. 

Finally, everyone's favourite part of phone announcements -- the leaks that tend to preempt them. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL designs have hit the web in advance of their official unveiling. The Syrupcast crew weighs in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's rumoured new look

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, Patrick O'Rourke and Sameer Chhabra.

Total runtime: 39:59
Apple reviews: 2:40
Frank phone: 9:10
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL: 26:55
Shoutouts: 36:04

Sameer's shoutout goes to Daniel Therrien. Rose is talking about the release of the LG V30. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to golfing on the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Wes Anderson!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Josh McConnell, technology editor at the Financial Post, to discuss all the announcements from Apple's keynote.

The Apple presentation this week showed off a variety of new devices, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X, the Apple watch 3 and a the Apple TV 4K. Both Patrick and Josh were in attendance at the much anticipated event and have plenty of takeaways to share with the SyrupCast crew.

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, Patrick O'Rourke and Josh McConnell

Total runtime: 41:16
Apple fall event: 2:00
Shoutouts: 36:46

Josh's shoutout goes to Patxi's Pizza. Rose is talking about Navdeep Bains defending his spectrum advantage for smaller competitors. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to the Super Mario Odyssey Edition for the Switch. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to The Current War!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke do their best to predict what will be unveiled at Apple's upcoming event.

Apple's iPhone 8 keynote is coming up soon on September 12th, so the team sits down and does their best to predict all the announcements they expect to see at the keynote. It's anticipated that there will be a few new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV set-top box, and possibly a new LTE Apple Watch as well.

This week also marks a SyrupCast milestone -- our first audio listener question! Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Sameer Chhabra, and Patrick O'Rourke

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!

Total runtime: 45:00
Apple predictions: 1:30
Listener questions: 27:30
Shoutouts: 40:10

Sameer's shoutout goes to Sabarish Gnanamoorthy. Rose is talking about Harman's CEO throwing shade. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to his brand new neon yellow joy-cons. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Rose because this week is her birthday!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ted Kritsonis, and Patrick O'Rourke dig into the pending rivalry between Google and Apple's AR offerings.

WWDC this year brought us ARKit from Apple, but there is now another option for developers -- ARCore from Google. As the consumer version of iOS 11 is hitting phones in a few weeks, this arms race is bound to continue heating up.

With the Samsung Note series back in action and the LG V30 recently revealed, the SyrupCast is comparing and contrasting flagship phones. Ted and Patrick were both at the release events and give their thoughts on what both phones have to offer.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

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

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!

Total runtime: 38:48
ARcode vs ARKit: 2:00
V30 vs Note 8: 19:00
Shoutouts: 32:52

Ted's shoutout goes to Houston and all of the efforts going to disaster relief. Rose is talking about Sony and their flagship phone. Patrick, during the #SwitchMinute, gives a shoutout to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Finally, Igor's shoutout goes to Wind River.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy, and Sameer Chhabra discuss Samsung's triumphant return to the Note series and the increase in Rogers' Roam Like Home pricing.

Last year's Note 7 issues are behind us now, but the reminders of Samsung's problems can still be found at airports. The SyrupCast crew is wondering if the release of the Note 8 will be enough to overcome the Note 7's errors.

Additionally, they're pondering how the Note 8 stacks up in comparison to the other smartphone options now. With the Essential phone, Samsung's own Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, and the pending iPhone 8 launch - competition is fierce.

In other mobile news this week, Roger's has increased the price of their Roam Like Home deal. The option has increased to $6 per day.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy and Sameer Chhabra

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!

Total runtime: 35:38
Note 8: 1:40
Roam like home: 24:47

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Dean Daley, Sameer Chhabra, and Brad Shankar discuss their thoughts about the Essential phone and discuss the direction streaming video platforms are headed.

Igor recently got his hands on the Essential phone and outlines his first impressions of the device on the podcast. Is it possible for Andy Rubin to break into the already crowded Android market space?

Sameer leads the back half of the podcast with a deep dive discussion on the direction streaming seems to be going. Disney announced last week that it will be pulling content from Netflix to start it's own streaming platform. It isn't the only company with sights set on getting into the streaming game, which has the team wondering -- how many services will we need to buy into to see the content we want to see?

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!

Total runtime: 31:31
Essential phone, hands on: 2:18
The future of streaming: 19:24
Shoutouts: 29:30

Sameer shouts out Andy Rubin. Dean gives his shoutout to Rose. Rose's shoutout goes to Freedom's super cheap phone plans. Finally, this week Brad shouts out his review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined once again by Tom Emrich, founder of We Are Wearables and partner at Super Ventures, to talk about the recent iPhone 8 leaks.

Last week, major leaks about the much anticipated iPhone 8 surfaced thanks to Apple's release of HomePod firmware. Contained within the software update were references that gave away some of the secret sauce about updates to the soon-to-come iPhone. Among the biggest spoilers: face unlock using BiometricKit, no more home button, a wrap-around display design, and a tap-to-wake function.

In other smart device news, Fitbit seems to be leaning into the smart watch market. The team discusses what this might look like and wonders, does the world need another smartwatch?

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Tom Emrich, Founder of We Are Wearables and Partner at Super Ventures, to talk about Apple's ARKit and the future of reality.

This past week, Rose jetted off to the west coast to learn about the ZenFone AR. This ASUS phone is Tengo-enabled and even Google Daydream VR certified. Discussing this new phone gets the team thinking about the future of mobile tech and AR/VR. What does the future hold?

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 BonifacicRose BeharPatrick O'Rourke, andTom Emrich

 

Total runtime: 34:23
Shoutouts: 29:10

Patrick, on the #SwitchMinute, shouts out a long-wanted battery-monitoring fix from Nintendo. Tom gives his shoutout to Neurable and their brain-controlled VR. Rose's shoutout goes to La Machine and their mechanical beasts. Finally, this week Igor shouts out David S and his books on photography.​

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Galang, Dean Daley, and Brad Shankar are bringing you a special episode on their favourite seventh generation video games. Fair warning, dear listeners, this week's episode contains spoilers.

Jessica, news editor at BetaKit, goes first and chooses The Last of Us, Bioshock and Catherine. Dean gives his top three picks to Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Dishonoured. Brad's selections are Uncharted 2, Mass Effect 2, and Batman: Arkham City. Last, but not least, Igor picks Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space 2, and Assassin's Creed 2.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts on each game.

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, Jessica Galang, Dean Daley, and Brad Shankar

Total runtime: 33:32
Shoutouts: 29:27

 

Brad gives his shoutout to the trailer for the new Avengers movie, which was leaked after Comic Con. Dean's shoutout goes to his friend Dylan who got him into gaming in the first place. Jess throws a shoutout to Catherine, her third pick -- since she didn't get to talk about it enough on the podcast. Finally, this week Igor shouts out Dunkirk.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

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 EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke talk about Samsung's many newsworthy moments from this week, including the South Korean tech giant's Q4 2016 earnings, as well recent leaks of LG's upcoming G6 smartphone.

The SyrupCast team is a bit surprised by Samsung's relatively positive earnings following a tumultuous 2016, mainly related to the debacle surrounding the Note 7, but speculate that perhaps those numbers have yet to catch up with the company.

LG on the other hand, has suffered its first quarterly loss in six years. LG is predicting it will make a quick comeback next quarter, however, with the announcement of the G6, due to make its big debut on February 26th.

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.

Host: Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke

Total runtime: 36:37

All things Samsung: 1:50
LG G6: 24:30
Shoutouts: 32:20

Direct download: MS105-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by Shane Dingman, a technology reporter at the Globe and Mail.

Rose, one of MobileSyrup's staff writers and a frequent contributor on the SyrupCast, starts off the show by relaying to the team how Freedom Mobile's new LTE compares to the other players in town. After spending a lot of time riding the TTC around Toronto, she is fairly confident that the speeds of Freedom's network actually bests that of Rogers'.

'Switching topics,' the SyrupCast crew talks Nintendo and the company's latest gaming console. The Nintendo Switch, set to release on March 3rd, is a truly mobile home console gaming solution, with a lightweight console that doubles as a handheld device.

Finally, the SyrupCast team digs into the recent rumours that the Canadian government may soon require Netflix to charge sales tax. These announcements leave the team wondering if this is a policy voice waiting to be filled. 

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

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar and Shane Dingman

Total runtime: 36:57

Freedom mobile's LTE network: 2:00
Nintendo Switch: 11:25
Netflix tax: 23:05
Shoutouts: 32:45

Direct download: MS104_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy, and Patrick O'Rourke are joined by MobileSyrup contributor Ted Kritsonis, who recently touched down in Toronto after a week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The SyrupCast crew gets a first person account of what it's really like to attend the CES, including Ted's thoughts on the recently revealed BlackBerry device currently codenamed Mercury. Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team's thoughts and jump in the comments to tell us yours.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'RourkeIan Hardy and Ted Kritsonis

Total runtime: 42:36

Ted talks CES: 1:45
Televisions at CES: 3:35
Blackberry 'Mercury': 21:00
MobileSyrup got a facelift: 31:15
Shoutouts: 34:10

Direct download: MS_103-final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Zach Gilbert, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rose Behar look to the Consumer Electronics Show for hints of mobile tech to come in 2017.

MobileSyrup senior editor Patrick O'Rourke and staff writer Rose Behar take the lead on discussing Blackberry's upcoming new phone, code named 'Mercury.' Although there is currently not an official name for the device yet, the initial hands-on revealed some unusual design choices for BlackBerry's next smartphone. 

The team then examines another mobile announcement from this week regarding LG no longer creating modular smartphones. Were modular smartphones just another marketing gimmick?

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.

Total runtime: 35:41

Blackberry "Mercury": 3:10
LG ditches modular mobile: 15:20
CES shoutouts: 27:15

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast, the entire MobileSyrup team squeezes into the podcast studio for a year end wrap up of their favourite tech stories from 2016.

MobileSyrup director of social media Zach Gilbert is up first and discusses Blackberry's rocky 2016. The company has undergone drastic changes over the course of the past year, from handing off hardware production to TCL, to focusing its future on autonomous cars and software security, leaving the team to predict that 2017 will see a very different BlackBerry emerging from the embers.

Staff writer Rose Behar selects the Samsung Note 7 to reminisce in her segment. Although Samsung had battery combustion problems with the Note 7, rumours regarding the impending release of the S8 are already circulating.

MobileSyrup staff writer Jessica Vomiero does a deep dive into Canadian cybersecurity. Between rulings from the CRTC and the liberal government's approach to CSIS collecting data, the entire team agrees that 2017 will be a year where Canadians need to think carefully about their data privacy.

Senior editor Patrick O'Rourke, in true Pokémaster fashion, brings Pokémon Go into the conversation as his favourite story of the year. The augmented reality app that brought the nostalgia of Pokémon to smartphones, has not seen continued growth following its initial boon in popularity, though the developer behind the game, Niantic, is starting to add new features to the mobile title at a rapid pace.

Senior editor Igor Bonifacic directs the conversation to the successful year Microsoft has had. Apple has been at the forefront of the post-PC era, but 2016 saw releases from both Microsoft and Apple that hint at the end of Apple's reign.

Ian Hardy, MobileSyrup's founder and publisher, chose Freedom Mobile as his favourite mobile tech news development of 2016. The company, formerly known as Wind Mobile, rebranded late in 2016 and launched its own LTE network.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts on the year, and jump in the comments to tell us what your favourite stories were this year.

Total runtime: 37:09

Zach's pick - Blackberry: 2:05
Rose's pick - Samsung Note 7: 6:27
Jessica's pick - Canadian cybersecurity: 13:05
Patrick's pick - Pokémon GO: 17:35
Igor's pick - Microsoft: 21:20
Ian's pick - Freedom Mobile: 28:59
Year end shoutouts: 32:53

Direct download: MS_yearendwrapup-finalcuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

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 EDT

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.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

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.

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the first smartphone built from the ground up by Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as Rogers' new worry-free data management feature. Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O'Rourke join Igor Bonifacic to discuss their hot takes on Google's devices and ask the question, is Google becoming more like Apple?

Direct download: MobileSyrup_90-finalscuts.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

On this week's episode of SyrupCast, we dig into the downfall of BlackBerry's hardware division. Zach Gilbert, previously of TheBerryFix and Crackberry.com, and now MobileSyrup's director of social media and community manager, joins the podcast to give us his views on what went wrong.

Also providing his views on Blackberry's decision, Douglas Soltys, editor in chief of BetaKit and former blog manager at RIM. As always, MobileSyrup senior editors Patrick O'Rourke and Igor Bonifacic also drop knowledge on both BlackBerry and Shomi on this week's podcast.

Direct download: MobileSyrup89_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Welcome to the new and improved Syrupcast!

On this episode of our new an improved podcast we talk about the Note 7's ongoing recall, detailing exactly how the process is going to work, Google's new chat app Allo and the continued disaster that is Yahoo.

Direct download: MobileSyrup_88_finalcut.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

SyrupCast 87: The new hotness

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about Apple's iPhone 7 launch in Canada, Samsung's unfortunate Note 7 debacle, and the evolution of sound on our Podcast. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy

Duration: 32:53

Direct download: SyrupCast87final2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about Apple's iPhone 7 event and the reveal of LG's ticker display V20. 

Direct download: SyrrupCast86.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

SyrupCast 85: Modular regrets

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about how the beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is catching on fire and causing the company to recall all 2.5 million units it sold. In addition, once again, we speak about Canada's wireless speeds and connectivity. Finally, we venture down the path of the future of modular phones with the Moto Z play and Google's Project Ara.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, Ian Hardy

Duration: 39:53

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_85.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about how comparably horrible Canadian internet is given the expensive wireless price tags attached to many subscriptions, and briefly delve into iPhone 7 rumours.

Direct download: Syrupcast74_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Open Signal's latest wireless report and McDonald's entry and quick exit in the wearable market.

Direct download: SyrupCast_83.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the CRTC's recently released international telecom study, confirming what we already know; Canadians pay a lot for home phone, internet and wireless services. 

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_82.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

SyrupCast 81: Galaxy Note 7 and the Hub+ life

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the new Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. In addition, we speak about how BlackBerry is offering its Hub technology to Android 6.0 users, which could be the company setting itself up for a life beyond hardware.

We also venture into a discussion about the recent $1.3 billion suit against the Canadian Government by former Wind Mobile owner. Oh and we briefly talk eye styes.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy

Duration: 46:03

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_81.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

SyrupCast 80: DTEK50's enterprise focus and tech giant earnings

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the new BlackBerry DTEK50, earnings of Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and Alphabet. In addition, we dig down deep about the future of media with bots and front-facing cameras.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy

Duration: 46:03

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_80.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

SyrupCast 79: Robot vacuum wars and the future of TV

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we talk nothing about Pokemon Go but dive deep into the future of TV in Canada and also venture down the path of living with robots, specifically robot vacuums. 

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Matthew Moniz, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy

Duration: 40:55

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_79_Canada.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

SyrupCast 78: The Next Big thing in devices, roaming and MVNO's

On this special episode of the SyrupCast, we talk all about Pokemon Go – its history, community, and what it means for mobile gaming.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, Matthew Moniz, Jessica Vomiero, Ian Hardy

Duration: 35:51

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_78.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

SyrupCast 77.5: Mid-week Pokemon Go Podcast - What is Pokemon?

On this special episode of the SyrupCast, we talk all about Pokemon Go – its history, community, and what it means for mobile gaming.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy

Duration: 29:58 minutes

Direct download: PokemonGoSyrupCast.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

SyrupCast 77: Pokemon Go in Canada and iOS 10 in action

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about all the glory of Pokemon Go in Canada, the public release of iOS 10 and a very sweaty HTC Vive experience. 

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Matthew Moniz, Jessica Vomiero and Rose Behar

Duration: 38:06 minutes

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast77.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

SyrupCast 76: BlackBerry's Chill and sub $500 smartphones

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about all drama surrounding Chill Mobile and the state of Canadian telecom. In addition, we spent some time talking about the new Moto G Plus, OnePlus 3, and App;e WWDC. Finally, BlackBerry announced its results and while they were not pretty, the company is continuing down the path of becoming a software machine.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Matthew Moniz, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar, and Ian Hardy

Duration: 40:16 minutes

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_76.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

SyrupCast 75: Netflix frills and carrier spills

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about all the glory that came out of Apple's annual WWDC, including new features coming to macOS, WatchOS, iOS, and Message. In addition, we about the $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIN by Microsoft, and finally, the next flagship killer OnePlus 3 launch.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Matthew Moniz, Jessica Vomiero and Rose Behar.

 

Duration: 41:16

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_75.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about how Lenovo's new Motorola devices, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. In addition, we speak about Apple's upcoming plans for WWDC 2016. We also venture down the road of Artificial Intelligence and how we can become friends with a robot.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, Rose Behar, and Ian Hardy

Duration: 40 minutes

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_74.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

SyrupCast 73.5: Remaster E3

In this special episode of the SyrupCast, Patrick and Igor discuss the video game industry's biggest conference, E3. 

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Igor Bonifacic
Duration: 31:56

Direct download: syrupcast73.5E3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

SyrupCast 73: Alexa’s coming to Canada

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about how Apple Pay is now available from all five major banks in Canada and its potential impact. In addition, Sony will be bringing a number of new smartphones to Canada this summer, specifically the Xperia X lineup. We also venture down the road of Pebble and how its tiny Core brings Canadians the Amazon Echo.

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

Duration: 40:10

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_73.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

SyrupCast 72: Pebble, Motorola, Microsoft, Bell… all killer no filler

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about Eastlink's expansion into Ontario, job cuts at Microsoft and BMO, and Pebble's next lineup of wearable and how it aims to secure its position in the market. In addition, we also discuss the new devices from Motorola and what to expect from Lenovo World in June.

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

Duration: 50:13


On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about Google I/O, Allo and Duo apps and Daydream. In addition, we venture down the reality of Google Home and Amazon Echo battling it our for your living room. Finally, will Motorola bring back the RAZR?

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

Duration: 37:08

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_71.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about the potential Apple Pay expanding its Canadian reach, Bell's possible acquisition of MTS and how the Competition Bureau is investigating, and the drama that is Mobilicity.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Igor Bonifacic, JessicaVomiero, Ian Hardy and Matthew Moniz

Duration: 42:45

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_70.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about the potential Bell acquisition of MTS and how the carrier will transfer a third of it subs to Telus. In addition, we engage in a conversation of about HTC Vive and its experience in the growing virtual reality market. Finally, the team at MobileSyrup thanks the dedicated individuals to those who are helping out in Fort McMurray. 

Finally, the team at MobileSyrup is thinking about those impacted by the wildfires in Fort McMurray and thank everyone who has helped out.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Igor Bonifacic, JessicaVomiero, Rose Behar and Matthew Moniz
Duration: 41:23

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_69.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

SyrupCast 68: Living with Android N and What is Unlimited?

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about how the new rate plans that dropped this week in Canada, specifically Rogers' sub-brand Chatr Wireless. In addition, we venture down the path of living with the next version of Android, which is currently called Android N.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Matthew Moniz
Duration: 40 mins


SyrupCast 67: BlackBerry, RCMP, and a future shaped by Canadians

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about how the HTC 10 and its entry into the Canadian smartphone market. In addition, we also go down the path of how the RCMP decrypted and gained access to BlackBerry's BBM messaging platform, then talk about the glory happening at Queen's University with ReFlex flexible device.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy
Duration: 38 mins

Direct download: MobileSyrup_-_SyrupCast_ep67.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

SyrupCast 66: The incentive enigma and swirling market winds

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about how the Canadian carriers incentive potential customer with various promotions -- such as Gear Vr and microSD cards. In addition, we also speak about rate plans, LG G5, BlackBerry and HTC upcoming flagship smartphone.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy
Duration: 40 mins


On this week's episode of the SyrupCast, we talk about the downfall of BlackBerry and its new focus on IoT and security. In addition, we also converse about the life with Microsoft bots and how Canadians have complained less about wireless bills in Canada.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Rose Behar, Ian Hardy

Duration: 40 mins

Direct download: MobileSyrup_SyrupCast_65_-_2416_7.58_AM.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we speak about everything VR and AR, including HoloLens, Playstation VR, and Gear VR. In addition, Windows Mobile 10 and smartphone saturation in Canada.

Hosts: Patrick O'Rourke, Igor Bonifacic and Ian Hardy

Duration: 24:05 min

Direct download: syrupcast64_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we speak about everything VR and AR, including HoloLens, Playstation VR, and Gear VR. In addition, Windows Mobile 10 and smartphone saturation in Canada.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic and Ian Hardy

Duration: 44:40 min


SyrupCast 62: The future with Android N and Apple's next play

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we speak about Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, Apple's upcoming Media event on March 21st, and Google next version of Android, currently known as Android N.

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Ian Hardy

Duration: 33 min

Direct download: SyrupCast62.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

SyrupCast 61: I choose you Pepper and rate plan saltiness

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we speak about the changing landscape of wireless in Canada, monthly rate plans, VR and the possibility of living with robots.

Show Notes:

TD payment app, along with Samsung Pay, Suretap
 
 
Wind Mobile/Shaw:
 
Pepper:
 
 
 
Wind Mobile plans:
 
 
Virgin Mobile Plans:
 
 
Mobilicity:
 

Bell: 

 
Telus:

 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, and Ian Hardy

Duration: 42 min

Direct download: SyrupCast_61_-_MobileSyrup.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we speak about everything that happened at MWC. Lots of news about the latest devices from Samsung and LG, plus HTC's upcoming Vive VR headset. 

Hosts: Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke
Duration: 44 min

Direct download: syrupcast_feb19_ep60.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

On this week's episode of the SyrupCast we skip right over Ep. 58 and head to Barcelona for MWC. We also have a discussion about Apple's privacy push and one Telus exec who departed to help run Apple Canada. 

Hosts: an Hardy, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke
Duration: 42 min

Direct download: syrupcast_feb19.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

This, it's all hands on deck for a discussion about Uber, BlackBerry, Wind Mobile, and the tech that will inevitably be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this month.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Ian Hardy, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke
Duration: 45 min

Direct download: syrupcast57.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

In Part 2 of this week's SyrupCast, Daniel and special guest, Taylor Martin, delve into the weeds of specialty coffee, brewing methods, and how to stay productive.

Direct download: syrupcast56partb.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

This week's SyrupCast is a doozy. A two-parter, the first part features Pocketnow's Michael Fisher, aka The Voice, for an hour of riffing on tech, tech reporting, and how to keep sane at CES.

Also stick around for Part B with Best Damn Coffee's Taylor Martin. 

Direct download: syrupcast56parta.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

This week on SyrupCast, Daniel is joined by Patrick O'Rourke and Matthew Moniz to talk about the future of VR and how it will shape the gaming, entertainment and content development spaces.

Show notes:

Duration: 1hr 18min
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Patrick O'Rourke
Special Guest: Matthew Moniz

Direct download: SyrupCast_55-2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

On this week's SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas are back to talk about what's been happening in the world of technology.

They talk about the BlackBerry Priv (obviously) and whether it can stand up to what Daniel thinks is the best Android phone out there, the Nexus 6P.

Then they talk about Apple's latest gear, the iPad Pro and the Apple TV, and where the company could have improved things in the rollout.

Finally, they talk about the ever-changing world of content, and whether physical media have a place in the digital age.

Running time: 1hr 20min
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Direct download: syrupcast54-128.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

In this episode of The Review, Daniel tackles the Sony Xperia Z5 which, despite having a lot going for it, is overshadowed by many other devices on the market.

Direct download: TheReview4-XperiaZ5.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

In this episode of The Review, Daniel goes back to the very beginning of his tech obsession with the BlackBerry Pearl and original Bold. He then talks about the BlackBerry Priv, a great Android smartphone that may be too little, too late.

Direct download: TheReview3-Priv.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

In the second episode of The Review, Daniel talks about the fantastic Nexus 6P -- probably the best all-round Android phone to date -- and how Google needs to do a lot more to get the Nexus name out into the world.

Direct download: thereviewep2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

In this inaugural episode of The Review, Daniel dives into the HTC One A9, and reflects on why it is such a confusing value proposition for most people.

While The Review will live in SyrupCast's feed for now, it may eventually strike out on its own. If you enjoy this kind of content and want to see more of it, please leave your own review on iTunes, or let us know in the comments!

Direct download: HTCOneA9review.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

SyrupCast 53: Podtoberfest

SyrupCast is back after a month-long hiatus, during which Daniel got married, Douglas got bed head, and a bunch of companies released a bunch of devices.

Join Daniel and Douglas as they talk about the iPhone 6s's 3D Touch feature, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, Microsoft's bevy of hardware, and the BlackBerry Priv.

Show Notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 28 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast53.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas break down the highs and lows of the recent Apple event. The iPhone 6s looks like a big upgrade, but a 16GB base model is making a lot of people upset.

Why would someone want an iPad Pro? We dig into the possibilities.

And the Apple TV? Disruptor or me-too? Apple's plan for the future of television.

Show notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 16min

Direct download: SyrupCast52.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas get into it about BlackBerry's acquisition of rival Good Technology. Is John Chen in it for himself, or does he have the best interests of BlackBerry in mind?

And it's IFA, so bring on the smartwatches, smartphones and other mobile detritus. How does the new Moto 360 compare to the Samsung Gear S2, Huawei Watch and the Apple Watch?

Finally, Rogers just unveiled its Share Everything+ plans: are they good for the industry, or just widening the gulf between good service and mediocre?

Show Notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 29min

Direct download: SyrupCast51.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

This week, Douglas and Daniel stay firmly in the warm confines of Canadian telcos with an exploration of what's happening at Videotron and Wind Mobile. With Videotron launching a new policy that exempts some streaming music services from counting towards its customers monthly bandwidth, will customers come in droves? Or will the CRTC pounce at the opportunity to ban the process of zero-rating in yet another instance?

And Wind Mobile has reduced its subsidy from $150 to $100 in response to the popularity of Bring Your Own Device? Confusing as it might be, the move points to a decision by Wind to pass along the actual cost of devices to its consumers rather than increasing monthly plan prices.

It's a great show with some excellent debate, so tune in!

Show notes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 6min

 

Direct download: syrupcast50.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas talk about the big topic they missed last week: Alphabet. What spurred the move, and will it make Google a better-run company? And why did Google decide to start making routers, anyway?

Also on the show, Star Trek vs. Star Wars vs. Ignorance, and the launch of the Many Smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Moto X Play, and the OnePlus 2. Which one would you take to a deserted island for a month (along with your one significant other)?

Show notes:

Direct download: syrupcast49.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT