Category: Mobile Syrup

What3Words can tell you precisely where to go with a three-word combination [App of the Week]

What3Words is a simple app with the grand idea of making people and places easier to find in maps.
You may have noticed that sometimes when you’re navigating in Google Maps, an address might bring you to the wrong side of a building or the incorrect location? Even a tiny typo can often send people in the complete opposite direction.
Instead of using general addresses, what3words gives every three by three metre square on Earth a three-word combination. This means that if you want to give someone an address, you can send them the exact square of the door of the location, or specifically where you’re standing.
For example, my favourite restaurant, Tilted Dog, is located at ‘///shirt.yell.ambition,’ and my local grocery store’s front door is at ‘///snack.scarcely.topical.’
You can also find and save your favourite locations to lists so you can find them again easily. What3words saves these locations as red squares on the map.
Users can then use the three-word square to send Google Maps co..

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Flo needs your help to fight Mr. Big in Diner Dash Adventures [Game of the Week]

If you’ve ever played Diner Dash on your desktop, then you’ll absolutely love the new version of the iconic game for iOS and Android smartphones.
The only caveat is that not only will you want to rip your hair out in frustration, you’ll also probably get heavily addicted to the game.
San Francisco-based mobile game publisher Glu Mobile, the company that created the popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, launched Diner Dash for smartphones back in June under a new name, Diner Dash Adventures.
The new take on the series combines gameplay from Diner Dash, Hotel Dash and Cooking Dash.
The game is exactly like the PC classic in several ways. In the smartphone version, you take on the role of Flo, who is trying to save her hometown from the evil Mr. Big and his sidekicks, the goons. Each chapter requires Flo to serve different customers at her diner.
Most importantly, the characters, especially Flo, experienced a massive glow-up. Diner Dash Adventures’ graphics are clean and the gameplay is..

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Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days.
Federal government invests $2.2 million to connect rural Ontario communitiesCRTC sets final wholesale rates for access to high-speed broadband networksWalmart and Instacart rollout its on-demand delivery service across CanadaTelus ranks highest in latest OpenSignal mobile experience reportStarbucks Canada and Uber Eats delivery service now live in CanadaCapital One hit with potential $600 million class-action lawsuit following data breachGreen Party of Canada pledges for affordable cellphone, internet pricesTelus launches Home Assistant for Optik TV customersMontreal now permits e-scooter use, with heavy restrictionsShopify’s new native chat feature helps merchants and customers connectMobileSyrup Back-to-school Gift Guide [2019 Edition]Bell plans to use AI to block fraud and spam callsKoodo offering some customers $70/15GB, $75/20GB plansSonos might..

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Streaming in Canada this week on Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix [August 12 — 18]

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows to recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Typically, this column focuses on content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, although other streaming services may be mentioned when relevant.
Shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve notable Canadian cast or crew or are filmed in Canada will also be highlighted.
Amazon Prime VideoJim Gaffigan: Quality Time
Amazon’s first-ever original comedy special features Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan. In Quality Time, Gaffigan muses on everything from horses and dog birthdays to travelling and museums.
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: August 16th, 2019
Runtime: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Stream Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time here.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
CraveAlternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America
This new HBO documentary highlights a sensitive but importan..

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Ikea turns its smart home products into its own division within the company

The Swedish furniture company Ikea is cementing its smart home products as a future part of its company with the Ikea Home Smart business unit.
While the company has been making smart home products for a while, but now it’s committed and plans to accelerate its plans.
There’s no mention in the company’s blog post what precisely this means, but it seems likely that we’ll start to see a lot more smart home products from Ikea.
“We have decided to invest significantly in Home Smart across IKEA to fast-forward the development. This is the biggest New Business we are establishing since the introduction of Children’s IKEA,” says Peter van der Poel, Manager IKEA Range & Supply.
Currently, Ikea offers a selection of smart lights, wireless chargers, smart plugs, and recently it’s partnered with Sonos to make Wi-Fi-enabled speakers.
Ikea is also supposed to be launching a series of smart blinds.
Source: Ikea
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Sonos’ first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in product images

It looks like Sonos is about to release a portable speaker with Bluetooth and a charging base for your home called the Sonos Move.
Sonos is known for making high-end wireless audio solutions that connect to one another and play music via Wi-Fi. This new speaker looks to be a combination of the company’s traditional functionality and Bluetooth, according to WinFuture.
There isn’t a lot of concrete details in the leak, but some of the hardware is shown off in the pictures.
Overall the speaker looks very similar to a Sonos One speaker but has a few differences. It seems like the new speaker has a tighter grill, a more extensive base along the bottom and a recessed handle on the back so it can be carried.
On the top, it looks like the speaker still has the same six microphone array that’s on the Sonos One so it should have smart speaker capabilities too.
The most interesting addition is what looks like some kind of charging base. Since the speaker is portable and can work in the home like..

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Leak suggests upcoming Apple Watch to have titanium and ceramic shells

A new software leak suggests that Apple is preparing to release two new versions of the Apple Watch Series 4. One with a Ceramic Case and another in titanium.
The publication iHelp BR, who found out that Apple is likely holding its fall iPhone event on September 10th, discovered this leak.
It found the Apple Watch startup files within the most recent WatchOS 6 beta and two new files say that the watch will launch with both a ceramic and titanium case.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has used ceramic. The Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 Edition tiers were made out of the more durable material but cost over a thousand dollars. The base-level watch currently costs $519 in Canada.
There’s no real basis to find out how much Apple may charge for the titanium option.
One interesting thing is that iHelp BR found these files inside of the OS intended for the Apple Watch Series 4, suggesting that there might not be a new Series this year and instead just new case options for the Ser..

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Do you care about the 3.5mm headphone jack?

We’re inching closer to the end people. The Note 10 and 10+ are on the cusp of being released to the public, and it recently dropped the headphone jack.
This adds another phone to the growing pile of devices without a headphone jack. Samsung used to be the stronghold on headphone jacks since all of its flagships still featured the legacy headphone port.
Does the Note 10-series dropping the port suggest that the Korean company is moving away from the headphone jack? Hopefully not, but it could be the beginning of the end.
That leads us to question if we need the headphone jack anymore? Sure, it’s nice to have, but once you get a set of wireless headphones, it’s easy to forget about it.
So let us know in the comments how you feel about the headphone jack being gone from the Note 10 and if you still have a phone with a 3.5mm port.
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Take a look at Apple Arcade’s beta with these leaked images

As the release of Apple Arcade inches closer and closer we’re given our clearest look yet and what the service is going to look like.
Apple announced Apple Arcade back in March, and it’s supposed to be a subscription service for games on iOS, macOS and Apple TV.
So far, the Cupertino-based company hasn’t shared many details shared about the service. What we do know is that Apple has invested $500 million into the service, and it’s supposed to launch in the fall.
In a recent leak from MacRumors has made it out since Apple employees are reportedly testing the service. In the leaked screenshots, Apple is offering employees a free one-month trial. This wouldn’t be surprising to see in the full release of the service.
The other hints that have come out is how Apple is laying out the Arcade inside of the Mac App Store. Followed by, a few games including some called Way of the Turtle, Down in Bermuda and Hot Lava.
It’s also worth noting that all of the games have the title ‘Apple Arcade’ abov..

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Marvel Smart Covers for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have leaked

In March, Samsung launched a lineup of Marvel-themed Smart Covers for the Galaxy S10 family of phones.
Now, it appears that the South Korean tech giant will do the same for the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Series.
On Twitter, often-reliable smartphone tipster Evan Blass shared an image of four Marvel Smart Covers that he says are for the Galaxy Note 10.
Blass doesn’t specify if these cases are for both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. However, given that Samsung’s previous Marvel cases have covered the entire S10 family, it’s likely that the new cases will be available for both the Note 10 and Note 10+.
In the picture, cases based on Iron Man, Deadpool, Captain America and Spider-Man can be seen. For context, the S10’s Marvel cases were themed around the Marvel Logo, Marvel Comics, Marvel Icon, The Avengers Logo, Spider-Man and Captain America.
One of the main draws of the Smart Covers is the fact that they come with a special Marvel wallpaper and app for your phone. Presumably, these Note ..

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Major Bluetooth security flaw exposes devices to hackers

Researchers have discovered a significant Bluetooth security vulnerability that leaves devices susceptible to hacking.
The flaw was discovered by a group consisting of researchers from the CISPA Helmholtz Center, Information Security, Singapore University of Technology and Design and the University of Oxford.
The flaw, referred to by the researchers as the “Key Negotiation of Bluetooth” (KNOB) attack, allows bad actors to interfere with the Bluetooth pairing process. In practice, hackers are able to make the connection’s encryption shorter than what it’s supposed to be, rendering the devices vulnerable to attacks. Through this exposure, hackers can listen into and even alter the content of the Bluetooth transmission.
However, the researchers note that hackers need to be nearby in order to do this and will only have “a narrow time window” to pull it off. Further, the vulnerability doesn’t apply to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices like AirPods, only standard devices supporting Bluetoot..

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YouTube to allow everyone to watch YouTube Originals for free

YouTube says it’s opening up YouTube Original content published after September 24th, 2019 to non-Premium users for free, but watchers will have to sit through online ads and a less convenient showtime schedule.
Here is the statement sent to Android Central:
“New YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events released after September 24, 2019 will be made available to non-members to watch for free, with ads. For series, members will get immediate access to every episode of a new season, while non-members will have to wait for each new episode to be released.”
If you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber, you will continue to enjoy privileges like offline playback, Picture-in-Picture mode (background playback), YouTube Music Premium, and exclusive access to a vast catalog of original shows posted before September 24th.
YouTube also mentions that paid subscribers may also watch the director’s cuts and bonus footages for most of the YouTube Originals content.
Source: Android Central
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