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SyrupCast 89: Shomi BlackBerry’s future

On this week’s episode of SyrupCast, we dig into the downfall of BlackBerry’s hardware division. Zach Gilbert, previously of TheBerryFix and Crackberry.com, and now MobileSyrup’s director of social media and community manager, joins the podcast to give us his views on what went wrong. Also providing his views on BlackBerry’s decision, Douglas Soltys, editor in chief…

Everything we know about Google’s October 4th Pixel event

With Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus event a distant memory at this point, it’s time to look forward to the next major smartphone hardware reveal. Google’s October 4th Pixel event is just around the corner and is set to be one of the company’s biggest keynotes ever. Rumours and speculation surrounding this year’s October…

Why BlackBerry never released an Android-powered Passport

Late last week an individual from London, Ontario posted a listing to Kijiji that drew a lot of interest from MobileSyrup readers. In it, the poster in question claimed they had in their possession a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition that had come pre-installed with Google’s Android mobile operating system. No less interesting, they were willing…

A first look at the ‘built for photography’ $430 Asus Zenfone 3 [Gallery]

In May 2016 the Asus Zenfone 3 debuted, revealing a budget-friendly device with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 625 processor and a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera. Since then, all has been quiet on the Canadian front when it comes to pricing and availability of the intriguing new smartphone — until just this past this week. Now,…

Apple Watch Series 2 review: The best wearable just got better

The main question surrounding the release of the Apple Watch 2 is whether or not the second generation of Apple’s wearable is really worthy of an upgrade. For die hard Apple fans, that’s definitely going to be the case, but for others, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant’s Series 2 wearable, coupled with watchOS 3, is…

Samsung says 70 percent of Canadian Note 7 owners have registered for a replacement

Just days after issuing an unprecedented recall, Samsung Canada has announced that 70 percent of the 22,000 Note 7s sold in Canada have been tagged for replacement. After some initial confusion related to how the Note 7’s recall will work in different regions, Samsung has now clarified how Canadian consumers can confirm their Note 7…

LG V20 hands-on: A premium device aiming for multimedia dominance

On the eve of the inevitable media circus that is an iPhone unveiling, LG announced its latest smartphone, the V20, an impressively-specced device that carries a generous amount of firsts. Not only is it the first device to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat and Google’s new ‘In Apps’ phone search function, it’s also the…

Here’s what to expect from Apple’s September 7 iPhone keynote

The fall is here and that means two things, colder weather is on the way and Apple is preparing to release new products. This year, speculation indicates Apple’s new iPhone, rumoured to be called the iPhone 7, is poised to be a safe, incremental upgrade for the company. We also could be in for a…

Motorola announces the $650 Moto Z Play, available in Canada this September

While American consumers have had access to the Moto Z, Motorola’s hot new take on a modular smartphone, for more than two months now, Canadian consumers have been left to ask themselves, why the delay? The answer, it turns, out, is that Motorola plans to launch the Moto Z alongside a device that makes a…

Vancouver-based Hitcase’s rugged cases transform your iPhone into an action camera

You’re going for a mountain bike ride, but don’t want to bring your DSLR and you’re concerned your iPhone could get damaged as you bolt down that hill, dodging rocks and tree branches. Or maybe you’re about to go water skiing, but you’re concerned about your phone getting wet. This is where Vancouver-based Hitcase’s rugged…

8 affordable tech gadgets to make the most of a new school year

Are you headed back to school this September? Below are the best tech gadgets and applications to ensure your return goes as smoothly as possibly. Whether you’re in high school, or headed to university, we have your back. 1. Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse The latest version of Microsoft’s Arc Touch mouse really looks like…

The best $0 phones for students

Are you headed back to school in the fall and in need of a phone that’s affordable, coming in the zero dollar range, but one that also still packs a hardware punch and looks cool? The MobileSyrup team has put our collective heads together and created a list of smartphones available for $0 at a…

Top 7 Android 7.0 Nougat features

Android 7.0 Nougat has officially started rolling out to Nexus devices. If you own a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus  9, Nexus Player or Pixel C, expect an update to appear over the course of the next several weeks. I was lucky enough to get the update on day one. The update size…