Weekend reading: Smart homes, ideas in action and the year’s highlights

Weekend readingWhat celebrity duo ruled Instagram this year? And how do you program your Christmas lights with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system?  We’ve got answers to all that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.

2013 highlights

The New Year is right around the corner, but everyone is already starting to share their year in review lists. Twitter rolled out its #YearOnTwitter, with highlights in news, entertainment, sports and a showcase of the “hand-picked” best tweets of the year. You can also browse previous years’ selections.

Google, meanwhile, released the Google Zeitgeist for 2013, offering up a year in review video as well as the top 100 searches of 2013 – everything from the most searched Canadians (including a certain mayor) to our favourite cocktails. Over on Facebook, the most talked about topic was Pope Francis.

The BBC also pulled out some online highlights of 2013. While the list is a little bit UK-centric –be prepared for lots of One Direction – we learned that Justin Bieber and Will Smith starred in the top photo on Instagram and the most popular place to upload an Instagram photo was the Siam Paragon shopping complex in Bangkok. Runners up included Times Square and Disneyland.

Don’t feel left out –you too can create a photo highlight of your year on Facebook. Logging in with your personal account, you can have Facebook curate your top 20 moments of 2013. The “Year in Review” feature includes life events and popular posts – check it out at: www.facebook.com/yearinreview.

We’ll soon be revealing our tops hits of the year that was– so stay tuned! What was memorable for you in 2013?

Your ideas in action!

Since Rogers Idea Box launched in August, our customers have submitted more than 130 ideas about how Rogers can improve your customer support experience. After ideas are posted, they’re shared and voted on, with the most popular ideas reviewed by our team. And this week we shared that six of your ideas have already launched! From changing the process of downloading your My Rogers bill online and additional tech support to better reporting of malicious activities and making the MyRogers App available on WiFi, customers are already seeing Idea Box posts in action. Have an idea? Share it today!

Smart homes

Home has been top of mind this week. Not only am I headed home for the holidays, my bags are all packed and I’m ready to go! But like many travellers, I worry about my home while I’m away, so I brushed up on home safety tips from our Rogers Smart Home Monitoring team.

We also caught up with three Canadian bloggers who have been testing the Smart Home Monitoring system for the past year. During our Google + Hangout, we learned about keeping an eye on loved ones, family fun and games and hunky firefighters. Watch the full conversation here.

Finally, Connected taught us how to control our Christmas tree lights with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring in five easy steps.

How do you keep your home safe when you’re on the road?

Weekend Reading will return in 2014.

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  1. Hello!

    2013 highlights:

    I guess my memorable tech moment for 2013 was the release of the new BlackBerry 10 devices. I am hoping for prosperous year for BlackBerry in 2014. Hopefully, the new CEO can right the ship!

    Your ideas in action!:

    That’s great stuff! I submitted two ideas. I love the Rogers Idea Box! It allows you to see your suggestions go through the various stages. The process is exciting. Most of the time, when an idea is submitted, you never even know if it has been read!

    Happy New Year!

    Bhupinder
    @BhuDeo
    :-)