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SyrupCast is a weekly show that puts a spotlight on the Canadian tech industry. Each week we focus on the tech stories that matter to Canadians, including smartphones, video games, apps, and telecom news. Join us as we dive through this always-interesting and ever-expanding industry!

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SyrupCast is a weekly show that puts a spotlight on the Canadian tech industry. Each week we focus on the tech stories that matter to Canadians, including smartphones, video games, apps, and telecom news. Join us as we dive through this always-interesting and ever-expanding industry!

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SyrupCast

Latest release on Sep 25, 2020

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Rank #1: SyrupCast 218: Mac vs PC showdown

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This week SyrupCast regulars Patrick O'Rourke and Brad Bennett are joined by Microsoft maestro Jon Lamont for a classic Mac vs PC showdown.

Jon, of course, is in the PC corner representing Microsoft's new Surface lineup, while keeping the entire third-party Windows manufacturer ecosystem in his back pocket.

Patrick faces off from across the ring using the new 13-inch Macbook Pro and MacBook Air as a tennis racket to deflect Jon's various arguments.

Total runtime: 1:12:12

May 15 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: SyrupCast Ep. 207: The Google Pixel 4 pod

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This week, MobileSyrup Managing Editor Dean Daley and Jon Lamont, to talk about the Google Pixel 4 and Google's corresponding launch event.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to patrick@mobilesyrup.com

Total runtime: 36:34 Shoutouts: 32:55

Oct 25 2019

36mins

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Rank #3: SyrupCast: Google talks Stadia's game library, competition and more

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On this interview episode of the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff writer Brad Shankar speaks with Ray Bautista, Google Stadia's business development manager, regarding where the upcoming game streaming service stands at the moment and what users can expect from it at launch.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to patrick@mobilesyrup.com

Total runtime: 15:52

Oct 01 2019

15mins

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Rank #4: SyrupCast Ep. 204: iPhone 11 series and everything else Apple

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke and staff writers Bradley Bennett and Jon Lamont break down all the latest Apple-related news.

Last week at Apple's annual Fall keynote, the tech giant revealed all of the hardware it's launching this fall. Patrick was at the event and went hands-on with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as the Apple Watch Series 5.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to patrick@mobilesyrup.com Total runtime: 47:12

Sep 19 2019

47mins

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Rank #5: SyrupCast Ep. 203: Android 10, Sonos Move and Apple iPhone Pro event speculation

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This week, MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O'Rourke takes over hosting duties alongside staff writers Bradley Bennett and Jon Lamont. The team sits down to discuss Sonos' new portable Move speaker, the best Android 10 features and Apple's upcoming fall hardware event.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to patrick@mobilesyrup.com

Total runtime:  59:07

Sep 06 2019

59mins

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Rank #6: Syrupcast Podcast Ep. 202: R.I.P. 12-inch MacBook

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor

Jul 12 2019

30mins

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Rank #7: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 201: Everything you need to know about Canadian unlimited data plans

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor

Jun 24 2019

38mins

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Rank #8: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 195: What does the 600Mhz spectrum auction mean?

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter

Apr 16 2019

36mins

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Rank #9: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 194: Inside Huawei, Shenzhen’s darling

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup staff reporter Shruti Shekar, Financial Post telecom reporter Emily Jackson and Yahoo Finance reporter Alicja Siekierska, discuss their recent trip to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Huawei has been in the news a lot lately. The company is at the forefront of developing 5G infrastructure but has also garnered attention recently regarding its legal troubles.

Whether it's the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou back in December of 2018, the charges the U.S. recently brought against Huawei, or the lawsuit the China-based tech giant launched against the U.S. in response, Huawei has been under a lot of scrutiny lately.

Until recently, Huawei has also been a very private operation.

The company rarely speaks to reporters and is generally reluctant to open its doors to the media. Now, in an attempt to regain the public's trust, Huawei invited four Canadian reporters -- Shruti, Emily, and Alicja being three of the four -- to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

The question now is whether Huawei will be able to turn it's PR crisis around and win back the world's trust.

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: 49:15

mily, and Alicja being three of the four -- to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. The question now is whether Huawei will be able to turn it's PR crisis around and win back the world's trust.

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: 49:15

Apr 08 2019

49mins

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Rank #10: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 193: So Oprah, Big Bird and Spielberg walk into a bar...

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor

Mar 29 2019

37mins

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Rank #11: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 182: Welcome to kushland

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup telecom reporter Corey Herscu discuss the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

If you haven't heard by now, recreational use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018. The team digs into the various technology and software solutions that have been popping up around the country in response to the big day.

The team also talks about how to actually buy cannabis online. One of those ways, at least in the province of Ontario, is through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), which was built via a partnership with Canadian e-commerce company Shopify. Over the course of October 17th, the OCS' online store hit 100 orders per minute.

The SyrupCast then looks to the future of cannabis 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!

Total runtime: 35:01 Shoutouts: 31:11

Sameer gives his shoutout to the CRTC's public hearing into aggressive sales practices on October 22nd. Patrick's shoutout is to Shooting Hoops. Finally, Corey's shoutout is to his team at RNMKR Agency.

Oct 19 2018

35mins

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Rank #12: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 181: Google Pixel remastered, with a notch

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, telecom reporter

Oct 12 2018

37mins

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Rank #13: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 176: Is Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 a worthy upgrade?

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O'Rourke, and staff writer Jon Lamont, catch up on the last three week's worth of mobile news.

The Galaxy Note 9 has the team talking smart phone pricing expectations and what Samsung's latest smartphone means for the future of iterative smartphone updates. The Note 9, starting at an expensive $1299 CAD, has the team questioning how expensive smartphone prices will get in the coming years.

An added feature to this iteration of the Note series is the S Pen's Bluetooth-enabled photo snapping functionality. You can now use the Note 9's S Pen as a shutter button, which the team argues is not enough of a draw to spend $1299 on a phone. That said, the Note 9 also features significant hardware updates, including a Snapdragon 845 Processor and 8GB of RAM in the 512GB version of the smartphone. 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: 44:31 Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 1:30 Shoutouts: 34:30

Igor shouts out the book Creativity Inc. Patrick brings back the Switch Minute and gives his shoutout to Octopath Traveler. Sameer's shoutout this week is to Voice Inc. And finally, Jon's shoutout is sent out to Discord.

Aug 14 2018

44mins

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Rank #14: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 175: Manitoba's unlimited data bytes the dust

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This week on the SyrupCast MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and PHD student at Carlton University Ben Klass, talk about all the telecom and mobile news from the past two weeks.

Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, replacing Melanie Jolie, Canadian Heritage Minister, with Pablo Rodriguez. The team discusses what they think the change will mean for Canadians.

Also in the last two weeks mobile overage rates have gone up again. Ben Klass joins the podcast to discuss the impact of these increases.

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: 34:01 New minister: 2:00 Increased rates: 6:00 5G: 21:00 Shoutouts: 30:20

Ben gives his shoutout to his sister Rebecca, who just ran an olympic-length triathlon. Rose gives her shoutout to all of the reader's of MobileSyrup. Igor shouts out Rose and her work at MobileSyrup.

Jul 20 2018

34mins

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Rank #15: Viewer Experience podcast Ep. 8: Burning down the 'Tau'-se

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Tau is yet another Netlfix science fiction film with an interesting, important core idea but a disappointingly shoddy execution.

This week, MobileSyrup news and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra speakers with MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic about Federico D'Alessandro's Tau.

Later in the episode, Lex Gill, a research fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, speaks about digital profiling and the ways in which our digital footprints are being used to target us.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for which movies we should discuss next? Send us an email to sameer@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! Facebook.

Jul 10 2018

52mins

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Rank #16: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 174: BlackBerry banks on nostalgia with the KEY2

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra discuss the latest TCL-made BlackBerry branded smartphone, the KEY2.

The KEY2 brings all of the features that BlackBerry fans have to come to expect from the partnership between the former smartphone giant and TCL. However, the smartphone's price tag lands squarely in flagship territory, making the KEY2 a tough sell in a hyper-competitive industry, especially considering its processor is only a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

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: 17:23 Blackberry Key 2: 1:30 Shoutouts: 14:05

Sameer gives his shoutout to Justice Kennedy. Igor shouts out Viewer Experience.

Jul 02 2018

17mins

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Rank #17: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 173: Talking the future of the CRTC with Ben Klass

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This week on the SyrupCast features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom editor Rose Behar and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra are joined by Ben Klass to discuss his recent proposal to the CRTC.

Recently, Canadian carriers released information on low-cost, data-only plans for Canadians. The plans left a lot to be desired.

Last week, a report filed by telecom analyst Ben Klass and professor of communication studies at Carleton University, Dwayne Winseck, proposed an alternate plan for low-cost, data-only rates. The proposal, called the 'CRTC flex plan,' suggests that people should be able to access a small amount of data (250 Mb) for $5, along with larger amounts of data at market prices.

Additionally, the crew discusses the federal government's recent order for the CRTC to investigate high-pressure sales at Canada's largest carriers.

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

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: 30:57 CRTC Flex Plans: 2:00

Jun 25 2018

30mins

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Rank #18: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 172: The best of the best from E3

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This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O'Rourke, Brad Shankar, and Bradley Bennett sit down to chat their favourite games from this year's E3.

Patrick's picks are The Last of Us Part 2, Halo Infinite, and Skull & Bones. Brad chooses to highlight Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Bradley selects Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76, and Sea of Solitude. Finally, Igor takes note of Ghost of Tsushima, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Sable.

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: 39:02 Gaming galore: 2:45 Shoutouts: 31:30

Patrick gives his shoutout to Fortnite for the Switch. Igor shouts out Grime Fandango. Brad gives a shoutout to The Incredibles 2, and finally, Bradley gives a shoutout toRed Dead Redemption 2.

Jun 16 2018

39mins

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Rank #19: SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 169: The problem with Google's AI

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On the SyrupCast this week MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic and telecom editor Rose Behar chat about all things Google I/O 2018 related.

This year at Google I/O there were over 100 announcements, with some being more notable than others. The company focused it's efforts on meaningful engagement and digital wellness. Among some of the most exciting reveals were Android P's beta and new updates to Google Assistant. Google also announced Duplex, the company's AI-powered phone call technology, which has many both worried and excited.

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: 34:47 Google I/O: 1:25 Duplex: 9:00 Shoutouts: 28:20

Rose gives her shoutout to Michael Geist's recent article. Igor shouts out the US Senate attempting to over-throw the net neutrality changes.

May 20 2018

34mins

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Rank #20: Bonus Episode - Viewer Experience podcast Ep. 4: Living in an 'Anon'-ymous world

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Imagine a world without privacy or anonymity, where a totalitarian surveillance state has access to your deepest, darkest secrets.

No, this isn't 2018 and we're not talking about social media, this is the world of Andrew Niccol's Anon.

On this week's podcast, MobileSyrup telecom and business reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with managing editor Patrick O'Rourke about their thoughts on Netflix's latest sci-fi flick.

Later on in the episode, Brenda McPhail, the director of the Canada's Civil Liberties Association's privacy, technology and surveillance project sheds some insight into the state of privacy in Canada.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former information and privacy commissioner of Ontario and the director of Ryerson University's Privacy By Design Centre of Excellence, speaks about her theories on privacy by design.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Send us an email to sameer@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!

May 15 2018

54mins

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