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Weekend Reading: “Millennials,” Samsung Galaxy S4, and mobile shopping

From New York to Toronto – we’ve got your biggest stories this week including more on “millennials”, news on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a look at mobile shopping habits – can you guess who’s leading the pack with online purchases? Find out in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

What “Millennials” really want from work

In last week’s Weekend Reading we told you about “millennials,” those in the 18-34 demographic who value their smartphones over their cars. This week, millennials are in the media again, this time for their work values.

According to Business 2 Community, the average millennial checks their device 34 times a day, which says a lot about this age group and how they are re-defining what is valued in the workplace. For instance, 45% of those surveyed said they would take lower paying jobs in exchange for more mobility, BYOD (bring your own device) options, and social media privileges.

Being a “millennial” myself I can relate to lot of what’s being said in the article. Smartphones are personal and unique, and I absolutely value being able to use the device(s) I’m most comfortable with at work. That said though, I’m not sure if I’d be willing to sacrifice my wallet for my phone, as would half of those surveyed by Cisco.

Check out the full article for more on what motivates this generation and how to work with their tech needs. How often do you check your device during the day? Or would you take a lower paying job in exchange for more mobility?

Samsung Galaxy S4

After much suspense, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 was “unpacked” last night in NYC.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will include features like Smart Pause, an eye-tracking technology that automatically pauses a video when you look away from the screen, and Sound & Shot, which adds sound to the pictures you capture.

Check out all the great features on the Samsung microsite here, watch the unveiling on the Samsung YouTube Channel and stay tuned to RedBoard for more details on availability.

Moms lead the mobile shopping revolution

Mobile commerce is slated to become one of the biggest online trends for 2013. Not only are people doing most of their browsing online, but they’re becoming less hesitant to makes purchases online as well– especially moms.

According to a new study from eMarketer, 70 per cent of moms surveyed reported using their smartphone or tablet to shop, while one-third said the devices accounted for almost half their shopping time if not more! Retail apps play the largest role in purchasing decisions, though advice and ratings from fellow moms still ranks highest when it comes to deciding to buy.

Have your shopping habits changed with technological advancements? What are you looking forward to with future developments?

Kelly is a regular Redboard contributor.

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Weekend Reading: Couch commerce, tablet publications, and 2013 predictions

Happy weekend everyone! It’s been an icy cold week with no signs of warming up unfortunately – so there’s no better time to grab some cocoa and bunker down with this week’s headlines in our latest edition of Weekend Reading!

Couch Commerce

When I think of tablets, I think of the convenience it provides while on the go with a larger screen than a smartphone. However, Mobile Commerce Daily posed a different perspective this week -

“Tablet devices are now known as “couch devices” because consumers are reaching for them while they are sitting at home.” Read the article for yourself and you’ll see its true!

Many of us use them in place of our laptops as a companion device to our televisions – and televisions host commercials. Commercials with fancy fashions, new products, and limited time offers. All of these factors come into play as reasons why online shopping from a tablet has increased by more than 300 percent in the last year alone! You can read more on their convenience and popularity in the entire article here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll have my tablet alongside my cocoa this weekend when I’m curled up inside because it’s minus 30 outside! How many of you are reading this edition of Weekend Reading on your tablet right now?

Are you reading tablet publications?

Keeping with the tablet theme, according to Tech Vibes, tablet publications are faring better in Canada than other parts of the world. In fact, publication apps account for 15% of all apps in iPad’s top 200 grossing apps! In the same category, they are also the second highest grossing apps next to games.

So who are the top publishers Canadians are reading? Do we prefer magazines to newspapers to newsstands? Find out in Tech Vibes infographic with more telling stats here.

2013 – The year of mobile?

That’s what The Mobilists are predicting in their post this week on 2013 Mobile Trends and Predictions, with a wish list that includes converting big data to actionable data, the rise of mobile payments, an increase in mobile shopping, and BYOD (bring your own device) to name a few.

But what do they think about mobile advertising, QR codes, or augmented reality? Check out their thorough article and share your thoughts on their lists in the comments below.

Personally I’m most excited to see developments in mobile use in everyday scenarios – from remote control access to household functions, to deeper control within our cars and even watches (as seen in Tech Zone 360 from this year’s CES.) I’m also eager for mobile payments to advance and become a regular form of payment now with our CIBC agreement for mobile wallets and suretap technology. 2013 is shaping up to be an innovative year already!

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard.

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Weekend Reading: The Nokia Lumia 920 and future tech trends – mobile shopping, automatic phone silencing, and wearable tech

Only 18 days into 2013 and already there have been some big developments and predictions giving us lots to look forward to! This week we proudly announced that we’re adding additional colours to our Nokia Lumia 920 lineup. Also in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll discuss what the future holds for tech when it comes to mobile shopping, phone features, and wearable tech.

In the news: The Nokia Lumia 920

Ever since its release the Nokia Lumia 920 has been one of the most sought after devices worldwide. Customers were eager to share their interest in the device with us, but also expressed a strong desire for a wider range of colours.  So earlier this week we were proud to reveal that in addition to the black one already available, Rogers would be carrying the Nokia Lumia 920 in red, white, and yellow as well! We even added a contest to the mix giving customers a chance to win a new Nokia Lumia 920 in the colour of their choice!

For those of you still wondering what all the hype is about, check out a 3-part review from The IT Nerd, detailing first impressions outside the box in part one, , specs and comparisons in part two, and what he thought of all the main features in part three. If you have any questions about the Nokia Lumia 920 and its capabilities, these detailed posts are sure to cover all that and more! Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 now.

Have mobile devices changed your shopping habits?

Are you one of the people who contributed to $25 billion in sales last year from phones and tablets? In a new study from eMarketer, people are more likely to be in a spending mood while lounging on the couch. Tablets in particular make it easier for online shopping now with larger screens and touch-drag technology that simplifies the experience.

eMarketer goes on to predict that by 2016, mobile will be $87 billion, or a quarter of all e-commerce, which isn’t too hard to imagine when you consider consumers are spending an average of $329 per transaction on tablets and $250 on phones. Read up on the full article here and share your thoughts in the comments.

Microsoft looking to silence your phone for you

In possibly the greatest intro this week, CNET leads into this story as follows: “You’ve just sat down to watch “Les Miserables” and Russell Crowe’s opened his mouth to bark, when the air is filled with the sound of… marimba?”

Moments such as this with a cellphone ringing in a crowded theatre are everyone’s pet peeve, which is why Microsoft has filed a patent that would allow your phone to silence itself in key situations. And that’s not all – it will dim your screen brightness when you get alerts too! Find out how GPS is making this technology possible in the full article from CNET UK’s blog Crave. What do you think of this feature – necessity or luxury?

Trend alert: wearable tech

It seems that wearable tech is becoming the latest fashion commodity. Fewer people are wearing watches that simply tell us time and date, and opting for one that integrates with their smartphone, ‘smartwatches.’ .Then there’s the  augmented reality eye glasses – ‘Project Glass’ – introduced by Google and that graced the runway during Diane Von Furstenberg show in New York.  With the rapid evolution of smartphone capabilities, people are more dependent on their devices than ever, making it something they want to have on them at all time.

Tech Zone 360 thinks a big part of this is attributed to the mobile app “ecosystem,” which has opened up a world of tools at people’s fingertips for health, shopping, socializing, and more on the go. As a result, we’re even more dependent on our tech these days and less likely to leave it at home, or tuck it away in our bags.

Check out their full article for more on the direction the industry is headed in, and anticipated sales forecasts over the next five years.

What do you think? What should be the next tech fashion trend?

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard.

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