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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…

Canada’s best back to school wireless and internet promo plans

One of the best times of year to secure a great wireless or internet deal is the period just before summer meets fall, when back to school sales are raging. This is especially the case if you happen to be a student, or have one in your household, who can take advantage of promotions that…

Kobo announces Aura One e-reader with massive 7.8-inch display for $250

After a major specs leak and a photo teaser tweeted by CEO Michael Tamblyn himself, Rakuten Kobo has announced the Kobo Aura One, a giant ‘book-size’ premium e-reader priced at $250 with new features including a waterproof IPX8 rating and auto blue light reduction for evening use. The Wi-Fi-only device touts two unique features, the…

Here’s how analytics can be used to drive social change

Twelve years ago, the landlord of 1765 and 1775 Weston Rd in Toronto was sued by his tenants for $250,000 in rent abatements. Tenants fought for working elevators, properly installed pipes, better lighting and safe electrical wiring. The buildings were owned by the Montreal-based landlord Vincenzo Barrasso and tenants claimed that the buildings’ conditions steadily declined…

LG X Power review: A turbo-charged battery with little to power

I have gone on record stating that one of the most important things to me in a phone is the battery. After all, what good is a zippy processor and high-quality camera if your phone craps out mid-way through the day? After spending a month with the LG X Power, the phrase “be careful what…

Galaxy Note 7 Hands-on: An iterative phablet step forward

With the Note 7, Samsung is taking yet another iterative step forward with one of its core devices. Despite skipping a number to facilitate a cohesive naming scheme across its lineup of flagship devices, the company has taken much of what made the S7 and S7 Edge such a refined device, and applied it to…

BlackBerry DTEK50 Hands-on: Repackaged, ‘secure’ Android

In an effort to reinvigorate its handset business, which is currently trudging forward on life support, BlackBerry has finally relented and released the touchscreen, Android-based phone hardcore fans of the brand have fantasized about for a long time. The problem is, the DTEK50 is likely five years too late. In 2016, a BlackBerry device featuring Android…

Xperia X Performance review: When average just isn’t good enough

Anyone familiar with what Sony’s Xperia Z series looks like will instantly recognize the tech giant’s new, refreshed ” X” smartphones. The new line of devices and likely successors to the Z — though Sony won’t confirm this — marks a subtle, yet positive design shift for the company. Unfortunately, despite some key steps in…

A first look at the premium yet budget-friendly ZTE Axon 7 [Gallery]

ZTE’s Axon 7 is gunning for the would-be flagship killer OnePlus 3, and on specs alone, it might just succeed. The device has a premium full-metal design, high-end competitive Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and a 20MP camera, all for $529.99 CAD– only slightly more than the OnePlus 3’s impressive $519.00 price tag. The handset…

Huawei MateBook review: Two worlds, but the best of just one

The Huawei MateBook came to us in a backpack. A rectangular, grey backpack. Little did I know that its quirky and slightly awkward — yet intriguing — delivery would be indicative of my experience with the MateBook the following week. The MateBook, which is the first Huawei 2-in-1 PC to come to Canada, is a…

18 years and $56m later, Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum is finally here

“Robot vacuums are here,” gestured Mike Aldred with his hand at waist height, one of the key engineers behind Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum.”But we want to make them better,” said Aldred, moving his hand level to the height of his head. Given how impressive iRobot’s connected $1000 Roomba 980 is, this is a tall order…