Weekend Reading: Facebook Messenger news, Nokia Lumia 635 features and cray new English words

Weekend readingHappy Friday to you. Check out the Weekend Reading below, as we share Facebook Messenger news, discover more about the Nokia Lumia 635 and learn the newest words added to the English language.

Say it out loud with Facebook Messenger

 Attention Windows Phone users! This week, as shared by Mobile Syrup, Facebook updated its Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone with two of their most requested features. Firstly, the app now lets you record voice messages, so you can send a quick hello, vent about your day, or sing happy birthday to your fellow messenger users. The second update now allows for users to share emoticons – :).  Learn more about the new features and download the app here.

Tell us, how are you using Facebook Messenger?

Getting to know the Nokia Lumia 635

Every once in a while there is a device that has me really talking and the Nokia Lumia 635 is no exception. To celebrate its availability with Rogers, this week we explored three ways users can personalize your Nokia Lumia 635. Check out our post to learn how to customize your Live Tiles, start screen, and more.

Care to share any further features or tips for fellow Nokia Lumia 635 users?

Oxford Dictionary Online says YOLO

This week Oxford Dictionary Online announced it has given the stamp of approval to many new words. As shared by Yahoo! News Canada, YOLO, cray and even bro hug have now been added to its online edition. As a tech nerd,  I for one am most excited to see GIF, binge-watch, and subtweet  getting the English language recognition they deserve.

Tell us, what words do you think should be added?

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Your world front and centre with the Nokia Lumia 635

Lumia1The Nokia Lumia 635 is now available with Rogers, and is ready for you to discover. With Windows Phone 8.1, Live Tiles that provide real-time social updates, its wide array of apps and fast speed on Rogers LTE network, the Nokia Lumia 635 is a colourful device not to be missed! Check out the post below, as Connected Rogers explores how you can personalize and use your Nokia Lumia 635.

1. Real Estate
In Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635, you have the option to add a third row of tiles to customize your Start-screen layout. This gives you more room to pin just about anything you like: pps, contacts, websites, directions and more.

To add a third row to your Start screen:
1. In the App list, tap Settings (the cog icon), then choose Start + theme.
2. Tap the switch beside Show More Tiles to turn this feature on.
3. Tap the Start button to return to the Start screen.
4. Tap and hold tiles to move and resize them to completely customize the layout.

2. Change It Up
New in Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635, you can change your Start-screen wallpaper and see it shine through transparent Live Tiles.

To change your Start-screen background:
1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access Action Centre.
2. Tap All Settings, then tap start + theme.
3. Under Start background, tap to choose a photo.
4. Crop the photo as desired, then tap OK to save the photo as you see it on the screen.
5. Optionally, change the background settings and accent colour to complement your wallpaper.

3. The Big Screen
You can wirelessly share your screen with any of a growing number of Miracast-enabled devices – such as projectors, monitors and TVs – to see it up on the big screen.

Here’s how:
1. Turn on the Miracast-enabled device.
2. On your Nokia Lumia 635, tap to choose Settings from the App list.
3. Tap project my screen.
4. Select the Miracast-enabled wireless display from the list, then tap yes to allow projection.
5. Your Windows Phone 8.1 screen will pop up on the Miracast display.

Tip: If you don’t have a Miracast-compatible display, there are USB dongles available that can be plugged in to add Miracast functionality.

The Nokia Lumia is available in Rogers retail locations and online at Rogers.com, for $0 on select two-year Share Everything plans. It also comes with a Rogers exclusive removable green glossy case in the box.

Tell us, what Nokia Lumia 635 feature has you intrigued?

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Weekend Reading: A glimpse at our Rogers Social Insiders, surprising social stats and more

Weekend readingHappy Saturday RedBoard readers. In this week’s Weekend Reading we’re checking in with our ambassadors, learning about social sharing and getting techie with TV.

A look at our Rogers Social Insiders
We’re pleased to have a great group of proud Rogers ambassadors, known as our Rogers Social Insiders. In our post this week,  we shared a Storify to showcase their exciting past six months – from testing out devices, sharing their reviews and attending exclusive events. Let us know, if you’re looking for a chance to share your passion for technology, or if you’d like to learn more about being a Rogers Social Insider.

What technology are you passionate about?

A world of social butterflies
I am an avid social media user; I love reading tweets, updating my Google+ status and sharing photos on my preferred social platform, Facebook. New research from Go Gulf, shared by OnlineSocialMedia.net, revealed what people globally are sharing with their social networks:

  • Top shared content includes:
    • 43% pictures
    • 26% opinions and status update of what and how they’re doing
    • 26% link to articles
  • Number of photos shared everyday via desktop
    • 476.59 million on Facebook
    • 206.74 million on Google+
    • 171.75 million on Twitter
  • Most shared emotions include:
    • 17% laughter
    • 15% amusement
    • 14% joy

Tell us, how do you share your social updates?

Direct route to your favourite channel
With help from our friends at Rogers Community Forums, this week we learned how to program our TV to start on any channel we want. Following the simple steps provided in our post, Rogers NextBox 3.0 customers can turn on the tube directly to sports, movies, music, and more.

What channel did you choose?

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Personalize your TV watching experience

TopTVFixesDid you know that you can start your TV on any channel you want? With NextBox 3.0 your preferred channel can be set as default when you turn on your tube.

We discussed this in a very helpful thread on our Community Forums led by  one of our resident experts. Simply take the following steps:

First, select Settings > System. From here scroll down until you see Power on Channel. Now simply select the channel you wish to set.

This can be done for each TV in your house, so your default channel can cater to the person who uses the TV the most. Sports fans can start their day with Sportsnet 360, while movie fans can start their evenings with TMN right from the start. No surfing required.Changing your default channel is short and sweet –just like this post.

Let us know. What will you set your default channel to?

Do you have questions about your Rogers products and services? Check out Rogers Community Forums,a place for in-depth support from over 260,000 peers and nine resident experts.

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Want to become a Rogers Social Insider? Check out what they’ve been up to for the first half of this year

They tweet. They Instagram, they create GIFs, they Google+ and Facebook. Some Snapchat too. They are all over the place, they are passionate about technology. The Rogers Social Insiders are proud ambassadors of Rogers and while we supply them with opportunities to try out some cool devices, get into exclusive events and experience the Toronto Blue Jays in a whole new way, they teach us how technology impacts their lives. They give us their thoughts when they share our news and they keep showing us new ways to push technology to its limits or to their benefit.

We’re very proud to have them as ambassadors and want to showcase what they’ve been up to in these past six months.

And if you’d like to hear more about the program or become a Rogers Social Insider, let us know here!


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Weekend Reading: Checking out hot new devices, catching the Rogers Cup and more

Weekend readingHurray for Friday! For this week’s Weekend Reading we’re introducing the LG G3 and Nokia Lumia 635, talking about the Rogers Cup and sharing reviews.

A great week for smartphone lovers

I love learning about the latest smartphones, exploring each device and testing out its new features. This week was particularly exciting for me, with the launch of two great smartphones at Rogers, the LG G3 and the Nokia Lumia 635. As highlighted in yesterday’s post, the LG G3  is ideal for those on the go, with a lightweight anti-scratch body, and brings your display to life with the industry’s leading HD resolution. The innovative device comes with a 13 megapixel camera, a Smart Keyboard and a battery that can last up to 21 hours.

Those looking for a more affordable option can check out the Nokia Lumia 635.  The device comes with expandable storage, a Word Flow keyboard for fast typing and texting, while its Live Tiles provide real-time social, email and app updates right on your device background. When purchased with Rogers, you also get an exclusive bright and glossy green shell, so you can change up your colour if you’re feeling green.

Both devices enable Rogers LTE network, so you can upload, download, stream, surf, and watch mobile video with super-fast speeds. To learn more check out Rogers.com/devices.

Tell us, have you had a chance to check out the LG G3 or the Nokia Lumia 635?

Rogers Cup

Get your racquets out, because Rogers Cup begins today. This week we shared our tech talk with Milos Raonic, who is gearing up for Rogers Cup. Click here to watch our Data Guy chat with Milos to learn about his favourite apps, fan following, smartphone choice and more. There are many ways Rogers customers can see more of Milos, and get in on the tournament action, whether it be from the stands or from your smartphone, computer or tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV. Check out our post to learn more about how you can watch Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard on the Toronto and Montreal courts.

Who are you cheering for at this year Rogers Cup?

Geeking out with our Rogers Social Insider

We love hearing your feedback; we’re always looking to hear reviews from bloggers, our ambassadors, and of course our customers. Our Rogers Social Insider Aftab Husain, for example loves to review tech products and services on his YouTube channel, from smartphones, accessories, games and more. We encourage you to check out his posts from this month; he has published reviews for  iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, providing insights about his hands-on experience with each iOS device. He also takes a quick look at the gaming experience on the Samsung GALAXY S5 and takes the Samsung GALAXY Gear 2 Neo for a run.

Tell us, do you prefer to read or watch reviews?

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Everyone’s talking about the new LG G3

lgg3picTo quote Mobile Syrup, “The LG G3 is real, and it’s impressive.” Now available at Rogers, the LG G3 is a slick, user-friendly and innovative device, which continues to receive applause from tech influencers and consumers, alike. Noted as “LG’s best phone yet” by Engadget, here are the top reasons we think the LG G3 is making waves and why you should check it out:

 User-friendly design
The device, available with Rogers in metallic black, is ideal for those on the go. Designed with a high quality anti-scratch metallic body, the LG G3 is lightweight for ultimate portability and even has a rear-key that lets you easily use the device with one hand.

 Record breaking display
The LG G3 boasts a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen display with a leading resolution of 2560×1440. This means its display produces images that are 400 per cent sharper than traditional high definition smartphone displays! Say hello to incredible clarity and vibrant colours that will bring your mobile videos and pictures to life.

 Innovative camera
When taking a picture you don’t need to worry if your hand is steady. The 13 megapixel camera on the LG G3 has an Optical Image Stabilizer that reduces any blurring or shaking as you snap away. You will no longer miss out on capturing life’s little (and big) moments – like when birthday boy blows out his candles -since the LG G3 Laser Auto Focus takes sharp and clear pictures, even in the dark.

A very smart, Smart Keyboard
The LG Smart Keyboard lets you text, type an email, post on Facebook, and more with ease, speed and accuracy. The keyboard caters to you as you can compress and expand the keys depending on your typing preference.  The LG G3 also predicts the words you’re about to type after learning your habits, even suggesting symbols or emojis to complement your sentence.

It keeps going and going and going….
With a removable battery that delivers longer usage time, the LG G3 can keep up with your busy lifestyle. The 3000 mAh battery gives you up to 21 hours of talk time so you won’t run out of juice.

Super speedy
Activate your LG G3 on the Rogers LTE network to take advantage of super-fast speeds so you can surf, share, stream with virtually no buffering or delays. With this speed you’ll have the ultimate video experience to catch sports highlights, your favourite TV show and more right from your LG G3 display.

The LG G3 is now available in stores and on Rogers.com for $179.99 on select two year Share Everything plans. For more information check out Rogers.com.

Tell us. What LG G3 feature has you talking?

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Video: Milos Raonic shares his tech habits in preparation for Rogers Cup

Rogers Data Guy, Amit Bodalia recently sat down with Canadian tennis icon Milos Raonic. Fresh from Wimbledon and gearing up to impress at Rogers Cup, Raonic is now ranked sixth in the world. The 23 year-old talks tech: his favourite apps, Twitter love from fans, his device of choice and where you’ll find him browsing online. Check out the video here and find out below how you can experience the Rogers Cup tournament.


As a Rogers customer, here are some ways you can enjoy the tournament action:

  • Rogers Ticket Offer: Rogers customers have an opportunity to save up to 50% on Rogers Cup on 2014 tickets.
  • Rogers Anyplace TV: Download the app to live stream Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard on the Toronto and Montreal courts. It’s available on your computer, tablet, and smartphone. For more information check out www.RogersAnyplaceTV.com/Sports
  • Redeem points for opening night tickets: Rogers First Rewards users can purchase tickets using their points for a pair of 300 level tickets for opening night on Monday August 4, 2014.

If you’re in the stands…

  • Rogers Cup Mobile: If you are actually in the village, pull up Rogers Cup Mobile and stream games from both cities, while also discovering the behind-the-scenes scoop from your favourite players. Rogers customers can receive special offers and coupons for on-site products and services.
  • Rogers First Rewards challenge: Test out your tennis skills on the promotions court in Toronto from August 2 until August 7, for a chance to win a pair of lower bowl tickets to the finals in Toronto. Plus, two participants of the Rogers First Rewards Challenge will be brought down on finals Sunday to compete for 500,000 First Rewards points!
  • Rogers Connected Zone: Located in the heart of the village, check out the latest devices and innovative accessories, plus score some great deals.

Sportsnet is also getting in on the action, with exclusive Canadian coverage of the  first three rounds and quarter-finals on Sportsnet TV and Sportsnet NOW,as well as post-match interviews, social media updates, and more on sportsnet.ca.Fans on the go can listen in to Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Calgary) for highlights and updates. Also check out the current issue of Sportsnet, available on newsstands, Next Issue and Apple Newsstand, thatbreaks down Raonic and Bouchard’s service speeds, and includes an interview with Milos Raonic.

Be sure to follow @RogersBuzz, @RogersCupTO and #TennisIsCanada for the latest updates. How will you be watching the Rogers Cup tournament?

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Weekend Reading: Time for Facebook, Gear 2 Neo features and Pinterest update

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday! In this week’s Weekend Reading, we’re spending time with Facebook, talking about the Gear 2 Neo and sharing some pinteresting news.

33 minutes a day with Facebook

I am a huge Facebook user, especially on my smartphone and it seems I am not alone. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Facebook now has 341 million mobile-only monthly users globally. Shared by Huffington Post, a survey of American smartphone owners found that Facebook members checked the site an average of 14 times per day and spent nearly 33 minutes on it each day. The survey further revealed that Facebook was the third most popular activity online, followed behind by email and surfing the web.

How many minutes or even hours do you spend on Facebook each day?

A wonderful wearable

The capabilities of wearables continue to amaze me. This week, for example, we shared threeawesome features of the Gear 2 Neo. Check it out to learn how your Gear 2 Neo can easily become a remote on your wrist, a device tracker and even a heart monitor.

Can you share any more tips on how best to use the Gear 2 Neo?

News of Pinterest

Time to listen up all Pinterest users. As shared by Pinterest this week, now when you visit one of your favourite categories you’ll see a whole new selection of specialized interests. For example, I love decorating and interior design so I always check out the Home Décor category.  I can now select more interests like pallets, master bedrooms, shabby chic décor and more. You can now also get Pins from other people who share that same interest delivered right to your home feed.

What is your favourite Pinterest category?

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Three wonders of the Gear 2 Neo wearable


We previously provided a review of the Gear 2 Neo and as we’re still excited about the wearable, we wanted to share even more about its features. In the post below, Connected explores three cool capabilities of the Gear 2 Neo.

A remote on your wrist

The WatchON app on the Gear 2 Neo lets you control your TV, right from your wrist. Aside from being a useful add-on in the living room, its prank potential outside the home is near endless. Check out the steps:
1. On the Gear 2 Neo homescreen, swipe across to find the WatchON app and tap to launch.
2. Ensure the infrared LED sensor at the top of the watch has a line of sight with the component you want to control.
3. Tap the component in the top left to switch between controlling TVs, DVD players, set-top boxes, etc.
4. The onscreen buttons will change based on what component type you’re controlling.

Will help to find your phone

Has your device fallen between the sofa cushions? Is it tucked in your knapsack in the closet? If only you knew, because you need it immediately. Thankfully, the Gear 2 Neo makes it easy to find an errant smartphone. Here’s how:
1. On the Gear 2 Neo home screen, swipe across to Find My Device and tap to launch.
2. Tap Start. Your smartphone will start chiming loudly.
3. When you find your device (hooray!), just tap Stop on the Gear 2 Neo or swipe on your phone to silence the chime.

Get the pulse

The Gear 2 Neo has an integrated heart-rate sensor on its back. This, along with the variety of health and fitness apps packed in, can help you see what condition your condition is in:
1. On the home screen, swipe to find Heart Rate and tap to launch.
2. Tap Start. The green onscreen heart blinks to let you know it’s measuring.
3. Stay still and at rest while your heart rate is being read.
4. Within a few seconds, you’ll receive your heart-rate reading.

How have you been using your Gear 2 Neo?

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