Check out The Expanse, Trevor Noah and a pair of homegrown movies this week in Canada

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows that have just hit Canadian streaming platforms. Typically, this column will focus on content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, although other streaming services may be listed here when relevant. Any content that is Canadian-made or involves Canadian…

Opera is testing a free, built-in VPN in its Android app

Opera’s Android browser is getting a free, built-in VPN service. The company announced in a blog post that it’s testing the VPN in the beta version of its browser. It says the VPN has no limits and doesn’t log your traffic. Opera was also one of the first major browsers to incorporate a free VPN…

The Source deals include Nintendo Switch games, Apple Watches, GoPro

Nintendo Switch games, Apple Watches and GoPro cameras are on sale at The Source. It’s important to note that some deals have different expiry dates, and others may need a promotion code. The Nintendo Switch game promo is expiring at the end of today (February 8th), the Apple watches deal expires on February 14th and the…

Virgin Mobile sending members two free movie tickets

A Virgin Mobile user is reporting that the carrier is offering some users two free Cineplex movie tickets. The offer is posted on RedFlagDeals, but no other Virgin members are reporting getting the tickets yet. The user who reported the deal has the 10GB for $60 and a 10 percent off loyalty credit. The tickets arrived…

Amazon might reconsider its New York HQ2 location after pushback

Amazon is reportedly having trouble finalizing office space in the Long Island City area and in Arlington, Virginia and at this point could even move to a completely different state. According to a report in the Washington Post, Amazon incurred opposition from local activist groups and politicians. The Post learned from two anonymous sources that…

Some HP Office printer owners eligible for class-action lawsuit settlement

HP Canada has settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company caused its printers to not work with specific non-HP branded ink. HP used a program called ‘Dynamic Security’ that kept its printers from working with some ink cartridges. HP still maintains that it did nothing wrong, but is paying out $700,000 CAD to those part…

Google may allow third-party messaging apps to use RCS in Android Q

It appears Google may allow third-party apps to use RCS on supported carrier networks in Android Q. Android Police unearthed several code changes — also known as commits — on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit, an online collaboration platform where developers share code and merge it into AOSP. The changes would open several…

Shaw FreeRange TV iOS app now supports Siri Shortcuts, iPad Pro (2018)

Shaw has updated its FreeRange TV app to add support for Siri Shortcuts and the iPad Pro (2018). Now, users of the live TV streaming platform can create a Siri Shortcut to have the virtual assistant launch the app on command. Further, the app now supports the new iPad Pro’s form factor. Outside of new features,…

Patent hints Apple’s HomePod 2 could feature Face ID and 3D hand gestures

Although Apple’s HomePod has taken a backseat to the company’s other products lately, it seems company plans to add several innovative features to an inevitable HomePod successor. A recently published patent application indicates that a future version of the HomePod could include 3D hand gesture support, Face ID and other new features. The patent, which…

2020 Tokyo Olympics medals could include recycled iPhone and Android smartphone parts

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games’ plan to make gold, silver and bronze medals using recycled electronic waste (e-waste) looks obtainable, according to Tokyo’s organizing committee. The e-waste weighs around 47,488 tons and includes over five million discarded smartphones, reports The Verge. This means that all of the 2020 Olympic medals will potentially have…

Nintendo plans new features to make Switch Online more appealing

Nintendo plans to make its Nintendo Switch Online subscription more appealing to subscribers, according to the company’s CEO, Shuntaro Furukawa. Nintendo Switch Online is the company’s online gaming platform. A subscription to Nintendo Switch Online allows Switch owners to play games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online with friends and strangers. Along with online features,…

Huawei P30 Pro images leak in Spigen case renders

Two new renders of the Huawei P30 Pro have leaked online thanks to an error from case maker Spigen. The images show off the front and back of a black version of the device. The leaked renders also show a clear Spgen case. It hard to make out if the subtle pattern on the back…

White House could release executive order to fully ban Huawei before Mobile World Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the country’s wireless networks could happen a week before the Mobile World Congress (MWC). According to three sources that remained anonymous, the U.S. President plans to release the directive as a way to protect the country from cyber threats, Politico reported on…

Chrome Canary now compatible with Windows, macOS dark mode settings

Google’s dark mode feature for Chrome on macOS and Windows is getting closer to launch. As with most new Chrome features, dark mode is available for testing in Canary, but users no longer need to enable any settings, tweak flags or do anything else to turn on dark mode. In other words, the feature now…

Samsung Galaxy S10e leaks in bright ‘Canary Yellow’ colour

Samsung’s ‘budget’ Galaxy S10e model looks like it may be the colourful option, if there’s any truth to a recent leak. This leak follows the leak of several Galaxy S10 and S10+ press renders that showed off the various colours the devices will be released in. Leaker Ishan Agarwal (@IshanAgarwal24) was able to obtain press…

PlayStation Flash Sale discounts PS4, PS VR games by up to 60 percent

Sony has kicked off a PlayStation Store flash sale this weekend that offers various PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games for up to 60 percent off. Below is a highlight of some of the most notable offers: Darksiders 3 — $63.99 CAD (regularly $79.99) Fallout 76 — $47.99 (regularly $79.99) Monster Hunter World — $32.49 (regularly $64.99) Moonlighter —…

Google files Fi trademark in Canada, but don’t get too excited

A trademark for Fi has been filed by Google in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office — don’t get excited yet though. Google Fi is the Mountain View, California-based company’s MVNO telecommunication platform that offers cellular service. The platform operates on networks owned by U.S. carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Celluar and Three. Google first launched Fi…

Google files Canadian trademark for its Duplex voice technology

Google has trademarked its Duplex service in Canada, signalling the search giant might be working to bring it north of the border. For those unfamiliar, Google Duplex is a human-sounding AI voice technology that can book appointments on your behalf. Google first demoed Duplex at its I/O event in 2018 but received backlash due to…

Public Mobile is offering $10 off all plans for six months

Toronto-based prepaid service provider Public Mobile is offering $10 off all of its plans for six months. Now, customers on 30-day plans will have $10 credits applied to their accounts over a six-month period. Meaning that every month you’ll get a credit that you can apply to the next month’s bill. Meanwhile, customers activating on 90-day…

Ariana Grande, Khalid appear as Apple Memoji ahead of 2019 Grammy Awards

Apple has released Memoji commercials starring Ariana Grande, Khalid and Florida Georgia Line, ahead of this year’s Grammy Awards. It’s worth pointing out that each Memoji video is “professionally animated,” meaning that the face-tracking animation is an imitation of the actual iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR feature. You can view…