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What on Earth are you doing today?

Earth DayToday is Earth Day! It’s a worldwide effort to demonstrate how important it is to be environmentally responsible, not only today but every day.

If we each take small steps to reduce waste each day, together we can continue to make positive changes for future generations.

We want to say a big thank you to all our customers who are helping us reduce our environmental footprint.  It is truly a team effort.

Here’s how we’ve gone green:

  • In 2013, Rogers employees diverted 62.8 per cent of waste from landfills, the equivalent to the weight of 3,475 mid-size cars.
  • Whether resold or recycled, we helped customers keep 59,443 mobile phones out of landfills in 2013.
  • Last year, Rogers diverted 2,222 tons of e-waste from landfills – the equivalent of 555 elephants.
  • Almost half our customers have reduced their paper use by signing up for online billing.
  • Rogers is now an official recycling steward in Newfoundland and Labrador. That means the provincial government has approved our program to help consumers safely and responsibly dispose of cable products.

Don’t forget, you can help too:

  • Reduce paper use
  • Recycle your unwanted mobile phones and electronics
  • Sort your materials

What Earth-friendly efforts do you make at work and at home?

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5 fun facts about the making of Fargo on FXX

FargoDid you know Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh and Colin Hanks recently spent some time north of the border filming Fargo? The dark comedy series, based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, was shot entirely in Calgary! The new FXX Canada series tells the story of a rootless man named Lorne Malvo (Thornton) who meets small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction.

Here are five more fun facts about this new series:

  1. Calgary’s a cow town, but stars Thornton and Freeman are vegan and vegetarian, respectively.
  1. A Vancouver dialect coach worked with the actors to get the Minnesota accent just right, don’tcha know.
  2. Thornton said Calgary is his favourite city in Canada.
  3. At one point, -37°C temperatures caused production to shut down (yet, Odenkirk said that he doesn’t think Calgary is that cold).
  4. Despite the cold weather, some scenes in Fargo actually required the use of fake snow.

Fargo premiered last week on FXX and FX Canada – and if you missed it, don’t worry! You can watch it on demand with the new FXNOW Canada video player and app (available on iOS and Android), Rogers on Demand (channel 100) or Rogers Anyplace TV.

The ten-episode series airs Tuesdays on FXX at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and FXX is exclusively available to Rogers digital customers on a free preview until June 30 on channels 64 and 566.

Who’s your favourite screen star in Fargo?

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Weekend reading: Far-flung travel, great gear and a little personality

Weekend readingBonjour Paris! Or maybe Hola España? I’m daydreaming about globetrotting this week after the launch of Rogers new international travel packs. Plus, I’m checking my heart rate in preparation for a spring marathon with the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Finally, new research shares just what your Facebook profile says about you.  

Share the globe

I’m a firm believer in the “pics or it didn’t happen” internet philosophy. So, whether I’m enjoying a perfect meal in Iceland or sliding down a Nicaraguan volcano with my Go Pro, I’m determined to get a brag-worthy shot and post it to Instagram ASAP. This week, Rogers launched travel options perfectly suited to my wanderlust: new international travel packs that keep you connected with voice, data and text as well as a daily data-only rate for $9.99. With both options, you’ll receive free text alerts that let you know when you’re nearing the end of your available data, or you can do a spot check by texting “USAGE” to 3330 for free to see how many daily data rates you’ve used or if you’ve been charged overage costs on your travel pack. For more info, check out

My next stop is south of the border for a little time in the desert (where I’ll be relying on the $7.99 data-only rate). Where will you get your next passport stamp?

Wild for wearables

Not to brag, but I’m currently on a 40-day streak of hitting my activity goal with my current fitness wearable. OK, yes, I’m totally bragging. But I’ve been trying out wearable tech for the past year-and-a-half, and find something strangely addictive about the up-to-the-minute tracking of my steps, calories burned, sleep and so much more.

So I jumped at the chance to test out the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo – available exclusively from Rogers. With a heart rate monitor and exercise tracking that includes integration with Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app, the ability to check my latest smartphone notifications on my wrist was just the icing on the cake. For more on the history of wearables, check out this cool infographic on betakit.

Of course, as gadget-obsessed as I am, I still track my mileage old school: by mapping out the distance online, then plugging it into my desktop calendar. What technology helps you keep tabs on your exercise efforts?

Social personality

Apparently, your Facebook archive is more than just a trove of questionable haircut photos. A recent study from researchers at Old Dominion University, and reported by The Economic Times, says your social media profile is more telling than a personality test. The study looked at 146 students and compared their personality test results to their social profiles and their performance at work and school. They found the personality traits from the students’ profiles could predict how they would fare in the workplace.

According to the authors, the social networks may be a better predictor than a one-time test because they contain records of behaviour over years. More data means a more complete picture of who you really are.

What does your Facebook profile say about you?

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A different kind of Easter egg hunt

Easter eggsI love chocolate as much as the next person. Especially if it’s wrapped around some peanut butter.

But it’s been many years since Easter morning saw me with a basket and bunny ears hunting down plastic eggs. That said, as an adult I’ve enjoyed seeking out a different kind of Easter egg: those Google hides within its products.

So, in honour of the holiday, here are my five favourite hidden tricks from Google.

  1. Screen surprise. If you have an Android device, navigate to your settings screen. Scroll down to  “About phone.” Tap on the “Android version” list item several times. A giant jelly bean will appear. Hold down on the giant jelly bean and it will spawn a bunch of small, moving beans – which you can flick away to your heart’s content. If you’re on a different version of Android than Jelly Bean, you may discover a different treat.
  2. Spun out search. On a desktop, search for “Do a barrel roll” in Google. Your screen will go spinning!
  3. Get shaking. Remember the Harlem Shake? YouTube hasn’t forgotten the meme, and, if you search for “Do the Harlem Shake” in YouTube you’ll see the site’s logo and your search results mimic the popular dance.
  4. Would you like to play a game? Then browse on over to Google’s image search and enter the search term “Atari breakout.” The related images are turned into an Atari-like game that Google calls Image Breakout – what’s your high score?
  5. Cool crops. Google Maps has had a few embedded tricks over the years, including a look inside the TARDIS and a warning that one does not simply walk into Mordor. For the tech-savvy, the Mozilla Firefox logo gets its own crop circle in Google Earth. Search coordinates 45° 7’25.87″N 123° 6’48.97″W, then zoom in.

What other Google Easter eggs have you found?

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How to check your Internet usage with My Rogers

Internet usageConnected Rogers share how you can easily track how much Internet you’re using each month.

People are downloading large attachments, surfing longer and streaming movies and TV from services such as Rogers Anyplace TV more than ever before. And don’t even get us started on online gaming. Point is, as usage goes up, so does the chance that you might start creeping closer to your monthly usage limit. And whether you decide to upgrade your service to accommodate your new ferocious appetite for entertainment, or manage your usage to stay the course on your current plan, it’s always a good idea to check your usage from time to time. And it’s super easy. Here’s how.

  1. Head to and log in to your My Rogers account.
  2. Click Account Info and (from the dashboard) in your Hi-Speed Internet sub-menu box, you’ll see a Monthly Usage progress bar indicating your total available usage, your used data and your remaining usage details.
  3. For a more detailed rundown, click Usage Details located in the bottom-right corner of that progress box.

Ta-da. You’re up to date on your Internet usage. If you find you’re nearing – or passing – your limit regularly, it’s time to adjust your plan for your needs. For more details on Internet packages and pricing, visit

I’m careful to keep a close eye on my own account because I rely pretty heavily on On Demand content to keep me up to date on my favourite TV series. What tasks dominate your Internet usage?

Check out more great tech tips at Connected Rogers.

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Weekend Reading: Gleaming gold, banishing bulky wallets and Twitter gets a makeover

Weekend ReadingThis week, we’ve got our eyes on some serious bling as we await the new Twitter profiles. Plus, we learn how to ditch our bulky wallets and start paying with our smartphones. Get the scoop in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

The grandeur of gold

We’ve already started shipping the HTC One (M8) in gunmetal grey and glacier silver to people who reserved early. And this week, we had even more exciting news: we’ll be carrying the HTC One (M8) in stunning Amber Gold. Exclusive to Rogers, this stand-out shade will be available for purchase in mid-May. No matter what hue you choose, the phone boasts top speeds on Rogers LTE, an all-metal design with edge-free finishes, the HTC Duo Camera, and dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound.

What colour’s your favourite – gunmetal grey, glacier silver or amber gold?

Twitter transforms

Bigger profile photos are coming to Twitter, plus the service will now be showcasing your best tweets when you visit your profile page. The new design is just beginning to roll out – First Lady Michelle Obama was among the first to get the makeover. As the Next Web explains, the changes also include a customizable header, a new photo/video tab and the ability to pin a tweet to the top of your page. users will spot another change in the coming weeks too: real-time notifications. You’ll now be alerted if someone replies, favourites or RTs one of your posts. There will also be notifications for direct messages and new followers, which the company says will be “interactive” – meaning you can respond right from the popup window. Mashable notes this should make conversations via DM a lot easier. And, lest it all get to be a bit too much, users can customize which notifications they receive.

I haven’t been among the lucky few in the first wave of rollouts, but I look forward to testing the changes as soon as I can! Keep an eye out for the makeover coming to @RogersBuzz. What feature are you eager to try?

Tap it

My bright pink clutch has seen better days. Scuffs aside, it eats up a lot of real estate in my purse and tends to be a collector for receipts and change from the places I’ve travelled. So I can’t wait to download the suretap wallet and start paying with my smartphone. This mobile payment app, which launched yesterday in the Google Play store, works with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology at contactless payment terminals – so basically, just like tapping to pay with your credit card. All you need to get started is an NFC-enabled device, a compatible SIM-card and the suretap wallet app – you can learn more by watching this video.

Would you ditch your wallet for smartphone payments?

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo aces my fitness challenge

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 NeoI’ve become obsessed with checking my heart rate. At rest, it’s normally about 65 beats per minute. On the subway, it spikes to the 80s, higher when we hit a delay. When boxing and running, it hits the 140s.

No, I haven’t become a quantified lifer. But I have been test-driving the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the GALAXY S5, Android devices which let you check your heart rate with the touch of a button.

I’ve been wearing fitness bands for about a year and a half, tracking my steps and activity and taking notes. I’m a runner with dreams of a sub-four marathon this spring, but the biggest value for me in a wearable has always been the sweat-proof clock and the ability to compete with myself.

The Gear 2 Neo takes it to the next level. For starters, it’s the first band I’ve tried that actually adjusted small enough to fit my teeny tiny wrists (though that’s more the fault of genetics than the manufacturers). Plus, I’ve never liked needing to pull out my smartphone on a run. Feeling the phone vibrating in my pocket without knowing who’s calling or messaging, and whether it’s urgent, always puts me on edge until I hit the next stoplight and can justify checking my notifications. With the Gear 2 Neo, I can just flick my wrist mid-activity and easily judge whether it’s actually important without interrupting my stride.

To test out its fitness moxie, I took the wearable – which integrates with Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app – to the gym for a cardio, strength and boxing session and then on an 11K run. While the heart rate function totally inspired me to work harder, I was really impressed by the step and distance data. My previous experience with wearables made me wary of estimated distances and paces, but the Gear 2 Neo came within .2KM of what I had mapped out to run, plus matched my data on duration and pace exactly! And all that data is stored in a log, and synced to my phone, so I can compare workouts and track my progress.

When I wasn’t wearing my runners, I still dug the wearable experience. In addition to tracking my steps, pedometer style, I could also sneakily screen my messages during meetings and use other apps to check the weather and my calendar.

Plus, the Gear 2 Neo has its own music player to pump your personal soundtrack when you’re on the go – whether that’s in transit or at the gym. You can get yours today, exclusively from Rogers for $219.99, or, if you’re also upgrading to the Samsung GALAXY S5 on select two-year plans, ask about the Gear 2 Neo for $49.99. It’s available only for a limited time.

What other wearables have you tried?

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Happy National Volunteer Week

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of giving back, and Rogers Communications is proud to join the National Volunteer Week celebrations. Did you know that volunteers typically contribute 156 hours every year?

Volunteer week

Last year, we were thrilled to be recognized as a leader in volunteering by LinkedIn. Rogers was ranked among the top five companies in the world for employees who listed “Volunteer & Causes” information to their profiles. The Rogers Employee Volunteer Program encourages employees to take paid time away from work to volunteer.

Where do you donate your time?

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Weekend reading: The boys of summer, a return to Winterfell and mobile matters

Weekend readingAfter my recent gadget obsession, I was glued to the tube this week. In addition to some notable finales, it was batter up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the final countdown to the Game of Thrones season four premiere. Plus, we learned Canadians are crazy for mobile. Check it out!

Let’s go Blue Jays!

As playoff hopes rise, and fall, across sports stadiums, the Toronto Blue Jays are just getting into the swing of it all with the home opener tonight. Of course, even when the team is at home, I can’t make it out for every ball game. Luckily, all 162 of this year’s games are available with Rogers Anyplace TV. Rogers digital television customers can live stream the games on their computer and tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV and their Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE or Sportsnet 360 subscriptions, while Rogers wireless customers can tune in on their smartphone via the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app.

Earlier this week, Sarah shared her story of catching a game while commuting. When have you watched a game on the go?

Game on

Going from the diamond to a different kind of game entirely: Game of Thrones returns this weekend! The Rogers Your World This Week team sat down with Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) to find out what season four has in store – watch the full video. In case you’ve forgotten some of the finer plot points from last year, Mashable is offering fans a little refresher on life in Winterfell, translated into emoji.

Catch the premiere on April 6 on HBO Canada, or watch it later with Rogers Anyplace TV and Rogers On Demand.

How will you celebrate the season premiere?

Making it mobile

The average Canadian spent more than 34 hours per month online in 2013, with more of those hours being logged on mobile devices than ever before, says new research from ComScore. The Globe and Mail notes that in the U.S., more than half of people’s time spent online in 2013 was mobile – a whopping 566 billion minutes! Canadians are spending that time on mobile checking the weather, social networking and searching.

Finally, getting back to that tube obsession, roughly a third of us are using a smartphone or tablet while watching TV (I was hunting Pokemon while watching TV on Monday night).

I’m definitely reading way more websites and watching more videos on my smartphone every year – how about you?

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Game Of Thrones returns April 6: Get a sneak peek

The calendar may say spring, but really, we all know that winter is coming!

We’re all anxiously awaiting the return to Winterfell when Game of Thrones premieres on April 6. To celebrate the hotly anticipated season premiere, the Rogers Your World This Week team sat down with Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, and Kristian Nairn, the man behind Hodor, to find out what season four has in store.

Catch the premiere on April 6 on HBO Canada. Forgot to block Sunday night off in your calendar? No worries – you can watch it on demand with Rogers Anyplace TV and Rogers On Demand.

What would your Game of Thrones name be?

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