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We’re wrapping up a busy week with a lot of action in the tech sphere. Tweet is now officially a word, thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary, New York will soon see solar-powered charging stations and we’re still having fun with our research into Canadian video viewing habits. Plus, we launched our LTE Max network in even more cities. All that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Tweet is the word
Twitter has made its mark on the Oxford English Dictionary: Tweet is now listed as both a noun and a verb. The social network’s term for posts and the act of sharing a message was added in June, along with big data, crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, redirect and stream (verb). The Chief Editor, John Simpson, says “tweet” actually breaks the dictionary’s rule that a new word needs to be current for 10 years before it makes the cut – “but (tweet) seems to be catching on.” And, the Globe and Mail notes, Twitter actually has its roots in the dictionary – the founders landed on the name after reading a definition about short bursts of communication: “Twitter, A series of short, high-pitched calls or sounds; [mass noun] idle or ignorant talk.”
What other social media terms would you expect to see in the dictionary?
Charging on the go
While tweeting madly at the #SocialAtRogers conference Wednesday – where Rogers hosted great speakers from IBM, Dell, Hootsuite, Hailo, LinkedIn, McDonalds and more – I couldn’t help but panic as my battery meter dropped further and further into the red.
Now, the traditional plug in the wall might be a thing from the past. This week, our attention was drawn to alternative and innovative ways to juice up your gadgets, using sun and heat. We learned that soon, New Yorkers will be able to access 25 solar-powered charging stations for mobile devices, thanks to an experiment by AT&T. From New York we were transported deep into the woods. We learned about the BioLite CampStove, a portable wood-burning stove that can also charge your phone and save you from becoming a bear’s dinner. Even better, the same technology is used to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world where people still cook over open fires daily. Pilot projects have launched in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
LTE keeps on rolling
After rolling out our LTE Max network to Manitoba last week, we’re continuing to bring Canada’s fastest wireless internet to even more Canadians. On Monday, we launched our LTE Max network in Baie-Comeau and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Medicine Hat, Alta., Portage la Prairie, Man., and expanded our coverage in the Hull region. We also expanded our LTE network to Grande Prairie, Alta.
We continue to launch in more cities as part of our commitment to expand to 44 new markets this spring. To learn more about our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.
We did a deep dive into the video viewing habits of Canadians with our Rogers Innovation Report, released last week. We learned the average Canadian logs 22 hours of video per week, has viewing marathons that last up to 7.5 hours and often stays up past bedtime to squeeze in just one more episode. So what have we been doing with our newfound knowledge?
In addition to sharing our findings with you, we also turned it into a game with a live chat on Tuesday, with TV fan @Magnalicious winning the trivia crown – and a great prize pack. We also created an interactive infographic that helps you discover your TV viewing persona – from marathoner to casual viewer. Blogger @ChickyMara reported on the study earlier this week, sharing that she’s among the 80 per cent of women who control the remote! She also learned she’s “right up there with the most Marathon-y watchers of them all.” Find out your results here.
Whether you’re a marathon viewer watching back-to-back-to-back episodes or a second screen fiend, we want to hear about your video viewing habits. Join us here at noon (EDT) 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, including The Walking Dead on DVD, a Community sweatshirt and goodies from City. (Read the full contest rules here).
Update, June 19, 4:45 p.m.: Congratulations to @Magnalicious, who won our trivia contest prize pack!
What kind of TV viewer are you? When it comes to my TV consumption habits, my friends would most likely describe a scenario akin to a bear in hibernation. I select the series I have been meaning to catch up on and hunker down, keeping snacks at a close proximity (no time to pause and grab food). My only major movement consists of pressing play from one episode to the next.
Cut to me last month: I got totally wrapped up in The Walking Dead. I would immerse myself in post-apocalyptic zombie territory for more than six hours at a time.
As you can probably deduce, I can be classified as a “marathon TV viewer.” And I’m in good company – more than 80 per cent of Canadians have watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released today.
More and more Canadians are watching consecutive TV shows and movies, with the longest viewing sessions averaging more than five hours on a weekday and almost seven hours on a weekend. But really, if the next episode is available on demand, how can you wait to continue the storyline?
When taking part in consecutive viewing sessions, half of Canadians are engrossed in action and drama, while six out of 10 are watching comedy. These viewers are taking their TV away from the comfort of the couch to the bedroom (over half) and the bathroom (one out of 10) and even to work (one out of 10). It turns out that Canadians treasure their viewing marathons more than sleep, too, with eight out of 10 staying up past bedtime to catch another episode, or more. And men are two times more likely than woman to show up late for work the next day due to a long viewing session.
Skipping sleep isn’t the only place the gender divide is obvious: men tend to participate in longer marathon viewing sessions than women, hitting up to 7.2 hours of continuous content on average versus 6.3 hours.
Nowadays, living rooms are sprawled with devices, so it comes as no surprise that the report shows an influx of “Multiscreen Taskers” – Canadians who combine TV viewing with multitasking. Seven out of 10 Canadians who own a smartphone, tablet or computer use of one these devices while watching television. They’re using these second screens to look up information online (over a third), monitor social media activity (one out of five) and text friends (one out of five). Those age 34 or under are more likely (nine out of 10) to use these screens to watch content, too.
In addition to zombies, when I’m marathoning TV, I’m glued to viewing vampires or the never-ending aristocratic Crawley family drama. What’s your TV show of choice when you’re in the mood to marathon?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
It’s been another exciting week for mobile tech with the announcement and preview of the upcoming HTC One, plus we take a visual look at the last three decades of cell phones, speculation on smartphones overtaking traditional PC hardware, and mobile’s effect on business. All ahead in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Hands on with the HTC One
This week HTC unveiled what is being hailed as one of the must-have devices for 2013 – the HTC One.
Earlier this week the device was showcased at an HTC event in New York City, where our friends at Connected Rogers were lucky enough to get a sneak peek. You can get all the details on the design, camera, and specs in their post here, plus a few other top industry sources including CNET, Network World, and iClarified (with video).
The HTC One will be available at Rogers this spring – stay tuned for more details!
Infographic: 3 decades of cell phones
Can you believe cell phones have been around for a whopping three decades already? It’s true! The Next Web posted a fantastic cell phone timeline infographic this week showcasing just how far cell phones have come over the last 31 years. A few personal faves from the infographic include the Dynatac 8000x (aka Zack Morris’ phone on Saved by the Bell), and my very own first cell phone, the Nokia 5110.
Which blast from the past makes you most appreciative of today’s tech? Alternately, is there anything you miss about them or see a comeback for?
Smartphones to replace PC’s?
After seeing how far smartphones have come, how long do you think it will be until they fulfill all our tech needs and take over completely?
Writer Eliot Van Buskirk provided some insight in his latest article for The Huffington Post. After accurately predicting the success of the iPod before others saw its value, he’s fairly certain that his hunch on hardware peripherals will be next. His article outlines six things that point to smartphones becoming “the center of our digital lives,” including tablet keyboards, and The Cloud. Check out the full post and let us know your own predictions in the comments below.
Adopting your business to 2013 mobile trends
It may only be the second month into the New Year, but analysts are already making predictions about the effects on mobile tech on businesses. The Telecom Blog explored various reports recently suggesting that a mobile transition is happening amazingly quickly and if your business isn’t quick to adapt to mobile trends as are their customers, it could represent some challenges for them in 2013. Now, how is this this reflected on Canadian soil? A quick example could be how mobile is changing television. Canadians don’t limit their tablet or smartphone usage to browsing the Web. Turns out mobile devices are also great for watching TV, and especially for watching shows on demand.
One of our recent Rogers Innovation Reports also suggested an increase in mobile trends, with 80% believing more people will be connected to the web via mobile devices than desktop computers in 2013. I’m definitely one of the 80% using my smartphone for everything I can these days because it’s so convenient! It’s always on me, has instant LTE internet access, and a world of apps at my disposal.
Is your business ahead of the game when it comes to mobile tech? If not, are you shifting your plans for 2013 in that direction? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to know where you’re at.
Kelly is a regular Redboard contributor.
Late last year, we surveyed 1040 Canadian smartphone and tablet owners to see how they used technology and what they predicted for the future. We presented the results in our latest Rogers Innovation Report, available through Slideshare. We also pulled together some of the statistics we found most interesting into a Rogers Innovation Report infographic. Now, we’re releasing some of our favourite individual statistics in dynamic minigraphic format.
Where do you stand on the following questions?
Looking back, in 2012…
Did you download a racy novel to a mobile device?
Ah, 2012: the year of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey. Were you among the one-in-ten Canadian smartphone and tablet users who decided to opt for discretion and convenience by buying the electronic version of the novel and others like it through Amazon, iTunes and other online retailers? Hover your mouse over the dynamic minigraphic above to get other e-reader stats from around the world.
Have you ever used your smartphone in the bathroom? If so, how often?
An astounding 83% of Canadian smartphone users take the device with them to the washroom. A similar survey conducted in the UK last May concluded that 75% of respondents used their smartphone in the bathroom. We’d consider those people nomophobes – or people who experience stress when they’re unable to use their mobile phone – but I certainly wouldn’t consider them germophobes!
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement ‘In the next 5 years babies will be using technology before they can walk or talk.’
Did the 44% of Canadian respondents who answered “yes” to this question have this video in mind? I know I did. Hover your mouse over our interactive baby minigraphic to access other similar precocious tablet baby videos on YouTube.
To get non-interactive versions of our Rogers Innovation Report minigraphics, visit our Pinterest page.
So? Where did you rank? Are you following Canadian trends? Ahead of them maybe? Tell us where you think technology is heading in the comments below or join us on Twitter to discuss the results using the #RIRExplores hashtag.
Michelle is a regular contributor to the Redboard blog.
Do you have any to add?
- 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.
Many of you are probably focused on Halloween next week, getting last minute costumes and candy ready for the big night. It’s a fun and chaotic holiday, which makes it difficult to keep up on the latest tech news – but fear not, we’re here with another Weekend Reading edition to fill you in on Windows 8, smartphones vs. water and hydro, and some fun Halloween themed apps.
Top Windows 8 features
Last week, we announced that we teamed up with Microsoft to bring you the largest selection of Windows 8 devices from a Canadian carrier.
A week later and people are still talking Windows 8, eager to share their thoughts on the exciting new platform and what features they’re most excited about. Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between your smartphone, your PC or your tablet.
Wired hailed the intuitive interface and ability to pin and share anything, while CNET Asia published their own Top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8 including reset and refresh options. IT Business Edge highlighted some features businesses will love like faster boot-up times and enhanced architectures. If you’re looking for a more detailed analysis of the Windows 8 features, ReadWrite Enterprise is compiling a series focusing on the Top Windows 8 Features with a whole article dedicated to each feature. They are counting down the final three but if you scroll to the bottom you can read up on the rest.
What do you value more – your smartphone, or water and electricity?
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, these kinds of stats never cease to surprise me. Our very own Rogers Innovation Report back in May revealed what kind of things people were willing to sacrifice for internet access, including coffee, chocolate, and even sex for 6% of us!
Now just this week, Business Insider revealed that More People Have Mobile Phones Than Electricity Or Drinking Water! What else do smartphones dominate over? Check out the full article to see and let us know where your priorities lie – smartphone, or relying on good old fashioned daylight?
Get into the spooky spirit with Halloween tech
Forget the candy and costumes, Mashable put together this great post summarizing some awesome Halloween themed apps. Use Pic Monkey to create a creepy zombie or vampire themed avatar, or play fun games like Pumpkin Pops or Ghost Radar. Good for kids, or the young at heart.
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard
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Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on your smartphone, Facebook or GPS, the tech industry swoops in and shakes things up again! This week we found out some interesting stats on youth and how different generations utilize technology, more on the future of mobile payments, and highlight Google with news about their new Canadian blog and fun facts on Google Maps.
Half of Teens Couldn’t Live Without Their Phone for a Week [STUDY]
We’ve seen these studies and infographics time and time again, yet they never cease to amaze us when we really stop and think about how dependent we are on our tech.
According to a recent study by TextPlus that was highlighted in Mashable, half the teens between the ages of 13-17 surveyed said they couldn’t go longer than a week without their cell phones. 36% ventured to say they couldn’t go 10 minutes without checking their phones even! What is it that makes them so addictive to teens – is it the apps, games or texting capabilities? Find out this and several other interesting findings in the full article here.
We also released our new infographic in our Innovation Report series earlier this week confirming much of the same information. Check out what our findings had to reveal about bridging the generation gap, and what role technology is playing in education these days.
11 Fascinating Facts About Google Maps
Google Maps is one of those tools we’ve gotten so used to having in our lives, we rarely stop to think about the advances it’s made, or what goes into maintaining it. Mashable came up with 11 Fascinating Facts About Google Maps that we have to admit are pretty cool! For instance, number 8 asks “In the history of Google Maps, how many Street View images have been taken?” Other facts include what equipment is used in hard to reach places, and where you can see museums and particular landmarks. Check out the complete list here and let us know if you can add to the list!
Google Canada launches the official Google Canada blog
As Mobile Syrup points out in their reporting on Google’s new Canadian blog, “Finding specific news about Google in Canada has been sparse.” But this week Google made millions of Canadians happy when they announced the launch of an official blog pertaining specifically to Canadian Google news.
Check out what our friends at Mobile Syrup had to say about the story, then head on over to the Google blog to read up on the latest updates for yourself!
Mobile Payments to Reach $1.3 Trillion Annually by 2017, Study Says
The opening paragraph in Tech Vibes article pretty much sums things up: “According to a recent report from Juniper Research, global mobile payment transactions are expected to grow nearly fourfold over the next five years to more than $1.3 trillion.”
At Rogers, we recognized the trend and desire from the public as well, which is why in May we announced an agreement with CIBC to launch Canada’s first mobile payment solution. The technology is already there, it’s now a matter of regulation, security, and reliability for the public. Read more on the study through Tech Vibes here and let us know how you’re embracing mobile payments.
Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.
Technology helps to bridge the generation gap while playing an increasing role in education: New Rogers Innovation Report
Generation gap? What generation gap? The latest Rogers Innovation Report explores how parents and their young adult children are using technology to stay connected. No surprise that today’s youth are connected, but what about their parents? Are the 45 plus set using the latest smartphones and tablets in the same way as their kids?
According to report findings, parents are using technology in a lot of the same ways their kids are. They’re texting on their smartphones and tablets, reading books and magazines online and shopping and downloading music and downloading the same number of apps:
- In nearly equal numbers (40 per cent) connected young Canadians (ages 18-24) and their connected parents (43 per cent) are using technology to stay close with one another
- Youth and parents say texting is their preferred smartphone and tablet activity (94 per cent for youth and 82 per cent for parents)
- Youth and parents both look to technology to stay close to family (48 per cent for youth and 52 per cent for parents)
Technology for back to school
Report findings also show that technology is playing an increasing role in education. Of the youth surveyed who attend school, the majority are using technology, including smartphones, for educational purposes like online research, accessing coursework, sharing with classmates and interacting with teachers.
Over the coming weeks, our RedBoard series will dive deeper into the latest Innovation Report findings. We will look at how parents and kids are staying connected, how technology plays a bigger role in education, and what relevance this has as we enter the busy season of back-to-school.
As you and your family prepare for back-to-school, how do you plan to stay connected?
How do you compare with Canadians we surveyed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section, or on Twitter using the #RIRExplores hashtag.
Sara is a regular contributor to RedBoard
The Rogers Innovation Report, produced by market research specialists and software developers Vision Critical, regularly explores Canadians’ habits and views on technology. You’ll find complete study results on Slideshare.
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