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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…

Here’s everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016 in 5 Minutes [Video]

An hour and 30 minutes is a long time to sit through a presentation, so we don’t blame you if you didn’t have the time to watch the entire event. Instead to make your life easy, we’ve rounded up the most important news to come out of WWDC2016. Here’s what you need to know or…

OECD says foreign investment in the telecom sector needed to lower prices in Canada

At a presentation yesterday in Montreal, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), stated that Canada should reduce foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications and broadcasting industry. This move, says the accompanying release, would “boost productivity growth and lay the foundation for future economic…

Apple announces third-party app support and new features for iMessage

Apple has greatly expanded the capabilities for its iMessage platform today at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco. One of the most notable advancements is that iMessage has been opened up to developers, allowing for integration with third-party apps for tasks like payments, stickers and GIFs. The apps can be sourced from a drawer at the…

Phab 2 Pro Hands-on: The world’s first Tango smartphone

After countless teases, and more than a few leaks in the interim, Google and Lenovo have announced the Phab 2 Pro, the world’s first consumer Tango smartphone. Cumbersome name aside, the Phab 2 is an impressive smartphone, both in terms of internal specifications and mere physical presence. Video hands-on by Ted Kristonis. At 6.4 inches,…

How to get HBO Now in Canada

In Canada, the only official way to watch new HBO content like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep, is to fork over $20 a month for a Canadian movie network package, plus the cost of a regular digital cable television plan, which typically costs between $40 and $50. Bell’s streaming platform, CraveTV, has HBO…

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…

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,…