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Patrick O’Rourke’s Favorite Things of 2020

While I spent most of 2020 confined to my home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I actually enjoyed the past year very much. On the one hand, although I like to travel, that is an important part of my work in MobileSyrupIt was great to be able to spend time at home with my partner and my cat. That being said, even though I'm a homebody, I'm looking forward to being able to attend tech conferences and events around the world again. However, unfortunately, it is not yet clear when it will be safe for that to start happening. I am also very grateful that I still have a job doing something I love when so many people around the world have been laid off during the pandemic. With all that said, my favorite things this year are relatively expected if you know anything about me; there's a ...
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These are some of the coolest phones that are not officially available in Canada

In Canada, we can buy smartphones from carriers like Bell and Rogers and directly from manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. Some phone makers like Asus and TCL also sell their phones in Canada through retailers like Staples and Amazon. This gives us access to phones from various brands, including Samsung, Apple, Google, Huawei, LG, Nokia, Alcatel, TCL, Asus, OnePlus, and more. However, there are still a variety of phones that are not readily available in Canada. For example, Sony no longer sells its phones here, and Chinese brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo have never officially sold their devices in North America. This story looks at the phones I'd like to see released here. It's worth noting that this list doesn't include all the notable smartphones that aren't available in Cana...
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MobileSyrup’s Favorite Laptops of 2020

Every year, technology companies release a host of new laptop hardware. This year was no different, with many new portable computing devices trying to capitalize on the increase in people working remotely. However, not all laptops are the same. As such, I compiled this list of our favorite laptops of the year that cover multiple different facets: gaming, general-purpose Windows, Macs, and more. We also kept it on laptops we tested this year; if a laptop you like is missing from a certain manufacturer, chances are we didn't get a chance to review it this year. Let's dive in. Favorite Windows Laptop: LG Gram (2020)Of all the Windows laptops I tested this year, the LG Gram was one of the most impressive devices I used. What most caught my attention was the weight. Despite testing ...
Editorials, Features, Google Pixel 5, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Here are the best phones of 2020 launched in Canada

2020 has probably been one of the strangest years for smartphone launches in Canada. We saw some foldables, four new iPhones, possibly the latest Samsung Galaxy Note, a Huawei phone lacking the Play Store, and more. As usual, many phones that were launched in other markets did not make it here. With that said, this list looks at the best smartphones that were officially launched in Canada. To be clear, this isn't a gift guide to which phones you should buy, because in the case of the Z Fold 2, while it's probably the best Android smartphone I've ever used, it's definitely not for everyone due to its price. Samsung Samsung has three smartphones on the list this year, and it probably could have had more, including the Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung Galaxy S20 +Samsung's...
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Jon Lamont’s Favorite Things in 2020

Well 2020 has been a wild year. If you had told me this time last year what was to come, I don't think I would have believed you. Despite all the pitfalls, frustrations, and other issues, 2020 had some great times for me too. I'd love to take some time to acknowledge some of those things and reflect on my favorite parts of this year, like some reviews that I really enjoyed writing, games that I enjoyed playing, and more. Favorite Tech of the YearIn 2020, a lot of companies launched new tech products. One of the advantages of my job is that I can work and test many of these new products. This year, there were quite a few articles that really stood out to me as top-notch. Perhaps my favorite new tech of 2020 was Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go. Although he argued that it was a diffi...
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Best MobileSyrup Apps for iOS and Android in 2020

As usual, MobileSyrup is completing the end of the year with several lists about our favorite things from the last 12 months. While 2020 has been undeniably bleak, that hasn't stopped us from highlighting some of the best apps that helped make getting through the year a little easier. If you have become a Work from Home Pro, or are looking to update your password game, we have a few apps listed below that bring cool functionality to your mobile phone. EpocCAMIn mid-March, many parts of the world turned into a ghost town when tons of people moved from their offices to work from home. While many of us are able to adapt quickly to new workplace regulations, others struggled. Then on top of that, there was a shortage of webcams that forced people to find creative ways to get into thei...
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Here are the top Canadian telecommunications stories of 2020

The Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) kicked off the top telecommunications news of the year when it held hearings for its review of mobile wireless services in February. Despite the world turning upside down shortly after, telecommunications news did not stop amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There were numerous noteworthy things, such as initial 5G network launches, new legislation, and calls for reformed privacy laws amid the burgeoning digital sector. There was a lot of telecommunication news in Canada last year, so here is a rundown of some of the biggest stories that will continue in 2021. CRTC Review of Mobile Wireless ServicesThe CRTC held hearings regarding its review of mobile wireless services in mid-February, and one of its main goals was to d...
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales fights for inclusion in games

When I was a child, my father and I would often watch VHS tapes from the 90s X Men Serie. He loved mutants and how they faced adversities similar to the ones he faced in his life. My father moved to Canada from Jamaica when he was 13 years old, and when he was a young black man in Toronto, he encountered a lot of racism. Like many of the X-Men mutants, my father faced discrimination based on his appearance. As a result of the influence of my father, I have always liked superheroes, and the one that I have seen the most adaptations in my life is Spider-Man. Since 1967, there have been a number of different Spider-Man TV shows, and while I haven't seen all of them, I have seen a lot of them. Growing up, I was fascinated by superheroes, but the vast majority of them, especially in anim...
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The iPhone 12 Pro should have a 120Hz display, but it might not matter if it doesn’t

Despite what many fans were expecting, Apple did not release any iPhones with high refresh rate displays at its 'Hi, Speed' event on October 13. The company's new iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max seem to be great new devices with lots of new features. From more powerful A14 Bionic chips to support for 5G and more, these are, as Apple would say, the best iPhones of all time. And yet they only offer 60Hz displays instead of 120Hz. Apple's decision to skip 120Hz is bad. But it's probably not as bad as you think. Lots of power for all those extra framesApple claims that its new A14 Bionic is the most powerful smartphone processor of all time. The company is probably right - we'll have to do our own tests to be sure, but it is very likely to take the competition on most metr...
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Here’s why Apple might ditch all its device ports

What connects us? Is it the human condition? A general love for warm summer days and the Phil Collins classic "In the Air Tonight?" No, it's wires, cables, cords, or whatever you want to call them, at least for now. Now that Apple's 2020 product line has started to appear, there is a message within almost every device that hints at the company's vision for the future of wireless computing, and perhaps even how it is preparing for it. I'm not saying that the iPhone 12 will have a USB-C port, because almost 100 percent will feature a 'Lightning' connector, but the way computing is moving away from ports doesn't need to involve phones just yet. You may have noticed that Apple has gotten rid of various ports on its devices over the years. For example, the iPad Pro lost the headphone ja...
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Google’s Pixel 5 redefines the meaning of ‘flagship’

For the past two years, Google has been known for delivering top-of-the-line software performance with hardware that, while not always the best, is still considered flagship quality. However, 2020 seems to be a year of change. This year, the tech giant's 'flagship' device, the Pixel 5, is not what we expected. If you compare the smartphone to its predecessors, as well as other premium devices on the market, Google's unreleased phone is falling behind in multiple categories. While the phone maker improved the battery life of the Pixel 5, it also gave the smartphone a weaker processor, just a 90Hz refresh rate display, a dual-camera setup without a telephoto lens, and while still falling apart. from Pixel exclusive features like 'Active Edge' and face unlock with Soli, returning to the...
EDITORIAL: Trudeau throws public service under the bus
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EDITORIAL: Trudeau throws public service under the bus

Article content continuedTrudeau went on to claim that they offered him a “binary choice”. They said, according to Trudeau, that they can either deliver the program via WE Charity or not deliver it at all.The PM told the committee that he knew there would be enhanced scrutiny of the deal because of his family connections so he “pushed back”.The whole way Trudeau tells it, it’s as if he was the one most against it but that bullying from public servants forced him to do it.This is simply not believable. The PM runs the show. The public service answers to the government, to cabinet and, ultimately, to the Prime Minister.The buck stops with Trudeau. Yet instead he is throwing the public service under the bus.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.“I did not influence the public ser...