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Back to School: How to choose a smartphone that’s best in class – and a contest!

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I was fortunate enough to sit down with @WinstonSih, well-known digital correspondent, who helped me create our latest back to school post below. Check it out:

Back to school for many means heading back to the hallways with a new flashy phone.  With a growing number of available smartphone features, and new devices coming out every month, students have a wide variety of choices. Everyone’s back to school device and data needs are different. Maybe you’re off to university and looking for a phone to keep you social or you’re a parent purchasing an entry level phone for your child.

To make the process easy for you, I thought I’d share the three steps to ensure you are ready to head back to class with a smartphone in hand:

1)      Pick a device that suits your needs
It’s important to ask yourself: what will I use my smartphone for? This question is key in determining the features you want out of your device. For example:

  • If you’re looking to use your smartphone to watch sports, stream classroom lectures or read e-books, check out a device with a large HD screen. I suggest the LG G Flex that has a 6 inch curved HD Display or the Samsung GALAXY S5 with a 5.1 inch HD screen. Both can reach super fast speeds on Rogers LTE network so you can stream to your heart’s content with virtually no buffering or lag.
  • Students getting their first cellphones, or those that don’t need all the bells and whistles, should look for a simpler device. Two options I recommend include the Moto G LTE and the Nokia Lumia 635. Both phones offer impressive performance, but come at an affordable price.
  • A student who is always on the go from class, to the library, to the gym, and so forth needs a phone that can keep up. These active academics should look to the LG G3. With alightweight and anti-scratch body, the LG G3 is ideal for students on the move and comes with a long lasting removable battery that complements a busy schedule.

2)      Get your data
Having enough data is important to ensure you can use your device but given a tight student or family budget, data shouldn’t go to waste. Get a plan that maximizes the value of your data by sharing it across devices. With Rogers ShareEverything plans, for example, data pools range in size from 500 MB to 15 GB monthly, with the opportunity to add up 10 devices on a plan. Data sharing is ideal for students; the more devices you add, like your tablet, a roommate’s smartphone, or your parents’ devices, the lower the cost per device. Share Everything plans are also loaded with unlimited Canada-wide calling and messaging, call display and voicemail for each plan member.

3)      App it up
Once you’ve got your device, it’s time to personalize it even more. Apps are an excellent way to get even more out of your new phone. Here are my top three apps you should check out to help you when you’re back in class:

Evernote

  • An app best for keeping notes and projects organized across all devices
  • Clip web articles, include handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep notes, projects and research with you all the time

SuperCard Flashcards

  • An easy way to study, the app provides multiple ways to create image or text flash cards
  • Provides three quiz types to help you prepare for upcoming mid-terms or exams

Google Drive

  • A simple way to have all your projects and notes within reach from any smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Awesome for syncing files, documents and presentations

Win two Nokia Lumia 635 before September 3rd:

To ensure, you’re back to school ready, we’re giving away two Nokia Lumia 635 devices to one lucky winner. We’re giving you two so you can use them on a ShareEverything plan; you can share data and features with your new roommate, a sibling, or your child. To enter, in 30 words or less, tell us in the space below how the Nokia Lumia 635 will be used when you/your child heads back to school.

CONTEST RULES

Back to School Contest
ROGERS Communications Partnership

The Back to School Contest (the “Contest”) is presented and administrated by Rogers Communications Partnership (herein referred as “Rogers” or “Contest Sponsor”).

1. ELIGIBILITY – The Contest is open to residents of Canada who are over the age of majority in their province or territory of residence but excluding residents of Quebec (individually “entrant” and altogether “entrants”).

Employees of Contest Sponsor, its parent and affiliated companies, representatives, dealers and agents, contest suppliers and judges, and those with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must, prior to participating in the Contest, obtain the consent of their parent(s) or legal guardian, who will be considered the Contest entrant.

2. CONTEST PERIOD – The Contest starts on August 28, 2014 and continues until 12:00PM on September 3, 2014. All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Times.

3. HOW TO ENTER- No purchase necessary.

To enter, tell us in a 30-word or less essay in the comment box following this blog post, how the Nokia Lumia 635 will be used when you/your child heads back to school.

By submitting an essay in the Contest, entrant irrevocably grants Rogers, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to store, copy, transmit, post, broadcast, and display, in whole or in part, the essay on any and all media now known or hereinafter invented, without additional review, compensation, or approval whatsoever. Entrant warrants to Rogers and its affiliates that the essay submitted does not contravene or infringe on anyone else’s copyright or other intellectual property.

Limit of one (1) entry per person. Any attempt or suspected attempt to enter more than once per person, any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or any entry methods not authorized by these rules, shall be deemed as tampering and will void all of your entries. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, contain erroneous contact information or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by the Contest Sponsor.

4. PRIZE(S) – Entrants are eligible to win one (1) of two (2) Nokia Lumia 635 smartphones, having an approximate value of $199.99.

Contest Sponsor is not responsible should the value of the prize quoted in these rules differ from the actual value of the prize at the time of the draw and the awarding of the said prize. No financial compensation will be made if actual value is lower than the value of the prize quoted in these rules.
Device is locked for use on the Rogers network and does not include activation, airtime or data plan, which are the responsibility of the winner. Winner must comply with Rogers Terms of Service and the user guide for the product and/or services when the device is activated and used on the Rogers network. Any costs or expenses incurred by winner in claiming or using the prize not specifically described as part of the prize, including but not limiting to unlocking the device, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

5. DRAW – A random draw by a representative of the Contest Sponsor or the independent judging agency from all entries received will be made immediately after the closing of the Contest at approximately 12:05PM on September 3, 2014 at the Rogers office at 333 Bloor St E. Selected entrants will be contacted by email at the email address indicated on his/her entry

6. CONFIRMATION OF WINNER – If a selected entrant cannot be reached within five (5) business days following the first attempt of contact, incorrectly answers the skill-testing question, declines the prize, or fails to return a Release of Liability as specified below, Contest Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select another entrant or to cancel the prize.

7. ACCEPTANCE OF PRIZE- Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not transferable, redeemable, refundable or exchangeable for cash and not replaceable if lost/stolen. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, with a prize of at least equal value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised prize.

8. RULINGS – Rulings by Contest Sponsor are final and without appeal in all matters related to the promotion, the administration of the Contest and the awarding of the prizes.

9. ODDS OF WINNING – Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Contest Sponsor takes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late or destroyed entries, or for typographical or other production errors. Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor.

10. CONSENT TO PUBLICITY – By entering this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants consent to the use of their entry, name, city of residence and/or voice, statements, any photographs or other likenesses for publicity, advertising or informational purposes carried out by the Contest Sponsor and/or its advertising agencies in any medium or format without further notice or compensation.

11. LEGISLATION – The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

12. COMMUNICATIONS – No communications will be entered into except with selected entrants.

13. PRIVACY – Rogers is collecting personal data about entrants for the purpose of administering this Contest. No further informational or marketing communications will be received by entrants unless entrants provide Rogers with explicit permission to do so. Please see Rogers’ Privacy Policy at www.rogers.com for information on its policy towards maintaining the privacy and security of user information.
14. RELEASE OF LIABILITY – By entering this Contest, entrants release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotional agencies and the contest judge(s), their affiliates and respective directors, officers, owners, partners, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) from any liability in connection with this Contest or, if declared a winner, the prize.

15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY – Releasees do not assume any responsibility and each entrant releases Releasees from any and all claims, actions, damages, loss, injury, costs, demands and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising in connection with the Contest and/or prizes including, without limitation, the administration of the Contest, the selection and confirmation of Winner, and the awarding and use of the prize.

Contest Sponsor assumes no responsibility for failure of the internet or the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Contest Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

©2014 Rogers Communications

 

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Back to School: Tech in university times

photo 2As we discussed in our last back to school post, technology continues to play a growing role in the classroom. We’ve learned, for example, that fifty-five per cent of students report using online services to help them write their papers; eighty per cent use social networks to help them study.

We wanted to truly understand the students of this generation, so we quizzed our Rogers social insiders to get their take on how tech influenced their day-to-day university student life. Meet, Cato Pastoll, who studied at the Richard Ivey School of Business and just launched Lending Loop, an online marketplace for Canadians to lend money to growing local businesses took on the challenge. And Rosalyn Gambhir (on the left) who studied Computer Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston,  who shares her for love everything local, pretty, and techy in her blog.

What were the top ways you used your smartphone or tablet when you were away at school?

CP: There are so many examples. From tethering while away from home to do school projects, to watching my favourite sports teams on-the-go, and using the school’s mobile app to check my schedule, grades and any other school information. I also used it to connect with classmates and Google Docs helped us work collaboratively. As I was working part-time, my smartphone was also a great tool to keep on top of work emails and my ever-growing schedule.

RG: Being away for university, I used my smartphone to communicate with my friends back home but I also used it to plan study groups or coffee catch-up sessions. My reliable plan, with unlimited texting was key.

We know accessing the Internet is super important for students. How did you stay connected when at home, away from campus?

CP: I don’t think anyone could survive at university without an Internet connection. I shared mine with a roommate, we had a student package which gave us a lot of bandwidth, and allowed us to easily split the cost.  With Internet right in our home, we never had trouble doing our research, finalizing project stats…in addition of course to gaming and movie watching in our downtime.

RG: Being in university, the first year I resided in dorms while the last three years I choose to live in a house with five other girls. Internet was our saviour to the outside world as it allowed us to stay connected with our friends and parents back home, in addition to letting us be on top of our school work. It was convenient to have one service provider and split the bill every month – this turned out to be the most cost effective.

Cable is also an essential must-have for students. Did you and your roommates or friends have any TV show/movie/sport watching rituals?

CP: I watch Game of Thrones whenever it’s on. I’m also a really big soccer fan so I’d be up at 7:30AM every Saturday morning to watch all the games of the Premiere League. I needed to catch big sports events like the superbowl and playoffs – these games cannot be missed.

RG: In a house with five girls, cable was a must! We were big fans of TV shows - Doctor Who, Criminal Minds, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and One Tree Hill –  we never missed one. Sometimes we went through TV marathons on lazy days and watched Veronica Mars, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls​ and more. We made a point to share evenings together on Sundays, it was our girls bonding time!

Sometimes, your smartphone or your internet connection can be a life-saver. Have an example?

CP: I arrived at campus one day to hand in a paper that was due within 30 minutes! I realized that I had left it at home and was never going to make the deadline. Luckily, I keep all my files in my OneDrive so they are always stored in the cloud. Within minutes, I was able to download the file to my smartphone from OneDrive, correct any last minute mistakes using my mobile office application and then email it to the school printer. Without my smartphone I would have surely gotten an F.

RG: As a student, I sometimes procrastinated, particularly when there was fun and games for distraction. Although school work should have come first, handing in an assignment at 11:58PM, when it was due at midnight, did happen from time to time. With no time to spare, the internet and a fast reliable connection was my life saver, especially during crunch time.

To ensure you’re heading back to school with a new device in hand, Rogers is offering new and current customers up to $100 off the hottest smartphones when activated on 2-year Share Everything plans. Share Everything plans lets students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices, like roommates and family members, to maximize data usage and bring down costs,

Students headed back to university or college, can also learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.

Tell us, do you have any tech tips for university or college students?

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Back to School: How technology helps in the classroom

shutterstock_124814620Back to school is not what it used to be. Laptops have replaced three-ring binders; many back-breaking textbooks are now available as e-books; notes are written on digital screens; and schedules are tracked using smartphones. For this generation, the end of summer means it’s time to check out the latest tech to get the most of your school year, whether you’re heading back to elementary school or off to university.

A recent report by Price Waterhouse Coopers showed Canadians are ready for a digital education, one that incorporates tablets, laptops, smartphones and more. Over eighty per cent of us believe technology is a means to better prepare students for the future; with over three quarters of us seeing it as a tool to make education more engaging.

Access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is already enhancing educational experiences, in and out of the classroom:

To ensure you’re heading back to school with the latest tech, Rogers is offering new and current customers up to $100 off the hottest smartphones when activated on 2-year Share Everything plans. Share Everything plans lets students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices, like roommates and family members, to maximize data usage and bring down costs.

Or if you’re off to college or university, learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.

Stay tuned for more back to school articles to help you gear up for the year!

How do you plan on using technology in the classroom?

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Weekend Reading: Twiplomacy, a nerd, new Facebook app and more

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThis week we’re celebrating our Canadian presence on Twitter, welcoming a new customer, looking at a new messaging app and seeing gold. Here’s your Weekend Reading.

World leaders hashtag too

While you may think of Twitter as a platform used mostly by consumers and brands, PR firm Burson Marsteller’s annual study ‘Twiplomacy’ revealed that international leaders and governments are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.

Call me nerdy but I think this is pretty cool! The study showed that more than 83 per cent of all United Nations governments have a Twitter presence. More than 3,100 international embassies and ambassadors are now active on Twitter, with a 28 per cent rise in accounts this year among government users.

The survey placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Twitter account in 44th spot among 50 world leaders. But fear not – the survey also revealed Ottawa is getting digitized! As reported by the Toronto Star, Canada was actually identified as one of a small group of countries that have Twitter accounts for most embassies and missions.

What world leader are you following or would like to follow? I bet you’ll be able to find them in the Twittersphere!

Welcome IT Nerd!

We are excited to welcome our friend the IT Nerd to the Rogers family. In a recent blog post, he wrote about customer recommendations that led him to switch to Rogers. He said that since switching, his life has become “much, much better.” He shared his positive installation experience, painless migration and gave kudos to our customer service – music to our ears!

IT Nerd: Thanks for choosing Rogers for your Internet, phone and cable services.  We welcome you with open arms and fast internet speeds, and wish you the happiest of surfing, chatting, and PVRing!

New messaging app ‘Slingshots’ its way into Canada

 As of Wednesday, Facebook’s new messaging app, Slingshot is ready for Canadians to download – so… shoot away! Available for Android and iOS devices, Slingshot lets you send photos and videos that self-destruct. As explained by the Financial Post, photos and videos on Slingshot disappear shortly after people swipe them away. Viewed messages which can only be seen once by each member of the conversation, are wiped from servers in a week, and messages that are never opened are deleted within 30 days.

As explored by Mashable, users are required to respond with an image or video in order to unlock the messages they receive. While some may see this as a ‘catch’, I think it adds a little more excitement to opening up a new message.

Do you think you’ll be ‘Slingshotting’ any time soon?

A golden device

The HTC One (M8) in the stunning shade of amber gold is now available in Rogers retail locations and online at Rogers.com. This fashion-forward colour is exclusive to Rogers and complements the device’s innovative, sleek and award-winning design. Check out our previous posts to learn more about the HTC One (M8)’s  specs and user-friendly features.

Do you think smartphones are becoming the latest fashion accessory?

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Weekend reading: Hockey, vampires and a new OS

Weekend readingThis week, we’re buzzing about Guillermo del Toro’s new show on FX Canada, 24/7 sports coverage with Sportsnet NOW and Apple’s launch of iOS 8. Plus, find out how you can win extra Rogers First Rewards loyalty points. Get it all in the Weekend Reading.

How about that local sports team?

Get your sports fix 24/7 with the new Sportsnet NOW stream. Available now as an exclusive preview for Rogers customers with a Sportsnet TV subscription, this live, HD-quality stream includes all of Sportsnet’s TV programming and events. This means you can now watch NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, curling, the Tour de France and more from anywhere in Canada on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

The stream, which includes all your subscribed Sportsnet channels, also allows for quad-screen viewing on your computer for busy game nights. Plus you can set alerts to two minutes before the puck drops (or whatever your sports program of choice may be). There’s even multiple logins on a single account, so family members can tune in to different games or from different devices – perfect for when my boyfriend wants to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs on our desktop but I want to keep an eye on the Montreal Canadiens on the go with my smartphone!

Check it out at www.sportsnet.ca/now or download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play.

What sport will you be streaming?

An Apple upgrade

All eyes were on the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference Monday, as Tim Cook and co. unveiled the new iOS8. The update includes interactive notifications, improvements to mail, the keyboard and group messaging, as well as a new health tracking functionality. Mashable shares the top six moments from the event, while iPhone in Canada runs through all the new functions here and MobileSyrup shares a visual recap of the announcement.

What functionality do you look forward to trying in iOS 8?

FX Canada gets freaky

On Tuesday, Rogers hosted Guillermo del Toro for a panel discussion about his new FX Canada series The Strain. Based on a trilogy del Toro co-authored, the show follows New Yorkers as they fight against a virus that turns people into vampires. Check out our full recap of The Strain panel, and be sure to tune in for the premiere on FX Canada on July 13 at 10 PM.

Will you be tuning in?

Spin it to win it

Right now, eligible customers enrolled in the Rogers First Rewards loyalty program have a chance to win up to 10,000 free rewards points – just step right up at rogersfirstrewards.com and spin the wheel! What does 10,000 get you? Up to 25 Rogers On Demand movie rentals or $100 in hardware upgrade discounts or loads of extra long-distance minutes … we could go on!

And if you do take a spin, you’ll also be automatically entered to win 1 of 5 grand prizes of 100,000 points. Are you feeling lucky?

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Weekend Reading: Gear-ing up, finding faves and welcoming spring

Weekend readingThis week, we said adios to winter (at least according to the calendar), tested out a new Twitter feature and got all the details on Samsung’s new GALAXY S5 and wearables. Want in on our newfound knowledge? Here’s some Weekend Reading.

Get the Gear

The Samsung GALAXY S5 is coming to Rogers on April 11! The Canadian specs and launch date were revealed this week, and we’re really excited about the S. Health 3.0 app, which records steps and heart rate information and lets you record diet and exercise information. You can reserve yours now on the Rogers Reservation System.

The icing on the cake: the Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available exclusively for Rogers customers, also on April 11. All Gear accessories display your phone’s calls, texts and emails on your wrist. The Gear 2 Neo even includes a standalone music player to power your playlists on the go. Rogers will also be carrying the Gear Fit and the Gear 2. Check out what CBC had to say about the new devices here.

Which of the new Gear wearables has caught your eye? Why?

Top tweeps

Twitter marked its eighth birthday by rolling out a tool that shows your very first tweet. Unfortunately for many, that first tweet was pretty dull but this CBC roundup did uncover some gems! Our first tweet from @RogersBuzz welcomed all our new followers. My personal account’s first tweet was a somewhat embarrassing third-person account of my morning at work. Hopefully, I’ve gotten wittier since then!

What was your first tweet?

Twitter’s testing a new timeline feature that lets you track every tweet from a selected group of people. The micro-blogging site’s “Fave People” lets you group your preferred accounts into a special timeline. You can also choose to receive notifications when they tweet.

I’ve been playing with the feature, which is currently being tested on Android, and I must admit, it’s kind of nice to have a special list of my preferred folks. Rather than my usual list functions – media, runners, sports, etc. – I’ve been using the feature to keep track of my real-life friends whose updates sometimes get lost in my main feed. One caveat – friends with locked profiles cannot be favourites.

How would you use the “Fave People” function?

Sweet springtime

OK, some parts of the country may still be seeing the odd flurry and sub-zero temperature. But the calendar assures us that spring is coming, and we spent yesterday looking for proof! @RogersBuzz followers shared a few promising signs of new growth and sunshine!

Even if we’re still waiting on the thaw, it’s a great time to start thinking about digging in the garden, or, in my case, potting a few herbs on the balcony. To help you get a head start on the growing season, we rounded up a few awesome apps to help gardening veterans and newbies alike.

What tools help your green thumb? 

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Spring gardening: Apps to help you get growing

SpringWinter will end. We promise. And when it does, you’ll be happy you took our advice and downloaded these awesome apps to turn your smartphone into your ultimate gardening assistant.

For the gardening newbie

I’m completely new to gardening and need to start with the basics. If you’re also looking for a crash course, Gardenate, available on iOS and Android ($1.99), comes to the rescue. The app gives recommendations based on your climate and time of the year. On BlackBerry? Try the Popular Garden Plants app (free).

Do you have garden envy?  Snap a picture of your neighbour’s flower or vegetable garden and search with Google Goggles (free on iOS and Android) to get the plant’s name!

From garden to table

I dream of my kids picking red ripe tomatoes from our garden and using our very own pumpkin for Halloween. How do I start? On most platforms, you’ll find a guide to grow your own food: try Edible Garden Planner (Windows Phone, free), Kitchen Garden (Blackerry, free), and Vegetable Garden on Android and iOS ($1.07)

Of course, I also want mint for ice tea, basil for salads and coriander for fried rice. Start a herb garden with the help of Herb Garden (Android, free), Grow your own organic herbs (iOS, free) and Herbs 101 (Windows Phone, free).

Watch it grow

As smartphone users, we’re addicted to recording, monitoring and tracking. Get the notifications started with Garden Squared (Android, free), MyGarden (iOS, free), Garden 360 (Windows Phone, $2.49) and Gardening Checklist (BlackBerry, $1.99).

Bugs, pests, critters and butterflies

Get to know whether your insect visitors are friend or foe with the Garden Insect Guide, free on iOS and Android. Love butterflies? Use this iOS app ($0.99) to plan your garden to attract butterflies..

Now all you’re missing is your gear! Chatelaine will help you choose your  tools wisely while ConnectedRogers has some gadget picks for gardening geeks.

Can you recommend an app to help us grow like pros this spring?

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Weekend Reading: Facebook’s birthday, Canadian cheer and app stats

Weekend readingThis week, we celebrate Facebook entering its tween years, get a little patriotic and check out the latest predictions for app downloads. Read all about it in the latest edition of the weekend reading.

Facebook turns 10

A decade ago on February 4, Facebook was born. In a familiar story, immortalized in The Social Network, the site soon spread from a few university students to everyone, including your youngest sibling and your grandma. From introducing the ideas of “friending” and “defriending” to guaranteeing annual birthday wishes from loose acquaintances, Facebook has certainly made a mark in its 10 years. In fact, Mashable has curated a list of 8 ways it changed the world. Meanwhile the Guardian dives into the network’s numbers and Time shared a timeline of 10 “monumentally important twists” in the site’s history. Facebook marked the occasion by launching “A Look Back,” which is a short video highlighting your years on Facebook. You can get your own at facebook.com/lookback. I joined Facebook in 2006, and the first photos I shared were from a roadtrip to my hometown!

What were your Facebook firsts?

Canadian cheer

We’ll be cheering on all the Canadian athletes competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and look forward to seeing that pile of gold, silver and bronze grow! Whether you’re at home or on the go, you can watch complete CBC coverage of the Olympic Winter Games on Rogers on Demand on channel 100 or on Rogers Anyplace TV.

Go Canada!

What sports will you be following in the coming weeks?

Double the app-etite

Terrible pun aside, we know Canadians have on average 25 apps on their smartphones and tablets. In May 2013, the Google Play store reached the one million mark for apps and games currently available, while Apple marked the milestone in October 2013. With all these options available, app downloads are expected to double over the next four years, according to new research from eMarketer. Annual downloads are expected to soar from 82 billion in 2013 to more than 200 billion in 2017. As for how people find new apps to download, the research found that browsing the app store was the most popular (with 55 per cent), while one-third seek out apps that were recommended by friends and one-fifth found new apps through social media.

I rely heavily on app recommendations from my friends for my many, many downloads. Where do you discover new apps?

Hello, Russia!

Whether you’re visiting the Kremlin in Moscow, climbing Mount Elbrus or visiting everything in between, Rogers customers can now experience same fast LTE speeds they’re used to at home when they’re travelling across Russia. This new LTE roaming agreement means you can enjoy seamless streaming, fast mapping and easy sharing. Find out more at Rogers.com/roaming. Happy travels!

What Russian landmark is on your must-visit bucket list?

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Weekend Reading: FOMO, perfect pics and a mobile milestone

Weekend readingDo 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?

Mobile milestone

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?

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How to charge Google Play purchases to your Rogers bill

Google PlayThe 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:

  1. Visit wallet.google.com
  2. Log in
  3. Go to “Payment Methods” and select the credit card
  4. 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?

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