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

Ubisoft Halifax announces mobile multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak

In an effort to ramp up its mobile gaming efforts, Ubisoft’s satellite studio located in Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak, a new title built from the ground up with mobile devices in mind. In ShadowBreak, players take on the role of an elite sniper and command a squad in real-time player vs…

Samsung reveals new DeX desktop dock for Galaxy S8 and S8+

Along with the S8 and S8+, Samsung has revealed a new desktop dock platform for its flagship devices called DeX. Samsung describes the DeX dock as a device that allows S8 and S8+ owners to experience a desktop-like experience powered by only Samsung’s new flagship devices, coupled with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Samsung says…

Samsung announces new Gear 360 camera with 4K video livestream support

Samsung has announced a new Gear 360 camera capable of shooting 4K resolution 360-degree video. The camera is the successor to last year’s Gear 360 and has been completely overhauled. Samsung’s new camera is lightweight and more compact than the first-generation shooter, but also lacks the expandable built-in tripod of the original Gear 360. Specs…

Google is working on a collaborative group photo editing app, says report

New rumours stemming from TechCrunch indicate that Google could be working on a social app designed to allow small groups of friends to edit and organize photos together. Given Google’s failure to get Google+ to gain traction and the release of its various chat-focused apps over the last few months including Allo and Duo, it…

There’s now a Game Boy emulator for the Apple Watch

Given the nature of modern retro video game emulators, someone eventually porting a Game Boy emulator to the Apple Watch Series 2 was inevitable. While not exactly practical given the Apple Watch’s miniature display, lack of buttons and the fact that the wearable has been designed to be navigated with only one hand, it’s still nice to…

2016 was a banner year for cord cutting in Canada, says report

Canadians are cutting the traditional cable cord in record numbers, according to Ottawa-based research firm Boon Dog Professional Services. Approximately 202,000 Canadian TV subscribers ditched their cable or satellite packages from seven of the industries’ largest television providers in 2016. This is an increase of 30,000 to 40,000 more cord cutters when compared to last year,…

Manchester by the Sea will hit Amazon Prime Video on March 21

Academy award-winning film Manchester by the Sea is set to hit Amazon Prime Video on March 21st, according to a recent statement from the streaming platform. The Amazon Studios film won two Academy Awards for best actor Casey Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards in…

Canadian Apple App Store launches dedicated indie games section

In an effort to better highlight independently developed video games, Apple’s Canadian App Store has launched a new section dedicated to key indie games. Apple says that this section will feature titles and developers that are “driving innovation” on the iOS platform, and that its goal is to help lesser-known games that otherwise may have…

There are now new rules for recreational drone use in Canada

Recreational drone users in Canada now face additional restrictions when practicing their hobby, as a result of new regulations announced by Canadian Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau in Toronto on Thursday during a press conference. “I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by drones. That…

Google launches waiting list for the Canadian release of the LG Watch Style

Google launched the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style in the U.S. back in February, only revealing that the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches would eventually make their way to Canada, though an official release date has still not been revealed. The LG Watch Style has been listed on Google’s online store in Canada for…

Google could be working on a tablet or phablet smartphone codenamed ‘Taimen’

Along with two new smartphones that are assumed to be the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, currently codenamed ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye’ internally at Google, the company is also reportedly creating a third, larger phone or tablet, known by the internal codename ‘Taimen,’ according to a report stemming from Droid Life. Reports indicate that ‘Taimen’ is a large smartphone…

iRobot adds new ‘Clean Map’ performance tracking feature to Roomba app

iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robot vacuums, has launched a new ‘Clean Map’ feature that shows users of the robot vacuum where the automated device has cleaned in their home. The app also now displays what areas of your home have more dirt and specific locations the Roomba has missed. The new Clean Map…

McDonald’s mobile app ordering geo-fencing feature is coming to Canada

Despite the fact that McDonald’s is late to the mobile ordering game, especially in the core of many major cities in North America where ordering food via a smartphone is widely available at a number of restaurant chains, the golden arches in the sky is working on an innovative new feature for its app. In what…

Nintendo is reportedly replacing Switch Joy-cons experiencing signal issues

Reports have emerged that Nintendo is covering the repair of Switch consoles experiencing Joy-con connectivity issues and dock scratching problems, under the console’s one-year warranty. An unknown number of early-adopters that have purchased Nintendo’s new Switch handheld-home console have reported experiencing connectivity issues with the device’s detachable Joy-con controllers. According to recent teardowns of the…

LG G6 to launch in Canada on April 7th

The G6, LG’s upcoming successor to the ill-fated modular G5, is set to launch on April 7th. Pre-orders for the smartphone are set to launch tomorrow, Wednesday March 15th. LG says the smartphone is coming to Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron and Virgin Mobile. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal carrier…

Eye’s ‘coolest and dopest’ case ever puts an Android phone on your iPhone

Eye’s Kickstarter campaign is one of those projects you come across that seem incredible cool, yet not very practical, and more than likely will never come to fruition. Israel-based Esti, the company behind the fascinating accessory which adds an Android phone to any iPhone via a removable case, just launched a Kickstarter that has already surpassed…