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This week, we’re celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with hashflags and digging into the latest fitness app stats. Plus, we get a peek at how wearables could move into the office. Get all the details in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
We’re cheering “Gooooooal” and there’s not a vuvuzela in sight. But there is one familiar bit of tech returning for the World Cup: Twitter has brought back the hashflags feature from the 2010 event. You can cheer on the country of your choice by entering a # followed by the three-letter country code, like host #BRA.
Whether we’re tracking our activity with wearables, downloading apps to improve our mileage or simply researching the latest news, Canadians are tops (and Russians last) when it comes to cruising health-related websites and apps. The Opera Mediaworks study ranked 10 countries on their use of more than 400 sites and apps, plus surveyed more than 2,000 people, to analyze health and fitness habits.
The research also found that fitness conscious consumers carry their smartphones while exercising, mostly so they can listen to music, while men aged 25 to 34 are the heaviest users of mobile health and fitness apps.
How to you track your health and fitness?
We’re all familiar with fitness and sleep tracking bands, but now they’re starting to make their way into the office. This week, Salesforce introduced a set of code libraries to help build apps that connect their employee collaboration tools with wearables. Called Salesforce Wear, it can provide simple notifications, but Readwrite.com also mulls opportunities for automatically scheduled activity breaks or walking meetings. Wired, meanwhile, shared some of the example apps, including a gesture-based app that lets surgeons pull up patient records and a feature that provides photos with contacts so you can put faces to names during meetings.
How would a wearable help you on the job?
This Sunday, you can call me “Khaleesi” because I’ll be in Game of Thrones mode. If you’re a true fan, your NextBox is already set to record this epic finale. We asked Cityline host Tracy Moore, City digital media correspondent Winston Sih and Chatelaine food director Claire Tansey for their top tips on how to throw a memorable #GOT finale party.
How should the host/hostess ensure all guests are caught up?
WS: I suggest hosting a mini catch-up party before the finale. Visit On Demand or Rogers Anyplace TV to zip through past episodes. You should also get to know more about the GOT actors – what do they really look like? How did they kick-off their showbiz careers? Cersei starred in Gossip? Does Khaleesi really have dark brown hair? Just type the actor’s name into your NextBox search to discover their non-medieval TV shows and movies.
TM: You can also play GOT trivia to refresh everyone’s memories. This way you can crown the victor as the official expert of the seven kingdoms.
How would you invite your guests to this evening of the dark ages?
WS: Have fun with your invite – you can personalize one online or use a hilarious example like this one from SomeECards. Address each e-vite with your guests’ official GOT name. How? Use the GOT names generator– just call me “Khal Winstogon Mormont.” For more customization, include an image of a messenger crow and embed music right from the show.
TM: My preference, of course, would be to send a real messenger crow to deliver the invites, but I know this isn’t doable. So instead, I suggest taking the traditional route and creating a hand written scroll – go big, or go throne, right? Identify your House and even use red wax stamps to seal each scroll.
What steps should be taken to set the medieval mood?
WS: Play music that puts your guests in the medieval mood. Check out Songza’s playlists for each of the seven kingdoms. Plus, have your friends create their own family arms online. Divide them by their houses and let the games begin.
CT: Ditch the cutlery and provide guests with only finger foods. Just like the royals, offer your guests a bowl of water to dip their hands into prior to feasting. Incorporate dragon eggs into your appetizer menu with Chatelaine’s devilish eggs, offer hearty, messy entrees like steak & arugula sandwiches or lamb kebabs (and have a mock battle with the skewers). Serve your guests a lemon cake or loaf, Sansa Stark’s favourite dessert. Tyrion Lannister once said “everything’s better with some wine in the belly.” With his advice in mind, make wine-based cocktails like Sangria Spritzers or Orange Ruby Fizz but rename them after key GOT characters – care for a glass of Dragon Lady or Snowy Sangria?
TM: Is your living room going to look more like King’s landing, Winterfell or the night’s watch and the wall? Use candles and dim lighting to reflect Game of Throne’s darkness and mystery, while playing medieval music as guests enter your kingdom (living room). Check online for amazing props to set the tone, for example who doesn’t love an Iron Throne bean bag?
I also suggest inviting attendees to wear their own crowns and swords. This way you can watch the season finale as you sit beside your very own Arya, Tyrion or Grey Worm. You can also print images on transfer paper (get this at most craft stores), and iron your House emblem right onto your shirt!. This get-up is great for photo ops.
What’s your view on smartphone use during the show?
WS: I admit, sometimes I get a bit lost while watching Game of Thrones, so I think having a smartphone or tablet on hand can be very useful. Pausing with your remote can really come in handy while you research a romance or storyline online. Social media can either be your ally or worst nemesis when it comes to the GOT finale. To avoid spoilers, check out these tips. If you are okay with following along on social media, track popular hashtags like #GameofThrones, #GOT, and #thechildren, to learn see how fellow fans are reacting. Also follow key actors on Twitter like @IAMLenaHeadey, @SophieT, and @AlfieAllen.
TM: While I do agree with Winston, that phones and tablets are certainly good to have on hand to keep track of storylines, I think for the last 20 minutes of the finale you can ask your guests to put away their devices so that you can stick to a complete medieval experience. Ask that each attendee place their device in a basket to ensure your TV screen and candles provide the only light, and let the sounds of warfare fill your living room.
Medieval times were entrenched in traditions. In present day, we have our very own rituals. When it comes to TV night, what’s your routine? Tweet @RogersBuzz a photo of your TV ritual using #RTVNight and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a NextBox set-up and Samsung tablet.
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Soccer fans have been waiting four years for June 12, the kickoff to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Spain claimed first place in the 2010 soccer (or football, depending on your part of the world) championship matches, and this year, Brazil will be chasing their sixth title with a home field advantage.
Rogers customers will be able to catch every goal, pass and yellow card on their computer, tablet or smartphone throughout the tournament. To watch live:
- on your computer visit RogersAnyplaceTV.com/sports;
- on your tablet visit your Apple or Android app store and download the Rogers Anyplace TV app;
- on your smartphone visit your Apple, Android, Windows, or Blackberry app store and download the Rogers Anyplace TV app
You’ll need to register by visiting RogersAnyplaceTV.com on your computer then enter your MyRogers username and password.
Can’t catch the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ live? Watch the replay on Rogers On Demand, channel 100, or with Rogers Anyplace TV on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Xbox, or LG Smart TV.
Which team will you be cheering on in Brazil?
What does it take to host the perfect The Bachelorette TV night? We asked Cityline host Tracy Moore, City digital media correspondent Winston Sih and Chatelaine food director Claire Tansey for their hosting tips, including the best ways to use your NextBox PVR to create the ultimate premiere watching party!
How would you incorporate the rose into your night?
TM: Receiving a rose is the ultimate goal for each contestant as they battle it out for Andi’s heart. So, it should definitely be the focal point of the evening. Channel Chris Harrison by greeting each guest with a red rose, or fill your home with rose-scented potpourri to set the romantic mood. Fresh flowers can be expensive, so seek out fake roses from your local craft store – this way your guests can leave with wilt-free keepsakes.
WS: Incorporate the rose into your e-vite. Just as Andi will offer the rose to her men of choice, you too will offer it to your preferred premiere viewing attendees! There are many free online programs that let you create your own personalized rose e-vites, and Some Ecards already has pretty hilarious options too.
How do you use your tablet or TV to prepare for, and enjoy, the main event?
TM: Set a romantic, cheesy mood by recording romantic movies using your NextBox or search the classics On Demand (Ch. 100). Play a film in the background while everyone’s getting settled or play a music channel for ambiance.
CT: As a foodie, I’m always seeking out the latest recipe inspiration. You can use the search tool on your TV or tablet and enter keywords such as “cooking” and “baking” for shows that may appeal. I set a bunch of my recordings this way so I’ll have a personal library of shows to check out when I have the time.
WS: Use your tablet to follow fellow fans’ reactions as each contestant is revealed. Seek out Bachelor/ette alumni on Twitter like @AliFedotowsky, @EmilyMaynard or even @JuanPaGalavis! Make sure you’re following the popular hashtags and share hilarious updates and trends with your guests … during the commercials of course!
How do you create your dream guest list? Who would you invite and why?
TM: First and foremost, determine which friends are The Bachelorette lovers – no need to have negative guests who may question this “unconventional” way to find love. In a dream world, I would suggest inviting old contestants to provide their thoughts and insights, and of course, Chris Harrison for a personal debrief after the show, and to dish out all the inside scoop! What happens when the cameras aren’t rolling?!
CT: I think the guest list is up to each individual host/hostess, but for me I would truly appreciate the attendance of not only my hilarious friends, but also my favourite female wits. I envision Nora Ephron, Tina Fey and Gertrude Stein all sitting on my couch snacking on my spicy Georgia pecans and providing their two cents.
WS: I’m with Tracy on this one; I’d love to have past contestants in attendance!
What’s your essential viewing party etiquette?
TM: Premiere night may get quite loud, with excited squeals, cat calling, laughter and maybe even some booing for the soon-to-be villains, as your guests ‘meet’ The Bachelorette contestants. To ensure nothing is missed, develop a fun set of rules for when your guests can chime in during the show, you can even write them on post-it notes as reminder.
CT: The evening is all about being social – so serve your guests appetizers, not dinner, so they can mix and mingle with ease. Why don’t you serve snack food with a southern flare, in honour of Andi’s hometown of Atlanta? Might I suggest spicy Georgia pecans – they’re easy to make, delicious and as a bonus they won’t cause any damage if thrown at your TV screen!
WS: As Tracy said, your evening may get rowdy so be sure to ask your guests to keep it down during times of high-stress and drama! However, if this seems like an impossible ask (probably – let’s be honest), this is where Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition comes in handy. Your friends may think they have control over the remote, but you can pull up your virtual remote on your tablet to pause and rewind the TV without them even noticing. Also, as a host it’s good etiquette to provide your guests with your Wi-Fi password, so they too can follow along on social media.
How should the evening end?
TM: Once your guests catch their breath after meeting all of the eligible bachelors, invite them to fill out a prediction card. Choose a prize for the person who correctly picks Andi’s future man – a “fantasy date” for two? Or a gift card to the salon to prep hair for a hot date?
CT: Just as Andi had to make tough choices during the premiere, you too can replicate the rose ceremony drama at home and trick your guests into thinking that not everyone will receive a rose-frosted cupcake from you before they leave.
WS: At the end of the episode, while everyone’s nibbling away at their treats, you may want to replay a certain scene. Without interrupting your TV experience, use your tablet again to navigate back to the must-see moments.
Want to share the snark? www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/the-bachelorette will host live chats throughout the season. You can also download the app for online chat and fun facts about the show and the contestants.
The Bachelorette with my friends’ running commentary is my weekly TV ritual, one that my friends are invited to take part in each Monday night. Tweet a photo @RogersBuzz sharing your TV ritual using #RTVNight and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a NextBox set-up and Samsung tablet.
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Happy Mother’s Day!
Public service announcement: Sunday is Mother’s Day. Hopefully you’ve already made dinner reservations, mailed your card or otherwise done something special for your mom. If not, we can wait five minutes. Seriously. This post will still be here.
OK, now that’s been handled, why not set aside some time to help mom discover some great new apps for her mobile device? This week, busy mom Gina shared the apps that help keep her and her family organized, including Google Now, Pinterest and the photo-backup feature of Dropbox. Technology can also play a role in family time, from bonding to planning, as we learned from Clare Kumar.
What apps help the mothers in your life?
TV show secrets
Last week, I was killing time at the airport by idly scrolling through my Twitter feed, only to accidentally find out who had been sent home on my favourite cooking competition. While I still watched it, the spoiler definitely took some of the fun out of the episode.
So, to save you from the same fate, I’ve shared my favourite ways to skip the spoilers for your favourite series. Modify your settings on Twitter to filter out “Spoiler alert” warnings or install a browser app that lets you mute people, hashtags, terms and phrases across your social networks. Learn more here.
How do you avoid plot spoilers?
If you add up all those YouTube clips, news hits and TV shows you watch daily, how much time do you spend watching videos? It likely adds up to about one-third of your time spent online, according to a new report from Media Technology Monitor. About 75 per cent of English-speaking Canadians said they watch some videos online every month. That includes YouTube videos, streamed TV content, movies, news and sports. As reported by the Canadian Press, most video views (83 per cent) are still happening on laptops and desktops, with the rest coming from smartphones, tablets and Internet-connected TVs.
The research also found that more TV watching was happening on mobile. Personally, I tend to watch YouTube videos and news or sports clips on my mobile, while full-length TV and movie viewing happens on my desktop. What screen do you use for videos?
My appointment viewing has gotten complicated. Life keeps getting in the way of that primo Sunday night timeslot and I’m finding it increasingly hard to keep plotlines protected until I have time to catch up on Monday night.
Here’s how to keep your social media updates under wraps – no spoiling the latest Don Draper drama or the next debt the Lannisters intend to pay!
Social media avoidance aside, the best way to silence your friend’s real-time viewing updates on the latest from Sterling Cooper & Partners is to use a keyword blocking app or plugin.
The Google chrome extension Silencer lets you mute people, hashtags, terms and phrases on Twitter and Facebook. I’d recommend including key actors, locations and character names plus all the usual hashtags. Be thorough: for example, use #GameofThrones, Game of Thrones and #GoT to make sure you’re not spoiling life (and death) in Winterfell.
Twitter is where my spoilers have always lurked. If you use an app rather than the web experience, most services, including Tweetdeck, have filter settings hidden in the options panel where you can mute the conversations.
Even if you avoid news stories on your favourite shows, sometimes spoilers slip in on seemingly unrelated posts. The Chrome and Firefox extension CommentBlocker can hide, block or modify comments on articles and posts.
Search for spoiler warnings
This is an easy one, but worth repeating: most major websites and good friends will include some form of *spoiler alert* warning before going on to reveal a major plot point. So, avoid clicking on headlines or reading posts containing these words – and you can even add phrases like “spoiler”, “spoiler alert” and “spoiler warning” to your filters.
So, you’ve avoided spoilers, now how do you catch up? You can catch the hottest shows, including Girls, Shameless, New Girl, Modern Family, The Americans and Fargo on Rogers On Demand and Rogers Anyplace TV after they air.
To watch On Demand, visit channel 100.
To watch online:
- Visit RogersAnyplaceTV.com on your computer then register with your MyRogers username and password. Then:
- On your computer, catch the latest episode at RogersAnyplaceTV.com.
- On your tablet or smartphone, download the Rogers Anyplace TV app from the appropriate app store.
- On your Xbox 360 or Xbox One, if you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, download the Rogers Anyplace TV app from the Xbox marketplace.
- On your LG Smart TV, download the Rogers Anyplace TV app from the app store.
How do you keep your favourite shows spoiler-free?
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Did you know Canadians are more likely than Americans to send email from their mobile phones? This week, we’re looking at how we differ from our neighbours to the south, getting the scoop on the new Fargo series and going back in time with Google Maps.
The North-South divide
Americans are checking the weather and sports scores on their mobiles, while Canadians are more likely to send – but not read – emails with their smartphones. As Adweek reports, “Canadians’ smartphone habits show that they are different from Americans in more than just their abiding love of the French language, hockey and snow.” The infographic also shows that Americans tend to get directions on the go more than Canucks. However, there are some similarities: 41 per cent of North American smartphone users check Twitter on their phones, and more than half are logging on while standing in line, eating and commuting. Check out the full infographic here.
My own habits match the stats – I definitely spend a big chunk of my time on my smartphone sending emails for work and fun! How about you?
Fargo on FXX
The Canadian-shot dark comedy series Fargo premiered last week to positive reviews – the New York Times calls it “oddly winning” while Hollywood Reporter says it’s an “extremely impressive concept pulled off with surprising vigor.” The FXX Canada series, based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, follows Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) who meets small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction. We got a backstage pass to the making of the show and shared five facts from behind the scenes – including that during shooting, production had to shut down due to -37°C temperatures! Watch Fargo Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX, which is currently on free preview on channels 64 and 566 for Rogers customers. Or catch up on demand with the new FXNOW Canada video player and app (available on iOS and Android), Rogers on Demand (channel 100) or Rogers Anyplace TV.
Have you tuned in to Fargo? What did you think?
Hop through history
Next time you’re stymied trying to remember what shop was replaced by that new indie coffee house, turn to Google Maps. A new Street View feature lets users time travel back to the service’s beginnings in 2007. You can also check out regions in different seasons and at night. The archival imagery rolled out in the U.S. on Wednesday and was expected to be available worldwide within two days, according to CBC News.
To check out this new feature, which is currently only available on desktop, look for an hourglass in the upper left corner of a Street View image. Click the hourglass for a thumbnail of past images and use the timeline to move through the years. Click on the date to travel back in time. The Wall Street Journal reports major attractions will feature 20 or more time periods to check out, while most locations will have two or three options.
I can’t wait to scope out how my neighbourhood has evolved over the past few years, along with my periodic checks on my childhood haunts! Where will you travel back in time?
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Did you know Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh and Colin Hanks recently spent some time north of the border filming Fargo? The dark comedy series, based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, was shot entirely in Calgary! The new FXX Canada series tells the story of a rootless man named Lorne Malvo (Thornton) who meets small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction.
Here are five more fun facts about this new series:
- Calgary’s a cow town, but stars Thornton and Freeman are vegan and vegetarian, respectively.
- A Vancouver dialect coach worked with the actors to get the Minnesota accent just right, don’tcha know.
- Thornton said Calgary is his favourite city in Canada.
- At one point, -37°C temperatures caused production to shut down (yet, Odenkirk said that he doesn’t think Calgary is that cold).
- Despite the cold weather, some scenes in Fargo actually required the use of fake snow.
Fargo premiered last week on FXX and FX Canada – and if you missed it, don’t worry! You can watch it on demand with the new FXNOW Canada video player and app (available on iOS and Android), Rogers on Demand (channel 100) or Rogers Anyplace TV.
The ten-episode series airs Tuesdays on FXX at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and FXX is exclusively available to Rogers digital customers on a free preview until June 30 on channels 64 and 566.
Who’s your favourite screen star in Fargo?
After my recent gadget obsession, I was glued to the tube this week. In addition to some notable finales, it was batter up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the final countdown to the Game of Thrones season four premiere. Plus, we learned Canadians are crazy for mobile. Check it out!
Let’s go Blue Jays!
As playoff hopes rise, and fall, across sports stadiums, the Toronto Blue Jays are just getting into the swing of it all with the home opener tonight. Of course, even when the team is at home, I can’t make it out for every ball game. Luckily, all 162 of this year’s games are available with Rogers Anyplace TV. Rogers digital television customers can live stream the games on their computer and tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV and their Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE or Sportsnet 360 subscriptions, while Rogers wireless customers can tune in on their smartphone via the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app.
Earlier this week, Sarah shared her story of catching a game while commuting. When have you watched a game on the go?
Going from the diamond to a different kind of game entirely: Game of Thrones returns this weekend! The Rogers Your World This Week team sat down with Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) to find out what season four has in store – watch the full video. In case you’ve forgotten some of the finer plot points from last year, Mashable is offering fans a little refresher on life in Winterfell, translated into emoji.
Catch the premiere on April 6 on HBO Canada, or watch it later with Rogers Anyplace TV and Rogers On Demand.
How will you celebrate the season premiere?
Making it mobile
The average Canadian spent more than 34 hours per month online in 2013, with more of those hours being logged on mobile devices than ever before, says new research from ComScore. The Globe and Mail notes that in the U.S., more than half of people’s time spent online in 2013 was mobile – a whopping 566 billion minutes! Canadians are spending that time on mobile checking the weather, social networking and searching.
Finally, getting back to that tube obsession, roughly a third of us are using a smartphone or tablet while watching TV (I was hunting Pokemon while watching TV on Monday night).
I’m definitely reading way more websites and watching more videos on my smartphone every year – how about you?
The calendar may say spring, but really, we all know that winter is coming!
We’re all anxiously awaiting the return to Winterfell when Game of Thrones premieres on April 6. To celebrate the hotly anticipated season premiere, the Rogers Your World This Week team sat down with Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, and Kristian Nairn, the man behind Hodor, to find out what season four has in store.
Catch the premiere on April 6 on HBO Canada. Forgot to block Sunday night off in your calendar? No worries – you can watch it on demand with Rogers Anyplace TV and Rogers On Demand.
What would your Game of Thrones name be?
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