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Weekend Reading: Facebook’s birthday, Canadian cheer and app stats

Weekend readingThis week, we celebrate Facebook entering its tween years, get a little patriotic and check out the latest predictions for app downloads. Read all about it in the latest edition of the weekend reading.

Facebook turns 10

A decade ago on February 4, Facebook was born. In a familiar story, immortalized in The Social Network, the site soon spread from a few university students to everyone, including your youngest sibling and your grandma. From introducing the ideas of “friending” and “defriending” to guaranteeing annual birthday wishes from loose acquaintances, Facebook has certainly made a mark in its 10 years. In fact, Mashable has curated a list of 8 ways it changed the world. Meanwhile the Guardian dives into the network’s numbers and Time shared a timeline of 10 “monumentally important twists” in the site’s history. Facebook marked the occasion by launching “A Look Back,” which is a short video highlighting your years on Facebook. You can get your own at facebook.com/lookback. I joined Facebook in 2006, and the first photos I shared were from a roadtrip to my hometown!

What were your Facebook firsts?

Canadian cheer

We’ll be cheering on all the Canadian athletes competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and look forward to seeing that pile of gold, silver and bronze grow! Whether you’re at home or on the go, you can watch complete CBC coverage of the Olympic Winter Games on Rogers on Demand on channel 100 or on Rogers Anyplace TV.

Go Canada!

What sports will you be following in the coming weeks?

Double the app-etite

Terrible pun aside, we know Canadians have on average 25 apps on their smartphones and tablets. In May 2013, the Google Play store reached the one million mark for apps and games currently available, while Apple marked the milestone in October 2013. With all these options available, app downloads are expected to double over the next four years, according to new research from eMarketer. Annual downloads are expected to soar from 82 billion in 2013 to more than 200 billion in 2017. As for how people find new apps to download, the research found that browsing the app store was the most popular (with 55 per cent), while one-third seek out apps that were recommended by friends and one-fifth found new apps through social media.

I rely heavily on app recommendations from my friends for my many, many downloads. Where do you discover new apps?

Hello, Russia!

Whether you’re visiting the Kremlin in Moscow, climbing Mount Elbrus or visiting everything in between, Rogers customers can now experience same fast LTE speeds they’re used to at home when they’re travelling across Russia. This new LTE roaming agreement means you can enjoy seamless streaming, fast mapping and easy sharing. Find out more at Rogers.com/roaming. Happy travels!

What Russian landmark is on your must-visit bucket list?

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13 highlights of 2013

Year endFrom major NHL and magazine announcements to speedy LTE expansion, travel and tablets,  2013 was a busy year at Rogers! I had the pleasure of joining the RedBoard team in 2013 – but I’m told I’m not allowed to call that a highlight of our year! So, in no particular order, here are 13 highlights of the year that was:

  1. Hitting high speed: We expanded our LTE network to new cities in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and hit our goal of launching in 95 new markets in 2013 (you can see the full list here). Deploying more 2600 Mhz spectrum than any other provider also meant bringing our blazing fast speeds to more Rogers customers in Manitoba, Ontario, B.C. and Quebec. For us on RedBoard, it was a chance to share our favourite speedy apps, a new infographic and quiz people on the street about what, exactly, LTE means.
  2. Tablet talk: We were all about the portable devices this year. We learned a bunch of fun stats as a result – about one in 10 Canadians currently own a tablet and 33 per cent of all time spent with tablets happens outside the home. Neil Shuart shared how tablets are all about speed, Bob Stein focussed on the content and Duncan Stewart looked forward to hybrid devices. We even polled regular Canadians about how they were using their tablets – watch the video with their answers here
  3. Wanderlust: We gave into the travel bug this year, sharing blog posts from San Francisco, California, Buffalo and even Prague. We also shared all things roaming related, from debunking myths, finding out just how many of you want to keep tabs on your pets, and sharing our favourite apps and how to control your data use to explaining our new worry-free $7.99 rate.
  4. Great gigs: We also celebrated our employees this year, starting a new series featuring Cool Jobs at Rogers – from Shelagh Barrett’s work with the Rogers Youth Fund initiative and Elana Schachter’s role in the digital magazine space to Hitesh Lad’s contributions in customer service. LinkedIn also recognized Rogers employees as among the top five in the world for volunteering – measured by those who added “Volunteer and Causes” information to their profiles on the professional social networking site.
  5. Office perks: Rogers was also named one of Canada’s top 100 employers for 2014. The Mediacorp list recognized Rogers for great office amenities, the employee bonus program and parental top-up payments, among other things.
  6. Get inside Rogers retail locations: Google Street View has mapped New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House, France’s Musee D’Orsay, and even Parliament Hill. And, in 2013, we were able to add Rogers retail locations across the country to that list. To check it out, browse on over to your store’s Google + page (click the “See Inside” option) or visit the website for your local Rogers retail location on your computer or mobile device to load the virtual tour.
  7. Tackling TV: Would you skimp on sleep to catch just one more episode? If the answer is yes, your TV viewing habits are in line with 80 per cent of Canadians, according to our Rogers Innovation Report. We learned the longest viewing sessions average more than five hours on a weekday and almost seven hours on a weekend, and we took the opportunity to create a nifty interactive infographic to help you decode your TV persona, from “Marathon TV Viewer” to “Multiscreen Tasker.”
  8. Connected in the community: In June, Rogers announced a new initiative to help provide broadband Internet for youth and low-income Canadian families. Connected for Success, which launched with Toronto Community Housing, offers broadband internet for $9.99 a month, plus the option to purchase a computer loaded with software for $150, thanks to Microsoft Canada and Compugen. We also spoke with educator Neil Price about the importance of digital literacy and what the program could mean for students.
  9. Magazine buffet: Rogers launched the all-you-can-read digital magazine Next Issue Canada in October. Offering unlimited access to more than 100 Canadian and U.S. titles, we were excited to take it for a test-drive and chat with Next Issue Canada President Ken Whyte about what it means for readers and publishers.
  10. Rogers Youth Education Day: We took to Twitter and Facebook in September to ask  you to share your #BrighterFuture stories about how education made a difference in your life. As part of Rogers Youth Education Day, we were able to donate mobile tech units to each of our 52 non-profit partners across the country – a $250,000 commitment! Thanks for joining the conversation and helping us give back!
  11. Digital shopping: Bulky wallets, be gone? In November, Rogers announced the launch of the suretap wallet, which lets shoppers make payments with a simple tap of their smartphone. Using the secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled smartphone, suretap can be used at contactless payment terminals – the same kind that let you tap to pay with your credit card. For even more smartphone shopping power, we also launched Rogers Alerts, which, if you opt in, sends you location-based mobile offers via SMS.
  12. Tube talk: We hosted parenting expert Kathy Buckworth for a Twitter chat about how she manages screen time at home. She shared her top tips, and love of popcorn, in a noon-time chat that trended in Canada! It was also a chance to share details of the new Rogers Kids Zone, a secure children’s entertainment destination where families can enjoy kid’s TV shows and movies at home, on channel 200, or on the go with RogersAnyplaceTV.com/KidsZone on computers, and on the Rogers Anyplace TV application for smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360 gaming systems and LG Smart TVs.
  13. He shoots, he scores! We do love hockey at Rogers, and one of the most exciting bits of news we shared this year on RedBoard was announcing the NHL broadcast deal.  The 12-year agreement, which starts with the 2014/15 season, includes national rights in all languages across TV broadcasts, internet and mobile streaming, as well as all linear and digital highlights including condensed games and video archives. The deal also includes a partnership with CBC for Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts and TVA for French-language coverage. We also started sponsoring the Edmonton Oilers and are excited to start construction on their new home, Rogers Place!

Happy New Year! What will you remember from 2013?

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Rogers takes LTE network into high gear

SpeedRogers was the first to launch LTE in Canada over two years ago. Since then we have continued to bring innovation to Canadian consumers and have deployed LTE to more than 24 million people in over 120 cities (and counting).

We’ve made significant investments to deliver Canada’s fastest LTE network – now up to two times faster than our largest competitors on a national average. (Our lawyers want us to point out that this is based on tests comparing average download speeds across Canada within Rogers LTE coverage areas. An LTE device and SIM card are required to access top speeds, which may vary based on factors such as device, topography and environmental conditions.)

This fall, we took to the streets to test our network speeds across Canada and had a little fun along the way. But we want you to experience it for yourself, which is why you’ll soon see our street teams in action at a Cineplex theatre or Rogers store location near you.

What does it take to be the fastest LTE network? And what does that really mean for you? Check out our infographic to see how we’re working to improve your wireless experience.

Infographic

For more information about the Rogers LTE network or to find a Blown Away Speed Challenge near you, visit rogers.com/LTE.

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Weekend reading: Thanksgiving gratitude, an LTE expansion and more

ThanksgivingIn time for the long weekend, we’re sharing our gratitude for technology, looking at apps in the grocery aisle and announcing the latest LTE expansion. Plus we’re happy to share that we’ll be offering the BlackBerry Z30. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

Giving thanks

This week on RedBoard, we learned how technology helps us bridge the distance when loved ones don’t live nearby. And, honestly, there’s nothing like a holiday to make my family in Nova Scotia feel really, really far away. While phone calls, texts and Facebook photos aren’t a substitute for our annual tradition of making a bunch of apple pies, they do certainly go a long way in making us still feel like we’re part of each others’ lives. It’s also a great way to let them know that I’m thinking of them and miss them all year long. What technology helps you stay in touch with your family?

LTE lights up

Our blazing-fast LTE network continued to grow this week, as we added 15 new markets in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, P.E.I. and New Brunswick. Rogers is also the first carrier to bring LTE coverage to three markets in my home province of Nova Scotia, so residents of Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow can now satisfy their need for speed.

BlackBerry news

We’re happy to announce Rogers will be adding the new BlackBerry Z30 to our roster of BlackBerry smartphones, which includes the Z10, Q10 and Q5. The BlackBerry Z30, which will be available later this month, has a five-inch touch-screen, faster processing speeds and longer battery life than previous models.

Grocery helper

With multiple holiday dinners this weekend, I’ll definitely be among the droves pacing the grocery aisles, stocking up on pumpkin and searching for the perfect vegetarian main. Instead of hemming and hawing over what to buy, about three in 10 Internet users say they would like to use a mobile app to help them decide on supermarket purchases. The July 2013 survey from Ipsos Canada found interest in such an app increased even more amongst those aged 18 to 34, with 43 per cent saying they’d give it a try. Would you use an app to assist you with your meal planning and purchases?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Rogers LTE network powers blazing-fast Category 4 devices

category-4-The modern smartphone is a workhorse, and goes way above and beyond simply making calls. We stream Toronto Maple Leafs games, send large files for work and keep a steady soundtrack pumping through music apps and streaming sites. And, of course, we want it all with no delays.

So what’s next?  Today, we’re excited to welcome a new lineup of smartphones that let you do even more at faster speeds. First up, is the LG G2, Canada’s first Category 4 smartphone.  The LG G2 is a powerful Android smartphone with a 5.2-inch HD screen, a quad-core processor and 13 megapixel camera. Other cool features include “Quick Remote” which remotely controls your home devices including TV, Home Theatre or air conditioner and “Slide Aside,” which pulls up the most recently used apps.

What’s Category 4 all about?

Category 4 is an industry term defined by 3gpp that means these smartphones can theoretically reach industry-first LTE maximum speeds of up to 150 Mbps. This means you can expect to take full advantage of our network with Category 4 devices on Rogers LTE – Canada’s fastest wireless internet.

What makes Category 4 smartphones even faster on the Rogers LTE network?

We’ve deployed a blazing-fast LTE network across Canada with speeds of up to 150Mbps and these devices make use of the true potential of the Rogers LTE network. Get ready for even faster downloading, smooth browsing and video streaming without buffering.

Look out for more Category 4 smartphones launching this fall including the Samsung Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z1. To learn more about our LTE network, visit www.rogers.com/lte .

What category 4 smartphone are you most excited for?

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A Canadian first: Rogers brings customers LTE roaming in the U.S.

RoamingHome or away, I’m always on my smartphone – mapping where to go, looking up restaurants and sharing with friends. Now, Rogers is offering customers LTE roaming in the U.S., allowing travellers to enjoy the same blazing fast speeds they’re used to at home on the Rogers network.

In partnership with AT&T Mobility, we’re excited to be the first Canadian carrier to offer LTE roaming for customers travelling in the U.S. Rogers customers can also enjoy LTE speeds while roaming in Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Korea.

We know our customers want to get the most out of their phones when they’re roaming – and to help, we:

  1. Offer fast LTE speeds with a worry-free $7.99 per day U.S. roaming internet rate
  2. Send you free data usage notifications when you text “usage” to 3330 while roaming in the U.S.
  3. Offer international roaming plans with prices as low as $1/MB and lowered our prices on default international data rates
  4. Send Data Pass customers text alerts when they reach 50 per cent, 80 per cent and 100 per cent of their data usage. To ensure you never spend more than you expect, we stop your data usage once you’ve hit the MBs included in your Data Pass.

Want to learn more about roaming? Read about how Rogers employees used the $7.99/day U.S. roaming internet rate to stay social in San Francisco and share their excitement at a Buffalo Bisons game or visit www.rogers.com/roaming.

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Tech on the street: Testing your knowledge of LTE

This spring and summer, we’ve been busy rolling out our LTE network to new markets in Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba. While every launch has been really exciting for us, we wondered what LTE means to you – so we hit the streets to find out how Canadians define LTE.

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. And Rogers LTE is Canada’s fastest wireless internet – which means you get blazing fast wireless internet on your devices, allowing you to seamlessly stream music and video and download large files quickly. For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit www.rogers.com/LTE.

How will you take advantage of LTE’s top speeds?

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Moto X now available for reservation exclusively from Rogers

Moto XI’m constantly multitasking, whether it’s brushing my teeth while watching Breakfast Television or talking to my mother while cleaning the apartment. Multitasking just got easier, with the new Moto X smartphone introduced today by Motorola. The Moto X is designed to be more responsive, more alert and provide the best of Google’s mobile services. Expanding our large selection of LTE-enabled Android smartphones, the Moto X will be exclusively available from Rogers this month.

Here are three Moto X features that will help make your life easier:

  1. You can control the Moto X with only your voice. No kidding. With Touchless Control, start by saying “OK Google Now.” Then, you can get directions, set an alarm or even ask it if you need to bring an umbrella with you and it will give you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Did I mention you can do this without touching it at all? Awesome.
  2. Love taking pictures? Another great feature I would definitely use is the quick capture camera. Twist your wrist twice to open the camera application and take great action shots from the Toronto Blue Jays game. You can also touch the screen anywhere to get the shot you need.
  3. Minimize your “must check phone” cravings with Moto X’s Active Notifications feature, which showcases useful info as it comes in – right on the screen (even while it’s asleep!). No more staring at a blinking light that doesn’t actually tell you anything.

What about the blazing fast LTE speeds?

The Moto X is built to run on Rogers 2600 MHz LTE spectrum, the fastest wireless internet band available in Canada. Capable of delivering higher speeds than other LTE bands, customers with the Moto X will be able to download large files quickly or stream music with no buffering. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier.

How do I get one?

Moto X will be available in black or white exclusively to Rogers Wireless customers this August for $189.99 on select two-year plans. Existing Rogers wireless customers can reserve theirs now on the Rogers Reservation System and new customers can sign up for updates on availability at www.rogers.com/motox.

What do you think of the new Moto X? What would you ask Google Now?

UPDATE Aug. 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m.: You can now get your Moto X for $189.99 on select two-year agreements at your local Rogers retail location. Visit Rogers.com/MotoX for more details on the device.

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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: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits

Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits

Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend across most of Canada folks! We’re celebrating by bringing our LTE Max network to Manitoba this weekend, hosting a live chat about TV viewing on Redboard and trading our wallets for smartphones – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

Manitoba welcomes launch of Rogers LTE network

Manitoba was definitely one of the most eager provinces awaiting the Rogers LTE Max network. So we were thrilled to announce that as of this weekend our LTE Max network would be hitting the cities of Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach.

The LTE expansion doesn’t stop there – we will continue to expand our offerings in the province through a network sharing agreement with MTS, enabling us to deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne this summer!

For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.

What do you value more – your wallet or smartphone?

Though 60 per cent of people still value their wallet, a whopping 40 per cent preferred their smartphone in a recent Ipsos study covered by IT Business. As IT Business points out, though 20 per cent more are still dependent on their wallet, it’s actually a small percentage considering how new mobile payments are to the marketplace.

Just over a year ago, Rogers introduced mobile payments to Canada in partnership with CIBC. In November we expanded to create the mobile app with suretap technology. With mobile payments on the rise, it’s no surprise to us that it’s such a close race between smartphones versus wallets. Our own Innovation Reports have revealed that 65 per cent of people surveyed said they would feel naked without their smartphone and internet access. Combining your wallet and smartphone seems like the perfect fit!

Do you have a preference? Personally I’m all for carrying my slim iPhone over a bulky wallet when I run to Starbucks! The more retailers adopt this, the less I’ll be bringing my wallet for sure!

Love TV and movies? We want to hear from you! 

Canadians love their marathons. TV and movie marathons, that is. More than 80 per cent of Canadians watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released Monday. The longest viewing sessions top out at more than five hours on a weekday and seven hours on a weekend. To learn more about Canadians’ viewing habits, you can check out the full report on SlideShare and find out what kind of TV viewer you are by completing the interactive infographic here.

Do you love marathon watching full seasons of your favourite shows? Do you like to tweet every plot twist and turn? Join our live chat Tuesday at noon (EDT) on RedBoard and Twitter to discuss the findings from the latest Rogers Innovation Report and take part in a trivia contest for your chance to win a great prize.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor. 

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