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RCS messaging is now available to some Rogers and Fido customers

RCS, the standard some have called Android’s best bet at an iMessage competitor, has arrived in Canada. As of today, Rogers and Fido have started enabling the features associated with RCS for some of their customers. Short for Rich Communications Services, RCS is a standard under the IMS protocol that enables many of the messaging…

Holiday Gift Guide for the photographer

Happy holidays! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may know how much I love photography. With almost every other tech vertical covered by the other members of the MobileSyrup team, the powers that be allowed me to do a gift guide on my favourite hobby. Photography can be an expensive hobby, so…

Pebble confirms it’s no longer manufacturing or selling smartwatches

With rumours swirling for the past week regarding Fitbit purchasing Pebble for a reported sum of approximately $40 million USD, Pebble has finally confirmed that it plans to shutter operations because it’s no longer able to operate as an “independent entity.” Though the fact that the company’s assets have been acquired by Fitbit isn’t emphasized…

Can Apple’s iPad Pro actually replace a laptop?

Most modern tablet ads emphasize how the iPad or Surface can become your daily device, completely replacing the functions of a traditional Mac or PC. But can a tablet really replace your laptop or desktop? Over the last few weeks I set out to find the answer after switching over to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro…

Pour one out, Rogers and Shaw’s Shomi is now dead

If you search for Shomi in the App Store or Play Store, you’ll get zero results. Head over to the streaming platform’s desktop website and a “Shomi is no longer available” message will greet you along with a scrolling list of everyone who worked at the company. That’s because it’s now November 30th and Rogers…

A first look at the new OnePlus 3T [Gallery]

While we didn’t get a chance to unbox it inside of a fighter jet, the OnePlus 3T finally arrived at the MobileSyrup office this morning, allowing us to check out OnePlus’ latest smartphone. Minus a new Space Gray-esque paint job, the 3T looks exactly like the smartphone it replaces. It still feels like a premium device,…

Tecla bridges the gap between the touchscreen and the differently abled user

Can you remember the last time you went without your smartphone? Access to navigation tools, email, internet browsing and communication in all its various forms means mobile usage is starting to feel more like a necessary utility than the desirable luxury it once was. This ubiquity makes it hard to believe that a significant demographic…

The best Canadian Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here, so we’ve gathered up a collection of all the best deals around. If you happen to come across an awesome Canadian deal, feel free to reach out and let us know in the comments section so we can add it to this story. Find all of the…

Why I settled on LG’s Stylo 2 Plus as my Galaxy Note 7 replacement

As a Galaxy Note user who finds a stylus invaluable, I’ve been short of alternatives to Samsung’s productivity-oriented phablet since the Note 7 was recalled. Going back to an earlier generation of Galaxy Note wasn’t appealing because the Note 5 lacks expandable storage and even a used Note 4 retails at around $450 CAD on…

SyrupCast 96: Oh Snapdragon

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O’Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, and Igor Bonifacic, recap Rose’s experience in New York at the Snapdragon Technology Summit for the announcement of Qualcomm’s new 10-nanometer chip, the Snapdragon 835. The crew also talks about the rumour that Amazon Prime Video could come to Canada soon, with…

Here’s what living the USB-C dongle life is like

I come from a future where to be part of Apple’s new laptop ecosystem, dongles are a necessity. Apple’s new MacBook Pro, just like its 2015 and 2016 12-inch MacBook, has dropped USB-A in favour of the future of connectivity, USB-C. This is something a number of people are unhappy about and rightfully so. Despite…

A look at the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar [Gallery]

Whether or not you think the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is worth its hefty $2,299 CAD price tag, it’s difficult to deny that it isn’t an interesting attempt at reinventing how we interact with traditional laptops. Our review unit 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar just arrived at the MobileSyrup office, so we…

The rise of the synthetic personality: can chatbots be our friends?

I got asked on a date by an internet cat once. The androgynous feline was named Poncho, and was employed as a weather chatbot on Facebook Messenger. We hadn’t talked in a while so I was surprised when I got a message from it out of the blue. “OMG it’s Friday?! I totally forgot to…

SyrupCast 95: Living the next four years in a virtual world

On this episode of the SyrupCast, co-hosts Rose Behar, Patrick O’Rourke, Zach Gilbert and Igor Bonifacic discuss the implications of a Trump Presidency for Canadian tech and the tech world in general. The U.S. election has everyone voicing strong opinions and MobileSyrup’s editorial staff is no different; the views expressed in this episode are not representative of…

SyrupCast 94: Why the big three don’t want to keep things neutral

On this episode of the Syrupcast, co-hosts Igor Bonifacic, Jessica Vomiero and Patrick O’Rourke are joined by renowned Canadian tech journalist, Peter Nowak, who comes on the podcast to discuss the CRTC’s stance on net neutrality. The CRTC hearings on differential pricing for Canadian data plans started this past week and the team weighs in on where the big telecom…

Surface Studio Hands-on: The PC is exciting again

Back in 2010 at the All Things Digital conference, Steve Jobs shared with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher his vision for the future of computing. In his usual grandiose style, the Apple co-founder said we had entered the post-PC era. To illustrate his point, Jobs compared mobile devices and traditional personal computers to cars…