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The best Mother’s Day gift for this mom? The HTC One

HTC One (M8)Scouring “top 10 gifts for Mom” lists? Your search is over: it’s the HTC One M8. If mom is a foodie, gardener, yogi, techy, traveller or just straight up busy, this phone will work for her. I’m all of the above — and this is why I love my phone so much.


The Android OS (operating system) along with Google cards is next level when it comes to notifications, and the real reason that I love my phone. I was once eating in a restaurant with karaoke scheduled for later. My phone buzzed when it was time to leave to get to karaoke on time! Another time I made a dinner reservation on Open Table while waiting for my kids at piano lessons. Again, my phone told me when it was time to leave piano to make it to dinner. I didn’t even add the reso to my calendar!

When I have a flight coming up, my phone reminds me a day in advance. By providing the flight number in the notification, online check-in is even easier. Using an electronic boarding pass? That will also come through a notification.

Photo back-up

I take a lot of photos. I like to take pictures of my family and selfies at events. My kids ask me to take pictures for them (of birds and trees), and my kids like to take my phone to shoot their own pictures. Do I worry about losing photos? Nope. I connected my Drop Box account so my photos are automatically backed up for me.

My every day apps

I have a few every day apps that keep my life on track and organized.
Epicurious – recipes and shopping lists help me plan meals for the busy week ahead
Facebook –  helps me keep up with friends and family
Pinterest –the Pinterest app experience is even better than desktop, I use it to save decorating, party planning, and gardening ideas
Kindle – for days when my bag is too heavy I use the app instead of carrying my Kindle
Starbucks – this was the first app I added to my phone. I have my loyalty card connected to pay for drinks and collect rewards
BBM for Android – added it as soon as it was released and I use it every day to IM with my BBM friends

Want to get an HTC One for mom? From May 5 until May 9, tweet a photo of you and your mom using the hashtag #HTCMom for a chance to win the new HTC One M8 in Amber Gold, available exclusively at Rogers. And if you’re not the lucky winner, you can still reserve the device using the online Rogers Reservation System.

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Sharing is caring: Win a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for you and your Valentine

ValentineTechnology plays a big role in relationships – whether romantic or platonic in nature.

My single girlfriends use their smartphones for online dating, browsing Facebook for eligible bachelors and sending Snapchats of their gym crush to their BFFs. They’re even among the fifty-two per cent of Canadians who check their phones while on a date, according to the Rogers Innovation Report.

On the other hand, my paired-up friends use their smartphones to keep the spark alive in long distance relationships, Instagram “so-cute-they-make-you-cringe pictures” and send instant messages to one another throughout the day.

Couples and BFFs may share a home, a meal, even the same name. So why not share mobile data, too? Rogers Share Everything plans allow you to share a bucket of data with your friends and loved ones, across up to 10 devices – from flip phones to smartphones and tablets. As well, unlimited Canada-wide talk and text is included on each Share Everything plan. Sharing helps you maximize your data usage and get the most out of your plan.

To celebrate sharing, we’re giving away two Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s – one for you and one for your Valentine.

For your chance to win, share a “roses are red” poem you’d write to your Valentine (real or imaginary) in the comments. Contest closes on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll draw a random winner from all qualified entrants. For complete contest rules, click here.

Tip: This type of poem usually consists of four lines. The first line should be “Roses are red” and the last word of the second line should rhyme with the last word of the fourth line. Here’s an example:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We like poems
And so do you.

Update: Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.: Thanks everyone for your entries. We’re confirming a winner and will update this post when the winner is confirmed!

Update Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m.: Congratulations to our winner, Scott Kennedy Ground of Toronto! Enjoy your two new devices!

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Should your fireplace star on the Rogers Fireplace Channel next winter?

The Fireplace ChannelWhile we’re hoping the spring weather is here to stay, we haven’t forgotten the chilly nights of curling up in front of a fireplace. As the many fans of the Fireplace Channel (channel 204) have learned, you don’t need a home with a chimney and mantle to relax by the fire. The virtual orange glow and sound of crackling logs is surprisingly satisfying!

But, for those of you lucky enough to have the real thing, we’ve got a great chance for you to showcase how you keep your home fires burning. One lucky winner will get to see – and hear– their roaring flames on the Fireplace Channel for a full year, and win a Rogers Nextbox to boot.

The winning entry will hit the airwaves in November 2013. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some entertainment with a more springtime bent, try tuning into the Sunset Channel (find it on your dial at 206) or the Aquarium Channel (205).

How it works

Starting April 8, 2013, send a photo of your current fireplace setup to with the subject “Fireplace contest” and tell us in 100 characters or less why your fireplace should take the starring role on the Fireplace Channel. Make sure to include your full name, email address, phone number and location. We’ll be accepting entries until May 1. The contest is open to anyone living in an area where Rogers cable services are available. Read the full rules here.

Good luck!

UPDATE, May 1: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Fireplace Channel contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

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Summer reading contest: What’s your favourite beach book?

KindleLying in a hammock. Lazing on dock. Soaking up the rays on a pool deck or the sand. Waiting at the airport. We’ve all got summer on the brain, and the season presents so many opportunities to get lost in a good read. Whether you like to curl up with the good old fashioned paper variety or prefer downloading the latest titles to your ereader, the RogersBuzz team is sharing their favourite beach reads to help inspire your vacation book picks.

@RogersKeith: The TV series Game of Thrones drew me in to George R. R. Martin’s immersive world and the books didn’t disappoint. They’re big fat summer novels with maps and character charts. Start with A Game of Thrones and work your way through the series. By the end of the summer, you’ll be 5,000 pages in and desperately longing for Martin to finish book number six.

@RogersJenW Every summer I get inspired to revisit the classics, and Pride and Prejudice remains one of my all-time favourites. I love getting lost in the familiar love story of stubborn Lizzie and too-proud Mr. Darcy, who in my mind always looks like Colin Firth … And as for a new read, I can’t wait to pick up the Gillian Flynn thriller Gone Girl – I’ve heard it’s enthralling enough to make waiting at the airport just fly by.

@RogersMary: I like to lighten-up in the summer and read books that are fun and maybe just a bit romantic. My favourite author right now is @TinaReber who wrote Love Unscripted and the follow-up Love Unrehearsed. Definitely swoon-worthy and perfect for the beach or lazy summer nights.  This summer, I’m looking forward to adding some suspense and have heard that Three Graves Full is a must-read.

@RogersSarahM: Classic summer read: Anything from the Shopaholic series, but especially the first three books: Adventures of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. This summer, I’m looking forward to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, Wedding Night, and Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.

And you can pack all these titles away for your cottage weekend with an ereader. For a limited time, activate a new smartphone on a new line with a three-year term and you could be eligible to get a free Kindle Paperwhite 3G. For full details, see

To reward our loyal RedBoard and FilRouge fans, we’re giving one lucky reader a Kindle Paperwhite 3G and a brand new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone – with a five-inch HD display and a 13 MP camera – which is launching on and at Rogers retail locations today. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a built in light, eight-week battery life and storage for up to 1,100 books.

Just leave a comment below sharing your favourite summer read before  noon on April 15, 2013 for a chance to win. We’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes.  For full contest details and rules, click here.

Update, April 16, 12 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

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Talking Winter White Rogers phones and red hot fashion with style blogger Neha Lobana

Traditionally, wearing white after Labour Day was considered a fashion faux pas.

But not anymore!! Fashionistas everywhere know that storing your whites until May is an antique notion, white makeup is super-cool and white accessories add snap to black.

To celebrate this white-hot trend, Rogers is having a Winter White Event, featuring up to $100 off select white devices from Samsung, BlackBerry, Nokia, LG and HTC for a limited time.

We also spoke with fashion blogger Neha Lobana of La Lobana about wearing white in wintertime and what your phone colour says about you.

Q: Wearing white in winter: Fashion fail or win?

A: Wearing white is always a win! Not too many people dare to wear it since it’s known to do no justice for your figure, and it’s easier to get dirty. However, I feel that individuals need to be more daring and give it a try, because rocking a white outfit once in a while can really make you stand out.

Q: In your opinion, does fashion influence our technology choices? How?

A: Fashion definitely influences our technology choices. The way I see it, someone who works at, let’s say Vogue or Elle … you’ll most likely see them with an iPhone or even a BlackBerry (in their hand). At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not you’re a “brand” person. If you’re one who buys most things brand related, then you’ll most likely have an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy or a BlackBerry in your hands.

Q: What do you think makes someone choose a particular colour smartphone?

A: We all know the typical “pink is for girls and blue is for boys,” but with phones, from what I’ve seen, guys lean more towards devices in the colour black, whereas girls lean towards white phones. But again, it also depends on the person’s personality and their personal preferences.

Q: Have you ever changed the look of your phone with a skin or case so that it matched your outfit?

A: Never! But, that’s only because I buy cases that I know will go with any outfit I wear. It would bother me so much if I was wearing something and my phone’s case clashed with it. It basically ruins your look. The best advice I can give to those who also want their phones to pair well with their outfits is, although they’re hard to turn down, don’t purchase a million phone skins or cases. Pick ones that look great and you know will go with most, if not all of your outfits.

Q: If someone has a white smartphone, what does it say to you about their sense of style?

A: I have a white smartphone and I picked it because the colour stood out. So, I guess it just says the person prefers brighter shades when it comes to styling their outfits.

In addition to our Winter White event, we’re also giving away six white smartphones with our Winter Whites Pinterest contest. Full details here.

How do you wear your winter whites?

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First time for everything: Win $25,000 cash in Rogers Experience. First. contest

Rogers and Windows 8 Experience. First contestHave you ever wanted to experience the thrill of skydiving? What about travel to Africa and go on a safari? Maybe you’d like to sail around the world or take your family on a dream vacation.

As you probably know by now, we love firsts. Recently, we were the first to bring Windows Phone 8 to Canada and now we want to bring you another first – yours.

How does it work?

Just head over to our Facebook page and click on the Experience. First. tab. In 200 words or less, share with us a story of something you’ve always wanted to experience and you’ll have a chance to win $25,000 to help make your first a reality.

We have an esteemed judging panel that will be reviewing submissions and selecting the top 30. From there, we’ll open it up to public voting. The story with the highest number of votes at the end of the contest period will win the $25,000 cash to put toward their experience – whatever it may be.

Who are the judges?

We’ve got 5 awesome judges who will be reviewing the submissions. They are:

To enter, just head over to our Facebook page and click on the Experience. First. tab. We’ll be accepting submissions until November 21.

Good luck!

Miranda 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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Introducing your LTE one year anniversary contest finalists

Rogers LTE one year anniversary Our LTE one year anniversary contest ended last week and you blew us away with your creative entries about how LTE has transformed your digital lives. We had more than 100 entries detailing how LTE has helped keep your families connected, make your businesses more efficient and helped you be more productive on-the-go. From tech-savvy students to connected grandmothers, your stories really inspired us.

It was a tough decision to pull out the final 8. In fact, it was so tough that we’ve decided to add another prize: a Nokia Lumia 900! Of the 8 finalists below, we will now be doing a random draw for 5 prizes.

We’ll be announcing the final 5 winners on Monday, July 9 to mark the one-year anniversary of LTE in Canada.  We’ll be updating this post with the names of the winners at that time.

After much debate and deliberation, here are your top 8 finalists.

Jeff Balesdent: 

I travel a lot between Halifax, Montreal and Toronto and like to keep up with my kids on the road. With the new LTE network and my HTC One X, our video calls are just as good as face-to-face conversations. It’s great to be able to say good night and sing lullabies in real time.


Ever since I switched to LTE I can now have alittle me time. I’m a full time student who’s working, so rarely have any free time. Now with LTE and my tablet I can actually remote into my desktop and play Skyrim through SplashtTop app. It’s unbelievable that it works so well latency is nearly zero, no lag! I’m getting a desktop experience in the palm of my hands. Now when I get a break or two I can squeeze in some me time thanks to LTE. Now if only I can find a tree with a power outlet.

May K.: 

As a photographer I’ve been using cloud storage services to store my photographs, work and portfolios. Before LTE I relied on more traditional methods of storage such as on device local storage, numerous SD cards etc. It was too cumbersome sometimes I’d run out of space or didn’t have all my work. Making the switch to LTE and cloud storage made things far simpler, it just made sense. All my work could be stored to the cloud and could be retrieved almost instantaneously. It just works! With LTE it just became simple to show my work to clients and alike.


I have to say, Rogers bringing LTE to Canada first was one of their best moves in recent years. Jumping on the ball like that really showed their willingness to take risks in a untested market. I no longer have to be embarrassed by never-ending buffering screens or weak signal strength The blazing speeds really help when downloading games/apps/music. I really do love rubbing the fact that I get speeds of up to 35 Mb/s via speed test to my tech savvy friends who barely get 10 Mb/s.


10752 minutes a year! I’ve calculated and this how much time I am saving because of LTE. That’s about 7.4 days so a week and a bit. Before it just to be a dragged to take a pic and send it off or watch netflix (I travel lots so this is a super plus). It sucked having to wait for netflix or youtube videos. I feel like LTE allows me to keep up with my life. I would never go back. What’s great is that now I know for sure that I have an extra week a year for holidays.


I use LTE when we travel to Vancouver from Victoria. We go quite often to take our son to children’s hospital. LTE is extremely beneficial and makes our life easier. I wish I could say it was business or something fancy like that but it’s not. It keeps us connected and keeps the other two kids entertained while waiting for us. Thanks Rogers


I became an uncle last night, went to the hospital straight from work. Didnt get a chance to pick up iPad/book or anything to pass time with from home. So in the boring waiting room with no tv to watch the end of the spain portugal match, i followed it online. Then i downloaded many games from Google Play to kill time, watched some stuff off youtube. When my niece was born took lots of pictures and emailed them to people. LTE kept me from getting bored and kept people who couldnt get to the hospital in the loop

Brandon Starcevic:

I visit my granny often in Vancouver BC, and visiting her is such a delight, especially since i get to use my Samsung SII LTE! The speeds i receive make using my GPS over network a breeze while navigating in such a big city! I love LTE, i don’t know how i ever lived without it!

UPDATE: (July 9, 2012, 5:05 pm): We’ve completed the draw for the 5 prizes! Here are the names of our winners and prizes:

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. We’ll be sending the prizes out soon.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Do you love LTE? Tell us & you could win a new LTE device from Rogers

Rogers LTE launch 1 year anniversary contestNext month we will celebrate the one year anniversary of LTE in Canada. In July 2011, Rogers was the first to bring LTE to Canada with the launch of our network in Ottawa. Today, many city launches later, we offer LTE to 12 million Canadians and will cover 60 per cent of the population this year. We introduced even faster LTE speeds as the first to launch LTE devices that work on both the 1700/2100MHz and 2600 spectrum offering typical download speeds of up to 40 Mbps and maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.* We’ve made exciting progress and the journey continues as we continue to expand our network and launch more LTE devices.

Many of you have told us that you love LTE and that it’s changed your digital lives. We want to hear your stories! In 100 words or less tell us how LTE has made your life better for a chance to win one of the following LTE devices:

Has LTE transformed your gaming experience? Allowed you to live stream sports in a way that was only a dream not that long ago? Made downloading music and movies so fast that it’s freed up time for other things and reduced your stress levels? Has it improved your business or given you flexibility to do more on the go and improve your bottomline? We are looking for specific examples.

We’ll be selecting the top 8 finalists and publishing their entries on RedBoard on June 28th.  From the 8 finalists, we’ll be doing a random draw for 4 winners. For full contest details and rules, go here.

UPDATE (June 28, 2012, 12:24 p.m.): The LTE one year anniversary contest is now over. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated and shared your stories with us. We got everything from connected grandmas to on-the-go student and you blew us away with your creative entries. We’re going to take some time to review all the eligible entries before announcing the finalists. If you are a finalist, we’ll be contacting you via email. Stay tuned!

Sara is a regular contributor to RedBoard

*Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

Contest closes at noon ET on June 28, 2012. Open to residents Canada who are 18 years or older. Limit of one (1) entry per person. Prizes: one Sierra Wireless LTE Hotspot Prize Pack (value of $300), one Samsung Galaxy Note (value of $649.99), one Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet (value of$649.99), one Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB (value of$649.99). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries and the quality of the comments. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here. 

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Plan your summer concert schedule with Rogers Wireless Box Office + win tickets to see Metric in Vancouver!

Rogers presents Metric at the Commodore Ballroom in VancouverAaaah summer. It’s right around the corner and for many music lovers, summer = concert season! We know getting tickets to some of the most popular shows can be tough, not to mention costly once all those pesky service fees are added in so we want to help you out. Music lover: meet Rogers Wireless Box Office.

You may already be familiar with our Wireless Box Office, but what you may not know is that when you use this service, Rogers pays your service charges AND the tickets are sent directly to your phone. No more paper tickets to lose!

What’s more, we’re holding an awesome contest on Facebook right now to hook you up with one pair of tickets to see Metric, live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on June 23 – and it comes with round trip airfare + accommodations, a meet and greet with the band AND $500 spending money! Fill out the form on our Facebook page before 11:59 PM on June 14th to be entered into this contest.

For those that live in BC’s lower mainland, there’s three other ways to score tickets to this exclusive event:

Right here on RedBoard

Just leave us a comment on this post and tell us your favourite Metric song for a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets plus a meet and greet with the band. We’ll be drawing the two winners on Wednesday, June 20. Full contest details can be found here.

In store

Activate any new smartphone at participating retailers on June 16 and 17 and you could win Metric tickets! For a list of the retailers, go here.

Through Rogers Wireless Box Office

Check back on our Facebook page on Monday, June 18 at 12 noon PST for your free concert PIN code and link to tickets. This one is first come, first serve, so be quick!

To find out more about upcoming shows and how to use the Wireless Box Office, you can check out the FAQs here or the concert listings here. You can also follow @RogersWBO on Twitter.

UPDATE (June 20, 2012, 3:01 p.m.): The Metric ticket contest is now over! Big thanks to everyone who participated and shared their favourite Metric songs with us. We’ll be drawing the lucky winners today. Stay tuned!

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Redboard contest: Contest closes at 12:00 noon PT on June 20, 2012. Open to residents of Vancouver who are 19 years or older. To enter, tell us your favourite METRIC song in the comments section on this post before the Contest Closing Date. Limit of one (1) entry per person. Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) of two (2) pairs of tickets valued at approximately $100 per pair to see METRIC perform live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver (“concert venue”) on June 23, 2012 with a meet & greet with one or all members of METRIC (subject to availability). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

Wireless Box Office Giveaway:   No purchase necessary. Limited quantities available.

In-store Program:  Participating store list available at Limit of 20 pairs of tickets available per retail location. See in store for details. Offer expires June 22, 2012.

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