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Fitbit Alta review: The perfect Fitbit for almost everyone

Step counters, or pedometers as they’re more formally know, have existed for centuries – most people probably remember getting one alongside a box of cereal they purchased sometime in the past – but it’s really with the introduction of the Fitbit Classic, released in 2009, that step counting became a thing everyone did. Think about this: you…

HTC Vive Hands-on: MobileSyrup goes down the VR rabbit hole

Why VR doesn’t make your vision better By Rose Behar Having only tried out the lower end of VR previously – Samsung’s Gear VR and LG 360 VR headsets – I had no idea what I was in for when I crammed my head into the HTC Vive. The first thing I noticed was that…

HTC 10 review: Back to basics

For HTC, the 10 is a return back to the basic concept of a smartphone. It’s also a direct response to the heavy criticism the M9 received last year, likely encouraging the company to drop the M from its flagship line’s naming scheme, opting for a more eloquent and simple “10.” There’s no denying the…

Facebook Canada head Jordan Banks says the social network is ‘just getting started’

Facebook, a company that started only 12-years ago, has swelled to become the one of the world’s most powerful brands. The massive social network recently announced its quarterly earning and reported 5.38 billion in revenue with its monthly active users topping 1.65 billion. This number does not count the billion Messenger users or the billion…

10 things you should know about the HTC 10

 1. Low call volume By Rose Behar Despite the 10’s amazing sound performance for listening to music, the sound quality for calling is poor. In any public or outdoor area, it’s impossible to carry on a conversation without plugging in headphones or putting the phone on speaker. The weak front-facing speaker at the top of…

We set Kyocera’s new DuraXE phone on fire to test its durability (video)

For some strange reason, the flip phone made a slight comeback this year. This type of device was most popular in the 1990’s when cell phones were just becoming the norm and smaller form factors were king. These days, it’s large and in charge when it comes to smartphones. However, there are some Canadians who…

10 Canadian-made mobile games you need to play today

“Made in Canada” is a term that often evokes concern, except when it comes to video game development. Over the last decade, Canadian studios have released some of the most influential games of all time, including the Mass Effect series and Assassin’s Creed franchise, just to name a few. Apart from big budget console titles, Canadian…

RCMP decrypted BlackBerry smartphones helped U.K police land major gun smuggling conviction

Canada’s national law enforcement agency is becoming something of a go-to expert on encryption. Late last week, police in the U.K. secured their country’s largest gun smuggling conviction with help from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men, Harry Shilling and Michael Defraine, were convicted on April 21st on several gun smuggling and firearm charges. The…

LongStory: A high school relationship simulator that’s healthy for the soul

At first glance, LongStory looks like any other high school simulation game. It has a generic high school setting, pastel-dominant design, and the usual choose-your-own-adventure format. But it also has storylines that thoughtfully explore social anxiety and the idea of setting boundaries. That’s because Miriam Verburg, executive producer of the game and owner of Bloom…

The 5 gadgets every motorcycle rider needs

It’s springtime here in Canada (finally) and that means that legions of two-wheeled motorists are putting away their parkas and waking up their bikes from a long winter’s nap. For those who love their motos, nothing beats a beautiful day and an open road. But as with so many activities, even the purity of motorcycling…

What happens after self-driving cars come to Canada?

How do you convey the magnitude of something that sounds, to most people, like science fiction? By referencing science fiction of course. The last time anyone saw a self-driving car was probably in the 2004 film iRobot. Will Smith’s character Del Spooner, a gruff, anti-technology detective who doesn’t trust anything with circuits, decides to drive…

Twitter Canada gallery: A tour of the social network’s Toronto outpost

On Tuesday, Moments, Twitter’s curated take on the day’s events and news, launched in Canada. The Great White North is the fifth market in which Twitter has launched the new feature, following the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Brazil. Denoted by the lightning icon located at the top of the official app’s main screen (prior…

HTC 10 Hands-on: HTC’s best hope for smartphone relevance

The rumours are true: HTC is dropping the “M” branding from its flagship line of smartphones. The company’s 2016 flagship device is called the HTC 10. We “must try harder,” said Nigel Newby-House, HTC’s executive director of product strategy, while revealing his company’s latest flagship smartphone, during a recent hands-on session in Toronto, and admitting that last…

Top 5 best Samsung Galaxy S7 cases [Video]

The Galaxy S7 is one of the best-looking smartphones Samsung has designed. It’s been fine tuned with a curved back and soft edges, making it comfortable to hold. As beautiful as it is, that glass front and back make it one of the most fragile phones on the market. The best way to protect your…

Holograms are here: Head-on with HoloLens

Two years ago, I lifted the lid off a box and placed a piece of the future on my face. After I powered up my Google Glass and the display lit up my right eye, my life was never the same. Not only did this box change my career, it also opened my eyes to the…

Avegant Glyph review: An immersive private viewing experience

A few years ago, a head mounted display known as the Avegant Glyph lit up the crowdfunding world. After successfully raising $1.5 million USD, and impressing conference attendees at CES 2015 a few months later – including the team from MobileSyrup – backers of the project grew increasingly frustrated with the product’s slippery timeline for delivery. Many abandoned ship,…