Category: Featured

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…

Fitbit Alta review: The perfect Fitbit for almost everyone

Step counters, or pedometers as they’re more formally know, have existed for centuries – most people probably remember getting one alongside a box of cereal they purchased sometime in the past – but it’s really with the introduction of the Fitbit Classic, released in 2009, that step counting became a thing everyone did. Think about this: you…

HTC Vive Hands-on: MobileSyrup goes down the VR rabbit hole

Why VR doesn’t make your vision better By Rose Behar Having only tried out the lower end of VR previously – Samsung’s Gear VR and LG 360 VR headsets – I had no idea what I was in for when I crammed my head into the HTC Vive. The first thing I noticed was that…

HTC 10 review: Back to basics

For HTC, the 10 is a return back to the basic concept of a smartphone. It’s also a direct response to the heavy criticism the M9 received last year, likely encouraging the company to drop the M from its flagship line’s naming scheme, opting for a more eloquent and simple “10.” There’s no denying the…

Facebook Canada head Jordan Banks says the social network is ‘just getting started’

Facebook, a company that started only 12-years ago, has swelled to become the one of the world’s most powerful brands. The massive social network recently announced its quarterly earning and reported 5.38 billion in revenue with its monthly active users topping 1.65 billion. This number does not count the billion Messenger users or the billion…

10 things you should know about the HTC 10

 1. Low call volume By Rose Behar Despite the 10’s amazing sound performance for listening to music, the sound quality for calling is poor. In any public or outdoor area, it’s impossible to carry on a conversation without plugging in headphones or putting the phone on speaker. The weak front-facing speaker at the top of…

We set Kyocera’s new DuraXE phone on fire to test its durability (video)

For some strange reason, the flip phone made a slight comeback this year. This type of device was most popular in the 1990’s when cell phones were just becoming the norm and smaller form factors were king. These days, it’s large and in charge when it comes to smartphones. However, there are some Canadians who…

10 Canadian-made mobile games you need to play today

“Made in Canada” is a term that often evokes concern, except when it comes to video game development. Over the last decade, Canadian studios have released some of the most influential games of all time, including the Mass Effect series and Assassin’s Creed franchise, just to name a few. Apart from big budget console titles, Canadian…

RCMP decrypted BlackBerry smartphones helped U.K police land major gun smuggling conviction

Canada’s national law enforcement agency is becoming something of a go-to expert on encryption. Late last week, police in the U.K. secured their country’s largest gun smuggling conviction with help from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men, Harry Shilling and Michael Defraine, were convicted on April 21st on several gun smuggling and firearm charges. The…

LongStory: A high school relationship simulator that’s healthy for the soul

At first glance, LongStory looks like any other high school simulation game. It has a generic high school setting, pastel-dominant design, and the usual choose-your-own-adventure format. But it also has storylines that thoughtfully explore social anxiety and the idea of setting boundaries. That’s because Miriam Verburg, executive producer of the game and owner of Bloom…