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.

Worldwide smartphone growth slowed in 2015 as replacement cycles lengthened

Smartphone shipments are expected to grow just 9.8 percent in 2015, according to research firm, IDC. The company takes an annual snapshot of mobile’s various facets, including unit shipments and market share, and has determined that while the smartphone market will continue to expand year over year until 2019, the annual rate of growth will…

Apple open sources its Swift programming language

A lot of developers were shocked when Apple unveiled a brand new programming language at its WWDC conference in 2014. And while it hasn’t (and will likely never fully) supplanted Objective-C, Swift’s “clean and modern syntax,” according to Apple’s GitHub page, is attracting a lot of fans. Now, Swift has gone open-sourced, which means that…

BlueStacks brings Android multitasking to Windows machines

BlueStacks was for a long time a curiosity, a tacit acknowledgement that Android’s extensibility was practically infinite — even on so-called desktop machines running Windows and OS X. The ability to play select Android apps outside the traditional confines of a smartphone or tablet led to the company raising $30 million earlier this year, which…

Roam Mobility launches prepaid LTE solution for visitors to Canada

Prepaid wireless service in Canada is neither particularly cheap nor friendly to short-term visitors. Due to the lack of a robust MVNO market, the big carriers have little incentive to offer inexpensive packages of calling, texting, and most importantly data service, to tourists, despite the increase in traffic north of the border over the past…

CCTS Annual Report shows fewer telco complaints overall, rise in Wireless Code breaches

As it does on an annual basis, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) has published its Annual Report for 2014-2015, summarizing the various issues consumers face when it comes to their telco providers. Though total submissions declined 12 percent over last year, Bell once again received the highest number, accounting for 3,599, or 36…

Beautiful visual storytelling app Storehouse comes to Android

When an app debuts on iOS to acclaim, there are often two paths developers choose: acknowledge the eventual port to Android, or avoid Google’s platform altogether. In cases like well-known Twitter client Tweetbot, its developer Tapbots has done the latter, dedicating itself to Apple’s ecosystem from the beginning. But others, like Storehouse, wait until they have…

Telus launches mental health coaching app aimed at helping young people learn coping strategies

Telus today launched a new app called thinkFull designed to help Canadians, particularly adolescents and young adults spending hours each day on their smartphones, to better track and develop coping strategies for their stress. Designed alongside the Canadian Mental Health Association and Mind Your Mind, two Canadian non-profits aimed at educating and providing treatment for…

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch review

It’s no secret Samsung is doing its best to make Tizen a force in the platform wars currently controlled by Apple and Google. For years, Samsung’s hardware has paired with an operating system over which it has diminishing control, and despite its incredible success in the market, the inevitability of decline becomes clearer every year….

SyrupCast 54: Drake’s Privilege

On this week’s SyrupCast, Daniel and Douglas are back to talk about what’s been happening in the world of technology. They talk about the BlackBerry Priv (obviously) and whether it can stand up to what Daniel thinks is the best Android phone out there, the Nexus 6P. Then they talk about Apple’s latest gear, the…

Instagram begins multiple account support rollout with latest Android beta

Instagram, being one of the most popular and fastest-growing sharing platforms around, has been held back to some extent by lack of multiple account support. Whereas parent company Facebook makes it easy to administer personal and business accounts on the same device with a dedicated Pages app, Instagram has until recently made it notoriously difficult…

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium now available in Canada

Bell has added another high-end Sony smartphone to its repertoire, likely its last before the end of the year. The Xperia Z5 Premium is, by all accounts, the same phone as the recently-reviewed Xperia Z5, with one major improvement: a 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 pixel IPS display, the first on a phone this size. Bell is…

Best Buy may be the best bet to find an Apple Pencil right now [Update]

Best Buy stores have stock of the Apple Pencil, a product that has been notoriously difficult to source since its release in early November. Backordered four to five weeks from Apple’s online store, and available only sporadically at larger brick and mortar locations, Best Buy has stock of the in-demand accessory, compatible with the newly-released…

Huawei’s massive Mate 8 flagship is a window into next year’s Android trends

Evolution, not revolution. That’s what one can expect from the Android crop of next year, if Huawei’s latest flagship is any sort of bellwether. The company unveiled its latest high-end smartphone in China today, the Mate 8, which iterates on the successful Mate 7 released in early 2015. But the Mate 8 bears the hallmarks…

Bell, Virgin and SaskTel release Android 5.1.1 update for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

After an interminable wait, Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel users are now able to download the Android 5.1.1 update for their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices. We’ve been receiving word that the update, which took longer for Bell and its carrier partners than Rogers and Telus (both of which had their own problems), has…

HTC Preview program asks loyal fans to test and evaluate new hardware and software

Today, HTC launched a new program, Preview, that encourages early adopters and loyal HTC enthusiasts to test the latest hardware and software from the company. Currently only available to US and European users, the idea behind HTC Preview is to put the company’s latest innovations into the hands of people that want to provide feedback….

[Winners selected!] Win an Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3!

Update: We’ve chosen the winners in the contest! Congratulations to Ari Gross and Winnie Leung! Please get in touch with us at contests@mobilesyrup.com to claim your prize. — It may not be Thanksgiving in Canada, but we’re still in a thankful mood. We’re so grateful to everyone who makes this place what it is, helping to…

Fossil’s new Q Founder smartwatch brings Android Wear to the mall

Despite a relatively unclear go-to-market strategy for so-called fashion brands, companies like Fossil, TAG Heuer and Movado, among others, are beginning to augment their traditional watch lineups with devices that eschew gears for processors. After announcing four “smart” products earlier this month, Fossil has detailed Canadian release information for the Q Founder, an Android Wear smartwatch powered…