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New BlackBerry smartphones coming to Rogers

New BlackBerry 7 lineup from RogersLast night, RIM held an exclusive event called #BB7FanNight to announce the arrival of their new BlackBerry devices: the new Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and the Torch 9810. All three will be joining Rogers lineup this summer and all three are capable of 14.4 Mbps 4G download speeds.

In addition to a special guest appearance from baseball legend Joe Carter, I also had a chance to catch up with BlackBerry expert, Jeff Gadway to take a look at these new devices and get the low-down on some of the new features and functionality. Video coming soon.

The Torch 9860 will be Rogers first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. It runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, has a 5.0MP camera with flash, 720p HD video recording capability and 4GB on-board flash memory. This smartphone will cost $199.99 with select three-year plans.

For those that can’t live without the full keyboard, you’ll want to check out both the Bold 9900 and the Torch 9810 that come with both touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.  The Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet, at only 10.5mm. The Torch 9810 has a large 3.2” high resolution display.  Both smartphones run the latest BlackBerry 7 OS and come with 5.0 MP cameras with flash and 720p HD video recording capability. The Bold 9900 will be $249.99 and the Torch 9810 will be $199.99 with select three year plans.

What do you think of the latest BlackBerry devices?

UPDATE (August 8, 2011, 5:02 pm): As promised, here’s a video from last week’s #BB7FanNight:

UPDATE (August 9, 2011, 4:40 pm): Good news! The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available at Rogers stores starting Wednesday, August 10 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be available this Friday, August 12. To ensure your local store has stock, we recommend calling ahead. No update on the launch date for the BlackBerry Torch 9860 but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: August 12, 2011, 2:35 pm: The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 are now available on Rogers.com for $199.99 with a three year term.

UPDATE (August 18, 2011 5:43 pm): Existing Rogers customers can now reserve a Blackberry Torch 9810 or Blackberry Bold 9900 on the Rogers Reservation System. Login to MyRogers and reserve your device today. We are glad to offer this exclusive service for Rogers customers.

UPDATE (August 23, 2011 10:01 a.m): This morning Research in Motion announced new Blackberry Curve smartphones and we’re happy to announce the BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be available at Rogers stores just in time for the Back to School season.

UPDATE:(August 31, 2011, 9:31 a.m)- BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available for $49.99 with a three-year term and the Blackberry Torch 9860 is now available for $199.99 with a three-year term. Both devices will be available in Rogers stores nation-wide by the end of the week.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Everything’s better in 3D: Introducing the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D

HTC Evo 3D from RogersSnapping shots with your cell phone is a great option because you always have it with you.  But imagine shots of your favourite rock band or the great Canadian landscape in 3D.  It’s now possible with the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, Canada’s first 3D smartphones, which will both be available exclusively from Rogers this summer.

HTC EVO 3D

With the HTC EVO 3D you can film your adventures in 3D with the dual 5MP camera and watch them jump right off the crisp 4.3”QHD touchscreen without the use of glasses. You can even share your eye-popping photos and videos with friends who have a 3D device, including compatible 3D TV’s. Running on the Android 2.3 platform, the HTC EVO 3D also includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and the latest version of HTC Sense to easily customize your phone to fit you.

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D goes beyond dual-core processing with its unique tri-dual architecture which includes dual-core, dual-memory and dual-channel. This means you enjoy powerful features, such as games, apps and web browsing at faster speeds. The LG Optimus 3D is designed with a 4.3” touchscreen for cinematic display of your 3D videos captured on the dual 5MP camera without the use of glasses. This device runs on Android 2.2 and packed with 8GB of internal memory.LG optimus 3D from Rogers

How to get your device

Starting next week, new customers can pre-order either of these devices through an upcoming microsite and you’ll then be automatically entered into a contest. If you pre-order the LG Optimus 3D, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a 55”LG Cinema 3D HDTV. If you pre-order the HTC EVO 3D, you’ll be entered to win a $2,500 MasterCard gift card. Contest closes August 15th.

Existing Rogers customers can exclusively reserve either of these devices through the Rogers Reservation System, until July 23rd. Be amongst the first to experience a 3D smartphone in Canada, by securing a place “in line” for a device without having to visit a store or call in.

What’s the first thing you would film in 3D?

UPDATE (July 16, 2011, 9:21 pm): Existing Rogers customers can now reserve their HTC EVO 3D or LG Optimus 3D on the Rogers Reservation System until July 23rd. Login to MyRogers and reserve your device today to be amongst the first to experience Canada’s first 3D smartphones. We are glad to offer this exclusive service for Rogers customers. Please reserve yours by July 23rd .

UPDATE (August 10, 2011, 11:13 am): Preordered and reserved devices have been shipped. Starting today, the HTC EVO 3D is available exclusively with Rogers nation-wide for $149.99 on select three-year term plans or $549.99 no term and the LG Optimus 3D is available with Rogers nation-wide for $99.99 on select three-year term plans or $474.99 no term.

Contest Details

Each closes August 15, 2011. Open to residents of Canada having reached to the age of majority. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries in each Contest.  Correct answer to mathematical skill-testing question required. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Full contest rules and details for the HTC Evo 3D preorder contest can be found here and full contest rules and details for the LG Optimus 3D preorder contest can be found here.

Katie Boland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G coming to Rogers

Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G from RogersYesterday, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G smartphone and we’re excited to tell you that it will be available exclusively from Rogers this summer.

The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G runs on Android OS 2.3 and will be Rogers first smartphone reaching theoretical speeds of up to 21Mbps.  The device reaches just 8.99 mm at its thinnest point so it’s easy to slip into a purse or pocket. On top of that, it also has a 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus screen, the largest touchscreen on any Samsung phone. The screen is amazingly crisp and clear, perfect for watching video, even in daylight.  The device also comes with an 8MP camera with HD video capture.

Rogers was the first carrier to bring Android-powered devices to Canada in 2009 and we’re excited to bring another innovative device to our lineup of Android smartphones.

Details on pricing and exact availability aren’t available just yet but we’ll be sure to update you here on RedBoard with more details as soon as we can.

What do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G?

UPDATE (August 2, 6:11 pm): The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G is now available exclusively with Rogers nation-wide for $149.99 on select three-year terms or $549.99 no term.

Katie Boland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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2010 year in review: Our favourite videos

2010 yearend redboard favourite videos

We’re big fans of online video. Our popular Rogers on Demand Online service was taken out of beta earlier this year giving you access to the hottest TV shows, movies and more via your web browser. As our CMO John Boynton said at Rogers TabLife TO earlier this month, soon we’ll be rolling out a version optimized for tablet users.

We’ve also created numerous video clips exclusively for RedBoard, allowing us to tell stories and do product demos in a new way and allowing you to quickly view and share content right on our website (or through our YouTube channel).

In part two of our series looking back at our favourite RedBoard moments, we present our five favourite RedBoard videos of the year, as well as why we’ve chosen each.

1.       Next is Now: A whirlwind of data, statistics and predictions of what’s next for technology in Canada and worldwide, we unveiled this video at our Annual General Meeting in April.

2.       Will It Blend? Rogers Handset Protection Guarantee: We sent our Miranda MacDonald down to Blendtec HQ in Utah to help spread the word on our Handset Protection Guarantee – and help prevent outoftheloopedness.

3.      BlackBerry Torch 9800 Available from Rogers September 24: We realized you were really interested in the newest BlackBerry device when this preview of the Torch broke through the 10,000 mark in views on YouTube in just a few days. And yes, we agree: touchscreen + physical qwerty keyboard + BBM = awesome.

4.       RIM’s David Neale on the New BlackBerry PlayBook and the Tablet Sector:  In what became one of the world’s very first comprehensive demos of the soon-to-launch BlackBerry PlayBook, Neale unveils a prototype device, including a hands-on with the user interface, HD video and camera functionality. He also talks about what’s next for the tablet space in 2011 and beyond.

5.       Rogers opens new Community Forums: A how-to video for our new Rogers Community Forums — a place to find solutions to technical issues, ask and reply to questions as well as discuss Rogers products and services.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Highlights & video from Rogers TabLife TO

Rogers TabLife TO audience

On Friday, Rogers headquarters in Toronto was buzzing as 200 visitors, many with tablet in hand, attended the inaugural Rogers TabLife TO.

Throughout the day, twelve speakers touched on the ways the tablet is transforming the way we live, work and play. Rogers’ John Boynton also announced three initiatives to help grow Canadian usage of tablets, which he declared were “dashboards” of tomorrow.

Catch up on what you might have missed

For those that couldn’t make it, we’ve uploaded six full-length videos of the day’s sessions.

1. Duncan Stewart of Deloitte Consulting gives an entertaining take on What’s Next For Tablets.

2. John Boynton of Rogers discusses Tablets In A Connected World.

3. Tablets and the Media panel featuring Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book; Stephanie Jackson of Zinio; Matt Hartley of the National Post; and Claude Galipeau of Rogers Media.

4. How Tablets are Transforming Business panel featuring Dr. Wendy Graham, who uses tablets in her practice; Margaret Stuart of SAP Canada who uses special tablet software for sales leads; and Gord Stein, Vice-President of Rogers Business segment.

5. The inspiring Tablets and Autism case study by University of Toronto researcher Rhonda McEwen

6. Live demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM’s David Neale, featuring Q&A with TabLife MC Marc Saltzman.

For more on the day’s events at Rogers TabLife TO, check out posts by MobileSyrup, Engadget and The Cellular Guru.

 

Did you attend Rogers TabLife TO? Do you have any feedback on the event?

Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Live from Rogers TabLife TO: CMO declares tablets dashboards of tomorrow

We’re big believers in the future of tablets.

Today at Rogers TabLife TO, we unveiled a series of initiatives to help our tablet customers get the most out of their devices, including a Remote PVR designed for tablets.

We’ve also developed data sharing plans for tablets and will introduce a tablet-friendly version of Rogers on Demand Online early next year, John Boynton, Rogers executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said this morning in a keynote speech.

Boynton told the conference:

“Tablets are the dashboards for the highways of tomorrow. They are the command centres of the future…I can tell you about a service we’re working on that allows you to remotely control your home devices.  Starting in 2011, you will be able to set your home PVR using your tablet.  This means that while sitting in a restaurant you can choose what movie you want to watch.  You’ll never have to worry about missing the first period of a Leafs game.”

He added that Rogers is committed to data plans that allow our customers to move between their devices easily, seamlessly and reliably.

“Instead of separate plans, people can buy a combined plan that is less expensive and now share their data across the devices they want. Data sharing is important because tablets will not replace smartphones. Tablets will be companion devices to smartphones providing instantaneous connections on a bigger screen wherever you are.”

We created Rogers TabLife TO to explore ways tablets are changing how we live, work and play. You can learn more about today’s event at tablife.ca. And, we’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard early next week.

Rogers Tablet Touchpoint 2010

Alongside the event, we worked with The Strategic Counsel on research related to attitudes, behaviours and impacts of tablet use in Canada. Key findings of the Rogers Tablet Touchpoint 2010 include:

  • 69 per cent of tablet users take their tablet everywhere they go
  • 58 per cent of tablet users say their tablet is typically the first device they turn on in the morning
  • 44 per cent of tablet users say they would rather give up their desktop or PC than their tablet.
  • 63 per cent of owners use their tablets for work at least some of the time
  • Almost 60 per cent of those do not own a tablet agree that tablets will transform the way we live, work and play
  • 42 per cent say they plan to purchase a tablet within the next year.

You can see the detailed survey results here:

Want to win a tablet?

Coinciding with Rogers TabLife TO, we’re running a national contest where we’ll be giving away a Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. To enter, all you have to do is tweet how a tablet could change your life for the better along with the hashtag #TabLife. For more details, check out @RogersBuzz on Twitter.

 

Keith McArthur is senior director of Social Media at Rogers

Update (December 3, 6:00 PM): As a preview of next week’s wrap-up post, below you’ll find photos from Rogers TabLife TO as well as the keynote speech from John Boynton entitled “Tablets in a Connected World.” We’ll have more videos here on RedBoard soon, including the sneak-preview demo of the new BlackBerry Playbook tablet with RIM’s David Neale.

Update (December 6, 10:20 AM): Below Research In Motion’s David Neale talks to Marc Saltzman about the soon-to-launch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and what’s next for the tablet space in 2011. Neale demos a prototype device, including a hands-on with the user interface, HD video and camera functionality.

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Talking tablets with Claude Galipeau: ‘Hundreds of thousands of apps, billions of webpages’

While touch-screen applications get most of the attention among tablet users, could the browser be the real killer app

Claude Galipeau, Rogers Media’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media, thinks so.

As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked Galipeau about his tablet use and what’s next for this device category. For 2011, he sees fragmentation among operating systems and designs, similar to what has occurred in the smartphone space – and that will pose a challenge for those creating content for this technology.

1. How do you use your tablet?

I use it at home, at work, to browse the internet, play games, watch videos and email. I use it for a dual-screen experience when watching TV to check out the filmographies of actors on IMDB or to send a Facebook message to people about the shows that we’re watching. In terms of games, I often use it while traveling – especially on planes – to play games like NFS Shift or Chopper 2. And of course I watch video, especially on planes with noise canceling earphones.

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

The device isn’t bad as a work email device. I thought it would be more of an entertainment device.

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

There will be more competition for the iPad and fragmentation of the device ecosystem. We’re seeing many manufacturers with different operating systems supplying the market with devices and as a content producer, this is challenging because there are different optimizations required for each one. We have to play in both the app and browser ecosystem to be relevant and this makes it more difficult to quickly produce high quality products for our audiences and users.

In 2011, we’ll see the same kind of device fragmentation on tablets that occurred on mobile phones. Different operating systems and different form factors will be a challenge for designers.

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

Smartphone because of the texting and talking capabilities. I would use it to hear my wife and baby’s voices.

5. What’s your one must-have app?

The browser is my #1 app.  Our data shows that 60 per cent of users say the browser is their primary activity on the iPad. There may be hundreds of thousands of apps available on the iPad, but there are billions of web pages accessible off a browser.

Galipeau will be part of a panel entitled “Tablets and the Media” at Rogers TabLife TO tomorrow.

You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca. We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard and shortly after the event.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

UPDATE (December 2, 1:10 PM): Alongside tomorrow’s event, we’ll be running a national contest where we’ll be giving away a Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. To enter, all you have to do is tweet how a tablet could change your life for the better along with the hashtag #TabLife. Follow us @RogersBuzz on Twitter to learn more.

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Talking tablets with Marc Saltzman: ‘I rely on the device’

Marc Saltzman Rogers TabLife TOTablets burst onto the scene earlier this year and already have become an essential device for many professionals to demo materials to clients, keep in contact with co-workers and consume content.

As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked journalist and consultant Marc Saltzman five questions about how he uses tablets as well as what his predictions are for this technology.  He sees tablets becoming one of the most-exciting device categories 2011 as many more players enter the mix.

1. How do you use your tablet?

I use my Apple iPad on a daily basis. I use it for consuming media (watching video, reading e-books and playing games), as well as looking up information on the web and reading email. I also listen to music and audiobooks. To a lesser extent, I write articles on the tablet via the built-in soft keyboard or on one of the keyboard docks I have.

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

Frankly, I’m surprised at how much I rely on the device. I wasn’t sure if I really “needed” another device like this – one that’s somewhere in between a cellphone and computer in size, functionality and price but find it very lightweight and easy to carry, it boots up immediately and lasts many hours between charges. I’m also surprised how much I use the 3G connectivity opposed to Wi-Fi (especially when on the road).

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

I predict this will be one of the most exciting categories, with many players jumping into the mix, including Android, BlackBerry, Microsoft and other players. While it doesn’t quite replace the PC, there are so many inherent benefits to tablets. And when you fold in the apps, it completely changes the game; in fact I don’t think tablets would be as successful without accompanying app stores

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

Ha, good question. Assuming there’s electricity, yes? Well, since I’m a journalist and author, I’d probably keep my sanity by writing (maybe a book or 10), so maybe a PC with a physical keyboard would be more ideal for someone like me, but maybe a tablet with external keyboard?! I hope I’d have access to the App Store to see what new apps debuted every day!

5. What’s your one must-have app?

TuneIn Radio ($1.99). It’s an app that lets you listen to more than 40,000 radio stations from around the world (fully searchable and browse-able); you can record songs or broadcasts to listen to later on; pause, rewind or fast-forward like a PVR; program a timer to record something in advance; and much, much more.

Saltzman will be the MC at Rogers TabLife TO on December 3rd.

You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca. We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Talking tablets with Bob Stein: ‘A consumption device’

Tablets have become a popular device for consuming content – whether it’s reading magazines, watching movies on a flight, playing games on the go or sharing stories with people from your sofa.

As part of our RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked Bob Stein, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, five questions about his tablet use and what’s next for this technology.  He sees the tablet as a device designed for consuming content.

1. How do you use your tablet?

As a consumption device. surfing the web via FlipBoard and Facebook, reading email (and writing short replies), watching video, listening to music, reading books, playing expressive games (e.g. SoundDrop, my current favorite)

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

I always expected that when “the tablet” arrived it would be a new form factor for an all purpose consumption/production device. However, with the arrival of the iPad, Apple separated consuming from creating.

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

There are going to be lots of new models and the Android-based tablets are going to begin challenging the iPad’s dominance in the market.

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

If there is internet connectivity I want a Macbook Air because I can use it to create as well as consume. If no internet connectivity, i would reject the iPad with it’s limited memory in favor of the Mac Powerbook with the largest hard drive so I can load it with books, music and video.

5. What’s your one must-have app?

Kindle reader for iPad

Stein will be part of a panel entitled “Tablets and the Media” at Rogers TabLife TO on December 3rd.

You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca. We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Talking tablets with Stephanie Jackson: ‘More tablets for more people’

As part of our RedBoard series about the way tablets are changing the way we live, work and play, we asked Stephanie Jackson, Vice President, Client Services with app developer Zinio five questions on how she uses her tablet and what’s next for this technology. She says 2011 will see more tablets for more people.

1. How do you use your tablet?

To read, to play, to work and to share. I read magazines; I play games; I surf the web. I love being able to easily share all with friends and family on a plane, on the sofa, even at the table. I also read and answer work emails – easy to read and respond with the larger keyboard.

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

The ease of use for a larger device – I can flip pages of my favorite magazines with the same hand that I’m using to hold the device – very convenient for reading magazines on the train here in NYC.

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

More tablets for more people. The market will expand beyond the current iPad early adopter market. Not only will tablets be given as gifts this year, but new tablets will be introduced with different models, uses and demographics.

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

Tough question! I would probably take a tablet. Assuming there is no wireless on the desert island, I won’t get much work done so might as well be entertained with magazines, games, music, etc. all loaded and accessible without internet on my iPad. The only downside might be the battery life and need for shade to read!

5. What’s your one must-have app?

I can’t pick just one! I love the Zinio app, of course, for magazines with ease of use and storage. I’m also quite partial to Scrabble. Both are great for flights, train rides, etc.

Jackson will be part of a panel entitled “Tablets and the Media” at Rogers TabLife TO on December 3rd.

You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca. We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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