Author: Patrick O'Rourke

Patrick O'Rourke is passionate about video games, virtual reality. and mobile technology and has covered the tech industry for various publications since 2008. He's also a professional shorts wearer and enjoys a good freezie. patrick@mobilesyrup.com

BlackBerry officially reveals its next TCL-manufactured Android smartphone, the ‘KEYone’

After teasing its work-in-progress smartphone codenamed ‘Mercury’ at various events over the last few months, BlackBerry and TCL have finally revealed the device’s full technical specifications and official name, ‘KEYone.’ BlackBerry says the KEYone features a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 pixel 434 ppi display with a 3:2 aspect ration that’s constructed of Gorilla Glass 4….

SyrupCast Podcast 109: Qualcomm vs. everybody and Mobile World Congress

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O’Rourke and Rose Behar discuss recent Qualcomm announcements and the team’s favourite phones from Mobile World Congress. MobileSyrup staff writer, Rose Behar, travelled to the west coast recently to catch up with Qualcomm to learn more about the future of 5G. This week on the podcast, she brings…

Nintendo’s Switch won’t launch with retro game Virtual Console feature

With just a little over a week left before the Nintendo Switch’s launch, a number of questions still remain unanswered about the console. Now, however, we know that only some of the system’s digital storefront will be available on launch day. Most notably, the Virtual Console, the name Nintendo calls its digital, retro gaming platform,…

Roam Mobility launches new monthly U.S. data roaming plans

Roam Mobility, a Canadian mobile provider focused on offering Canadians affordable U.S. roaming options, has launched two new unlimited talk, text and data 4G LTE monthly plans. One new monthly plan offers 1GB of 4G LTE data and unlimited talk and text for $39.95. The other option features 4GB of LTE data for $64.95, and…

Vancouver-based TowerFall developer’s next game, Celeste, is coming to Nintendo Switch

Celeste, the successor to 2013’s excellent multiplayer game TowerFall, is set to come to the Nintendo Switch. Vancouver-based developer Matt Thorson revealed the news in a gameplay trailer posted on YouTube. Thorson, as well as his studio’s co-founder Noel Berry, initially revealed Celeste back in July 2016. While the pair have been relatively silent lately…

Leaked Huawei P10 renders show off dual-cameras and Pixel-like finish

Simply because he never seems to slow down, Evan Blass, the mobile industry’s preeminent leaker, has dropped a photo of Huawei’s often rumoured, but still unannounced Huawei P10. Earlier leaks indicate the Huawei P10 will measure in at 147mm x 70mm x 7/8mm, making it slightly larger than its 145mm x 70.9mm x 6.95mm P9…

LG G6 to feature dual 13-megapixel rear cameras

As Mobile World Congress (MWC) draws ever closer, LG G6 rumours and leaks are starting to trickle out at a rapid pace. Ahead of the phone’s official reveal on February 26th in Barcelona, the latest information, this time courtesy of a blog post on LG’s Korean website, indicates the smartphone will feature a pair of…

Samsung to reportedly resurrect Note 7 as ‘refurbished’ smartphone in India and Vietnam [Update]

Samsung’s ongoing Note 7 saga seems like it’s set to continue. Korean publication Hankyung is reporting that Samsung could be preparing to sell “refurbished” versions of the Note 7 featuring smaller batteries, solving the power source overheating issues the original smartphone suffered from. These devices, however, won’t be coming to the U.S., European or Canadian market, likely due to the…

Toronto-based Snowman games releases Alto’s Odyssey teaser trailer

Snowman games, the Toronto-based team behind Alto’s Adventure, has released a new teaser trailer for the series’ sequel, Alto’s Odyssey. The trailer shows off the same tranquil gameplay the original Alto’s Adventure is known for, only in what looks like a desert environment. The studio first teased Alto’s Odyssey back in December with an image…

Leaked Nintendo Switch user interface video came from stolen console, says Nintendo

Late Friday afternoon, a video showing off the the Nintendo Switch’s user interface for the first time leaked online courtesy of a NeoGAF user that goes by the handle hiphoptherobot. The poster initially claimed that they managed to get their hands on the console early because a retailer mistakenly sent it to them. In subsequent…

VMedia is offering its ‘skinny’ IPTV package for free for 6 months

Following an Ontario court decision that saw its skinny basic Roku TV service barred, VMedia is now fighting back with a similar, but restricted promo TV package. The Toronto-based third-party IPTV provider is offering a promo television packaging called TheSkinny, giving users access to a variety of television channels for free for the first six months,…

SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 108: Wireless Code wizardry and Manitoba merger

This week on the SyrupCast, Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero, Patrick O’Rourke and Ian Hardy discuss Bell’s acquisition of MTS and also go through a rundown of the highlights from the CRTC’s recent Wireless Code review. Bell recently finally received regulatory approval to finalize its acquisition of Manitoba’s regional wireless carrier, MTS. The new network, Bell MTS, will…

Office for Mac now supports Apple’s USB-C MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Now that Apple’s USB-C MacBook Pro has been on the market for a few months, developers are slowly beginning to add Touch Bar functionality to their apps. While these new Office features were originally announced at Apple’s MacBook Pro keynote reveal a few months ago, they’re only making their way to Microsoft’s Office Insider beta…