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Google and Motorola reportedly working on a 5.9-inch Nexus phone


Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the same product along a continuum. While Google hasn’t yet updated its Nexus 7 to address the growing demand for inexpensive slates, the company has reportedly been working with Motorola on a new 5.9-inch smartphone codenamed ‘Shamu.”

According to documents received by Android Police, the Nexus program, once considered on death’s door in favour of Android Silver, is still going ahead as planned. ‘Shamu’, another in the line of piscine-coded hardware, will reportedly feature a massive 5.9-inch display, but nothing else in the hardware spec sheet has been made public at this time. It’s likely that, as with other Nexus devices, Shamu will launch with the latest version of Android, and likely come at a very competitive price.

Google has reportedly been working on a tablet, likely dubbed the Nexus 8, in collaboration with HTC, and could debut both devices in the fall. The Nexus 5, coming up on its 10-month birthday, has aged fairly well, but since then quite a few devices have been released with superior cameras, improved battery life and slimmer bodies. Earlier this year, LG denied involvement in any upcoming Nexus products.


Apple reported to be acquiring personalized talk radio startup Swell for $30 million


Apple has been on an acquisition streak lately. CEO Tim Cook announced during Apple’s Q2 results that 30 company acquisitions have been made over the the last nine months, including $3 billion spent for Beats Electronics. Cook also declared that they Apple is “on the prowl” for additional companies and it was recently revealed that book recommendation service BookLamp, dubbed the Pandora for books, was folded into the Apple ecosystem.

The newest report to surface is that Apple will be honing in on the broadcasting space and acquiring personalized talk-radio app Swell for $30 million. According to Re/code, Swell, which is backed by investors such as DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners, will completely shut down later this week.

Swell allows you to stream talk shows/podcasts on the go, then learns your listening habits and curates content based on your preferences. Some of the bigger media partners include, ESPN, NPR, FOX, ABC, BBC and TED, and podcasters can also import their podcast to iTunes. Swell currently has an iOS app, but is (was) also beta testing an Android app.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

Source: Re/Code


Bell to allow Manitoban customers to roam within province at no extra cost


It’s safe to say that Bell doesn’t have a widely-available network in Manitoba. Along with TELUS, its cross-Canada network partner, the company covers the greater Winnipeg area, stretching to Brandon in the west and Selkirk in the southeast. That’s a good chunk of the population, but certainly nowhere near as comprehensive as MTS and Rogers, which entered into network sharing agreements in 2009 and 2013 to build out HSPA+ and LTE in the province respectively.

According to an internal document we received, Bell will soon allow its Manitoban customers to roam on Rogers’ network at no extra charge. In what appears to be an attempt to get ahead of government regulation on domestic roaming, Bell has reached an agreement with Rogers to allow occasional and fair use access to areas outside its own network for calls, texts, MMS and internet use. Long distance service will be possible, but only if the customer already has a bundle for it in their local service area. And, like all other long distance plans, once a user enters a new service area a call made to a number within it is local, while calling home becomes long distance. All incoming calls accepted within a roaming area count as long distance, too. (more…)


Nokia uses potatoes and apples to charge a Lumia 930

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Nokia’s Lumia 930 is currently enjoying its European launch and its manufacturer is hoping to drum up publicity for the phone in the weirdest way possible.
As a follow on from last year’s lightning experiment, Nokia set out to create the world’s largest battery using apples and potatoes.

Inspired by the classic potato battery experiment, Nokia wondered how many potatoes (and apples, I guess) it would take to power its new Lumia 930 smartphone. The answer is 800. It takes 800 apples and potatoes to organically charge the Lumia 930. (more…)


Contest: Win a Moto E!


The Motorola Moto E is one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. This entry-level beauty has a 4.3-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1980 mAh battery, a 5MP camera and runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat — you can check our review here.

Thanks to our friends at Motorola Canada we have one Moto E to giveaway! To enter this contest all you have to do is either follow us and re-tweet this contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), “Like Us” on Facebook (, or join us on Google+.

The contest is on until July 31st and we’ll select a winner shortly after.
Good luck to all who enter!


Google Glass users can now add USB webcams to their Glass units


Google Glass may have been Google’s first foray into the wearable space but the device has yet to make it to market. Development is still ongoing with the Glass team regularly pushing out new updates for members of the Explorer program. Thanks to this most recent update, Explorers can now attach additional cameras to the HMD. (more…)


Nokia Canada confirms availability of Cyan update for Lumia 1020 users (Update: Not quite)

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A little less than two weeks ago, Nokia revealed that the Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan update had started rolling out to Lumia devices. Unfortunately, there was nothing about a Canada-specific roll-out. Just that it would be available for all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices “in the coming weeks.”

The official roll-out schedule still has ‘under testing’ for every Lumia device on all Canadian carriers, but Nokia Canada revealed via Twitter that the update is now available to all Lumia 1020 users. (more…)