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Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devices

Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devicesSome weeks provide more interesting digital news than others. This week, amid the BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4 releases, what caught my eye were two stories geared towards social media use among Canadians and a camp for digital detox. Catch up on all this and more in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

How active are Canadians with social media?

Being an avid social media user both personally and professionally, I’m always eager to see new stats revealing its popularly, particularly how Canadians compare to the rest of the world.

Maclean’s published an article this week looking at social media usage in Canada, revolving around popular social sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Among the 4,001 Anglophone Canadians surveyed, seven out of 10 were regular social media users. What defines regular? About 63 per cent of them admitted to checking updates on these sites every day.

What surprised me most was Twitter’s results – less than one in five users claimed they were on Twitter last month, the second largest social network next to Facebook! Why is this, and how does LinkedIn measure up? Check out the article for a full analysis and trends and let us know where you fit in. Of the three mentioned, I definitely use Facebook the most as well, but I see the benefits of the other networks, too..  What about you?

Camp Grounded – a digital detox summer camp for adults

Obviously, Canadians depend on social media, but have you ever wanted to just turn it all off for a few days? Surprisingly, many of you have – enough to warrant the creation of a camp designed to help people disconnect from the digital world for four whole days!

Mashable recently uncovered the retreat in California, which has over 200 participants already signed up and eager for a “digital detox.” While at Camp Grounded, there is no technology use or talk whatsoever. Campers get to participate in old-school activities such as archery, capture the flag, arts and crafts workshops, pillow fights and yoga.

The first session, taking place in June, is already sold out, so if you’re interested in giving it a try, you’d better sign up for the waiting list now! It definitely sounds like a cool experience that I could handle … for a day … or maybe an hour. Forget it, I miss my iPhone and apps already!

Summer’s hottest devices are here!

If you’re thinking Camp Grounded looks like a walk in the park, then you haven’t seen what you’d be missing with the new BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4, which both launched this week.

Those of you reluctant to take on a touchscreen will appreciate the Blackberry Q10. Designed with the BlackBerry keyboard fans have come to know and love, the Q10 also features touch screen capabilities, time shift mode and the BlackBerry 10 interface. The BlackBerry Q10 is available now in black, and exclusive to Rogers, white models. See why Mobile Syrup has hailed it the “best BlackBerry ever” and Crackberry calls it the “BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for.” Let us know if you’ve got your hands on one yet!

If Android is more your style, Samsung fans will be delighted to know the Galaxy S4 was also released this week with some fantastic offers. For a limited time, you can get a free Kindle Paperwhite when you activate a new smartphone (including both the Samsung Galaxy S4 AND the Blackberry Q10) on select three-year plans. If e-readers aren’t your thing, check out our $35 Google Play voucher available with select three-year plans when you activate a Samsung Galaxy S4 between now and June 30, 2013.

These offers are exclusive to Rogers, and of course, both are compatible on our newly branded LTE Max network.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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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 www.rogers.com/kindleoffer.

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 rogers.com 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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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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