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

Microsoft just laid off ‘fedora guy,’ the company’s best presenter

Bryan Roper, commonly known as ‘Fedora guy’ is one of the best tech presenters in the industry. His exuberant personality and outlandish style have made him a staple at Microsoft’s press events over the course of the last few years. Unfortunately, however, Roper tweeted today that he’s been laid off, as part of approximately 700…

iOS 10.2.1 is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple has officially dropped iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPhone Touch. The update does not introduce new features and instead is focused on performance and stability fixes, according to its release notes. The OS’ original beta was released on December 14th, with a second Beta launching shortly before the holiday season. iOS 10.2,…

All new Chromebooks will support Android apps, says Google

Back in May of 2016, Google announced that Android apps were coming to select Chromebooks. Now, the tech giant says that all Chromebooks launched in 2017, as well as all future devices in general that utilize the operating system, will support Android apps. While this is good news, the announcement has been expected for some…

Samsung says Note 7 overheating was caused by battery issues

At a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, DJ Koh, the head of all things mobile at Samsung, finally revealed exactly why the company’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone caught fire. Through its internal analysis, Samsung has determined that issues with the Note 7, including batteries in the device’s original manufacturing run, as well as…

Apple sues Qualcomm for approximately $1 billion over royalty dispute

Apple is suing silicon manufacturer Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion USD, stating that the company has been”charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” The lawsuit comes after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Qualcomm earlier this week over a dispute related to unfair patent licensing practises. Qualcomm says it plans to…

Sonos’ CEO wants to add Google and Alexa integration to its speakers

Sonos’ new CEO Patrick Spence, who took over from the company’s founder John Macfarlane just a few weeks ago, seems to have ambitions to integrate the company’s wireless speaker system with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. The wireless speaker manufacturer previously held a board monopoly on the wireless speaker market, but with the advent of…

Google updates Android mobile app to save offline searches for later

In an interesting move, Google has updated its Android app to make it easier to perform searches when your internet connection is inconsistent. For example, users can now make searches while offline and Google’s app will store them, delivering the results later, including the option to receive a notification when your signal returns.   “So the…

Palmer Luckey defends Oculus’ origin story at ZeniMax-Facebook trial

At just 21 years old, Palmer Luckey sold his burgeoning company, Oculus — which had already become synonymous with the concept of high-end VR — to Facebook for a grand total of $3 billion USD. Now Luckey, as well as other core Oculus and Facebook figureheads, including Mark Zuckerberg and former Id Software programmer John…

Facebook paid $1 billion more for Oculus than previously thought

During proceedings related to ZeniMax’s legal action against Oculus and Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg revealed additional details regarding his company’s 2014 deal to acquire the virtual reality company. Zuckerberg visited a Dallas, Texas courtroom to testify in the ongoing lawsuit against Oculus by video game publisher Zenimax, which claims the Rift is based on technology John…

TekSavvy’s internet plan prices are now lower

Chatham-Kent-based third-party internet provider TekSavvy has officially lowered the price of its internet plans, according to a Facebook on the company’s website, as well as various MobileSyrup readers. Earlier this month TekSavvy revealed plans to lower its pricing structure on January 16th following a recent CRTC ruling that saw telecoms such as Bell, Rogers, and…

Toronto-developed Alone With You to release on Feb 9 for $9.99

Alone With You, developed by Toronto-based studio Benjamin Rivers Inc, is set to drop on Steam on February 9th for $9.99. The title, which has be in-development for a number of years, is a narrative-focused, sci-fi adventure title, with unique throwback visuals. Unlike most video games, Rivers’ title is focused on player relationships and actions,…

Nintendo’s Switch doesn’t come with a Joy-Con Charging Grip

Now that the dust has settled, we’re beginning to learn more about Nintendo’s upcoming ‘Switch’ console-handheld hybrid video game system. While the upcoming gaming console comes with two Joy-Con controller in the box, along with a grip that combines both NES-like gamepads into one device, the included grip attachment doesn’t actually charge the controllers. According…

Mark Zuckerbeg is set to testify at Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify in an ongoing lawsuit filed against Oculus, the virtual reality headset manufacturer the company purchased last year for $400 million and 2.4 million Facebook shares. ZeniMax, the publisher behind the iconic Doom franchise and id Software, claims that Oculus CTO John Carmack stole the company’s…

Nintendo Switch is getting Mario Kart 8 with an improved battle mode

Despite not mentioning the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming to the Nintendo Switch during the console’s reveal presentation, a port of the extremely popular racing series is headed to the Japanese gaming giant’s upcoming console, according to Nintendo. This updated version of Mario Kart 8 is set to include all of the game’s Wii…

Nintendo reveals Switch specs: 720p display and 32GB of storage

Nintendo revealed its upcoming video game console the Switch during a press conference in Japan last night, but did not release concrete details regarding the upcoming handheld-console hybrid’s hardware specs. While many of the following Switch technical specifications have been rumoured for a number of months, we can now confirm that the Switch will feature a…