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Weekend Reading: Facebook news, latest smartphones and charitable stats

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday is Friday which means it’s time for our Weekend Reading. Check out below to learn about Facebook’s News Feed updates, the newest devices from Samsung and the generosity of social media users.

Facebook updates its…updates

Yesterday, Facebook shared news that they’re working to update their News Feed in response to consumers’ feedback about getting old posts. These updates will include placing priority on posts that complement conversations and topics trending on Facebook.  It will also be taking into account the rate at which people are liking or commenting on a post to determine how high up it will be placed in a user’s News Feed. The social media platform says it will be rolling out these changes gradually so stay tuned.

What type of content are you looking for in your News Feed?

Exploring the galaxy

 September has been quite the month so far for new phone launches – and I’m excited. For example, Samsung launched the GALAXY S5 Active and GALAXY Core LTE – two completely different devices, catering to totally different groups of customers. If you spend your time outside, on a job site, or are the next Les Stroud, the S5 Active’s rugged design is built to survive the harsh elements and extreme temperatures. On the flip side, the Core LTE is a premium smartphone at an affordable price – great for watching movies and playing games. A little bit of something for everyone from Samsung this week. Learn more about these smartphones, and our latest devices at

Have you checked out these smartphones yet?

 Social media for a good cause

There has certainly been a lot of conversation lately around how social media is being used to garner charitable donations and awareness. As reported by Mashable, a recent SurveyMonkey Audience revealed that in fact, social media users are more charitable than we think. 51 per cent of survey respondents hear about new social good initiatives through social first, and 45 per cent said they hear about social initiatives most often through social media. But it’s not all talk, the survey also found that almost  64 per cent of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and/or Google+ users said they’ve donated $100 or more to charitable causes in the last year.

How do you feel about using social media to support a good cause?

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Weekend Reading: A glimpse at our Rogers Social Insiders, surprising social stats and more

Weekend readingHappy Saturday RedBoard readers. In this week’s Weekend Reading we’re checking in with our ambassadors, learning about social sharing and getting techie with TV.

A look at our Rogers Social Insiders
We’re pleased to have a great group of proud Rogers ambassadors, known as our Rogers Social Insiders. In our post this week,  we shared a Storify to showcase their exciting past six months – from testing out devices, sharing their reviews and attending exclusive events. Let us know, if you’re looking for a chance to share your passion for technology, or if you’d like to learn more about being a Rogers Social Insider.

What technology are you passionate about?

A world of social butterflies
I am an avid social media user; I love reading tweets, updating my Google+ status and sharing photos on my preferred social platform, Facebook. New research from Go Gulf, shared by, revealed what people globally are sharing with their social networks:

  • Top shared content includes:
    • 43% pictures
    • 26% opinions and status update of what and how they’re doing
    • 26% link to articles
  • Number of photos shared everyday via desktop
    • 476.59 million on Facebook
    • 206.74 million on Google+
    • 171.75 million on Twitter
  • Most shared emotions include:
    • 17% laughter
    • 15% amusement
    • 14% joy

Tell us, how do you share your social updates?

Direct route to your favourite channel
With help from our friends at Rogers Community Forums, this week we learned how to program our TV to start on any channel we want. Following the simple steps provided in our post, Rogers NextBox 3.0 customers can turn on the tube directly to sports, movies, music, and more.

What channel did you choose?

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Want to become a Rogers Social Insider? Check out what they’ve been up to for the first half of this year

They tweet. They Instagram, they create GIFs, they Google+ and Facebook. Some Snapchat too. They are all over the place, they are passionate about technology. The Rogers Social Insiders are proud ambassadors of Rogers and while we supply them with opportunities to try out some cool devices, get into exclusive events and experience the Toronto Blue Jays in a whole new way, they teach us how technology impacts their lives. They give us their thoughts when they share our news and they keep showing us new ways to push technology to its limits or to their benefit.

We’re very proud to have them as ambassadors and want to showcase what they’ve been up to in these past six months.

And if you’d like to hear more about the program or become a Rogers Social Insider, let us know here!


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Weekend Reading: Gear-ing up, finding faves and welcoming spring

Weekend readingThis week, we said adios to winter (at least according to the calendar), tested out a new Twitter feature and got all the details on Samsung’s new GALAXY S5 and wearables. Want in on our newfound knowledge? Here’s some Weekend Reading.

Get the Gear

The Samsung GALAXY S5 is coming to Rogers on April 11! The Canadian specs and launch date were revealed this week, and we’re really excited about the S. Health 3.0 app, which records steps and heart rate information and lets you record diet and exercise information. You can reserve yours now on the Rogers Reservation System.

The icing on the cake: the Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available exclusively for Rogers customers, also on April 11. All Gear accessories display your phone’s calls, texts and emails on your wrist. The Gear 2 Neo even includes a standalone music player to power your playlists on the go. Rogers will also be carrying the Gear Fit and the Gear 2. Check out what CBC had to say about the new devices here.

Which of the new Gear wearables has caught your eye? Why?

Top tweeps

Twitter marked its eighth birthday by rolling out a tool that shows your very first tweet. Unfortunately for many, that first tweet was pretty dull but this CBC roundup did uncover some gems! Our first tweet from @RogersBuzz welcomed all our new followers. My personal account’s first tweet was a somewhat embarrassing third-person account of my morning at work. Hopefully, I’ve gotten wittier since then!

What was your first tweet?

Twitter’s testing a new timeline feature that lets you track every tweet from a selected group of people. The micro-blogging site’s “Fave People” lets you group your preferred accounts into a special timeline. You can also choose to receive notifications when they tweet.

I’ve been playing with the feature, which is currently being tested on Android, and I must admit, it’s kind of nice to have a special list of my preferred folks. Rather than my usual list functions – media, runners, sports, etc. – I’ve been using the feature to keep track of my real-life friends whose updates sometimes get lost in my main feed. One caveat – friends with locked profiles cannot be favourites.

How would you use the “Fave People” function?

Sweet springtime

OK, some parts of the country may still be seeing the odd flurry and sub-zero temperature. But the calendar assures us that spring is coming, and we spent yesterday looking for proof! @RogersBuzz followers shared a few promising signs of new growth and sunshine!

Even if we’re still waiting on the thaw, it’s a great time to start thinking about digging in the garden, or, in my case, potting a few herbs on the balcony. To help you get a head start on the growing season, we rounded up a few awesome apps to help gardening veterans and newbies alike.

What tools help your green thumb? 

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Weekend Reading: Facebook’s birthday, Canadian cheer and app stats

Weekend readingThis week, we celebrate Facebook entering its tween years, get a little patriotic and check out the latest predictions for app downloads. Read all about it in the latest edition of the weekend reading.

Facebook turns 10

A decade ago on February 4, Facebook was born. In a familiar story, immortalized in The Social Network, the site soon spread from a few university students to everyone, including your youngest sibling and your grandma. From introducing the ideas of “friending” and “defriending” to guaranteeing annual birthday wishes from loose acquaintances, Facebook has certainly made a mark in its 10 years. In fact, Mashable has curated a list of 8 ways it changed the world. Meanwhile the Guardian dives into the network’s numbers and Time shared a timeline of 10 “monumentally important twists” in the site’s history. Facebook marked the occasion by launching “A Look Back,” which is a short video highlighting your years on Facebook. You can get your own at I joined Facebook in 2006, and the first photos I shared were from a roadtrip to my hometown!

What were your Facebook firsts?

Canadian cheer

We’ll be cheering on all the Canadian athletes competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and look forward to seeing that pile of gold, silver and bronze grow! Whether you’re at home or on the go, you can watch complete CBC coverage of the Olympic Winter Games on Rogers on Demand on channel 100 or on Rogers Anyplace TV.

Go Canada!

What sports will you be following in the coming weeks?

Double the app-etite

Terrible pun aside, we know Canadians have on average 25 apps on their smartphones and tablets. In May 2013, the Google Play store reached the one million mark for apps and games currently available, while Apple marked the milestone in October 2013. With all these options available, app downloads are expected to double over the next four years, according to new research from eMarketer. Annual downloads are expected to soar from 82 billion in 2013 to more than 200 billion in 2017. As for how people find new apps to download, the research found that browsing the app store was the most popular (with 55 per cent), while one-third seek out apps that were recommended by friends and one-fifth found new apps through social media.

I rely heavily on app recommendations from my friends for my many, many downloads. Where do you discover new apps?

Hello, Russia!

Whether you’re visiting the Kremlin in Moscow, climbing Mount Elbrus or visiting everything in between, Rogers customers can now experience same fast LTE speeds they’re used to at home when they’re travelling across Russia. This new LTE roaming agreement means you can enjoy seamless streaming, fast mapping and easy sharing. Find out more at Happy travels!

What Russian landmark is on your must-visit bucket list?

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Weekend reading: The job hunt gets social, Rogers celebrates speed and Instagram comes to Windows

Weekend ReadingThis week, we learned more good reasons to update our LinkedIn profiles, found out that 200 terabytes of wireless data pass through the Rogers Network Operations Centre daily, and welcomed a new stream of Windows phone users to the Instagram fold. Plus we found out that Canada gets first crack at some developers’ brand new apps. Read all about it in the latest edition of the Weekend Reading.

Social seekers

We all know that technology has changed even the most basic of our daily tasks, from sharing grocery lists on our phones to tracking our workouts. My smartphone is most definitely my lifeline – I even negotiated my home sale a few years ago via text message. So it’s not surprising that social networks have also changed the ways Canadians job hunt.

A new study commissioned by a U.S. human resources firm found that 39 per cent of Canadians have been contacted through social media in the past year about a possible job opportunity. As reported in the Globe and Mail, 14 per cent of Canadians said they were hired after receiving a message on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or a similar site. It wasn’t just employers reaching out, either – a majority of people polled (60 per cent) said social networks were a good way to forward job opportunities to others.

How have you embraced social media while job-hunting?

Filtered Windows

Windows Phone users can now filter their shots to their heart’s content: the photo-sharing social network Instagram is now available for download on the Windows Phone Store. On the Instagram blog, the team notes that the new app for Windows users currently focuses only on core features and will continue to evolve.

Instagram launched on Android in March 2012 and now has more than 150 million users.

What’s your go-to filter? Why?

LTE love

At Rogers, we’re pretty proud to have been the first to launch LTE in Canada over two years ago. Our speed-seeking continues, as we’ve rolled out LTE to more than 24 million people in 120 cities – and counting. To celebrate, we created a nifty infographic featuring some of our favourite facts about the Rogers network. Did you know we service more than 9 million customers – which is twice the population of Sydney, Australia?

Check out the full story to find out how many screens our engineers use to monitor out network – and let me know which stats surprise you!

Crazy for Canada

Before an app goes mainstream, it’s probably been tested by Canadians. According to a story from Mashable, developers worldwide are using our home and native land as a testing ground for apps before launching them globally. Developers say Canada’s a good test market because its tech adoption trends and behaviours are comparable to other major markets. Plus, the article notes, Canadians are friendly and provide great feedback!

Did you know Canada is an app-testing hotbed?

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Weekend reading: Back to school shopping, screen time and smartphones

Weekend readingIt’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again already! Students are getting ready to say goodbye to summer and head back to school. Whether they’re shopping online, logging hours of screen time or using Google + to help with their study groups, technology is increasingly becoming an essential part of education. Learn more in this back-to-school themed edition of the weekend reading!

Student screen time

Graduating from high school and moving on to university brings a lot of changes – including doubling the amount of time spent working on a computer, according to a study released by Intel Canada. The majority of post-secondary students logged one to two hours of screen time – for an average total of 24 hours a week – versus 30 minutes to an hour daily, and 16 hours weekly, among high school students.

In addition to longer screen sessions, university also changes how students are spending that time. Those studying at a post-secondary institution are five times more likely than high school students to manage their finances and three times more likely to organize their schedules with online tools. Plus, the time spent doing schoolwork rises to 42 per cent, up from 20 per cent during high school.

When I was a student, my screen time was probably pretty evenly split between studying, movies and MSN Messenger (even though I was still mourning the end of ICQ). How did (or do) you balance technology and studying?

Stocking up on school supplies

Satchels are getting packed, tablets are charging and parents and students are racing around to knock those last few items off their back to school shopping lists. For many shoppers, this means turning online, according to a study from Pollara Strategic Insights.

In fact, four in five Canadians were expected to shop online, spending on average $325 in store and $163 online, as reported by Techvibes. The Visa Canada-commissioned study found that cheaper prices, 57 per cent, and better sales, 42 per cent, drew surfing shoppers. Canadians are also comparison shoppers, with 87 per cent admitting to “showrooming,” or looking at items in store before buying them online. Forty-one per cent said they do it often.

Do you scope purchases out in store before purchasing online?

Social smartphones

Updating, emailing and sharing on the go has become second nature for most millenials – and a new survey from media buying firm Kinetic confirms the habit has gone mainstream.

In fact, smartphones are the social networking workhorses for more than half of young adults in the U.K. The July 2013 survey found 54 per cent of those aged 18 to 34 accessed social networks primarily from their smartphones, while computers came second at 38 per cent and tablets trailed with eight per cent.

Older users were a different story, with 60 per cent of those aged 35 to 54 primarily using their computers for liking, tweeting and updating. Nearly a third of this age group use their smartphones for social networking, while 12 per cent choose tablets. A mere four per cent of those over 55 years old use their smartphone for social, with the bulk, 86 per cent, choosing the computer.

In terms of what people were sharing from their smartphones – Instagram was the most popular, with 74 per cent of those with accounts posting when they were not at home. Facebook and Twitter were the other leading networks on the go, with 59 per cent and 58 per cent respectively.

I regularly tweet, like and Instagram on the go – but reserve Pinterest for my larger computer monitor at home. Do you access social networks differently based on the platform?

Hello, Moto

We celebrated the launch of the Moto X this week (check out Mobilesyrup’s review) with a panel discussion about the rapidly changing mobile industry. Guy Kawasaki, advisor at Motorola Mobility; Raj Doshi, SVP Products, Rogers; Kevin Restivo, IDC; Odile Guinot, Motorola and Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup, shared their thoughts on what’s next for Canadian smartphone users. This included increased video viewing on mobile, more video calling and a healthy debate on location services.

Read the full panel discussion on RedBoard and let us know how you see the mobile industry changing.

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Weekend Reading: Moms, Canadians and travelers can’t get enough of social media

Weekend Reading: Moms, Canadians and travelers can’t get enough of social mediaWith any luck we’ll have another beautiful weekend in time for Mother’s Day! Hopefully many of our digital moms got what they really wanted this year, because we’ve found more proof of their love for everything digital and social. Plus, we take a look at Canadian dependence on social media and how our new U.S. roaming rates can help you stay social across the border. Read all about it in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

Mobile tech helps moms be more social

It’s no secret that moms are some of the most digitally savvy people on the internet these days – but what makes them so social? It could be because 28 per cent of them are more likely to use a tablet, while 38 per cent own a smartphone. With such easy access, they are also more likely to follow at least one brand on social media and have made a purchase on their tablet in the past month.

These are just a few of the impressive stats Social Media Today uncovered in their latest blog post, which jibe with eMarketer’s findings. According to their reports, the top reasons moms participate in social media are to connect with other moms and friends and family, share milestones and get advice.

I definitely kept these stats in mind when I did my Mother’s Day shopping this year! Did you?

Canadians need a daily dose of social media

Are you among the one in three Canadians who check their social feeds at least once a day? Being someone who works with social media for a living it’s hard to imagine there are still two others out of those three who DON’T check their feeds! Work aside, I’d still be one of the seven per cent who check Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn daily thanks to their accessibility on mobile devices.

Check out more in a new study from TechVibes this week – I’d be curious to know if there are other social networks people are using more than the three listed in this article. Perhaps YouTube, Pinterest or Google+ occupy more of your time?

New Rogers Roaming Rates

Chances are if you’re addicted to checking your social feeds, you won’t want to travel far without your smartphone. In a recent national survey conducted by Head Research for Rogers, 70 per cent of Canadians say they want to keep using their smartphones across the border because it comes in handy when checking out places to eat, seeing what the weather has in store or keeping tabs on your flight status.

That’s why this week Rogers launched a new worry-free U.S. roaming internet rate. For $7.99 per 24 hour period, you get up to 50 MB of data – enough to load 200 web pages, post 5,000 tweets, or upload 128 photos from your vacation! ! More than 99 per cent of our customers use less than 50 MB of data per day when roaming. For more information, visit

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Worry-free U.S. Roaming Internet Rate now available from Rogers


Whether you’re sharing an Instagram photo of a culinary treat, updating your status on Facebook or checking in with your pet, you love to stay connected when travelling.

The majority of Canadians – 70 per cent, according to a national survey conducted by Head Research for Rogers – want to keep using their smartphones after they cross the border. Whether you’re sharing an Instagram photo of a culinary treat, updating your status on Facebook or checking in with your pet, you love to stay connected when travelling.

They’re using maps (71 per cent), researching places to eat and things to do (61 per cent) and checking the weather (57 per cent) and their flight status (58 per cent).

But it’s not just for trip planning purposes that smartphone users are staying plugged in. According to the survey, 40 per cent want to post updates on social media and/or share their travel photos. The majority, 58 per cent, want to be able to post to Facebook while in the U.S. and nearly three-quarters of Instagram users want to share their photos when travelling for personal reasons.

Women (62 per cent) are more likely than men (55 per cent) to share tales from their travels with their friends on Facebook, the survey found. The gender divide is less apparent for Instagram (31 per cent women, 27 per cent men), Twitter (26 per cent and 27 per cent) and Pinterest (14 per cent and 12 per cent).

And being on vacation is no excuse to go incommunicado. Eight out of 10 travellers want to use email to keep in touch with family, friends and work, while three-quarters of pet-owners would like to be able to check in on fluffy via email updates while they’re away.

Want to stay connected on your next trip? Rogers has launched a new worry-free U.S. roaming internet rate. For $7.99 per 24 hour period, customers travelling in the U.S. can access up to 50 MB of data, nearly twice the data Rogers customers typically use per day while in Canada. That’s enough data to load about 50 maps, 200 web pages, 1,000 emails, 128 photos or 5,000 tweets. While in the U.S., customers can text the word “usage” to 3330 to get updates on their roaming internet usage when they are using the $7.99 rate. For more information, visit

How do you use your smartphone when you’re on the road?

Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
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Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devices

Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devicesSome weeks provide more interesting digital news than others. This week, amid the BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4 releases, what caught my eye were two stories geared towards social media use among Canadians and a camp for digital detox. Catch up on all this and more in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

How active are Canadians with social media?

Being an avid social media user both personally and professionally, I’m always eager to see new stats revealing its popularly, particularly how Canadians compare to the rest of the world.

Maclean’s published an article this week looking at social media usage in Canada, revolving around popular social sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Among the 4,001 Anglophone Canadians surveyed, seven out of 10 were regular social media users. What defines regular? About 63 per cent of them admitted to checking updates on these sites every day.

What surprised me most was Twitter’s results – less than one in five users claimed they were on Twitter last month, the second largest social network next to Facebook! Why is this, and how does LinkedIn measure up? Check out the article for a full analysis and trends and let us know where you fit in. Of the three mentioned, I definitely use Facebook the most as well, but I see the benefits of the other networks, too..  What about you?

Camp Grounded – a digital detox summer camp for adults

Obviously, Canadians depend on social media, but have you ever wanted to just turn it all off for a few days? Surprisingly, many of you have – enough to warrant the creation of a camp designed to help people disconnect from the digital world for four whole days!

Mashable recently uncovered the retreat in California, which has over 200 participants already signed up and eager for a “digital detox.” While at Camp Grounded, there is no technology use or talk whatsoever. Campers get to participate in old-school activities such as archery, capture the flag, arts and crafts workshops, pillow fights and yoga.

The first session, taking place in June, is already sold out, so if you’re interested in giving it a try, you’d better sign up for the waiting list now! It definitely sounds like a cool experience that I could handle … for a day … or maybe an hour. Forget it, I miss my iPhone and apps already!

Summer’s hottest devices are here!

If you’re thinking Camp Grounded looks like a walk in the park, then you haven’t seen what you’d be missing with the new BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4, which both launched this week.

Those of you reluctant to take on a touchscreen will appreciate the Blackberry Q10. Designed with the BlackBerry keyboard fans have come to know and love, the Q10 also features touch screen capabilities, time shift mode and the BlackBerry 10 interface. The BlackBerry Q10 is available now in black, and exclusive to Rogers, white models. See why Mobile Syrup has hailed it the “best BlackBerry ever” and Crackberry calls it the “BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for.” Let us know if you’ve got your hands on one yet!

If Android is more your style, Samsung fans will be delighted to know the Galaxy S4 was also released this week with some fantastic offers. For a limited time, you can get a free Kindle Paperwhite when you activate a new smartphone (including both the Samsung Galaxy S4 AND the Blackberry Q10) on select three-year plans. If e-readers aren’t your thing, check out our $35 Google Play voucher available with select three-year plans when you activate a Samsung Galaxy S4 between now and June 30, 2013.

These offers are exclusive to Rogers, and of course, both are compatible on our newly branded LTE Max network.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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