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.

Roam Mobility raises prices on plans for Canadians traveling to the U.S.

We’ve already gone through it with our domestic carriers, and now one of Canada’s best ways to visit the United States, Roam Mobility, has raised prices on its daily and data-only plans. Roam Mobility, the former name of the brand’s parent company, now called Otono Networks, operates as a true MVNO of T-Mobile, allowing it…

UGO Wallet adds MBNA and CUETS Financial credit cards to service

UGO Wallet has added a third and fourth credit card partner to its mobile payments app, available for Android and BlackBerry 10. MBNA and CUETS Financial will each add their MasterCard-based credit cards to the UGO Wallet service in the near future, which will, at least on Android, coincide with the company’s expansion to Host…

Feast combines Toronto’s best chefs and a beautiful app to improve food delivery

It’s warm for mid-December and I’m sitting on a park bench on Toronto’s east side, bare trees swaying softly as a streetcar briefly rattles in the distance. A small dog sidles over, perhaps playful, perhaps catching a waft of the mushroom and potato soup sloshing around in a biodegradable container I’m cradling in my gloveless hand. The soup…

SyrupCast 56: Coffee, Tech and a Whole Lot of Handsome

Happy new year! The SyrupCast is back for a two-part special edition episode featuring two of our favourite tech writers: Pocketnow’s Michael Fisher, and The Best Damn Coffee’s Taylor Martin. Part A with Michael recaps CES, the rise of VR, and the changing world of mobile journalism, while Part B with Taylor focuses more on…

Bell works with Toronto’s CAMH to develop iPad app for psychiatrists and patients

Being that it is just under a week until Bell Let’s Talk Day, the telco is highlighting its partnership with the Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The organization, which worked with Bell Business Markets, has released an app for psychiatrists and primary care doctors called Psychiatry in Primary Care Toolkit, which, for $3.99…

Apple’s App Store price increases now in effect

It had to happen eventually. The prices of smartphones are set to rise even more this year on continued weakness in the Canadian Dollar, so it came as no shock that Apple, always in tune with currency market proclivities, was set to rejig app prices in countries most affected by Greenback’s surge. Sometime yesterday, that switch…

The Galaxy S7 is probably coming to Canada

Listen, we get it: it’s cold outside, and when you walk down the street, the wind howls at you, tearing into your exposed face like so many tiny cuts. You get on the streetcar or bus, or perhaps you walk, and as you do you open your favourite news app and tap on your favourite…

ZTE Axon Pro comes to Canada through Newegg

Last November, ZTE and Fido partnered to bring the Chinese company’s Axon smartphone to Canada, a well-designed mid-range Android smartphone with software concessions, designed specifically for the North American market. While it rankled a few people that a device sold unlocked directly from ZTE in the U.S., was locked and exclusive to a single carrier…

4K arms race underway as Bell and Rogers vie for high-res early adopters

Tonight, a confluence of hardware, software and corporate strategy come together for a broadcast debut: Bell is set to offer its Fibe TV customers in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City the chance to watch the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics face off in ultra-high resolution 4K on the company’s TSN network. But the real…

Apple’s new Music Memos app is for the real-world tinkerers

Every iPhone user relies on a few basic pre-installed apps to get them through the day: Notes, for, well, note-taking; Calendar, for keeping track of meetings; Calculator, for when figuring out the tip is too darn hard; and Voice Memos, because sometimes one just needs a place to recall his or her latest ramblings. I…

Bell and the CRTC square off in Mobile TV trial

A federal court has agreed to hear an appeal by Bell regarding a decision the CRTC, Canada’s telecom regulator, issued last year. At stake is the definition of what constitutes a common carrier for television broadcasts, and whether, by preventing Bell from exempting its Mobile TV app from mobile subscribers’ data buckets, the CRTC has limited…

Rogers delays BYOD price increases for some plans until early February

Tomorrow, the price of mobile service is increasing at Canada’s largest telco. Rogers, like Telus and Bell, is raising base rates by $5 per month on its share plans, while nominally eliminating the benefits of customers bringing their own devices to the network. The cost per month for users who buy their own smartphones and…

HTC One M9 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update now available in Canada

As promised, HTC and some its Canadian carrier partners have released the Android 6.0 update for the HTC One M9. Customers of Rogers, Wind Mobile, Videotron and SaskTel can now pick up and roast some Marshmallow on their Snapdragon 810-powered One M9s. Those who purchased the device on other carriers such as Bell and Telus…

To keep Canadians connected, carriers are going ‘small’

The next big thing in connectivity is elusively, almost comically, small. As cities get denser, and its citizens’ wireless needs more explicit, carriers are looking to new technologies as ways to fill in the coverage gaps left by mounting large antennas on increasingly crowded rooftops, or towers whose signals can’t quite reach every device it…

Apple raising Canadian App Store prices due to weak Dollar

Prices for apps, games and in-app experiences are set to increase in Canada this week, according to a document Apple sent to developers today. “When foreign exchange rates change, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store. Within the next 72 hours, prices for apps and In-App Purchases will increase,” said the email,…

Let’s discuss Netflix, Shomi and CraveTV

As of Thursday, with the Canada-wide launch of Bell’s streaming television service, Canadians are newly awash in streaming service options — something we’re not necessarily used to. CraveTV now joins Shomi, which expanded to all Canadians in August, and Netflix, which has reached the point of near-ubiquity for most of us, in the mindshare of national…

Telus and Koodo raising plan prices by $5, weakening BYOD benefits

Telus has followed its Big Three counterparts, Rogers and Bell, in implementing price increases across its entire plan lineup. According to internal documents obtained by MobileSyrup, Telus cites “economic and market conditions” for raising the price of its Your Choice plans by $5 each starting Thursday, January 21st. Similar to Bell, which separates out the base cost of…

EQ Bank combines chequing and savings for the mobile age

The story of Canadian banking is often likened to that the mobile industry: reliable, robust, but expensive, with a lack of sufficient competition from upstarts to force the incumbents to change their ways. But as we meander towards the day when every Canadian has a smartphone, the number of companies purporting to use them to…