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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
  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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5 Android apps to help you get into the holiday spirit

To do list‘Tis the season to be jolly … Sorry, is that too soon for you? I can’t help it. The winter holidays are my favourite time of the year. The crunch of snow under my feet, the decorations and lights everywhere and the carols all make me feel like a kid again.

So curl up with some warm apple cider and check out these five apps that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas ($4.99)

Everyone’s favourite Christmas special comes to life in this fun, interactive app. If you can’t wait for A Charlie Brown Christmas to air on TV every year, you’ll love this app.  (It’s great to share with your kids, too!) You can even decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

2. (free)

While a budgeting app might not seem completely in the spirit of the season, Mint is a great way to track your spending. Most of the tracking is automatic, so you won’t need to manually enter the details of every purchase (which makes it so easy to use). Sticking to a budget means no unpleasant surprises come billing season in January.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($5.23)

Of course, the season’s other holiday classic is this Dr. Seuss tale. This interactive storybook app offers three modes: reading the book yourself, having the book read to you, or a mix of the two.

4. (free)

This is another app that’s not holiday specific, but definitely will save you from checking your list twice. is a to-do list app that syncs with your Gmail account and has a Chrome plugin so you can easily add tasks. Tasks can also be shared with others, so you can work together to get all the gifts from everyone’s lists this year.

5. The Nightmare before Christmas ($1.05)

Looking for a bit of a different spin on the holidays? This app allows you to give your device a fun Nightmare Before Christmas theme. You can customize icons, your wallpaper and dock faster than you can say Jack Skellington.

Rogers is the first Canadian provider to offer carrier billing for Google Play purchases. Instead of paying via credit card, Rogers customers can now sign up to have their Google Play purchases billed on their monthly Rogers statement. If you’ve already connected your credit card to your Google Play account, you’ll need to remove it in order to see the option for carrier billing.

Check out Google’s step-by-step instructions on paying for your Google Play purchases with carrier billing.

What apps help fuel your holiday spirit?

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Cool jobs at Rogers: Elana Schachter delves into digital magazines

ElanaFrom broadcast news and magazine publishing to smartphones, internet and cable television, there’s always a lot going on at Rogers. All these products and projects also mean our employees have a wide variety of responsibilities – including some pretty cool jobs. So once a month we’re checking in with Rogers employees who love what they do. This month, Elana Schachter, Director of Digital Product Strategy for Rogers Publishing, shares a glimpse inside the world of tablet magazines and apps.

Confession: Until recently, most of my workouts consisted of me sweating to the oldies in my basement using DVDs. As Director of Digital Product Strategy for Rogers Publishing, I knew there had to be a more modern way to stay in shape. I had a vision for an app that allowed you to customize your workout using your iPad. With a little luck (and some sweat of a different kind), earlier this year we made my dream app: the Chatelaine 10-Minute Fitness app.

I’ve been with Rogers for many years and have been fortunate to have held a multitude of roles across Rogers Communications and Media. What I love best about my current role is the ability to consider what consumers are looking for and having resources to deliver that vision, while further expanding our brands into the mobile space.

My role also allows for constant learning. My friends like to joke I have a new smartphone every time they see me – they are kind of right. Plus I get to work with some of the most exciting companies in the mobile space -  Apple, Google and Samsung – on a daily basis.

Early on, Rogers Publishing saw success with the development of our iPad magazine replicas for Maclean’s in December 2010. The first Canadian magazine title to be available on the digital newsstand, it can often be found in the top 10 most popular titles in the country. We quickly realized we needed to add iPhone to the mix and have since launched iPhone magazine editions for Maclean’s, Canadian Business and Hello! Canada. Hello! Canada has remained in the #1 spot since launch at the end of May – impressive, right?

Now all of our consumer magazines are available across multiple digital newsstands including Blackberry, Apple and Google Play. We recently reached a new milestone, with more than 1 million app downloads across all of our titles.

Maclean’s also launched our first eBook on the Shafia Honour Killing Trial in March 2012, and it continues to be one of our top sellers. In July of 2012, we grew our team to better support the development of eBooks. We have since published 69 eBooks on a variety of topics.

Our team has also been experimenting with custom iPad apps for iTunes. We have launched 13 to date, including Chatelaine Recipe Box, Châtelaine Guide Pleine Forme, Canadian Business Retire Happy and Maclean’s Universities Guidebook. (Click to view our full collection of Rogers Publishing apps on iTunes).

But the most successful stand-alone app to date has been Chatelaine’s 10-Minute Fitness app.  I’d been fantasizing about an app that would let you mix and match to build custom workouts that you could play on your TV using Apple’s AirPlay. Given Chatelaine’s amazing health and wellness content, it was a natural fit. The app contains 14 custom workouts which means we had to produce videos for more than 100 moves! It was a lot of work but totally worth it.  The app launched at the end of May and within its first month reached #14 on the overall iPad charts, ahead of some of the world’s most popular games and social networking apps. It’s since been downloaded 100,000 times and ranked #1 in the Health & Fitness category in 49 countries around the world! The app is free to download and includes Chatelaine’s All-Star Workout and a detox diet plan.

Not only did this app deliver on my workout needs but it is also helping drive revenue for the company. Our team is hard at work on creating more apps every day.  Keep checking your favourite magazines’ print, digital and website editions for details.

Did you know?

Rogers recently launched a new Career Zone. Check it out today at to explore how you can build an exciting, rewarding career at Rogers!

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Cool jobs at Rogers: Building apps with Brian Coleman

Brian ColemanFrom broadcast news and magazine publishing to smartphones, internet and cable television, there’s always a lot going on at Rogers. All these products and projects also mean our employees have a wide variety of responsibilities – including some pretty cool jobs. As part of a new monthly series, we’re checking in with Rogers employees who love what they do. This week, we chatted with Brian Coleman, Manager, Mobile Development. Brian, who is based in Toronto, joined the Rogers team in July 2012.

What inspired you to join the Rogers team?

Rogers is one of the most recognized brands in Canada. I saw that they develop some of the best Canadian apps in the Apple App Store including City Video. I wanted to work with an experienced team that had released some top apps. What interested me about Digital Media was their diversity of work across broadcast, radio and publishing. There is nothing more rewarding as a developer than to work with top brands and have thousands of users see your work.

What do you do at Rogers?

During this last year with Rogers I have worked as an iOS Developer for the publishing team. We released more than six #1 apps to the Apple App Store including the new Chatelaine 10-Minute Fitness. I developed and enhanced the publishing framework to support over twenty replica magazines as well as iPhone versions of Macleans, Canadian Business and Hello! Canada. Just recently I was promoted to Manager, Mobile Development. This was an exciting move because now I get to be a part of every project my team is working on.

What’s challenging and exciting about your job? 

The challenging part about my job is to keep up to date with the latest and greatest technology. Mobile is changing so fast and there are so many more devices now. In the past I only focused on iOS but now I need to know all about Android, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems.

The most exciting part of my job is the process of taking an idea and growing it to a full functioning app that people enjoy. The surprise and delight of seeing someone use our app for the first time and getting their thoughts about what they liked and what they would do to improve it. Software is such an iterative process; we are always updating our apps based on the feedback we receive.

Tell us about an inspiring moment as a Mobile Development Manager at Rogers:

I think the most inspiring moments I’ve had recently is during interviews with iOS and Android developers. I get to talk with a lot of very passionate people. Developers love what they do, they live and breathe their language of choice. It’s fun to debate different topics, and during this I get to learn a lot about how other companies they have worked at operate, why they developed something the way they did and what they learned from their past experiences.

What advice would you give to someone who wants a job like yours?

  • You need to have a great sense of passion for mobile and the software development process; this passion will rub off on your team.
  • Learn as much as you can by developing many different apps. In development you learn by doing, making mistakes and learning how to fix them. This is invaluable to pass on to your team because those experiences help them progress as developers.
  • Work on your “people skills”, managing resources is a big part of the job. Many developers are pretty introverted so you need to be able to make them feel comfortable to come to you when they get stuck or have questions.

Did you know?

Last week, Rogers launched a new Career Zone through SuccessFactors that will help:

  • You to see and apply for roles across Rogers that match your skills and interests;
  • Managers to hire the best through a simplified, streamlined hiring process; and
  • Recruiters to attract and engage the right people for the right roles within the organization.

Check it out today at to explore how you can build an exciting, rewarding career at Rogers!

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Weekend reading: Pedal, download, surf and snap your way through the weekend

Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habitsThis week we’re cycling with the pros in the Tour de France, celebrating a download milestone and recognizing moms as the most socially engaged group. We’re also buzzing about Instagram video, which can now be embedded in posts! All that and more in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

Pedal the Tour de France

My Facebook stream is filled with friends posting finish line selfies and Endomodo bike commute updates, so I feel it’s pretty safe to say that fitness and technology go hand in hand. And now Google has made the Tour de France accessible to armchair athletes. In honour of the 100th edition of the race, the search engine giant has launched a tool called Your Tour, which lets you “cycle” through the course by scrolling with your mouse or trackpad. Race stages are added as the pack arrives, and include video from a bike and a map of the course.

While I may be a weekend warrior, I’m far from Tour-worthy, so I loved getting a peek into this world that could previously only be experienced by elite athletes.

Google has also mapped the Grand Canyon, the Musee D’Orsay and even Rogers retail locations. What sporting event or location would you like to click your way through?

Magazine milestone

This week, Rogers magazine titles celebrated one million tablet app downloads, a milestone recognized by Masthead and the Canadian Magazines blog. We’re proud to be the first major magazine publisher to offer readers tablet versions of every one of our consumer publications, including Chatelaine, Sportsnet and HELLO! Canada. Rogers Media currently offers 22 publications  on iPad, Android and BlackBerry devices. Starting with the launch of the Maclean’s app in 2010, our “replica apps” offer enhanced versions of the print editions, adding photo galleries, audio tips, behind the scenes videos and more.

We should note that our one-million mark doesn’t include the more than 60 ebooks we’ve published or our standalone apps, like Chatelaine’s 10-Minute Fitness App for iPad, which reached the top spot in the health and fitness category in 31 countries.

Do you read magazines on your tablet?

Moms mad about social media

There’s tonnes of online buzz around the tech-savvy millennial generation, but according to a new eMarketer report, moms are actually the most socially engaged demographic in Canada. Overall, in March 2013, moms spent 18 per cent more time on social media – that’s more than 10 hours a month – than the average Canadian female social media user. A full 86 per cent of internet-using mothers go online every  single day, with visiting social networking sites the most common activity. Other top daily online habits include commenting on social networking activities, profile updates, reading forums or discussion groups and watching videos. Moms also dedicate more time to the internet than to watching television. And be sure to check out Clare Kumar’s tips on how technology can help moms.

Are you a social-savvy mom? How often are you online?

Ready, set, filter

A few weeks ago, Instagram announced it would be adding video capabilities to its photo-sharing social network. Users uploaded 5 million 15 second-videos, complete with carefully chosen filters, in the 24 hours following the app upgrade. Celebs are also hopping on board with the service, as James Franco used an Instagram video this week to announce he’ll be the lucky recipient of a Comedy Central roast.

Not even a month old, the service is already rolling out some changes, announcing this week that content would now be embeddable. And, if you want to share your photos in a more tangible way, be sure to check out these 10 gifts from your Instagram pics from Mashable.

What have you captured with Instagram video?

Jennifer is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Weekend Reading: Speedy internet, soaring downloads and time to connect

Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habitsDid you ever stop to think just how many minutes you spend answering messages each day? According to a new survey, the average person spends nearly a full day each week connecting online! Plus, we learned that app downloads are expected to double by 2017 and an independent study confirmed that Rogers is consistently delivering high internet speeds to our customers. All in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!

Staying connected

I shudder to think of the number of hours each week I spend keeping up with email, social networks and text messages. I’m pretty sure I’m more connected than the average person, and a recent eMarketer survey found the average American spends a full 23 hours per week online and texting. That’s almost an entire day! Which means I’m probably approaching at least 40 hours a week. Minimum.

The survey focused on American web users who used at least two platforms to connect with others. For example, it found that 87 per cent of people were logging on to Facebook and email weekly, while 30 per cent tuned in to YouTube and Twitter. And these people weren’t just logging in – they were actively engaging. Email topped out at almost eight hours a week, while Facebook used an average of almost seven hours a week. That’s a lot of status updates.

How much time do you spend online connecting with friends and family each week? Which platforms top your list?

Downloads soar

Apps help us track our runs, prepare our meals, stay organized and connect with friends. They’ve become so integrated in our lives that no one was that surprised when Apple’s App Store hit its 50 billionth download back in May. New research in a report called Future App Stores: Discovery, Monetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013 – 2018 predicts global app downloads are just going to continue to soar, doubling from the 80 billion expected in 2013 to 160 billion by 2017. According to MediaBistro, this growth is fuelled by consumers in developing markets upgrading to smartphones. Games are expected to continue their domination of the download charts, at an estimated 40 per cent share. That said, the report predicts that by 2017 only 5 per cent of apps will be paid to download, a drop from 6.1 per cent this year.

I easily download one new app a month – I love trying out the latest chart toppers! My current obsession is the upgraded Instagram with video.

What new apps are topping your downloads?

Speed seekers

This week, Rogers was all about speed.  We rolled out our blazing fast LTE network in six new regions, including Truro, N.S., Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chilliwack, B.C., Joliette, Que. Lennoxville, Que., and Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, Alta. We also expanded our coverage in the Greater Montreal Area.

While we’re hitting high speeds on our smartphones – with the addition of 44 new LTE markets this spring – we want to make sure our customers are getting fast internet, too. This week, an independent study from SamKnows found  that Rogers Hi-Speed Internet customers regularly get speeds as fast or faster than advertised – helping you stream music and video quickly, even at peak times. If you do find your internet connection is feeling a little bit laggy, check out these trouble shooting tips.

Hitting the road

Summer is full of things I love: friends, family, ice cream, road trips and all the latest gadgets. Last week, we focussed on two of my favourite things, bringing you travel apps to help with your summer trips and a Google+ Hangout on Air highlighting some of the great new functions of the Samsung Galaxy S4. This week, we’re making it even better:  Rogers customers can get a week of free roaming internet with up to 350 MB to use on their next trip to the U.S.  when they buy any Samsung smartphone with select two or three-year plans. That’s a lot of photos, tweets and maps! For more details, click here.

Where will your summer holidays take you this year?

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Ready, set, go: Handy apps for the vacation bound

Smartphones on vacationVacations are great. Getting packed and organized? Not so much. Here are some great apps to help make that process easier.

Before  you go

TripIt (free), available on iOs, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, is really helpful! Forward all your flights, train tickets and car reservation confirmation emails to TripIt and it will create your itinerary. You’ll be able to check it online and share it easily.

Checklists and more checklists

Do you ever get that nagging feeling you’re forgetting something when you pack your suitcase? I know I do. That’s where packing checklist apps come in handy. On Android, Pack the suitcase (free) is a good option with pre-populated lists and Luggage & Suitcase Checklist (free) lets you create different suitcases for every family member. Packing List is available for BlackBerry (free) and Windows Phone (free) users. On iOS, uPacking list (free) does the job as well!

You’re there  

There are plenty of GPS apps out there, starting with Google Maps (free on iOS, Android). Nokia Here (free), available on Windows Phone 8 only, lets you download maps for offline access, and not only can help you if you’re driving, cycling or walking but can also give you transit information and listings for local stores, restaurants and bars.


I am personally a big fan of the new Discovery features from Foursquare (free, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry) and love getting recommendations from locals who know their neighbourhood, rather than guides that might be outdated by the time they’ve gone to press. In the same spirit, TripAdvisor (free, on iOS, Android and Windows Phone) is always a go-to reference to find accommodation or things to do around me. LocalEats ($0.99 on iOS, $1 on Android) will also suggest restaurants based on your criteria for a good number of U.S. and international cities.


Seated at a restaurant and want to order your steak rare? Make sure you don’t ask for well-done with Google Translate (free, available on iOS and Android). Even better, let your phone do the job with speech recognition apps such as Speak and Translate (free , Android) or SayHi Translate ($0.99 on iOS).


What’s a trip without souvenirs? Convert clothes (free, iOS) will help you figure out clothing sizes, and XE currency conversion apps (free, on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone) will help keep you on budget.

Staying safe

It’s important to be prepared for emergencies. For health issues, you can consult the American Red Cross First Aid app (free), available for iOS and Android, to get step by step instructions for coping with common issues. Before you leave, make sure you have downloaded the mobile app for your bank and the Rogers My Account app, available on all mobile platforms. Finally, make sure to store a list of your insurance, bank and other important phone numbers somewhere on your phone, either in your Contacts or within an app like EverNote (free, available across all platforms).

Smartphones make travelling so much smoother. Having an international roaming plan so you can access to all your information at all times? That’s the key for peace of mind for the vacation-bound. With our new worry-free roaming internet rate, customers can access to up to 50 MB of data for $7.99 per 24 hour period while in the U.S. For more on your roaming options, check out our tips for choosing between roaming rates and prepaid SIMs.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favourite app when you’re travelling?

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Rogers LTE Max powers speedy apps for runners

BlackBerry RunMarathon season is in full swing and runners are eating up the pavement across the country. While even the pros say all you need to run is a good pair of sneakers, a little bit of a technology boost never hurts in the race to the finish line.

And at Rogers, we’re all about speed. Rogers LTE Max is a premium wireless network that enables theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps – the fastest available speeds for Canadians. It is mainly composed of dual frequency 2100 and 2600 MHz spectrum bands, which allow users to access faster, and more reliable speeds. Today, we’re rolling out our LTE Max spectrum to La Baie, Que.; Victoriaville, Que.; Saint John, N.B.; Parksville, B.C.; and expanding our offerings in Halifax, N.S.; Trois-Rivieres, Que.; Quebec City, Que. and Victoria, Que.,  all part of our expansion to 44 new markets this spring.

These blazing fast speeds deliver steady music streaming for your cardio soundtrack and quickly sync your workout data to your favourite online tracker. Whether you’re training for 42 kilometres or a run around the block, these free apps can help you reach your fitness goals.

For the explorer: MapMyRun

The MapMyRun, available free on iOS, Android and BlackBerry, uses your smartphone’s GPS to record the details of your latest sweat session, including the duration, distance, pace, speed, calorie burn and your route. All the details can be synced with for in-browser access. The site also boasts a solid mapping tool, where users can browse saved routes from other runners and measure out their own trails.

For the cardio fiend: Runtastic

Runtastic, available free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones, also uses GPS to map your cardio workouts, including walking, running, jogging or cycling. It tracks your time, distance, speed, calories and more, and maintains a log of your training history. The app also syncs with a browser version. Athletes can also get “voice coach” feedback while they’re on the move.

For the competitor: Strava

Runners with a competitive edge can look into Strava, available free on iOS and Android. The GPS-based app encourages users to compete with friends, challenge personal bests and participate in app-wide challenges, such as logging a certain number of kilometres in a set time period.  The app also tracks your distance and offers an “explore” feature to suggest running routes.

For the number cruncher: Nike+ Running

The Nike + Running app, free for iOS and Android, tracks routes, distance, pace, time and calorie burn. The website interface also includes route tracking and calculates the distance climbed and NikeFuel, a movement-based points system that lets users earn badges. The app also has a motivation feature, where athletes can share their runs on their social networks and hear cheers, in real time, for likes and comments as they are received.

For the healthy eater: MyFitnessPal

Logging all those kilometres requires serious fuel. Calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal, available free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, helps users maintain a food diary and log their workouts. The app boasts a database of more than 2,650,000 food and restaurant items, and syncs with an in-browser version so you can keep tabs from all your devices.

What apps help you reach your health and fitness goals?

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Weekend Reading: Smartphones, lifestyle apps and Videotron and Rogers expand LTE network

Weekend Reading: Smartphones, lifestyle apps and Videotron and Rogers expand LTE networkHow much time do you spend on your smartphone daily? What are your favourite types of apps to use? And if you live in Quebec or Ottawa, we’ve got great news for you! All that and more in this week’s Weekend Reading!

Android vs. iPhone: Which users spend the most time on their devices?

According to a new study from CNET this week, iPhone users are logging the most minutes on their handsets.

iPhone users spend an average of 75 minutes a day on their devices, with 22 per cent of that time spent talking. Android users, however, only spend 49 minutes on their devices, with nearly a third of that time (28 per cent) spent talking.

What surprised me most in this article though were the two least-used features – GPS and device cameras. Having zero sense of direction, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out my smartphone to get me on track! And I find having a camera on your device makes it so much easier to capture moments, because we tend to always have our smartphones on us. It sounds like I’m not in the majority though – does the same hold true for you? Do you rarely use your GPS or smartphone camera?

Lifestyle apps becoming more popular

Did you know it’s already possible to control your washing machines, refrigerators or lights right from an app on your smartphone?

Lifestyle apps go beyond household electronics though. Take for instance Rogers Smart Home Monitoring service and app, which allow you to monitor, protect and control various parts of your home, including adjusting your thermostat on the go. There are also numerous car apps that can now lock and unlock doors, start your engine remotely and even gauge your battery life.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts these kinds of apps will be in most households by 2022.

So what’s next for these apps? Making them business friendly. Midsize Insider recently looked at how businesses can use these apps to streamline their business by using them for conference calls and collaboration between employees, customers and partners. This article has some great tips and food for thought if you’re looking to improve your own business processes.

Rogers and Videotron build-out expanded LTE network

This week Rogers was happy to announce an agreement with Videotron to bring LTE to even more residents in Quebec and Ottawa.

The network and spectrum sharing agreement will help bring the blazing fast speeds of the LTE network to both businesses and consumers, and provide better mobile coverage in rural Quebec.

We also continue to roll out our LTE network to even more areas as part of our commitment to expand in 44 new markets this spring, so stay tuned.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor. 

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Weekend Reading: App milestones, LTE rollouts, Google Play and coffee with Tim Cook

Weekend Reading: App milestones, LTE rollouts, Google Play and coffee with Tim CookHappy 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.

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