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I guess we aren’t exactly in the “last-minute” stage of the holidays quite yet, but if you’re anything like me, it seems like there is never enough time to finish all of your shopping. Fear not – I’ve got some great new gadgets that will be sure to put a smile on the face of that techie on your list! There’s no doubt we saw exciting new devices launch this year, so here are a few of my favourites this holiday season:
Samsung GALAXY Note 4: This device has a little bit for everybody. If you’re looking for clear picture, it’s hard to think of a device with a more vibrant screen. Or if it’s the camera you’re after, this smartphone doesn’t disappoint with a class-lead
ing 3.7MP front-facing camera offers a 90-degree shooting angle, perfect for selfie taking. Did I mention it also comes with a pen? The new S Pen feels as close to writing on paper as possible, letting you take notes, edit documents, draw and much more. Last but not least, the Fast Charging feature allows you to recharge up to 50 per cent of your battery in just 30 minutes, good for those long holiday dinners or full-day meetings.
BlackBerry Passport: For the business person of the bunch, the BlackBerry Passport will answer all of their wishes. For instance, it’s got a 4.5 inch high definition screen that lets you review documents, stream meetings and conferences with ease, in addition to an awesome keyboard that doubles as a mouse to let you easily navigate a long list of unread emails. And, since staying organized can be challenging, take advantage of BlackBerry Assistant to manage your busy days through simple voice and text commands.
Nokia Lumia 830: When I think of the Lumia 830, I think of fun – this device is built for life on the move!You can download new Nokia imaging apps like Nokia Camera, Lumia Storyteller and Nokia Creative Studio to share those beautifully edited holiday pictures taken with the 10MP PureView camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Those long road trips to grandmas over the holidays can also be a little bit more entertaining with access to over 350,000 apps from the Microsoft and Nokia experience as well as third-party app stores that you can play for hours on the crisp 5′ inch screen.
Samsung Gear S: This wearable is a personal favourite!Not only is it stylish but you it’s armed with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity meaning you can still stay connected, even when you’re away from your phone. You can order it online.
Still can’t decide? Luckily time is still on your side and there are tons of other device options that you can check out at rogers.com/devices.
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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- Speed: We put a lot of emphasis on the ever-increasing speed of our networks this year. Have you tried the wild-and-crazy Rogers Speed Experience yet? Santa did! From our LTE network, to increasing our internet speeds to our full range of devices, speed was definitely on everyone’s lips in 2012.
- Innovation: We’ve always been an innovative company. Our Rogers Innovation Reports highlight our commitment to innovation through a series of surveys highlighting mobile and Internet usage by Canadians. Did you check out our latest? It highlights 2012 trends and your tech predictions for the years ahead. If all your holiday sugar and eggnog has made you data hungry, you can check out all our Rogers Innovation Reports on Slideshare.
- LTE: Innovation and speed came together for us in a big way in 2012 as we built upon our success as the first Canadian wireless company to launch an LTE network, in Ottawa, in 2011, followed by Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 2012 brought the opening of additional markets from coast to coast, including cities like Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Kingston, Quebec City, Moncton and St. John’s.
- Rogers One Number: February blues? Not at Rogers! It was the month we launched Rogers One Number. “RON” as the service is known to its friends, 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. By using Rogers One Number, all calls to Canadian numbers, video chats with other Rogers One Number users and outgoing wireless text messages are free. Did you catch our contest winners’ Rogers One Number chat with Canada’s very own Hedley?
- Mobile Payments and Rogers suretap: We teamed up with CIBC to bring mobile payment to Rogers customers earlier this year. Canadian athlete extraordinaire Simon Whitfield was on hand to make Rogers’ first mobile payment. To learn more about how mobile payments and Rogers suretap work, check out our Rogers suretap video on YouTube.
- Next is Now … More than Ever: this 2nd in our ongoing video series looks at statistics that speak to how much Canadians value the Internet, smart appliances, the development of the dual-screen experience with TVs and tablets, smartphone usage, digital wallets, and the impact the Internet is having on health, government, education, and shopping. Have you checked it out yet?
- Windows 8: How proud were we to be chosen by Microsoft as the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8! We’re bringing the largest selection of Windows 8 devices to the Canadian market, releasing the Nokia 920 back in October. For all the latest details on our Windows 8 offering, visit rogers.com/windows8.
- iPhone 5: what would a Rogers year be without an iPhone launch? It sends our sales and marketing teams, our call centres and our clients into an excited frenzy every time. The iPhone 5 brought us a slimmer device with an improved camera and loads of other rich features. Which iPhone 5 feature is your favourite?
- BlackBerry 10: Not to be outdone, the upcoming BlackBerry 10 is causing quite a stir. So much so that we’re already taking orders for it! Head over to rogers.com to reserve yours today.
- Exclusive devices: Whether it’s the Windows Phone 8X by HTC (8 GB), Nokia Lumia 920, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV S Smartphone or the LG Optimus G 2600, 2012 brought Rogers customers access to an exciting range of exclusive smartphones, tablets and apps. Which is your current fave?
- Rogers Smart Home Monitoring: Remember the Jetsons? How cool is it that the life George, Jane, Judy and Elroy lived is (almost) here? Ok so maybe we don’t all have our own personal Rosey-the-robot-maid, and we’re not heading off to work in flying cars, but George and Jane would definitely feel at home with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring. From controlling sensors, cameras, thermostats, lights and small appliances remotely through your computer or smartphone, Rogers gives you a taste of the world Hanna Barbara could only imagine when they created the Jetson universe 50 years ago.
- Rogers Anyplace TV: Sports on your tablet. What more could a die-hard fan want? Sure, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal and everywhere in between we’re mourning our hockey season, but being able to watch the Jays or Raptors or the NBA or Sportsnet on our tablets helps ease the pain. And if sports aren’t your thing, no worries: Rogers Anyplace TV has something for you too. Ring in the New Year with any one of our new releases. Men in Black 3 maybe? Or how about Resident Evil: Retribution? Paranorman? I know! Why not enjoy the perfect merge of sports and Hollywood with Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve? So many choices! Stop me now or I’ll be recommending movies into 2014!
Wow! What a year! So … have we forgotten anything? Which one of these great innovations changed your life in 2012? Drop by one of our newly revamped concept stores to tell us all about it! (I just had to slip a 13th in there … we’re on the cusp of 2013 after all!)
Happy new year everyone! All the best to you and yours: health and happiness for 2013, from our family to yours.
Michelle is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Recently, she was invited by her dean to take part in Pure Imagination, a Microsoft event and 24-hour Hackathon, coinciding with the recent release of Windows 8. A Hackathon is an event where developers usually gather to collaboratively code a digital project in a short amount of time. Participants were encouraged to make Windows 8 apps for the new operating system.
As part of the Rogers Social Insiders program, Jany got to demo the Nokia Lumia 920, a new Windows Phone 8 device exclusive to Rogers. We caught up with Jany after the Hackathon to see what her weekend was like.
Tell us about the Pure Imagination event. What was your favourite part?
Last weekend, I participated in my first 24-hour Hackathon hosted by Microsoft Windows 8. Prior to the official Hackathon kick-off, I had an amazing experience attending the different keynotes, sessions in various tracks, meeting a plethora of designers and developers from all over Ontario, and challenging myself to explore the possibilities of Windows 8. My favourite part of the event was being able network with different people on Friday night to recruit for a group of developers to bring an app idea to life.
Did you build an app? Can you tell us about it?
As a student who writes many essays and reports, the most dreadful part always seems to be preparing the bibliography. As a result, our team solved this common pain among academics by creating an app that is best at helping people cite their sources by automatically generating a bibliography. We had not met prior to the event, but quickly learned that our backgrounds would enable us to complement each other’s skills. For example, although my teammates were hardcore developers, coming from a Business Technology Management background (with experience in startups), I knew I would be able to add value to my team by suggesting ad/revenue models, and contributing to the creative user interface design of the app.
Tell us about your experience using the Nokia Lumia 920. What are your thoughts about the Windows Phone 8 operating system?
As a member of the Rogers Social Insiders Program, I had the opportunity to use the new Windows 8 phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 during the entire weekend. Initially, I felt that the phone was heavy, but once I turned it on and started viewing some of the different screens, I was immediately drawn by the clean, sleek and stunning user interface, and custom-coloured live tiles (magenta was my favourite). The phone is super intuitive!
What is your favourite feature of the phone?
My favorite parts of the phone are the camera app, vertical scrolling, the pre-installed audio notifications and alarms, being able to change the sizes of the live tiles, the centralized social media feature, and the design of the Twitter app for Windows Phone 8. Unlike the camera app on other platforms, Windows Phone 8 allows users to capture an image by holding down any part of their screen to focus and capture a specific moment. Also, because the phone was on the Rogers LTE network, loading web pages was superfast!
Would you use the Windows phone platform again?
I would definitely use it again!
For more information on the Windows 8 devices available from Rogers, click here.
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Recently, we announced that Rogers joined forces with Microsoft as the preferred wireless partner for Windows 8. At Rogers, we’re proud to bring you the newest technology first. Today, we’re thrilled to ship the first Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones to customers across the country and to further expand the largest selection of LTE devices available from a Canadian carrier. With the Nokia Lumia 920 and the launch of Windows 8 last week, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform Windows experience powered by our super fast LTE network.
Let’s take a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 920.
This device takes smartphone photography to a whole new level. With PureView technology, this device is capable of taking in five times more light than competing smartphones without using a flash. That means you can capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. And forget about blurry pictures. PureView technology compensates for hand movement. It’s the perfect phone to capture your favourite band’s performance in a dark venue.
You can also view your photos and videos on its’ PureMotion HD+ bright display which is perfect for Nokia Maps mapping experience complete with Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and now Nokia City Lens, an augmented reality experience. The Nokia Lumia 920 also has built-in wireless charging making it easier to boost your battery without plugging it in. Just place your device on one of Nokia’s wireless chargers.
We were able to ship a limited supply of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones in black to some customers who reserved a device using the Rogers Reservation System today. These customers will be the first in Canada to have a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. We’ll be shipping more devices in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to RedBoard and @RogersBuzz for updates.
What is your favourite feature of the new Nokia Lumia 920?
Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Rogers announces premium Windows 8 devices and exclusive apps
Earlier today we announced that we’re joining forces with Microsoft to launch the largest selection of Windows 8 devices on Rogers LTE network. In the coming weeks, select Windows Phone 8 smartphones and an exclusive Windows 8 tablet will be available including the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and the ATIV S smartphone.
Our friends at Mobile Syrup and Gadgetorama wrote posts about the news, and The Globe & Mail published an article that quoted Max Long, president of Microsoft Canada saying, “I can’t think of a better way to experience Windows across the phone, PC, tablet and Xbox.”
Mobile Jaw highlighted that the Rogers Reservation System has the Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, and the 8X by HTC already up and The Cellular Guru recalled Rogers was “no stranger to the Windows Phone line, having been the first to bring the OS to Canada with the Samsung Focus.” We’re glad to see everyone’s excited!
We’ll continue to update everyone on pricing and launch timing here on RedBoard and on Twitter through @RogersBuzz. In the meantime, which device are you most hyped about?
Consumers eager for new mobile banking tools
eMarketer recently conducted a report on mobile financial transactions in their latest article, Consumers Readily Adopt New Mobile Banking Tools. In it, they look at why mobile banking is so appealing to consumers and why financial providers are on board. Personally, I was surprised to read that in the past 6 months, 38% of US mobile phone users used mobile banking.
I’m one of the many Canadians adapting to mobile payments myself, experimenting with banking, budgeting, and transactions on my Android smartphone. Which areas of mobile banking and payments are you most interested in? Read more on eMarketer’s own findings in the full article here.
Speaking of mobile banking, you may also want to check out the conversation from Rogers RevUp, a Q&A that happened in our community forums yesterday where our two experts answered questions about mobile wallet technology and security. You can check out the full conversation here.
Worldwide smartphone base hits 1 billion
According to research released by Strategy Analytics this week, the worldwide smartphone user base has officially topped 1 billion. It took 16 years to reach this important milestone. According to this article in CNET, the first official smartphone was the Nokia Communicator which launched back in 1996. Another article in Android Authority said that the 2 billion smartphone milestone could be reached in as little as two years.
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard
Like you, we’re always excited about embracing what’s next in technology. Rogers was first to bring Canadians the BlackBerry, first to bring the iPhone, and the first to launch an Android smartphone.
So what’s the next big thing? Today, we’re excited to join forces with Microsoft to bring you the largest selection of Windows 8 devices from a Canadian carrier all powered on our blazing fast LTE network.
Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between devices to easily access your best friend’s phone number from your tablet, grab your photos from last night’s party from your PC or quickly email your late assignment from your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 also includes great features such as multi-core processing, improved display resolutions, NFC, microSD storage expansion, and lenses for getting creative with your pictures.
Select Windows Phone 8 smartphones and an exclusive Windows 8 tablet will be available on Rogers LTE network and launching in the coming weeks. Here’s a rundown of what to get excited about:
- Nokia Lumia 920: Offered exclusively from Rogers in black, the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 captures the best pictures and video ever seen on a smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 920 makes it possible to take clear, bright, professional-looking pictures and video indoors and at night.
- Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV S Smartphone: Samsung is releasing a line of Windows 8 OS devices including a tablet – the ATIV Smart PC (available exclusively to Rogers customers) and the ATIV S smartphone. The ATIV Smart PC was designed with a classy, sleek finish, and you’ll get the same Windows 8 experience you’re used to on your PC with the portability of a tablet. The S™ smartphone is a high performance device with a range of content sharing and productivity options.
- Windows Phone 8X by HTC: Available from Rogers in a Blue 16G and exclusively in a Black 8G, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC offers Beats Audio™ technology provides authentic, studio-quality sound whether you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.
Existing customers can reserve the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC Windows 8 now by using the Rogers Reservation System in MyRogers on rogers.com.
We’re also very excited to provide Rogers customers our exclusive applications on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platform like:
- Rogers My Account on Windows 8 tablets: Launching with the Samsung ATIV smart PC available exclusively to Rogers customers, My Account allows you to manage your wireless account directly through an application on your Windows 8 tablet. With My Account, you can quickly select and activate a mobile internet plan, check your plan usage, plus view your account balance and make payments without having to call customer care or visit a Rogers retail location. For more info on the app, check out our blog post here
- Rogers Anyplace TV Live for Windows Phone 8 and Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) for Windows 8 Tablets: With the Rogers Anyplace TV Live app for Windows Phone 8, you get live games like Barclays Premier League soccer, Blue Jays baseball, Raptors basketball, hockey and tennis, and real-time news like CityNews. Rogers Anyplace TV Live is a mobile app with a $5 per month/5 hour subscription. Currently there is a special promo waiving overage charges until April 30, 2013. With the Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) app for Windows 8 tablets, you get on demand channels, including Citytv, CBC, W Network, TMN, Treehouse, Teletoon, Family Channel, free movies and trailers, and more. Rogers Anyplace TV is also currently available on Xbox to Rogers customers.
- Rogers One Number for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablet: With the Rogers One Number app on your Windows 8 tablet, you can use your existing wireless phone number to talk, text and send picture messages and video chat with other Rogers One Number users, all from your tablet. Sync your contacts with the Rogers One Number app on your Windows Phone 8 to seamlessly synchronize all of your contacts no matter where you are.
We’ll continue to update you on pricing and launch timing here on RedBoard. You can also follow our Twitter account, @RogersBuzz for more information and the latest updates. Stay tuned!
What Windows 8 device are you most excited about?
Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.
Our LTE one year anniversary contest ended last week and you blew us away with your creative entries about how LTE has transformed your digital lives. We had more than 100 entries detailing how LTE has helped keep your families connected, make your businesses more efficient and helped you be more productive on-the-go. From tech-savvy students to connected grandmothers, your stories really inspired us.
It was a tough decision to pull out the final 8. In fact, it was so tough that we’ve decided to add another prize: a Nokia Lumia 900! Of the 8 finalists below, we will now be doing a random draw for 5 prizes.
We’ll be announcing the final 5 winners on Monday, July 9 to mark the one-year anniversary of LTE in Canada. We’ll be updating this post with the names of the winners at that time.
After much debate and deliberation, here are your top 8 finalists.
I travel a lot between Halifax, Montreal and Toronto and like to keep up with my kids on the road. With the new LTE network and my HTC One X, our video calls are just as good as face-to-face conversations. It’s great to be able to say good night and sing lullabies in real time.
Ever since I switched to LTE I can now have alittle me time. I’m a full time student who’s working, so rarely have any free time. Now with LTE and my tablet I can actually remote into my desktop and play Skyrim through SplashtTop app. It’s unbelievable that it works so well latency is nearly zero, no lag! I’m getting a desktop experience in the palm of my hands. Now when I get a break or two I can squeeze in some me time thanks to LTE. Now if only I can find a tree with a power outlet.
As a photographer I’ve been using cloud storage services to store my photographs, work and portfolios. Before LTE I relied on more traditional methods of storage such as on device local storage, numerous SD cards etc. It was too cumbersome sometimes I’d run out of space or didn’t have all my work. Making the switch to LTE and cloud storage made things far simpler, it just made sense. All my work could be stored to the cloud and could be retrieved almost instantaneously. It just works! With LTE it just became simple to show my work to clients and alike.
I have to say, Rogers bringing LTE to Canada first was one of their best moves in recent years. Jumping on the ball like that really showed their willingness to take risks in a untested market. I no longer have to be embarrassed by never-ending buffering screens or weak signal strength The blazing speeds really help when downloading games/apps/music. I really do love rubbing the fact that I get speeds of up to 35 Mb/s via speed test to my tech savvy friends who barely get 10 Mb/s.
10752 minutes a year! I’ve calculated and this how much time I am saving because of LTE. That’s about 7.4 days so a week and a bit. Before it just to be a dragged to take a pic and send it off or watch netflix (I travel lots so this is a super plus). It sucked having to wait for netflix or youtube videos. I feel like LTE allows me to keep up with my life. I would never go back. What’s great is that now I know for sure that I have an extra week a year for holidays.
I use LTE when we travel to Vancouver from Victoria. We go quite often to take our son to children’s hospital. LTE is extremely beneficial and makes our life easier. I wish I could say it was business or something fancy like that but it’s not. It keeps us connected and keeps the other two kids entertained while waiting for us. Thanks Rogers
I became an uncle last night, went to the hospital straight from work. Didnt get a chance to pick up iPad/book or anything to pass time with from home. So in the boring waiting room with no tv to watch the end of the spain portugal match, i followed it online. Then i downloaded many games from Google Play to kill time, watched some stuff off youtube. When my niece was born took lots of pictures and emailed them to people. LTE kept me from getting bored and kept people who couldnt get to the hospital in the loop
I visit my granny often in Vancouver BC, and visiting her is such a delight, especially since i get to use my Samsung SII LTE! The speeds i receive make using my GPS over network a breeze while navigating in such a big city! I love LTE, i don’t know how i ever lived without it!
UPDATE: (July 9, 2012, 5:05 pm): We’ve completed the draw for the 5 prizes! Here are the names of our winners and prizes:
- May K from Mississauga, ON is the winner of the Nokia Lumia 900
- Brandon Starcevic from Victoria, BC is the winner of the Sierra Wireless LTE hotspot prize pack
- ImARogersGirl from Victoria, BC is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB
- Khaled from Mississauga, ON is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note, and
- Shaz from Toronto, ON is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. We’ll be sending the prizes out soon.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
How young is too young to have a Facebook account? This question has been hotly debated for the last week after the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Facebook is developing tools that might enable it to extend membership to children under 13. The Globe and Mail published an article summarizing some of the security and privacy issues this change could cause while also acknowledging that many preteens are already on Facebook. On RedBoard, we actually had similar discussion this week with @KatiaMillar and @GingerMommy where we talked about technology and families. One of the questions we posed to both moms was around advice for parents who are considering giving their children a cellphone. Check out what they had to say here and if you’re a parent, feel free to join the discussion in the comments section.
Speaking of families, you know its Father’s Day on Sunday, right? Forgot about a gift? Well, why not treat dear old Dad to a movie night? Connected Magazine published a great article on The Best Superhero flicks that might spark some ideas. From men of steel to caped crusaders, these superhero movies could be exactly what you need for a night-in with Dad. Still thinking about a last minute gift? Check out TIME magazine’s last minute Father’s Day shopping guide on what not to buy this year.
Engadget’s summer gear guide
Recently, Engadget compiled a great list of the hottest summer devices. With vacations looming on the not-too-distant horizon, a great new smartphone can help be a huge help. Not only can you stay connected to family and friends, but with the right device, looking up directions, finding that perfect spot to eat or checking into flights is a piece of cake. Some devices high on their list are the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nokia Lumia 900. Check out their full buyer’s guide here.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Last week we were excited to launch our brand new retail concept at our Yonge/Bloor location, with over 20 newly redesigned stores hitting Canada throughout 2012!
In our RedBoard post, we highlighted the top 8 enhancements you can expect to see in the new stores. I always find visuals leave a lasting impression though, which is why we updated our post to include photos and videos from the Toronto launch party as well. Check out some candid shots on our Google+ album, and watch the video for all the live action, including an interview with Sian Doyle, our VP of Retail.
Upcoming Contests & Tours
Next week, the hit TV series True Blood returns for season 5, and Rogers wants to celebrate with you! First, catch up on all the action from last season on Rogers Anyplace TV before the big premiere on June 10. We’ve got season 4 in its entirety, full of vampire lust, gore, and drama – FREE for all Rogers Cable TV customers with a subscription to HBO.
If you’re still blood thirsty and can’t wait until the premiere on HBO Canada, you’ll definitely want to visit Beyond the Guide for their “Gimme 5 for True Blood” contest! Rogers customers who subscribe to The Movie Network can enter for a chance to win two tickets to an advance screening of the True Blood Season 5 premiere June 6th at the Velma Rogers Theatre in Toronto! Get treated to hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with fellow “Truebies” in our “Merlotte” and “Fangtasia” rooms, where you’ll have the chance to win some amazing prizes too!
If you’re more mall-surfer than couch-surfer, you’ll want to look for our teams next month during our “Smoked by Windows” tour. Test your phone’s speed against a Windows phone, such as the Nokia Lumia 710 or 900, for a chance to win a $100 Rogers gift certificate! Check out how our friends at Mobile Syrup measured up at the Yonge/Dundas launch – hint: they are not $100 richer! You can also chat with fellow users and challengers in our Community Forums and compare results. The tour kicks off June 1st at Sherway Gardens, Eaton Centre, and Fairview Mall. Stay tuned to @RogersBuzz for more details and tour dates.
Infographic of the Week
Seems like yesterday we were celebrating Mother’s Day, and now Father’s Day is right around the corner! Mashable released another interesting infographic this week on how tech savvy today’s dad’s are, and we thought it might be a good share with our readers. One example we found interesting – when it comes to social media, what do first-time dads share online? 42% post family updates a few times a week, with 56% of those being photos and 21% being videos. Who knew dad was so shutter-happy?! More fun stats on today’s dads here.
Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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