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Your iPhone always has your back. Think of it as a loyal companion that wants to better understand how it can help. Thanks to iOS 7 (learn how to upgrade to iOS 7 here), it deduces where you work, the places you frequent and where on the map you call home. It then uses this data – which is stored on your device and isn’t sent anywhere without your permission – to preemptively provide traffic updates and if need be, an alternate route. Super-helpful!
If, however, you simply don’t like the idea of your phone being location-aware, you can easily turn location tracking off in iOS 7. Here’s how:
1. Open the Settings app. Swipe down to Privacy and tap.
2. Tap the slider switch to turn Location Services off.
3. A message about Location Services appears. Tap Turn Off to acknowledge.
Find more quick tech tips at Connected Rogers.
Personally, I rely on location tracking to help me find the nearest coffee shop and to compensate for my terrible sense of direction. How do you take advantage of your device’s location tracking features?
Don’t wait to get yours! New and existing Rogers customers can reserve theirs now on the Rogers Reservation System.
Reserving a device on the Rogers Reservation System means you don’t need to call around to stores looking for stock. You know where you are in line, and can choose which Rogers store will receive your device. Plus, you’ll always know where your device is: You get an email notification when it ships, and the store will call you when it arrives.
Here’s what Samsung announced about the device today: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a LTE Category 4 Standard device, and includes a Finger Scanner for a secure, biometric screen locking feature as well as enhanced S Health 3.0 to help you stay fit. The personal fitness tracker includes a pedometer, diet and exercise records and a new built-in heart rate monitor.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has a 16MP camera with the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds. Canadian specs will be revealed soon. Click here for more information on the S5.
Rogers customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also have the choice to subscribe to the Rogers Next Program, which allows customers to upgrade their device every 12 months with no early upgrade or connection fees. Conditions apply; visit here for full details.
We’ll have more details to share regarding exclusive offers, pricing and release date soon. Stay tuned to @RogersBuzz on Twitter and RedBoard for the latest.
What feature from the Samsung Galaxy S5 excites you?
This week, all eyes were on Facebook’s latest acquisition, WhatsApp, and how Canadians are using the social network. Plus, we announced an early upgrade program called Rogers Next and are thrilled to reveal we’re bringing Canadians the curvy LG G Flex. Learn more in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Facebook on the move
Facebook made headlines on Wednesday when it announced a $16 billion U.S. deal to purchase mobile messaging service WhatsApp. Before the purchase announcement, Facebook released some stats on how Canadians are using the social network.
Canadians are glued to Facebook on mobile, , according to numbers released by the social network. In fact, 15 million Canucks a month scroll through their Newsfeeds via our phones or tablets. In the six-month period from August 2013 to Feb. 2014, the number of mobile users increased by 15 per cent (up from 13 million).
Daily mobile usage is also on the rise, jumping from 9.4 million to 10 million Canadians in the same period.
How do you check your Facebook Newsfeed?
Upgrade your device sooner
Earlier this week, we announced a new way for customers to upgrade their smartphone even faster. Rogers Next, a new subscription program for Rogers customers, will allow customers to upgrade their device after 12 months for $0 on select 2-yr plans.
Customers who enroll in Rogers Next will pay a monthly fee of $24.99 (or $29.99 if you want to include Rogers Device Protection Premium with your Rogers Next subscription). After 12 months, you’re eligible to trade in your current device in good working condition and upgrade to a smartphone of your choice for $0 (up to $250 based on subsidized 2-yr term pricing), with no upgrade or connection fees (If the device costs more than $250 on a subsidized two-year term, then you just pay the difference). You can then choose to continue your enrollment in the Rogers Next program and upgrade again after 12 months.
This is a hassle-free way for Rogers customers to be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphones every year.
We’ll have more information to share about Rogers Next closer to launch, so stay tuned!
What new phone are you waiting for?
Rogers to carry the world’s first curved smartphone
A Rogers exclusive, the device will launch running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2., and comes in Titan Silver, with a 13 MB camera, plus a 2.1 MB front-facing camera.
Want to be one of the first to receive this phone? New and existing customers can reserve the LG G Flex now on the Rogers Reservation System.
What do you think of a curved phone?
My single girlfriends use their smartphones for online dating, browsing Facebook for eligible bachelors and sending Snapchats of their gym crush to their BFFs. They’re even among the fifty-two per cent of Canadians who check their phones while on a date, according to the Rogers Innovation Report.
On the other hand, my paired-up friends use their smartphones to keep the spark alive in long distance relationships, Instagram “so-cute-they-make-you-cringe pictures” and send instant messages to one another throughout the day.
Couples and BFFs may share a home, a meal, even the same name. So why not share mobile data, too? Rogers Share Everything plans allow you to share a bucket of data with your friends and loved ones, across up to 10 devices – from flip phones to smartphones and tablets. As well, unlimited Canada-wide talk and text is included on each Share Everything plan. Sharing helps you maximize your data usage and get the most out of your plan.
To celebrate sharing, we’re giving away two Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s – one for you and one for your Valentine.
For your chance to win, share a “roses are red” poem you’d write to your Valentine (real or imaginary) in the comments. Contest closes on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll draw a random winner from all qualified entrants. For complete contest rules, click here.
Tip: This type of poem usually consists of four lines. The first line should be “Roses are red” and the last word of the second line should rhyme with the last word of the fourth line. Here’s an example:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
We like poems
And so do you.
Update: Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.: Thanks everyone for your entries. We’re confirming a winner and will update this post when the winner is confirmed!
Update Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m.: Congratulations to our winner, Scott Kennedy Ground of Toronto! Enjoy your two new devices!
This week, we learned that bigger is better – when it comes to phablets – and that Canadians believe the phone of the future could have a flexible 3D screen and built-in projector. Plus, we talk wearable tech and check out the latest stats on smartphone ownership. Read all about it in the latest edition of the weekend reading.
Fun with phablets
My favourite portmanteau – phablet, a combined phone and tablet – appeared in Deloitte’s TMT Predictions for 2014. The CBC even went so far as to say “phablets are here to stay.” The technology, media and telecommunications report forecasts that increasing numbers of seniors will buy smartphones – rising from 30 per cent currently in the developed world to 50 per cent. This has been partially fueled by increasing screen sizes – from 3.5 inches to at least four inches. And Deloitte says the large-screened phablet, which have screens between five and seven inches, are expected to account for a full quarter of smartphone sales worldwide this year.
Do you own a phablet?
The Deloitte predictions also looked at the technology around Google Glass and fitness bands, predicting that in 2014 consumers will be wearing more than $3 billion worth of newly purchased equipment. At CES, wearable tech was in the spotlight, including the Pebble Steel Smartwatch and Neatmo June Wellness Bracelet, which both made Mashable’s list of the best tech of CES 2014.
What would you like your wearable tech to do?
We asked Canadians to stretch their imagination and predict the smartphone of 2019. Five years from now, the standard device is expected to boast a flexible touchscreen with 3D screens and augmented reality. Built-in projectors, retina scanners, personalized voice commands and high-quality cameras also make our future device wishlists.
Apps are also expected to become more personal and, eventually, be able to completely control our homes, from organizing our meals and groceries to running the bathtub and mowing the lawn.
What household task would you like your phone to handle?
Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or the ski hill, it always seems like you’re surrounded by people who are glued to their gadgets. The latest stats from eMarketer prove that more and more of us are relying on mobile devices – growing to 4.55 billion this year. Meanwhile, smartphone usage around the world hit the one billion milestone in 2012, and this year it’s expected to climb to 1.75 billion. Nearly two-fifths of all mobile phone users – close to a quarter of the global population! – will use a smartphone at least monthly this year.
How often do you use your mobile?
Your Moto X has a cool voice-recognition capability that means it will answer to you, and only you, when you issue a voice command. Tell your Moto X to do something, and it will, without you having to tap or click a thing. It can even pick out your voice in a crowd.
Before it can do any of those things, though, it needs to get to know you and your voice. You can “train” your Moto X any time, even if you skipped the step in the initial device setup. Best of all, it’s easy. Here’s how.
1. Drag down the notifications tray and choosing Settings.
2. Tap Touchless Control to open.
3. Tap Let’s Get Started and tap Next to read through the brief Touchless Control tutorial.
4. Find a nice, quiet spot and tap Record.
5. Say, “OK, Google now” three times, tapping Next between each recording. Done!
For me, the holidays are about family and overindulging on everything from food to shopping. I love to buy gifts for the special people in my life – and that list includes me. This year, I gifted myself with a powerful new tablet, downloaded Next Issue Canada and scheduled a head-to-toe spa treatment. But come January, I knew I needed to reset my spending. Here are some of my tips for trimming costs in 2014.
- Go digital. Where can you get unlimited access to more than 115 of the world’s best magazines, including Chatelaine and Maclean’s, as well as popular U.S. titles for as low as $9.99 per month? Nope, it’s not a trick question. Don’t sacrifice staying in the know just because you’re on a budget. Carry your favourite magazines with you on your smartphone or tablet with Next Issue Canada. Start your free 30-day trial at www.nextissue.ca.
- There’s an app for that! Stay on budget with the help of a wide array of personal finance and budgeting apps. Sarah recently told you about Mint, her favourite, while I like making colorful charts that help me visualize my spending. My favourites are MoneyWise Pro for Android ($6.99) and Spendee for iOS.
- Consolidate. The average Rogers household has six Wi-Fi connected devices. Save some hard-earned cash and the trouble of managing multiple bills by putting up to 10 wireless accounts on one Share Everything plan. And, for a limited time, you can get 50 per cent off a smartphone when you add a line to select two-year Share Everything plans, just in case Santa didn’t bring you the new device you wanted! Plus, if you’re a new Share Everything customer, you can get 50 per cent off your monthly service fee for two months on your first line when you activate an additional line.
- Track usage. Canadians have an average of 25 apps on their smartphones and tablets – and we’re using more data than ever before – since 2011, Rogers has seen an 80 per cent increase in data usage year over year. To help you stay on top of what you’re using, Rogers customers can download the free My Account app to check wireless data usage anytime.
- Make room for something new. Most of us have a drawer full of pre-loved electronics. Turn them into something shiny and new like a tablet, for example, with the Rogers Trade-Up program. Get your quote here, and we’ll honour it for 30 days. You can use the credit to satisfy your craving for the latest gadget or accessory.
What are some of the ways you plan to save money in 2014?
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What will tech be like in the future? Many will speculate. Predictions will be made. Stock markets will rise and fall in anticipation. But, we’re here with the new Rogers Innovation Report to tell you what Canadians think is really going to go down.
Every year, we survey consumers across the country to reveal their imaginative predictions for technology and innovations for the years to come. The report shows there is a Device Generation – or what we like to call ‘Generation D’ – emerging in Canada. Gen D’ers have an optimistic POV on the future of technology, and live life through always on internet and connected devices. On average, 52 per cent have a smartphone or tablet that is loaded with 25 apps.
Some things about Gen D blew our minds: a quarter of Canadians think apps will allow people to communicate with pets in the next five years! Other findings excited us, like over half (59 per cent) expect their device to make dinner recommendations, create a grocery list and arrange delivery in the future.
Other notable discoveries included:
Canadian smartphone users spent practically every waking minute of 2013 using a smartphone (keeping it within reach on average for 70 per cent of the day). What were they doing?
- Thirty per cent viewed Mayor Rob Ford ranting on YouTube; 17 per cent watched Miley Cyrus twerk it to the top, and 15 per cent streamed entertainment on the go with smartphones and tablets.
- Canadians are glued to their devices; a quarter admitted to tweeting or Facebooking someone while in the same room and over half (52 per cent) confessed they’ve sneaked a peek at their phones during a date.
- TV remains at the heart of home with three quarters (75 per cent) of Canadians tuning in live in 2013.
- Out of fear of spotting TV plot spoilers, over 40 per cent of viewers avoided the web as we said goodbye to beloved meth-cooks and serial killers in the series finales of Breaking Bad and Dexter.
No, you won’t be driving a flying car in 2014, however; Canadians do expect to see some major technological innovations in the years to come.
Canadians envision a world where technology will unleash a connected reality
- Over a third (39 per cent) of Canadians believe virtual communication will replace face-to-face interactions and half (50 per cent) expect to chat exclusively through text, social media and email via smartphones in the next five years.
- Canadians expect the smartphones of 2019 will have retina scanners (53 per cent), built-in projectors (25 per cent), augmented reality (46 per cent) and 3D screens (33 per cent).
Cards and wallets are so yesterday
- Over half (61 per cent) of Canadians expect to throw out their physical wallets, replacing them with mobile wallets that include credit and debit cards and personal ID.
- Next year, nearly half (41 per cent) of respondents expect to tap with a mobile payment app.
- In the future, shopping in your pyjamas will be the norm, with half of respondents (50 per cent) expecting to spend more money shopping online than in physical stores.
Canadians want their smartphones to help them work smarter, not harder, in the future
- Over a third (39 per cent) expect apps to become their butler, to draw baths, cut the lawn, vacuum and even do their laundry.
- Over a third (39 per cent) believe apps will put together an outfit based on what’s in someone’s wardrobe, and 40 per cent think apps will detect knock off designs.
- A majority (84 per cent) believe that cars will anticipate accidents and provide weather alerts.
Future TV viewers expect to sit in the director’s chair
- Today we love Don Draper, and tomorrow we’ll look like him. The majority of Canadians (64 per cent) believe they will eventually purchase products directly from live programming.
- In the future, almost half (49 per cent) will take to social media to alter a show’s plot by voting in real-time.
- By 2019, over half (56 per cent) see the entire TV experience replicated on their phones. Sports fans also expect to catch the action in their hands, with 80 per cent believing any sports game will stream live on mobile.
This is just a selection of what Canadians are predicting for the future and how they used technology this past year. Check out the full report on Slideshare, click here for the full infographic or view our “Generation D is Here ” video here.
I’m looking forward to an even more connected 2014, where Gen D will continue to unleash the true potential of technology.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly … Sorry, is that too soon for you? I can’t help it. The winter holidays are my favourite time of the year. The crunch of snow under my feet, the decorations and lights everywhere and the carols all make me feel like a kid again.
So curl up with some warm apple cider and check out these five apps that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas ($4.99)
Everyone’s favourite Christmas special comes to life in this fun, interactive app. If you can’t wait for A Charlie Brown Christmas to air on TV every year, you’ll love this app. (It’s great to share with your kids, too!) You can even decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
2. Mint.com (free)
While a budgeting app might not seem completely in the spirit of the season, Mint is a great way to track your spending. Most of the tracking is automatic, so you won’t need to manually enter the details of every purchase (which makes it so easy to use). Sticking to a budget means no unpleasant surprises come billing season in January.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($5.23)
Of course, the season’s other holiday classic is this Dr. Seuss tale. This interactive storybook app offers three modes: reading the book yourself, having the book read to you, or a mix of the two.
4. Any.do (free)
This is another app that’s not holiday specific, but definitely will save you from checking your list twice. Any.do is a to-do list app that syncs with your Gmail account and has a Chrome plugin so you can easily add tasks. Tasks can also be shared with others, so you can work together to get all the gifts from everyone’s lists this year.
5. The Nightmare before Christmas ($1.05)
Looking for a bit of a different spin on the holidays? This app allows you to give your device a fun Nightmare Before Christmas theme. You can customize icons, your wallpaper and dock faster than you can say Jack Skellington.
Rogers is the first Canadian provider to offer carrier billing for Google Play purchases. Instead of paying via credit card, Rogers customers can now sign up to have their Google Play purchases billed on their monthly Rogers statement. If you’ve already connected your credit card to your Google Play account, you’ll need to remove it in order to see the option for carrier billing.
Check out Google’s step-by-step instructions on paying for your Google Play purchases with carrier billing.
What apps help fuel your holiday spirit?
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Guidebooks – once a necessity – are quickly being rendered obsolete by the wealth of information that can be accessed online and by the multitudes of travel apps available on our smartphones.
As a professional travel blogger, I travel a lot and have come to rely heavily on my Samsung Galaxy SII Android smartphone for information. Here are a few of the apps and tricks I use on the road.
Find great restaurants
The days of taking a chance on an unfamiliar restaurant are over. Yelp (free) has become far and away the most-used app for user-generated bar and restaurant reviews. Yelp is hooked in to your smartphone’s GPS, so it will find restaurants near you and recommend the best based on other people’s reviews. When you choose your restaurant, just push the ‘get directions’ button and Yelp will open up Google Maps and auto-load driving directions. You can also try Alfred (free), which is similar to Yelp but is programmed to learn your taste and make suggestions based on the restaurants that you enjoyed in the past.
Checking your email and Facebook from your phone on the go is convenient, but if you spend a significant amount of time online like I do, you need to find Wi-Fi. WiFi Finder (free) finds both free and paid hotspots near you so you can plop down and crack open the laptop to really get some work done.
Save Your Battery
Using maps to navigate can drain your battery and power sources aren’t always readily available on the road. Getting the most out of my battery is a top priority, and Juice Defender (free) is an exceptional power saver. When I installed it, my battery life appeared to last 20 to 40 per cent longer. You can also purchase second batteries fairly inexpensively.
When you find yourself lost on a back road in Minnesota, you won’t need to worry about the potential costs of opening up Google Maps for a couple of hours, thanks to the Rogers U.S. roaming rate. Rogers offers a $7.99/day roaming rate for Canadians travelling in the United States, which allows for up to 50 MB of data download per day (way more than most people use). For more information visit Rogers.com/roaming.
On some trips, everything seems to go wrong. It’s as though Murphy’s Law applies tenfold while travelling — so it’s important to be prepared for the worst. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. You can also protect your smartphone from loss or theft using Lookout Security (free), which enables you to remotely lock your lost or stolen phone, locate it using GPS, or wipe all the data.
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