Weekend reading: Thanksgiving gratitude, an LTE expansion and more

ThanksgivingIn time for the long weekend, we’re sharing our gratitude for technology, looking at apps in the grocery aisle and announcing the latest LTE expansion. Plus we’re happy to share that we’ll be offering the BlackBerry Z30. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

Giving thanks

This week on RedBoard, we learned how technology helps us bridge the distance when loved ones don’t live nearby. And, honestly, there’s nothing like a holiday to make my family in Nova Scotia feel really, really far away. While phone calls, texts and Facebook photos aren’t a substitute for our annual tradition of making a bunch of apple pies, they do certainly go a long way in making us still feel like we’re part of each others’ lives. It’s also a great way to let them know that I’m thinking of them and miss them all year long. What technology helps you stay in touch with your family?

LTE lights up

Our blazing-fast LTE network continued to grow this week, as we added 15 new markets in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, P.E.I. and New Brunswick. Rogers is also the first carrier to bring LTE coverage to three markets in my home province of Nova Scotia, so residents of Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow can now satisfy their need for speed.

BlackBerry news

We’re happy to announce Rogers will be adding the new BlackBerry Z30 to our roster of BlackBerry smartphones, which includes the Z10, Q10 and Q5. The BlackBerry Z30, which will be available later this month, has a five-inch touch-screen, faster processing speeds and longer battery life than previous models.

Grocery helper

With multiple holiday dinners this weekend, I’ll definitely be among the droves pacing the grocery aisles, stocking up on pumpkin and searching for the perfect vegetarian main. Instead of hemming and hawing over what to buy, about three in 10 Internet users say they would like to use a mobile app to help them decide on supermarket purchases. The July 2013 survey from Ipsos Canada found interest in such an app increased even more amongst those aged 18 to 34, with 43 per cent saying they’d give it a try. Would you use an app to assist you with your meal planning and purchases?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. It sucks you waited until there was a backlash to get the Z30 now it won’t be out on time and now I’m still going to have to buy it from Telus off contract, so you lose 700 right there :(

  2. Hey!

    BlackBerry news:

    Great news about the Z30! Very exciting! It’s going to be an interesting smartphone in that it has a non removable battery. Would love to try it out for awhile!

    Grocery helper:

    You are a vegetarian? So am I! I would use an app for grocery shopping if it would incorporate perks like loyalty club points.

    Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer!

    Bhupinder
    @BhuDeo
    :-)

    • RogersJennifer says: October 15th, 2013 a 9:31am

      Hope you also enjoyed your vegetarian feasts! And yes, I’d love it if I could have recommendations and loyalty points all in the same app!