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Back to School: How technology helps in the classroom

shutterstock_124814620Back 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:

To get ready for the classroom, check out to learn about the latest smartphones and tablets. 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?

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Your world front and centre with the Nokia Lumia 635

Lumia1The Nokia Lumia 635 is now available with Rogers, and is ready for you to discover. With Windows Phone 8.1, Live Tiles that provide real-time social updates, its wide array of apps and fast speed on Rogers LTE network, the Nokia Lumia 635 is a colourful device not to be missed! Check out the post below, as Connected Rogers explores how you can personalize and use your Nokia Lumia 635.

1. Real Estate
In Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635, you have the option to add a third row of tiles to customize your Start-screen layout. This gives you more room to pin just about anything you like: pps, contacts, websites, directions and more.

To add a third row to your Start screen:
1. In the App list, tap Settings (the cog icon), then choose Start + theme.
2. Tap the switch beside Show More Tiles to turn this feature on.
3. Tap the Start button to return to the Start screen.
4. Tap and hold tiles to move and resize them to completely customize the layout.

2. Change It Up
New in Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 635, you can change your Start-screen wallpaper and see it shine through transparent Live Tiles.

To change your Start-screen background:
1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access Action Centre.
2. Tap All Settings, then tap start + theme.
3. Under Start background, tap to choose a photo.
4. Crop the photo as desired, then tap OK to save the photo as you see it on the screen.
5. Optionally, change the background settings and accent colour to complement your wallpaper.

3. The Big Screen
You can wirelessly share your screen with any of a growing number of Miracast-enabled devices – such as projectors, monitors and TVs – to see it up on the big screen.

Here’s how:
1. Turn on the Miracast-enabled device.
2. On your Nokia Lumia 635, tap to choose Settings from the App list.
3. Tap project my screen.
4. Select the Miracast-enabled wireless display from the list, then tap yes to allow projection.
5. Your Windows Phone 8.1 screen will pop up on the Miracast display.

Tip: If you don’t have a Miracast-compatible display, there are USB dongles available that can be plugged in to add Miracast functionality.

The Nokia Lumia is available in Rogers retail locations and online at, for $0 on select two-year Share Everything plans. It also comes with a Rogers exclusive removable green glossy case in the box.

Tell us, what Nokia Lumia 635 feature has you intrigued?

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How to use Quick Theatre and multitask on the LG G Flex

LG G FlexConnected shares how to use two cool features that showcase the massive curved screen of the LG G Flex Android device.

Mobile Theatre

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.

Stackable Multitasking

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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How to use the Samsung GALAXY S5 download booster     

Download boosterTrying to download that massive quarterly report for review before you get on the subway? Or hoping to get those last few albums into your playlist before your flight takes off?

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?

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Camp like a pro with these apps

CampingSleeping 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.

Camping 101

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

What apps would you include in your camping survival kit?

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How to customize Google Now

Google NowConnected shares how to turn your Android into the ultimate personal assistant by customizing your Google Now cards.

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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How to customize texting on Android

Android textingConnected Rogers shares how to add some flare to your texting interface with customized fonts and background styles and more.

Remember when people used to ask, “Do you text?” That question seems so antiquated now; of course you text! Texting is one of the most basic, essential functions of a smartphone. But while texting is nearly ubiquitous at this point, some of us don’t realize you can customize your texting experience on your Android device.

How to customize appearance:

1. Click the Messaging icon on the bottom of the device, then press the bottom-left soft key and choose Settings.

2. Scroll down to Display, and browse through the choices. If you go with Bubble style, for example, you can choose the colour of the bubbles, the shape and so on. Or, go with Background style and add an image to appear behind your texts – such as a photo on your Android, or a basic dark or light background wallpaper.

How to customize incoming and outgoing text settings:

1. Click or unclick Auto-receive, under Settings, if you want/don’t want your device to automatically retrieve new text messages. For example, if you’re on vacation, you might not want to receive texts while away.

2. Request “delivery” and/or “read” reports by clicking or unclicking these boxes under Settings. By clicking on Read reports, for example, you will receive notification when the person to whom you’ve sent a text opens the message.

TIP: Android lets you customize many more aspects of texting. Scroll through the options within Settings, and select whichever features suit you best.

Apple iPhone user? No need to feel left out – check out these four great tips for using iMessage.

Have you customized your texting experience?

Check out more great tech tips at Connected Rogers.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo aces my fitness challenge

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 NeoI’ve become obsessed with checking my heart rate. At rest, it’s normally about 65 beats per minute. On the subway, it spikes to the 80s, higher when we hit a delay. When boxing and running, it hits the 140s.

No, I haven’t become a quantified lifer. But I have been test-driving the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the GALAXY S5, Android devices which let you check your heart rate with the touch of a button.

I’ve been wearing fitness bands for about a year and a half, tracking my steps and activity and taking notes. I’m a runner with dreams of a sub-four marathon this spring, but the biggest value for me in a wearable has always been the sweat-proof clock and the ability to compete with myself.

The Gear 2 Neo takes it to the next level. For starters, it’s the first band I’ve tried that actually adjusted small enough to fit my teeny tiny wrists (though that’s more the fault of genetics than the manufacturers). Plus, I’ve never liked needing to pull out my smartphone on a run. Feeling the phone vibrating in my pocket without knowing who’s calling or messaging, and whether it’s urgent, always puts me on edge until I hit the next stoplight and can justify checking my notifications. With the Gear 2 Neo, I can just flick my wrist mid-activity and easily judge whether it’s actually important without interrupting my stride.

To test out its fitness moxie, I took the wearable – which integrates with Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app – to the gym for a cardio, strength and boxing session and then on an 11K run. While the heart rate function totally inspired me to work harder, I was really impressed by the step and distance data. My previous experience with wearables made me wary of estimated distances and paces, but the Gear 2 Neo came within .2KM of what I had mapped out to run, plus matched my data on duration and pace exactly! And all that data is stored in a log, and synced to my phone, so I can compare workouts and track my progress.

When I wasn’t wearing my runners, I still dug the wearable experience. In addition to tracking my steps, pedometer style, I could also sneakily screen my messages during meetings and use other apps to check the weather and my calendar.

Plus, the Gear 2 Neo has its own music player to pump your personal soundtrack when you’re on the go – whether that’s in transit or at the gym. You can get yours today, exclusively from Rogers for $219.99, or, if you’re also upgrading to the Samsung GALAXY S5 on select two-year plans, ask about the Gear 2 Neo for $49.99. It’s available only for a limited time.

What other wearables have you tried?

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Mobile Payments 101: The suretap wallet has arrived

SuretapIf you’re anything like me – or George Costanza – you’re carrying too much in your wallet, and frankly, it could use a little spring cleaning. 

To help you lighten that load, today we launched the suretap wallet, a mobile payments app that offers a simple and convenient alternative to carrying around your bulky leather wallet. The suretap wallet will allow you to store payment and gift cards on one app and make mobile payments at tens of thousands of retailers across Canada simply by holding your smartphone against a contactless payment terminal.

To learn more about the suretap wallet and how you can start making mobile payments today, check out this video with Rogers Data Girl Qaizra and RedBoard’s Jen Wilson:

To download the wallet today, simply visit the Google Play Store or BlackBerry World on your smartphone. For full details, visit

How do you slim down your wallet?

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Rogers new 700MHz spectrum will bring more NHL action to customers

Canadians’ use of wireless data is exploding. A recent study by Ooyala found that the amount of video watched on smartphones and tablets has grown by more than 700 per cent since 2011.

We know that more and more sports fans are catching the latest game or highlights from the day’s action on their smartphones or tablets. During the recent Olympic games we saw a 50 per cent spike in wireless traffic during the men’s hockey final as customers tuned in to catch the action. Our own research shows that more than half of all consumers expect to have their entire TV experience replicated on a smartphone in the next five years.

That’s why we went into the 700 MHz auction with a clear plan to win the best spectrum for our customers. We know you want the ultimate video experience and the spectrum we won will be a big part of how we bring the NHL to you.

Over the coming months we’ll announce more about our plans to bring you more NHL action than ever before!

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