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Microsoft turns to chat bots to secure its future

Microsoft lost the race to mobile, but with its new army of chat bots, it’s hoping it can win tech’s next battleground – artificial intelligence. On Wednesday, at its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco, California, the company laid outs its vision for the future of computing, and it’s one that involves apps that…

LG G5 review: An imperfect start to LG’s modular future

It’s hard not to admire what LG has attempted to accomplish with the G5. In many ways, the company needed to do something big with its latest flagship offering. While the G4 was an impressive upgrade over its immediate predecessor, it failed to gain traction against more compelling offerings from the likes of Apple and…

Living in the Continuum: Can a Windows 10 phone really replace your PC?

Larger smartphones. Convertibles. 2-in-1s. It seems like everything’s trying to replace something else these days. But can a phone really take the place of a PC? Microsoft unveiled Continuum in April 2015 and showed off how a Windows 10 Mobile device would eventually be able to transform into a full PC with complete support for…

iOS 9.3 review: Stability despite a shaky start

Some iOS updates are much bigger than others, but anytime one is beta tested for two months and gets airtime at an Apple event, it inevitably garners additional scrutiny. While version 9.3 offers solid updates and features, it’s not an entirely rosy picture out of the gate. Upon testing iOS 9.3 since it rolled out on…

iPhone SE Hands-on: Power in a 4-inch package

It looks like the recent iPhone SE rumours were almost completely accurate. At its Cupertino, California-based central campus today, Apple finally revealed a product industry observers have predicted the company has been preparing to release for years: a 4.0 inch smartphone called the iPhone SE. The handset takes the powerful processor from the iPhone 6s and crams…

9.7-inch iPad Pro Hands-on: Same tablet, smaller build

Today’s theme at Apple is clear: Users want smaller iOS devices, and the company has delivered. At Apple’s press conference this morning, the Cupertino, California-based company revealed a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a device that seems to be a direct response to criticism that the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too large, as well as a beefed…

Is the Canadian wireless market saturated?

When it comes to Canada’s big three wireless carriers, consumers can often feel they’re relentlessly asking for more. Yet, Rogers, Telus, and Bell may themselves be entering a strange phase — one in which there may not be much more to ask. Why? After a period of rapid growth in both wireless users and revenue,…

LG G5 gallery: A close-up look at LG’s revamped modular smartphone

We’re hard at work on our LG G5 review, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a glimpse at LG’s significantly revamped modular smartphone. In many ways, the G5 is a completely different device when compared to last years G4. LG’s new flagship device features a modular design, allowing it to work with…

Sony announces PlayStation VR will cost $549 CAD, launches in October (Update)

Sony today announced the cost of its upcoming VR headset at the Game Developer Conference (GDC). The PlayStation VR is set to cost $549 CAD ($399 USD) and will launch in October. Additionally, the $69 CAD PlayStation Camera is required for the headset to operate, and doesn’t come included with the device, bringing the price up…

Android N Hands-on: Everything you need to know (Video)

Google surprised everyone earlier this week by uploading an early preview of the next major release of Android. The expectation was that the company would start talking about N during its annual I/O developer conference in May. Android N factory images are available to download on the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and…

7 things you need to know about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy s7 hits store shelves today in Canada, but we’ve had our hands on both smartphones for the last few weeks. While the South Korean company’s new flagship devices are largely an iterative upgrade over the S6, the phone includes a number of features some people might not have heard about…

Stream like PewDiePie: YouTube Gaming’s iOS and Android app launches in Canada

Video game YouTube videos and live streams may seem bizarre to some, but PewDiePie, one of YouTube’s top content creators, now has more subscribers than the entire population of Canada — 42.6 million. His content might not appeal to you, but he’s certainly struck a chord with a very specific demographic, and Google is hoping…

Destinations is Google’s new one stop tool for planning your next trip

Google has a handy new tool for planning your next trip. Called Destinations and launching on mobile first, the service represents Google’s attempt to create an online one-stop destination for travel planning. Launching today, Canadians can access the service by using Google to search for broad terms like “European travel destinations” or for specific destinations…

Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera discusses Canada’s 5G future

At Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, we sat down with Tony Lacavera, Wind Mobile’s co-founder, and discussed the future of 5G network development in the Canadian telecom sector. While 5G network infrastructure is still years away from making its way to Canada, according to Lacavera, the technology has the potential to impact the…

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review: An act of refinement

One thing is clear about Samsung’s latest Galaxy flagship smartphones: 2016 is a year of iteration for the company. At first glance, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge look nearly identical to their predecessors, the S6 and S6 edge, but given the warm reception Samsung’s previous marquee devices received from both fans and critics, it’s…

LG’s modular G5 smartphone is coming to Canada on April 8

LG today announced that the G5, its latest flagship smartphone, will launch in Canada on April 8. Announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Snapdragon 820 device will be available on all major Canadian carriers, including Bell, Telus and Rogers, as well as regional carriers like Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Videotron and the recently acquired…

CanCon Podcast Ep. 7: What’s the deal with mobile payments?

There was a time in Canadian tech when we celebrated the existence of any unicorn. Now, with a growing list of Canadian startups at or above the magical $1 billion valuation mark, we can be a bit more discerning. Slack, Hootsuite, Shopify, Kik, and Vision Critical have all been in the news recently – on…

Hands-on with Samsung Pay, coming to Canada later this year

If the last two weeks have been an indication of anything, it’s that mobile payments are about to be a big thing in Canada. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year’s Dx3, which just wrapped up on Thursday. In a small conference room, the MobileSyrup team got a chance to go hands-on with…