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Do you love creepy thrillers or cuddly talking cats? Either way, we want to hear from you about your favourite scary movies for Halloween viewing. Log on to chat with us at 12 p.m. EDT, and join our trivia contest for a chance to win an awesome movie prize pack (see the full rules here)! See you at noon!
Summer blockbuster season may be over – but now’s our chance to catch up on some big titles we missed and dissect some of the scenes we loved. Join us on RedBoard at 3 p.m. Tuesday to answer movie trivia questions, share your thoughts on the latest hits and for a chance to win an awesome prize pack (Read the full contest rules here).
Have more to say about your favourite films? Join our Flick Picks panel by filling out this form.
Update: Sept. 17, 2013, 5:30 PM: We’re happy to announce that live chat participant @wasgo – Cameron Williams – is our trivia winner.
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“Do I really have to pick just one?” she asks the day after completing her four-day trek.
Finally, Julia settles on Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon, Calif. With nearly 200 rooms, including one that reminded her of Hogwart’s from Harry Potter, Julia said it definitely was the top of her list. “It had amazing views of the Pacific Ocean,” she said, adding the property even has animals, such as zebras and cattle.
But her favourite spot at Hearst Castle reminded her of the Roman Baths, with marble tile and columns and statues as well as a swimming pool. “It’s one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever seen.”
Julia travelled from Los Angeles to San Francisco this week, via the Pacific Coast Highway. She documented her trip on a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which was enabled with the new Rogers U.S. roaming internet rate. For only $7.99/day, Rogers customers get up to 50 MB of data.
Julia said it’s really important to be able to stay connected while travelling. Thanks to the Rogers U.S. roaming internet rate, Julia was able to plan her trip as she travelled, and look up area restaurants and attractions while she was on the road, instead of waiting until she got back to the hotel.
“It was so nice not to have to search for Wi-Fi. I could just pull up (the info) on my phone.”
The Rogers U.S. roaming internet rate also allowed Julia to stay in touch with her friends, family and followers on social media. She was able to share up-to-the-minute travel photos in real time, so those following along on her trip could share all the sights.
Looking for a road trip idea? Julia recommends the route she took this week because there are lots of places to stop and explore. After all, being on a road trip doesn’t mean you spend all your time in a car.
There’s still time to enter the Rogers Roamtrip contest. Click here and tell us what you would do with the new Rogers $7.99/Day U.S. roaming internet rate. You could win a Rogers Ultimate Roamtrip prize pack: which includes a cash prize of $5,000, a Samsung Note 8.0 tablet and a Samsung Galaxy S4. Contest closes August 15, 2013. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older. No purchase necessary. See full rules for all details.
Where have you road-tripped this summer?
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She caught the travel bug on a trip to Italy at 16. Since then, Julia has travelled to 80 countries on all seven continents.
The Canadian writer, who now lives in Los Angeles, is currently taking a Rogers Roamtrip along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Her road trip started yesterday in L.A., and she’ll make her way to San Francisco by Thursday.
She’s documenting her trip on a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, that’s enabled with the new Rogers US roaming internet rate. For only $7.99 a day, Rogers customers get up to 50 MB of data. You can follow Julia’s travels on Twitter or on her blog, Travel Junkie Julia. Of course, we’ll also be posting the highlights from her trip here on RedBoard and on @RogersBuzz.
Before she left, we asked Julia for her travel and technology tips.
How do you use your smartphone on the road?
I use my smartphone for maps, getting from point A to point B with the least amount of traffic in the quickest amount of time. I also use it for restaurant recommendations or areas of interest that might be nearby.
Was there a trip from the pre-cellphone age where you wished you could access the internet from your wireless device? What happened?
I went on a road trip with my parents through Arizona when I was a teenager. As a cranky teenager, a family road trip was the last thing I was interested in. I know my teenage self would have wished to have the technology of today, so I could stay in touch with friends, tweet, share photos and stay connected.
Why is it important to stay connected while you’re travelling?
For safety, for ease, to have information at your fingertips, to stay in touch with loved ones and share the travel experience in real time.
How has technology changed the way you vacation over the past 10 years?
The ease of acquiring and sharing information has changed the way I travel. With the click of a button you can pull up maps, reviews, apps, language translation services and currency exchanges.
Is there something you used to bring on trips that your smartphone replaces now?
I used to bring paperback guide books with me when I travelled, but having a smartphone changes that. I can now pull up valuable travel info (from maps, to hotels, attractions and transportation advice) using my phone.
What advice do you have for someone planning a U.S. roadtrip?
- Don’t get too ambitious with your itinerary. You don’t want to be pulling 10-hour drive days.
- Make plenty of stops — at least one every two hours;
- Pack a phone charger for your car;
- Use these apps:
- Gas Buddy (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows): Select a city, plug in your zip code and the aggregator will present all of your fuel options by distance and price;
- SitOrSquat (Android, iOS): A bathroom finder that provides a list of nearby places to make a pit stop;
- Sites like Groupon, yipit and Living Social have deals to the cities you may be visiting. Sign up and check out the activities they offer.
Rogers and Samsung would like to send you on your own Rogers Roamtrip. Click here and tell us what you would do with the new Rogers $7.99/Day US roaming internet rate. You could win a Rogers Ultimate Roamtrip prize pack: which includes a cash prize of $5,000, a Samsung Note 8.0 tablet and a Samsung Galaxy S4. Contest closes August 15, 2013. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older. No purchase necessary. See full rules for all details.
Where would you go on your ultimate summer road trip?
Update: Aug. 21: We’re happy to announce Victoria Smith from Halifax has been awarded with a Rogers Roamtrip. She is super excited to take her “extremely good-looking” boyfriend to New York this September. While in New York, she’ll be using her new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone to stay in touch with friends, snap photos, and resolve arguments she has with her boyfriend. Her new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE tablet will be used to take and view pictures, keep up with work and play scrabble. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Rogers Ultimate Roamtrip Contest! We’ll stay in touch with Victoria as she travels to the U.S. in the fall and share her experience here on RedBoard.
While we’re hoping the spring weather is here to stay, we haven’t forgotten the chilly nights of curling up in front of a fireplace. As the many fans of the Fireplace Channel (channel 204) have learned, you don’t need a home with a chimney and mantle to relax by the fire. The virtual orange glow and sound of crackling logs is surprisingly satisfying!
But, for those of you lucky enough to have the real thing, we’ve got a great chance for you to showcase how you keep your home fires burning. One lucky winner will get to see – and hear– their roaring flames on the Fireplace Channel for a full year, and win a Rogers Nextbox to boot.
The winning entry will hit the airwaves in November 2013. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some entertainment with a more springtime bent, try tuning into the Sunset Channel (find it on your dial at 206) or the Aquarium Channel (205).
How it works
Starting April 8, 2013, send a photo of your current fireplace setup to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Fireplace contest” and tell us in 100 characters or less why your fireplace should take the starring role on the Fireplace Channel. Make sure to include your full name, email address, phone number and location. We’ll be accepting entries until May 1. The contest is open to anyone living in an area where Rogers cable services are available. Read the full rules here.
UPDATE, May 1: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Fireplace Channel contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!
Lying in a hammock. Lazing on dock. Soaking up the rays on a pool deck or the sand. Waiting at the airport. We’ve all got summer on the brain, and the season presents so many opportunities to get lost in a good read. Whether you like to curl up with the good old fashioned paper variety or prefer downloading the latest titles to your ereader, the RogersBuzz team is sharing their favourite beach reads to help inspire your vacation book picks.
@RogersKeith: The TV series Game of Thrones drew me in to George R. R. Martin’s immersive world and the books didn’t disappoint. They’re big fat summer novels with maps and character charts. Start with A Game of Thrones and work your way through the series. By the end of the summer, you’ll be 5,000 pages in and desperately longing for Martin to finish book number six.
@RogersJenW Every summer I get inspired to revisit the classics, and Pride and Prejudice remains one of my all-time favourites. I love getting lost in the familiar love story of stubborn Lizzie and too-proud Mr. Darcy, who in my mind always looks like Colin Firth … And as for a new read, I can’t wait to pick up the Gillian Flynn thriller Gone Girl – I’ve heard it’s enthralling enough to make waiting at the airport just fly by.
@RogersMary: I like to lighten-up in the summer and read books that are fun and maybe just a bit romantic. My favourite author right now is @TinaReber who wrote Love Unscripted and the follow-up Love Unrehearsed. Definitely swoon-worthy and perfect for the beach or lazy summer nights. This summer, I’m looking forward to adding some suspense and have heard that Three Graves Full is a must-read.
@RogersSarahM: Classic summer read: Anything from the Shopaholic series, but especially the first three books: Adventures of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. This summer, I’m looking forward to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, Wedding Night, and Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.
And you can pack all these titles away for your cottage weekend with an ereader. For a limited time, activate a new smartphone on a new line with a three-year term and you could be eligible to get a free Kindle Paperwhite 3G. For full details, see www.rogers.com/kindleoffer.
To reward our loyal RedBoard and FilRouge fans, we’re giving one lucky reader a Kindle Paperwhite 3G and a brand new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone – with a five-inch HD display and a 13 MP camera – which is launching on rogers.com and at Rogers retail locations today. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a built in light, eight-week battery life and storage for up to 1,100 books.
Just leave a comment below sharing your favourite summer read before noon on April 15, 2013 for a chance to win. We’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes. For full contest details and rules, click here.
Update, April 16, 12 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!
Weekend Reading: The Nokia Lumia 920 and future tech trends – mobile shopping, automatic phone silencing, and wearable tech
Only 18 days into 2013 and already there have been some big developments and predictions giving us lots to look forward to! This week we proudly announced that we’re adding additional colours to our Nokia Lumia 920 lineup. Also in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll discuss what the future holds for tech when it comes to mobile shopping, phone features, and wearable tech.
In the news: The Nokia Lumia 920
Ever since its release the Nokia Lumia 920 has been one of the most sought after devices worldwide. Customers were eager to share their interest in the device with us, but also expressed a strong desire for a wider range of colours. So earlier this week we were proud to reveal that in addition to the black one already available, Rogers would be carrying the Nokia Lumia 920 in red, white, and yellow as well! We even added a contest to the mix giving customers a chance to win a new Nokia Lumia 920 in the colour of their choice!
For those of you still wondering what all the hype is about, check out a 3-part review from The IT Nerd, detailing first impressions outside the box in part one, , specs and comparisons in part two, and what he thought of all the main features in part three. If you have any questions about the Nokia Lumia 920 and its capabilities, these detailed posts are sure to cover all that and more! Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 now.
Have mobile devices changed your shopping habits?
Are you one of the people who contributed to $25 billion in sales last year from phones and tablets? In a new study from eMarketer, people are more likely to be in a spending mood while lounging on the couch. Tablets in particular make it easier for online shopping now with larger screens and touch-drag technology that simplifies the experience.
eMarketer goes on to predict that by 2016, mobile will be $87 billion, or a quarter of all e-commerce, which isn’t too hard to imagine when you consider consumers are spending an average of $329 per transaction on tablets and $250 on phones. Read up on the full article here and share your thoughts in the comments.
Microsoft looking to silence your phone for you
In possibly the greatest intro this week, CNET leads into this story as follows: “You’ve just sat down to watch “Les Miserables” and Russell Crowe’s opened his mouth to bark, when the air is filled with the sound of… marimba?”
Moments such as this with a cellphone ringing in a crowded theatre are everyone’s pet peeve, which is why Microsoft has filed a patent that would allow your phone to silence itself in key situations. And that’s not all – it will dim your screen brightness when you get alerts too! Find out how GPS is making this technology possible in the full article from CNET UK’s blog Crave. What do you think of this feature – necessity or luxury?
Trend alert: wearable tech
It seems that wearable tech is becoming the latest fashion commodity. Fewer people are wearing watches that simply tell us time and date, and opting for one that integrates with their smartphone, ‘smartwatches.’ .Then there’s the augmented reality eye glasses – ‘Project Glass’ – introduced by Google and that graced the runway during Diane Von Furstenberg show in New York. With the rapid evolution of smartphone capabilities, people are more dependent on their devices than ever, making it something they want to have on them at all time.
Tech Zone 360 thinks a big part of this is attributed to the mobile app “ecosystem,” which has opened up a world of tools at people’s fingertips for health, shopping, socializing, and more on the go. As a result, we’re even more dependent on our tech these days and less likely to leave it at home, or tuck it away in our bags.
Check out their full article for more on the direction the industry is headed in, and anticipated sales forecasts over the next five years.
What do you think? What should be the next tech fashion trend?
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard.
As you probably know by now, we love firsts. Recently, we were the first to bring Windows Phone 8 to Canada and now we want to bring you another first – yours.
How does it work?
Just head over to our Facebook page and click on the Experience. First. tab. In 200 words or less, share with us a story of something you’ve always wanted to experience and you’ll have a chance to win $25,000 to help make your first a reality.
We have an esteemed judging panel that will be reviewing submissions and selecting the top 30. From there, we’ll open it up to public voting. The story with the highest number of votes at the end of the contest period will win the $25,000 cash to put toward their experience – whatever it may be.
Who are the judges?
We’ve got 5 awesome judges who will be reviewing the submissions. They are:
- Daniel Bader, from Mobile Syrup
- Mara Shapiro, from Mom Faze
- Michael Caswell, from Scene in the Dark
- Winston Sih, winstonsih.com, and
- Derek Malcolm, Connected Magazine
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Our LTE one year anniversary contest ended last week and you blew us away with your creative entries about how LTE has transformed your digital lives. We had more than 100 entries detailing how LTE has helped keep your families connected, make your businesses more efficient and helped you be more productive on-the-go. From tech-savvy students to connected grandmothers, your stories really inspired us.
It was a tough decision to pull out the final 8. In fact, it was so tough that we’ve decided to add another prize: a Nokia Lumia 900! Of the 8 finalists below, we will now be doing a random draw for 5 prizes.
We’ll be announcing the final 5 winners on Monday, July 9 to mark the one-year anniversary of LTE in Canada. We’ll be updating this post with the names of the winners at that time.
After much debate and deliberation, here are your top 8 finalists.
I travel a lot between Halifax, Montreal and Toronto and like to keep up with my kids on the road. With the new LTE network and my HTC One X, our video calls are just as good as face-to-face conversations. It’s great to be able to say good night and sing lullabies in real time.
Ever since I switched to LTE I can now have alittle me time. I’m a full time student who’s working, so rarely have any free time. Now with LTE and my tablet I can actually remote into my desktop and play Skyrim through SplashtTop app. It’s unbelievable that it works so well latency is nearly zero, no lag! I’m getting a desktop experience in the palm of my hands. Now when I get a break or two I can squeeze in some me time thanks to LTE. Now if only I can find a tree with a power outlet.
As a photographer I’ve been using cloud storage services to store my photographs, work and portfolios. Before LTE I relied on more traditional methods of storage such as on device local storage, numerous SD cards etc. It was too cumbersome sometimes I’d run out of space or didn’t have all my work. Making the switch to LTE and cloud storage made things far simpler, it just made sense. All my work could be stored to the cloud and could be retrieved almost instantaneously. It just works! With LTE it just became simple to show my work to clients and alike.
I have to say, Rogers bringing LTE to Canada first was one of their best moves in recent years. Jumping on the ball like that really showed their willingness to take risks in a untested market. I no longer have to be embarrassed by never-ending buffering screens or weak signal strength The blazing speeds really help when downloading games/apps/music. I really do love rubbing the fact that I get speeds of up to 35 Mb/s via speed test to my tech savvy friends who barely get 10 Mb/s.
10752 minutes a year! I’ve calculated and this how much time I am saving because of LTE. That’s about 7.4 days so a week and a bit. Before it just to be a dragged to take a pic and send it off or watch netflix (I travel lots so this is a super plus). It sucked having to wait for netflix or youtube videos. I feel like LTE allows me to keep up with my life. I would never go back. What’s great is that now I know for sure that I have an extra week a year for holidays.
I use LTE when we travel to Vancouver from Victoria. We go quite often to take our son to children’s hospital. LTE is extremely beneficial and makes our life easier. I wish I could say it was business or something fancy like that but it’s not. It keeps us connected and keeps the other two kids entertained while waiting for us. Thanks Rogers
I became an uncle last night, went to the hospital straight from work. Didnt get a chance to pick up iPad/book or anything to pass time with from home. So in the boring waiting room with no tv to watch the end of the spain portugal match, i followed it online. Then i downloaded many games from Google Play to kill time, watched some stuff off youtube. When my niece was born took lots of pictures and emailed them to people. LTE kept me from getting bored and kept people who couldnt get to the hospital in the loop
I visit my granny often in Vancouver BC, and visiting her is such a delight, especially since i get to use my Samsung SII LTE! The speeds i receive make using my GPS over network a breeze while navigating in such a big city! I love LTE, i don’t know how i ever lived without it!
UPDATE: (July 9, 2012, 5:05 pm): We’ve completed the draw for the 5 prizes! Here are the names of our winners and prizes:
- May K from Mississauga, ON is the winner of the Nokia Lumia 900
- Brandon Starcevic from Victoria, BC is the winner of the Sierra Wireless LTE hotspot prize pack
- ImARogersGirl from Victoria, BC is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB
- Khaled from Mississauga, ON is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note, and
- Shaz from Toronto, ON is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. We’ll be sending the prizes out soon.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard