SyrupCast (technology)

SyrupCast is back! This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about the new Galaxy Note phones, Motorola's strategy, the OnePlus 2, BlackBerry's Security Summit, and we answer your questions!

Show notes:

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Running time: 1 hr 10 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas chat about Android's Nexus line, and how Google can get its groove back. We're hearing that Huawei is going to be the company creating (one of) this year's Nexus device(s), but can the Chinese OEM, known mainly outside North America, step up and deliver a great stock Android experience alongside Google?

And what about BlackBerry? Now that it has teamed up with Google in the enterprise, is the prospect of a Waterloo-made Android device more or less likely? We delve deep into this one.

Also:

That and lots more this week on SyrupCast!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1 hr 21 min

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This week, Daniel and Douglas explore the many ways that Canadians roam. Rogers' Roam Like Home makes it very easy to roam in the U.S. and Europe, but is it actually a good deal?

Also on the ticket is Sony's renewed investment in camera sensors, and whether Apple Music is worth the investment.

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Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Duration: 1 hr 11 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Douglas are joined by telecom expert and friend of the show, Ben Klass, who guides us through the muddy waters of the recently Rogers-Mobilicity-Wind Mobile deal.

There's a lot of stuff packed in here, but they also had time to chat a bit about RootMetrics' report on network speeds in Vancouver; MTS's new Total Internet plan; and BlackBerry's expansion into Internet of Health Things (IoHT).

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This week on SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas talk about the new Wall Report and how Canadians are spending more on wireless this year than in 2015.

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This week, Douglas and Daniel go into Google I/O Rundown, talking about Google's strengths in machine learning and internet services. But do Google's smarts justify the rather creepy nature of its intelligence, especially when it comes to things like your photos?

And what's next for Apple, which is under pressure to deliver a similarly impressive software update at WWDC.

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SyrupCast 42: The Double Cohort

This week, Douglas is back! 

What, you want more? Fine: we also have a great conversation.

The topics this week include the end of three-year contracts and the so-called Double Cohort, which will allow millions of Canadians to leave their contracts on June 3rd without paying a dime.

Also on the cards are the rise of unlocked phones, and they relate to the relative value of phone contracts; as subsidies decrease, customers are more aware of the often high cost of their smartphones. Low-cost, unlocked phones are changing the way Canadians buy cellphones.

And because it is developer conference season, we chat about the upcoming Google I/O and WWDC sessions, and what's in store for iOS 9 and Android M. 

 

Direct download: SyrupCast42.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

This week, Daniel and special guest Matthew Moniz discuss the LG G4 and how it compares to the latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and Note 4.

They talk about the state of wearables, and how Android Wear is doing in relation to the Apple Watch and Pebble, which is coming out with its own refresh, Pebble Time, in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, they discuss Microsoft Build and how far the company has come since Windows 8. But will Windows 10 really have the results Microsoft is looking for?

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Matthew Moniz

Duration: 1hr 16min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

This week, new MobileSyrup contributor, Eric Leamen, joins me for a fantastic conversation about the Apple Watch, including our first impressions of the wearable; Apple's recent Q2 earnings; how carriers are adjusting to the higher cost of iPhones; my first impressions of the LG G4; and whether the Galaxy S6 and LG G4 beat the iPhone 6 in camera performance.

It's a really fun podcast, and you should listen to it all the way through.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Eric Leamen
Runtime: 1hr 28 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

SyrupCast 39: We The North (Want Google Fi)

This week, Daniel and Douglas dig deep into wearables, specifically focusing on the app potential of the Apple Watch and the upcoming Android Wear update.

Also discussed is the tenuous relationship between HBO, VPNs and #takemymoney wannabees: does Bell's relationship with HBO prevent a service like HBO Now from ever coming to Canada?

Facebook just announced it has reached nearly 1.5 billion monthly users across its core network, but its chat entities, Messenger and WhatsApp, combine for nearly that number of users. Where does Facebook go from here, now that its mobile transformation is well underway?

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a great smartphone – we just reviewed it – but are small phones really worth getting worked up about? Are any phones really worth getting worked up about anymore? Daniel and Douglas explore that point through the lens of the recently-updated HTC One M9.

We're in person this week, and there's laughter, beer, and a little bit of swearing.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 53 minutes

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

SyrupCast 38: The Problem With Androids

This week on the SyrupCast, we chat about the LG G4 and the problems facing any Android company that isn't Samsung.

Plus, the release of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6; the return of the OnePlus One to Canada; Bell's privacy snafu; the 2,500Mhz spectrum auction, and lots more!

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader
Runtime: 1hr 17 min

Direct download: syrupcast38.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

SyrupCast 37: Still Crazy After All These Years

We're still here!

This week, Douglas and Daniel chat about the closure of Future Shop; the slow introduction of VoLTE; Koodo's and Fido's new colour palettes; how a $350 iPhone 6 will affect sales of it and the Galaxy S6; and lots more!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 10min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

SyrupCast 36: Good Night, and Good Luck.

This week, we talk about a great many things, since variety is the spice of good podcasts.

First, we tackle the upcoming Fido rebranding, which most people don't seem to like. Maybe they'll use our readers as an informal focus group.

Then, we talk about Windows 10's summer release, and how Cortana's move to iOS and Android is as inspired a move as we've seen from the company in some time.

We spent a bit of time talking about the Neptune Duo Suite, a new project from Canadian wearables company, Neptune. It has the potential for greatness, but is its ambition going to be its downfall?

LG looks to be once again working with Google on an upcoming Nexus smartphone, which hopefully returns to reasonable proportions. In the meantime, though, the Nexus 6 appears to be greatly benefitting from Android 5.1.

And finally, we share some sad news with the listeners. It's not fair to tease, I know, but this one's worth sticking around for.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys
Duration: 1hr 28 min

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_36-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

SyrupCast 35: Apple Watch Price Pout

This week, wearables expert, Tom Emrich, joins Daniel, Jane and Douglas to talk about, what else, the Apple Watch.

Who is it for? And why is everyone hung up on the Apple Watch Edition, which starts at $13,000 CDN. Tom says it's mostly a marketing tool, a way for Apple to penetrate the lucrative marketing mechanism of the high-end Swiss watch market. And when it's all said and done, Apple's presence in the market will actually boost smartwatch sales overall, as they did with smartphones and tablets.

Also talked about is the CRTC's decision to regulate on-demand streaming services like Shomi and CraveTV. What are the consequences of the CRTC's decision? Will everyday Debbie be subscribing to CraveTV in the near future on a TekSavvy internet connection? Listen and find out!

Hosts: Daniel Bader (@journeydan), Jane McEntegart (@janemcentegart), Douglas Soltys (@tron)
Guest: Tom Emrich (@tomemrich)

Duration: 1 hr 9m

Direct download: SyrupCast_35-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

SyrupCast 34: Mobile World Coffee Pods

This week, Jane and Daniel recount the many ways Mobile World Congress and Barcelona nearly killed him.

They discuss the new devices announced at the event, including the HTC One M9 and both Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, each of which reveals pros and cons in their companies' respective strategies.

They talk about the new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, and whether it has a chance in the saturated mid-range market; and how Nokia, the once-king of Symbian and Windows Phone, plans to make its comeback through... Android tablets?

The Apple Watch is launching next week, and we're going to be in San Francisco to cover all the mayhem. How much will it cost? What will its unannounced features be? And why the hell is everyone talking about Taptic Feedback?

Finally, they chat about the newly-concluded AWS-3 spectrum auction, which saw WIND Mobile walk away with more valuable spectrum than anyone else.

All that, and lots of Jamón ibérico, on this week's SyrupCast.

This week's SyrupCast is brought to you by Shop MobileSyrup. Pick up whatever you need, from cases to spare batteries. 

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 1 hr 22 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

SyrupCast 33: Self-driving podcast

This week, Daniel, Jane and special guest and regular MobileSyrup contributor go all-in on automotive.

We discuss the current state of the in-car dash -- it's a sorry state, according to Mr. Kritsonis -- and fall down the rabbit hole of automotive tech.

Will the major automakers be able to keep up with the quickly-changing face of mobile technology, or will Google and Apple force them to become more cooperative, not only within their own organizations but externally?

And finally, will Apple develop a car? Ted doesn't think so despite new reports that they are planning to release an electric vehicle in 2020.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart
Guest: Ted Kritsonis
Duration: 56 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast33.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

SyrupCast 32: I experimented with different platforms in college

This week, it's all hardware. (Finally, they scream!)

As Mobile World Congress approaches, Jane, Douglas and Daniel chat about the upcoming hardware we can expect from the show, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9, and much more.

We also talk about Jane's Nexus 6, two months on take, which left commenters with a lot to say.

Finally, Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones just got released, and while it's not finished, we chat about whether Microsoft got it right.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Run time: 53 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

This week, special guest Ben Klass talks about his complaint filed to the CRTC back in 2013, and the regulatory body's decision to force Bell and Videotron to change the way they bill customers for mobile TV access.

We also talk about the role of regulation within Canada's telecom system as a whole, and how the changing viewing habits of Canadians will be impacted by monthly bandwidth limitations.

Finally, we touch on TELUS's rebranding of Public Mobile, and whether it's possible to get by with a data-only LTE plan.

It's a bit regulatory-heavy again (sorry for those wanting phone talk, it will be back next week!) but it's a really interesting conversation with a really smart guy.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys
Guest: Ben Klass

Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

SyrupCast 30: Hello, is it LTE you're looking for?

This week, we chat about Net Neutrality, and how Bell and Videotron (and others) can no longer exempt the traffic from their mobile TV apps. Did the CRTC make the right decision? We get into it.

We chat about WIND Mobile's commitment to bid in the AWS-3 and 2500Mhz spectrum auctions in March and April respectively; Rogers and its quest for value, not volume; Apple's massive Q1 earnings; and whether Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is just a little too weird for most people.

This week's SyrupCast is brought to you by Shop MobileSyrup. Pick up whatever you need, from cases to spare batteries. 

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 1 hr 12 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

SyrupCast 29: Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!

This week, we talk about Microsoft's new moonshot, its augmented reality wearable, HoloLens, and lots of Windows 10 stuff. Can it fix the company's epic fragmentation issues?

We talk about John Chen's letter about net neutrality and how Apple should be forced to make iMessage for Android (or something). Is he crazy, or does he have a point?

Then we delve into the new HTC One device, and what it needs to be successful. I think it needs a better camera, but everyone else has opinions. What's yours?

Also: Motorola's epic Lollipop rollout mess up; the Samsung Galaxy S6; and Kyle Lowry, who was selected to start at point guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team on February 5th.

We're almost 30, but until then -- Holograms, Holograms, Holograms!

Duration: 84 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, and Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast29.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

This week, Jane and Daniel recount all the CES 2015 trials, tribulations, winners and losers.

Specifically, a great deal of time is spent figuring out whether the LG G Flex 2 is just another gimmick or if it has the legs (and the curve) to go mainstream.

Also, YotaPhone 2, all the terrible smartwatches, and Attack of the Drones.

Duration: 81 minutes

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

On this, the last podcast of the year, we talk about the stories that made the year so interesting... and controversial.

From the rise of wearables to the death of security, 2014 was a year to remember.

Happy new year!

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 90 short minutes

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

SyrupCast 26: InfoSec Taylor Swift

On SyrupCast 26, we enjoy the company of our first guest, freelance writer, security analyst, .Digest curator and all-round awesome guy, Matthew Braga.

Topics discussed in this security-focused episode:

It's an awesome episode, and we highly recommend listening to it the whole way through.

Participants: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart, Matthew Braga

Duration: 85 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast26.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

SyrupCast 25: No one puts BlackBerry in a corner

This week, the BlackBerry Classic is on its way, and we're curious about why everyone is so interested in it. Is it mainly the nostalgia factor -- and the Classic name itself -- or is something else afoot here? Will the Classic manage to find success where the Q10 didn't?

We talk Android Wear 5.0 and the official Watch Face API: is this the update the smartwatch platform needs to go mainstream? Ustwo, the creator of best-mobile-game Monument Valley, is also creating watch faces for Android Wear. Sony's SmartWatch 3 is also discussed, as it is now available in Canada for $280. Is it too expensive?

Android 5.0.1 running on the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is the best Android experience out right now, but others are likely not far behind.

We talk about the world's biggest sunglass manufacturer, Luxottica, partnering with Intel on a wearables platform, and how that will impact the next-generation Google Glass, which is reportedly going to run an Intel chip.

Then, discussion of the Supreme Court's decision to allow warrantless phone searches upon arrest, and Canada's Privacy Commissioner urges platform owners like Google and Apple to make privacy policies mandatory.

Finally, is Windows Phone dead? One of its biggest supporters appears to think so.

A note on our podcast this week. Due to some audio problems, we were forced to use the feed from our Google Hangouts session, which is not quite as clear as our regular stream. Rest assured this is only temporary and next week we will be back to normal. Thanks for your understanding!

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Duration: 1hr 19min

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

SyrupCast 24: The CESpool

News is thin this week, but it doesn't stop us from chatting up a winter storm.

 

Timestamps:

[Start - 13:05] YotaPhone 2 is one of the most interesting phones of the year, and a good representative of hardware innovation at a time when smartphones are becoming increasingly commoditized.

[13:05 - 24:00 ] The Galaxy Note Edge, Sonim XP7 and other devices are also really fascinating in their own ways, and prove that there is a market for more niche products, however expensive they may be.

[24:00 - 29:00] Xiaomi may be releasing its first North American-bound phone at CES this year, but is North America ready for China's rising star?

[29:00 - 37:00] Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a beast of a machine, but shows how far the manufacturer has come in such a short time. We're reviewing the AshTab right now -- does it hold up in testing?

[37:00 - 42:00] Android 5.0.1 is slowly rolling out to select Nexus devices. Why can't we have nice things, NOW?!

[42:00 - 55:00] CES is quickly approaching. We're gearing up to take it on, but there's a method to our madness, and it involves Snapchat.

[55:00 - end] Something something Microsoft. Something something Office 365.

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Duration: 67 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast24.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

SyrupCast 23: The Dread Pirate Podcast

This week, how the mobile gaming market has been undone by piracy, freemium and consumer entitlement to digital content. Is there a road back from this mess?

There's talk of our recently-launched Smartphone Gift Guide and the best Black Friday deals around.

And, of course, the new Star Wars trailer... because we're geeks, too.

Finally, user feedback: what do you want to hear on the podcast? Leave your questions in the comments and we'll try to get to them next week. And, if you like the show, please leave us a comment and a rating wherever you downloaded it.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Duration: 71 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast23.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

SyrupCast 22: Wearing your heart rate on your sleeve

This week, TELUS's new Your Choice plans are discussed and dissected: why the change, and are there any consumer advantages?

Plus, Samsung's Gear S smartwatch, and whether Canadians -- consumers and carriers -- are ready for cellular-connected wearables. Apple Watch and its new WatchKit developer tools mean great things for iPhone users, but did Cupertino stay too conservative with its 1.0 release?

Finally, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order this week, but did anyone actually manage to by one? And what do you guys think of Lollipop? We held a poll, and the response were quite enlightening.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Running time: 72 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast22.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

SyrupCast 21: Chairman Handsome

On SyrupCast 21, we talk about the Nexus 6, referencing our review and our first impressions of Android 5.0 Lollipop -- is it all it's cracked up to be?

We also discuss the Sony Xperia Z3 and its Compact counterpart, and whether a resurgent demand for "small" phones is inevitable. (The answer, I believe, is yes. The review's coming next week, so be patient.)

Then we delve into BlackBerry -- dry, I know, but bear with us -- and its enterprise aspirations. BES 12BBM Meetings and more all sound boring on paper, but it's the best position the company's been in years. We also discuss the Canadian company's partnership with Samsung, which just held its own developer conference this week and announced a bevy of interesting -- and less interesting -- products and services.

We reference Microsoft's first official Lumia device branded under its own name; WIND's continued talks with Videotron; and, of course, Taylor Swift's rift with Spotify.

This is SyrupCast. Thanks for listening.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

SyrupCast 20: How To Lose a Billion in Ten Months

We chat about Rogers' new Roam Like Home deal and how it compares to KnowRoaming and Roam Mobility.

There's a big discussion about the Nexus 9 and the iPad mini 3, and how they compare as productivity devices -- which one do you think wins the argument?

We talk a lot about security and the NSA, a little about the state of mid-range Android devices, and there's a long discussion on whether Microsoft still has its head in the game when it comes to Windows Phone.

It's a long one, but this SyrupCast is worth listening to until the end.

Running time: 108 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

It was the rainy day of Hallowe'en

When Daniel slipped and broke his screen

Jane called him a jerk

Doug started to twerk

And the podcat went PG-13.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

SyrupCast 18: That'll Cost Extra

This week, Jane, Daniel and Douglas chat about the growing market for wearables, and whether companies like Pebble, Fitbit and Jawbone have a place in the hardware space.

There's also talk about Bell's complaint to the CRTC  about Rogers' NHL GamePlus exclusivity, and a discussion on whether smartphone reviews are doing anyone any good.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 74 Minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast18.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

SyrupCast 17: Pop Pop Lollipop!

This week, Jane and Daniel take a bite out of Lollipop, and chat about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Apple's new iPads.

Featured Stories

Apps of the week

DanielRdio (iOS, Android)

Jane: Android Lollipop Flappy Bird easter egg

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Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 69 minutes

Direct download: syrupcast17.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 16: Pre-Thanksgiving Coma

This week, Jane and Daniel chat about the CRTC, Mobilicity (for real this time!), HTC's new RE Camera, the Desire Eye, Nokia's Lumia 830, Spotify, Nexus and iPad. It's Thanksgiving, and we're already tired.

Featured Stories

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Snowball for Android

Jane: Clue Period Track (iOSAndroid)

Hosts: Jane McEntegart, Daniel Bader

Running Time: 51 minutes

 

Direct download: SyrupCast16.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 15: Absolutely Phabulous

This week, we talk about a big Nexus, a small Mobilicity, a CRTC controversy, and a bunch of new devices coming down the pipe this month. Plus, Spotify expands to all Canadians and our apps on the week.

This is SyrupCast.

Featured News

Apps of the week

Daniel: Circa 3.0 (Android / iOS)
Jane: Beer?! (Android / iOS)
DouglasPokemon TCG Online for iPad

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntegart, Douglas Soltys

Running time: 54 minutes

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

This week, BlackBerry's on the mind (as is Irish whiskey), so we chat about both. How does the Passport hold up to scrutiny, and what does BlackBerry have planned for the fall? Spoiler: it's another handset.

We also talk about Apple and the iPhone scandal de jour, and whether Samsung's acceleration of the Note 4's release is going to have an impact on sales.

Finally, we speculate on a 6-inch Nexus, the rising costs of smartphone plans and the fastest mobile networks in Canada.

Featured Stories

BlackBerry Passport & Co.

iPhone et al

Running Time: 67 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_14_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 13: So bias

Here we are, bringing you our thirteenth and best podcast to date. The days are getting shorter, but the number of smartphones being released is quickly ramping up.

This week, we chat about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 and what's next from Apple. We also delve into the rumoured demise of Android Silver, and what that means for the Nexus line.

Then we move into WIND Mobile's fate now that the company's ownership has been sorted, and why that may put Videotron in a difficult position.

And finally, we reminisce about old HTC tablets as we look forward to the company's rumoured Nexus 9, slated to be released in mid-October alongside Android L.

Featured News

Apps of the Week

Daniel: Starbucks for Android (free)
Douglas: Checky for iOS and Android (free) 
Jane: Kitten Taxi for iOS and Android (free)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_13.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

This week, we talk about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's new payment system, and Watch, the first wearable from the world's biggest tech company.

Running Time: 64 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Notes: We had some issues with the source recording from this episode, so you'll notice some parts of the recording are slightly sped up and contain crackling. Please power through these short sections, as they don't last long, and we'll make sure such a thing doesn't happen again.

Direct download: SyrupCastEpisode12-1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 11: Smartphone Apoplexy

This week, we discuss all of the week's many smartphone, tablet and wearable announcements, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch and more.

Featured Stories

Running time: 48 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

 

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_11_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

We made it to episode 10 of SyrupCast! Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has listened, given us compliments and feedback, and content suggestions for future segments. We're listening.

This week, as we get ready for the September onslaught, we dive into the idea that the next Nexus will be built by Motorola, and what it means for Lenovo's place in the Android ecosystem. Then there's the iPhone 6, which has been confirmed to launch on September 9th, Samsung and LG's new smartwatches -- which were announced last night at roughly the same time -- Rogers launching shomi, a Netflix competitor, and a new 30GB shared data plan. And finally, Cyanogen working on something really cool with former HTC, Motorola and Google execs.

App of the week:

Running time: 85 minutes
Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_10_-_MP3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

 

This week, we talk about WIND Mobile's new lower roaming fees, Bell's tough time with the CRTC, Windows Phone 8.1 for the Lumia lineup, Thalmic's Myo teaming up with smart glasses, and a first peek at Telus's BlackBerry Passport.

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Jane McEntegart

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

In this week's episode, we talk about the most interesting smartphones either on the market, or those coming soon. Specifically, Daniel, Doug, Ian and Jane chat about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6, the Moto X+1, the HTC W8 for Windows, Microsoft's upcoming 'selfie' phone, the Nexus 6 and, of course, the OnePlus One controversy.

Galaxy Note 4 rumours -- potentially curved-edged display, 4GB RAM, UV sensor
iPhone 6 rumours - bigger screen, faster chip, better camera. What else?
Motorola launching Moto X+1, Moto G2, Moto 360 and more on September 4th
New Microsoft/Nokia devices coming at IFA -- Is PureView still relevant?
HTC Windows Phone -- does it have a chance?
OnePlus One -- is this device still relevant given all the bad press?
Is OnePlus sexist or just plain stupid?
Nexus 6 going to be a 5.9-inch 1080p device?

Running time: 75 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys, Ian Hardy, Jane McEntegart

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_8_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Welcome to another week of what is turning out to be a pretty entertaining summer in the smartphone industry.

Last week, Rogers bore the brunt of the blame in what the CRTC calls 'unjust discriminination' against new entrants in regards to domestic roaming. The issue at hand is exclusivity: Rogers is accused of forcing new entrants like Wind, Mobilicity, Eastlink and others to sign exclusivity agreements for domestic roaming, preventing them from negotiating with other service providers and thus keeping prices high. While the CRTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will regulate the price of domestic roaming outside of preventing incumbents from charging new entrants more than they charge their customers, the move bodes well for companies looking to expand service at reasonable costs.

We delve into that issue and more in Week 7. This is SyrupCast's Domestic Roaming-apalooza.

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Running time: 62 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader & Douglas Soltys

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_7_-_VBR.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 6: Angel's in the details

This week, we contemplate the future of wireless in Canada. And what is wireless exactly? Less and less of our content is taking up by what we'd refer to as "traditional" mobile products. Instead, we fill the proverbial pages of our days with wearables like Thalmic's Myo gesture band, Oculus Rift's new virtual reality headset, Samsung's myriad smartwatches, and other gadgets that pair with our smartphones.

And yet as we get further away from core mobile, we always end up back at the beginning: the smartphone really is the centre of our digital world, and increasingly at the expense of other products. In our Tête-à-Tête this week, Douglas and I talk about whether affordable phablets are going to be the death of the tablet as a category, or whether the two will merely morph into a single type of product. So, in our podcast this week, we talk about just that, the affordable phablet, and how companies like Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei, Oppo, OnePlus and others are meting swift blows on the traditional subsidized smartphone business model.

And from there we talk about mobile plan pricing, because we've been dancing around the subject for weeks.

News

Feature

We discuss the drastic changes in smartphone plan pricing since the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, and what it means for the future of handsets in Canada.

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Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Hosts: Douglas Soltys, Daniel Bader

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_6_-_96.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

SyrupCast Episode 5: Culture Club Sandwich

This week on the SyrupCast, we're joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs.

We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple's app stores, and we'll delve into the Nvidia Shield Tablet, a brand new gaming-oriented Android tablet.

App Roundup

Daniel - Carousel by Dropbox (iPhoneAndroid)

Douglas - Tinder (iPhoneAndroid) / Swarm (iPhoneAndroid)

Jane - Android Wear Watchfaces (various apps)

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Jane McEntagart, Douglas Soltys

Running Time: 84 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_5.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

Welcome to episode 4 of SyrupCast, the best only Canadian mobile podcast on earth.

This week, we delve into some of the more exciting elements of the Canadian regulatory system -- if the word 'exciting' can be used for such a thing -- with the newly-announced AWS-3 auction early next year.

We also get into some first impressions of the LG G3, which will be coming to Canada on August 1st, and touch on Spotify, which looks to be launching shortly in Canada.

We wax prolific on the sorry state of kids these days, and, as usual, talk about BlackBerry.

And finally, we've launched our first podcast-specific feature, the weekly App Roundup, where Douglas and Daniel convince you to waste your time in productive ways.

Running time: 72 minutes

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Douglas Soltys

Released: July 11th, 2014

Direct download: SyrupcastEpisode4.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

This week, we talk about Android, Android and more Android. Oh, and BlackBerry. And LG. And Bell.

Google I/O just ended, but that doesn't mean we have to finish talking about the many Android-related announcements made during the two-day developer conference.

Daniel Bader and Douglas Soltys dive into Android L and its new Material Design language, Android One, Android TV, Android Auto and Android Wear.

  • Will Material Design help end Android fragmentation?
  • What is Android One, and is it Google's preamble to Android Silver?
  • How good is Android TV? And what about Android Auto?
  • We delve into Android Wear and its newest cohorts, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Our first impressions and a preview of the review.
  • Will the Moto 360 be the best of the bunch? (We think so!)
  • In Canadian news, Bell begins charging for SIM cards.
  • We saw the first working video of the BlackBerry Passport -- how does it look?
  • With the LG G3 coming to Canada soon, how does it stack up to the current list of high-end Android devices?

Running time: 62 minutes

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_3.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 2: Acquisitions Anonymous

In our second episode, we spend a little time talking about the Canadian wireless industry and, of course, a long time talking about BlackBerry. We also talk about Amazon's Fire Phone, Android Wear, and a lot of Google stuff leading up to Google I/O.

  • Are WIND and Videotron going to team up to take over Canadian telco?
  • How did BlackBerry fare during its close-to-profit quarter?
  • Is the Amazon Fire Phone boom or bust?
  • What's going on with Android Wear?
  • Is Google really into hardware, or are they leaving it up to Nest?
  • What can we expect from Google I/O this week?

Running time: 70 minutes.

Direct download: SyrupCast_Episode_2.m4a
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

SyrupCast Episode 1: Railing on everyone is a good place to start

This week, we look at a controversy within Rogers, a potential misstep by BlackBerry and a couple of gems by Motorola