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Weekend reading: Cool consoles, tablet stats and staying safe online

Weekend readingThis 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 That admittedly outdated technology followed me through Super Mario Kart marathons in university and all the way to my first few jobs in Toronto, where a friend and I would try to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.

Check out more tips to help you avoid fraud traps on RedBoard and check out TechEssentials for everything from creating strong passwords to avoiding phishing scams.

How often do you change your passwords?

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How to turn off tracking in iOS 7

iOS 7Connected Rogers shares how to control whether your Apple device knows your location.

Your iPhone always has your back. Think of it as a loyal companion that wants to better understand how it can help. Thanks to iOS 7 (learn how to upgrade to iOS 7 here), it deduces where you work, the places you frequent and where on the map you call home. It then uses this data – which is stored on your device and isn’t sent anywhere without your permission – to preemptively provide traffic updates and if need be, an alternate route. Super-helpful!

If, however, you simply don’t like the idea of your phone being location-aware, you can easily turn location tracking off in iOS 7. Here’s how:

1. Open the Settings app. Swipe down to Privacy and tap.

2. Tap the slider switch to turn Location Services off.

3. A message about Location Services appears. Tap Turn Off to acknowledge.

Find more quick tech tips at Connected Rogers.

Personally, I rely on location tracking to help me find the nearest coffee shop and to compensate for my terrible sense of direction. How do you take advantage of your device’s location tracking features?

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How to take Instagram-ready pictures with your iPhone 5s

iPhoneConnected Rogers shares everything you need to take your photos to the next level.

Apple’s new iOS 7 has revamped its Camera app so that it now lets you capture shots with the popular social photo-network in mind. Here’s how to take your photos to the next level:

1. Open the Camera app by tapping it on your homescreen, swiping the camera icon up on the lock screen or selecting the app in Control Centre. Or just ask Siri to open it.

2. Sift through the white labels until Square is highlighted yellow. This will frame your shot as an Instagram-style box and ensure proper cropping.

3. Tap the tri-colour icon in the bottom-right corner to bring up a selection of Instagram-like filters. These filters can be previewed live while framing your shot. Select one you like.

4. Snap your picture. The result will be an altogether Instagram-ready shot you can post from within the social photo-sharing app without any extra work.

See more great quick tips from Connected Rogers here.

What are the most popular shots on your Instagram feed?

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Weekend Reading: Holiday cheer, the Wireless Code and iOS7 adoption

Weekend readingCarols, 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!

Festive Fun

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?

Great gifts

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.

Apple updates

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?

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Holiday gift guide: High-tech gifts for everyone on your list

Gift GuideSanta’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 iPadAndroid 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?

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Weekend reading: Surfing seniors, iOS 7 tips and an Android app update

Weekend readingThis 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!

Digital divide

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?

Top tablets

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.

Surfing seniors

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?

App access

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?

Community kudos

​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!

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Check out the new iOS 7 keyboard features

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

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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

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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

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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

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Also on the iPad, you can access an apostrophe without having to flip over to the numerical keyboard. Hold down the comma button, and you’ll get an option above to enter an apostrophe.

 

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?

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Weekend reading: Gearing up for Halloween, the HTC Desire, and the future of cable

Weekend readingWe 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?

 

Hot handsets

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.

Monster movies

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?

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Weekend reading: iOS 7, furry friends and singles with smartphones

Weekend readingDo 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.

Smooth operator

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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Talking tablets: Bob Stein’s tablet fuels consumption

ZTE tabletMovies, 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.

Holding steady

“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.

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