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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…

7 things you need to know about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy s7 hits store shelves today in Canada, but we’ve had our hands on both smartphones for the last few weeks. While the South Korean company’s new flagship devices are largely an iterative upgrade over the S6, the phone includes a number of features some people might not have heard about…

Stream like PewDiePie: YouTube Gaming’s iOS and Android app launches in Canada

Video game YouTube videos and live streams may seem bizarre to some, but PewDiePie, one of YouTube’s top content creators, now has more subscribers than the entire population of Canada — 42.6 million. His content might not appeal to you, but he’s certainly struck a chord with a very specific demographic, and Google is hoping…

Destinations is Google’s new one stop tool for planning your next trip

Google has a handy new tool for planning your next trip. Called Destinations and launching on mobile first, the service represents Google’s attempt to create an online one-stop destination for travel planning. Launching today, Canadians can access the service by using Google to search for broad terms like “European travel destinations” or for specific destinations…

Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera discusses Canada’s 5G future

At Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, we sat down with Tony Lacavera, Wind Mobile’s co-founder, and discussed the future of 5G network development in the Canadian telecom sector. While 5G network infrastructure is still years away from making its way to Canada, according to Lacavera, the technology has the potential to impact the…

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review: An act of refinement

One thing is clear about Samsung’s latest Galaxy flagship smartphones: 2016 is a year of iteration for the company. At first glance, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge look nearly identical to their predecessors, the S6 and S6 edge, but given the warm reception Samsung’s previous marquee devices received from both fans and critics, it’s…

LG’s modular G5 smartphone is coming to Canada on April 8

LG today announced that the G5, its latest flagship smartphone, will launch in Canada on April 8. Announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Snapdragon 820 device will be available on all major Canadian carriers, including Bell, Telus and Rogers, as well as regional carriers like Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Videotron and the recently acquired…

CanCon Podcast Ep. 7: What’s the deal with mobile payments?

There was a time in Canadian tech when we celebrated the existence of any unicorn. Now, with a growing list of Canadian startups at or above the magical $1 billion valuation mark, we can be a bit more discerning. Slack, Hootsuite, Shopify, Kik, and Vision Critical have all been in the news recently – on…

Hands-on with Samsung Pay, coming to Canada later this year

If the last two weeks have been an indication of anything, it’s that mobile payments are about to be a big thing in Canada. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year’s Dx3, which just wrapped up on Thursday. In a small conference room, the MobileSyrup team got a chance to go hands-on with…

Chat bots are back and they want to sell products to teens

First it was desktop, then mobile, and now, according to Paul Gray, Waterloo-based Kik’s director of platform services, chat app bots are the future of smartphone interaction. At a presentation on Tuesday at Dx3 2016 in Toronto, Gray discussed why companies like Kik view messaging bots as the future of mobile – a topic the company’s…

Pepper the robot moves like Jagger and has dreams of changing retail

Pepper, the first humanoid robot with virtual emotions, went on sale in Japan this summer and is now coming to North America. In its fifth year taking over Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Dx3 Canada, the two-day conference that focuses on the future of retail marketing, showcased Pepper in action. Created by SoftBank, one of…

Despite rumours, former BlackBerry head Thorsten Heins remains CEO of Powermat

Thorsten Heins has survived his latest trial as a tech executive. The one-time BlackBerry executive remains the CEO of Powermat Technologies, a company that specializes in wireless charging technology. For those that haven’t been following the ongoing saga, Heins came back into the spotlight last December when CNET obtained and published court documents that revealed the…

Where Cards Fall is the next game from the creators of Alto’s Adventure

Back in November, Toronto-based developer Ryan Cash and his studio Snowman announced it was developing a new project in partnership with fellow game developer The Game Band. We now know what this new game is called – Where Cards Fall – and some information about how it will play. The Game Band, a small studio created by…

Everything you need to know about Mobile World Congress 2016 (Video)

Mobile World Congress started on February 21st in Barcelona, Spain with two highly anticipated smartphone launches, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. The LG G5 is a complete redesign of the G4 and is the first modular smartphone to hit the market. Samsung on the other hand, retained the same design philosophy as…