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This week, we’re looking into the potential of the new Microsoft Xbox One as an entertainment hub and digging into the latest tablet stats – can you guess who came out on top in 2013? Plus, we’re marking Fraud Prevention Month with a few reminders to help you stay safe online. Learn more in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Gaga for gaming
When I was a kid, my Super Nintendo rocked my world. That admittedly outdated technology followed me through Super Mario Kart marathons in university and all the way to my first few jobs in Toronto, where a friend and I would try to complete the Donkey Kong games (to 100 per cent, natch) in one sitting.
Now, of course, gaming consoles are about so much more than just playing games. The new Xbox One is an entertainment hub – in addition to games, you can tune in to movies, music, sports, TV and even training from Jillian Michaels. You can also stream your favourite shows with Rogers Anyplace TV. For more on the future of the Xbox One, check out our chat with Greg Barber, Vice President, Consumer Channels Group at Microsoft Canada.
What do you do with your console, beyond gaming?
Android takes tablet lead
Android hit a home run in 2013, surpassing Apple’s iOS to become the leading tablet operating system. Android tablet sales made up about 62 per cent of the global market share, according to research from Garner, as reported by CNET. That’s up from a 45.8 per cent share in 2012.
While Android was the top operating system for tablets, iPads were the top model. Sales for the Apple tablets grew to 70.4 million from 61.4 million. Samsung was the second most popular tablet manufacturer.
Tablet sales across the board soared in 2013, hitting 195.4 million. That’s a 68 per cent increase from 2012.
What kind of tablet do you own?
Protect yourself online
Just how secure is your password? The 10th annual Fraud Prevention Month is a good reminder to evaluate your online security. To mark the campaign, the Competition Bureau has released The Little Black Book of Scams as a free ebook. It outlines how scams work, how to recognize potentially fraudulent activities and how to report them.
How often do you change your passwords?
This week, we watched Samsung announce some serious upgrades to its Galaxy phone and tried to embrace the winter weather with Google’s latest maps of polar bear country. Plus, we’re getting ready for an award season marathon with some A-list talent. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
A phone for fitness
A fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and lightning-quick autofocus are just a few of the headline-grabbing features of the new Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung announced its latest flagship phone Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, continuing, according to the Toronto Star, “Samsung’s strategy of building in ever more capabilities into its phone.” The Star touted the fitness features, bigger screen – a move from 5-inches to 5.1, better battery life and “what the company is claiming is the fastest-ever autofocus for a smartphone.” Techcrunch also highlighted the bigger screen – saying it’s “pushing into phablet territory” – and delves into the 4K video capabilities. Mobilesyrup, meanwhile, celebrated the announcement with an infographic outlining how the Galaxy S line has evolved, including the details on size, camera, weight, display and battery life.
Canadian specs have yet to be released, but new and existing customers can reserve their Samsung Galaxy S5 now on the Rogers Reservation System.
What’s your first impression of the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Snow squalls, the polar vortex – this whole winter thing is starting to wear a little thin. But Google is making it all a little more bearable with its latest trek through the tundra. For International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, Google Street View launched maps of Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba. As reported by the CBC, the initiative is intended to show polar bears in their natural habitat and highlight the effect of climate change on the Arctic.
The new footage was shot during the fall using Google’s Street View Trekker, a backpack with 15 mounted cameras, from onboard tundra buggies.
Of course, Google has mapped many locations over the years, including the Grand Canyon, the White House, and even Rogers retail locations!
What building or region would you like to see on Google Maps?
Win your awards pools
Before you place your bets on Sunday night’s winners and losers, make sure you brush up on the nominated flicks. Hollywood all-stars including George Clooney and Tom Hanks are waiting for you in the Awards Season collection on Rogers On Demand Channel 100. You can catch up on buzz-worthy movies like Gravity and Captain Philips or, if you’re feeling nostalgic for past hits, you can find previous critic favourites like American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, Million Dollar Baby, and The Hurt Locker all in the same place. Check out Rogers.com/OnDemand for more info.
What movie gets your vote for the best of 2013?
Don’t wait to get yours! New and existing Rogers customers can reserve theirs now on the Rogers Reservation System.
Reserving a device on the Rogers Reservation System means you don’t need to call around to stores looking for stock. You know where you are in line, and can choose which Rogers store will receive your device. Plus, you’ll always know where your device is: You get an email notification when it ships, and the store will call you when it arrives.
Here’s what Samsung announced about the device today: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a LTE Category 4 Standard device, and includes a Finger Scanner for a secure, biometric screen locking feature as well as enhanced S Health 3.0 to help you stay fit. The personal fitness tracker includes a pedometer, diet and exercise records and a new built-in heart rate monitor.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has a 16MP camera with the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds. Canadian specs will be revealed soon. Click here for more information on the S5.
Rogers customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also have the choice to subscribe to the Rogers Next Program, which allows customers to upgrade their device every 12 months with no early upgrade or connection fees. Conditions apply; visit here for full details.
We’ll have more details to share regarding exclusive offers, pricing and release date soon. Stay tuned to @RogersBuzz on Twitter and RedBoard for the latest.
What feature from the Samsung Galaxy S5 excites you?
LG blew us all away when it unveiled the world’s first curved smartphone back in October. And today, we’re happy to announce that the LG G Flex, running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, will be available in Canada this spring, exclusively from Rogers.
To celebrate this Canadian first, here are five innovative features that caught my eye:
- It’s shapely. The LG G Flex is designed to fit in the palm of your hand and follow the curve of your face with its six-inch curved screen. It doesn’t just look cool – the shape helps improve the voice quality by reducing the gap between the mic and your mouth. Plus, the curved screen is the perfect shape for glare-free movie viewing. To accommodate the design, it’s also the first device to feature a curved battery.
- It heals itself. If you’re hard on your device (like me!), check out the G Flex’s self-healing coating. The phone’s back cover can recover from day-to-day nicks and scratches, so it always looks brand new.
- What buffering? With a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the LG G Flex is super-fast. This device can run on the 2600 and 2100 MHz spectrum, reaching top speeds on Rogers LTE network.
- Easy control. The LG G Flex has a rear key that makes changing the volume simple when you’re chatting on the phone. A quick tap, and no interruption required.
- Wake and snooze made simple. The “Knockon” feature means you can turn the display on and off automatically with a simple knocking gesture. No need to pick your device up or press the power key – the phone senses the movement and goes light or dark accordingly.
Available in Titan Silver, the phone also has a 13 MP camera, plus a 2.1 MP front-facing camera for great selfies, and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Want a curved phone of your own? Starting today, new and existing Rogers customers will be able to reserve the device online using the Rogers Reservation System. A refundable $40 deposit will be applied to a credit card or your Rogers account.
Stay tuned to this space and follow @RogersBuzz for updates on availability and pricing.
What do you think of this phone’s space-age shape?
My single girlfriends use their smartphones for online dating, browsing Facebook for eligible bachelors and sending Snapchats of their gym crush to their BFFs. They’re even among the fifty-two per cent of Canadians who check their phones while on a date, according to the Rogers Innovation Report.
On the other hand, my paired-up friends use their smartphones to keep the spark alive in long distance relationships, Instagram “so-cute-they-make-you-cringe pictures” and send instant messages to one another throughout the day.
Couples and BFFs may share a home, a meal, even the same name. So why not share mobile data, too? Rogers Share Everything plans allow you to share a bucket of data with your friends and loved ones, across up to 10 devices – from flip phones to smartphones and tablets. As well, unlimited Canada-wide talk and text is included on each Share Everything plan. Sharing helps you maximize your data usage and get the most out of your plan.
To celebrate sharing, we’re giving away two Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s – one for you and one for your Valentine.
For your chance to win, share a “roses are red” poem you’d write to your Valentine (real or imaginary) in the comments. Contest closes on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll draw a random winner from all qualified entrants. For complete contest rules, click here.
Tip: This type of poem usually consists of four lines. The first line should be “Roses are red” and the last word of the second line should rhyme with the last word of the fourth line. Here’s an example:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
We like poems
And so do you.
Update: Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.: Thanks everyone for your entries. We’re confirming a winner and will update this post when the winner is confirmed!
Update Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m.: Congratulations to our winner, Scott Kennedy Ground of Toronto! Enjoy your two new devices!
Do you, like Mindy Kaling, worry that everyone is hanging out without you? According to new research, that fear may be the motivation to check your cellphone alerts up to 100 times a day. Plus, smartphone shipments hit a major milestone, Twitter updates its app to include photo sharing and we teach you how to use carrier billing. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
FOMO on screen
Fear of missing out (FOMO) means we’re checking our phones nearly 100 times a day, according to research from Mobile Posse and Phoenix Marketing International. The October research found that U.S. smartphone users spend more time (26 per cent of the total) checking alerts on their home and lock screens than with any other mobile activity. More than half of those surveyed said the notifications were the first thing they checked when they picked up their phone – fuelling the researcher’s belief that this was due to their alternative phrase for FOMO, which they called “Fear of missing something” (FOMS). Thirty per cent of smartphone users also looked at their phone immediately after getting an alert – and on average they were signed up for notifications from at least eight categories, including missed calls, text, email, social, news, weather, games and more.
How often do you check your phone’s alerts?
We’re always sharing stats that mobile use is on the rise in Canada, but last year smartphone shipments hit a new record: for the first time one billion smartphones were shipped in a single year. According to IDC, that’s an increase of 38.4 per cent from the 725.3 million devices shipped in 2012. “Only two years ago, we had half a billion units, so it’s a testament to how popular smartphones are and how competitive the market is right now,” Ramon T. Llamas, of IDC, told Mashable. He does expect growth to slow down eventually, predicting that a plateau is likely in the next five or six years.
Did you purchase a new cellphone in 2013? Which model?
Apps made easy
The average smartphone or tablet in Canada is loaded with 25 apps – but I suspect RedBoard readers are carrying even more games, productivity and educational tools in the palm of their hand! To help Android-toting Rogers customers keep up with the latest downloads, all in one convenient bill, we recently started offering carrier billing at the Google Play store. That means instead of charging your app downloads to your credit card bill, you can add them to your monthly Rogers statement, making it easier to track your wireless spending. Check out the step-by-step how to here.
How many apps have you downloaded to your devices?
Tweak your tweets
Twitter continues to roll out new updates to its mobile apps, and the latest change adds a photo editor. Now, users of the microblogging platform on Android can crop and rotate the images that accompany their tweets. Plus, Twitter now prompts you to @mention the friends in the photo. According to Engadget, the changes will soon roll out for iOS users too.
Do you share photos on Twitter? Will you edit your shots before hitting send?
The recent Rogers Innovation Report found that Canadians had quite the ‘app-etite’ in 2013; their smartphones and tablets included a buffet of twenty-five apps on average. Not surprisingly, Facebook was the most popular app overall, appearing on 74 per cent of Canadian smartphones.
I consider myself a bit of a techie so I have almost 90 apps on my phone and use about a third of them regularly. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, so I have my Google Play purchases billed to my monthly Rogers statement. This way, I see all of my wireless costs in one place.
If you’re an Android user, you too can skip the credit card and charge your Google Play purchases directly to your Rogers account. The purchase will show up on your monthly statement as “Google Play.”
To take advantage of Google Play carrier billing, simply choose “carrier billing” when making a purchase.
If you’ve already linked a credit card to your Google Wallet, you’ll need to remove it before you can see the option for carrier billing:
- Visit wallet.google.com
- Log in
- Go to “Payment Methods” and select the credit card
- Tap “Remove” and tap again to confirm
Next time you’re making a Google Play purchase, select carrier billing and voila, you’re all set!
So tell us: How many apps do you have on your smartphone or tablet?
Your Moto X has a cool voice-recognition capability that means it will answer to you, and only you, when you issue a voice command. Tell your Moto X to do something, and it will, without you having to tap or click a thing. It can even pick out your voice in a crowd.
Before it can do any of those things, though, it needs to get to know you and your voice. You can “train” your Moto X any time, even if you skipped the step in the initial device setup. Best of all, it’s easy. Here’s how.
1. Drag down the notifications tray and choosing Settings.
2. Tap Touchless Control to open.
3. Tap Let’s Get Started and tap Next to read through the brief Touchless Control tutorial.
4. Find a nice, quiet spot and tap Record.
5. Say, “OK, Google now” three times, tapping Next between each recording. Done!
Today, Sara Graham, editor of TheTravelPresse.com, shares some highlights from her recent travels. The soon-to-be Prague-based travel writer has also written for various print and online publications including The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @thetravelpresse.
Usually when I travel, it means taking photos with my camera, and waiting to upload them to social media until I get back to my computer.
Life just got so much simpler (and the photos so much better) for this traveler. Here’s how:
- Take your shot easily in low-light or nighttime: For low-light landscape photos, and night scenes, I easily made the shot by tapping on the screen to select the focal point. Presto … what was dark became light!
- Getting the perfect shot with HTC Zoe. The HTC One mini comes with an exclusive feature called HTC Zoe, which allowed me to take three-second living pictures (think Harry Potter). Afterwards, I was able to pick stills out of each Zoe. Brilliant!
- Share instantly: Good photos should be seen in the moment. Thanks to my Rogers data pack, I was able to keep my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts alive with images every day. And by selecting a roaming pack before I left, I was able to stay on budget.
- Stay on track: Prague is a cobbled maze of streets, so GPS and long battery life is practically a lifeline. The HTC One mini helped me find addresses and get to appointments on time. Heck, I was even early for once!
After using the HTC One mini on my trip, I don’t think I’ll be returning to lugging my laptop or camera around on my travels again.
How do you use your smartphone when you’re travelling?
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