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.

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch receives its first major update

The Gear S2 smartwatch hasn’t made the sorts of waves its creator, Samsung, likely wanted by this time in its release cycle. That’s a shame, too, since the wearable is by far the company’s best to date, and, for the first time, is compatible with other Android smartphones. For early adopters, the Samsung Gear S2…

Smartphone Second Life: when old devices get a second chance

I thought I had read it wrong. Galaxy S5 Neo? What does that even mean, and why, after nearly two years, would Samsung release an almost identical version of its old flagship smartphone? The story of the Galaxy S5 Neo is the story of a new reality for Canadians, where a weak dollar converges with…

Pebble Time Round arrives in Canada on December 4

The Pebble Time Round, Pebble’s latest and most attractive smartwatch to date, is coming to Canada on Friday, December 4th exclusively through Best Buy. Available in two colours and sizes, Pebble has worked extensively with Best Buy Canada to distribute the smartwatch alongside its three existing models — the original Pebble, the Pebble Time, and…

Small Talk: BlackBerry Priv owners, what do you think of the device so far?

The BlackBerry Priv has been available in one form or another for nearly three weeks, which means that it has likely gotten into the hands of most people looking to become early adopters. There was no question the Priv would garner considerable attention both from BlackBerry faithful and curious onlookers, but just how much was an…

Sony Xperia Z5 review

Sony doesn’t worry about what you think. It just makes phones that, year after year, epitomize refinement within the Android ecosystem. The Xperia Z5 is technically the sixth iteration of the company’s seminal design language, which debuted in January 2013 with the Xperia Z. Now slimmer and lighter, the ensuing refinement in the last five generations…

Bell Media signs sweeping content licensing deal with HBO

Bell and HBO announced a deal today that will see Bell Media become the sole licensee of HBO content in Canada. Dubbed a “comprehensive, long-term agreement,” Canada’s largest provider of television service, according to its most recent earnings report, will distribute HBO’s back catalogue, in-market programs, and all future content, through an expanded, nationwide pay TV…

Trolling In The Deep: Adele’s ’25’ won’t stream on Spotify or Apple Music

Adele’s ’25’, what is likely to be the rival Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ as the best-selling album of 2015, is staying off streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify. After publicly decrying the pitiful streaming revenues from Spotify’s ad-supported free tier, and calling out Apple for not paying artists during its three-month trial period (a policy Apple…

Moto X Play coming to Virgin Mobile

After being released at Bell, Telus, Rogers, Wind Mobile, Koodo and Sasktel, the Moto X Play is coming to Virgin Mobile. The Motorola smartphone, which happens to be the company’s Canadian flagship for the year in lieu of the more expensive Moto X Style, has been well received for its combination of performance, screen quality,…

Outlook for Android gets closer to a unified organizer with new design

Microsoft surprised a lot of people when it so quickly and deftly turned its $200 million Acompli acquisition into an impressive cross-platform version of Outlook for mobile. Earlier this month, the company announced that it was shuttering another of its expensive acquisitions, Sunrise Calendar, and integrating it into Outlook for Mobile, with Sunrise’s design team…

Google brings its YouTube Kids app to Canada, but not for those in Quebec

After launching in the US in February, Google has brought its popular YouTube Kids suite of apps to Canada, but not those located in Quebec. Available on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids distils Google’s enormous online video library to a set of child-friendly channels curated by YouTube itself, as well as its content partners like Treehouse, CBC, TVO and…

Everything you need to know about Apple Pay in Canada

Apple Pay has launched in Canada, which means iPhone users can make in-store payments, and iOS 9 users in general can make in-app payments, using compatible devices. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about Apple Pay. What exactly is Apple Pay? Apple Pay is Apple’s take on mobile payments — with a couple…

Wind Mobile adds another roaming partner, isn’t saying when its LTE network is launching

Wind Mobile has added yet another roaming partner, the company reported today. Wind says that the new roaming arrangement, which allows its more than 800,000 customers to attach to networks outside the company’s own home zones, adds 292,000 square kilometres of additional coverage across the country. While the company isn’t saying which carrier it has…

Hands-on with Apple Pay, now available in Canada

Apple Pay is now available in Canada. That’s a line I’ve wanted to write for over a year, and now it’s real. The biggest tech company in the world’s move into mobile payments isn’t without its caveats, but even in its limited reach, Apple Pay will have a halo effect on the rest of the…

Announcing the Syrup Shop!

Everywhere I go, I see great smartphone cases and accessories. I often think to myself, ‘I need that. That would look great on my phone.’ There is no shortage of great brands selling fantastic products, either. From Nomad to MiPow to Tylt, Moshi, Griffin and Verus, there is a product to fit every style and need. After…

Mobilicity customers begin transition to Rogers’ 3G network

Late last week, Rogers began the slow transition of Mobilicity customers over to its 3G network, after giving its new clients sufficient time to purchase cellphones compatible with the Rogers network, which operates on different frequencies than Mobilicity’s AWS-based network. Mobilicity customers, many of whom have put up with slow data speeds and poor reception, are reporting…

How Telus turned kindness into profit: an inside look at Canada’s ‘nice’ telco

The Telus Tower in Toronto is an imposing, stark structure, a beautiful slab of metal and glass looming over the deep downtown core. On the ground floor, a Jugo Juice serves fresh sugar-in-plastic to thirsty passersby, some Telus employees, many tourists. Most days, the mood is quietly frenetic, as suits and flip flops alike pass through…

Bell ups its US roaming game with Roam Better add-on

It took what to many of its customers seemed like too long, but Bell now has a US-based roaming plan to offer its Share plan customers. So how does it work? Roam Better is valid for all Bell personal and small business accounts with Unlimited share plans — any plan where you get unlimited local or…

iPad Pro review

A few weeks ago, Apple arrived at Pixar Studios with a handful of iPad Pros, beseeching their employees — illustrators, graphic designers, animators and 3D compositors — to use the tablet in place of their traditional input combination, be it a Wacom slate or pen and paper. The move was unprecedented for a company famous for its…