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Rogers roundup: Android apps to celebrate spring

Samsung Galaxy phone taking a photo of daisies.Blooming buds, chirping birds and sweet, sweet sunshine: Canadians are already eagerly watching for the first signs of spring, which officially begins Wednesday. In honour of the start of patio and BBQ season, we’re sharing some of our favourite Android apps for spring entertaining from the Google PLAY store.

Barbequing done right

A warm evening just begs for dinner to be thrown on the grill. The iGrill helps you cook burgers and steaks to perfection. This thermometer, which costs $80, communicates via Bluetooth with a free app from the Google PLAY store (it’s also available for iOS), to help you track cooking times and even serves up recipes.

Bored with burgers? Cooking apps such as Big Oven (free), which features more than 250,000 recipes, Epicurious (free), which boasts more than 28,000 meal ideas, and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s 20-minute meals app ($3.80) will help spice up your menus to take advantage of all that fresh produce.

Entertaining made easy

If you’re serving dinner for a group, you can manage your party prep and planning with Pepperplate (free). This app lets users share recipes, create menus and shopping lists and run multiple cooking timers to make sure that pot on the stove doesn’t boil over while you’re mixing mojitos.

A night in the backyard or balcony also calls for a great soundtrack. Music-streaming concierge Songza (free) lets you choose playlists based on activity or mood, while the subscription-based Rdio (free) offers more than 18 million songs on demand.

Shoot like a pro

In this “Pictures or it didn’t happen” society, it doesn’t hurt to upgrade your phone’s editing software to make sure your home-cooked meals,  hand-picked bouquets and perfect pedicures look their best on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and beyond. Adobe PhotoShop Touch ($3.99) brings Adobe’s popular photo-editing features, including layers, filters, tone and colour adjustment to your phone.

And if you’re looking for a new phone or tablet to go with your fresh spring wardrobe, you can get a $35 voucher – only available in Canada through Rogers – to spend on great apps in the Google PLAY store when you activate a Samsung Galaxy S III, Note 2 or another eligible Samsung Galaxy device with a two or three year plan before April 1.

Did we miss any of your favourite apps? Share your must-haves in the comments.

Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Get ready…. Rogers expands LTE lineup with the Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Note from Rogers

Shield your eyes…. The bright, crisp, huge 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display on the Samsung Galaxy Note will be here soon. It’s coming to Rogers in February. The Galaxy Note is packed with features, an all-in-one LTE tablet and smartphone hybrid. Running on Android OS 2.3, the Note is made of tough Gorilla Glass, has an “S Pen” stylus pen to take notes, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. With the eight megapixel camera you can record 1080p HD videos, and since it runs on the LTE network you can upload your videos to YouTube in seconds.

The Samsung Galaxy Note joins Canada’s first LTE smartphones like the exclusive HTC Jetstream LTE tablet, the first LTE tablet in Canada, the Rogers LTE Rocket stick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U) and the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S). This device allows you to create a mobile hotspot for up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.

Rogers was the first wireless carrier in Canada to launch an LTE network. This year, we will expand our LTE network to more than 25 additional cities in Canada to cover more than 50 per cent of the population. The Rogers LTE network offers mobile speeds similar to broadband connections and delivers unparalleled connectivity and increased usage capacity to provide an unrivalled mobile experience. Rogers LTE network is now live in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and many surrounding communities.

Customers can reserve the Samsung Galaxy Note by using the Rogers Reservation System and searching under “Special Orders.” You can find more information about Rogers LTE at www.rogers.com/lte.

What feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note are you most excited about?

UPDATE (February 14, 2012, 12:26 p.m): Happy Valentine’s Day! The Samsung Galaxy Note is now officially available from Rogers. For more information, go here.

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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