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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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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.
I’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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If 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:
How do you slim down your wallet?
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!
Whether it’s sequins or an unscuffed screen, I can’t help but be drawn to shiny new things. And this week, between announcing the launch date for the LG G Flex and revealing the new HTC One (M8) can you really blame me for being a little gadget obsessed? Plus, we look at the latest stats on just how many Canadians are sporting smartphones.
Speed, sleek lines and a killer camera were on display Tuesday when HTC lifted the curtain on the new HTC One (M8). My favourite thing about this new Android device, available in glacier silver and gunmetal grey, is the HTC Duo Camera – which lets you take a shot with two cameras. As someone with a slew of awkwardly framed vacation photos, the ability to choose which parts of the scene to emphasize, even after the fact, is oh-so-tempting. It’s also got scads of memory (and the ability to add more) for all those sweet shots.
Rogers customers can currently purchase the gunmetal grey device online using the Rogers Reservation System, even before it’s available in-store! Rogers will also offer the glacier silver model starting April 10.
What’s your favourite feature of the new HTC One (M8)?
We’re excited to announce the launch date for the world’s first curved smartphone: the LG G Flex will be available to Canadians starting on April 3, exclusively from Rogers! This curvy handset has a self-healing back and a bunch of other cool features – we shared our top five here.
And we’re not the only ones in awe of the LG G Flex’s unique and user-friendly design. This week the device received the title of ‘Best of the Best’ at the Red Dot product design awards. Congrats to the LG team!
Want to try it for yourself? New and existing Rogers customers can reserve the device online using the Rogers Reservation System.
Do you think curved is the new flat?
More than half of Canadians – 55 per cent – now have a smartphone, according to the latest adoption research shared by iPhone in Canada. The study of 1,100 smartphone owners by Catalyst Canada and GroupM Next found most Canadians are toting Android phones, with a 45 per cent market share, while 34 per cent are using an Apple device. Blackberry and Windows round out the list. Surveying both Anglophones and Francophones, the research found that only one-third are using their phones to check emails – which I find surprising, as I almost exclusively email on the go. The most popular use for a smartphone was to get directions, while finding a restaurant, checking the weather and using Twitter were also popular.
The other neat stat here is that half of the smartphone owners let go of their feature phones at least two years ago. I gave up my “slider” phone in 2010 – when did you make the leap to smartphones?
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Pardon me; I’m still catching my breath after the beauty of the all-new HTC One (M8) was unveiled today. HTC has certainly stepped up its game from the award-winning 2013 HTC One, which was praised by both the tech community and consumers. What, may you ask, makes this new Android device so highly-anticipated, user-friendly and fast? Let me tell you!
1. Speed. You’ll stream the latest videos, images and music at remarkably fast speeds when you light up your HTC One (M8) on Rogers LTE.
This means you can:
- Use apps like YouTube with virtually no buffering or delays
- Download your friends’ Facebook and Instagram pictures even faster
- Browse rich online content – like websites with pictures– without a lag
- Watch online videos and Rogers Anyplace TV with super-fast streaming speeds and clarity
2. Daring design. This phone, available in glacier silver and gunmetal grey, has curves that you’ll certainly want to flaunt and a five-inch screen that will bring your videos to life. With an all-metal design, smooth lines and edge-free finishes, the phone fits perfectly into your hand.
3. Take pro photos in a flash! The HTC Duo Camera will help you capture memories and adventures with two cameras so you can choose which parts of the scene you’d like to emphasize, even after your shot has been taken. Cool, right? With fast Rogers LTE network speeds, the HTC One will also help you swiftly download and share these memories.
4. Super sound. Music fan? The HTC BoomSound dual front-facing speakers will boost your bass and deliver crisp and clear vocals.
5. Even more memory … for memories. Never again will you be sitting in a café, trying to decide which files to scrap so you can keep taking vacation photos! The latest HTC One (M8) has 32 GB of storage with the opportunity to add even more with up to 64GB of expandable micro SD memory.
We want you to be first in line – no need to wait until launch day! Starting today, you’ll be able to purchase the gunmetal grey device online using the Rogers Reservation System, even before it’s available in-store! Rogers will also offer the glacier silver model starting April 10, when the HTC One (M8) will be available in stores nationwide.
Stay tuned to this space and follow @RogersBuzz for updates on availability and pricing.
If you’re currently an infatuated owner of the 2013 HTC One and are intrigued by 2014’s daring new design, we challenge you to write and share why, in 100 words or less, you should be upgraded. Post your answer on RedBoard below this post, and we’ll draw a random winner to win a shiny HTC One (M8). (Full contest details here). Like this new device, we hope your entry is fresh, bold and memorable!
Update, March 28, 2014: The contest is closed. We’ll post the winner’s name here as soon as they are confirmed. Thanks for your entries!