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Weekend reading: Cool consoles, tablet stats and staying safe online

Weekend readingThis week, we’re looking into the potential of the new Microsoft Xbox One as an entertainment hub and digging into the latest tablet stats – can you guess who came out on top in 2013? Plus, we’re marking Fraud Prevention Month with a few reminders to help you stay safe online. Learn more in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

Gaga for gaming

When I was a kid, my Super Nintendo rocked my world. That admittedly outdated technology followed me through Super Mario Kart marathons in university and all the way to my first few jobs in Toronto, where a friend and I would try to complete the Donkey Kong games (to 100 per cent, natch) in one sitting.

Now, of course, gaming consoles are about so much more than just playing games. The new Xbox One is an entertainment hub – in addition to games, you can tune in to movies, music, sports, TV and even training from Jillian Michaels. You can also stream your favourite shows with Rogers Anyplace TV. For more on the future of the Xbox One, check out our chat with Greg Barber, Vice President, Consumer Channels Group at Microsoft Canada.

What do you do with your console, beyond gaming?

Android takes tablet lead

Android hit a home run in 2013, surpassing Apple’s iOS to become the leading tablet operating system. Android tablet sales made up about 62 per cent of  the global market share, according to research from Garner, as reported by CNET. That’s up from a 45.8 per cent share in 2012.

While Android was the top operating system for tablets, iPads were the top model. Sales for the Apple tablets grew to 70.4 million from 61.4 million. Samsung was the second most popular tablet manufacturer.

Tablet sales across the board soared in 2013, hitting 195.4 million. That’s a 68 per cent increase from 2012.

What kind of tablet do you own?

Protect yourself online

Just how secure is your password? The 10th annual Fraud Prevention Month is a good reminder to evaluate your online security. To mark the campaign, the Competition Bureau has released The Little Black Book of Scams as a free ebook. It outlines how scams work, how to recognize potentially fraudulent activities and how to report them.

Check out more tips to help you avoid fraud traps on RedBoard and check out TechEssentials for everything from creating strong passwords to avoiding phishing scams.

How often do you change your passwords?

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Weekend reading: Gearing up for Halloween, the HTC Desire, and the future of cable

Weekend readingWe were glued to our monitors on Tuesday for Apple’s latest announcement, which resulted in two new iPads and a new Mac operating system. As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the week, there was lots more going on for us at Rogers: We announced we would be carrying the HTC Desire and HTC One Mini, and Rogers was named one of the country’s top 100 employers! Plus, we’re gearing up for Halloween and the CRTC started its consultation into the future of cable TV. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.

Introducing the iPad Air

At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple unveiled its new iPad Air and iPad mini. The new iPad Air is thinner, lighter and faster than the previous generation, while the new Mini has a faster microprocessor and high-def Retina display. Apple also announced the newest Mac OS – Mavericks – and revamped MacBook and Mac Pros. Will you upgrade your Apple gear?

 

Hot handsets

Our stable of super-fast LTE-enabled smartphones just keeps on growing! This week, we announced we’ll be offering the HTC Desire and HTC One Mini, starting Nov. 4. The HTC One Mini, available exclusively from Rogers, has a pocket-friendly 4.3” high-def screen but still packs in familiar HTC features, including HTC BlinkFeed updates, the HTC UltraPixel Camera and the video-creating HTC Zoe.  Meanwhile, the HTC Desire, available in red and white, has LTE connectivity and dual, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers for serious music lovers.

The future of cable

The CRTC started its consultation on the future of cable TV this week. This follows last week’s Speech from the Throne, where the federal government encouraged more flexible TV packages for Canadians. We’ve been advocating for this for years. Do you have thoughts on the future of broadcasting regulations? Weigh in on the CRTC website.

Rogers named one of Canada’s top employers

Rogers was recognized this week as a great place to work, making the Mediacorp list of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014. Employers are graded based on the workplace environment, benefits, training, community involvement and more. Rogers was recognized for office perks, like a room for meditation and religious observance, discounts on products and an employee bonus program. Even better? We celebrated the honour with cake at our Toronto campus.

I previously shared why I love my job – what do you love about your workplace?

Trick or Treat    

Rogers Pumpkin Patrol, now in its 29th year, will be helping to keep the streets safe on Oct. 31. Since 1984, Rogers employees volunteer to patrol neighbourhoods to help keep young trick-or-treaters safe. Keep an eye out for the red Rogers vans, and check out pumpkinpatrol.ca for our top safety tips.

Monster movies

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins – Oh my! Halloween is right around the corner, and we’re ready to celebrate all things spooky with a live chat on Tuesday at noon EDT right here on RedBoard. Log on to share your favourite scary movies and answer trivia questions for your chance to win a movie prize pack!

What movies do you watch every All Hallow’s Eve?

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Talking tablets: Bob Stein’s tablet fuels consumption

ZTE tabletMovies, games and books are now all available at your fingertips and on-the-go thanks to tablets. Three years ago, Rogers hosted TabLife to explore how tablets were changing our lives. We thought it was time to revisit some of our experts to see how their predictions panned out. In part three of our Talking Tablets series (catch up on Part 1 and Part 2), we chat with Bob Stein, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. Back in 2010, Bob saw the tablet as a device for consuming content.

Tablets take off

Stein predicts that tablets will become even more commonplace. “Tablets are not as ubiquitous as the telephone – but they eventually will be,” he says. “The functionality of a tablet and the functionality of a phone are not that easy to tease apart,” but eventually, we’ll all be using just one of them.

Holding steady

“There’s no change in the habits,” he said. “I see no changes in people’s tablet use. There’s no new features, no new functionality.”

He’s still using his tablet — an iPad because he was an early adopter– to surf the web, read email, watch video, listen to music, read books and play games. His must-have app was Kindle reader for iPad, and it’s still his go-to.

Operating systems face off

In 2010 he said he was surprised that tablets separated consuming from creating, and for him, this functionality hasn’t changed. He also predicted there would be more tablet models entering the market and Android would become a major player. Today, he predicts continued success for Android, “because it’s an open system. It means, in the long run, the apps that you have access to will be more useful to you.”

Would you scale down your device arsenal to just a smartphone or a tablet?

Browse, surf and share even more on a fast, reliable connection by activating your tablet on Rogers Wireless Internet. Starting today, Rogers retail locations will be carrying two new Android tablets: the ZTE Lite tablet (starting at $199.99 with no term) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (starting at $499.99 no term). For more, visit www.rogers.com.

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Weekend reading: Reading, writing and Google Reader

Weekend Reading: Smartphones, lifestyle apps and Videotron and Rogers expand LTE networkThis week, we’re talking about the written word. We’re scanning news headlines in snack-sized bits, taking our email on the go with a tablet and saying farewell to Google Reader in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.

Bite-sized news

I scan headlines on Twitter and news alerts throughout the day, but rarely pause to read more than a few graphs when I’m on the go. And this kind of “news snacking,” that is, checking the news often and for short periods of time on mobile devices, is becoming the norm according to a study by Mobiles Republic, a news syndication company. Three-quarters of readers with smartphones and 70 per cent with tablets (up 10 per cent from the previous year) check the news more than once a day. Of course, news is also becoming social – they found 43 per cent of readers now use Facebook for the latest news, up seven per cent from 2012. Check out an infographic of their findings here.

How often do you check the news? What device do you use to stay informed?

Farewell to Google Reader

While many across the country will be celebrating Canada Day with barbecues and trips to the beach this weekend, RSS fans will be mourning Google Reader. The seven-year-old RSS service officially shuts down on July 1. Since Google announced the closure in March, there has been a race to find a new service to manage RSS feeds, including launches from AOL and Digg over the past week. The CBC has rounded up five Google Reader alternatives for fans to try, while Lifehacker shares advice on migrating your RSS feeds and the Boston Globe shares a pro-con list of potential replacement services.

Will you miss Google Reader? What service will you turn to for managing your RSS subscriptions?

Tablet talk

With summer travel about to take off, I’m thinking about the best way to check emails and post status updates from the plane, train, beach and beyond. So, of course, I’ve got tablets on my mind. I spoke with Neil Shuart, Director, Wireless Internet at Rogers, to learn more about the innovative ways tablets are evolving, from watching TV and remote controls to restaurant menus and in-room control panels. He predicts that we’re going to keep finding new functions for these increasingly powerful devices – keeping them in the must-have gadget territory. Plus, starting this week, the iPad and iPad mini are available at Rogers retail locations.

Do you travel with a tablet?

Long weekend travel

Many of us are hitting the road over the long weekend, and we’ve got a great roundup of apps to help you pack your bags, find your way and stay safe while you’re travelling. If you’re crossing the border this weekend, make sure to read up on our worry-free roaming internet rate, which gives customers travelling to the U.S. access to up to 50 MB of data for $7.99 per 24 hour period.

Have a great long weekend!

Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Talking tablets: Neil Shuart says it’s all about speed

Neil Shuart shares his thoughts on tabletsMore responsive touchscreens, more intuitive apps and faster data connections are all working together to make tablets even more important to our work and play. In 2010, Rogers hosted TabLife to explore how tablets were changing our lives. We thought it was time to revisit the technology. We checked in with Neil Shuart, Director, Wireless Internet at Rogers, to see what’s next for the tablet space.

Ever-evolving uses

“We have heard of companies using tablets as menus, as in-room control panels, in vehicles and in the hands of complete field sales teams. New and custom applications are constantly being developed,” says Neil. “At Rogers for example you can use our Rogers One Number application on your tablet to make calls and text messages from your tablet using your Rogers wireless number.  You can also watch TV on your tablet using Rogers Anyplace TV or program your PVR with the Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app and you can adjust your home security system with the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring application.  There are literally countless examples of how consumers and business are integrating these products into their lives. “

Fostering creativity

Neil says there have been two surprising changes in tablets since 2010. “When the first devices came out, literally hundreds of companies were set to develop and launch a tablet,” he says. “This is not the case any longer, however, the companies that continue to play in the tablet space are making devices that are faster and more powerful yet simple to use. They have set a very high bar and the products are very impressive because of it.”

The other surprise is the creative ways individuals and businesses are using tablets.  “I love hearing about a new end-user experience, whether it be as a remote control, a second computer monitor, a restaurant menu, a TV in the car for the kids … people are thinking of new uses every day and it continues to grow. “

Downtime, work-time and everything in between

In 2010, Neil says his tablet was primarily for email, games and other small apps, and quick web searches. “Today, however, things are much different – the devices these days are faster and more capable. They are enabled for LTE speeds, they have multiple cameras and there are more apps than ever,” he says. Now, his tablet is also picked up for video streaming, more apps and more work-related activities, including accessing cloud storage for documents and using Rogers One Number for conference calls. “The functionality in my mind continues to grow and I hope others have experienced the same.”

People are increasingly taking their tablets beyond home and office, says Neil. “As networks become faster and carrier offerings become more pervasive this trend is one we expect to continue. The days of using your tablet to check a website or a sports score ONLY are behind a good number of us already.”

Where have you used your tablet outside the home or office?

Starting today, the iPad and iPad mini will be available at Rogers retail locations. For more, visit www.rogers.com/web/content/ipad.

Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Weekend Reading: Holiday news roundup, AppHero, and discovering new things to do online

Happy New Year! Welcome to our first Weekend Reading edition of 2013. 

We thought we’d kick 2013 off with a blog post that will get you caught up with everything that happened online while you were distracted by the holidays, help you find the perfect apps for your new iOS device, and show you 9 cool things you can do online. Get up to speed with this week’s stories below. 

What you missed in tech news over the holidays

First things first, let’s get caught up with some of the biggest stories to emerge last week courtesy of The Next Web. In their roundup you can top tech stories you may have missed, including how many devices were activated on Christmas Day, what China made mandatory for all internet users, and Foursquare’s new privacy policy

As an added bonus, they’ve also included their picks for “Good Reads,” “Useful Guides,” and “Interesting Reads from Elsewhere.” 

Find the perfect apps for your new iOS device with AppHero

iPhone and iPads were undoubtedly one of the most in demand gifts this holiday season, and if you were lucky enough to get one, you’re probably wondering where to begin. 

One of the best things about Apple is their App Store – but with over 750,000 apps it can be a daunting task to figure out which ones you’d like to try. Our friends at The Cellular Guru found just the app to help with that though, aptly called “App Hero.” By linking this free app with your Facebook and Twitter accounts, it pulls in info about your interests and gives you a customized list of apps that might interest you. Bonus: download the apps directly from the app instead of being taken to the App Store. Try it out on iTunes now and let us know if you found it handy too. 

Betcha didn’t know you could do these 9 things online

Most of us have the hang of the internet these days – it’s become such a standard commodity we’ve even coined the phrase “Google it!” Yet Mashable still uncovered ways it can surprise us with some unlikely discoveries through their own “Googling.” 

Planning on popping the big question this year? Did you know you can figure out your girlfriend’s ring size online? Fancy yourself a bit of a sleuth? Create your own police sketches thanks to another online tool. Always wished you’d gotten into MIT? The university offers free online physics courses. Check out what else Mashable found and share it with friends – were you already aware of some of these? 

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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The evolution of Rogers One Number: introducing exciting new innovations

Last February, we announced Rogers One Number, a new service exclusively from Rogers that 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. Your feedback was positive and several of you told us that Rogers One Number really helped to simplify your life. So what’s next for Rogers One Number? Well, we’re thrilled to tell you that the service now works with your home phone and tablet, and we’re rolling out a solution for small business customers as well.

Get even more from your one Rogers wireless number. With an Internet connection, you can now extend your Rogers wireless number to make or transfer calls using a computer, tablet, and regular phone with an adapter.

  • On iPad: With the Rogers One Number app, you can talk on the go, and even video chat with other Rogers One Number users. The app is expected to launch soon for Android tablets as well.
  • On Your Regular Phone: With the add-on service, you can connect your regular phone to a telephone adapter and use your wireless number to make calls using the Internet. You’ll enjoy unlimited Canadian long distance and not use your daytime wireless minutes while using your regular phone. The adapter is $24.99, the add-on service is $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes). Visit your local Rogers retail store to purchase the adapter.
  • Check out this video for more information about how you can extend your wireless number to your regular phone.

If you’re a small business customer, we’ll post updates about the business solution on RedBoard Biz closer to launch.

To refresh your memory about the original features of Rogers One Number, check out this video of Miranda chatting with Winston when it first launched.

What do you think is the most useful feature of Rogers One Number?

UPDATE (November 1, 2012, 12:23 p.m):  As promised, the Rogers One Number app for Android tablets is now available! Download it right here.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: Picking tablets, NFC technology, and vintage vs. timeless tech

It may have been a short week in some areas thanks to the Civic holiday on Monday, but there was certainly no shortage of interesting reading as a result! This week’s stories that kept us talking surrounded picking the right tablet, NFC contactless tech, plus vintage and timeless tech.

TECH VIBES: HOW DOES A CONSUMER DECIDE WHICH TABLET TO BUY

Tablets have been on the market for less than 5 years, yet due to their soaring popularity, there are now dozens of tablets on the market to choose from – iPads, Androids, Kindle Fires and the newly released second edition Playbook. How does one new to the tablet game decipher which one is right for them? Tech Vibes took a closer look at ownership and usage with the help of TabLens. See what matters most to consumers and determine where you fit in.

NFC FOCUS: THE FUTURE OF CONTACTLESS TECHNOLOGY

Near field communications (NFC) technology has already enabled us to make purchases with the tap of a credit card or scan of a mobile app – what could they come up with next? International Business Times has a few ideas like the personalized store, and the NFC vending machine. Read the full article here for more details.

And, if you want more information on the basics of contactless payment, you can check out this post on RedBoard Biz for a mobile wallet 101.

VINTAGE TECH ON EBAY: WHAT’S YOUR PRICE LIMIT?

Would you pay $10,000 for a first edition iPhone? Maybe you’re looking for the original Pong video arcade cabinet – hope you have $15,000 on hand! For a light read, check out Wired’s article called “The Ridiculously Overpriced ‘Vintage’ Tech of eBay.” It’s a fun walk down memory lane to see how far we’ve come with technology to say the least. You’ll be amazed what you can still find out there – for a price!

15 CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES WE’LL STILL BE USING IN 2030

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Gizmodo predicting what tech will still be of value to us 18 years from now. No need to hunt for these items on eBay! What made the list? Local storage, USB ports, and laser printers for starters. Read the full article for the remaining 12 here and let us know which ones you agree/disagree with!

Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.

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Android and iOS and Wi-Fi: All in Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Each Friday we scour the Internet to bring you great things to read. With this being a long weekend in some parts of the country, we’ve put together an extra-tasty roundup for your dockside reading pleasure.

GOOGLE MOBILE BLOG

Android fanatics were delighted this week when Google announced the launch of their Official Android blog. Their latest post reveals a cloud-based version of Google Wallet. Though currently not available to Canadians, you’ll recall back in May that Rogers announced our partnership with CIBC for the upcoming launch of Canada’s first mobile payment solution as well. More developments to come, but in the meantime you can read up on Google Wallet and stay tuned for more posts on everything Android.

iOS 6 COMING THIS FALL

There has been speculation for many months now on what the latest Apple update would bring for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad users. Today it has been released in beta with the official update coming later this fall. Tech Radar did a great article covering all the new and exciting features we can expect, including Passbook, Facebook integration, and a new Maps app. Which feature are you most excited about?

WI-FI EVERYWHERE!

It seems that more and more businesses these days are catering to the traveller’s needs. Starbucks first introduced free Wi-Fi a few years ago, but there’s been a recent resurgence with others such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and more recently Disney’s Magic Kingdom following suit. Now you can upload pics to Facebook over Wi-Fi of your little ones on Dumbo!

With all the capabilities of smartphones and tablets, offering Wi-Fi is an excellent service to offer to customers on the go. However, as NFIB cautions, free Wi-Fi may not be a viable option for all businesses. “Free Wi-Fi works best for any business that wants to encourage customers to spend time in their establishment,” which seems to ring true to the businesses mentioned. What’s your business’s stance?

SOCIAL CAPITAL CONFERENCE

Recently we had the pleasure of being a sponsor of the annual Social Capital Conference in Ottawa. The conference blends a wide variety of presentations on topics “ranging from Twitter to LinkedIn, the technical details of self-hosting a blog to the how-to’s of personal branding, and online community building to social media in the workplace.”

Check out some of the speakers who were present at these sessions, with bios and links available to their websites with even more great articles to read.

Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.

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The future of the Internet: from a six year old child’s point of view

When I was six years old, there was no computer, no online shopping… no Internet!  How did I survive?   Today, as I watch my six year old son, I realize how far we’ve come. He has never known life without Internet. His favorite toy since he was 4 has been the iPad. He has watched a handful of TV commercials in his life. He has grown up watching his parents do everyday tasks online.

To my six year old, the Internet is not a place, thing or cool technology, it’s just there!

My son’s future experiences will be supercharged by the Internet. As he starts to grow up, he will start interacting with the world around him more, and as he does, he will find the Internet to be woven into the fabric of his day to day life. The thing is, he won’t actually notice it’s there.   For my son, the online option will be the default option. Print, banks and ATMs, call centers and CDs?  Those will be things his old dad still uses.

Everywhere my son will turn, both at home and wherever he goes, there will be touch screens of different shapes and sizes. They’ll be access points to his online world.  He’ll use his virtual persona (could that be his avatar?) from any of the screens around him.

However, my son will not solely live in a virtual online world. He’ll still visit stores, go to concerts, go out with friends and deal with professionals.   But all these experiences will be augmented by his online interactions.

Stores will know he is coming, and what he likes.  Offers will be presented to his smart phone, as he walks down the street. When he gets to the store, he will be presented with a recommended shopping list of products and services he will like, in the size or color he likes best.  He will even be able to “try on” the outfit on his smartphone if he likes, without getting undressed!

Concerts and sporting events will be enhanced with interactive experiences available at touch of a screen: real-time conversations with friends, back stage views, live playbacks, and clips of the highlights easily shared with friends and family.   And if my son can’t make the event, he’ll be able to access a virtual online version, or experience it through his social connections.

My son will enjoy real time, immediate, intelligent, personal experiences, with the world of possibilities at his fingertips.

To me, that’s phenomenal.

To him that’ll just be the way it is!

What do you think?  Do you see the same future for your children?

Robert Switzman is Rogers Futurist and Senior Director, Convergence. This is his first post on RedBoard. 

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