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.

Accessory to consolidation: ZAGG to purchase Mophie for over $100 million

ZAGG, makers of popular mobile accessories from cases to battery packs to headphones and screen protectors, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Mophie, another mobile accessory manufacturer, for around $100 million USD, plus a to-be-determined amount calculated by taking a five-times multiplier of Mophie’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and…

The upside of BlackBerry going Android-only

In mid-2012, during a media throng at a downtown Toronto hotel, Gary Klassen, the guy who invented BBM (and by now one of the company’s longest-lasting employees) gave MobileSyrup a rundown of the mobile operating system that would eventually be known as BlackBerry 10. It was in rough shape. We were shown early versions of two…

Former Grantland EIC Bill Simmons slips Google Play Podcasts release timing

We’ve known for some time that Google Play would be adding a podcasts section through its dedicated music portal, but it’s taken until now to learn when that integration would unfold. In typical Bill Simmons fashion, the former Grantland editor-in-chief, and sports commentator extraordinaire, tweeted this morning that the popular Bill Simmons Podcast, which covers the…

HTC One A9 adds two more colours in Canada

The HTC One A9, which was quietly released in Canada last November with no carrier support, has added two more colours on its web purchasing portal. Initially available in charcoal grey or white-and-silver, HTC recently added a gold variant and, our favourite, a deep garnet red that looks great in person. Priced at $649 CAD,…

Google Q4 revenue soars on higher mobile ad earnings

As Facebook showed last week, mobile ads are finally adding substantial revenue to companies involved in their distribution. The primary conduit for these ads, Google, announced its fourth quarter earnings today — well, its parent company, Alphabet did — and the numbers were encouraging. In case you missed it, back in August Google became Alphabet, under which two…

LG G4 receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in Canada

It’s February, which is ever so much closer to longer days, warmer evenings, and… software updates? According to Rogers and Telus (the only two of the Big Three to maintain a software update schedule. Come on, Bell), the LG G4 will reportedly receive its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today on Telus, followed by Rogers on…

SaskTel and Videotron change plans in response to price increases from Big Three

Regional carriers Videotron and SaskTel have altered some plans in response to price increases from Rogers, Bell, Telus and their respective flanker brands. Instead of increasing prices, Quebec’s Videotron decided to lower the data allotments on two of its premium plans. Its $74.95 per month plan now offers 3GB of data instead of 4GB, and the…

OnePlus X goes invite-free forever

The OnePlus X, OnePlus’s diminutive $329 smartphone, has gone invite-free forever, according to the company. After being unveiled in November, the Chinese OEM battled constrained supply as it filled orders for the powerful small smartphone. The OnePlus X features a 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel AMOLED display, a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB of RAM,…

Bell and Virgin Mobile bringing recent wireless price increases to Quebec

In case you thought Canada’s more competitive provinces — Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where regional carriers suppress wireless plan costs — were immune to the recent price increases, here’s a reality check. According to documents received by MobileSyrup, Bell and its flanker brand, Virgin Mobile, will be applying its recent hikes to Quebec starting today,…

Uber fully legalized in Edmonton, the first Canadian city to do so

Uber is now fully legal in Edmonton, the first Canadian city to approve the service. In an eight to four decision that was delayed due to in-chamber protests by taxi drivers, the municipality agreed to let UberX drivers operate legally in the city premises starting March 1st. The minimum price will be $3.25, which is…

Why the iPhone 5se will be great for upgrade-shy Canadians

When Apple released the iPhone 5c in 2013, it was said by many to be a misstep, a notional rehash of the iPhone 5 built on weak bones. It was an iPhone 5 by any other name. And for a while, it appeared the critics were right; though Apple didn’t release specific sales figures for…

Rogers Q4 2015 earnings: wireless growth and Blue Jays offset TV losses

Rogers today announced its Q4 2015 earnings, wherein the company says it earned $3.45 billion in revenue, with an adjusted net income of $331 million, or $0.64 per share. While revenue was up three percent over the same period a year ago, income was down seven percent on increased customer retention spending and lower TV…

Rogers Roam Like Home expanding to China, India, Russia, others

After learning that Rogers would be expanding the countries covered under its popular Roam Like Home plan tomorrow, MobileSyrup has uncovered some of those locations. According to sources close to the program, Roam Like Home will be expanding to include parts of Eastern Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and, for the first time, Africa….

BlackBerry integrates BES12 with Good Technology’s product suite

BlackBerry announced today that it has fully integrated Good Technology’s secure container software into BlackBerry Enterprise Services, the company’s suite of enterprise mobility management software. BlackBerry purchased Good Technology for $425 million last year, spending the dwindling months of the year figuring out how best to bring its popular container and app platform to BES…

PC Financial overhauls iOS app with new interface, Touch ID support

PC Financial has overhauled its iOS app with a lighter design, iPhone 6 support, and a number of user-requested features, including Touch ID and Apple Watch integration. Owned by CIBC, PC Financial’s new iPhone and iPad is essentially the same as its parent company’s, rebranded for the no-fee institutions’s focus on consumer accounts, mortgages and…

Bell and Virgin Mobile launch Wi-Fi Calling for older iPhones

Bell has launched its Wi-Fi Calling feature on iPhones older than last year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Originally launched back in September alongside Apple’s newest handsets, Bell says that it has expanded the feature to include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Virgin Mobile users can also enable Wi-Fi Calling. Aimed at…