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Last month, Apple released its latest operating system: iOS 7. The update is available for the iPhone 4 and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, the iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod Touch.
The Apple operating system gets a whole new look with iOS 7, from the lock screen right down to the keyboard.
Now that you’ve upgraded, here are a few secret tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPad keyboard.
Type URLs in your mobile browser quicker
Now when you enter a URL into your mobile browser, you can add more than just the “.com” with the click of a button. Hold down the period, and a variety of top-level domains ( .com, .ca, etc.), appear above it. Simply select the TLD you need and ta-da!
Adding accents and other characters
Need to add an accent to the “e” at the end of fiancé? You can do so easily by holding down the letter “e” on your device and selecting which version you need.
Split your keyboard
Typing on an iPad can be tough, but with a split keyboard, you can easily navigate with your thumbs. Simply hold the keyboard option on the right side of your iPad and select “split.” You can even move where your keyboard sits to make it fit your typing style!
Access an apostrophe with the flick of a button
Want to learn some more tips and tricks from Apple’s new operating system? We held a Google+ Hangout about iOS 7 on Nov. 6. Check it out below!
What’s your favourite feature in iOS 7?
Visual voicemail lets you learn the content of all your messages without needing to dial into your voicemail service.
How to set up Visual Voicemail on iPhone
Since this application comes pre-installed on the iPhone, setting up Visual Voicemail for the first time couldn’t be easier!
To set up Visual Voicemail and create a password right on the iPhone screen:
- Tap the Phone then Voicemail icon. The first time you tap the Voicemail application, your iPhone will prompt you to create a password and record a greeting.
- Enter your temporary pass code (the last four digits of your phone number) and then follow the prompts to create your own personalized password. Make sure to create a four to 10 digit password that only you will know.
- Tap Save
- Re-enter your password and tap Save again
How do I set up Visual Voicemail Plus on BlackBerry or Android?
BlackBerry, Android, and MMS users can now get in on the Visual Voicemail action too! Exclusive to Rogers, Visual Voicemail Plus is available to download for free from Android Market or Rogers Mobile Internet Portal. Visual Voicemail service plans are $10 a month. For more, visit www.rogers.com/visualvoicemailplus.
Is Visual Voicemail Plus available for Windows phones or other phones?
Visual Voicemail plus is available for any phone that supports picture/video (MMS) messages.
How much does it cost?
Visual voicemail is available in our $5 value pack or as an add-on for $10 per month.
What are the benefits of visual voicemail?
Connected Rogers magazine shares seven ways Visual Voicemail Plus can help you save time:
- Visual Voicemail Plus eliminates the need to dial in to your voicemail
- It offers a discreet way to check messages in meetings, at work, and so on.
- It lets you keep a permanent record of important messages on your wireless phone
- Respond to messages via SMS or MMS with Visual Voicemail Plus <
- Read or listen to messages discreetly and in any order
- Respond with a one-click call back or text/MMS/email message
- Voicemail messages sent to your phone synchronize with your voicemail service
What kind of news has left you watching your voicemail? For me, it was closing on my condo!
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As Earth Day approaches, we chatted with blogger Heather Hamilton, A.K.A. @tjzmommy on Twitter, about how her family does its part for the environment, websites that help teach her kids about energy savings and how Rogers Smart Home Monitoring (a system she’s trying out for a year) is helping her family, as well as the Earth.
What energy savings strategies do you use at home?
We are very conscious of our energy consumption in our house and it’s great to see that our kids have also jumped on board with our strategies. As a family, we are vigilant about turning off lights when we aren’t in the room and turning down the thermostat when we are not home. Since we have two boys, they do like to keep the lights on at night, but we have all worked hard to limit the energy to a small nightlight in the room, rather than leaving on a full bathroom light!
How do you teach your children about energy savings? Any cool apps or games you could recommend?
My kids love anything interactive on the computer, so here are our favourite energy- and eco-focused sites for kids:
- EcoKids has some great online games for kids to teach them about being energy efficient around the house and allows them to be part of the solution;
- Earth Rangers is such a great site to educate kids about animals and ideas on helping to give back to the environment – lots of opportunities to earn rewards along the way for helping;
- The US Department of Energy has a really kid-friendly site to engage kids, educate them and let them have fun while saving energy!
How is Rogers Smart Home Monitoring helping you save energy?
We left on a weekend away, shortly after the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring installation, and I totally forgot to turn down my thermostat! I’m far too cheap and eco-conscious to allow that to happen, so I logged onto my iPhone app and adjusted the temperature to be cooler while we were away. On the drive home, I logged back in and turned up the heat for when we got home.
Which feature(s) will be the handiest for Earth Day?
We will be using all of the features to save energy on Earth Day! We have created a list with the kids on how they can be active this Earth Day and work with us to reduce the energy we use, turn off taps, turn off lights and be more aware of paper products that they use.
Did you know that with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring you can get your lights and small appliances to turn on and off according to your schedule? You can read all about the system’s easy home automation features here.
Today, residents of New Brunswick – in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton – and residents of St. John’s, Newfoundland, can book a FREE in-home assessment by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome
What do you do to save energy? Share your tips in the comments below.
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard
I don’t know about you, but I hate clutter and piles of paper. A while back, I changed all my monthly bills to arrive online instead of in the mail and I’ve never looked back. It’s easier to keep track of, more convenient and it certainly helps cut down on those piles of paper.
If being more organized is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, why wait till January to set this up? Here are 5 reasons you should switch to online billing now.
- Recent changes – Based on your feedback, we’ve added more detail to your online bill to make it easier to read and navigate. For example, we updated the summary so that all your subscribed services are in one place. So now, if you have internet, digital TV and a wireless plan, you can easily see a breakdown of the charges together rather than toggling between pages. Also, extra charges, outside your base plans, are now displayed separately in a summary. Just click for a more detailed explanation of the charges. The new online bills also show how much of your data bucket you’ve used and how many days you are into your billing cycle.
- Environmentally friendly – Switching to online billing helps cut back on paper consumption. Did you know, in the last two years, eBill usage went from 25% to 42%? In fact, we will distribute 33.5 million eBills in 2012 which means we were able to save a whopping 1,608,000 kg of paper! Why not help make that even higher in 2013?
- Easier to track and analyze – Rather than having folders full of bills, all of your billing data is available online. It’s easier to access past bills and monitor your usage each month so you can make changes if necessary.
- 18 months of history available – Forget keeping 18 months of paper in a pile in your home office. Reduce your clutter with online billing and access up to 18 months of previous bills conveniently from your computer. The bills are available in PDF for easy archiving.
- Anytime, anywhere access – Speaking of your computer, no need to be at home to access your past billing information. With online billing, you have access to your account history from anywhere, anytime. You can also pay your bill easily at any time as well.
To switch to online billing, just set up or login to your My Rogers account and select “Enroll in Paperless billing.” For more information, go to www.rogers.com/onlinebilling
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
I’m going to guess that most people dislike reading bills. Sure, you know they’re important, but there’s a lot of information to take in. That said, you probably know it’s important to understand exactly how much you’re paying and what you’re paying for. We totally agree. So, to assist you, we now have Rogers Bill Explainer dedicated to helping you understand your Rogers bill.
What is it?
Rogers Bill Explainer helps you understand how to read your bill, page-by-page with simple explanations and examples of details and charges you would typically find on your bill.
You can view information by service like Rogers wireless, cable or internet and then look at specific topics like long distance, savings or pay-per-use charges. Ever wondered what those partial charges are all about? What about the Savings box? The Bill Explainer will clear that right up.
How to find it?
Just head over to www.rogers.com/billexplainer and click around. No login required.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Moving is always a bit of a chaotic time. According to Canada Post, 14 per cent of Canadians move each year, so many of us can relate to all the planning that’s involved and know that staying organized can be a challenge.
Introducing Rogers Concierge - a free service that gives existing Rogers customers a dedicated contact during the moving process to make sure all your Rogers services are up and running in your new home. Your Rogers Concierge is your go-to throughout the moving process – no waiting on hold or repeating your concerns to multiple people. You’ll be set up with a dedicated agent and will have access to a direct email and phone number so you can chat with them 1 on 1 whenever you have questions.
After setting up your bed, the next thing most people set up is the cable TV service, Hi-Speed Internet and home phone. From the time you decide to pick up and move to when you’re settled at your new pad, your personal Rogers Concierge agent is there to help you every step of the way.
In addition to being available for questions whenever you need answers, your dedicated Rogers Concierge agent will also proactively connect with you throughout the process to make sure your move is seamless. A Rogers Concierge will help you:
- Review your order details
- With technical troubleshooting
- Change your account information
- Answer your billing questions
- Set up new products and services
What’s more, all Rogers Concierge customers get a free, no commitment, month trial of Rogers TechXpert service so once you’re settled in, you’ll have a personal technology expert at your disposal on a 24/7 basis by phone or online chat. Check out our recent blog post for more information on Rogers TechXpert service.
What about packing for a big move? My colleague Miranda recently caught up with Dustin from Rent-a-Son, a Toronto moving company that provides movers and moving services. We asked Dustin to share some tips on how to properly package up your electronics to ensure nothing is damaged during your move. Check it out:
For more info on Rogers Concierge check out Rogers.com/Moves or call 1 877 MY MOVE9 (696-6839)
What do you think is the most important item to have set up first once you arrive at your new place?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Some of us are more tech savvy than others and in today’s world of evolving electronics and increasingly complex connected devices, it can be confusing trying to maintain a healthy digital life. Even if you pride yourself on being your family’s resident tech person, sometimes the issue may just be beyond your realm of expertise.
Imagine if you had your own personal technology expert whom you could reach any minute of the day by phone or online chat– no appointments needed.
Technophobes breathe a collective sigh of relief
The recently launched Rogers TechXpert service provides 24/7 extended technology support for your computers and other connected devices. You can focus on your life and have a specialized technology expert handle your tech. Assistance goes above and beyond your traditional Rogers services. Rogers TechXpert agents help with the products or software that are built and sold by other manufacturers or retailers.
Over the past year, the service has been offered on a trial period and the problem resolution rate has been 95 to 97 percent. Currently available to Rogers Hi-Speed Internet customers, you can sign up for one-time support or for a month-to-month subscription for up to three computers with Rogers TechXpert for Computers ($9.99/per month) or a subscription that also includes your other devices with Rogers TechXpert Whole Home ($14.99 per month).
Here’s a possible scenario: Your daughter is staying up late putting the finishing touches on her project and she discovers she is unable to print it for school the next day. You try to fix it for her, but you’re stumped. Instead of painstakingly troubleshooting all night, you can instantly connect with a Rogers TechXpert agent for help via online chat or phone. With your permission, an agent can securely remote into your computer and troubleshoot your printer connectivity. If you’re using a PC, agents can also install a dashboard on your computer which initiates scans and health checks in order to monitor the continued wellbeing of your computer.
Recently my colleague Miranda caught up with Rogers TechXpert Advisors, Tim and Andjelko. Check out this video for an overview of how a Rogers TechXpert agent can help simplify the tech in your life:
You can sign up for a free one month trial to test it out. Visit rogers.com/techxpert or call 1-855-885-0178.
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.
These 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.
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 howto 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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