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Carols, cards, gifts and parties: the holiday spirit is in full swing this week. So we’re offering up gift options for everyone on your list and sharing a few of our favourite festive apps. We’re also talking about the Wireless Code, which came into effect on Monday, and looking at how many people have embraced the new Apple operating system.
Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
We decorate our homes and sometimes even our desks – so why not extend the cheer to our smartphones? This week @RogersSarahM shares her favourite Android apps for the season, including a few picks, like Mint, that will help keep you organized year-round. Plus, Rogers customers can now have their Google Play purchases billed to their monthly Rogers statement. Find out how here.
What are your holiday app picks?
I’m still hunting down the perfect finishing touches for the loved ones on my shopping list, but we’ve compiled our list of everything you need for a very Merry Tech-mas! Whether you’re looking for a smartphone with a stellar camera for your favourite shutterbug or some wearable tech to help a family member reach their fitness goals, we’ve got you covered!
What do you hope to find under the tree this holiday?
Wireless Code 101
The CRTC’s Wireless Code came into effect on Dec. 2, 2013, applying to individuals and small business customers who sign up for a new contract or renew their existing contract on or after that date. The Code makes some changes to wireless services for Canadians, including two-year plans and a cap on certain fees. We also created this handy Q&A to help explain what it means for you.
Nearly three-quarters of Apple users have upgraded to iOS 7, according to Mashable. The new operating system was released in September, updating the notification bar and adding background updates and a Control Centre where you can turn on Wi-Fi settings and open the camera. (Check out our tips for getting the most out of your keyboard with iOS7.)
Are you using the newest operating system for your device?
Santa’s elves must surely be expert programmers by now, with high-tech toys topping wishlists for children and adults alike. My mom’s holiday gift last year was a tablet, and I know my gentleman friend is hoping this year brings a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S4 under the tree.
Picking the right high-tech gift can be tricky, so start by considering your loved ones’ hobbies, then check out our recommendations to make shopping a breeze.
The shutterbug: Selfie was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2013. Even if the gadget-lover in your life isn’t busy snapping self-portraits for social media, they’re probably still part of the growing wave of people capturing memories with their smartphones. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, available in black and yellow, has a 41 megapixel camera that allows for precision zooming and cropping. The Moto X, meanwhile, is great for taking photos in a flash with its quick capture camera. You simply need to twist your wrist twice to open the camera app, then touch the screen anywhere to get the shot – fast.
The film fanatic: Buffering can ruin the power of an award-winning performance or a beautiful breakaway shot. Friends who love to watch on the go need a wireless device capable of fast network speeds to support downloading large files or streaming video. Check out the LG G2 (you can win your own on Howard Forums) and Samsung Note 3 smartphones, which are both capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of 150 mbps.
The gym rat: Both the serial marathoner and the newbie gym-goer (plus everyone in between) could enjoy a wearable fitness technology gadget. Devices like the Fitbit Flex bracelet or the Fitbit Zip track steps, distance travelled and calories burned to help you get a head start on those 2014 resolutions.
The music lover: The HTC One smartphone was an essential item for our music festival survival guide, and is sure to please the audiophile in your life. “HTC BoomSound” and dual front stereo speakers powered by Beats Audio amps mean your family members can listen to all their favourite top 100 tunes – and you can even throw in a set of headphones to make sure their soundtrack stays solo.
The outdoorsy type: Rock-climbing, hiking and mountain biking can take its toll on your tech. The Cat B15 smartphone was designed with a rugged user in mind – it can survive a fall from 1.8 metres, is dust resistant and can even be submerged under a metre of water for half an hour.
For the technophile: Coveting the latest gadget is no longer reserved just for the tech-obsessed, but for that special someone who likes to stay ahead of the curve, now’s the time to explore wearable tech. Worn on your wrist, the Samsung Galaxy Gear lets you preview messages from your device, save voice memos, make hands-free calls, take pictures, track your steps and more.
For you: After all that hard work shopping for everyone on your list, it’s about time you reward yourself. Check out more than 100 of the world’s top magazine titles on your tablet with Next Issue Canada . The all-you-can-read digital magazine service is available on iPad, Android tablets and Win8 devices, and starts at $9.99 for monthly titles plus digitized back issues. For $14.99, you can add weekly titles to your selection. Sign up now at www.nextissue.ca.
Visit Rogers.com or your local Rogers store to pick up any of the gifts on this list.
What technology has made your holiday wishlist this year?
‘Tis the season to be jolly … Sorry, is that too soon for you? I can’t help it. The winter holidays are my favourite time of the year. The crunch of snow under my feet, the decorations and lights everywhere and the carols all make me feel like a kid again.
So curl up with some warm apple cider and check out these five apps that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas ($4.99)
Everyone’s favourite Christmas special comes to life in this fun, interactive app. If you can’t wait for A Charlie Brown Christmas to air on TV every year, you’ll love this app. (It’s great to share with your kids, too!) You can even decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
2. Mint.com (free)
While a budgeting app might not seem completely in the spirit of the season, Mint is a great way to track your spending. Most of the tracking is automatic, so you won’t need to manually enter the details of every purchase (which makes it so easy to use). Sticking to a budget means no unpleasant surprises come billing season in January.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($5.23)
Of course, the season’s other holiday classic is this Dr. Seuss tale. This interactive storybook app offers three modes: reading the book yourself, having the book read to you, or a mix of the two.
4. Any.do (free)
This is another app that’s not holiday specific, but definitely will save you from checking your list twice. Any.do is a to-do list app that syncs with your Gmail account and has a Chrome plugin so you can easily add tasks. Tasks can also be shared with others, so you can work together to get all the gifts from everyone’s lists this year.
5. The Nightmare before Christmas ($1.05)
Looking for a bit of a different spin on the holidays? This app allows you to give your device a fun Nightmare Before Christmas theme. You can customize icons, your wallpaper and dock faster than you can say Jack Skellington.
Rogers is the first Canadian provider to offer carrier billing for Google Play purchases. Instead of paying via credit card, Rogers customers can now sign up to have their Google Play purchases billed on their monthly Rogers statement. If you’ve already connected your credit card to your Google Play account, you’ll need to remove it in order to see the option for carrier billing.
Check out Google’s step-by-step instructions on paying for your Google Play purchases with carrier billing.
What apps help fuel your holiday spirit?
This week, we learned that English-speaking Canadians log more online hours than their Francophone peers, and that seniors are going online in increasing numbers. We also learned how to get the most out of your iOS 7 keyboard and introduced carrier billing on the Google Play store. Learn more in the latest edition of the Weekend Reading!
We all know that Canadians log a lot of online hours, but it turns out that screen time varies depending on your language preferences. According to a CRTC “Communications Monitoring Report”, English-speaking internet users spent more than 20 hours online per week in 2012 – seven hours more than their Francophone counterparts. That’s a difference of more than 54.6 per cent! This gap is also growing: in 2008, Anglophones spent 13.8 hours online, as compared to 11.2 hours for their French-speaking peers.
Why do you think English Canada’s internet use is growing faster than its French counterpart?
Last month, Apple released its new iOS 7 operating system – revamping the functionality and look from the lock screen right down to the keyboard. Whether you’re tapping away on an iPhone or iPad, this week we shared a few secret tips to help make typing even easier.
And, speaking of tablets, if you’re considering grabbing one of our newest devices this weekend, be sure to check out our latest offers. From now until Jan. 6, you can add a tablet to your Share Everything plan and share your data for $0 for 10 months. You can also save with Rogers Trade Up: bring in your old smartphone or tablet to a Rogers store to receive a credit towards a new one.
The over 65 set is becoming increasingly connected, with 48 per cent of Canadian seniors saying they went online last year. According to the Statistics Canada report, as shared by BetaKit, that’s eight per cent more than in 2010. Amongst the Canadian population as a whole, 83 per cent of Canadians over 16 were online last year, up from 80 per cent in 2010.
The research also saw mobile internet use rise amongst all ages, from 33 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2012.
How has your internet use changed since 2010?
This week, Rogers became the first Canadian carrier to start rolling out carrier billing to the Google Play store. That means customers can buy any of Google’s one million apps and additional offerings and then bill the charges directly to their Rogers account. Payments can be made through a secure, one-click payment system and the charges will appear on the customer’s monthly Rogers bill – no credit card details required. Rogers carrier billing is also available with BlackBerry App World and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store.
The service should be available to all Rogers customers in the coming weeks.
What’s your favourite Android app?
Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture here at Rogers. So we’re incredibly proud that the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has recognized our CEO Nadir Mohamed as the Outstanding Global Citizen of the Year. Nadir was selected for his extensive efforts to help youth and young entrepreneurs succeed, including his efforts to strengthen the community through the launch of the Rogers Youth Fund, our Employee Volunteer Program and Connected for Success, our affordable broadband program.
Have a great weekend!
Guidebooks – once a necessity – are quickly being rendered obsolete by the wealth of information that can be accessed online and by the multitudes of travel apps available on our smartphones.
As a professional travel blogger, I travel a lot and have come to rely heavily on my Samsung Galaxy SII Android smartphone for information. Here are a few of the apps and tricks I use on the road.
Find great restaurants
The days of taking a chance on an unfamiliar restaurant are over. Yelp (free) has become far and away the most-used app for user-generated bar and restaurant reviews. Yelp is hooked in to your smartphone’s GPS, so it will find restaurants near you and recommend the best based on other people’s reviews. When you choose your restaurant, just push the ‘get directions’ button and Yelp will open up Google Maps and auto-load driving directions. You can also try Alfred (free), which is similar to Yelp but is programmed to learn your taste and make suggestions based on the restaurants that you enjoyed in the past.
Checking your email and Facebook from your phone on the go is convenient, but if you spend a significant amount of time online like I do, you need to find Wi-Fi. WiFi Finder (free) finds both free and paid hotspots near you so you can plop down and crack open the laptop to really get some work done.
Save Your Battery
Using maps to navigate can drain your battery and power sources aren’t always readily available on the road. Getting the most out of my battery is a top priority, and Juice Defender (free) is an exceptional power saver. When I installed it, my battery life appeared to last 20 to 40 per cent longer. You can also purchase second batteries fairly inexpensively.
When you find yourself lost on a back road in Minnesota, you won’t need to worry about the potential costs of opening up Google Maps for a couple of hours, thanks to the Rogers U.S. roaming rate. Rogers offers a $7.99/day roaming rate for Canadians travelling in the United States, which allows for up to 50 MB of data download per day (way more than most people use). For more information visit Rogers.com/roaming.
On some trips, everything seems to go wrong. It’s as though Murphy’s Law applies tenfold while travelling — so it’s important to be prepared for the worst. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. You can also protect your smartphone from loss or theft using Lookout Security (free), which enables you to remotely lock your lost or stolen phone, locate it using GPS, or wipe all the data.
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We’re all about staying connected in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading. In addition to launching our Connected for Success initiative and checking out the latest stats on mobile internet access, we’re also reaching out to customers to hear their great ideas. Plus, we take a look at some awesome Android phones.
When it comes to surfing, more and more people are taking it on the road. Web traffic via smartphones has increased by more than 6 per cent since 2012, rising from 11.1 per cent to 17.4 per cent worldwide. The chart from Statista breaks it down by continent, showing that in North America, 15.2 per cent of us are using our smartphones to get online, up from 9.4 per cent a year ago. South America saw the biggest gains in mobile internet use, more than doubling from 3.2 per cent to 6. 8 per cent.
While I expected North Americans to be leading the mobile charge — when was the last time you were in line at a coffee shop and didn’t see everyone on their device? — Asia and Africa actually earn that title. In Asia, 26.6 per cent of web traffic comes from mobile devices, while in Africa, that number is 23.7.
I’m forever double checking facts, movie times and locations on the go – and have been known to haul out the smartphone to settle an argument at the dinner table. Do you surf on your smartphone?
Connected families and bright ideas
This week, Rogers celebrated two exciting launches: the official start of our Connected for Success initiative and our brand new ROGERS Idea Box platform.
Connected for Success is a new affordable broadband internet program geared toward getting more families and youth online. As we announced earlier this summer, the program will provide qualifying families with broadband internet for $9.99 per month with a usage allowance up to 30 GB, plus access to a $150 computer loaded with software. On Thursday, we launched the program at the Cooper Mills Toronto Community Housing residence in Toronto. To celebrate, we hosted an event and chatted with educator Neil Price, who shared with RedBoard what Connected for Success could mean for students.
Rogers Idea Box is a place where you can contribute to improving the customer experience by posting new ideas and voting on ideas from other customers. It’s easy to join – sign in and post your great idea. Then share it with friends and family and encourage them to vote on your idea with the “like” button. The most popular ideas, based on votes, will be reviewed by our team and used to help us improve. Start sharing your ideas on Service and Support, Rogers Stores, Rogers.com and the MyAccount App now!
It’s been a good year for Android. Not only have we seen some super cool devices come out for the operating system, but the Google Play store also reached the one million available apps milestone. This week, Mashable shared a slideshow of their top five Android phones – four of which are available at Rogers. The roundup praises the touchless controls of the Moto X, the awesome camera on the HTC One, the super-fast LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4’s improved sensors. The Nexus 4 rounds out the list, getting props for its super battery life. For more on the latest devices, check out Rogers.com/Android.
What phones are you looking forward to this year?
As if there was really ever any doubt, new research from Google proves that Canadians really love their smartphones. Plus, Facebook continues to dominate as the world’s most popular social network, Android comes out on top for tablet operating systems and we chat with Canadian tennis superstar Milos Raonic. Get all the details in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Smartphones to go
The old “Keys, wallet, watch” check on the way out the door is most definitely in need of an update to include the smartphone, according to a new report from Google. The online survey found that not only are 56 per cent of Canadians using a smartphone, up from 33 per cent in 2012, but eight in 10 of those smartphone owners say they won’t leave home without their devices.
The second screen trend also keeps on trucking, as reported by iPhone in Canada and the Globe and Mail. About 75 per cent of smartphone users streamed video, with one in five doing so daily. And about 35 per cent said they’d get rid of their television before parting with their smartphones.
Another interesting fact: most people have 30 apps installed on their device, and, on average, used 12 of them in the past month.
I certainly would never leave home without my smartphone – and would definitely keep it over any of the other electronics in my condo, including my TV, desktop and microwave! What devices would you give up in favour of your smartphone? How many apps are installed on your device?
Facebook stays on top
Facebook continues its reign as a social networking behemoth, claiming the top spot for most dominant social network in 127 countries, out of 137 analyzed for the Vincos Blog’s June 2013 edition of the World Map of Social Networks (See the full graphic here). The ranking is based on Alexa traffic data, with the U.S. and Canada accounting for 198 million of Facebook’s 1.115 billion monthly active users. Some of the competing networks may not feel familiar – Draguiem is number one in Latvia, while the runner up in South Korea is QZone, which still dominates in China and has 611 million users in Asia. To compare the latest results to June 2009, the map from four years ago shows that there were a lot more players in the social network space, and Facebook had not yet taken hold in Central and South America.
I’ve certainly logged on to new social networks since 2009 – but still visit Facebook every single day. What social networks do you use?
Tweeting tennis star
The Rogers Cup kicks off this weekend in Toronto and Montreal, and Milos Raonic will be among the tennis superstars hitting the courts. Before the action started, Milos stopped by Rogers in Toronto to answer a few questions about the tournament, his favourite gadgets and why he loves Twitter. Check out the video on RedBoard. Can’t make it courtside? You can catch the action live on your smartphone, computer or tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV. For more details, visit rogersanyplacetv.com/sports.
All about Android
Tablets are great on-the-go technology, and we’ve been celebrating their perks with our Talking Tablet series on RedBoard and RedBoard Biz. The market is becoming increasingly competitive, too, and this week we learned from Talk Android that the Google-backed operating system came out on top in tablet shipments and marketshare in the second quarter. According to data from Strategy Analytics, Android tablets grew to 67 per cent of the global market, shipping 51.7 million units. Tablets as a whole also saw a boost, with shipments up 47 per cent over the second quarter last year. Rogers retail locations recently started 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.
Do you use a tablet? If so, what operating system do you prefer and why?
Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard
This week we’re all over the tech space, from celebrating an app milestone and a Facebook infographic to staying connected when you’re on the road. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Android app milestone
The Google Play store celebrated a milestone this week, reaching one million apps in its catalogue. The Android app repository has doubled its offerings from last year, announcing the growth during Google’s live event in San Francisco on Wednesday. Downloads are also on the rise, growing from 20 billion in 2012 to more than 50 billion. Apple, meanwhile, most recently announced in June that it had more than 900,000 apps in the App Store.
I download probably more than my fair share of apps, and am currently testing out a variety of running apps to see if I can commit to just one! What are your must-have downloads?
Do you prefer to like or lurk? Optify has created an infographic of the nine types of Facebook users they’ve identified. While the infographic is pretty funny – “The Gamer” is illustrated as a grandmotherly type who loves Farmville – it also has some pretty cool stats hidden in there, such as 250 million users, of 1 in 4 people on Facebook, play games on the social network. I also learned the average person logs on 14 times a day and 10 per cent of Facebook users aren’t actually people – they’re pets, brands and objects! If I had to pick a camp, I’d definitely fall a bit into the over-sharer category. I really love to share photos of my vacations, my runs, my meals … a little bit of everything.
What kind of Facebook user are you?
It’s hard to unplug when you’re on vacation – even if you’re not constantly checking email, you want to be able to share tweets and photos of all the amazing things you’re experiencing! On a recent trip to San Francisco, Katie had a chance to try out our new worry-free U.S. roaming rate. As she shared highlights from the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and everywhere in between, she also made sure to keep an eye on her wireless internet usage. Find out how she managed her smartphone use – and check out her Instagram video – on RedBoard.
Jennifer is a regular RedBoard contributor
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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.