Author: Ian Hardy

I write articles on the happenings within the Canadian wireless scene since Brick Breaker was cool. Building the wireless community is my gig and I'm probably the biggest fan of Tim Hortons in Canada.

Amazon Canada offering ‘Back to University’ deals on tech

We’re guessing Amazon is looking for a reason to discount some tech after the holidays, or possibly make back some of the money it owes the Competition Bureau, as it is now holding a one day ‘Back to University’ deals with deep price cuts on select computers, tablets, accessories, games and gear. Here is round-up…

Freedom Mobile selects AT&T as its sole roaming partner in the United States

Shaw-owned Freedom Mobile, previously known as Wind Mobile, recently announced its quarterly earning and reported wireless revenues of $138 million CAD, ARPU of $36.84, and a small jump in subscribers to reach 1,052,758. The most important milestone for the carrier in the last three months was the successful launch of its ‘traffic-free’ LTE network in…

Samsung to reveal why the Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on January 23rd, says report

During CES 2017, Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, stated the company is “reflecting” and “listening” to its customers after the unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 battery issues, Samsung is “recommitting to [its] customers in 2017” and will continue “building on [its] heritage to reach higher for you.” Baxter According to a new report…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0 [Read here] Intel’s Project Alloy Hands-on: Shooting drones in merged reality [Read here] BlackBerry partners with Giuliani security consulting firm [Read here] A look at…

BlackBerry DTEK50 and Priv scheduled to receive security update on January 16th

According to the latest software update schedule from both Rogers and Telus, the Android-powered BlackBerry DTEK50 and BlackBerry Priv are scheduled to be updated with security improvements on January 16th. Unfortunately, the finer details are not known but will probably be the usual performance, stability improvements, and vague bug fixes from the previous OS upgrade….

Here are all the accessories for the Nintendo Switch

If you were one of the fortunate Canadians to score the Nintendo Switch during its short pre-order then you might want to consider picking one or more of the console’s upcoming accessories. Here is a full list of what Nintendo is offering up for the system’s March 3rd release. The accessories are available at EB…

Here are all the games coming to the Nintendo Switch, organized by release date

The Nintendo Switch will officially be available in Canada on March 3rd. The handheld-console hybrid gaming device retails for $399.99 and pre-orders quickly sold out within 10 minutes at a variety of retailers. For those considering purchasing the Switch, here is a rundown of all the currently known games Nintendo and its third-party developer partners plan…

Nintendo Switch pre-orders now live in Canada for $399.99 [Update]

During the Switch keynote presentation in Tokyo, Japan, Nintendo officially announced a release date and pricing for its next video game console. The portable gaming console will be available in Canada on March 3rd for $399 through most retailers, including Best Buy, EBGames, and Amazon Canada. There is no indication as to the number of units Nintendo will…

In pictures: HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play

HTC, the manufacturer of the Google Pixel smartphones, unveiled two new smartphones that will be its leading Android devices in 2017. The HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play are “all about U” and comes with a faster processor, better camera, and more storage when compare the HTC 10 from 2016. You can check…

HTC U Ultra vs. HTC U Play vs. HTC 10: What’s the difference?

This is a new direction for HTC, again. HTC unveiled two new smartphones with the core premise of bringing you into the device, specifically leaving the “Be Brilliant” tag line behind and ushering in “It’s all about U.” Two new smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, with a 5.7-inch and 5.2-inch…

Twitter to live stream the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump

A new era is upon us on January 20th, 2017. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States and Mike Pence will become the 48th Vice President of the United States. While one can watch all the political festivities unfold on TV or YouTube, Twitter is once again stretching…

LG says your ‘ideal smartphone’ will come to life, teases G6 unveiling

LG has already confirmed its next flagship smartphone will be called the G6, which follows its G5, G4, G3 and G2 predecessors. It’s already known that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel display and shed its modular dreams. To keep enticing the masses and bring on new friends, LG has already…

Rogers is giving 2GB of free data to select customers

Rogers has over 10 million wireless subscribers and it seems to be in the giving mood. To start 2017 on the right foot, Rogers has been sending select customers a text message offering up 2GB of free data. The text simply states, “To say thanks, 2GB of data has been added to your account. Happy…

Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0

I remember driving to Oakville at the end of 2007 thinking about starting a blog focused on the wireless industry in Canada. At the time, BlackBerry was king, Motorola was innovating with the Moto Q, Sony Ericsson was pushing music, and Nokia targeted gamers. As for the wireless carriers, Rogers was setting the stage to…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 might feature PC functionality when connected to a monitor [Read here] Rogers may be expanding ‘Rogers-EXT’ [Read here] 4 ways to bolster your cyber security in…

Nokia 6 officially unveiled: Android 7.0 Nougat, 5.5-inch display and 4GB RAM

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market has been rumoured for months and now we’re finally are getting our first official look at the company’s upcoming device. HMD Global secured the exclusive rights to license the Nokia brand for smartphones late last year and has announced that it will release the Nokia 6 during the first…