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.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains discusses digital economy, 5G, wireless competition and pricing at IIC

Following CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais keynote zingers at the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications conference, colleague Navdeep Bains, Minister of innovation, science and economic development, presented his viewpoints for a brighter Canada. While not as direct as Blais, Bains sees a Canada that is inclusive, innovative, competitive, and also echoed the same disruption conversation…

OpenTable redesigns Android app, brings new Discover home screen to users

OpenTable, a popular platform for online restaurant booking owned by Priceline, has announced a major redesign to its Android app. Currently rolling out to Canadians, OpenTable for Android builds off the iPhone version of the app’s discover home screen. The discover portion of the app displays the latest dining hotspots based on availability, popularity, proximity…

Bell set to increase the monthly price of select wireless plan add-ons this month

Bell’s latest quarterly results revealed the communications giant earned $1.8 billion CAD in wireless revenues and its subscriber base is currently sitting at 8,380,949. Despite its positive earnings, however, the support page on Bell’s website indicates data rates are on the rise this month. “As you may be aware, Bell invests over $3 billion every year…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 software update encourages Canadians to return device for refund

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was recalled and banned from all North American flights on October 15th. The company has taken several measures to ensure consumers return the device by issuing press releases, setting up kiosks at select Canadian airports, and pushing out software updates that limit the smartphone’s battery to 60 percent charge. Now,…

Here’s how to mute keywords and phrases on Twitter

Twitter made a progressive step forward by allowing its 300 million users to mute specific words and phrases in their timeline. The reason for the move was to ensure users can “express her/himself in a safe, informative and fun manner,” according to Twitter. If you’re interested in blocking specific tweets, words, or phrases to curb harassment on…

Win a Telus Google Pixel XL

Brian, you have been chosen! Email me to claim your Pixel (double check in the contest box that you are the right Chris M.). Zach@mobilesyrup.com. Interested in winning a Telus Pixel XL? Well, this is your chance! The Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch QHD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 32GB of internal storage, 4GB…

Apple looking to expand wearable product line by testing smart glasses, says report

Apple’s first foray into wearables was in 2015 with the Watch but the next venture for the Cupertino-based company could see it progress to eyewear. According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple is currently testing a pair of smart glasses that displays “images and other information” and seamlessly connects to your iPhone, which is much…

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. CRTC says telecoms have to help battle spam calls [Read here] Samsung Pay now available to Canadians via early access program [Read here] Huawei forges R&D partnership with the…

CRTC says the National Do Not Call List has over 13 million registered numbers

The CRTC launched the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) on September 30th, 2008 with the of goal of preventing telemarketers from calling Canadians. Canadians can register their home phone, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone numbers. To-date, over 13 million numbers have been registered, which is an increase of over 100,000 from a year ago….

Vespa reveals plans to release an electric scooter called the Elettrica

Tesla is the main company leading the electric vehicle charge but that is quickly changing. This shift from gas to battery power is gaining in popularity, encouraging traditional manufacturers to develop new products and offer customers additional choices. The latest is the Elettrica, a scooter powered by just battery from the Piaggio Group, the makers…

We reach out to the CRTC and Canadian carriers regarding Trump’s US election win

The news that President-elect Donald J. Trump will take office to “make America great again” left many North Americans shocked, especially those paying close attention to the stock market. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement noting, “Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very…

Samsung patent reveals possible design for Galaxy X foldable smartphone

Samsung has reportedly been working on a smartphone that features a foldable display for a number of years. Early roadmaps revealed the company would break the “technology barrier” necessary to start producing a foldable smartphone at scale at some point in early 2017. New details have surfaced revealing a potential design for Samsung’s upcoming smartphone, which…

Toronto Police want you to put down your phone when crossing the street

Distracted walking has suddenly become a hot topic of conversation, with some Canadian politicians lobbying for the ban of using mobile devices while crossing the street. A recent survey revealed that 66 percent of Canadians actually would like to see ‘distracted walking’ legislation put into place. The Toronto Police are on a mission to reduce…

Gmail’s iOS app now looks identical to the Android version

Google has completely overhauled its iPhone Gmail app, bringing the design more in line with the Android iteration of its mobile email platform. The Mountain View, California-based company notes that iPhone and iPad users can now download the new Gmail app that Google promises is faster than the previous version. In addition to having the…

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. Shaw adds almost 40,000 wireless subscribers in Q4 2016 [Read here] Amazon Canada launches Xbox S deals that include a free game [Read here] Telus Q3 2016 results [Read…

TD Canada Trust iOS app adds support for Touch ID

While TD Canada Trust is one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, it’s also the last of the major banks to enable support for Touch ID on its iOS app. However, after the release of the latest version of the bank’s app, released today, TD now supports the security and convenience feature. To add this to…