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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?
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!
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?
We were glued to our monitors on Tuesday for Apple’s latest announcement, which resulted in two new iPads and a new Mac operating system. As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the week, there was lots more going on for us at Rogers: We announced we would be carrying the HTC Desire and HTC One Mini, and Rogers was named one of the country’s top 100 employers! Plus, we’re gearing up for Halloween and the CRTC started its consultation into the future of cable TV. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Introducing the iPad Air
At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple unveiled its new iPad Air and iPad mini. The new iPad Air is thinner, lighter and faster than the previous generation, while the new Mini has a faster microprocessor and high-def Retina display. Apple also announced the newest Mac OS – Mavericks – and revamped MacBook and Mac Pros. Will you upgrade your Apple gear?
#ComingSoon: Rogers will be carrying the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
— RogersBuzz (@RogersBuzz) October 22, 2013
Our stable of super-fast LTE-enabled smartphones just keeps on growing! This week, we announced we’ll be offering the HTC Desire and HTC One Mini, starting Nov. 4. The HTC One Mini, available exclusively from Rogers, has a pocket-friendly 4.3” high-def screen but still packs in familiar HTC features, including HTC BlinkFeed updates, the HTC UltraPixel Camera and the video-creating HTC Zoe. Meanwhile, the HTC Desire, available in red and white, has LTE connectivity and dual, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers for serious music lovers.
The future of cable
The CRTC started its consultation on the future of cable TV this week. This follows last week’s Speech from the Throne, where the federal government encouraged more flexible TV packages for Canadians. We’ve been advocating for this for years. Do you have thoughts on the future of broadcasting regulations? Weigh in on the CRTC website.
Rogers named one of Canada’s top employers
Rogers was recognized this week as a great place to work, making the Mediacorp list of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014. Employers are graded based on the workplace environment, benefits, training, community involvement and more. Rogers was recognized for office perks, like a room for meditation and religious observance, discounts on products and an employee bonus program. Even better? We celebrated the honour with cake at our Toronto campus.
I previously shared why I love my job – what do you love about your workplace?
Trick or Treat
Rogers Pumpkin Patrol, now in its 29th year, will be helping to keep the streets safe on Oct. 31. Since 1984, Rogers employees volunteer to patrol neighbourhoods to help keep young trick-or-treaters safe. Keep an eye out for the red Rogers vans, and check out pumpkinpatrol.ca for our top safety tips.
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins – Oh my! Halloween is right around the corner, and we’re ready to celebrate all things spooky with a live chat on Tuesday at noon EDT right here on RedBoard. Log on to share your favourite scary movies and answer trivia questions for your chance to win a movie prize pack!
What movies do you watch every All Hallow’s Eve?
Do singles have different smartphone habits than those of us who are coupled up? What does your dog do when you’re not at home? And what’s all this buzz about the new Apple operating system? Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Apple owners started upgrading to iOS 7 this week, getting their first chance to swipe through the brighter screens and spy some major changes. MobileSyrup reports that “the biggest improvements to the experience are in the subtle, mundane maneuvers people repeat hundreds of times per day.” Upgrades include an expanded notification bar, background updates and a Control Centre where users can turn on WiFi settings and open the camera. The Guardian, meanwhile, walks us through some of the big questions – like what happened to Spotlight and how you search in Safari. Of course, not everyone loves the changes – check out this child’s reaction on the Huffington Post.
What are your thoughts on the new iOS?
Protect your pooch
Three quarters of pet owners want updates on their furry friends when they’re away from home, according to Rogers research. Stacey O’Handley’s family uses their Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system to help keep an eye on their dogs and cat – and thanks to the system, her husband was able to spot their five-year-old lab Oscar with a steak knife and rush home to keep their beloved pet safe. Read more about their story here. This fall, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is expanding to 28 additional cities and towns in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Would you like to receive updates on your pets when you’re away?
Smartphones and the single gal (or guy)
More than half of single smartphone users between 21 and 42 would call themselves practically “addicted” to their device, according to new research from eMarketer. The survey from online dating websites found that the single gal is slightly more connected: 48 per cent checked their mobile device first thing in the morning, compared to two out of five men. Singles also send text messages daily, with 47 per cent calling it a constant activity. Plus, three quarters surf the web on mobile throughout the day, and roughly the same percentage check social sites a few times daily.
I may not be single – but I definitely fall within the same uber connected category as those surveyed. Do you think singles are more attached to their phones than those who are coupled up?
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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.
Happy Victoria Day weekend everyone! We’ve got your cottage reading right here to help you catch up on all the latest tech news, including more LTE rollouts, the price of coffee with Tim Cook, app domination and Google updates. All coming up in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
There’s an app for everything
Apple and BlackBerry both released reports on their respective app stores this week, and the figures were pretty mind blowing. In the short time since BlackBerry 10 launched, 120,000 apps have already become available for the platform in the Blackberry World store. There were 70,000 apps available when the Z10 and Q10 launched, so another 50,000 were created in a mere four months. BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins shared his excitement and future plans with BlackBerry Live here.
Apple also hit a milestone this week, reaching the 50 billionth download mark! The App Store first opened in 2008 with only 500 apps. Now almost five years later, the store is seeing downloads at a rate of 800 apps per second! Apple commemorated the occasion by awarding the 50 billionth downloader a $10,000 App Store gift card. Read more from the official press release from Apple here. I’m personally responsible for hundreds of those downloads myself! What are some of your faves? Let’s compare top picks in the comments below!
Rogers LTE rolls out in more markets this week!
Fantastic news announced today that we couldn’t wait to share with our RedBoard readers – our LTE Max network has launched in a number of new markets, including Brooks, Cochrane and Canmore, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie and Muskoka, Ont. We also expanded our LTE network to Saint-Georges, Que.; Sydney, N.S.; Bathurst, N.B and expanded our coverage in the Moncton, N.B. area.
With these new cities launched, we’re still right on track to deliver with our commitment to launch our LTE network in 44 new markets this spring. With the LTE network expansion to cottage country, who’s going to take advantage in Muskoka this long weekend?
Google Play for Education
This week was huge for Google. Among their many announcements came news of an Android app being launched to aid in children’s education. Already piloted in select schools, the app enables teachers to search for educational apps for their subjects and grade levels. Teachers can then add the selected apps to Nexus tablets – all the students need is a Google account to access it.
Be sure to visit the official Google blog to keep up on all their latest developments on Google Play for Education and so much more.
Treat Tim Cook to a cup of Joe … for $610,000
Yes, you read that correctly, there are no typos where the numbers of zeros are concerned. In an auction on CharityBuzz, a bidder paid $610,000 for a 30 to 60 minute coffee break with the Apple CEO. Although it was a hefty price tag for a java jolt, proceeds will be going towards the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
So what do you think they will talk about over their coffee? I’d love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation!
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Today is Earth Day, a day when we celebrate the Earth and try to be even more eco-conscious. So along with turning out lights when you leave a room, turning down the thermostat and recycling all you can, here are four mobile apps that will help you live greener every day of the year.
Tips for going green If you’re looking for how to start embracing more environmentally-friendly habits, you might want to check the Go Green mobile app (iOS, free). A new tip pops up each time you launch the app. For example, “When you’re in the market for a new computer, consider a laptop. It saves space, goes anywhere and uses five times less energy than desktop models.” Each tip is then stored in “The Green List,” which you can reference at any time.
Recycling how-tos If you’re wondering where you can drop off empty paint cans or batteries in your area, you might want to check out 1-800 Recycling’s mobile app (iOS and Android, free). Available for “parts of Canada,” the app allows you to search nearby recycling centres based on the item you want to recycle. It then lists all the centres near you that accept it, includingthe location’s address, hours and phone number. You can even call the centre direct from the app.
Maintaining your green lifestyle Want to know just how Earth-friendly that package of peanut butter you’re about to pick up is? Good Guide (iOS and Android, free), scans product barcodes and rates them for health, environment and society. It also lists the ingredients, nutritional information and alternative products. And you can add in your personal standards to see how your favourite products stack up. The app lists more than 120,000 food, personal care and household products.
Make your commute a little greener Commute Greener (iOS, Android and Facebook) gives you points and badges as you improve the method of your daily commute. For example, I take the subway every day, so the app suggests I work from home one day a week or get a bike in order to make my commute a little better. You also get points and badges for recruiting friends, and can create challenges for your group to take part in.
What mobile apps do you use to help you live greener?
Sarah is a regular RedBoard contributor