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Like many of you, I began Monday morning with a full list of things to do. A 45-minute commute, back-to-back meetings starting at 9 a.m., 85 unread emails in my inbox, a long list of articles to catch up on, and somehow I need to squeeze in time for a workout and to plan my annual ski trip.
Sound familiar? Our always-on, connected lifestyles mean our “to-do” lists never stop growing. While our work weeks get busier the lines between our jobs and personal lives are blurring more than ever.
In fact, the new Rogers Connected Workplace report commissioned by Harris Decima shows that more than half of us (60 per cent of Canadians) agree that flexible work hours and the ability to work from anywhere will be top priorities when we choose future employers.
The study also uncovered some surprising things about what we would give up for more flexibility. Over a third of Canadians would take a pay cut, trade in their benefits or give up vacation days for the ability to work from anywhere.
Technology has significantly changed our personal communications but most of our workplaces have been remarkably static. Many of us still work at a desktop computer from the same cubicle, in the same building every day. In the report, over half (60 per cent) of Canadians said they currently use a landline phone or desktop computer for work purposes. But when asked what devices they would like to use in the next five years, mobile devices such as laptops (40 per cent), tablets (15 percent) and smartphones (10 per cent) topped the list.
The workplace of the future is going to be less centralized, more mobile, and more flexible than anything most people outside the start-up have ever experienced.
To read more insights about Canada’s technology at work, visit our business blog here.
Or download the full Rogers Connected Workplace report by visiting Rogers on SlideShare.
What would you be willing to trade in exchange for flexible work hours or a mobile office?
Earlier this month, Samsung released its Galaxy Gear wearable. In addition to telling the time, it can also take photos and video, send texts, and even be used as a hands-free device to make a phone call.
The Galaxy Gear is one of the latest offerings in the wearable tech industry, which exploded recently with fitness bands.
As wearable tech continues to evolve, it presents both a challenge and an opportunity: Will the fashion world embrace it?
Stylist Leslie Fremar sees tons of possibility for fashion and technology to come together. Pointing to the Galaxy Gear on her wrist, she says she can see fashion brands down the line designing brand-name digital faces for customers.
“It can be a portable way to own a piece of a brand that not all people can afford to be a part of,” Framer says. “This could become the perfume of fashion. You know, people are buying perfume because it’s only $100 to be a part of something they see as a brand, and that could be an incredible way to be like, ‘Oh, well my watch face is Michael Kors,’ it’s kind of an endless opportunity. It will be interesting to see how it evolves.”
Fashion blogger Anita Clarke agrees that the fashion industry might begin designing clothes with wearable tech in mind.
“Fashion is a huge business and the industry value predictions wearable tech is getting make it impossible to ignore. Also wearable tech will need the fashion industry to get the product out there.”
Fremar says she can see fashion lines co-branding with tech companies on wearable tech as opposed to creating their own products.
“I don’t think (fashion brands) are set up to go into development. Maybe they’ll come up with original ideas and approach a company like Samsung and say, ‘I have an idea, can you produce this exclusively for me?’ ”
Fremar admits talking into her Galaxy Gear sometimes makes her feel like a secret agent, but that’s starting to fade.
“When you’re not used to it, it feels odd and then when you get used to it, it becomes second nature.”
As for advice on how to make your wearable tech work with an outfit? Clarke is blunt.
“Just wear it and expect questions would be my motto.”
Want to try out the new Galaxy Gear for yourself? A lucky RedBoard reader will win a prize pack including the Galaxy Gear and the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. (Full rules here). To be entered leave a comment below, before Nov. 4, sharing what Galaxy Gear feature excites you. We’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes on Nov. 4.
Update Nov.6: Thanks to everyone for entering our contest. We have picked the winner and contacted them via email.
When blogger Krista Urchenko started university in 2007, she “had to go in person and wait in line for three hours to register,” she says. “Most of my notes were taken in person at the lecture or purchased in a note package from the university bookstore.
Much has changed since then, thanks to technology. “Fast-forward to now, where almost all of my notes are available online.” She adds, “I also do quizzes online and download textbooks to read right on my computer.”
In fact, the Michener Medical Lab Science student says her computer and internet access are key parts of her day-to-day life as a student in 2013.
“My field is constantly changing and being able to access the latest laboratory science resources as well as download notes in an instant are an absolute necessity,” she explains. “I can’t imagine being able to make it through my program without them.”
Online tools also help Krista study, for example, she hosts virtual study groups on Google+ Hangouts.
“Google+ Hangouts are a great way to connect with fellow classmates without having to get together in one place,” she says.
Because her college is mainly a commuter school, meaning students come to Toronto from places like Hamilton and Niagara Falls, trying to find a convenient time and place for everyone to study together can be a challenge. By taking it online, students can join from wherever is best for them.
“I usually study with two classmates, where we go over notes together to make sure we have the important points then quiz each other to help retain the information. There also is the ability to screen share if we have different notes or resources as well as quickly share ideas and charts with each other.”
A few months ago, Krista took part in a tablet challenge where she tried to trade in her textbooks for a tablet for one week. She learned that tablets are not quite ready to replace textbooks — in some fields, anyway.
“I found I had to have my laptop with me as well to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I also found that not a lot of my textbooks are available as eBooks yet,” she says, adding she thinks soon that will all change.
What tips does she have for new college and university students?
“Check out what kind of apps you can use on your computer or tablet. I have found a lot of great ones for Mac that I use for organization and task management of school assignments and my blog to make sure I’m on top of things. I’ve also had friend recommend the ‘blocker’ apps that will lock you out from checking Facebook and Twitter to make sure you aren’t distracted from studying!”
What technology do you use in your day-to-day studies?
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Tablets have become a must-have gadget, so this summer on RedBoard and RedBoard Biz we’ve been chatting with experts and small business owners about the innovative ways they use tablets and where they think the technology is going. (Catch up on the RedBoard series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). But, we were missing how regular Canadians are using tablets in their daily lives! So, in part three of our Tech on the Street series, we’re talking tablets.
How do you use your tablet?
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We’ve been a little travel-crazy this summer, talking about everything from the best apps to get you through your vacation to how to manage your data when you’re on the road. So, we figured, why stop now? We hit the streets to find out how travellers are using their smartphones this summer.
With our new worry-free U.S. internet roaming rate you can get up to 50 MB of data per 24 hour period for $7.99 – that’s a lot of mapping, social networking and sharing! There’s no sign-up required, so you can get started the second you cross the border. Existing customers in Quebec and Newfoundland may need to opt in, one time only, by visiting www.rogers.com/m/dus on their mobile device. For more, visit http://www.rogers.com/travel.
How do you use your smartphone when you’re on holiday?
Movies, games and books are now all available at your fingertips and on-the-go thanks to tablets. Three years ago, Rogers hosted TabLife to explore how tablets were changing our lives. We thought it was time to revisit some of our experts to see how their predictions panned out. In part three of our Talking Tablets series (catch up on Part 1 and Part 2), we chat with Bob Stein, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. Back in 2010, Bob saw the tablet as a device for consuming content.
Tablets take off
Stein predicts that tablets will become even more commonplace. “Tablets are not as ubiquitous as the telephone – but they eventually will be,” he says. “The functionality of a tablet and the functionality of a phone are not that easy to tease apart,” but eventually, we’ll all be using just one of them.
“There’s no change in the habits,” he said. “I see no changes in people’s tablet use. There’s no new features, no new functionality.”
He’s still using his tablet — an iPad because he was an early adopter– to surf the web, read email, watch video, listen to music, read books and play games. His must-have app was Kindle reader for iPad, and it’s still his go-to.
Operating systems face off
In 2010 he said he was surprised that tablets separated consuming from creating, and for him, this functionality hasn’t changed. He also predicted there would be more tablet models entering the market and Android would become a major player. Today, he predicts continued success for Android, “because it’s an open system. It means, in the long run, the apps that you have access to will be more useful to you.”
Would you scale down your device arsenal to just a smartphone or a tablet?
Browse, surf and share even more on a fast, reliable connection by activating your tablet on Rogers Wireless Internet. Starting today, Rogers retail locations will be carrying two new Android tablets: the ZTE Lite tablet (starting at $199.99 with no term) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (starting at $499.99 no term). For more, visit www.rogers.com.
Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits
Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend across most of Canada folks! We’re celebrating by bringing our LTE Max network to Manitoba this weekend, hosting a live chat about TV viewing on Redboard and trading our wallets for smartphones – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Manitoba welcomes launch of Rogers LTE network
Manitoba was definitely one of the most eager provinces awaiting the Rogers LTE Max network. So we were thrilled to announce that as of this weekend our LTE Max network would be hitting the cities of Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach.
The LTE expansion doesn’t stop there – we will continue to expand our offerings in the province through a network sharing agreement with MTS, enabling us to deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne this summer!
What do you value more – your wallet or smartphone?
Though 60 per cent of people still value their wallet, a whopping 40 per cent preferred their smartphone in a recent Ipsos study covered by IT Business. As IT Business points out, though 20 per cent more are still dependent on their wallet, it’s actually a small percentage considering how new mobile payments are to the marketplace.
Just over a year ago, Rogers introduced mobile payments to Canada in partnership with CIBC. In November we expanded to create the mobile app with suretap technology. With mobile payments on the rise, it’s no surprise to us that it’s such a close race between smartphones versus wallets. Our own Innovation Reports have revealed that 65 per cent of people surveyed said they would feel naked without their smartphone and internet access. Combining your wallet and smartphone seems like the perfect fit!
Do you have a preference? Personally I’m all for carrying my slim iPhone over a bulky wallet when I run to Starbucks! The more retailers adopt this, the less I’ll be bringing my wallet for sure!
Love TV and movies? We want to hear from you!
Canadians love their marathons. TV and movie marathons, that is. More than 80 per cent of Canadians watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released Monday. The longest viewing sessions top out at more than five hours on a weekday and seven hours on a weekend. To learn more about Canadians’ viewing habits, you can check out the full report on SlideShare and find out what kind of TV viewer you are by completing the interactive infographic here.
Do you love marathon watching full seasons of your favourite shows? Do you like to tweet every plot twist and turn? Join our live chat Tuesday at noon (EDT) on RedBoard and Twitter to discuss the findings from the latest Rogers Innovation Report and take part in a trivia contest for your chance to win a great prize.
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
What kind of TV viewer are you? When it comes to my TV consumption habits, my friends would most likely describe a scenario akin to a bear in hibernation. I select the series I have been meaning to catch up on and hunker down, keeping snacks at a close proximity (no time to pause and grab food). My only major movement consists of pressing play from one episode to the next.
Cut to me last month: I got totally wrapped up in The Walking Dead. I would immerse myself in post-apocalyptic zombie territory for more than six hours at a time.
As you can probably deduce, I can be classified as a “marathon TV viewer.” And I’m in good company – more than 80 per cent of Canadians have watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released today.
More and more Canadians are watching consecutive TV shows and movies, with the longest viewing sessions averaging more than five hours on a weekday and almost seven hours on a weekend. But really, if the next episode is available on demand, how can you wait to continue the storyline?
When taking part in consecutive viewing sessions, half of Canadians are engrossed in action and drama, while six out of 10 are watching comedy. These viewers are taking their TV away from the comfort of the couch to the bedroom (over half) and the bathroom (one out of 10) and even to work (one out of 10). It turns out that Canadians treasure their viewing marathons more than sleep, too, with eight out of 10 staying up past bedtime to catch another episode, or more. And men are two times more likely than woman to show up late for work the next day due to a long viewing session.
Skipping sleep isn’t the only place the gender divide is obvious: men tend to participate in longer marathon viewing sessions than women, hitting up to 7.2 hours of continuous content on average versus 6.3 hours.
Nowadays, living rooms are sprawled with devices, so it comes as no surprise that the report shows an influx of “Multiscreen Taskers” – Canadians who combine TV viewing with multitasking. Seven out of 10 Canadians who own a smartphone, tablet or computer use of one these devices while watching television. They’re using these second screens to look up information online (over a third), monitor social media activity (one out of five) and text friends (one out of five). Those age 34 or under are more likely (nine out of 10) to use these screens to watch content, too.
In addition to zombies, when I’m marathoning TV, I’m glued to viewing vampires or the never-ending aristocratic Crawley family drama. What’s your TV show of choice when you’re in the mood to marathon?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Weekend Reading: Your iPhone case personality, more Rogers LTE Max expansions and socially savvy parenting
We’ve got a great mix of articles that stood out to us this week, including what your iPhone case says about you, more Rogers LTE Max updates and how to be as socially savvy as your kids. Basically we’ve got you covered for light, exciting and educational reading all in one post! So kick back and catch up with this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
What your iPhone case reveals about you
We thought we’d get things off to a lighter start this week by highlighting a graphic from Mashable on What Your iPhone Case Says About You. Are you a nerd? A diva? Perhaps a klutz? Check out their fun graphic of examples and see how accurate it is for you.
The description of the minimalist definitely fits my personality to a tee – but every now and then a girl needs some sparkle too, which lands me in the Diva category! How about you – are you toting a Rick Moranis heavy duty case or resorting to socks for phone protection?
More Rogers LTE Max expansions
Just last week we were pleased to announce our agreement with Videotron to bring LTE to even more residents in Quebec and Ottawa. This week we’re happy to let our customers know even MORE LTE Max expansions are underway for cities in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and British Columbia!
The news was shared on some of our favourite tech sites including CrackBerry, Brief Mobile and iPhone in Canada. Catch up on the latest developments and let us know if you’ve experienced the new LTE Max network yet.
Are you as socially savvy as your children?
Most parents nowadays have a fairly good understanding of the online world. In fact, one of our recent Rogers Innovation reports highlighted how the generation gap was decreasing, with 40 per cent of Canadians ages 18 to 24 using technology as a means to stay in touch with their parents.
But how confident are you that you really know what your kids are up to online? A new report from All Facebook revealed many parents are still in the dark when it comes to their children’s online activity, with a whopping 80 per cent of parents admitting they have no idea how to monitor their kids’ online behaviour. This may be why 85 per cent of kids aged 10 to 12 already have Facebook profiles even though the minimum age requirement is 13.
Have you had the chat with your kids about online safety? If not, check out our handy Tech Essentials section on online safety and get informed on passwords, social networks and more. As great as technology is for online exploring and connections, it’s important to educate yourself and your family on how to do it responsibly.
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
How much time do you spend on your smartphone daily? What are your favourite types of apps to use? And if you live in Quebec or Ottawa, we’ve got great news for you! All that and more in this week’s Weekend Reading!
Android vs. iPhone: Which users spend the most time on their devices?
According to a new study from CNET this week, iPhone users are logging the most minutes on their handsets.
iPhone users spend an average of 75 minutes a day on their devices, with 22 per cent of that time spent talking. Android users, however, only spend 49 minutes on their devices, with nearly a third of that time (28 per cent) spent talking.
What surprised me most in this article though were the two least-used features – GPS and device cameras. Having zero sense of direction, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out my smartphone to get me on track! And I find having a camera on your device makes it so much easier to capture moments, because we tend to always have our smartphones on us. It sounds like I’m not in the majority though – does the same hold true for you? Do you rarely use your GPS or smartphone camera?
Lifestyle apps becoming more popular
Did you know it’s already possible to control your washing machines, refrigerators or lights right from an app on your smartphone?
Lifestyle apps go beyond household electronics though. Take for instance Rogers Smart Home Monitoring service and app, which allow you to monitor, protect and control various parts of your home, including adjusting your thermostat on the go. There are also numerous car apps that can now lock and unlock doors, start your engine remotely and even gauge your battery life.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts these kinds of apps will be in most households by 2022.
So what’s next for these apps? Making them business friendly. Midsize Insider recently looked at how businesses can use these apps to streamline their business by using them for conference calls and collaboration between employees, customers and partners. This article has some great tips and food for thought if you’re looking to improve your own business processes.
Rogers and Videotron build-out expanded LTE network
This week Rogers was happy to announce an agreement with Videotron to bring LTE to even more residents in Quebec and Ottawa.
The network and spectrum sharing agreement will help bring the blazing fast speeds of the LTE network to both businesses and consumers, and provide better mobile coverage in rural Quebec.
We also continue to roll out our LTE network to even more areas as part of our commitment to expand in 44 new markets this spring, so stay tuned.
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.