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Surface Studio Hands-on: The PC is exciting again

Back in 2010 at the All Things Digital conference, Steve Jobs shared with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher his vision for the future of computing. In his usual grandiose style, the Apple co-founder said we had entered the post-PC era. To illustrate his point, Jobs compared mobile devices and traditional personal computers to cars…

SyrupCast 92: Goodbye Guy, Hello Elon’s driverless future

On this episode of the SyrupCast, we bid farewell to Rogers CEO Guy Laurence. The MobileSyrup crew, including Jessica Vomiero, Zach Gilbert, Ian Hardy, and Igor Bonifacic speculate on what this change in leadership may mean for the Canadian telecom giant. The team also discusses the rumours circling Apple’s upcoming Macbook Pro redesign and the current…

Five series that showcase Canada’s contribution to the success of Netflix

Netflix is shifting its emphasis from licensed content to series produced in-house, according to David Wells the streaming platform’s CFO. Other major streaming services, including Hulu and Amazon — which are exclusive to the U.S. — have also moved into financing their own production rather than merely purchasing the rights to pre-existing media. It’s Netflix…

Rogers CEO Guy Laurence steps down, to be replaced by former Telus CEO Joseph Natale

Rogers announced today that CEO Guy Laurence is stepping down effective immediately, and that ex- Telus CEO Joseph Natale will be his replacement. “We have appreciated Guy’s leadership over the last three years,” said Edward Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications. “He has moved the company forward re-establishing growth, introducing innovative programs like Roam Like…

Samsung Canada launches return process for Galaxy Note 7

After the batteries in replacement Galaxy Note 7s proceeded to combust just like the versions before them, Samsung stopped production on the device altogether and announced that a return process was coming soon. Less than a day later, that process is now up and running. Beginning on October 13th, Samsung Note 7 owners can bring…

Sulon Q Hands-on: Canadian company wants to bring ‘mixed reality’ to the masses

Move over, VR. See ya later, augmented reality. The new hotness is ‘mixed reality.’ At least, that’s what Markham-based Sulon believes. At the We are Wearables Toronto meetup this week, the company demo’d its all-in-one headset, an end-to-end take on exploring virtual worlds in mixed reality. Designed as a standalone device, the Sulon Q stands…

SyrupCast 90: Is Google becoming Apple?

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the first smartphone built from the ground up by Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as Rogers’ new worry-free data management feature. Rose Behar, Zach Gilbert, and Patrick O’Rourke join Igor Bonifacic to discuss their hot takes on Google’s devices and ask the question,…

Rogers CEO says worry-free data management is ‘as big as Roam Like Home’

At first, Rogers worry-free data management may not seem like a big deal — after all, it’s just an app update promising the vague benefit of better data management for the company’s Share Everything plans. But in reality, it may provide a significant shake-up to the Canadian wireless market. What the new feature provides is…

Pixel and Pixel XL Hands-on: Say goodbye to Nexus

Prior to the Pixel and Pixel XL’s official reveal, we knew almost everything about the Google’s upcoming phone, including its sleek iPhone-like industrial design and various technical specifications — thanks in part to leaks from a number of U.S. carriers, as well as telecoms here north of the wall. Actually going hands-on with the new…

Daydream View Hands-on: Google Cardboard grows up

After first teasing Daydream at I/O 2016, Google finally provided the details on its upcoming virtual reality headset, Daydream View, and, well, let’s just say it’s not made cardboard anymore. I got a chance to go hands-on with the device and came impressed with the wearable. Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual reality at Google,…

Hands-on with the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Xbox One S bundle

Ahead of the launch of Gears of War 4, the first entry in the franchise developed by Vancouver-based The Coalition, Microsoft sent us the Gears of War 4 limited edition Xbox One S bundle to check out. Priced at $549.99 CAD, the bundle includes a 2TB Xbox One S console with custom Crimson Omen paint…

SyrupCast 89: Shomi BlackBerry’s future

On this week’s episode of SyrupCast, we dig into the downfall of BlackBerry’s hardware division. Zach Gilbert, previously of TheBerryFix and Crackberry.com, and now MobileSyrup’s director of social media and community manager, joins the podcast to give us his views on what went wrong. Also providing his views on BlackBerry’s decision, Douglas Soltys, editor in chief…

Everything we know about Google’s October 4th Pixel event

With Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus event a distant memory at this point, it’s time to look forward to the next major smartphone hardware reveal. Google’s October 4th Pixel event is just around the corner and is set to be one of the company’s biggest keynotes ever. Rumours and speculation surrounding this year’s October…

Why BlackBerry never released an Android-powered Passport

Late last week an individual from London, Ontario posted a listing to Kijiji that drew a lot of interest from MobileSyrup readers. In it, the poster in question claimed they had in their possession a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition that had come pre-installed with Google’s Android mobile operating system. No less interesting, they were willing…

A first look at the ‘built for photography’ $430 Asus Zenfone 3 [Gallery]

In May 2016 the Asus Zenfone 3 debuted, revealing a budget-friendly device with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 625 processor and a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera. Since then, all has been quiet on the Canadian front when it comes to pricing and availability of the intriguing new smartphone — until just this past this week. Now,…

Apple Watch Series 2 review: The best wearable just got better

The main question surrounding the release of the Apple Watch 2 is whether or not the second generation of Apple’s wearable is really worthy of an upgrade. For die hard Apple fans, that’s definitely going to be the case, but for others, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant’s Series 2 wearable, coupled with watchOS 3, is…

Samsung says 70 percent of Canadian Note 7 owners have registered for a replacement

Just days after issuing an unprecedented recall, Samsung Canada has announced that 70 percent of the 22,000 Note 7s sold in Canada have been tagged for replacement. After some initial confusion related to how the Note 7’s recall will work in different regions, Samsung has now clarified how Canadian consumers can confirm their Note 7…