Posts Tagged ‘Weekend reading’
With the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season upon us, this week we’re celebrating some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. For those of you lucky enough to have crossed all the presents off your lists, read on in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading for more on Rogers hockey broadcast deal, the office of the future and the latest Snapchat stats.
Snapchat is the latest buzz-worthy photo-sharing service. For the uninitiated, the app allows users to send self-destructing images to their friends. The appeal? No more photos of your boyfriend’s lunches clogging up your SMS inbox and the ability to instantly see whether your friend has viewed the photo of the frock that you’re waffling on. Plus the security of knowing that if you deem that dress unflattering, the photo won’t still be floating around in cyberspace.
How popular is this new app? According to a report from Mashable, Snapchat users send 400 million “snaps” each day – more than double the number sent in June. While CEO Evan Spiegel didn’t share the size of its total user base, he did reveal that 70 per cent of their users are women.
Have you downloaded Snapchat yet?
We all know technology is changing the office environment. Whether it’s answering emails on our commutes or video-conferencing with colleagues and clients, how, when and where we work is evolving. Looking forward, the new Rogers Connected Workplace report, commissioned by Harris Decima, predicts the workplace of the future will be less centralized, more mobile and more flexible. More than half, 52 per cent, of Canadians said they would embrace a Bring Your Own Device policy, and 40 per cent said they’d prefer to do more of their work on laptops (the current leading workplace device, with 45 per cent, is the desktop).
What would you like to see in the workplace of the future?
Hurrah for hockey
Starting next season, Rogers will be your go-to for all things hockey. Rogers has scored a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement with the National Hockey League. The agreement starts with the 2014/15 season and continues through the 2025/26 season.
This deal includes national rights, in all languages, across TV broadcasts, internet and mobile streaming, as well as all linear and digital highlights including condensed games and video archives. On any given night, Rogers will provide multiple game coverage on up to nine TV channels (including City and Sportsnet) plus digital and radio.
The deal also includes a partnership with CBC for Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts and TVA for all national French-language coverage.
Who are you cheering on this hockey season?
Hot holiday deals
True confession: I was one of those people at the mall at 6 a.m. this morning seeking Black Friday deals. The early wakeup, freezing temps and gigantic coffee is an annual tradition with one of my girlfriends, and honestly, the savings are just the icing on the cake.
While my shopping energy for the day is certainly (probably?) spent, there are still bargains to be had. When you purchase and activate a Samsung smartphone on select two-year plans before Jan. 6, you can get a Galaxy Gear for $49.99 – check out the full details at www.rogers.com/gear.
Stay tuned this weekend for our pointers on how to take advantage of all the Cyber Monday deals!
What purchases will you make this weekend?
There’s nothing like those first few chilly winter nights to make you want to curl up in front of the TV. And this week, we were reflecting on our favourite childhood shows and traditions thanks to the launch of Rogers Kids Zone. So read on for this week’s special family-focussed edition of the Weekend Reading to learn more about safe TV viewing and how kids are embracing mobile technology.
Introducing Rogers Kids Zone
Kids Zone is a family-friendly entertainment destination where Rogers customers can enjoy children’s’ TV shows and movies at home or on the go. Families can access Rogers Kids Zone on TVs via Rogers On Demand channel 200, RogersAnyplaceTV.com/KidsZone on computers, and on the Rogers Anyplace TV application for smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360 gaming systems and LG Smart TVs.
What were your favourite childhood shows?
Parenting expert Kathy Buckworth joined us on Thursday for a tweet chat about family TV traditions, and her rules governing screen time. We learned that most parents ask their kids to finish their homework and chores before they’re allowed to watch any TV, that multiscreen use is becoming common, and that most parents try to keep the conversation flowing to monitor what their kids are watching. Also that, when it comes to family viewing nights, popcorn might be a food group all on its own!
What rules govern screen time at your home?
Sharing old favourites
As a mom, I love to revisit old TV favourites with my sons. Earlier this spring, Toronto blogger Emma Waverman explained how she uses TV time to bond with her children and share her childhood memories. My family has a tradition of watching old Disney movies from our childhood, such as Aladdin or Bambi, over the holidays. As my children grow, I can’t wait to watch scary Halloween movies with them, and see if they can endure some holiday season romcoms for their mom!
What are your family’s holiday movie traditions?
Kids toting cellphones are becoming an increasingly common sight. Last year, Canadian research showed almost half of kids older than 11 had their own cellphone. According to recent research from Common Sense Media, 17 per cent of American children under the age of 8 use a mobile device every single day, while 14 per cent use a computer.
As parents, we have tough decisions to make – when should I buy my child a phone? How do I teach my kids to use smartphones safely? Check our “tips for parents” section on Tech Essentials for some advice. The Boston Globe also has some great tips on talking about mobile use with your children. Among the tips: use the technology with your kids and pre-screen the content to make sure it’s age appropriate.
What devices are popular with the kids in your life?
Pew Research released a report this week that said nearly one-in-10 Americans get their news through Twitter. Of those who get their news on Twitter, the report notes that “the vast majority, 85%, get news (of any kind) at least sometimes on mobile devices.”
This week’s report found Twitter users who get their news via the microblogging site tend to be younger and more educated than those who get their news via Facebook. Last week, Pew issued a report on how many Americans get their news via Facebook.
Flying with your tablet just got better
Last week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), announced the electronic devices, such as tablets, e-readers and phones no longer need to be turned off, or switched into flight modeduring takeoff and landing. Canadian airlines are not subject to the new rules, as they are governed by Transport Canada, not the FAA.
“It is our opinion that a change in regulation will be welcomed by travellers and airlines alike,” WestJet spokeswoman Brie Ogle told the Toronto Star earlier this week.
An important question comes from the change in regulations. Does this mean Airplane Mode on electronics (that turns off all cellular signals) will have to be renamed?
A year ago, we launched the first SIM-based mobile payment system in Canada. This week, we announced the next step to that: The suretap wallet.
The suretap wallet allows Rogers customers to make payments using their smartphone. The wallet will include a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard, and also has gift card functionality.
Additional cards will become available for download soon, including payment cards from various banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
Twitter chat with Kathy Buckworth
Every kid has their favourite show. For me growing up it was My Pet Monster. I loved that show, and even had a doll from the show that I cuddled with for years after it ended. I can’t wait to share some of my favourite kids’ shows from when I was growing up with my kids.
We want to hear about your favourite kids shows, and how you and your kids watch TV. Have you shared with them your favourite show from when you were young? Join us for a Twitter chat with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth where she’ll share family TV viewing tips. Follow @RogersBuzz on Nov. 14 from 1-2 p.m. EST to share your tips with us and have a chance to win a new iPad Air.
Email goes mobile
Forty-eight per cent of emails are now opened on smartphones and tablets, according to new research from Litmus. This is a one percentage point gain from September, 2013, and an increase of 10 percentage points since last September.
When it comes to devices, the majority of mobile email opens comes from the iPhone and iPad (nearly 8-%), followed by Android (20%), with BlackBerry and Windows making up less than 1% of mobile opens.
Where do you open your email?
This week, we learned that English-speaking Canadians log more online hours than their Francophone peers, and that seniors are going online in increasing numbers. We also learned how to get the most out of your iOS 7 keyboard and introduced carrier billing on the Google Play store. Learn more in the latest edition of the Weekend Reading!
We all know that Canadians log a lot of online hours, but it turns out that screen time varies depending on your language preferences. According to a CRTC “Communications Monitoring Report”, English-speaking internet users spent more than 20 hours online per week in 2012 – seven hours more than their Francophone counterparts. That’s a difference of more than 54.6 per cent! This gap is also growing: in 2008, Anglophones spent 13.8 hours online, as compared to 11.2 hours for their French-speaking peers.
Why do you think English Canada’s internet use is growing faster than its French counterpart?
Last month, Apple released its new iOS 7 operating system – revamping the functionality and look from the lock screen right down to the keyboard. Whether you’re tapping away on an iPhone or iPad, this week we shared a few secret tips to help make typing even easier.
And, speaking of tablets, if you’re considering grabbing one of our newest devices this weekend, be sure to check out our latest offers. From now until Jan. 6, you can add a tablet to your Share Everything plan and share your data for $0 for 10 months. You can also save with Rogers Trade Up: bring in your old smartphone or tablet to a Rogers store to receive a credit towards a new one.
The over 65 set is becoming increasingly connected, with 48 per cent of Canadian seniors saying they went online last year. According to the Statistics Canada report, as shared by BetaKit, that’s eight per cent more than in 2010. Amongst the Canadian population as a whole, 83 per cent of Canadians over 16 were online last year, up from 80 per cent in 2010.
The research also saw mobile internet use rise amongst all ages, from 33 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2012.
How has your internet use changed since 2010?
This week, Rogers became the first Canadian carrier to start rolling out carrier billing to the Google Play store. That means customers can buy any of Google’s one million apps and additional offerings and then bill the charges directly to their Rogers account. Payments can be made through a secure, one-click payment system and the charges will appear on the customer’s monthly Rogers bill – no credit card details required. Rogers carrier billing is also available with BlackBerry App World and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store.
The service should be available to all Rogers customers in the coming weeks.
What’s your favourite Android app?
Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture here at Rogers. So we’re incredibly proud that the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has recognized our CEO Nadir Mohamed as the Outstanding Global Citizen of the Year. Nadir was selected for his extensive efforts to help youth and young entrepreneurs succeed, including his efforts to strengthen the community through the launch of the Rogers Youth Fund, our Employee Volunteer Program and Connected for Success, our affordable broadband program.
Have a great weekend!
This week, we’re feeling the tablet love. Not only are French children embracing the gadget, but it’s also the home of our newly launched all-you-can-read digital magazine subscription service, Next Issue Canada. Plus, Rogers came out a leader in PCMag.com speed tests and Twitter rolled out a new feature for direct messages. Read all about it in the Weekend Reading!
What’s Next for your reading list?
Next Issue Canada launched this week, exclusively for Rogers customers. The all-you-can-read digital newsstand features more than 100 Canadian and U.S. magazine titles. “To have access to all that content at your fingertips for one low price is an incredible leap forward for the magazine industry and for people who love magazines,” says Next Issue Canada president Ken Whyte. Rogers customers can try it free for two months. On December 15, all Canadians will be able to access the newsstand, with a one-month free trial. Next Issue Canada is now available for iPads, Android tablets and Win8 devices.
What titles top your reading list?
The need for speed
Whether we’re streaming video, downloading files or loading data-heavy websites, Canadians are increasingly looking for faster download speeds on their computers and smartphones. And this week, Rogers topped the rankings for PCMag.com’s speed tests. Rogers was ranked fastest overall in PCMag.com’s Fastest Internet Service Provider review as well as Canada’s fastest wireless network on a national average. For more on the speed tests, check out our RedBoard Q&A with PCMag.com Features Editor Eric Griffith and Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan.
Personally, I stream a lot of television shows and radio programs – and I certainly don’t miss the days of waiting for the file to buffer! How do you take advantage of top network speeds?
Tablets tops with tots
Kids using technology is no surprise. From the classroom to the home, children are using a variety of devices for education and entertainment. And the top gadget? In France, at least, it’s the tablet, according to a May 2013 survey. Only 37 per cent of households owned one, but 54 per cent of kids with access used them regularly. Smartphones, meanwhile, were in more homes – 68 per cent of households with kids between three and nine years old – but less than a quarter of children in these homes used those devices. Tablets are also becoming increasingly popular with the population as a whole in the country, with ownership more than doubling from 7 to 15 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
What gadgets do the children in your life use?
Twitter opens up DMs
Is this the end of the @reply request “Please follow me so I can DM you”? Some Twitter users can now get direct messages from any of their followers. Previously, people on the social network could only receive private messages from the people they followed. Users need to opt in to the new feature, which starting rolling out this week, by checking a box under their personal settings.
Will you try the new feature?
In time for the long weekend, we’re sharing our gratitude for technology, looking at apps in the grocery aisle and announcing the latest LTE expansion. Plus we’re happy to share that we’ll be offering the BlackBerry Z30. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
This week on RedBoard, we learned how technology helps us bridge the distance when loved ones don’t live nearby. And, honestly, there’s nothing like a holiday to make my family in Nova Scotia feel really, really far away. While phone calls, texts and Facebook photos aren’t a substitute for our annual tradition of making a bunch of apple pies, they do certainly go a long way in making us still feel like we’re part of each others’ lives. It’s also a great way to let them know that I’m thinking of them and miss them all year long. What technology helps you stay in touch with your family?
LTE lights up
Our blazing-fast LTE network continued to grow this week, as we added 15 new markets in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, P.E.I. and New Brunswick. Rogers is also the first carrier to bring LTE coverage to three markets in my home province of Nova Scotia, so residents of Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow can now satisfy their need for speed.
We’re happy to announce Rogers will be adding the new BlackBerry Z30 to our roster of BlackBerry smartphones, which includes the Z10, Q10 and Q5. The BlackBerry Z30, which will be available later this month, has a five-inch touch-screen, faster processing speeds and longer battery life than previous models.
With multiple holiday dinners this weekend, I’ll definitely be among the droves pacing the grocery aisles, stocking up on pumpkin and searching for the perfect vegetarian main. Instead of hemming and hawing over what to buy, about three in 10 Internet users say they would like to use a mobile app to help them decide on supermarket purchases. The July 2013 survey from Ipsos Canada found interest in such an app increased even more amongst those aged 18 to 34, with 43 per cent saying they’d give it a try. Would you use an app to assist you with your meal planning and purchases?
This week, Pinterest helps a man make his girlfriend’s wedding dreams come true, Rogers invests in Alberta and the Nokia Lumia 1020 launches. Plus, we introduce Rogers Alerts, a new personalized offer service via SMS. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Pin it: I do!
As my friends and I enter the later stages of being twenty-somethings, our Pinterest feeds are starting to get jammed with mason jar favours, robin egg’s blue colour schemes and baby’s breath bouquets. One Dallas man decided to take his girlfriend’s “My Dream Wedding” board and make it a reality – with a proposal and a wedding on the same day! Spoiler alert: She said yes. Ryan Leak pulled from Amanda Roman’s 224 pins to surprise her in Miami, and the whole endeavor is documented in a 30-minute YouTube video.
Meanwhile, for all those brides prepping for a spring shindig, Google is promoting its services to help keep organized for the big day, including creating your wedding website, tracking budgets and sharing photos. Check it out at google.com/weddings.
What online tools help you with event planning?
I’ve already signed up to discover what deals are nearby – have you?Who doesn’t love a good deal? With the newly-launched Rogers Alerts, Rogers wireless customers can opt-in to get location-based mobile offers from retailers via text message. The free service uses geofencing to send a message when you’re near a store with a special offer available. And, when you sign up, you can customize your preferences to make sure you’re only getting the deals you care about. Participating retailers include Sears Canada, Future Shop, Pizza Hut Canada, A&W, Second Cup and Rogers Wireless.
Let’s go Oilers!
Just in time for the first puck drop, Rogers announced a major investment in Alberta. Not only will Rogers invest over $700 in the province over the next four years to upgrade and expand the wireless network and invest in the community, we’ll also be the official communications sponsor of the Edmonton Oilers. Albertans can look forward to increased LTE coverage, new stores, new business solutions, a Rogers-powered Oilers app and more!
What team are you rooting for this NHL season?
Lights, camera … Lumia
I stopped carrying a camera years ago, choosing to have my smartphone do double-duty instead. With the new Nokia Lumia 1020, there’s even less incentive to carry a second gadget: this Windows Phone 8 device has a 41MP camera! Mobilesyrup calls it “one of the best, if not the best, cameras embedded within a smartphone.” It’s available in both black and yellow. For more, visit Rogers.com.
Do you still carry a camera?
Education was a key theme this week as we celebrated Rogers Youth Education Day. Also worth celebrating? We’re the first Canadian carrier to bring our customers LTE roaming while travelling in the U.S. In October we’ll be launching the all-you-can read magazine subscription platform Next Issue Canada. Plus we’ll be carrying the Sony Xperia Z1! Finally, we learned that ladies love their devices – and spend more time connected on the go than their male counterparts. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have parents who believed in the importance of education and supportive teachers. That meant afterschool pickups, mentorship sessions and a lot of late nights struggling over French homework. But the result was learning a new language and the necessary skills for a career that, while it’s just getting started, has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. Rogers recognizes the value of education, and this week, we celebrated Rogers Youth Education Day. Not only did kids from our community partners get to spend a day with the Rogers Media Crew, but with help from our great community we were able to get #brighterfuture trending and donate mobile tech units to our 52 partners across the country!
What does education mean to you?
Rogers customers can now access the same blazing fast speeds at home and across the border. We’re excited to be the first Canadian carrier to offer LTE roaming in the United States, in partnership with AT&T. That means seamless streaming, fast mapping and easy sharing when you’re on the go.
How do you use your smartphone when you travel?
I’ve dropped two of my devices in bathtubs, and a third in a puddle. Turns out, water and electronics are not a match made in heaven. So I was excited when Rogers announced the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone is coming in October. Not only is this phone waterproof, but it even comes in my favourite colour: purple, available exclusively from Rogers! It also boasts a high-tech camera that can stream live broadcasts to Facebook, killer displays and access to the Sony entertainment library. Pretty sweet!
While the average tech consumer painted in the media fits most of my guy friends – 20-something hipster types with glasses, a couple of portable devices and a wee social media addiction – new research finds that it’s actually ladies who spend the most time on smartphones and tablets. While mobile internet access has passed time spent browsing on personal computers for both genders, the Jumptap and comScore study found that women aged 25 to 49 are spending above 60 per cent of their time on smartphones and tablets, compared to 45 per cent for men in that age group.
While the majority of people are still opting to check out auto, business, TV and sports news on their computers, two-thirds of social media use happens on mobile devices. Games, radio and visual content – such as food, entertainment and retail – are also becoming increasingly mobile. In fact, women spent on average more than five hours a month checking out lifestyle content on their tablets, while men viewing sports topped out at about two hours on each device.
Personally, the smartphone is king – I rely on it for reading, working, social networking, communication, organizing … the list goes on and on. What’s your go-to device for browsing the web?
Magazine lovers, rejoice: On Oct. 15, we’re launching the Next Issue Canada digital magazine subscription service. In partnership with Next Media, customers will have unlimited access to more than 100 Canadian and U.S. titles, including digitized back issues and interactive features. The platform launches exclusively for Rogers wireless and cable customers on Oct. 15 with a two-month free trial. Available on on iPads, Android tablets and Win8 devices, unlimited access to all monthly magazine titles starts at $9.99, while for $14.99 customers will be able to access all weekly publications in addition to the monthly titles. Next Issue Canada launches for all Canadians on Dec. 15, with the first month free.
Do singles have different smartphone habits than those of us who are coupled up? What does your dog do when you’re not at home? And what’s all this buzz about the new Apple operating system? Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Apple owners started upgrading to iOS 7 this week, getting their first chance to swipe through the brighter screens and spy some major changes. MobileSyrup reports that “the biggest improvements to the experience are in the subtle, mundane maneuvers people repeat hundreds of times per day.” Upgrades include an expanded notification bar, background updates and a Control Centre where users can turn on WiFi settings and open the camera. The Guardian, meanwhile, walks us through some of the big questions – like what happened to Spotlight and how you search in Safari. Of course, not everyone loves the changes – check out this child’s reaction on the Huffington Post.
What are your thoughts on the new iOS?
Protect your pooch
Three quarters of pet owners want updates on their furry friends when they’re away from home, according to Rogers research. Stacey O’Handley’s family uses their Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system to help keep an eye on their dogs and cat – and thanks to the system, her husband was able to spot their five-year-old lab Oscar with a steak knife and rush home to keep their beloved pet safe. Read more about their story here. This fall, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is expanding to 28 additional cities and towns in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Would you like to receive updates on your pets when you’re away?
Smartphones and the single gal (or guy)
More than half of single smartphone users between 21 and 42 would call themselves practically “addicted” to their device, according to new research from eMarketer. The survey from online dating websites found that the single gal is slightly more connected: 48 per cent checked their mobile device first thing in the morning, compared to two out of five men. Singles also send text messages daily, with 47 per cent calling it a constant activity. Plus, three quarters surf the web on mobile throughout the day, and roughly the same percentage check social sites a few times daily.
I may not be single – but I definitely fall within the same uber connected category as those surveyed. Do you think singles are more attached to their phones than those who are coupled up?
share this Comments Off