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Summer reading contest: What’s your favourite beach book?

KindleLying in a hammock. Lazing on dock. Soaking up the rays on a pool deck or the sand. Waiting at the airport. We’ve all got summer on the brain, and the season presents so many opportunities to get lost in a good read. Whether you like to curl up with the good old fashioned paper variety or prefer downloading the latest titles to your ereader, the RogersBuzz team is sharing their favourite beach reads to help inspire your vacation book picks.

@RogersKeith: The TV series Game of Thrones drew me in to George R. R. Martin’s immersive world and the books didn’t disappoint. They’re big fat summer novels with maps and character charts. Start with A Game of Thrones and work your way through the series. By the end of the summer, you’ll be 5,000 pages in and desperately longing for Martin to finish book number six.

@RogersJenW Every summer I get inspired to revisit the classics, and Pride and Prejudice remains one of my all-time favourites. I love getting lost in the familiar love story of stubborn Lizzie and too-proud Mr. Darcy, who in my mind always looks like Colin Firth … And as for a new read, I can’t wait to pick up the Gillian Flynn thriller Gone Girl – I’ve heard it’s enthralling enough to make waiting at the airport just fly by.

@RogersMary: I like to lighten-up in the summer and read books that are fun and maybe just a bit romantic. My favourite author right now is @TinaReber who wrote Love Unscripted and the follow-up Love Unrehearsed. Definitely swoon-worthy and perfect for the beach or lazy summer nights.  This summer, I’m looking forward to adding some suspense and have heard that Three Graves Full is a must-read.

@RogersSarahM: Classic summer read: Anything from the Shopaholic series, but especially the first three books: Adventures of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. This summer, I’m looking forward to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, Wedding Night, and Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.

And you can pack all these titles away for your cottage weekend with an ereader. For a limited time, activate a new smartphone on a new line with a three-year term and you could be eligible to get a free Kindle Paperwhite 3G. For full details, see

To reward our loyal RedBoard and FilRouge fans, we’re giving one lucky reader a Kindle Paperwhite 3G and a brand new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone – with a five-inch HD display and a 13 MP camera – which is launching on and at Rogers retail locations today. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a built in light, eight-week battery life and storage for up to 1,100 books.

Just leave a comment below sharing your favourite summer read before  noon on April 15, 2013 for a chance to win. We’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes.  For full contest details and rules, click here.

Update, April 16, 12 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

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3G PlayStation Vita launching in Canada this fall

3G PlayStation Vita launching in Canada this fallWe have some exciting news to share – today, with Sony, we announced that the 3G PlayStation® Vita will be coming to Canada this October.

Why are we excited? Well, it means that gaming on-the-go just got a whole lot better. It’s a whole new experience allowing you to always remain connected to your game and your friends wherever you go with a wireless connection versus only having a WiFi connection.

It’s also going to be easy to set up your wireless connection.  As a 3G PlayStation® Vita owner, you can easily activate a data package directly from your PlayStation Vita through a seamless payment interface that will accept your credit card.

Depending on how much you want to play and connect on the go, we will offer two data packages on a month-to-month basis with no long term contract. Two plans will be available at launch including:

  1. 250 MB for $15.00, 30-day package which starts at the date and time of purchase
  2. 5 GB for $35, 30-day package which starts at the date and time of purchase

You can read details about gaming and social networking features developed specifically for the system here.

The PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available at major electronics retailers in Canada on October 2 for $299.99. Rogers data packages are priced separately and will be available on a month-to-month basis.

As we get closer to launch date, we’ll share additional details on the availability of the device. In the meantime, visit for more information on the 3G-enabled lineup for PlayStation Vita.

Allison is a regular contributor to RedBoard, and our business blog, RedBoard Biz

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Sizzling summer devices from Rogers to keep you connected

Sizzling summer devices from Rogers to keep you connected

As much as we like to think summer’s a time to relax and unwind, our lives tend to get busier as the season unfolds. Between weekend trips to the cottage, beach excursions, music festivals, weddings and sporting events, the summer is action packed and keeps us on the go. Maintaining our busy schedules also means it’s important for us to stay connected, wherever we may be.

Whether you’re a camper, cottager or beach bum, our hot new summer devices will keep you connected, organized and ready to take on that next summer activity.

For the Camper

If you’re an adventurer at heart and love spending time on the lake or by the camp fire, the Motorola DEFY PRO, available exclusively to Rogers on August 15, is the perfect device. Scratch resistant, dust proof and water resistant, the DEFY PRO is built to withstand the elements and designed for those with active, busy lives. Here are some great features that keep you connected and well equipped whether you’re pitching a tent or out for a spin on the boat:

  • Motorola’s Battery Manager, which allows you to manage your phone’s power consumption and stay connected longer
  • GPS so you’ll never lose your way
  • A dashboard to keep track of your outdoor activities, complete with camping, hiking and daily workout views

For the Beach Bum

Maybe your preference is lounging on the beach or poolside? If that’s the case, the HTC Desire C smartphone will keep you entertained while you’re soaking up the vitamin D or driving to your next surf-side destination. Here are a few special features that make this the perfect beach-bum device:

  •  Beats Audio  technology that features studio-quality sound resulting in a rich, clear listening experience
  • 5 megapixel camera with instant sharing capabilities, allowing you to post those perfect beach pics on Facebook seconds after they’re captured
  • Vibrant 3.5-inch HGVA screen, perfect for web browsing, viewing photos and video while lounging in the sun

With its large HD screen and preloaded music unlimited and video unlimited apps, the Sony Xperia ion also serves as a great personal entertainment device for those lazy days by the water.

For Weekend Getaways

If you want to connect online using your favourite Wi-Fi devices during weekend getaways, a Rocket hub or Rocket mobile hotspot is a must-have item this summer. Here’s how they work:

  • A Canadian first and Rogers exclusive launching this August, the new LTE Rocket hub allows you to easily connect up to 15 computers and Wi-Fi devices to the Internet. Just plug it into an electrical outlet and power on to create a Wi-Fi zone connected to the Rogers wireless network. No software to download, no installation to schedule—get high speed internet for the whole family where you never thought possible, whenever you choose.
  • The Rocket mobile hotspot will keep you connected whether you’re on the road, exploring around town, or even on the dock or boat. Simply turn on this battery-powered, pocket-sized device and you’ve created a password-protected Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 Wi-Fi devices—from laptops to Wi-Fi tablets, from music players to eReaders and more.
  • When getting that new summer device, you may also want to think about signing up for the new 6 GB Super Plan from Rogers. With the new Super Plan, streaming videos, downloading music and staying connected has never been easier and it’s perfect for sharing between multiple devices.

With endless options at your fingertips, how will you stay connected this summer?

Michelle is a regular contributor to Redboard

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Weekend Reading: smartphone domination

Is there anything we can’t do on smartphones these days? Remember when cell phones were strictly used as a means to make calls or be reached on the go? Fast forward to 2012 and think about all they’re capable of: web, mobile payments, video calls, GPS, apps and more. It’s really no surprise that Network World released an article this month on smartphones phasing out some of our other technology.

In it, a recent study conducted by European telecom O2 found that of their respondents, 54% of alarm clocks and 46% of watches were the devices most frequently pushed aside by smartphones. 28% had even started to abandon laptop computers in favor of their handhelds. For more stats and predictions, check out the full article here.

Staying on top of this trend, this week we added another great smartphone to our lineup: the Sony Xperia ion, available exclusively from Rogers! This LTE enabled smartphone comes with unrestricted access to the Sony Entertainment Network, making it an entertainment junkie’s dream.

It also comes pre-loaded with Sony Video Unlimited  and Sony Music Unlimited, for a monthly fee that allows users access to the latest movies, TV shows and music tracks right from your phone! You can order yours online today or you can check out more details on our RedBoard post from earlier this week here. Also, take a look at this review from Canadian Reviewer for a good overview of the phone features.

As a bonus, get to know your new Sony Xperia ion better by getting set up with our picks for best Android tips from Connected Magazine:

  1. How-To: Assign Contacts to Groups with Android - Assign contacts to a group so you can send a single message or email to a whole group at once.
  2. How-To: Shoot like a Pro - Take better photographs with these pro photography tips.
  3. How-To: Add A Widget on your Android Device - Widgets are like mini-apps that sit on your home screen. In essence, they are shortcuts to a main app.
  4. How To: Set Facial Recognition - Learn how to set up Facial Recognition to unlock your Android 4.0 device.
  5. How To: Android Hotspot - What to share your Android data with your iPad? You can set-up a safe, portable and secure hotspot.

What did we miss? Let us know your smartphone must-dos by posting a comment below.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard


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Get ready to experience LTE on the new Sony Xperia ion exclusively with Rogers

Sony Xperia Ion from RogersIf you’re an entertainment junkie, or a music lover like me, the Sony Xperia ion, Sony’s new LTE Android 2.3 smartphone, can be your unrestricted ticket to the Sony Entertainment Network. Recently, I had the chance to play with this device and my favourite feature is definitely the 4.6” HD screen as I love watching content on my device or connecting it to a big screen TV. It also comes pre-loaded with Sony Video Unlimited  and Sony Music Unlimited, for a monthly fee that allows me to easily access the latest Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows and millions of music tracks from my favourite artists.

Packed with a premium 12MP fast capture camera, Shutterbugs will definitely love the quick launch feature of this device which is designed to help catch those unexpected video moments whether you’re using either the rear 1080p or front-facing 720p cameras.

Stay tuned for a great demo video of the device from our data guyz to see the device in action. The Sony Xperia ion is exclusively available first at Rogers retail locations. Check for more details and activate the device today and take advantage of our promotional Super Plan.

Rogers LTE network available in select Canadian cities. Visit for details.

What do you think of the Sony Xperia ion? What’s your favourite feature?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc coming to Rogers this Spring

We’re excited to announce that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc will be coming to Rogers this Spring. We know there’s been a lot of buzz about these devices since CES in January, and we wanted to let you know that Rogers is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier.

Rogers was the first carrier to bring Android-powered devices to Canada in 2009 and we’re excited to be adding these two innovative devices to our leading lineup of Android smartphones.

Xperia PLAY

Canadians will be among the first in the world to experience the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, complete with slide-out gamepad. Xperia PLAY combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android platform version 2.3, super fast graphics and dedicated game controls.

Check out this commercial for the Xperia PLAY which aired for the first time during the Super Bowl:

Xperia arc

The Xperia arc has a super sleek design (measuring only 8.7mm at its thinnest part) and is built with Sony technology on Android version 2.3. The device also has an extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine and an 8.1 MP camera with HD video recording capability. You can check out more detailed specs on the device on Sony Ericsson’s website here.

We wanted to share this news with you as soon as we could, but that also means we can’t share specific details on pricing and availability yet. We’ll be sure to update you here on RedBoard when more details are available.

In the meantime, you can get updates from Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page, Twitter account or from the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.

What do you think of Sony Ericsson’s latest devices? Which one are you most excited about?

UPDATE (February 15, 2011, 12:36 pm): You can now sign up at to be the first to know when we have updates on the Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. We’ll email you as soon as we have more information to share.

UPDATE (April 1, 2011, 12:56 pm): Pricing has been announced and preorder sites are now open. Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY will be available for $99.99 with a three year voice and data package. Starting today, both new and existing customers can preorder either device through the preorder page found at

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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