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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,…

How Netflix’s recommendation system knows exactly what you want to watch

You just finished an episode of the Judd Apatow-produced Love, and are looking for more Netflix content to consume. Specifically, you’re hunting for a television show or movie that’s similar to the show you just shook your addiction to, but still a little different. Then, through the invisible magic of Netflix’s recommendation system, the platform suggests you check out…

This Week in Gaming: An interview with Quantum Break’s Canadian Star, Shawn Ashmore

Conventional knowledge indicates Microsoft and Remedy’s Quantum Break should have be a complete disaster, especially considering the game’s various delays – but it isn’t. In fact, some critics are saying that Remedy Entertainment’s latest release could be one of the first sleeper hits of 2016. Even though the game’s experience is far from perfect, it seamlessly blends a…

The iPhone SE is going after a diminishing slice of users in Canada

The iPhone SE, or “Special Edition,” is really not that special. Or rather, it’s not intended to be. It’s classic Apple-style stop-gap and it will probably succeed in shoring up the company’s lineup on the lower end, though Canada is unlikely to be a hot market for the device. To be fair, I haven’t spent…

One year later, Microsoft’s HoloLens is ready to shine

It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. That’s the sentiment I hear from almost every other journalist leaving the HoloLens hands-on session I just took part in. As this is my first Build conference, I can’t comment on the difference between this year’s demo and the one that came before it. But one thing is…

iPhone SE review: A 4-inch potent blend of old and new

One thing is clear about Apple’s iPhone SE – it’s for people who like small smartphones. A few hours into using the SE I quickly realized the smartphone is not designed for my personal taste in mobile devices – but that’s okay. There is clearly a small, but vocal audience clamouring for Apple’s latest pint-size device considering Apple…

What happens when Canada’s wireless market gets saturated?

The Canadian wireless market is approaching saturation. That was the gist of a Scotia Capital report by analyst Jeff Fan, covered by MobileSyrup recently. Subscriber growth for the big three has been stagnant for awhile now, and a time when room for growth reaches a ceiling seems near at hand. The wireless business is an…

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…

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…