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Weekend Reading: Students creating mobile apps, mobile tech benefits for health care, and the latest issue of Connected Rogers

This week is all about looking to the future of tech! Connected Rogers latest issue gives us a sneak peek for what to look forward to this spring in tech and TV, plus we look at some articles highlighting high schools adding mobile app development to their curriculum, and ways mobile tech could save billions for developing countries by 2017 -all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

Latest Connected issue now online

I look forward to these issues for so many reasons – not only are they on top of all the latest tech news themselves, but they provide fantastic info on Rogers products and services including how-to’s, essential tips, and previews for the world of sports and entertainment this spring.

This month’s issue of Connected highlights 10 Essential Travel Apps just in time for March Break, things to love about the new BlackBerry Z10, and a section on social media support solutions.

My favourite article in this issue though has to be on “Internet Then and Now,” where they remind us how things used to get done “pre-internet.” There’s sharing photos and shopping, but most of all communication when it comes to keeping in touch and expressing yourself. I’ve got to say, aside from the convenience of communicating and sharing, I especially don’t miss having to set foot in a mall these days! The more shopping I can get done online the better – how about you?

Students developing mobile apps

If you can’t beat them, join them! That seems to be the change in thinking when it comes to technology and kids these days. Instead of limiting tech use, many students and teachers are starting to see the benefits of getting kids into tech early, particularly when it comes to career aspirations. The potential for the mobile app market is big, so much so, that some schools have even begun to add related courses to their curriculum.

This week the Daytona Beach News Journal published a report on Flagler Palm Coast High’s new app class, where kids are picking up tech skills that typically aren’t accessible until college or university. In their “App Creation” class, students are given a brief history of tech before getting introduced to basic programming skills. It’s through these classes that many other transferrable skills come to light as well, including design, problem solving, and time management. Begin College wrote a similar article on The Perks of Taking Mobile App Development Courses, as did the Community College Times in their post exploring how apps are helping students think like programmers.

I definitely wish we had had a course like this when I was in high school – what about you? Or are you hoping these programs come to your area for your children?

4 ways mobile tech could save $400 billion in developed countries in 2017

Gigaom released a great report this week on the benefits of mobile tech for the health care industry, particularly in developing countries. We’re already aware of the convenience benefits of mobile tech, but for the health industry it can save money, increase opportunities and enhance health and safety in the coming years.

For instance, health care workers will be able to monitor medication and treatment for patients, and text alerts can be sent out decreasing missed appointments. Aside from lower costs and higher efficiency, check out the remaining points from the full article in Gigaom. It’s exciting to see the full potential for technology and realize it’s not just about cool gadgets; there are ways it can change lives and bring hope to those less fortunate too.

Kelly is a regular Redboard contributor.

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Weekend Reading: HTC Desire C, TechXperts and the Rogers Cup

Weekend ReadingDesperate for a smartphone but don’t want to break the bank? You should check out the HTC Desire C .

This week we add this device to our lineup, in both white and red colours. With it comes the power of Android 4.0.3, Beats Audio integration, and a 5MP camera for photos and videos.

Those who have already had a chance to check it out are pleasantly surprised by this powerful little device. Android Central wrote an in depth review of the device saying it is “Probably the best entry-level Android phone you can buy today.” He adds, “HTC proves budget doesn’t mean last generation software.”

Our friends at Mobile Syrup also took to the device, stating “It’s appropriate for first-time smartphone buyers, students on a budget, or anyone looking for a pint-sized smartphone without a contract.” You can find more information about the HTC Desire C is here.

Now maybe you’re already a whiz with smartphones, but what about your computer? Rogers recently launched Techxperts, premium tech support for anytime, anywhere for anything from viruses, to loading software, to loading music onto your smartphone. Find out more in Connected Magazine’s latest article about the new service.

If you want to take a break from technology, now’s also a good time to check out the Rogers Wireless Box Office for some great deals on Rogers Cup tickets. By purchasing your tickets through the WBO, not only do you pay ZERO service fees and save 25% on Lower Bowl tickets, but you also get an official Rogers Cup souvenir upon entry to the stadium! You’ll also get a free $5 concession gift card for every ticket you purchase to grab some snacks before the match.

Check out recent posts from The Chronicle Herald and Sports Interaction to see who’s expected to take this year’s cup, then head over to Maclean’s for “Five minutes with Milos Raonicto find out how he feels about ping-pong, Gold medals vs. tennis majors, and why he won’t tweet Taylor Swift!

Tickets are still available for Toronto and Montreal through the WBO. Which match are you guys excited to see?

Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.

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Weekend Reading: smartphone domination

Is there anything we can’t do on smartphones these days? Remember when cell phones were strictly used as a means to make calls or be reached on the go? Fast forward to 2012 and think about all they’re capable of: web, mobile payments, video calls, GPS, apps and more. It’s really no surprise that Network World released an article this month on smartphones phasing out some of our other technology.

In it, a recent study conducted by European telecom O2 found that of their respondents, 54% of alarm clocks and 46% of watches were the devices most frequently pushed aside by smartphones. 28% had even started to abandon laptop computers in favor of their handhelds. For more stats and predictions, check out the full article here.

Staying on top of this trend, this week we added another great smartphone to our lineup: the Sony Xperia ion, available exclusively from Rogers! This LTE enabled smartphone comes with unrestricted access to the Sony Entertainment Network, making it an entertainment junkie’s dream.

It also comes pre-loaded with Sony Video Unlimited  and Sony Music Unlimited, for a monthly fee that allows users access to the latest movies, TV shows and music tracks right from your phone! You can order yours online today or you can check out more details on our RedBoard post from earlier this week here. Also, take a look at this review from Canadian Reviewer for a good overview of the phone features.

As a bonus, get to know your new Sony Xperia ion better by getting set up with our picks for best Android tips from Connected Magazine:

  1. How-To: Assign Contacts to Groups with Android - Assign contacts to a group so you can send a single message or email to a whole group at once.
  2. How-To: Shoot like a Pro - Take better photographs with these pro photography tips.
  3. How-To: Add A Widget on your Android Device - Widgets are like mini-apps that sit on your home screen. In essence, they are shortcuts to a main app.
  4. How To: Set Facial Recognition - Learn how to set up Facial Recognition to unlock your Android 4.0 device.
  5. How To: Android Hotspot - What to share your Android data with your iPad? You can set-up a safe, portable and secure hotspot.

What did we miss? Let us know your smartphone must-dos by posting a comment below.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard


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Weekend Reading: the latest on Rogers LTE

This week not only marked the one-year anniversary of our LTE rollout – we also announced 28 cities set to have access to our LTE network by year’s end!

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, check out Ericsson’s site for some in depth information about LTE. They’ve got FAQs, key facts, background info, photos, videos and more.

And if you missed the celebration, here’s some great blog posts from earlier this week to help you get caught up:

  • Mobile Syrup wrote a post outlining the new cities added to the list including Cambridge and Abbotsfort – two places previously rumoured to be get LTE.
  • Engadget also wrote about the first birthday of Rogers LTE and called it a “delight to our friends in the North.” Generally people were pretty excited about the new cities being rolled out.
  • You can read additional coverage of in iPhone in Canada, The Telecom Blog, TechVibes and TalkAndroid.

We also celebrated the one year anniversary of our LTE network with our LTE Anniversary Contest, where we asked you to tell us how LTE has transformed your digital lives. With over 100 entries received, it was a tough decision, but our five winners of various LTE devices were selected on Monday! Check out their winning entries here.  Congrats again to all our winners and thank you again for sharing your stories!

As you can see, we’re pretty enthusiastic about LTE! We’ve been working hard to meet the growing demand from our consumers for more speed, and according to a recent study done by the CRTC, Canada’s average advertised speed is significantly higher than that of the U.K., U.S., Australia, France and Japan due to investments in 4G LTE mobile internet access services. To read some of the highlights of the CRTC report, check out our recent blog post here.

For more on LTE in your area and some of the latest Rogers devices available, visit For a complete list of cities where LTE is already live, PLUS the 28 cities announced for the end of 2012, visit our most recent Redboard post here.

Connected Magazine also has an online section dedicated to LTE, including helpful articles for beginners explaining what LTE is, and selecting the right device for you.

So you tell us readers, what do you want to see next for LTE?

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: Charging your device on-the-go, tablet tips & digital sports fix

We’ve all been there – you’re at the cottage in the middle of nowhere, stuck in traffic, or caught in a blackout… and your battery is down to a single bar of power. These days, not only do we rely on our mobile devices for emergency phone calls, we’ve come to depend on them for their Wi-Fi capabilities too. We also rely on them for GPS to instruct the tow truck to our location and apps to find the nearest gas station – the last thing we want toworry about is our battery dying!

Luckily, Mashable has sourced out 6 Clever Ways to Charge Your Devices in a Pinch.

You’re bound to find at least one idea that works for you, even if you’re only emergency is ensuring you don’t miss the next Toronto Blue Jays game!

Once you’re powered up, check out Connected Magazine’s “Tablet Tips” (page 57 in our current issue) for a couple of handy shortcuts. Learn how to insert fancy characters, then master multi-tasking gestures on your iPad. Depending how many apps you juggle at one time on your tablet, learning how to switch between open apps can save you valuable seconds in a game!

According to eMarketer, more and more sports fans are catching the action online, both during and after the games. They recently did an article entitled Sports Fans Go Digital to Get Their Post-Game Fix, in which a study revealed that 61% of the US population considers themselves sports fans. Of that, 19% cited “reading/watching sports content” among activities they did on a daily basis.

The statistics are compiled from a Marist Poll, Deloitte study, and consumer study from Experian Simmons. Find out what else they discovered on social media and mobile aspects of sports fans’ digital behavior and which sports get the most attention in the full report available on eMarketer here.

How often do you stream your favourite sports online? And do you have backup chargers prepared? Share how you stay connected in our comments below!

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: summer gear guide, teens & tech

Weekend Reading from Rogers RedBoardTeens and tech

How young is too young to have a Facebook account? This question has been hotly debated for the last week after the Wall Street Journal  recently reported that Facebook is developing tools that might enable it to extend membership to children under 13. The Globe and Mail published an article summarizing some of the security and privacy issues this change could cause while also acknowledging that many preteens are already on Facebook. On RedBoard, we actually had similar discussion this week with @KatiaMillar and @GingerMommy where we talked about technology and families. One of the questions we posed to both moms was around advice for parents who are considering giving their children a cellphone. Check out what they had to say here and if you’re a parent, feel free to join the discussion in the comments section.

Father’s Day

Speaking of families, you know its Father’s Day on Sunday, right? Forgot about a gift? Well, why not treat dear old Dad to a movie night? Connected Magazine published a great article on The Best Superhero flicks that might spark some ideas. From men of steel to caped crusaders, these superhero movies could be exactly what you need for a night-in with Dad. Still thinking about a last minute gift? Check out TIME magazine’s last minute Father’s Day shopping guide on what not to buy this year.

Engadget’s summer gear guide

Recently, Engadget compiled a great list of the hottest summer devices. With vacations looming on the not-too-distant horizon, a great new smartphone can help be a huge help. Not only can you stay connected to family and friends, but with the right device, looking up directions, finding that perfect spot to eat or checking into flights is a piece of cake. Some devices high on their list are the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nokia Lumia 900. Check out their full buyer’s guide here.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers: how-to series from Connected Magazine

How To Connected MagazineThese days, you can find a how-to article about pretty much anything online. From technical information to life advice, it’s all there. Our friends at Connected Magazine answer your questions and publish awesome how-to’s and tutorials on technology on a weekly basis – from smartphones and the latest apps, to how to setup a PVR.

Here’s three great how-to articles from their recent online archives about Rogers One Number, Android widgets and tablets.

How To: Set up Rogers One Number

By now, most of you are familiar with our Rogers One Number service that launched earlier this year. It lets you talk, text and send picture messages, and video chat with other Rogers One Number users, all from your computer using your existing phone number. In this how-to article, you’ll learn about how to register, make a call, switch devices, set up reach me rules and more. Check it out.

How To: Add a widget on your Android device

Widgets are like mini-apps that sit on your home screen. In essence, they are shortcuts to a main app. In this article, you’ll find easy, step-by-step instructions on how to add a widget to your mobile device.

How To: Master your iPad, Galaxy Tab or PlayBook

In this article, you’ll find a few quick tips for a couple of the most popular tablets available today. Learn how to attach a picture to an email from your iPad, enable Adobe Flash on your Samsung Galaxy Tab, and enable private web surfing on your BlackBerry PlayBook.

This is just a small sample of what you can find in Connected Magazine. Take a look at their how-to section for more great tips, tricks and helpful information.

If you have a technical question about a Rogers product or service, check out our Community Forums, where you can ask questions and share answers.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: TV Makeover entries, National Volunteer Week & LTE devices

In this week’s review, we’ll update you on our TV Makeover contest, show some love to our volunteers at Rogers TV for National Volunteer Week, and connect you with a quick guide to the latest LTE smartphones via Connected Magazine.

TV Makeover Contest

If you haven’t been following our TV Makeover contest, you’ve been missing out! Not only do you have the chance to win an amazing Samsung and Nextbox 2.0 prize pack valued at over $5,000, but the blast from the past TV sets in our entries are a lot of fun too!

Check out this beauty from Mary in Burlington, Ontario with rabbit ears and all! Or how about Jose’s from Ajax, Ontario with the old school crank knobs to change channels! If you think you can top these entries, then what are you waiting for? Just go here and upload a picture of your old TV set and write a 100 character description of why you need a TV makeover.  Use the hashtag #TVMakeover to tweet, like, pin and share your entry with your friends.

National Volunteer Week

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to acknowledge and thank all our amazing volunteers who work in our community stations across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

If you or someone you know is interested in television production, our volunteers are given hands-on training which provides both valuable experience and skills needed for a career in broadcasting or in other job sectors. Some of our positions include camera operator, floor director, production assistant, and makeup artist. For more insight, check out what some of our volunteers had to say about their experience volunteering at Rogers in our video section under “What I got from volunteering at Rogers TV.”

4 LTE enabled smartphones for your viewing, talking, watching, & texting pleasure

Last week the industry was buzzing about the Nokia Lumia 900. This week it’s all about the HTC One X With LTE speeds, 8MP cameras and AMOLED touch screens, these devices are among the hottest in the marketplace.

But let’s not forget some of the trailblazing LTE devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Samsung Galaxy SII. Find out what makes all 4 devices so popular, and find out which one is right for you in Connected Magazine’s guide “LTE Smartphones: Nokia Lumia 900, HTC One X and more.”

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. Why not join the Earth Day events happening in your community this weekend? To find out what’s happening in your city, go here and click on your province on the map to see a list of what’s happening in your community.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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New RedBoard series: weekend reading

Weekend Reading from RedBoardWhen you’re busy, the week seems to fly by. If you’re like me, you may find yourself wondering how it could possibly be Friday already. When the week goes by that fast, it’s hard to keep on top of all the latest news from your favourite sites. Let us help.

Starting today, we’ll be pulling together a list of recommended weekend reading. Every Friday, we’ll post a list of articles or blog posts that we think you’ll find interesting. It will include the latest news and information from Rogers and interesting technology news and reviews from around the web.

So grab your coffee, your laptop or tablet and take a look at this week’s weekend reading list:

The new iPad

On Wednesday, Apple unveiled the new iPad. Designed with next-generation wireless technology, the new iPad supports LTE. If you’re thinking about picking one up, you may want to check out our available data plans for your device here. You should also take a look at this review by Marc Saltzman from Connected Magazine.

March Break Travel tips

If you’re planning on travelling this March break, take a look at these tips on how to make staying connected more affordable .

Canada’s Got Talent Premiere

Last Sunday, Canada’s Got Talent premiered on Citytv. Connected Magazine pulled together a great article on 8 different ways you can stay connected to all the #CGT action, including online using Rogers Anyplace TV, on Rogers on Demand Ch.100, or on your smartphone using Rogers Anyplace TV app.

Happy reading!

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard 

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Rogers March Break checklist: limit your roaming costs

Roaming tips from Rogers for March BreakWhether you’re hitting the beach or slopes outside of Canada this March break, you can stay connected with family and friends and keep it affordable by taking a few easy steps.

Once you leave Canada, you’re roaming off the Rogers network. When you “roam”, you’re accessing services through a foreign cellular network and can incur incremental charges for your usage (talking, texting, emailing, web browsing etc).

Here are a few tips from Connected Magazine, on how you can save on roaming this March Break:

1. Make sure your data roaming is on–Most devices have the data roaming set to off. If you plan on checking email or using other data services such as web browsing, BBM, MMS, Visual Voicemail & Apps while you are away, turn data roaming on. Also, remember to turn off Apps that you’re not using to help conserve data.

2. Learn more and purchase –Text TRAVEL to 7626 to view and purchase affordable and easy to use roaming options or visit

For Data:

3. Get a Roaming Data Pass – Sharing a picture, web browsing or checking email requires data. Passes start at $5 and include the following customer friendly features that help ensure a worry free roaming experience:

  • Free near real-time text alerts that let you monitor your data usage.
  • Data service cut-offs upon data-pass expiration, so you never have to worry about “overage” fees.

For Voice & Text:

4. Get a Combo Travel Pack–Need Voice and Text while you’re down in the Caribbean? The Zone 3 Combo Travel Pack is good for one month from the date of purchase and if you use up the Pack, you’ll continue to enjoy discounted rates (per minute, sent text) for your usage until the month is over.

5. Save juice by:

  • Disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (turn on Wi-Fi when looking for a hotspot).
  • Turning your screen’s brightness down.
  • Closing apps that run in the background.

For more useful tips on how to save on roaming this March Break and to download a handy travel checklist, visit Connected Magazine.

Michelle is a new contributor to RedBoard

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