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.

Apple Pay coming to Canada this year, but only for American Express customers

Apple Pay is coming to Canada by the end of this year, but it will be limited to American Express customers — at least at first. The longtime rumour was confirmed by CEO Tim Cook, who said that Apple is parterning with American Express to bring Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments solution that debuted…

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon, coming to Fido on November 6th

Rogers and ZTE, the fifth-largest handset manufacturer in the world and the fourth largest in North America (according to the company) behind Samsung, Apple and LG, are teaming up to release the Axon, a “premium value” smartphone coming to Fido on November 6th for $0 on a 2-year term. The company held an intimate media…

Rogers adds Voice over LTE support on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with iOS 9.1

iOS 9.1 introduced a number of important new features for all iPhone users. Not only can users send middle finger emoji, but they can also send taco emoji. Oh, and Rogers has enabled Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, with the new update. As part of its new Carrier Bundle, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users…

How far can nostalgia carry the BlackBerry Priv?

Canada is remarkably good at rallying around its stars, and just as adept at abandoning them. In the technology sector, before it was trendy to dismiss BlackBerry, née RIM, it was a cultural darling, the type of phone — and employer — you boasted about to friends and family. The exact date of The Turn…

Apple TV (4th Gen) now available to order in Canada starting at $199

The fourth-generation Apple TV is now available to order, Canadians having to spend a little more than their US counterparts to get the new set-top box complete with a faster A8 processor and the company’s App Store. Delivering to Canadians within three to five days, according to Apple’s website, Canadians can purchase the 32GB Apple TV…

Hands-on with the Asus ZenWatch 2, coming soon to Canada

This past week, Asus held its annual Holiday Preview event in Toronto, and amidst the insane gaming laptops and high-end tablets there rested a single smartwatch, the first to enter Canada (seriously — sometimes we’re way behind the US). While it was widely rumoured that Canada would eventually get the original ZenWatch, Asus’ first Android Wear smartwatch,…

Second-gen Moto 360 goes on sale October 28 in Canada

Motorola Canada announced today that its second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch will be available in Canada on October 28th, starting at $379. Available at Best Buy, Telus, and the Google Store, Motorola plans to make three models available: a 46mm men’s model; a 42mm men’s model; and a 42mm women’s model. All three of them come with different…

Telus removes roaming packages to Cuba as partner carrier hikes rates

Telus has removed its rather generous Cuba roaming packages effective today on news that its carrier partner in the country, Cubacel, has hiked rates to outside networks. The news comes only 20 months after Telus significantly lowered its roaming costs in Cuba. As of today, roaming packages that include voice, text and data are no…

Small Talk: Nexus 5X owners, how are you finding the device so far?

Earlier this week, the first shipments of Google’s Nexus 5X began shipping to customers from the company’s online store. Ostensibly a sequel to the company’s ultra-popular Nexus 5 from late 2013, the Nexus 5X makes improvements to almost every aspect of the phone, from screen quality to chip speed. But the biggest updates come in…

Instagram releases 1-second looping video app Boomerang for iOS and Android

Instagram today released a new app, Boomerang, that loops one second of video by combining five photos into a short animation. Available for iOS and Android, the company says, “It’s not a photo. It’s not a gif. It’s a Boomerang,” which means that these short videos are meant to live inside Instagram and its parent company,…

Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 with bug fixes, performance improvements

Alongside iOS 9.1, Apple today released watchOS 2.0.1, a minor update to the Apple Watch’s most significant feature release, which arrived in late September. Like most ‘point’ releases, watchOS 2.0.1 is mainly focused on fixing bugs. Apple’s change log includes fixes for problems associated with the software update process (meta, we know), high battery usage,…

#elxn42 saw nearly five times as many Tweets as 2011 election

Twitter was an increasingly vital part of the 2015 federal election, with Canadians relying on it for news, discourse and, of course, emotional outbursts. In total, there were nearly 3.5 million #elxn42 tagged tweets throughout the campaign, nearly five times the number seen four years ago, during the 2011 federal election. Monday, October 19th saw…

HTC announces the One A9, now available to pre-order in Canada for $549 unlocked

Earlier today, HTC announced the One A9, the first move in the replacement cycle of its poorly-selling M series. The 5-inch device, which sports a machined aircraft-grade aluminum chassis, has a 1080p panel, a Snapdragon 617 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP camera and a 2,150mAh battery, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow…

HTC One A9 Hands-on

I probably don’t need to say this, but the HTC One A9 looks an awful lot like an iPhone 6. Whether driven by sheer arrogance or a desperate need to find its way during difficult times, the HTC One A9 is cloyingly, unabashedly, an iPhone 6 copy. Yes, items like the camera sensor and volume buttons…

Bell exclusively selling the Sony Xperia Z5 on October 29

Bell is set to be the only Canadian carrier, and potentially the only Canadian retailer since Sony shut down its retail operations, to carry the Xperia Z5. The company announced today that it is bringing the Xperia Z5 to Canada for $199.95 on a 2-year contract and $649.95 outright starting October 29th. Sony announced the…

SaskTel speeds up network with newly-deployed AWS-1 spectrum

Back in late July, SaskTel announced it had purchased 20Mhz of AWS-1 spectrum from Wind Mobile, which acquired the airwaves through Rogers’s purchase of Mobilicity earlier this summer. Though terms of the deal with Wind weren’t disclosed, SaskTel promised to deploy the AWS-1 spectrum as soon as possible, improving the reach of its LTE signal in…

Google launches beta program for its own Google app

Google today launched a beta program for its own Google app, which controls both the functionality of Google Now, as well as the underlying structure for the Google Now Launcher. The company has only issued a minor update associated with the beta program, which like most accessible beta tests is available through its own Play Store testing suite,…

Google’s Nexus 5X is now available to purchase in Canada

The Nexus 5X is now available to purchase in Canada. The device went up for pre-order at the end of September, but is now beginning to ship to customers around the country. Specifically, the 32GB Nexus 5X in black or white is shipping within one or two days from Google Canada’s warehouse, with their 16GB counterparts…

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….