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.

Rogers launches gigabit internet in Toronto, gets ready for 4K TV broadcasts

Rogers announced this week that it has turned on gigabit internet in select neighbourhoods across Toronto and the GTA, offering speeds of 1 gigabits per second (1000 megabits) in the downstream and 50 megabits per second in the upstream, for $149.99 per month. The company, which offers internet in Southern and Eastern Ontario, New Brunswick…

Shaw Communications set to purchase Wind Mobile for $1.6 billion

Shaw Communications has announced that it plans to purchase Wind Mobile, which turned six years-old today, for $1.6 billion CAD. The Calgary-based cable provider does not currently operate a wireless network, though it purchased a small amount of AWS-1 spectrum during the 2008 auction that it later optioned to Rogers for $350 million. While Wind…

6 Wins and Fails from Wind Mobile’s six years in Canada

Wind Mobile turns six years old today, after launching service in Toronto on December 16th, 2009. The upstart network provider was one of half a dozen new entrants that stumbled into a market dominated by Rogers, Bell and Telus after Industry Canada kept some of its AWS-1 spectrum aside to encourage competition. As it begins…

Bell tops RootMetrics Canadian network speed and reliability report for second straight year

For the second straight year, Bell has won RootMetrics’ Canadian Mobile Network Performance Review. Expanding from tests in three markets in 2014 — Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver — to eight in 2015, RootMetrics says that Bell’s combination of high network download and upload speeds, as well as comprehensive LTE coverage and reliability in every tested market, helped…

Rogers will no longer warn you before dialling a long-distance number

Rogers has been sending out text messages to select customers informing them they will no longer hear a pre-recorded message before dialling a long-distance number without a “1” in front of it. Since 2000, many Canadians have been required to enter the full 10-digits, including the area code, before successfully routing a call. Long-distance calls —…

New taxi hailing app acknowledges the existence of transit

There’s a new taxi hailing app in town — tell me if you’ve heard this one before — that purports to offer a valid alternative to the menace of Uber spreading across the country. Developed by CellWand, the company behind the popular #TAXI service, a precursor to on-demand smartphone hailing, TheRide, available on iOS and Android,…

On the line: VoLTE and the future of the phone call

“The phone call is dead.” That’s what I keep hearing from friends who would rather strain their neck looking down at a screen than looking ahead while talking on it. Ten years ago, the notion that instead of talking on a phone, we’d be primarily tapping and jabbing away at them seemed foreign to all but…

Roam Mobility owner debuts new worldwide iPad data solution using Apple SIM

Otono, parent company of Roam Mobility and the newly-launched Roam Mobility Canada, has released a new service for iPad users that leverages the flexibility of Apple’s unique Apple SIM technology to give customers a new way to subscribe to data services. Dubbed AlwaysOnline Wireless, the company has made deals with carriers in 45 countries to…

SyrupCast 55: Oculus Drift

This week on SyrupCast, Daniel is joined by Patrick O’Rourke and Matthew Moniz to talk about the future of VR and how it will shape the gaming, entertainment and content development spaces. Show notes Apple releases a battery case for its iPhone 6 and 6s Wind Mobile gets a big cash injection to fund its…

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 receives update with Gear VR support, app optimization

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 has received a nice update today across most Canadian providers, bringing it in line with the recent improvements to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Still running Android 5.1.1, the software adds support for the new Gear VR headset, along with a feature called App Optimization, which prioritizes the background updates…

Wind Mobile nabs $425 million in funding to build LTE network with Nokia equipment

Wind Mobile is taking its LTE rollout seriously, securing $425 million in financing from three Canadian banks willing to work with the upstart carrier to become the fourth major carrier in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. According to a press release issue today, Wind worked with the banks to refinance some of its high-yield debt,…

Drake, Bieber, #BatFlip and Norm propelled Canadian Twitter worldwide in 2015

The year isn’t over, but it’s safe to say we know which Canadians had the most social media game in the past 12 months. In fact, three of Canada’s best Tweeters were recognized worldwide, and continue to amass huge audiences. The top, Justin Bieber, has over 71 million followers, the second person ever to do…

CRTC sets interim domestic wholesale roaming rates that reinforce status quo

Last week, the CRTC set interim domestic wholesale roaming rates for carriers utilizing competitors’ networks within Canada. Aimed at ensuring Canada’s smaller networks, and burgeoning MVNOs, are able to offer affordable national 3G access to their customers, the rates, which are not public, are reportedly in the range of 40 percent higher than the incumbents’…

UberX success prompts city-wide taxi protests in Toronto

The success of UberX, and the ambiguous state of regulation around the $62 billion ridesharing giant, has prompted the largest one-day taxi protest in Toronto’s history. Hundreds of taxi drivers are taking part in the protest, which originated from four Toronto locations this morning. The goal, to disrupt Toronto’s already-overburdened transit and roadway systems, is…

Google sunsets the Nexus 6, pulls it from online store

Google has removed the Nexus 6 from its online store, marking an end to a product that was, despite its relatively high quality, met with mixed response from critics and users alike. The Nexus 6, which was released in late 2014, proved to be an unfortunate side step from the popular Nexus 5, yielding a product…

Google Pixel C tablet lightning review

Alongside the announcements of the Nexus 5X and 6P back in September, Google showed off something completely unexpected: a homegrown tablet, built in-house as part of its Pixel line. The Chromebook Pixel has been one of Google’s strangest products: a US-only $1000 Chromebook, now in its second generation the touchscreen-enabled computer is known for being…

Bell raising CraveTV price to $6 per month for television subscribers

Starting in February, Bell’s streaming content offering, CraveTV, will increase in price to $6 from the current monthly cost of $4. The company updated its site over the weekend to reflect the change, but did not mention whether the cost would apply to all Canadians when the service expands nationally in January, or whether it…

HTC had a great month, but a bad year

HTC reported that the success of its One A9 handset and select sales to other devices during its Black Friday sale helped improve month-over-month revenue by 15 percent, but same-period sales are down some 39 percent from the same period a year earlier. According to English-language media outlet Focus Taiwan, the company’s consolidated November sales…

Suretap and EnStream bring smartphone transit ticketing closer to reality

Telco-owned Suretap and EnStream, the former a consumer-facing digital wallet product and the latter the backend facilitator linking the banks to the NFC-enabled smartphones, have successfully completed the first steps towards transit ticketing on a smartphone in Canada. Announced in a release today, the companies say that they partnered with Société de transport de Montréal (STM),…

Pebble today and in the future: a conversation with CEO Eric Migicovsky

“Pebble has money,” says Eric Migicovsky. The CEO of Pebble, the company that all but popularized the smartwatch with its then-massive Kickstarter campaign in 2012, is responding to a question about how it plans to grow from bit player to massive platform owner. “We make products that get better over time, that do a couple…