Author: Daniel Bader

Daniel has been writing about technology since 2010 and tinkering with it since before Radiohead was a band. He's an avid dog lover, owning Irish Wolfhounds since childhood, and loves to cook, read and play competitive dodgeball.

ZTE Axon Pro review

Last October, I got to speak to some really smart people about the difficulties in building a brand in a new country. Those people worked for ZTE, the Chinese giant trying to break into the North American market. As entrenched as the incumbents are today, it wasn’t long ago that companies like Apple and Samsung had…

Facebook testing Material Design, SMS and multi-account support in new Messenger builds

Facebook has been playing with its Messenger app for Android, giving it elements of Material Design and a number of new experimental features, according to pictures received by Android Police. The company, which is well-known for its A/B testing, has been pushing out a new Material Design interface to some users, giving them a blue navigation…

Instagram planning to show how many times a video has looped

Instagram made a small but important change to its video product today, right on the heels of extending maximum video ads to 60 seconds from 30. The counts come after a big push by Instagram to emphasize video on the platform, opening the company’s advertising API to brands with larger budgets that covet the network’s highly-engaged 18-34 age…

HTC’s first smartwatch may arrive alongside next One flagship in April

HTC’s first smartwatch is coming in April, according to Evan Blass. The noted leaker of all things mobile-related posted on Twitter yesterday that “the watch” will be available to HTC fans “before the end of April.” The Taiwanese OEM, which has struggled monumentally with the changing tides of smartphone trends and buying patterns, has long…

Zag Bank launches mobile apps for savings-starved Canadians

There’s another mobile-friendly bank available to Canadians today, backed by another highly-regulated, CDIC-insured financial institution. This one is called Zag Bank, and, based in Calgary, purports to offer tremendous value to its customers in the form of high-interest savings accounts, TFSAs, RRSPs and GICs. Though the company launched in Calgary back in July of last year,…

Montreal cabbies inconvenience travellers by protesting Uber at Trudeau Airport

Toronto isn’t the only Canadian city beset with taxi protests this week. Members of Quebec’s United Steelworkers union, many of whose members drive cabs in Montreal, have set up lines at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport today, protesting what it considers unfair preference for Uber, which is not yet legal in the city. According to a spokesperson…

SyrupCast 57: All Together Now

This week, it’s all hands on deck for a discussion about Uber, BlackBerry, Shaw’s acquisition of 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 Download Information Subscribe to the RSS Audio feed (Use this link if you’re looking to…

1Password for Android receives Material Design overhaul, support for fingerprint sensors

It took its sweet time, but Toronto-based 1Password now supports fingerprint authentication for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. This comes after the password storage utility, which is available on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and the web, added Touch ID support all the way back in September, 2014. Android competitors, such as LastPass and…

The disappearing act: HTC smartphones removed from Canadian carrier shelves

Just around now four years ago I traveled to New York for the first time as a MobileSyrup writer. It was during Mobile World Congress, and nearly everyone I idolized, all the bloggers and videographers, were on planes set for Barcelona. But HTC, coming off a rough 2011 that saw its market share peak and…

Samsung patent filing suggests S Pen could soon double as a phone stand

Just because a company files for and is granted a patent, doesn’t mean that it will be integrated into future generations of a product. But here’s one that is both obvious and foreseeable, as Samsung attempts to find ways to differentiate upcoming versions of the S Pen, a mainstay of its Note smartphone lineup. According…

Are big tablets the future of small TVs? Samsung thinks so

In mid-January, as the afternoon’s grey light faded into typical winter darkness, the MobileSyrup and BetaKit offices prepared to multitask. News slowly trickled in, as it does post-CES, but we had a task to perform that would fulfil both personal and professional obligations: to observe the Toronto Raptors play the Orlando Magic at London’s O2 Arena….

Creator of BBM out at BlackBerry as company sheds more talent

The creator of BBM, and one of BlackBerry’s longest-tenured employees, is no longer at the company. Gary Klassen, who joined then-Research In Motion in 2000 as a software engineer for the upcoming BlackBerry 950 communicator, has left the company after almost 16 years. Klassen’s wife, who posted on Facebook, says that her husband has “walked out of BlackBerry for…

Bell CEO warns that the weak Canadian Dollar will force smartphone prices to rise

BCE CEO George Cope has warned that smartphone prices are set to rise this year as a direct result of the weak Canadian Dollar. That will, in turn, increase customer retention and acquisition costs at the company, he says, but some of the brunt will be passed to customers. Bell, as do other wireless operators, subsidizes…

Android Wear gains new gestures and voice input support for apps like WhatsApp and WeChat

Android Wear is becoming smarter — or at least a better listener. Google announced today that its latest update, which will hit existing Android Wear smartwatches over the next few weeks, will feature three new gestures, “push,” “lift” and “shake,” allowing smartwatch owners to do more without physically interacting with the touchscreen. These gestures augment the existing…

Move to Saskatchewan for the third-fastest LTE in the world

Want the third-fastest LTE speeds in the world? Head to snowy Saskatchewan and hitch a ride on SaskTel, which, according to independent research company OpenSignal, enjoys average LTE speeds of 35 megabits per second. For the sixth year, OpenSignal has released its State of LTE report, detailing the average speeds and coverage areas of major…

Fitbit’s latest fitness band is its best one yet

After dipping its toes into the smartwatch category with the Blaze last month, Fitbit has announced a new fitness band that treads squarely in familiar territory. The Alta’s design appears evolutional, bringing welcome curvature to the boxy frame of the Charge, while improving the resolution and responsiveness of the OLED panel. Like its Charge predecessor,…

Bell soft launches Voice Over LTE in select Ontario area codes

Nearly a year after the rollout of Voice Over LTE by Rogers, Bell has soft launched the service in four Ontario area codes and on one device, in an effort to stamp out issues before releasing it to its entire customer base later this year. Through public support documents and leaked materials sent to MobileSyrup, we’ve learned that Bell…