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Back 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:
- As reported by the Toronto Star, almost sixty per cent of Ontario schools allow students to BYOD, or bring your own device. Students use tablets, laptops and cell phone for access to interactive lessons;
- Over 350 international universities use TopHat, a tool that turns student’s smartphones into educational tools. They can now connect directly with a professor to answer questions, take quizzes, and provide feedback right from their devices;
- Is there anything apps can’t do? Apps can help with understanding literature, scheduling your classroom/homework , developing basic math skills, organizing study notes, and exploring geography and;
- 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.
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?
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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This 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!
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?
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..
Can you recommend an app to help us grow like pros this spring?
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Do you, like Mindy Kaling, worry that everyone is hanging out without you? According to new research, that fear may be the motivation to check your cellphone alerts up to 100 times a day. Plus, smartphone shipments hit a major milestone, Twitter updates its app to include photo sharing and we teach you how to use carrier billing. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
FOMO on screen
Fear of missing out (FOMO) means we’re checking our phones nearly 100 times a day, according to research from Mobile Posse and Phoenix Marketing International. The October research found that U.S. smartphone users spend more time (26 per cent of the total) checking alerts on their home and lock screens than with any other mobile activity. More than half of those surveyed said the notifications were the first thing they checked when they picked up their phone – fuelling the researcher’s belief that this was due to their alternative phrase for FOMO, which they called “Fear of missing something” (FOMS). Thirty per cent of smartphone users also looked at their phone immediately after getting an alert – and on average they were signed up for notifications from at least eight categories, including missed calls, text, email, social, news, weather, games and more.
How often do you check your phone’s alerts?
We’re always sharing stats that mobile use is on the rise in Canada, but last year smartphone shipments hit a new record: for the first time one billion smartphones were shipped in a single year. According to IDC, that’s an increase of 38.4 per cent from the 725.3 million devices shipped in 2012. “Only two years ago, we had half a billion units, so it’s a testament to how popular smartphones are and how competitive the market is right now,” Ramon T. Llamas, of IDC, told Mashable. He does expect growth to slow down eventually, predicting that a plateau is likely in the next five or six years.
Did you purchase a new cellphone in 2013? Which model?
Apps made easy
The average smartphone or tablet in Canada is loaded with 25 apps – but I suspect RedBoard readers are carrying even more games, productivity and educational tools in the palm of their hand! To help Android-toting Rogers customers keep up with the latest downloads, all in one convenient bill, we recently started offering carrier billing at the Google Play store. That means instead of charging your app downloads to your credit card bill, you can add them to your monthly Rogers statement, making it easier to track your wireless spending. Check out the step-by-step how to here.
How many apps have you downloaded to your devices?
Tweak your tweets
Twitter continues to roll out new updates to its mobile apps, and the latest change adds a photo editor. Now, users of the microblogging platform on Android can crop and rotate the images that accompany their tweets. Plus, Twitter now prompts you to @mention the friends in the photo. According to Engadget, the changes will soon roll out for iOS users too.
Do you share photos on Twitter? Will you edit your shots before hitting send?
The recent Rogers Innovation Report found that Canadians had quite the ‘app-etite’ in 2013; their smartphones and tablets included a buffet of twenty-five apps on average. Not surprisingly, Facebook was the most popular app overall, appearing on 74 per cent of Canadian smartphones.
I consider myself a bit of a techie so I have almost 90 apps on my phone and use about a third of them regularly. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, so I have my Google Play purchases billed to my monthly Rogers statement. This way, I see all of my wireless costs in one place.
If you’re an Android user, you too can skip the credit card and charge your Google Play purchases directly to your Rogers account. The purchase will show up on your monthly statement as “Google Play.”
To take advantage of Google Play carrier billing, simply choose “carrier billing” when making a purchase.
If you’ve already linked a credit card to your Google Wallet, you’ll need to remove it before you can see the option for carrier billing:
- Visit wallet.google.com
- Log in
- Go to “Payment Methods” and select the credit card
- Tap “Remove” and tap again to confirm
Next time you’re making a Google Play purchase, select carrier billing and voila, you’re all set!
So tell us: How many apps do you have on your smartphone or tablet?