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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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A little Friday news: we’re excited to offer the Samsung GALAXY GS5 in two new hues! And to prepare for that extra day off this weekend, we’ve found five ways to make your tablet your sous-chef and rounded up our favourite apps to help you enjoy the wilderness. Plus, the Pew Research Center teaches us about the future of the Internet of Things.
Enjoy your Weekend Reading.
Feeling blue? Or maybe good as gold? Samsung announced today that the Samsung GALAXY S5 will soon be available in these hot new hues. Rogers customers can get their hands on these bold shades shortly. It’s not just about the colour: this device is also dust and water resistant and has a 16MP camera, heart rate sensor and chic design! Stay tuned for more details.
Which colour would you choose? Why?
My knife skills aren’t quite pro-level, but I’m no slouch in the kitchen either. That’s partly thanks to my reliance on my device to fill in any gaps in knowledge (pro-tip: next time, look up how to shuck an oyster before your guests arrive). So whether you’re planning a long weekend barbeque or a formal dinner party, start your prep early with five ways your tablet can help you get cooking.
I’ve pulled up technique videos, used search engines for substitutions and conversions and even called for outside help while preparing meals. How has your phone or tablet come to the rescue in the kitchen?
Thanks to a brief stint at Conservation Camp as a kid, I can passably read a compass and pitch a tent. But it never hurts to have a quick refresher, especially since we’re now headed into what’s typically the first cold and rainy camping weekend of the year. From the Canadian Red Cross First Aid app for any misadventures to the Parks Canada back-to-basics apps with park-specific tips and camping lists, download these must-haves before you set off with your camp stove and tent poles this weekend.
Do you pack your devices when you head out to the cottage or park?
I love to imagine a future where, Jetsons-style, I’ll have a robotic housekeeper that handles all of my daily chores. The Pew Research Center Internet Project, along with Elon University, has taken a more scientific approach to imagining the future, polling more than 1,600 experts about what the Internet of Things will look like by 2025 – and the actual definition of “Internet of Things.” Which is basically a large, invisible network of devices working together. The report is lengthy, but The Guardian offers a top 10 things list that provides a good overview. The expectation is that by 2025 we’ll talk to devices the same way we talk to other people and “we will all have cyberservants.” In addition to my clean home fantasy, the experts also predict that we’ll quantify even more of our lives and be able to monitor our health through wearables.
What do you think technology will be capable of in 2025?
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Happy Mother’s Day!
Public service announcement: Sunday is Mother’s Day. Hopefully you’ve already made dinner reservations, mailed your card or otherwise done something special for your mom. If not, we can wait five minutes. Seriously. This post will still be here.
OK, now that’s been handled, why not set aside some time to help mom discover some great new apps for her mobile device? This week, busy mom Gina shared the apps that help keep her and her family organized, including Google Now, Pinterest and the photo-backup feature of Dropbox. Technology can also play a role in family time, from bonding to planning, as we learned from Clare Kumar.
What apps help the mothers in your life?
TV show secrets
Last week, I was killing time at the airport by idly scrolling through my Twitter feed, only to accidentally find out who had been sent home on my favourite cooking competition. While I still watched it, the spoiler definitely took some of the fun out of the episode.
So, to save you from the same fate, I’ve shared my favourite ways to skip the spoilers for your favourite series. Modify your settings on Twitter to filter out “Spoiler alert” warnings or install a browser app that lets you mute people, hashtags, terms and phrases across your social networks. Learn more here.
How do you avoid plot spoilers?
If you add up all those YouTube clips, news hits and TV shows you watch daily, how much time do you spend watching videos? It likely adds up to about one-third of your time spent online, according to a new report from Media Technology Monitor. About 75 per cent of English-speaking Canadians said they watch some videos online every month. That includes YouTube videos, streamed TV content, movies, news and sports. As reported by the Canadian Press, most video views (83 per cent) are still happening on laptops and desktops, with the rest coming from smartphones, tablets and Internet-connected TVs.
The research also found that more TV watching was happening on mobile. Personally, I tend to watch YouTube videos and news or sports clips on my mobile, while full-length TV and movie viewing happens on my desktop. What screen do you use for videos?
Did you know Canadians are more likely than Americans to send email from their mobile phones? This week, we’re looking at how we differ from our neighbours to the south, getting the scoop on the new Fargo series and going back in time with Google Maps.
The North-South divide
Americans are checking the weather and sports scores on their mobiles, while Canadians are more likely to send – but not read – emails with their smartphones. As Adweek reports, “Canadians’ smartphone habits show that they are different from Americans in more than just their abiding love of the French language, hockey and snow.” The infographic also shows that Americans tend to get directions on the go more than Canucks. However, there are some similarities: 41 per cent of North American smartphone users check Twitter on their phones, and more than half are logging on while standing in line, eating and commuting. Check out the full infographic here.
My own habits match the stats – I definitely spend a big chunk of my time on my smartphone sending emails for work and fun! How about you?
Fargo on FXX
The Canadian-shot dark comedy series Fargo premiered last week to positive reviews – the New York Times calls it “oddly winning” while Hollywood Reporter says it’s an “extremely impressive concept pulled off with surprising vigor.” The FXX Canada series, based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, follows Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) who meets small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction. We got a backstage pass to the making of the show and shared five facts from behind the scenes – including that during shooting, production had to shut down due to -37°C temperatures! Watch Fargo Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX, which is currently on free preview on channels 64 and 566 for Rogers customers. Or catch up on demand with the new FXNOW Canada video player and app (available on iOS and Android), Rogers on Demand (channel 100) or Rogers Anyplace TV.
Have you tuned in to Fargo? What did you think?
Hop through history
Next time you’re stymied trying to remember what shop was replaced by that new indie coffee house, turn to Google Maps. A new Street View feature lets users time travel back to the service’s beginnings in 2007. You can also check out regions in different seasons and at night. The archival imagery rolled out in the U.S. on Wednesday and was expected to be available worldwide within two days, according to CBC News.
To check out this new feature, which is currently only available on desktop, look for an hourglass in the upper left corner of a Street View image. Click the hourglass for a thumbnail of past images and use the timeline to move through the years. Click on the date to travel back in time. The Wall Street Journal reports major attractions will feature 20 or more time periods to check out, while most locations will have two or three options.
I can’t wait to scope out how my neighbourhood has evolved over the past few years, along with my periodic checks on my childhood haunts! Where will you travel back in time?
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After my recent gadget obsession, I was glued to the tube this week. In addition to some notable finales, it was batter up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the final countdown to the Game of Thrones season four premiere. Plus, we learned Canadians are crazy for mobile. Check it out!
Let’s go Blue Jays!
As playoff hopes rise, and fall, across sports stadiums, the Toronto Blue Jays are just getting into the swing of it all with the home opener tonight. Of course, even when the team is at home, I can’t make it out for every ball game. Luckily, all 162 of this year’s games are available with Rogers Anyplace TV. Rogers digital television customers can live stream the games on their computer and tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV and their Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE or Sportsnet 360 subscriptions, while Rogers wireless customers can tune in on their smartphone via the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app.
Earlier this week, Sarah shared her story of catching a game while commuting. When have you watched a game on the go?
Going from the diamond to a different kind of game entirely: Game of Thrones returns this weekend! The Rogers Your World This Week team sat down with Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) to find out what season four has in store – watch the full video. In case you’ve forgotten some of the finer plot points from last year, Mashable is offering fans a little refresher on life in Winterfell, translated into emoji.
Catch the premiere on April 6 on HBO Canada, or watch it later with Rogers Anyplace TV and Rogers On Demand.
How will you celebrate the season premiere?
Making it mobile
The average Canadian spent more than 34 hours per month online in 2013, with more of those hours being logged on mobile devices than ever before, says new research from ComScore. The Globe and Mail notes that in the U.S., more than half of people’s time spent online in 2013 was mobile – a whopping 566 billion minutes! Canadians are spending that time on mobile checking the weather, social networking and searching.
Finally, getting back to that tube obsession, roughly a third of us are using a smartphone or tablet while watching TV (I was hunting Pokemon while watching TV on Monday night).
I’m definitely reading way more websites and watching more videos on my smartphone every year – how about you?