Category: Featured

Xperia X series Hands-on: Confusing but positive evolution

The messaging, design and branding behind Sony’s Xperia X devices, a new line of four different smartphones, is confusing. Looking at each device laid out in a row reveals few noticeable differences between each smartphone. It’s only upon closer inspection that Sony’s strategy with its new X devices begins to make more sense, but still, it’s…

Amazon’s Alexa will arrive in Canada next year inside the Pebble Core

It looks like Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, the same technology that powers the company’s Echo device, is set to come to Canada inside Pebble’s recently announced Core fitness-focused wearable. Amazon’s voice-activated assistant is set to be fully integrated with the Core, giving the Narrative Clip-sized device the ability to play songs from music streaming platforms…

Apple Pay expands to TD Canada Trust, BMO and Scotiabank customers

Apple Pay is finally available to customers at most of Canada’s major financial institutions. BMO customers are able to connect a MasterCard or Interac debit card, TD Canada Trust works with Visa and Interac debit cards, while Scotiabank customers can use Apple Pay through a Visa, Amex, or Interac debit card. The other addition to…

How can Toronto be a ‘smarter city?’

Even with new technology being revealed practically every week, the term “smart cities” remains widely undefined. When a city such as Toronto has achieved everything from economic success to cultural relevance, how does it make the jump from being just any city, to an ever-elusive smart city? The best answer to this question is that…

Inside the TTC’s underground wireless network that delivers your GIFs on time

In the basement of a nondescript office building on the corner of Bloor and Yonge lies one of the hearts of Toronto’s free TConnect subway Wi-Fi network. There’s no signage signalling the significance of this small room, but it’s here, and at two other so-called base station hotels, that countless cat videos, social media updates…

Microsoft’s Panos Panay talks about the death and rebirth of the Surface

Microsoft’s initial launch of the Surface was nothing short of a complete disaster for the company. The first two tablet/laptop hybrid devices the Seattle, Washington-based tech giant released, the Surface RT and Surface Pro, failed to impress and were the butt of jokes in the tech industry when they launched in 2012. While the original…

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S review: An overpriced first crack at the 2-in-1 crown

With Microsoft and Intel by its side, Samsung has entered the two-in-one market with a creditable stab at the laptop-tablet hybrid. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S marks the first Galaxy to run an operating system other than Android, and is in many ways unique in the product category, due to its Super AMOLED screen, slight…

Inside the unassuming box that houses Netflix’s content distribution system

A few years ago, just as Netflix began to skyrocket in popularity, a surge of controversy erupted between the streaming platform and various internet service providers (ISPs) regarding what party is responsible for the plentiful amount of bandwidth the service engulfs on a minute to minute basis. Then, when the service rolled out globally to…

Moto G4 Plus Hands-on: The mid-range phone to watch

After a confusing unveiling last week, the MobileSyrup team got a chance to go hands-on with Motorola’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Moto G4 Plus. I suspect the G4 Plus will be a compelling device for those looking to spend a reasonable amount of money on their next smartphone. While we don’t have exact pricing yet,…

Google’s new Allo messaging app isn’t as secure as you think

At its I/O 2016 keynote, Google announced a new messaging, chatbot-enabled app called Allo. In the aftermath of Allo’s reveal, a furor of controversy erupted surrounding how private the new messaging platform’s sensitive conversion data really is. It’s easy to be impressed by Allo. The app features a slick user interface, custom sizing for text and emojis,…

Akira and the rise of telemedicine in Canada

For under $34, many Canadians can purchase a meal, see a movie or even buy a weekly bus pass. What most Canadian’s don’t know however, is that an average doctor’s appointment costs the province just under $34. How many times have you gone to the doctor, only to be told that “it’s a virus and…

Microsoft Band 2, six months later

Microsoft released the original Microsoft Band in late 2014, a surprise announcement that – and this is an usual move in the modern tech industry – was leak-free prior to its big reveal. The wearable featured a rectangular screen, included a total of 10 sensors, and was initially available only in the U.S., though it later made…

What Apple Pay means for mobile payments in Canada

Mobile payment use in Canada took a massive step forward this past week when Apple announced Apple Pay support for Interac, MasterCard and Visa cards from CIBC and RBC, with the other three big banks following suit by mid-June. Now the question is: what are the ramifications of this landmark event? How will it affect the…

Gallery: A look inside Microsoft’s Redmond Surface development facility

Last week we took a trip to Microsoft’s head office in Redmond, Washington, to check out the company’s Surface development facility. We got an in-depth look at the Surface’s development process and a variety of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Prototypes, as well as a glimpse at some of the extensive testing that goes…

9.7-inch iPad Pro review: The hybrid device conundrum continues

The same question surrounding the 12.9-inch iPad’s release last year, clouds the 9.7-inch iPad: who is it really for? If only the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was capable of dual-booting iOS and OS X, then it would likely be one of the best laptop/tablet hybrid devices available, but unfortunately this is not the case with Apple’s…

weBoost aims to increase awareness of signal boosting in Canada with the Eqo

The cellphone signal booster that led to weBoost’s foundation was born of necessity. Jim Wilson, CEO of Wilson Electronics, wanted to make sure his sick wife had access to a reliable wireless connection at their rural Utah home, so he used his expertise in manufacturing CB antennas to build a solution. His fix: an antenna…

Roku Streaming Stick vs. Google Chromecast: What stick is right for you?

By now, you’re probably aware that there are ways to reduce or eliminate your reliance on cable and satellite companies for your TV-based entertainment. We’re talking about “cutting the cord,” and it’s not hard to do. All you need is a broadband internet connection (we’ll assume for the moment that you’ve got that covered) and…