Weekend Reading: New inflight entertainment, online billing benefits & the best Black Friday sales north of the border

We know many of you will be out and about this weekend taking advantage of some great Black Friday deals, but in between rounds of bargain hunting, why not check out this week’s edition of Weekend Reading?  We’ve got some great stories to check out like online Black Friday deals, WestJet’s upcoming entertainment system, and switching to digital billing to monitor and make payments from anywhere.

You can now use your smartphones & tablets on WestJet flights

With the holidays around the corner, people are already looking into flights for their winter getaways. From a past Rogers Innovation Report, we found out that 39% of people sleep with their phones or keeping them on their nightstands so it’s no surprise devices rank high on the packing lists. In the same Innovation Report, 81% also believed tech will allow them to travel lighter as a result of virtual capabilities.

West Jet has taken note of the demand to use technology on flights and revealed on Tuesday that they plan to test a new entertainment system next year that will allow passengers to use their tablets, computers and smart phones to access inflight television and connect to the Internet. The Ottawa Citizen covered the story and noted a prototype could be expected to fly as early as the first half of 2013. More details in the full article here.

7 reasons to switch to digital billing

Another benefit of modern day technology is the ability to monitor your bills from anywhere – even while on vacation! This is just one of seven benefits Connected Magazine uncovered in their look at e-billing. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, here’s how to sign up:

  • Visit rogers.com/onlinebilling
  • Sign up or Sign in to your Rogers account
  • Under “Overview” and “Bill Information” you will see “Bill Type.”
  • Select “Change” and confirm your switch to online billing

Just another way to save you money, help the environment, and give you access to your account and bills whenever and wherever you want. Sign up here.

Black Friday – the kickoff to holiday mobile shopping

Don’t think we forgot to mention it’s the biggest shopping day of the year next to Boxing Day! This year, Canadian retailers are jumping on board this traditionally American event and there are TONS of sales going on this weekend.

For starters, Mobile Syrup found a “plethora” of Android apps on sale with exclusive content, free updates, and more! Get the full list here and start shopping right from your smartphone.

Red Flag Deals also has an ongoing forum thread with deals being updated regularly. View the deals or visit the forum to share your own deals you’ve discovered with fellow shopaholics.

The Globe and Mail published a roundup of the best deals for Canadians this weekend. Take a look at the full list here.

And, Cyber Monday is coming up so if you’re planning to hit up the online deals, read up on our Cyber Monday survival guide to make sure you and your computer are prepared.

Spot a great source for online deals? Share them in the comments below.

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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