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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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Cyber Monday survival guide: deals are virtually everywhere

Cyber Monday sales CanadaIt’s hard to resist a good deal. I ritualistically message my friends if I discover something I’ve yearned for and it’s suddenly a fraction of the cost (I usually attach the photo evidence!) We don’t always have time to go on shopping expeditions in the “real world,” which is why the internet is oftentimes the best place to spend away.

Cyber Monday, a.k.a. one of the biggest online shopping days of the year is around the corner. Millions of people will be scrolling through major discounts on their screen, with their credit cards firmly placed beside their keyboards. Considering we just upped our internet speeds and we doubled our top speeds, now up to 150 Mbps, online power shoppers will certainly have speed on their side.

Top reasons why you should love Cyber Monday:

  • Shop on your lunch break, or better yet, in your pajamas
  • Steer clear of long lines
  • Avoid fitting rooms
  • No need to deal with parking, traffic, gas….You get the picture

Just last week one of my best friends called me about an online deal she stumbled upon for a pair of winter boots. As a newcomer to the online retail world, she unfortunately didn’t do her homework and ended up being scammed. Her mistake was failing to Google the ‘retailer’ that was presenting this deal.

Here’s a checklist for Monday’s shopping extravaganza

  1. Have an idea of what you’re intending to purchase. At times I feel inclined to buy something because it’s a great deal, but I don’t necessarily need it.
  2. Do a mini background check on the company. As in my friend’s case, sometimes a deal really is too good to be true. People’s online comments can also shed light on particular brands.
  3. Get to the deals, even faster. There are a variety of factors that may affect your internet speeds, check out this site to learn how to optimize your internet performance. We recently announced our roll out of faster download and upload speeds for customers, click here to find out more about how Rogers is automatically increasing speeds for customers.
  4. Social networks can lead to hidden deals. I took this tip from Samsung here. Follow your favourite store on Facebook and Twitter; brand hashtags will surely bring some awesome deals to your attention.
  5. Block phishing sites and protect against online fraud. Shop safe and protect your personal information from being shared online with Rogers online protection premium
  6. Replace personal shoppers with personal tech experts. Make sure your computer is working in top shopping shape. A Rogers TechXpert agent is your go-to technology expert, available by online chat or phone on a 24/7 basis. They can remote into your computer to clear it of those harmful surprise viruses.
  7. “Password” is never a good password. Okay, most of you know this, but often we end up using the same password for logging into our computers, Facebook, or online banking– which SafeShopping.org claims can put you at risk for identity theft.

My tips wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t share a few sweet deals with you, i.e. items on my Cyber Monday wish-list

  • 72% off charms and beads from Joseph Nogucci at RDeals.ca. Not only is that a steal, but it’s one my favourite jewelry brands. I wear those bracelets daily, my colleagues can attest to this
  • 63% off 2 Lego-Inspired Watches from RDeals.ca. I had to include these, they’re pretty cool.
  • Looking to gift some gadgets? The ShoppingChannel.com is a great destination for hot electronics gifts for anyone on your list. Don’t miss the really big deals when they are revealed at 7 p.m. EST – look out for 4 offers for Olympus, Garmin, LG and Nextbook.

Let’s not forget, today is Black Friday, Americans have relished in this day for a while, and now it’s quickly becoming one of one the biggest shopping days north of the border. If you’re looking for a deal on a new LTE superphone this Black Friday, Rogers will have the Samsung Galaxy S III on sale for $0.01 with select 3-year FLEXtab agreements in Rogers retail locations.

Are you going to be surfing the web for deals on Monday? Let me know if you find any bargains.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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It’s National Cyber Security Awareness month

Are you using the internet safely?

As our lives become more connected online through mobile phones and social networks, it’s important to educate ourselves about internet security and the threat of cyber-crime.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Government of Canada has launched the Get Cyber Safe national public awareness campaign, which provides helpful information and tips on how to keep you and your family safe online. Here’s a few highlights from the campaign that we think you might find particularly useful:

Creating and Using Passwords

  • Make sure your password has at least eight characters and avoid using common words that can be found in a dictionary
  • Use different passwords for different accounts, change your passwords often, and commit them to memory
  • Avoid using automatic login features that save your username and password
  • Password protect every device

Online Banking and Shopping

  • Choose strong passwords for your banking and online investment accounts and keep them private
  • When making transactions online, look for the lock symbol on the website or “https://” at the beginning of the website address, which indicates that the site is encrypted
  • When you’re banking online, never use public Wi-Fi or public computers

Social Networks

  • Check the privacy and security settings of your social network and use them to control who sees what
  • Never include your phone numbers, email address, home address, work details, or any other personal information on your profile page
  • If someone you don’t know tries to “friend” you, ignore it
  • Before you post pictures, think about whether or not they’re appropriate or giving away too much information about you

For more tips and information on how you can protect yourself from cyber risks, visit the Get Cyber Safe website at www.getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Also, check out this pamphlet with useful Cybersafety tips for your wireless device.

Patricia is a regular contributor to RedBoard

 

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