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This week, we’re feeling the tablet love. Not only are French children embracing the gadget, but it’s also the home of our newly launched all-you-can-read digital magazine subscription service, Next Issue Canada. Plus, Rogers came out a leader in PCMag.com speed tests and Twitter rolled out a new feature for direct messages. Read all about it in the Weekend Reading!
What’s Next for your reading list?
Next Issue Canada launched this week, exclusively for Rogers customers. The all-you-can-read digital newsstand features more than 100 Canadian and U.S. magazine titles. “To have access to all that content at your fingertips for one low price is an incredible leap forward for the magazine industry and for people who love magazines,” says Next Issue Canada president Ken Whyte. Rogers customers can try it free for two months. On December 15, all Canadians will be able to access the newsstand, with a one-month free trial. Next Issue Canada is now available for iPads, Android tablets and Win8 devices.
What titles top your reading list?
The need for speed
Whether we’re streaming video, downloading files or loading data-heavy websites, Canadians are increasingly looking for faster download speeds on their computers and smartphones. And this week, Rogers topped the rankings for PCMag.com’s speed tests. Rogers was ranked fastest overall in PCMag.com’s Fastest Internet Service Provider review as well as Canada’s fastest wireless network on a national average. For more on the speed tests, check out our RedBoard Q&A with PCMag.com Features Editor Eric Griffith and Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan.
Personally, I stream a lot of television shows and radio programs – and I certainly don’t miss the days of waiting for the file to buffer! How do you take advantage of top network speeds?
Tablets tops with tots
Kids using technology is no surprise. From the classroom to the home, children are using a variety of devices for education and entertainment. And the top gadget? In France, at least, it’s the tablet, according to a May 2013 survey. Only 37 per cent of households owned one, but 54 per cent of kids with access used them regularly. Smartphones, meanwhile, were in more homes – 68 per cent of households with kids between three and nine years old – but less than a quarter of children in these homes used those devices. Tablets are also becoming increasingly popular with the population as a whole in the country, with ownership more than doubling from 7 to 15 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
What gadgets do the children in your life use?
Twitter opens up DMs
Is this the end of the @reply request “Please follow me so I can DM you”? Some Twitter users can now get direct messages from any of their followers. Previously, people on the social network could only receive private messages from the people they followed. Users need to opt in to the new feature, which starting rolling out this week, by checking a box under their personal settings.
Will you try the new feature?
In 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.
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.
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.
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?
In 2005, we kept in touch mainly by phone. Of course, we also saw each other on holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. But if I wanted to get my stepmom’s opinion on a haircut or dress purchase, I was on my own.
Flash-forward to 2013. Sure, I still see my family over the holidays, and we still try to make time for a phone call or two here and there, but technology has brought us closer together – and helps me feel like I’m not really three hours away from my loved ones.
Thanks to Facebook, I’m able to stay on top of all of the latest happenings back home. My youngest sister just joined Facebook, so now we’re all in the loop together. As well, with two family weddings this summer, photos were easily traded without waiting for film to be developed and albums created.
As a kid, I desperately wanted my parents to get us a video camera. I wanted to enter a funny clip on America’s Funniest Home Videos. I never could have imagined that within just 15 years, not only would I own a video camera, but I’d carry it around with me everywhere I go. On my phone. But that’s exactly where we’re at now.
While my family can’t make all of my important moments, and I don’t get home as often as I’d like, the ease of video filming and sharing nowadays is one way to feel like we’re not missing so much. I love getting a video of my newest baby cousin as she learns to walk and talk – all the way across the country.
You don’t always need a phone call to touch base with your family back home. Sometimes, a short email is all it takes to send an update. It’s also a great way to share the latest deal or to plan a trip.
Email has also replaced many annual family newsletters. Instead of long letters coming in the mail every Christmas, I get updates in my inbox on what others have been up to for the past year.
Texting has also changed the way I keep in touch with my family. Short messages to let them know I love them or are thinking of them can sometimes make it feel like they are right here with me.
I use Rogers One Number to text my family members from my computer or tablet. As well, calling any Canadian number while using Rogers One Number is free, which means my family and I can stay in touch while keeping costs down.
How do you keep in touch with friends and family back home?
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Rogers and Fido wireless voice and SMS services were fully restored last night. The service interruption which began earlier last evening affected all wireless voice service across the country along with some SMS service.
Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO of Rogers Communications said, “I recognize this service interruption was unacceptable for our customers. We worked as quickly as possible to restore service and it was gradually restored over the course of the evening. I sincerely apologize to all of our customers for this significant inconvenience and appreciate their understanding and patience.”
We’re continuing to investigate the root cause of the issue to help ensure it doesn’t happen again. To thank our customers for their patience, Rogers and Fido will proactively credit all of its postpaid wireless customers for one day of service.
Update, Oct. 10, 12:50 P.M.:
We’re exploring how to compensate pay as you go customers for last night’s service interruption. Stay tuned.
— RogersBuzz (@RogersBuzz) October 10, 2013
Update, Oct. 10, 8:00 P.M.:
To thank you for your patience & understanding, we'll proactively credit all of prepaid & postpaid wireless customers for 1 day of service.
— RogersBuzz (@RogersBuzz) October 10, 2013
This week, Pinterest helps a man make his girlfriend’s wedding dreams come true, Rogers invests in Alberta and the Nokia Lumia 1020 launches. Plus, we introduce Rogers Alerts, a new personalized offer service via SMS. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Pin it: I do!
As my friends and I enter the later stages of being twenty-somethings, our Pinterest feeds are starting to get jammed with mason jar favours, robin egg’s blue colour schemes and baby’s breath bouquets. One Dallas man decided to take his girlfriend’s “My Dream Wedding” board and make it a reality – with a proposal and a wedding on the same day! Spoiler alert: She said yes. Ryan Leak pulled from Amanda Roman’s 224 pins to surprise her in Miami, and the whole endeavor is documented in a 30-minute YouTube video.
Meanwhile, for all those brides prepping for a spring shindig, Google is promoting its services to help keep organized for the big day, including creating your wedding website, tracking budgets and sharing photos. Check it out at google.com/weddings.
What online tools help you with event planning?
I’ve already signed up to discover what deals are nearby – have you?Who doesn’t love a good deal? With the newly-launched Rogers Alerts, Rogers wireless customers can opt-in to get location-based mobile offers from retailers via text message. The free service uses geofencing to send a message when you’re near a store with a special offer available. And, when you sign up, you can customize your preferences to make sure you’re only getting the deals you care about. Participating retailers include Sears Canada, Future Shop, Pizza Hut Canada, A&W, Second Cup and Rogers Wireless.
Let’s go Oilers!
Just in time for the first puck drop, Rogers announced a major investment in Alberta. Not only will Rogers invest over $700 in the province over the next four years to upgrade and expand the wireless network and invest in the community, we’ll also be the official communications sponsor of the Edmonton Oilers. Albertans can look forward to increased LTE coverage, new stores, new business solutions, a Rogers-powered Oilers app and more!
What team are you rooting for this NHL season?
Lights, camera … Lumia
I stopped carrying a camera years ago, choosing to have my smartphone do double-duty instead. With the new Nokia Lumia 1020, there’s even less incentive to carry a second gadget: this Windows Phone 8 device has a 41MP camera! Mobilesyrup calls it “one of the best, if not the best, cameras embedded within a smartphone.” It’s available in both black and yellow. For more, visit Rogers.com.
Do you still carry a camera?
Education was a key theme this week as we celebrated Rogers Youth Education Day. Also worth celebrating? We’re the first Canadian carrier to bring our customers LTE roaming while travelling in the U.S. In October we’ll be launching the all-you-can read magazine subscription platform Next Issue Canada. Plus we’ll be carrying the Sony Xperia Z1! Finally, we learned that ladies love their devices – and spend more time connected on the go than their male counterparts. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have parents who believed in the importance of education and supportive teachers. That meant afterschool pickups, mentorship sessions and a lot of late nights struggling over French homework. But the result was learning a new language and the necessary skills for a career that, while it’s just getting started, has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. Rogers recognizes the value of education, and this week, we celebrated Rogers Youth Education Day. Not only did kids from our community partners get to spend a day with the Rogers Media Crew, but with help from our great community we were able to get #brighterfuture trending and donate mobile tech units to our 52 partners across the country!
What does education mean to you?
Rogers customers can now access the same blazing fast speeds at home and across the border. We’re excited to be the first Canadian carrier to offer LTE roaming in the United States, in partnership with AT&T. That means seamless streaming, fast mapping and easy sharing when you’re on the go.
How do you use your smartphone when you travel?
I’ve dropped two of my devices in bathtubs, and a third in a puddle. Turns out, water and electronics are not a match made in heaven. So I was excited when Rogers announced the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone is coming in October. Not only is this phone waterproof, but it even comes in my favourite colour: purple, available exclusively from Rogers! It also boasts a high-tech camera that can stream live broadcasts to Facebook, killer displays and access to the Sony entertainment library. Pretty sweet!
While the average tech consumer painted in the media fits most of my guy friends – 20-something hipster types with glasses, a couple of portable devices and a wee social media addiction – new research finds that it’s actually ladies who spend the most time on smartphones and tablets. While mobile internet access has passed time spent browsing on personal computers for both genders, the Jumptap and comScore study found that women aged 25 to 49 are spending above 60 per cent of their time on smartphones and tablets, compared to 45 per cent for men in that age group.
While the majority of people are still opting to check out auto, business, TV and sports news on their computers, two-thirds of social media use happens on mobile devices. Games, radio and visual content – such as food, entertainment and retail – are also becoming increasingly mobile. In fact, women spent on average more than five hours a month checking out lifestyle content on their tablets, while men viewing sports topped out at about two hours on each device.
Personally, the smartphone is king – I rely on it for reading, working, social networking, communication, organizing … the list goes on and on. What’s your go-to device for browsing the web?
Magazine lovers, rejoice: On Oct. 15, we’re launching the Next Issue Canada digital magazine subscription service. In partnership with Next Media, customers will have unlimited access to more than 100 Canadian and U.S. titles, including digitized back issues and interactive features. The platform launches exclusively for Rogers wireless and cable customers on Oct. 15 with a two-month free trial. Available on on iPads, Android tablets and Win8 devices, unlimited access to all monthly magazine titles starts at $9.99, while for $14.99 customers will be able to access all weekly publications in addition to the monthly titles. Next Issue Canada launches for all Canadians on Dec. 15, with the first month free.
Do singles have different smartphone habits than those of us who are coupled up? What does your dog do when you’re not at home? And what’s all this buzz about the new Apple operating system? Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Apple owners started upgrading to iOS 7 this week, getting their first chance to swipe through the brighter screens and spy some major changes. MobileSyrup reports that “the biggest improvements to the experience are in the subtle, mundane maneuvers people repeat hundreds of times per day.” Upgrades include an expanded notification bar, background updates and a Control Centre where users can turn on WiFi settings and open the camera. The Guardian, meanwhile, walks us through some of the big questions – like what happened to Spotlight and how you search in Safari. Of course, not everyone loves the changes – check out this child’s reaction on the Huffington Post.
What are your thoughts on the new iOS?
Protect your pooch
Three quarters of pet owners want updates on their furry friends when they’re away from home, according to Rogers research. Stacey O’Handley’s family uses their Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system to help keep an eye on their dogs and cat – and thanks to the system, her husband was able to spot their five-year-old lab Oscar with a steak knife and rush home to keep their beloved pet safe. Read more about their story here. This fall, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is expanding to 28 additional cities and towns in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Would you like to receive updates on your pets when you’re away?
Smartphones and the single gal (or guy)
More than half of single smartphone users between 21 and 42 would call themselves practically “addicted” to their device, according to new research from eMarketer. The survey from online dating websites found that the single gal is slightly more connected: 48 per cent checked their mobile device first thing in the morning, compared to two out of five men. Singles also send text messages daily, with 47 per cent calling it a constant activity. Plus, three quarters surf the web on mobile throughout the day, and roughly the same percentage check social sites a few times daily.
I may not be single – but I definitely fall within the same uber connected category as those surveyed. Do you think singles are more attached to their phones than those who are coupled up?
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Size matters this week, as we take a look at phablets. Not only are sales of the supersized phones rising, but the word also has been added to the Oxford Dictionary Online. Plus, we got a first look at Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 3, with its whopping 5.7-inch screen, on Wednesday. Finally, with summer drawing to a close, we’re starting to check out all the blockbusters we missed – and reviewing them in our Flick Picks panel. Read all about it in the latest edition of the weekend reading!
Phablets for all
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? Supersized devices have long suffered an identity crisis, but the term coined for these niche gadgets – “Phablet” a portmanteau of phone and tablet – is gaining acceptance.
In fact, phablet, along with other buzzworthy web-friendly words such as selfie, BYOD and bitcoin have made their way into the Oxford Dictionaries Online. The dictionary team says new words are added when they’ve been absorbed by popular culture.
Phablets aren’t just winning in terms of language, either. New research from IDC finds the devices – with screens larger than five inches, but smaller than seven – outsold portable PCs and tablets in Asia (excluding Japan) this spring. More than 25.2 million phablets were shipped from April to June, compared to 12.6 million tablets and 12.7 million portable PCs, Digital Trends reports. That’s a 620 per cent increase over the same time period in 2012.
Do you have a phablet? Why do you think they are so popular?
Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 3 on Wednesday in Berlin, and we’re happy to announce that it will soon be available from Rogers.
The new Galaxy Note 3 has an even larger screen – at 5.7 inches wide – than its predecessors. It’s also LTE-enabled, allowing it to access blazing-fast speeds up to 150 Mbps, perfect for seamless video streaming. Plus, it has a longer-lasting battery and a 13 megapixel camera. Samsung has also upgraded the S Pen, including an Air Command feature that allows users to handwrite a note, scrapbook, open new windows, take a screen grab or search for content by clicking the S Pen button while hovering over the screen.
The Galaxy Note 3 will be available in Jet Black and Classic White. Stay tuned for more details!
The upcoming spectrum auction has been dominating headlines, but the debate can be confusing. This week, Cartt’s Greg O’Brien wrote a great post to help explain the issue. For example, he details why the existing Canadian telecommunications companies are still seeking more spectrum in the auction: different devices require different spectrum bands, so companies are operating multiple networks to support their customers. Therefore, expanding coverage requires more spectrum. Read more on Cartt.ca.
Summer blockbuster season may be over – but for me, it’s a chance to catch up on all those marquee titles I may have missed (Sorry Leo!). To help you decide what films deserve your weekend screen time, we’ve launched the Flick Picks panel. Each week, a member of our community will share their review of a recent movie available on Rogers on Demand. This week, we look at The Place Beyond The Pines. You can also check out reviews of Olympus has Fallen and Epic. Want to share your own two cents? Join our panel by filling out this form.
What movies are you looking forward to watching this fall?