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The wondrous growth of wearables
I am a huge believer in the power of the wearables – I really think they’re changing how, where and when we’re connecting. Wearables are not simply a fad, but continue to evolve, becoming more and more innovative. As explored by SocialMediaToday.com, a new report by Juniper Research, revealed that the global retail revenue for smart wearable devices are now forecast to be $53.2 billion in 2019! This report anticipates the growth of more premium smart watches and glasses over the next 5 years.
To see what wearables you can sport from Rogers, check out rogers.com/accessories.
What do you foresee as the future of wearable tech?
Our hockey news continues – bringing the game to you
This week we shared the news that the NHL is coming to a home town near you – or maybe even to your backyard. This NHL season we’ll be introducing Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, celebrating and broadcasting hockey in 25 communities across the country. Every Sunday night, Ron Maclean will host parts of a pre-game show, intermission, and post-game coverage live from each town. Communities will experience an exciting weekend of hockey, with outdoor game watching parties, local entertainment, food stations and celebration of local hockey heroes. Visit hometownhockey.com to find out when we’ll be stopping in your town and how you can become a part of the local festivities.
Does your town have any local hockey traditions?
Fall in love with a new device
With the summer over, the leaves are changing and our t-shirts turn to sweaters. For some the fall brings many changes, so how about a change of your device? To keep up-to-date on our newest smartphones be sure to check out rogers.com/devices. Here you can also learn when phones are available for reservation – so you’re first to get your hands on the latest device.
Tell us, what are you looking for you in your next smartphone?
Talking tech for back to school
Nine days until most students pack their school bags and lunches, tie up their laces and head back to class. Leading up to the first day, many students are searching for their back to school tech that will help them both in and outside of the classroom. This week for example, we discussed how technology, access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is enhancing our educational experiences. To further share how technology is being used by students, we also spoke with two of our Rogers social insiders, who shared how cable, internet, and mobile devices kept them afloat during their university years.
What folks are saying about the LG G3
The LG G3 continues to make positive impressions across the tech community. We discussed our favourite LG G3 features in a post earlier this month, but if you want to dive into the specs and capabilities a little more you can go two ways. Either check out this LG G3 video review on Youtube by Karl Conrad or read IT Nerd’s in-depth review here. Or if you’re really in the LG G3 mood, do both!
Tell us – do you have any LG G3 reviews to share?
Brides say ‘I do’ to social media
Summer is a busy time for weddings, so I thought we’d share some social stats around the social networking bride. A Mashable and Knot.com survey revealed brides take to online to share their news; within hours of saying yes, 28 per cent of brides-to-be update their social media statues, while 24 per cent share the news the next day. 70 per cent of brides were already making plans on Pinterest, while 89 per cent use wedding planning apps to assist with making lists, counting down days, browsing gowns and more.
Hashtags are also becoming part of the new age wedding culture, with more than half of couples (55 per cent) using a wedding hashtag. Guests are encouraged to share their photos on social; with 68 per cent of brides wanting them posted in real-time.
Have you, or someone you know used social media or mobile apps to help plan a wedding? Share your experience below.
Say it out loud with Facebook Messenger
Attention Windows Phone users! This week, as shared by Mobile Syrup, Facebook updated its Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone with two of their most requested features. Firstly, the app now lets you record voice messages, so you can send a quick hello, vent about your day, or sing happy birthday to your fellow messenger users. The second update now allows for users to share emoticons – :). Learn more about the new features and download the app here.
Tell us, how are you using Facebook Messenger?
Getting to know the Nokia Lumia 635
Every once in a while there is a device that has me really talking and the Nokia Lumia 635 is no exception. To celebrate its availability with Rogers, this week we explored three ways users can personalize your Nokia Lumia 635. Check out our post to learn how to customize your Live Tiles, start screen, and more.
Care to share any further features or tips for fellow Nokia Lumia 635 users?
Oxford Dictionary Online says YOLO
This week Oxford Dictionary Online announced it has given the stamp of approval to many new words. As shared by Yahoo! News Canada, YOLO, cray and even bro hug have now been added to its online edition. As a tech nerd, I for one am most excited to see GIF, binge-watch, and subtweet getting the English language recognition they deserve.
Tell us, what words do you think should be added?
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Happy Friday, readers. In this week’s Weekend Reading we’re exploring reviews from our friend the IT Nerd, sharing how Rogers First Rewards can put you right in the game and learning about iOS and Android Chrome updates.
IT Nerd continues to geek out with Rogers
As we noted a few weeks ago, IT Nerd, one of my favourite bloggers, is now a Rogers customer. While he has previously reviewed countless Rogers mobile devices, we’re delighted that he is beginning to explore his experiences with Rogers Internet, Next Box 3.0 and Rogers Internet. Within his posts the IT Nerd provides his positive feedback, along with key tips on how to improve our product features.
We look forward to even more posts from IT Nerd, and encourage all customers to share your experiences, reviews and tips with us and fellow Rogers customers. That’s what our community forums and Idea Box are for!
Do you have Rogers experiences or product tips you’d care to share?
Use your Rogers First Rewards points to get in the game
Good news, sports fans – if you’re a Rogers First Rewards member, we’ve got two new rewards in our catalogue that will have you cheering. Right now, you can use your Rogers First Rewards points to redeem for Rogers Cup tickets and Toronto FC VIP experience tickets.
For Rogers Cup, we’re offering members two tickets to watch the action on opening night in Toronto (August 4). Toronto FC devotees have two games to choose for their VIP experience (July 26 against Sporting Kansas City and August 23 against Chicago Fire), including seats for you and a friend in the Rogers Red Zone, watching the warm up at field level, meeting a Toronto FC personality and other great perks.
Visit rogersfirstrewards.com for more details. Will you be attending the Rogers Cup?
Bugs be gone with new Chrome
Good news Chrome users; this week Google released its latest versions of Chrome for Android and iOS. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Chrome 36 for Android Now is available from Google Play, and includes performance improvements, bug fixes, the return of Google doodles and non-mobile pages look better across all screen sizes and resolutions.
Fear not iOS users, the new and improved Chrome for iOS, available through the App Store received small, but significant updates as well. In addition to bug fixes, the new Chrome for iOS allows mobile sites that have added Cast support to work with your Cast-enabled device, which helps to support a number of video sites like YouTube.
Do you have a preferred mobile web browser?
Happy Saturday! Today we’re sharing Canadian stats, celebrating records and introducing the LG G3. Cheers to this week’s Weekend Reading.
True North Strong and Connected
I am very proud to be Canadian – I wear my red and white with pride. In honour of my patriotic pride, I thought I’d share some Canadian tech and social stats:
- A recent Stats Can report revealed 83 per cent of Canadian households have at least one cell phone
- Google found that of those Canadians who have a smartphone, 66% access the Internet every day on their smartphone and 79% never leave home without it
- According to a report by We Are Social, an hour and fifty-one minutes is the average time that Canadian mobile internet users spend using mobile internet each day
- We Are Social report also revealed that there are over 19 million Canadian Facebook users. That’s over half of the Canadian population!
- Top three Canadian twitter handles include: Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, and Georges St. Pierre
Join in! Share with us any Canadian stats you have found. They’re really interesting, eh?
They Selfied to Success
Talking about Canadians, on Canada Day fellow canucks recorded a new Guinness World Record for the most number of selfies taken in one hour. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Skittles worked with Degrassi star Melinda Shankar who posed in Toronto with fans at a rate of 5 selfies per minute.
Are selfies an hourly, daily, weekly occurrence in your life? When is proper selfie time?
LG stirring up some excitement!
LG announced on Thursday that the LG G3 is coming to Canada – and will be available with Rogers early August. The device rocks a high quality anti-scratch body with HD display for ultra-sharp images. Along with a feature lets you adjust your keyboard size and layout, the LG G3 has a one of a kind smartphone camera, a removable battery for super-long use, and more.
Stay tuned for more details. Some would say this phone puts the LG in Looking Good.
Scoring a new Twitter record
I have been actively following the World Cup, and I’m not alone – the whole World is watching with me. As shared by the CBC, the Associated Press reported during a Brazil vs. Chile game, Twitter hit a new high. After a Chilean player missed the post in a penalty shootout, the World Cup broke an all-time record for online buzz during a live event, with almost 389,000 tweets generated in a minute. I guess it brings new meaning to the term ‘chirpin’.
Do you tweet during sporting events?
World leaders hashtag too
While you may think of Twitter as a platform used mostly by consumers and brands, PR firm Burson Marsteller’s annual study ‘Twiplomacy’ revealed that international leaders and governments are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.
Call me nerdy but I think this is pretty cool! The study showed that more than 83 per cent of all United Nations governments have a Twitter presence. More than 3,100 international embassies and ambassadors are now active on Twitter, with a 28 per cent rise in accounts this year among government users.
The survey placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Twitter account in 44th spot among 50 world leaders. But fear not – the survey also revealed Ottawa is getting digitized! As reported by the Toronto Star, Canada was actually identified as one of a small group of countries that have Twitter accounts for most embassies and missions.
What world leader are you following or would like to follow? I bet you’ll be able to find them in the Twittersphere!
Welcome IT Nerd!
We are excited to welcome our friend the IT Nerd to the Rogers family. In a recent blog post, he wrote about customer recommendations that led him to switch to Rogers. He said that since switching, his life has become “much, much better.” He shared his positive installation experience, painless migration and gave kudos to our customer service – music to our ears!
IT Nerd: Thanks for choosing Rogers for your Internet, phone and cable services. We welcome you with open arms and fast internet speeds, and wish you the happiest of surfing, chatting, and PVRing!
New messaging app ‘Slingshots’ its way into Canada
As of Wednesday, Facebook’s new messaging app, Slingshot is ready for Canadians to download – so… shoot away! Available for Android and iOS devices, Slingshot lets you send photos and videos that self-destruct. As explained by the Financial Post, photos and videos on Slingshot disappear shortly after people swipe them away. Viewed messages which can only be seen once by each member of the conversation, are wiped from servers in a week, and messages that are never opened are deleted within 30 days.
As explored by Mashable, users are required to respond with an image or video in order to unlock the messages they receive. While some may see this as a ‘catch’, I think it adds a little more excitement to opening up a new message.
Do you think you’ll be ‘Slingshotting’ any time soon?
A golden device
The HTC One (M8) in the stunning shade of amber gold is now available in Rogers retail locations and online at Rogers.com. This fashion-forward colour is exclusive to Rogers and complements the device’s innovative, sleek and award-winning design. Check out our previous posts to learn more about the HTC One (M8)’s specs and user-friendly features.
Do you think smartphones are becoming the latest fashion accessory?
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This week, we learned how to see only our favourite channels on our PVR guides and discovered why one Toronto YouTuber loves the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Plus, MobileSyrup shared the latest smartphone stats.
Get the scoop in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
It’s time to master your NextBox. Our Community Forums users taught us how to customize our Interactive Program Guide to skip unsubscribed channels – giving us only our favourite content. Even better, it’s easy! Get the step by step guide here.
Do you have questions about your Rogers products and services? Browse thousands of threads answering common questions, or post your own for an answer from one of the 260,000 members and nine expert “Super Users.” Check it out.
Last month, I got a chance to take the Samsung Gear 2 Neo for a spin. As an avid runner, I geeked out over the stat tracking and the heart rate monitor. This week, Toronto-based YouTuber Karl Conrad shared his review of the device, calling it “the best smartwatch that you can currently get from Samsung.” Check out his full review here. Karl also notes that it’s a great conversation-starter, with people asking him “what’s that thing on your wrist” at the gym and on the street. And I agree – people love to check out the fitness band’s features!
Do you do a double-take when you see a wearable in the wild?
I ditched my slider phone years ago. And last year I scaled down my two operating system smartphone habit to a single Android device. So I can’t help but look twice when I see a flip or feature phone in use out on the street. That reaction is backed up by the latest IDC research, as reported by MobileSyrup, with 70 per cent of Canadians owning a smartphone.
As for what kinds of smartphones Canadians are toting, IDC provided a breakdown by OS: Android is expected to own 80 per cent of the market by the end of this year, with Apple coming in second, then Windows.
What’s your operating system of choice? Why?
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