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

Pokémon Go’s multiplayer raids are live, but only for players level 35 and up

Pokémon Go’s eagerly anticipated massively multiplayer Raid Battles are now live, but only for players level 35 and up. These elite level Pokémon Go players are now able to start taking down super-strong Pokémon together, with the feature being released to lower-levelled trainers at some point in the next few days, according to Niantic. The developer…

After winning $500 million from Oculus, ZeniMax wants more money

After being awarded $500 million USD in its lawsuit against Oculus, id Software owner ZeniMax is back in court arguing for more money. While Gamasutra says that that the judge overseeing the case has so far declined to make a judgment, it’s interesting that despite the case ruling in its favour, ZeniMax is still aiming…

This HoloLens Super Mario AR demo puts you inside the game

If you thought Mario wouldn’t work as an augmented reality game, surprisingly, you’re actually wrong. The unofficial Mario AR demo, created by game developer Abhishek Singh, is a first-person AR game, where players literally have to walk and jump around to avoid virtual pipes, jump on Goombas, hit question mark boxes, and chase mushrooms. Singh…

OnePlus 5 features 1.6x optical zoom, not the claimed 2x

In yet another bout of controversy, it looks like OnePlus’ recently revealed OnePlus 5 doesn’t actually include the advertised 2x optical zoom, a feature that puts the popular ‘never settle’ Android device’s camera in-line with the iPhone 7 Plus’ shooter, as well as Asus’ recently released ZenFone Zoom 3 (which actually features 2.3x optical zoom). A…

Valve’s new ‘Knuckles’ VR controller is capable of tracking individual fingers

Modern high-end virtual reality could soon get significantly more intuitive and interactive. While the Vive’s wands and the Oculus Rift’s Touch controllers do a decent job of allowing players to manipulate objects in VR, Valve’s new ‘Knuckles’ controllers take virtual reality interaction to a new level. With Knuckles, players insert their hand between a main…

South Park: Phone Destroyer soft-launches in Canada on iOS and Android

Ubisoft has announced that its new free-to-play South Park mobile game, South Park: Phone Destroyer, developed by its RedLynx studio through a collaboration with South Park Digital Studios, is now available in Canada. South Park: Phone Destroyer combines real-time combat with card collecting and features the series’ trademark visual style. Gameplay focuses on player vs….

Latest Pokémon Go update hints legendary Pocket Monsters are on the way

Intrepid dataminers have examined the latest update to Pokémon Go, revealing that along with revamped gyms and co-operative raids, other features are set to hit the still popular mobile game. Code referring to legendary Pokémon is apparently buried deep within the update, hinting at how players may be able to catch legendary creatures. The Sliph…

LG’s experimental 77-inch OLED display is enormous, transparent and flexible

On an almost weekly basis, it seems we catch glimpses of experimental examples of flexible displays that likely won’t ever see broader commercial release. This particular LG flexible display, however, measures in at 77-inches edge to edge and boasts an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It’s also rather portable, given you’re able…

Classic Sega video games are coming iPhone and Android for free

If you’re a fan of classic games like Sonic, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, Kid Chameleon and Comix Zone, then you’re in luck — the above titles are the first batch of a larger package called ‘Sega Forever,’ that’s set to hit iOS and Android devices. These free ports are ad-supported, though $2 USD ad-free versions…

Google Home ‘Carbon’ and ‘Copper’ metal bases are coming to Canada

If a recent listing on Google’s official store is accurate, only Google Home’s Carbon and Copper metal bases are coming to the Canadian market when the IoT device officially launches on June 26th. While the bases aren’t yet available to purchase, Google has them listed for $55 CAD in its store. In comparison, metal colour…

How to deregister your iOS device from iMessage

Deregistering your phone number from Apple’s iMessage platform might sound like a complicated process, but it’s actually quite simple. So why would you want to deregister from iMessage? For one, if you’re the type of person who switches between an Android device and an iOS device on a frequent basis (like myself), deregistering from iMessage…

OnePlus 5 review units accused of cheating benchmarks, co-founder responds

When the OnePlus 3T was released last year, XDA Developers uncovered that the smartphone was cheating benchmarks by activating a new ‘performance’ mode designed to result in more favourable GeekBench scores. Now that the OnePlus 5 has officially been unveiled and tech reviewers are putting the device to the test, XDA claims that OnePlus has…

8Bitdo is back with a new SNES-like controller for the Nintendo Switch

Video game controller manufacturer 8Bitdo is back with a new SNES-like controller designed with the Nintendo Switch in mind. The SNES30 Pro features Bluetooth, USB-C, rumble, motion controls and LED player light indicators — it also looks like a classic Super Nintendo gamepad. For older video game players, the Super Nintendo — originally released back…

Nintendo Canada is running Switch ‘Play Together’ events across Canada

In what seems like an effort to get the word out about the Switch, Nintendo Canada is holding ‘Play Together’ demo events across Canada. Cities part of Nintendo’s list include Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Attendees will be able to test out Arms, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8. You can find the following cities where…

Google Home is launching in Canada without multi-user support

Despite multi-user support coming to the U.S. version of Google Home a number of months ago, the feature won’t be available in Canada when the device goes on sale on June 26th, at least not yet. In the U.S., Google Home is capable of identifying the various voice of people you live with, adding support…

Amazon plans to open Ottawa office focused on Alexa development

Along with the announcement that Amazon has committed to hiring 200 new people at its Toronto office, the tech giant has revealed that it plans to open a new Ottawa facility dedicated to the “development of projects for Amazon Alexa.” The company also says that employees at its Toronto office will contribute to “the voice-controlled intelligent…

Apple Music $99 annual subscription tier is available in Canada

Apple Music’s new $99-per-year CAD subscription tier is now available in Canada. The new subscription level accompanies the monthly, family and student streaming options. The year’s option saves users $20-a-month if they plan on keeping their subscription for a 12-month period. If you’re a new Apple Music subscriber, the option shows up on the platform’s…