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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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Imagine: You wake up and the weather report is ready, complete with real-time info to help you avoid the traffic jam that’s developed on your usual route. Likewise, your stocks and last night’s sports scores are waiting for you. Later, you’ll receive a reminder about your lunch date, complete with directions on how to get there.
Sound appealing? Then you need to check out Google Now. This free app for Android (for OS version 4.1 Jelly Bean and up), iOS and Chrome lets you customize the type of information you want to receive. Working in the background, the app organizes the information onto simple cards that pop up as they’re needed. It’s like your own personal news feed.
Customizing your Google Now cards on your Android device is easy. Before getting started, make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Android operating system downloaded onto your device.
1. Access Google Now by touching the home button at the bottom of your device’s screen, and then swipe up to the Google circle. Alternatively, you can open Google Now by clicking Apps and then choosing Widgets.
2. Next, you’ll see cards at the bottom of the Google Now screen. By default, you’ll see an automatically updated weather card for your current location. To view a full list of cards, tap Show sample cards at the bottom of the screen.
3. Tap Settings to customize a card. For example, the Traffic card can be customized to only show public-transit information, or to only pop up before commuting home, and so on. You can also disable any cards you don’t want to pop up, or control when a card appears. Likewise, click on the Weather card, and you can check or uncheck boxes for “at home,” “at work,” “at current location” and “for upcoming trips.”
4. Part of the genius of Google Now is it tries to learn your behaviour, and so it will add and modify cards based on what you search for. But if you find the app is giving you cards that you don’t want cluttering up your device, simply swipe to turn off.
5. Disable specific notifications by clicking on the three dots on the bottom right of your Android’s screen, and then clicking Settings. Click on Google Now at the top of the screen to see the list of cards. For each one you don’t want, simply switch the toggle to Off.
For me, Google Now earned its keep with flight tracking on a recent trip – the card updates that my plane was delayed was so much nicer than constantly refreshing the tracking site, or, worse, cooling my heels at the airport! Check out more quick tips and tutorials from Connected.
What daily tasks would Google Now tackle for you?
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