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Cyber Monday began in the United States back in 2005, and just like Black Friday, has begun increasing in popularity north of the border with more Canadian brands hopping on board.
Of course, Cyber Monday has something Black Friday doesn’t: the ability to shop from home, in your PJs if you so desire! There’s no freezing in late-night lineups or worrying about crowds, as all the deals are all just a click away.
We got some tips from Rogers TechXpert Timothy Leslie on how you can get the most out of your Cyber Monday shopping:
- Draft a wish-list: Establish what your priority purchases will be so that you’re focused on the must-have items and not swayed by all the other tempting deals (this will help you stay within budget, too!);
- Shop securely: It’s easy to get swept up in an incredible deal. To avoid being scammed, make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate retailer. If you’re not sure, check online forums and read customers’ comments about their experiences;
- Shop from anywhere: You don’t need to sit in front of a computer all day to get the best deals. Earlier this year, Google released a report saying that 27 per cent of Canadians have purchased something on their smartphone. Rogers customers will never miss a deal, thanks to devices powered by the blazing-fast LTE network –up to two times faster than any other Canadian provider.
- Join the secret society of shoppers: You can uncover many deals through your social networks. Follow brands on Facebook and Twitter to discover hot deals that may not be advertised anywhere else.
What deals did you get this Cyber Monday?
Last month, Apple released its latest operating system: iOS 7. The update is available for the iPhone 4 and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, the iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod Touch.
The Apple operating system gets a whole new look with iOS 7, from the lock screen right down to the keyboard.
Now that you’ve upgraded, here are a few secret tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPad keyboard.
Type URLs in your mobile browser quicker
Now when you enter a URL into your mobile browser, you can add more than just the “.com” with the click of a button. Hold down the period, and a variety of top-level domains ( .com, .ca, etc.), appear above it. Simply select the TLD you need and ta-da!
Adding accents and other characters
Need to add an accent to the “e” at the end of fiancé? You can do so easily by holding down the letter “e” on your device and selecting which version you need.
Split your keyboard
Typing on an iPad can be tough, but with a split keyboard, you can easily navigate with your thumbs. Simply hold the keyboard option on the right side of your iPad and select “split.” You can even move where your keyboard sits to make it fit your typing style!
Access an apostrophe with the flick of a button
Want to learn some more tips and tricks from Apple’s new operating system? We held a Google+ Hangout about iOS 7 on Nov. 6. Check it out below!
What’s your favourite feature in iOS 7?
Halloween is primetime for photo ops. Little ghouls and spooky decor just beg to be documented, but dark nights (and loads of sugar) can make getting quality shots a challenge. So just in time for the holiday, we asked two professional photographers, family photo expert Danielle Donders, also known as @Danigirl, and low-light master Rannie Turingan, or @Photojunkie, how to get share-worthy snaps with your smartphone.
1. Follow the light. Use natural light when you can or turn on lots of indoor lights. In low light, identify the source of your light, and make sure it is falling on your subject. This may require you to physically change angles or move closer to the light source. Ideally, the light is coming from behind you and falling on the subject.
2. Or create your own source of light. Get creative – try using someone else’s phone or a flashlight to help light up the night.
3. Tell a story. Photos of kids standing in a row by the fireplace saying “cheese” are probably not going to capture their personalities very well. Capture your kids doing something they love, in a place they love, or even telling you about something they love. The sparkle of your child’s personality makes a photo come to life.
4. Be deliberate. Look in each corner of the viewfinder to make sure there’s nothing in the photo that will ‘compete’ with your subject for the viewer’s eye.
5. It’s all about point of view. Drop down to your knees or even your belly to take a photo from your child’s point of view, use your feet to “zoom” in close or step back and let the environment help tell the story.
6. Learn about your camera’s features and use them! For low light, the settings that would help you the most are the ISO, aperture or, in some handsets, the exposure settings.
- ISO refers to the sensitivity of the sensor in your phone’s camera, originally film speed. In lower light situations you want to choose a higher ISO number. The only drawback with this is the higher the ISO, the more digital noise you will get on your photos.
- Aperture is the size of the shutter opening and determines how much light is able to come into the camera when taking a picture. The smaller the number, the bigger the opening and the more light can hit your sensor — so that’s what you want in low light settings.
- Some handsets only allow for exposure settings. These controls allow you to under- or over-expose your photos in a moving scale that usually ranges from -2 to +2 (on the Lumia, it’s -3 to +3). In low light, you want to overexpose your photo to allow more light.
7. Stabilize yourself. Stability is key in low light situations, and mounting your phone on a tripod is ideal. Some phones, like the Nokia Lumia 1020, have add-on accessories like the camera grip, which include a tripod mount.
8. There’s an app for that. A timer app, a flashlight app and a photo editing app can all help you take great shots – and all three can be found right on the Lumia.
Both Rannie and Danielle used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to illustrate this post. Rannie demonstrated his love of the device with beautiful pictures during Nuit Blanche in Toronto earlier in the month. Danielle says that this device had a “seriously advanced camera – the resolution is breathtaking. With that many pixels, you can do a lot of creative zooming and cropping and still have a great quality photograph.”
How do you get great photos with your smartphone?
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So it still baffles me when I see young children constantly connected through Facebook and Twitter, tapping at the latest devices at record-breaking rates. Being recently married with thoughts of starting a family hot and cold in my mind, I find myself wondering: Do these children know how to use their wireless devices safely? Do they understand how to protect themselves from potential threats?
In honour of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are a few useful tips for parents looking to teach their children to use their mobile devices safely:
- Before your child uses the wireless device, make sure to create a strong password and activate other security features.
- Make sure your child understands the dangers of messaging and giving away his or her mobile numbers or other personal information. Here are some good general rules: Think before texting. Only share your number with people you know. Ignore messages from people you don’t recognize.
- Learn how to turn off geotagging on your child’s phone so that photos don’t reveal their location.
- Make sure you know how to block others from calling your child’s phone. Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.
- Teach your child to ask for permission before taking pictures or videos of their friends with their phone. Likewise, your child should be encouraged let others know they need to ask permission before taking photos or videos of them.
For more tips on staying safe online, check out our top five tips and visit Rogers Tech Essentials™ or see the Government of Canada’s Get Cyber Safe resource website. Have questions? Visit the Rogers Community Forums for answers to your technical how-tos.
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Sure, surfing the net might remove us from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s a place where we can learn, stay in touch and share so much of what we do. And seriously, who knows how my followers would react if my account went silent for a day — the results could be catastrophic!
Great stuff aside, it’s easy to forget while sitting in front of a computer or plugging away on a smartphone that it’s just as important to be aware of your surroundings online as when you’re walking down the street.
How, as a parent, can you keep your child, tween or teen (you get the idea!) safe in cyberspace?
Let’s start with some basic web surfing tips courtesy of Rogers Tech Essentials:
- Keep your Internet-connected computer in a central, highly-trafficked area in the home, such as a kitchen or family room, rather than your child’s room.
- Instruct your children to never give out their address, phone number or other personal information, such as where they go to school. This applies to social networking sites (such as Facebook), instant messaging programs, chat rooms or emails, and includes uploading any photos that might reveal this information, too.
- Remind your children that they should never meet online “friends” in person – there is always the risk they might not be who they say they are.
- Make time on the Internet a family activity. Experts suggest that young children should only surf the Internet while supervised, as it’s not too difficult to stumble upon an inappropriate photo or video. Remember to select “safe search” options in search engines to avoid surprises.
- Be aware of cyber-bullying. Just as some children can fall victim to bullies in a school playground, cyber-bullying can be a problem in an online world. Talk with your children about it, and get informed on how to spot and stop cyber-bullying.
Like all technology, parental controls have evolved, making it easier to monitor how and when your kids use the internet. If parental controls are something you want investigate further, check out this great list of software options that can help keep kids safe online.
Rogers is a proud partner of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and September 26 marks the second annual Cybertip.ca Awareness Day, which focuses on raising Canadians’ awareness of potential online dangers. Click here for a copy of “Parenting Tweens and Teens in a Digital World” and join the conversation on September 26 by using the hashtag #cybertipawarenessday.
Are you itching to get your hands on the most-anticipated new smartphone? Rogers has the largest selection of LTE-enabled devices designed to run on Canada’s fastest wireless internet. This means super-fast mobile browsing and downloading, uninterrupted music and video streaming and the bragging rights that come with having the latest and greatest device.
Here are four ways Rogers can help you get your hands on the season’s most talked about smartphone:
1. Check the Rogers Reservation System: For the first time, our reservation system is open to both new and existing customers. Log in to see what devices are coming next, reserve your device, and we’ll let you know when your new smartphone is ready to pick up at a Rogers store near you. New phones are being added to the reservation system frequently, and you can keep an eye on @RogersBuzz for the latest additions.
2. Rogers Trade-Up Program: Bring your current phone to a local Rogers store or visit www.rogers.com/tradeupquote on your mobile device to find out what your device is worth. We’ll honour the quote for 30 days so you can lock in the value as you wait for the new smartphone to become available.
3. Hardware Upgrade Program: Upgrade by paying your remaining FLEXtab balance or the early upgrade fee. With Rogers Smartphone Freedom Advantage, you never need to wait to get the device you want.
4. Hand Me Down: Give your device to someone you know and they’ll receive 10 per cent off their monthly plan. Or sign up for a Share Everything plan to share data across up to 10 devices and save up to $20 per month when adding their line to the plan. The more you share, the more you save!
So, tell us: What device are you coveting these days?
From the Moto X and LG G2 to the Samsung Mega, there are many new devices to look forward to as the summer comes to an end. If you’re hankering for an upgrade, your old phone can help! A survey from Lookout found that many people have at least one or two old devices collecting dust at home. Instead, recycle your device or trade it in for a credit towards an upgrade with the new Rogers Trade-Up program.
How do I get started?
To find out the value of your phone or tablet, bring it to your local participating Rogers store or search directly on your smartphone by visiting www.rogers.com/tradeupquote. What’s great about getting a Rogers Trade-Up quote is that we’ll honour it for 30 days, so you can lock-in a great buy-back price for your old device before a newer model is unveiled or hits the stores. Additionally, to get full trade-in value, your device must be able to power up and have a working touchscreen with no cracks.
How can I use the trade-in credit?
If you’re a new Rogers customer, this trade-in credit will be used towards the purchase a new device or accessories. If you’re an existing Rogers wireless customer, you’ll receive this credit on the second or third bill after your upgrade. Based on today’s value, your old Samsung Galaxy Note could earn you a credit of up to $80 towards your upgrade.
Will my personal data be protected and removed from my device?
Some Rogers locations will be able to transfer your data to your new device. However, it is recommended that you back up any pictures or videos before you make the swap. Performing a factory reset before you trade will make sure all of your data will be wiped from the device. The store will also perform this task again to confirm all of your data is removed.
For more information, visit www.rogers.com/tradeup.
What new smartphone has you considering making a trade?
The latest smartphones come loaded with cool new features and functions – but figuring out how to use them isn’t always easy. If you’re the proud owner of the new Samsung Galaxy S4, we’re here to help. On Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. join our Google+ Hangout Learning Session right here on RedBoard to learn more about using your Galaxy S4. Discover new tricks for the Android OS, observe demos and get the full scoop on the S4’s functionality and features.
For more tips, be sure to add us to your circles on Google+.
Visual voicemail lets you learn the content of all your messages without needing to dial into your voicemail service.
How to set up Visual Voicemail on iPhone
Since this application comes pre-installed on the iPhone, setting up Visual Voicemail for the first time couldn’t be easier!
To set up Visual Voicemail and create a password right on the iPhone screen:
- Tap the Phone then Voicemail icon. The first time you tap the Voicemail application, your iPhone will prompt you to create a password and record a greeting.
- Enter your temporary pass code (the last four digits of your phone number) and then follow the prompts to create your own personalized password. Make sure to create a four to 10 digit password that only you will know.
- Tap Save
- Re-enter your password and tap Save again
How do I set up Visual Voicemail Plus on BlackBerry or Android?
BlackBerry, Android, and MMS users can now get in on the Visual Voicemail action too! Exclusive to Rogers, Visual Voicemail Plus is available to download for free from Android Market or Rogers Mobile Internet Portal. Visual Voicemail service plans are $10 a month. For more, visit www.rogers.com/visualvoicemailplus.
Is Visual Voicemail Plus available for Windows phones or other phones?
Visual Voicemail plus is available for any phone that supports picture/video (MMS) messages.
How much does it cost?
Visual voicemail is available in our $5 value pack or as an add-on for $10 per month.
What are the benefits of visual voicemail?
Connected Rogers magazine shares seven ways Visual Voicemail Plus can help you save time:
- Visual Voicemail Plus eliminates the need to dial in to your voicemail
- It offers a discreet way to check messages in meetings, at work, and so on.
- It lets you keep a permanent record of important messages on your wireless phone
- Respond to messages via SMS or MMS with Visual Voicemail Plus <
- Read or listen to messages discreetly and in any order
- Respond with a one-click call back or text/MMS/email message
- Voicemail messages sent to your phone synchronize with your voicemail service
What kind of news has left you watching your voicemail? For me, it was closing on my condo!
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The new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone launched with lots of buzz around its cool features, including a five-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, a “Smart Pause” function that senses when you look away from the screen and pauses your video and a “Dual Camera” that allows for even more photo angles. But how do you use them?
To help you use your smartphone like a pro, here’s how to use the Galaxy 4 “Air Gesture” feature, which lets you control your phone without touching the screen.
To enable “Air Gesture”:
- Go to Settings
- Click on My Device
- Select motions and gestures
- Choose Air gesture
- Slide the switch “on.”
Select the Air Gestures you want to use:
• Quick Glance: See your notifications by waving your hand above the sensor.
• Air Jump: Scroll through web pages vertically.
• Air Browse: Wave your hand above the sensor horizontally to move between pictures, web pages or music tracks.
• Air Move: While on the home screen, press and hold on an app shortcut or widget, then wave your hand above the sensor horizontally to move them between home screens.
• Air Call-accept: Wave your hand over the screen to accept incoming calls.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in Black Mist and White Frost from Rogers starting at $199.99 with select three year plans.
For more tips, add us to your circles on Google+.
UPDATE: June 6, 2013,6:15 p.m.: Unfortunately due to technical difficulties we must reschedule our Google+ Hangout Learning Session. Stay tuned for a new date and time.
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