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Huawei MateBook review: Two worlds, but the best of just one

The Huawei MateBook came to us in a backpack. A rectangular, grey backpack. Little did I know that its quirky and slightly awkward — yet intriguing — delivery would be indicative of my experience with the MateBook the following week. The MateBook, which is the first Huawei 2-in-1 PC to come to Canada, is a…

18 years and $56m later, Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum is finally here

“Robot vacuums are here,” gestured Mike Aldred with his hand at waist height, one of the key engineers behind Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum.”But we want to make them better,” said Aldred, moving his hand level to the height of his head. Given how impressive iRobot’s connected $1000 Roomba 980 is, this is a tall order…

The best roaming options for Canadian travelers [2016 edition]

One of the first concerns on the mind of any modern traveler is, “What roaming option should I pick?” It’s an essential question, since the moment Canadian mobile subscribers leave the country they begin “roaming” on a wireless network from another country, kicking in notoriously high rates. The best solution is dependent on the length…

Pokémon Go review: Flawed, but still childhood dream fulfilling

When Pokémon first came to Canada and the United States in 1998, I was only 10 years old. A package arrived at my parent’s house in the mail with my name written on it, a rarity since 10-year-olds rarely receive mail unless they’ve ordered something from a cereal box. I rapidly ripped open the package…

GM Canada president Steve Carlisle discusses the company’s race to autonomy

What represents Canada? A number of things probably come to mind, including maple syrup, snow, and the one language quirk that no one can forget about, eh? What never comes to mind when envisioning Canada is cars. The philosophy of mass auto manufacturing is simple. Build the price up and keep costs down. According to automotive expert…

10 of the biggest changes in iOS 10

The public beta of iOS 10 was released to the masses today, bringing an iMessage app store, Siri integration, and a variety of other new features.  The beta is available through Apple’s beta portal, but is likely to contain quite a few bugs. For those not interested in tampering with their iPhones, here’s a preview…

Here’s how to use the Amazon Echo in Canada

With the next great platform war set to take place in the world of voice-activated assistants like Google Home and Apple’s new Siri-powered Home app, many Canadian early adopters are gazing jealously at our U.S. counterparts and Amazon’s surprisingly capable Echo. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting your hands on an always-listening…

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Surprisingly feature-rich at $250

Samsung’s newest wearable, the Gear Fit 2, has snagged attention from those in the market for a fitness tracking smartwatch with its 4GB of storage, onboard GPS and reasonable $250 CAD price point. Could it be Samsung has another hit on its hands? I had get off the couch and buy some sneakers to find…

8 awesome Canadian-made mobile apps

Many of the best app’s available right now, on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, come from Canadian developers. Given the fact that it’s Canada Day, our glorious nation’s date of inception, we thought it would be an appropriate idea to highlight some of the top Canadian-made mobile apps and games…

Reality Bytes: Taking the HTC Vive’s ‘Blue Pill’

Reality Bytes is a new column at MobileSyrup that takes a look at virtual reality at use in the real world. We’ll be looking at high-end devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as well as lower-end smartphone VR like Google’s upcoming Daydream platform.  Now that high-end virtual reality headsets are finally on the…

Moto G4 Plus review: From budget to mid-range

Moto G phones are not exciting. They’re not sexy and they’re not powerhouses. But they get the job done, and do it for a reasonable price. Since the line’s launch in 2013, that has always been the appeal of the Moto G line. With the Moto G4 Plus, however, Lenovo is pushing the envelope by…

OnePlus 3 review: Best $500 smartphone available in Canada

After a slew of leaks leading up to a launch in virtual reality, the OnePlus 3 is finally available in Canada. Is it everything OnePlus and co-founder Carl Pei promised? Well, you know what they say about third attempts. Specs Oxygen OS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 2.2 GHz Quad-core…

I don’t understand Big Data, and chances are, neither do you

When many people think of the term “Big Data,” they think of companies collecting and using information in ways they weren’t doing before. In reality, that’s only half true. Corporations of all sizes have always collected data, but the digital era is the first in which they’ve been able to make meaningful use of it….

WWDC 2016 through the eyes of three Canadian app developers

In June every year thousands of developers, many from Canada, converge on San Francisco for Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), a week long event featuring presentations and labs by Apple’s in-house engineers. The annual function also marks the unveiling of software updates for the tech giant’s various platforms. This year’s conference saw the reveal of…

iOS 10’s top 5 most useful new features

Last Monday Apple revealed the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 10. While the company claims the software update is its “largest yet,” in reality, iOS 10 feels more like an incremental shift forward in most respects, though the the update does mark Apple’s walled-garden approach to software beginning to erode. In some ways,…

A close-up look at the affordable and sleek OnePlus 3 [Gallery]

Will the OnePlus 3 further its company’s well-known ambition to slay flagships? MobileSyrup is currently investigating that question, along with other queries, when it comes to the latest OnePlus device, and will have an in-depth review shortly. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a look at what is undoubtedly one of the best…