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If you haven’t already done so, the time is now to update your version of Windows to Windows 8.1. 8.1 is one of the fastest-growing mobile systems, that continues to receive positive praise from tech influencers and consumers, alike. I’ve shared below a post from Connected Rogers that really explores the great Windows 8.1’s new features, enhancements, and top-level highlights.
Greatly improved over its predecessor, the new Bing Search helps you find what you’re looking for online or on your phone – including mail, messaging, calendar, apps and contacts. Search results are now displayed in convenient groups for Web, local, images and videos.
Windows Phone 8.1 has a new Action Center that provides one place for you to check all your notifications – so you’ll never miss a thing. You now have the option to view notifications even when your phone is locked. New customizable Action Center slots allow you to determine what takes top priority, whether it’s breaking news alerts, mobile-game information or live sports scores pushed to your device. In most apps, simply swipe down to reveal the Action Center.
Stretch your wireless phone’s battery by temporarily disabling some functionality – such as automatic email synchronization, social-media updates and push notifications from apps – but keeping important features like phone calls and text messages. You can now see which apps are using your battery – both the ones in use and running in the background – and you get to enable or disable it all from one command centre.
Finally, Wi-Fi Sense is a handy feature that intelligently and instantly connects you to free Wi-Fi hotspots – be it your favourite coffee shop, a friend’s home network or a complimentary airport connection. Windows Phone is the only mobile OS that can automatically attempt to connect to more than a million free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world by automatically accepting terms and connections on your behalf.
Other features worth checking out: a new Word Flow keyboard for faster and more accurate typing; additional camera lenses for photo takers; a refined Calendar app with integrated weather; and support for dual SIMs on many models (enabling both personal and work calls on one phone).
Let us know if you’re using Windows 8.1 and how you’re liking it.
Working at Rogers, I get a lot of questions from my friends about their smartphones. Recently, my good friend was telling me her device is really slowing down. Her battery isn’t holding a charge like it used to and the OS tends to freeze up. Like most of us, the thought of sending her phone out for repair induces panic; how can she even think about parting with her device?
If this sounds like you and your device, you’ll love our new, free, in-store service program – Device Tune-Up, that solves many of your smartphone issues on the spot.
As the video below describes, Device Tune-Up has multiple features with unique benefits for you and your cherished device:
Get a Device HealthCheck
- We’ll run a Device HealthCheck to make sure your smartphone is up to date and running like new
- Depending on your operating system we can check what apps are running, what is using up your battery, if you have the latest OS and more
Safeguard your data
- Are you passing your phone down to a friend or family member? Device Tune-Up can securely wipe you data and even back it up.
Transfer data from one device to another
- If you’re getting an upgrade, Device Tune-Up can transfer your data from your old smartphone to your new one so you can be up and running right away
- Depending on your OS or where your data is saved, contacts, images, videos and SMS can be transferred
Check out the video below to learn more or visit rogers.com/devicetuneup.
Talking tech for back to school
Nine days until most students pack their school bags and lunches, tie up their laces and head back to class. Leading up to the first day, many students are searching for their back to school tech that will help them both in and outside of the classroom. This week for example, we discussed how technology, access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is enhancing our educational experiences. To further share how technology is being used by students, we also spoke with two of our Rogers social insiders, who shared how cable, internet, and mobile devices kept them afloat during their university years.
What folks are saying about the LG G3
The LG G3 continues to make positive impressions across the tech community. We discussed our favourite LG G3 features in a post earlier this month, but if you want to dive into the specs and capabilities a little more you can go two ways. Either check out this LG G3 video review on Youtube by Karl Conrad or read IT Nerd’s in-depth review here. Or if you’re really in the LG G3 mood, do both!
Tell us – do you have any LG G3 reviews to share?
Brides say ‘I do’ to social media
Summer is a busy time for weddings, so I thought we’d share some social stats around the social networking bride. A Mashable and Knot.com survey revealed brides take to online to share their news; within hours of saying yes, 28 per cent of brides-to-be update their social media statues, while 24 per cent share the news the next day. 70 per cent of brides were already making plans on Pinterest, while 89 per cent use wedding planning apps to assist with making lists, counting down days, browsing gowns and more.
Hashtags are also becoming part of the new age wedding culture, with more than half of couples (55 per cent) using a wedding hashtag. Guests are encouraged to share their photos on social; with 68 per cent of brides wanting them posted in real-time.
Have you, or someone you know used social media or mobile apps to help plan a wedding? Share your experience below.
Back to school is not what it used to be. Laptops have replaced three-ring binders; many back-breaking textbooks are now available as e-books; notes are written on digital screens; and schedules are tracked using smartphones. For this generation, the end of summer means it’s time to check out the latest tech to get the most of your school year, whether you’re heading back to elementary school or off to university.
A recent report by Price Waterhouse Coopers showed Canadians are ready for a digital education, one that incorporates tablets, laptops, smartphones and more. Over eighty per cent of us believe technology is a means to better prepare students for the future; with over three quarters of us seeing it as a tool to make education more engaging.
Access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is already enhancing educational experiences, in and out of the classroom:
- As reported by the Toronto Star, almost sixty per cent of Ontario schools allow students to BYOD, or bring your own device. Students use tablets, laptops and cell phone for access to interactive lessons;
- Over 350 international universities use TopHat, a tool that turns student’s smartphones into educational tools. They can now connect directly with a professor to answer questions, take quizzes, and provide feedback right from their devices;
- Is there anything apps can’t do? Apps can help with understanding literature, scheduling your classroom/homework , developing basic math skills, organizing study notes, and exploring geography and;
- Fifty-five per cent of students report using online services to help them write their papers; eighty per cent use social networks to help them study.
To ensure you’re heading back to school with the latest tech, Rogers is offering new and current customers up to $100 off the hottest smartphones when activated on 2-year Share Everything plans. Share Everything plans lets students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices, like roommates and family members, to maximize data usage and bring down costs.
Or if you’re off to college or university, learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.
Stay tuned for more back to school articles to help you gear up for the year!
How do you plan on using technology in the classroom?
Connected shares how to use two cool features that showcase the massive curved screen of the LG G Flex Android device.
QuickTheater gives you instant access to your pictures and videos, as well as YouTube, whenever you’d like. Here’s how to access this LG G Flex-only feature.
1. On the LG G Flex lock screen, turn the device into landscape mode.
2. With your thumbs in the middle of the screen, slide them apart (like a theatre curtain opening) to access QuickTheater.
3. Tap Videos or Photos, and swipe to the left to choose what you’d like to see in a beautiful panoramic view.
4. Tap any item to view.
With screen space to spare, the LG G Flex lets you split the screen and stack apps one atop the other in a two-panel multitasking mode called Dual Window.
How to use Dual Window mode:
1. Tap and hold the Back key for a second to launch Dual Window.
2. Tap any app and drag it to the bottom of the screen to open.
3. Grab any other app and drag it to the top of the screen.
With two apps open, you can…
1. Tap the leftmost icon in the middle bar to access settings.
2. Tap the blue downward arrow and drag to resize the app windows.
3. Tap the rightmost two-arrows icon to have the apps swap places.
Tip: If you rotate the LG G Flex into landscape mode, Dual Window apps will appear side-by-side instead of stacked one atop the other.
Check out more quick tips and tutorials from Connected.
What would you do with a six-inch screen?
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When you’re on a tight timeline, the download progress bar can’t move fast enough. But the new Samsung GALAXY S5 has a solution: the Download Booster feature.
Download Booster means you can download large files – over 30MB – faster using your Wi-Fi and Rogers LTE networks at the same time.
Here’s how to get started:
- Select “Apps” on your home screen.
- Choose “Settings”
- Touch “Download Booster”
- Drag the “Download Booster” switch to the right, then select “OK” in the popup window.
- If you don’t want to see the data transfer speed via popup window, check the box that says “Do not show speed info.”
Ready to download?
- Make sure your phone’s Wi-Fi and Mobile Data are both turned on
- Pull down the status bar from the top of your screen
- Choose the “Download Booster” icon
- Press “OK”
- Start your download
When it’s in use, the Download Booster icon – a lightning bolt – will appear in your device’s status bar.
This feature is one of many that take the Samsung GALAXY S5 beyond the basics, using integrated technology and the Rogers LTE network to improve your life and make every day better.
I download music, apps and TV shows directly to my mobile to keep me entertained on long flights or commutes. I also download reports to review on my morning subway ride to help me prepare for my work day. What large files do you use on your mobile?
Sleeping bag. Dehydrated snacks. Smartphone? Whether your idea of camping involves a drive-in spot with a barbeque or a few days of trekking through the wilderness, an internet connection probably isn’t on top of your packing list. But your mobile device can be a valuable camping tool. Here are a few apps that will help me pitch a tent like a pro this summer and (hopefully) keep me from getting lost in the wilderness.
Parks Canada has a Learn to Camp app, free for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. It’s great for newbies as it highlights camping basics like packing checklists and how to set up a tent, but more experienced outdoorsy-types may also enjoy features like recipes and tips on specific national parks.
Help in a pinch
Hopefully your camping trips go down without a single stubbed toe or bug bite. But my brief stint as a Girl Guide taught me to always be prepared. So before you leave, download the Canadian Red Cross First Aid app (free, iOS and Android) for step-by-step instructions for first aid scenarios. The content is pre-loaded in the app, meaning that you can access all the videos and tips even when you don’t have any reception or internet connection. It also includes safety tips to help you prepare for emergencies like hurricanes.
Explore the night sky
As a city dweller, it’s a treat to escape the light pollution and watch the sky for shooting stars. I’m no expert astronomer, but apps like Google Sky Map (free, Android) or The Night Sky ($0.99, iOS) can help you go beyond the little dipper to identify constellations like Orion and Hercules.
Find your way
In addition to trail maps and your phone’s GPS, a compass is a pretty standard item on your camping packing list. But it’s also just one more thing to carry. Find north – and your way back to your camp site – with a compass app, like Smart Compass (free, Android) or Compass (free, iOS).
To round out your packing list (be sure to check out our music festival tips and our summer survival guide, too), make sure your devices are ready with sufficient wireless internet for your campfire song lyric searches, rainy day videos and more. Calculate how much you need at Roge.rs/calculator.
What apps would you include in your camping survival kit?
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