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.

January Nexus security update now rolling from Google

On cue, Google’s own Nexus security bulletin has been updated detailing the fixes contained in an upcoming software patch rolling out to Nexus devices this week. Released as both an over-the-air update (coming in the next few days) and factory images (which are available now), Google has fixed a number of issues with Android’s security layer,…

Bell captures title of fastest Canadian network by OpenSignal

Bell has been awarded the fastest mobile network in Canada by OpenSignal, the independent company behind popular mobile network testing apps for iOS and Android. Corroborating recent findings by RootMetrics, OpenSignal’s data is comprised of nearly 16,000 tests from users across the country between September 1st and November 30th of last year. It found that…

BlackBerry Priv’s January security patch now rolling out

BlackBerry has begun rolling out a small patch for its Priv smartphone, bringing the device up to Google’s latest security standards for January. Indeed, the Priv is receiving the sought-after security patch before Google’s own Nexus lineup, a commitment BlackBerry has been assiduously following since its announcement back in November. The patch, a small 16MB file,…

Daniel’s Favourite Things of 2015

2015 was a great year. For tech, for MobileSyrup, and for me. I can’t say that it all went well, because, as life goes, it didn’t. But here are a few of my favourite things from the past twelve months, give or take a few. Growth, and Growing Pains This was a particularly fractious year for…

Suretap Wallet moves beyond the SIM card with latest update

Suretap Wallet certainly wants to be the one-stop portal for all things digital wallet, but it’s had a remarkably difficult time getting there. Just look at its horrendous 1.9-star rating on the Google Play Store to understand why. Earlier this year, parent company Suretap was spun off from Rogers, where it began its life as the…

You’ve never heard of these best-selling Boxing Day tablets

By now, the wrapping is in the trash or being rifled through by racoons in the recycling bin behind your house, putting an end to the relentless drone of Christmas tunes and shopping lists. As we learned, Amazon sold a lot of tech this year, as it does every year, but as the company highlighted well-known…

Sugar Mobile uses old tricks to challenge the Canadian telco status quo

Just how widespread is WiFi? And can it stand in for cellular connectivity on your smartphone? One Canadian company wants to find out. Sugar Mobile, a new brand launched by Canadian VoIP provider Iristel, majority shareholder of Northern Canada-based telco Ice Wireless, is trying to bring to Canada what many US-based providers have been offering…

Canadian LG G3 and G4 variants receive security patches in time for the holidays

Canadian LG G3 and G4 owners woke up this morning with updates waiting for them. The 2014 and 2015 LG flagships received security patches, keeping in line with the company’s promise to secure their mainline devices against vulnerabilities and other exploits. Unfortunately, both devices remain on the same versions of Android. In the case of…

TD Canada Trust adds Facebook Messenger to its customer service repertoire

As Rogers did earlier in the month, TD Canada Trust has integrated Facebook Messenger into its customer service platform. Canada’s second-largest financial institution announced today that it now allows customers to seek help from TD employees over Facebook’s messaging platform between 6am and 11pm every day, including weekends. Powered by In the Chat, CSRs are…

Mourning a stranger: Goodbye, Rdio

It’s weird being with something through its whole life. When my family congregated at the veterinary clinic to put down my Irish Wolfhound, Baron, in 2009, his life as it related to mine flashed in nauseating waves before me. I remember the way his arcing tail used to smack against the mirror in my front hallway, causing…

Moto X Play upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in Canada

Four days after its predecessor, the Moto X 2014, received the nod, Moto X Play customers in Canada have begun receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Available across all carriers, including Bell, Telus, SaskTel, Videotron and Koodo, the update adds a number of performance improvements and big-name features that Moto X Play users are sure to be…

Fleksy’s unique keyboard is coming bundled on all future ZTE smartphones

Fleksy, the unique and bouncy third-party keyboard available for Android and iOS, has announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE to preload the software on all of its future devices. The keyboard, which recently added GIF search and a sticker store on top of its extensive database of emoji, will be the default keyboard…

Shaw deal all but assures Wind Mobile will sell the iPhone

Wind Mobile just got purchased by Shaw Communications for $1.6 billion. The deal isn’t expected to go through until sometime next year, but there is no reason the Canadian regulatory bodies should stand in their way, since Shaw doesn’t own any cellular infrastructure of its own. While much of the talk was about integration between Wind’s…

BlackBerry posts small Q3 loss on higher software sales, not talking Priv sales

With only limited distribution of its newest handset, the Android-powered Priv, BlackBerry isn’t commenting on how the device is faring in the market. The company posted a narrow loss of three cents per share on revenue of $557 million, with was up 15 percent over the previous quarter, but down 44 percent year over year….

Everything you need to know about Shaw’s acquisition of Wind Mobile

Late yesterday, Calgary-based Shaw Communications, which offers cable- and fiber-based internet and television services in Western Canada and parts of Northern Ontario, announced it would purchase Toronto-based Wind Mobile for $1.6 billion. The deal actually involves the purchase of Wind Mobile’s parent company, Mid-Bowline Group, which was formed when Globalive and several investment firms came together…

Apple promotes Jeff Williams to COO, gives Phil Schiller the App Store

Apple announced today that it has promoted Jeff Williams, who oversaw the company’s entry into the wearables market with Apple Watch, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The move comes as part of a major executive shuffle, which also raises Johny Srouji, previously vice president of Hardware Technologies, to the role of SVP of Hardware Technologies;…