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Contents
COVER
STORY
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40
44 TV Now
The LTE Quiz
50
Take Advantage
56
Moving Made Easy
60
Home, Smart Home
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A New Galaxy of Possibilities
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has arrived, and it’s crazy
awesome. Read our primer for all the details.
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From technology to quality to accessibility, TV has
never been better. We show you why.
You have options when choosing a phone carrier.
Here’s why going with Rogers is a no-brainer.
Five tips for making your next move stress-free.
Home security, automation and total piece of mind
for your family are what you can expect with
Rogers Smart Home Monitoring.
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Travel: Morocco
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The Future of the Internet
Our increasing connectedness is set to radically
change the way we live. Here’s how.
What to expect if you visit this gorgeous locale,
and how to stay connected while you’re there.
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FE ATU RES
Test your knowledge of Rogers LTE, Canada’s fastest
wireless internet.
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first up
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One App to Rule Them All
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Pay with your Galaxy
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Students Stay Connected
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My Stuff: Miri Jedeikin
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Carry On
Backpacks for your high-tech gear.
The new Rogers Anyplace TV app.
Your smartphone is now your wallet!
How to keep your Rogers services intact when
heading home from school this summer.
Multi-talented host, producer and reviewer on
G4’s EP Daily dishes about her must-have gear.
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gear
18
Sony Xperia ZL
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22 Gardening Geek
BlackBerry Q10
A new device with old-school keys.
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DEPA RTM ENT S
Gorgeous screen, serious power.
Gear up your garden with high-tech tools.
entertainment
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TV
30
Sports & Games
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Movies
Silver Linings Playbook’s “J Law”interviewed;
the best new movies on Rogers On Demand.
Find out which shows are premiering this April,
May and June.
Get your Toronto Blue Jays fix; six mobile video
game reviews.
how-to
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BlackBerry 10
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Rogers Home Phone
80
Tablet Tips
81
Smartphone Tricks
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10-Second Tips
Fast, easy tricks for Rogers services.
Everything you need to know.
Get more from this great service.
Tricks for your Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab
and BlackBerry PlayBook.
Helpful tips from Android to iOS.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Derek Malcolm
from the editor
MANAGING EDITOR
Kim Shiffman
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Kendon Polak
Life moves pretty fast
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Jay Somerset
ART DIRECTOR
Ally Tripkovic (on leave)
Amy Ward (acting)
This is totally going to date me, but it was Ferris Bueller who famously said, “Life moves
pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Words to
live by. But Ferris didn’t have a Galaxy S4. With it, he could have made a reservation at
that snooty restaurant with Open Table; shot and shared video of all the cool art at the
Art Institute of Chicago; and Googled “How to turn back the odometre in a 1961 Ferrari
250 GT,” saving Cameron a world of hurt. Sure, the movie would have been lame, but my
point is that smartphones have completely changed the way we live our lives, and it’s fun
to think of how things would have been different for lads like Ferris. That said, it’s
Samsung’s new GS4 that has inspired us to think about all these things. Check it out on
p. 40 – it scrolls web pages with the movement of your eyes, has crazy new gesture
controls, and can translate nine languages just by speaking to it. Chicka-chickah.
But let’s get back to business. Our smartphones are amazing, sure, but they’re made
incredible when connected to the Rogers LTE network – the fastest wireless internet in
Canada. They can do more, at quicker speeds, than the massive desktop computer sitting
in my office. Not sure why LTE makes such a big difference? Take our LTE Quiz on p. 50.
But speed is only one part of the puzzle. Today’s devices are much more sophisticated
and intuitive than ever. Between my smartphone and tablet, I’m doing more and more
things wirelessly these days – shopping, socializing, watching TV and movies, playing
online games and working. But this is now. If things are truly moving fast, what does the
future of the internet look like? We offer a peek on p. 66.
While we can’t be 100 percent sure about the future, we can help you navigate the
present. That’s what Connected Rogers is all about: helping you get the most from your
Rogers devices and services. From quick tips to instructional features and what’s on TV,
we’re here for you. So check us out at connectedrogers.ca. Enjoy the issue.
DESIGNER, INTEGRATED
Miranda Esteve
CONTRIBUTORS
Chris Atchison, Sunny Bak, Allan Britnell,
Wolfgang Dios, Neil Duerden,
Lauren Flanagan, Daniel Harrison,
Barrett Hooper, Jaclyn Law,
Alex Mlynek, Andrew Moore-Crispin,
Chris Powell, Vickie Reichardt,
Marc Saltzman, Chad Sapieha,
Bonnie Staring, Amy Valm,
Eric Veillette, Felix Wedgwood,
Tracey Williams, Spencer Wilson
PUBLISHER, CONNECTED ROGERS
VP, CONTENT SOLUTIONS, ROGERS MEDIA INC.
Jacqueline Loch
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONTENT SOLUTIONS
Clodagh Wilson
CONTENT DIRECTOR, CONTENT SOLUTIONS
Jaimie Hubbard
MANAGER, CLIENT SERVICES
Janine Cole
Judy Corvetti (on leave)
PROGRAM MANAGER
Michael Thomas
WEB CONTENT MANAGER
Rachel Singer
Derek Malcolm
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
WEB PRODUCER
Farhana Uddin
DEREK’S PHOTOGRAPH: LINDSEY DRENNAN
editor@connectedrogers.ca | @connectedrogers
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EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, MARKETING,
ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS
John Boynton
contributors
BUSINESS SPONSOR
Shirley Sze
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
PRODUCTION OPERATIONS
Sean McClusky
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
Irene Solom
SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER
Samantha Roininen
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elzbieta Jurecka
RESEARCH MANAGER
Aditi Quadras
PRESIDENT, ROGERS MEDIA INC.
Keith Pelley
PRESIDENT, ROGERS PUBLISHING LTD.
Kenneth Whyte
VICE-PRESIDENTS
Immee Chee Wah, Patrick Renard
PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS
ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Rob Bruce
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Neil Duerden
ILLUSTRATOR
Neil Duerden lives about 50 kilometres north of Manchester in the English countryside – or, as he puts it,
“In the middle of nowhere.” But while his nomadic existence might be a wee bit lonely, it’s our gain, as
evidenced by the vivid, otherworldly quality of his illustrations, on display here in our feature about digital TV
(p. 44). “I love watching TV, even if work keeps me away from ‘the box’ much of the time,” says Duerden,
whose clients have included Honda, Adidas and P&G. Besides work, his current obsessions are walking,
drawing, playing with classic valve amps and exploring old mines: “A very strange combination, I know.”
Turn to our Essential Info
section, beginning on p. 84,
for fast, easy answers
on everything from how to
read your invoice to how
to access your account, find
services and more.
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Allan Britnell
Spencer Wilson
WRITER
As the father of two young girls, Toronto-based
writer and editor Allan Britnell knows a thing
or two about rules for keeping his family safe
and secure. For instance, never skateboard on a
road – a lesson Britnell learned last summer when
he was showboating on his daughter’s board,
slipped and sprained his wrist. Smooth move,
Dad. This issue, Britnell, who typically covers the
home-renovation industry, writes about the home
security advantage (p. 63).
ILLUSTRATOR
Wilson lives in a small leafy town in England called
Berkhamsted. For this issue, he lent his touch to
our feature on moving (p. 60). “I hate moving;
I’m a creature of comfort,” says Wilson, an avid
cyclist and illustrator, whose clients have included
The Guardian, Men’s Health and Penguin Books.
But while he may dislike relocating, the father of
two might need to consider a larger flat sometime
soon: “Sharing the house with three ladies…
we need another bathroom.”
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On connectedrogers.ca
UCF 101
The stories
behind the
moves
What the heck is a kimura? A
rear naked choke? An omoplata?
We know you love your MMA, and
with UFC 159 coming up April 27,
we thought we’d take a look at the
origins of some of the sport’s craziest (and oddly named) moves to
get you pumped for the big fight.
Click here for the story.
The Scoop on
What to Watch
Addicted to Apps
Head to connectedrogers.ca weekly or sign up for
our eNewsletter to get regular reviews on the latest
and greatest apps for your smartphone and tablet.
The app world is vast, so let us navigate it for you!
So many channels, what to
choose? Check out
connectedrogers.ca/watch
for daily updates of news, reviews
and interviews on the hottest
upcoming series, movies and On
Demand programming, written by
some of the best entertainment
journalists in the country.
Follow Us On Twitter: @connectedrogers and Editor-in-Chief
@derekmalcolm for links to our latest posts and live tweeting from
device launches, tech-related events and more.
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Rogers has
you covered
Here’s a snapshot of the wide range of Rogers services that are available to help keep you connected*
Wireless
Internet Access
Legend
Tablets, mobile hotspot, internet sticks
and Rocket™ hub
Available only
in Ontario,
New Brunswick,
Newfoundland
and Labrador
unless
otherwise
indicated
Home Phone
Rogers Home Phone
Television
Rogers Hi-Speed Internet
Smart Home
Monitoring
Cable/Digital TV
(Including PVRs, Rogers On Demand Ch. 100 and HD)
Now in the Golden Horseshoe and parts
of Atlantic Canada
Rocket™ hub
Rogers Anyplace TV
Wherever you have internet access in Canada.
rogersanyplacetv.com
Visit rogers.com for availability in your neighbourhood
*Full coverage may vary in some provinces and territories.
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Carry On
Stylish, tech-friendly backpacks for travel and school
AIRBAC
US$90 | airbac.com
Give your back a break! The air
support system in the AirTech
daypack evenly distributes
weight, lightening your load while
providing protection for your
laptop and other devices. Just
pump it up to the desired level
– the bag adjusts to your body
while you’re wearing it.
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iSAFE
US$90 | isafebag.net
iSafe’s Urban Crew backpack
has padded shoulder straps, seven
zippered compartments and
enough space for toting around a
15.6-inch laptop. It can also save
your bacon – in an emergency,
you can activate a high-decibel
siren and flashing strobe light.
Perfect for ravers, too.
THE NORTH FACE
$140 | thenorthface.com
Made of ballistic nylon, the
roadworthy Surge II backpack
has padded shoulder straps, a
compartment roomy enough for a
17-inch laptop, a neoprene tablet
sleeve and a zippered power cord
pocket. For heavier loads, use the
padded hip belt. Available in a
trimer version. Jaclyn Law
One App to
Rule Them All
Turn your smartphone and tablet into
the best places to watch live sports
PHOTO: (PHONE) ISTOCKPHOTO.COM
Life is complicated, so how’s this for simple:
Rogers has taken two of its awesome apps – one
for watching on-demand programming on your
smartphone or tablet and the other for watching
live TV on your devices – and combined them into
one. The result? The new Rogers Anyplace TV app.
With just this one app, you can watch up to 45 live
and on-demand channels and exclusive content,
while on the go.
SPORTS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE Never miss a minute
of the action! Enjoy exclusive access to Sportsnet’s
live coverage of Toronto Blue Jays games,
Barclays Premier League matches and select UEFA
Champions League games. Plus, watch CBC’s
Hockey Night In Canada live broadcasts.
NEW FOR TABLETS! Blue Jays fans can now watch
Sportsnet’s coverage of the games right on their
tablets with the Rogers Anyplace TV Tablet app.*
45 LIVE AND ON-DEMAND CHANNELS The choice
is yours, anywhere, with access to a wealth of
channels including CBC, City, OMNI, Treehouse
TV, Tribute and YTV. Plus, if you’re a Rogers digital
TV customer, you can access mobile on-demand
content from the channels you subscribe to. Visit
rogers.com/mobiletv for more details and the full
channel selection.
HOW DO I GET IT? Download the app from the Apple
App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
HOW MUCH? Normally you’d pay $5 for 10 hours/
month of viewing. (Each additional hour costs $1.)
But right now, you can enjoy unlimited viewing
(without overage charges) until Oct. 31. Get on it!
Bonnie Staring
*You must be a Rogers cable customer.
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Size
Matters
Post photos without
cropping with InstaSize
LTE Rolls Out
Across Canada
Canada’s fastest wireless internet increases its reach
What’s better than speed? How about more speed? Rogers
recently brought its LTE network, the country’s fastest
wireless internet, to 44 new Canadian markets in Atlantic
Canada, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, catapulting the
grand total of LTE markets to 95.
To start, Ontario residents in Sault Ste. Marie, Guelph,
Muskoka and Collingwood, as well as people in Saint John,
N.B.; Medicine Hat, Alta.; and multiple cities in Quebec, will
be among the first to reap the benefits of the crazy-fast
Rogers LTE network in the next couple of months, with the
remaining regions to follow.
What’s more, Rogers has also made its 2600-MHz band of
LTE available in all markets, with 34 of the new 44 markets
being 2600-ready this spring as well. What does that mean,
exactly? A 2600 MHz–capable device on the 2600-MHz LTE
spectrum offers maximum theoretical speeds of up to 150
Mbps, great for smooth streaming and fast downloading.
Exclusive to Rogers, the 2600-enabled devices include the
LG Optimus G 2600, the Rocket Stick, Rocket Hub and the
Rocket Mobile Hotspot.
Stay tuned for more news at connectedrogers.ca.
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Instagram is one of the bestknown smartphone photoediting apps – and for good
reason. It lets you customize
your photos with awesome
filters, and then easily share
them. But there has always
been one problem: it forces
you to crop within a perfect
square. Well, that problem is
now gone, thanks to the new
InstaSize app, which lets you
post your photos to Instagram
while keeping the original
photo dimensions. So, instead
of the photo being cut to fit
a square box, it can be tall or
wide, exactly as you took it.
Yes, there are other photo
apps around, but none as
robust as Instagram – now
made even better with
InstaSize. It’s a win-win.
Get Outside
Yes, you love watching baseball and other sports. But you also love playing
sports. Here are four apps to help get you moving outdoors
V1 Golf | AN, iOS
Map My Ride | AN, BB, iOS
FOR THE GOLF NUT
FOR THE SAVVY CYCLIST
Forever slicing and hooking it on the
golf course? This app can improve
your swing by capturing it and then
comparing it against the swings of
professionals and actual PGA Tour
members. Now, if only you could
improve your short game.
Using your phone’s built-in GPS,
this app helps you select bike routes
and record workout details, such as
distance, pace, speed, elevation and
calories burned. Save and upload
data, and keep peddling!
Trimble Outdoors
Navigator | AN, BB, iOS, WP
Bootcamp | iOS
FOR THE CARDIO FREAK
FOR THE WOODSMAN
So-called “boot camp” fitness
programs are popping up
everywhere. This app simulates the
boot-camp experience by providing
exercises and routines emphasizing
your body core and muscles. No
need for a personal trainer with this
app, so long as you stick with it.
Go! Go! Go!
Climbing, hiking, camping and
paddling – if you’re heading into
the woods, you need this app.
Includes map and compass
navigation, topographical maps,
map caching (so you can access it if
you’re out of cellular range) and
more. You’ll never get lost again.
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Tablet Nation
At the end of last year, about
one quarter of Canadians
owned a tablet – that’s more
than double the number from
a year prior, and five times the
percentage from spring 2011.
2012
5%
2011
26%
— Media Technology Monitor
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Combine your services to get more
for your money. It’s a no-brainer
From The Three Musketeers to the Jonas
Brothers, some things are just better
together. The same goes for your TV,
internet and home phone – bundling
them together with Rogers offers you
more benefits than keeping them apart.
It just makes sense.
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With bundling, you can pick the services
that best suit your needs. Want more or
fewer channels? No problem. Plus, when
you create your own bundle, you’ll see
how much you’ll save with each service.
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GET MORE FOR LES
Saving money is just the start. Some packages
also offer enhanced features that make the deal
even sweeter. For example, right now existing
Rogers customers can sign up for Rogers
Hi-Speed Internet, Rogers digital TV and Rogers
Home Phone and receive free HD PVR rental,
20 GB of additional internet usage and free
Canadian long distance.
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ADDED CONVENIEN
Not only will you save money and enjoy reliable
services and enhanced features, you’ll also save
time by having only one consolidated bill to pay
each month instead of three. Go for paperless
billing to save on unwanted paper, too. BS
Pay with
your Galaxy
COMING
SOON!
Who needs cash? Purchase
everything from groceries to
coffee with a Samsung Galaxy
S III or BlackBerry Bold 9900
We’ve all been there: rummaging
through our wallet, feverishly trying
CIBC
to find some cash or a credit card to
pay for a purchase, only to realize we’ve left it
somewhere else.
Now there’s a new way to avoid the chorus of
sighs and glares from shoppers lined up behind
you. Meet the CIBC Mobile Payment App for
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and coming soon on the
Samsung Galaxy S III. Using the app and leveraging the suretap service from Rogers, CIBC
credit card customers can make purchases with
a wave of the phone.
Taking convenience to
a new stratosphere
Through CIBC’s activation process, a virtual version of your credit card is stored on a secure
space within your phone’s SIM card, leveraging
the same chip security as your credit card. The
CIBC Mobile Payment App leverages Near Field
Communication technology to allow your device
to securely communicate wirelessly with tens of
thousands of checkout terminals across Canada.
All you need is an eligible device, a suretap SIM
card, an eligible CIBC credit card and the free
CIBC Mobile Payment App (download from
your app store). Then, just hold up your device
to a contactless payment terminal and your
purchase is complete. It’s that easy! Click here
to see it in action.
Cynical about security?
There’s an app for that
The CIBC Mobile Payment App uses
advanced encryption technology to prevent
unauthorized transactions; you can add an
optional passcode for an extra level of security.
CIBC even breaks out mobile purchases separately on your credit card statement, so you can
easily track your transactions.
Device diversity
Don’t have a Samsung Galaxy S III device or a
BlackBerry Bold 9900? No sweat. More suretapready phones are coming soon.
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NO MORE SUMMER
BUMMERS
Students, it’s now easy
– and cheaper! – to stay
connected all summer
School’s out for the summer. For university and college
students, there’s no more homework, no more books
and no more exams – sweet!
But the summer can also be a bummer for students.
Firstly, because you have to disconnect your TV and
internet services when moving home, only to have to
go through all the steps of setting them up again in
the fall. Annoying – and costly. And secondly, because
going home for the summer often means losing touch
with new school friends.
Great news: Rogers has your back, transforming both
of these summer bummers into non-issues. Here’s how.
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DON’T HANG UP – Just put Rogers on hold
Here’s a cool new thing from Rogers: instead of disconnecting your services for the summer, you can
just suspend them. For the low cost of $3.95 per
month – add it up and it’s still less than the cost of a
night out – Rogers will put your services on hold.
Yup, you get to keep your Rogers email address;
your account history remains active; and you can
hang onto your Rogers equipment (such as your
digital terminal, remote control for cable TV, and
your internet modem or gateway), instead of going
to the trouble of returning it and picking it up again.
It’s so much easier.
And when you’re back at school, Rogers will set
you up with the same services, at the same address
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or a new address; installation is free (a savings
of $49.99). What’s more, there’s no additional
credit check required.
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TAKE YOUR FRIENDS HOME
WITH YOU – Well, so to speak
Here’s another reason why the summer can be a
bummer for students: As your school friends all
go home for the summer, it becomes way too
easy to lose touch with them. No worries. That’s
where Rogers One Number comes in.
You were already planning on texting your
school friends all summer. Well, with Rogers
One Number, you can send and receive texts on
your tablet or desktop computer. It works just
the same as with your smartphone: text messa-
ges sent to your wireless number will arrive on
your tablet or computer, and when you send
texts on those devices, the person you’re calling
will see your wireless number come up.
That’s really just the beginning of what Rogers
One Number offers. It also lets you make voice
calls, and you can video chat with other Rogers
One Number users, too. And, you can use the
service’s “Reach me Rules” feature to forward
calls to a different number, and control who can
contact you, when and at what number. JL
CLICK HERE for more on
Rogers One Number
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First Up
MY STUFF
Movie
Star
TEXT Eric Veillette
PHOTOGRAPHY Sunny Bak
As a host, reviewer and producer on G4
television’s tech and entertainment pillars EP
Daily and Reviews on the Run, Miri Jedeikin can
stand toe-to-toe with the geeks and the film buffs
alike. But when it comes to speaking her mind,
the pop culture expert doesn’t shy away from
separating the good from the bad in her reviews.
“There are plenty of genre films coming out, but
just because it falls into a nerdy category doesn’t
mean it’s automatically great,” says the Montreal
native. We caught up with Jedeikin in her home
base of Los Angeles, where she talked to us about
the apps and gadgets that help her survive press
junkets, comic conventions and L.A. freeways.
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iPHONE
WAZE
“My iPhone keeps me connected in
every way. It’s my gateway to information; to friends, social networks,
my audience. For music, I still keep
an iPod in the car.”
2
iPAD MINI
“I use it when I do interviews and go to junkets.
It’s really small and lightweight, and it’s great for watching
movies and for reading.”
3
“Living in Los Angeles, you
basically live in your car.
Waze is a user-generated map app,
and people are constantly inputting
different routes to get around, alerting traffic and road closures. It’s only
failed me a couple of times.”
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MOPHIE JUICE PACK
“Mophie is a battery-powered
case for iPhone. At Comic-Con,
if your phone dies, you’re in
big trouble. You need to be
prepared, and this thing has saved
me more than once.”
PS3
“I learned how to
play video games on a
hand-held Donkey Kong
game that belonged to
one of my siblings. The
PS3 is the most versatile of all my
consoles because I use it to review
Blu-rays and to play games.”
4
LITTLEBIGPLANET
“This game changed the way
I look at the medium. The
whole family can play, but
it also challenges players to
interact with the game and create
their own content. Some of that
content was a game changer for me.”
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TWITTER
“I barely remember a time before
Twitter. It’s perfect for keeping up with
everything that matters to me: politics,
friends, entertainment. We consume such a
dizzying array of information, which I think
is great... but sometimes I think my brain is
going to explode. In a good way.”
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YETI USB MICROPHONE
“I record so much voice-over for my
job. I use it in a pinch, and it captures really great sound. Just plug
it into a laptop and get what you
need. It’s awesome.”
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Gear
SMARTPHONES
Keys,
UNLEASH THE Q10
WITH ROGERS LTE,
CANADA’S FASTEST
WIRELESS INTERNET!
CLICK HERE
TO RESERVE YOUR
DEVICE TODAY
Please
Love the new BlackBerry 10 operating
system but miss the old-school
keyboard? Say hello to the hot new
BlackBerry Q10
TEXT Marc Saltzman
A
sk and ye shall receive! Introducing the BlackBerry Q10, the first
smartphone built on the all-new BlackBerry 10 platform with a
QWERTY keyboard. Go ahead, pinch yourself. After all, you were
impressed with the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 device unveiled
earlier this year – including its smooth multitasking, a unified inbox,
work and play segregation, and BBM video calling, all on the ultra-fast
Rogers 2600 mobile LTE network – but like some, you simply
prefer a physical keyboard for typing. Now, you’re in luck.
TH E B LAC K B ER RY Q10 AT A GL ANCE
LTE
connectivity
(plus 4G HSPA+
and EDGE)
That means:
Serious speed!
Runs on the
2600 LTE
spectrum band.
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3.1
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super AMOLED
touchscreen
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rear-facing
camera
That means:
A bright,
colourful and
detailed touchscreen (with 328
pixels-per-inch
density).
That means:
Sharp pics and
full HD video
shooting
with the rear
(primary)
camera.
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119.6 x 66.8
x 10.4 mm
That means:
A compact and
lightweight
smartphone.
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KEY FEATURES
Here are four cool things about the BlackBerry Q10
THE KEYBOARD
T classic BlackBerry keyboard is back!
The
Re-engineered to help you type accurately and
R
ffast, the comfortable and well-placed buttons on
tthe BlackBerry Q10 let you get more done in less
ttime, whether you’re typing a message, doing a
web search or posting to social media. You’ve got
the best of both worlds with the Q10: a rock-solid
physical keyboard and a stunning 3.1-inch touchscreen display.
LTE
BLACKBERRY HUB
The BlackBerry Q10 lets
you quickly view incoming
messages without leaving
the app you’re in. Simply
swipe up and to the right
on the screen to see your
messages, be they email,
text, BBM, Facebook and
more. Once you peek into
your BlackBerry Hub, you
can reply or call, or let the
screen snap right back
into place.
BBM VIDEO WITH
SCREEN SHARE
The new BlackBerry
Messenger lets you
switch from a text
chat to a face-to-face
video conversation
with a simple tap. But it doesn’t just stop there
– you can also initiate Screen Share, which
lets the person you’re chatting with see what’s
on your screen in real-time, be it a video,
document, photo, game, web browser and so
on. And yes, you’re still talking at the same
time throughout it all.
BLACKBERRY BALANCE
It’s no secret that your BlackBerry is used for professional
and personal reasons – in fact, that’s what it’s built for –
and so the BlackBerry Q10 lets you easily segregate work
and personal life. Called BlackBerry Balance, you can have
separate screens, apps, media, email addresses and services,
depending on whether it’s nine to five or five to nine. What’s
more, the Q10’s battery rocks, with up to 10 hours of talk
time, so you can rely on it for both work and play.
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Gear
HANDS-ON
Sony
Xperia ZL
TEXT Chad Sapieha
PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Harrison
An impressive screen, a sophisticated
body, tons of power – the new Xperia
ZL has it all
S
ony’s new super-chic Xperia ZL is an
amalgamation of the Japanese company’s
expertise across all of its major consumer
electronics divisions. Bravia TV image processing?
heck. Sony Exmor RS digital photography? You bet.
Check.
ayStation certification? Of course. Instant onePlayStation
uch connectivity with a broad range of peripherals?
touch
Gotcha.
cha. If Sony’s your brand, this is your phone.
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LTE
4G Connectivity
That means:
Crazy-fast downloads. Stream
video and snatch
big files from the
cloud without
worry.
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Android OS
(Jelly Bean)
That means:
Runs Google’s
l
greatest
operating
system out of
the box.
ONE
account
That means:
One login gives
you access to
Sony-exclusive
movies, music,
games and apps.
Rogers LTE, Canada’s
Fastest Wireless Internet!
TOP FEATURES
Elegance redefined
Thanks to a front side that’s pretty
much nothing but display, the Xperia
ZL is surprisingly small for a five-inch
phone. An aluminum power button
and seductively rounded edges help
foster a sophisticated look and feel.
HD in your hand
With a crystal-clear 1080p screen (443 pixels per inch),
the Xperia ZL begs to be used for pictures, movies and
games. Plus, Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 means the
image adapts intelligently according to content type.
Pictures that pack punch
Thirteen megapixels of Exmor RS
image sensor power results in deeply
detailed photographs. It’s also the first
smartphone to facilitate HDR video,
which delivers vast improvements in
exposure and lighting.
One-touch away
The future is here. Just tap the
Xperia ZL against supported
speakers, hard drives, TV remotes
or phones to instantly connect,
back up, mirror or share content.
It’s basically magic.
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Gear
UPGRADE
Gardening Geek
Gear up your garden with
these high-tech toolss
TEXT Amy Valm
1. Click & Grow Planterr
US$79 | clickandgrow.com
Lack a green thumb? No problem.
m. Insert a
seedplant disc, fill with water andd watch
your basil, chilies or tomatoes grow.
row.
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2. Tower Garden
Growing System
US$500 | towergarden.com
Apartment dwellers needn’t feel left out
equired
with this soil-free, no-weeding-required
indoor garden.
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3. AreoGarden Ultra
$250 | areogarden.com
Bring the outdoors in with this high-tech
countertop herb (or anything) garden.
4. Atlantic Water Gardens
RHCRU Clean Rain Ultra
Downspout Diverter
US$92 | smarthome.com
Attach this spout to eavestroughs for
clean rainwater. A fine metal filter sifts
out bugs, debris and grime.
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5. Brinno Digital
Time-Lapse Camera
US$219+ | photojojo.com
Document the growth of your plants, or
use it to investigate what or who is getting
into your garden at night.
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6. Bird-B-Gone Solar
Bird Repeller
$111 | ama
amazon.ca
Solar-powered rotating arms repel large
Solar-power
unwanted birds
b from helping themselves to
your garden goods.
Koubachi Wi-Fi
7. Kouba
Plant Sensor
Sen
Outdoor
$130 | kou
koubachi.com
If only plants
plant could speak. With this cool
sensor, they do! Whenever your plants
need care, Koubachi
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sends your iOS device
a notification
notificatio with precise care advice.
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8. Bug-A
Bug-A-Salt
US$35 | bu
bugasalt.com
Slay pesky mosquitos
m
and other insects
while you ga
garden with this safe and easyto-use salt gun.
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9. High-Tech Plant
Examining Glasses
US$70 | cleanairgardening.com
Spot dying plant patches before the
telltale signs appear with these NASAinspired goggles.
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10. Portable Databases
Garden Tracker App
$2 | iOS
Create garden plans and harvesting checklists with this app.
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11. Black & Decker PlantSmart
Digital Plant Care Sensor
US$50 | blackanddecker.com
After getting a plant reading, plug
the USB into your computer for expert
recommendations and tips on how to
help your plants thrive.
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Entertainment
MAY & JUNE’S TOP PICKS IN MOVIES, TELEVISION, SPORTS & GAMES
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Bradley Cooper and
Jennifer Lawrence star in
Silver Linings Playbook.
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Michael Douglas and an almostunrecognizable Matt Damon star in
Behind the Candelabra.
GAMES
TV
Rogers On Demand
WHERE
TO WATCH
Cable customers can turn
to Channel 100 to access
this programming via
Rogers On Demand.*
Rogers Anyplace TV
online
Anyone can
register for free at
rogersanyplacetv.com
to watch this
programming online.*
Smartphone
Tablet
Xbox
Wireless customers
can download the
Rogers Anyplace TV™
app from Google Play or
the Apple App Store.
Download the Rogers
Anyplace TV Tablet app
from Google Play or the
Apple App Store.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers
registered with rogersany
placetv.com can watch this
program via the Rogers
Anyplace TV app on Xbox
Live.
*Charges apply to some On Demand content. Rogers Anyplace TV is only available within Canada with internet connection.
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ENTERTAINMENT | MOVIES
Turning Silver
into Gold
Jennifer Lawrence speaks humbly of her Oscar-winning role in
Silver Linings Playbook, working with Robert De Niro, sudden
fame, and that ubiquitous “J Law” nickname
SUDDENLY, YOUR FACE IS EVERYWHERE. IS IT
WEIRD SEEING YOUR NAME AND PICTURE ALL
OVER THE PLACE?
Well, you can’t Google yourself and you can’t read
anything. Sometimes I feel I have no control over
what comes out of my mouth; I would probably turn
into a mute if I read what I said. I’d get paranoid
and miserable.
HOW HAS ALL THIS ATTENTION CHANGED YOU?
Overnight, the entire planet starts treating you differently. It’s weird. I can shop online [but] I can’t go
to Rodeo Drive. When you come to peace with it, you
realize that every job has a downside. For me, it feels
like a nine-to-five job; this is my work, and then I go
home and I’m normal.
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“This is my work, and then I go
home and I’m normal”
IT’S BEEN SAID THAT YOU DON’T APPEAR AS IF
YOU’RE ACTING IN SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK .
It actually feels the exact opposite for me. I have
never played a character [quite like this one]. I
don’t understand her at all. She’s so forceful and
stubborn and bull-headed but, at the same time,
she’s insecure. She thinks all these terrible things
about herself yet she’s at complete peace. I think
the most important thing she ever says to Bradley
Cooper’s character, Pat, is, “There is always going
to be a part of me that’s dirty, but I forgive and I
accept that about myself.” That’s why she remains
so likeable.
WHERE TO
WATCH
Rogers On
Demand, Ch .100
rogersany
placetv.com
Smartphone
Tablet
Xbox
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Premiering April 30
PEOPLE SAID YOU WERE TOO YOUNG FOR THIS ROLE.
Well, I was wrong for the part. I was way too young, but I guess we
turned that around in the end.
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH ROBERT DE NIRO?
He’s such an incredible actor but he’s also an incredible filmmaker, and
he was so down to earth, and he made me feel so comfortable. I was
scared of him for the first couple of days. I’m pretty sure I ignored him
because I was too scared to say anything to him, but then he was too
friendly, I couldn’t stay away, and he’s just so nice, which was even
more disarming. Whenever you meet a legend, you just have that fear in
your head like, “Oh god, I’ve loved this person for so long and of course
they’ve got to be a jerk,” and they never are.
PHOTOS: MIRAGE ENTERPRISES / THE KOBAL COLLECTION
WAS THERE MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS WHILE YOU
WERE MAKING THIS FILM?
Yeah, absolutely. This movie was made by people for whom those issues,
those problems, that pain, is very close to home.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR
NICKNAME, “J LAW”?
That’s been going on for years.
My Grade 7 teacher started
calling me “J Law,” so to hear
Will Ferrell say it was pretty
incredible. –Tim Lockwood /
Hot Features
OSCAR NODSS
sBest Picture
sBest Director
sBest Actor (Cooper)
sBest Actress (Lawrence)
sBest Supporting Actor (De
Niro)
De Ni
sBest Supporting Actress (Weaver)
sBest Adapted Screenplay
sFilm Editing
Silver Linings Playbook is
quirky and full of life. Distraught over her husband’s
death, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) takes refuge in her
parents’ garage, then encounters Patrick (Bradley Cooper).
Charismatic but volatile, he
has just been released from
a mental institution for assaulting the man he caught
sleeping with his wife. He too
is at loose ends and is obsessively delusional. The pair
are both seeking emotional
redemption and want to free
themselves from the past, but
without apologizing for who
they are as individuals. The
interplay of the characters is
funny and moving.
The cast includes Robert
De Niro as Patrick’s blustery
father, and Jackie Weaver
as Patrick’s larger-than-life
mother. This film’s intelligence
and romantic spirit reward repeat viewings. Wolfgang Dios
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ENTERTAINMENT | MOVIES
New on Rogers On Demand
The Impossible
Premiering April 23
Not much can compare with the ominous and nerveracking opening to this harrowing tale. A couple and
their three children are celebrating Christmas at a
resort in Thailand in 2004 when the area is struck by
one of the most devastating tsunamis ever recorded.
That real event killed more than 230,000 people.
The husband (Ewan McGregor) is in their hotel room
with two of the children while his wife (Naomi Watts)
is outdoors with their eldest son. Separated by the
ferocious tidal wave, the family desperately struggles
to survive and be reunited. The actors spent a month
filming in the water, while the special effects required
for the unforgettable 10-minute opening sequence
took six companies a full year to create.
The film has a relentless and seething energy, a
tense and unforgettable portrait of survival, bravery
and compassion. Watts was nominated for a Best
Actress Oscar for this physically demanding and emotionally draining role. Wolfgang Dios
Not Fade Away
Premiering April 30
Not Fade Away tells the sweetly melancholic story of growing
up in the 1960s. Four buddies start a basement cover band,
chase girls, write a song that could land them a record deal, fall
in and out of love, argue and fall apart – all to a classic soundtrack that drops the needle at just the right emotional moments
(courtesy of The Sopranos and E Street Band band alumni
Steven Van Zandt). James Gandolfini turns up as a working-stiff
father who doesn’t quite get the pop culture revolution going
on around him. This one falls somewhere between That Thing
You Do! and Diner. Barrett Hooper
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(A ROYAL AFFAIR) ZENTROPA ENTERTAINMENTS / THE KOBAL COLLECTION
WHERE TO
WATCH
Rogers On
Demand, Ch .100
rogersany
placetv.com
Smartphone
Tablet
Xbox
Shadow Dancer
Premiering April 30
Oscar-winning documentarian James Marsh
(Man on Wire, Project Nim) switches gears
for a taut thriller set amid “The Troubles” in
Northern Ireland in the early 1990s.
Andrea Riseborough gives an emotionally charged performance as a single
mom-turned-IRA bomber who is forced
to become a mole for Britain’s Secret Service. Clive Owen, as her spy master, is her
harried-yet-in-control opposite, at least
until he begins to suspect that his own
boss’ (Gillian Anderson) motives for the
mission might not be so black and white.
The subject matter could easily have
veered into 007 territory if not for
Marsh’s deft hand at focusing on the
grim drama of lies and spies, instead
of the potential for spectacle. Shadow
Dancer is rich and contemplative (no, that
doesn’t mean boring), particularly as the
betrayals and tensions mount, and the
occasional pyrotechnics function purely
as punctuation. Indeed, the film would
make a great double feature with the
recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. BH
A Royal Affair
Premiering April 23
The frisky habits of royal families past and present never cease
to entertain movie-going audiences, and this 18th-century tale
of lust, deceit and political intrigue in the Danish royal court
proves no exception.
Rooted in fact, the Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Language
Film is told from the perspective of Queen Caroline Mathilde,
an affection-starved freethinker who finds herself caught between her slightly off-kilter husband, King Christian VII, and his
minder-physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee (played by Mads
Mikkelsen, who most will remember as the bloody-eyed villain in
Casino Royale).
Struensee, a man who longs to bring enlightenment and social
reform to Denmark, piques the young Queen’s interest, and a
passionate, ill-fated love affair ensues. The film is full of bodiceripping and backstabbing (naturally), and the gorgeous set
design, stunning costumes and excellent art direction make this
one of the most sumptuous historical dramas in recent memory.
Lauren Flanagan
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ENTERTAINMENT | TV
The Sweet
Hereafter
THE BIG C
SEASON: 4
PREMIERES: April 29
WHERE: Super Channel and Super
Channel On Demand
After three seasons, The Big C wraps up with an
abbreviated four-episode season. In addition to
the incandescent performance of Laura Linney
as a woman battling terminal cancer, one of the
best things about The Big C is its ability to convey
moments of pure joy while brilliantly mining
the absurdities that can be found in every tragic
situation. The season features guest stars Brian
Dennehy and Kathy Najimy as our heroine’s father
and therapist, respectively, and fashion designer
Isaac Mizrahi as the mentor of her young charge
(fiercely played by Precious star Gabourey
Sidibe). Tracey Williams
What the
Future Holds
This season will focus less on the comedy
and more on the serious realities of the
subject matter. The first episode will
explain last year’s cliffhanger, which left
us wondering if Linney’s character would
ever return to her family, after sailing off
with a stranger into an ocean sunset.
The big question, of course, is whether
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Linney’s character lives or dies. Since the
first three seasons each addressed the
denial, anger and bargaining stages of
grief, should we expect depression and
acceptance in Season 4?
As Linney puts it, “It will hit you one of
two ways: it will be helpful or it will just
be too painful.” The final scene, we’re
told, will be nostalgic, visually stunning
and very happy. Kendon Polak
WHERE TO
WATCH
Rogers On
Demand, Ch .100
THE KING
PHOTOS: (RUN DMC) © CHRIS CARROLL/CORBIS; (KING TUT) ISTOCKPHOTO.COM; (MR. T) NBC VIA GETTY IMAGES; (ELVIS PRESLEY) © COURTESY
OF METRO GOLDWYN MAYER/SUNSET BOULEVARD/CORBIS; (GHOSTFACE KILLAH) © KAI REGAN/CORBIS; (LIBERACE) © CINEMAPHOTO/CORBIS
OF
BLING
BEHIND
THE CANDELABRA
PREMIERES: May 26
WHERE: HBO Canada and
HBO Canada On Demand
Matt Damon was so excited
about dressing up in flared
pants, skin-tight swimsuits
and bejewelled 1970s outfits
to play Liberace’s lover, Scott
Thorson, that he went on a
diet because he wanted “to
make the clothes fall better.”
Now there’s a man who takes
a part to heart.
rogersany
placetv.com
Smartphone
Tablet
Xbox
The Steven Soderbergh–
directed biopic, based on
Thorson’s memoir Behind
The Candelabra: My Life
With Liberace, stars Michael
Douglas as the candelabrawielding showbiz legend
who tinkled those ivories with
enough outlandish finger
jewellery to sink a battleship.
Mr. Showmanship denied
being gay to the bitter end,
but his flamboyant feathered
capes, furs, boas and sequins
certainly spoke for themselves
(not to mention the purple
hair and mascara). Accusations
of homosexuality upset
the so-called “housewives’
heartthrob” so much that he
cried himself all the way to the
bank (by his own admission).
Get ready for more glitz,
glitter, bling and superspangled fabulousness than
you can possibly poke a
candlestick at. KP
BLING H
How does Liberace stack up against other blinged-out stars?
-OMETER
RUN DMC
KING TUT
ELTON JOHN
GHOSTFACE KILLAH
MR. T
ELVIS PRESLEY
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ENTERTAINMENT | TV
TRUE
BLOOD
SEASON: 6
PREMIERES: June 16
WHERE: HBO Canada and
HBO Canada On Demand
We know a few things about Season 6, based
on snippets leaked by insiders. Bill will still be Bill
– even though he has morphed into Lilith after
drinking her blood and exploding into a gooey
mess – but the reborn “Billith” will be something
much more ferocious. Shapeshifter Luna will be
back, along with the newly gay Reverend Steve
Newlin, and we know that Sookie lands herself a
new man-fairie.
The biggest questions this season: Who the heck
is Warlow? And who’s this sexy, new vampire
called Violet who finds her way into Jason’s...um,
heart? The anticipation is killing us. KP
BLACK
MIRROR
PREMIERES: April 22
WHERE: Super Channel and Super
Channel On Demand
If we’re not careful, the not-too-distantfuture might start to scare the living
daylights out of us. That’s the premise
behind this sci-fi anthology series that
taps into our collective anxiety about
the state of the modern world. The
series of six dark dramas function as
sarcastic, twisted parables that riff on a
future that feels just minutes away. It’s
a future where science has enabled us
to store our our memories like digital
video files to be replayed to others on
TV screens and edited at will. KP
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FAMILY
TREE
PREMIERES: May 12
WHERE TO
WATCH
Rogers On
Demand, Ch .100
rogersany
placetv.com
Smartphone
Tablet
Xbox
WHERE: HBO Canada and
HBO Canada On Demand
Anyone who has ever enjoyed This Is Spinal Tap,
Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman will want
to check out Christopher Guest’s newest mockumentary experiment, Family Tree, an eight-part
improv-driven TV series.
Irish comedian Chris O’Dowd, who played the
cute cop in Bridesmaids who has a fling with Kristen Wiig’s character, stars as a single, unemployed
thirtysomething who inherits a curious box of belongings from a mysterious great-aunt. This triggers an investigation into his ancestry, which leads
him from the British Isles to California and to a
slew of wacky relations, who come tumbling out
of the woodwork. KP
MANHUNT
THE SEARCH FOR
OSAMA BIN LADEN
PREMIERES: May 1
WHERE: HBO Canada and
HBO Canada On Dem
Demand
Manhunt investigates
investiga the backstory of the “Sisterhood”
“Sist
of
female CIA analysts
ana
who led
the “secret wa
war” against bin
Laden for yea
years leading up
to his capture in May 2011.
Critics who p
previewed the
film praised Manhunt’s
interpretation
interpretati of events
and its fresh
f
spin
on th
the al-Qaeda
“c
“conversation.”
KP
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ENTERTAINMENT | SPORTS
BATTER
UP
BASEBALL SEASON IS HERE, AND
THERE ARE MORE WAYS THAN EVER
TO WATCH THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS
TEXT Jim Collins
Things are looking mighty promising for the
Toronto Blue Jays this year. New trades, big
investments and revived spirit are poising the
team for a potential playoff spot. And so for fans,
catching as much of the action is crucial.
Attending a Blue Jays game is the ultimate in fun.
But lucky for us, Rogers and Sportsnet offer many
ways to watch – on your PC, smartphone or tablet.
LIVE STREAM
BLUE JAYS TV
Baseball fans are fanatical about their chosen sport, so having access
to live games and highlights is key. That’s what Blue Jays Live
Streaming is all about. Fans can stream every regular season game
broadcast on Sportsnet™ and Sportsnet ONE. Miss a match? Stream
Blue Jays In 30 for condensed game recaps and highlights. All this will
keep you in the know, and let you be the first to respond when
someone asks, “What’s up with the Blue Jays this year?”
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HOW TO
START STREAMING
On your smartphone: Smartphone streaming is
available to all Rogers wireless customers through the Rogers
Anyplace TV app (available for iOS and Android). Cost is $5/
month for 10 hours of viewing; overage is $1/hour/month of
viewing. The app is free to download, and overage charges are
waived until Oct. 31.
On your PC: Available to all Rogers digital TV
customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE ™.
Access the games through Rogers Anyplace TV online
(rogersanyplacetv.com). Games are accessible Canada-wide.
On your tablet: Available to Rogers digital TV
customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE.
Stream the games through the free-to-download Rogers
Anyplace TV Tablet app (available for iOS and Android) and
watch as much as you’d like with no extra fees or costs on
Wi-Fi. Games are accessible Canada-wide.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS
Baseball fans who want more out-of-market games can do no better than
MLB Extra Innings, part of the Super Sports Pak – the ultimate sports TV
package for diehard fans. MLB Extra Innings offers fans up to 85 out-ofmarket games per week, including many games in stunning HD. The Super
Sports Pak also includes NHL Centre Ice, NBA League Pass, OHL Action
Pak, NFL Sunday Ticket, a subscription to Sportsnet magazine and more.
Cost is $36.31/month.
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SPORTSNET.CA REVAMPED
Into sports? The newly re-engineered sportsnet.ca features lighting-fast
delivery of sports news and highlights and is jam-packed with up to the
minute analysis of your favourite teams. The new site also features
responsive design, so you can easily
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access the sports and information you
the new sportsnet.ca
crave on any device.
STILL GOT
HOCKEY FEVER?
Yes, baseball is heating up, but
NHL hockey isn’t over. Fans of
the blades, puck and sticks can
live-stream Hockey Night In
Canada playoff games right to
their smartphones. Likewise,
fans of BPL and Champions
League footy can also enjoy the
end-of-season goals and kicked
shins by live-streaming all of the
Sportsnet World soccer action.
How to stream? See the
Smartphone section of “How to
Start Streaming,” above.
MAY/JUNE 2013
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ENTERTAINMENT | GAMES
A Battle
of Blitz
Pound your enemies in Blitz Brigade
de
– then play some Star Wars pinball..
Six new games to fuel your fire
TEXT Chad Sapieha
Blitz Brigade
Gameloft | AN, iOS
Cartoonish Axis and Allies avatars spanning five
ve
classes do battle in teams of six in this online
first-person shooter. Players get to choose
between classic Domination and Deathmatch
maps, where they’ll find jeeps, tanks, helicopters
ers
and more than 100 weapons. Not always online?
ne?
More than 100 solo missions provide plenty off
alone-time fun, letting you polish up your frag-lobbing, whirlybird-piloting skills for when youu
enter the multiplayer arena.
The Drowning
Scattered | AN, iOS
If you like to shoot zombies but hate dealing with
the maddeningly imprecise virtual sticks, you’re not
alone. The team behind this moody, post apocalyptic adventure aims to reinvent first-person shooting
on touchscreens by making it completely intuitive.
Just tap to walk and touch targets to take aim and
fire. A console, shooter-style, weapon-crafting system is the sugar on top.
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Star Wars Pinball
Zen Studios | AN, iOS
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movies may seem light
years away, but at least you can make time flow
a little faster with this Force-fuelled pinball
game. Made by the talented folks behind Zen
Pinball, Star Wars Pinball offers up three tableshaped tributes to that galaxy far, far away,
including one wholly dedicated to beloved
bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Badland
Frogmind | iOS
The darkly beautiful Badland delivers physicsbased side-scrolling action set across 40
gorgeous levels loaded with deadly traps and
clever puzzles. After you finish the solo game,
you can extend the experience with friends.
Multiplayer mode that makes novel use of iOS’
multi-touch functionality lets you and up to three
pals control your own characters on the same
screen at the same time.
Year Walk
Simogo | iOS
This atmospheric horror adventure game will be a
treat for anyone who enjoys creepy folklore and
devilishly difficult puzzles. Players take on the role
of a man on a “year” walk – a vision quest to see
the future – in a wintry Swedish wood. No spoilers
here! Swipe between sinister scenes and cogitate
your way through crafty conundrums to discover
what happens next.
Order & Chaos Duels
Gameloft | AN, iOS
Gameloft’s popular Order & Chaos universe expands
a little farther with this free collectible trading-card
game, which puts players in the roles of duellers
questing to defeat an ancient demonic spirit. Build up
a card deck composed of minions, spells, enchantments
and equipment on your way to overpowering
foes with a mix of strategy and luck. Online
leaderboards let you know how your deck stacks up.
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ENTERTAINMENT | CALENDAR
HEAT UP YOUR SPRING
April, May & June
A glance at the movies, TV and sports available this spring
MAY 7
Parker
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
A professional thief
gets double-crossed
by his former posse
and plots revenge.
Starring Jason Statham
and Jennifer Lopez.
APRIL 20
UFC On FOX
APRIL 30
Rogers On Demand & Rogers Anyplace TV
Watch Gilbert Melendez challenge Benson Henderson,
plus eight more UFC bouts, in San Jose, Calif.
APRIL 21
APRIL 27
Continuum
NHL – Vancouver
vs. Edmonton
Showcase
Catch the Season 2 premiere of this gripping police drama. Kiera Cameron
is a cop from 65 years in
the future who finds hererself trapped in present-day
-day
Vancouver. She’s alone,, a
stranger in a strange land,
and,
and has eight of the most
ost
ruthless criminals from the
future loose in her city.
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Silver Linings
Playbook
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
Jennifer Lawrence and
Bradley Cooper star in
this dark and funny Oscarwinning film.
Sportsnet
Canadian rivals duke it
out in one of the last
regular games of the
season. Not available in
all areas.
MAY 1
Family Tools
ABC
A man who can’t even
make it through seminary
school finds himself back
in his hometown manning
the family fix-it business
when his nitpicky father
falls ill.
MAY 7
Jack Reacher
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
Tom Cruise takes on his
usual reluctant-hero role
in this thriller, based on
the novel One Shot.
WHERE TO
WATCH
TELEVISION
SPORTS
MOVIES
JUNE 4
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WARNER BROS / THE KOBAL COLLECTION, (TRUE BLOOD) HBO / THE KOBAL COLLECTION, (A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD) TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION / THE KOBAL COLLECTION
MAY 7
Safe Haven
A Good Day
To Die Hard
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
An incognito woman on
the run from her abusive
husband finds love and
sanctuary in a sleepy
ocean town.
Bruce Willis is back for the
fifth
fth instalment
ent of the
Die
ie Hard
franchise,
anchise,
only
nly this
time
me he
has
as much
less
ss hair.
MAY 26
Behind the
Candelabra
HBO Canada & HBO Canada
On Demand
MAY 7
Mama
Rogers On Demand
& Rogers Anyplace TV
Brought to the woods to
be killed by their father,
two young girls are saved
and raised by what can
only be described as a
really scary ghost lady.
MAY 14
New Girl
Michael Douglas and Matt
Damon star in this biopic
about Liberace.
City
The second season of the
quirky comedy wraps up.
Catch the last episode
before next season.
JUNE 16
True Blood
HBO
MAY 14
The anticipated sixth season promises fans lots of
surprises and brand new characters.
Cloud Atlas
Rogers On Demand & Rogers Anyplace TV
This polarizing sci-fi flick, with six interconnected subplots, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon.
CLICK HERE!
Head over to connectedrogers.ca/watch
for our up-to-date TV and movies listings
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A New Galaxy
of Possibilities
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is lighter, faster and
nd
full of life-enhancing new features that’ll
change your world
TEXT Marc Saltzman | PHOTOGRAPHY Felix Wedgwood
A
fter selling more than 100 million Galaxy smartphones worlddwide since 2010, Samsung is doing the only logical thing: keepeping the momentum going with the Galaxy S4. But Samsung isn’t
sn’t
just coasting on previous successes: the Galaxy S4 is, withoutt
question, the company’s most advanced device to date, but it’s one of – if
not the – most ambitious smartphones ever made.
Designed for both consumers and businesses who want to stay conhe
nected, entertained, informed and productive, the Galaxy S4 delivers the
mgoods on every level. Between its Full HD 5-inch screen, advanced cameras and, most importantly, exclusive Samsung software and services that
boost the overall experience, it’s clear that Samsung has done it again..
In fact, there’s so much packed into this pocket-sized Android 4.2 (Jellyy
Bean) that you could devote an entire issue to it. But we’ve done our best
to distil the phone’s features into the following key highlights.
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LTE
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Super AMOLED screen
MP
rear & 2 MP
front cameras
g
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
THAT MEANS:
Awesomely fast
downloads and
seamless browsing
THAT MEANS:
Full HD resolution,
great for photos,
video and games
THAT MEANS:
Crisp pics and Full
HD (1080p) video
and filters, editing
and more
THAT MEANS::
Thinner and lighter,
hter,
but with a bigger
ger
screen
Note: Device specifications are as of press time and may differ at time off launch.
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HARDWARE UPGRADES
The Galaxy S4 is thinner, lighter and faster
than last year’s Galaxy S III. It’s just 7.9 mm
thin, compared with the S III’s 8.6 mm frame,
and weighs just 130 grams (vs. 133 grams).
The new phone boasts a quad-core processor
at 11.9 GHz, which translates to crazy-fast process
cessing and multitasking.
Samsung’s new phone has a larger screen,
Sa
topp
topping out at 5 inches to the S III’s 4.8 inches – yet its width and height are about the
sam
same size as the S III. The big screen makes
the ddevice ideal for watching videos, playing
gam
games and looking at photos.
The screen is super durable, too, thanks
to G
Gorilla Glass 3 technology. The powerful
2600
2600-mAh battery is enough to keep your
phon
phone juiced all day, plus it’s removable
shou
should you want to carry a spare.
SUPER-SMART CAMERA
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While
the cameras themselves are impressive – a 13-megapixel main (rear)
pr
camera with 1080p HD video recording
ca
and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera
an
– it’s the software that makes this smartphone so, well, smart.
ph
TThe Dual Shot mode, for example,
lets you capture photos or videos from
let
both cameras at the same time through
bo
a picture-in-picture function, while the
Sound & Shot mode lets you record up
So
ttoo nine seconds of audio to accompany a
sstill
t photo.
FFinally, the handy Eraser feature lets
you
yo tap to remove distracting people or
objects
ob
behind your subjects, such as a
“p
“photobomber”
trying
to ruin your perfect
sh Sweet, huh?
shot.
GESTURES & SENSORS GALORE
More so than any other smartphone on the market today,
the Galaxy S4 has packed in a ton of technologies to make
using the device easier and more intuitive.
The device knows when you’re looking at it, so this
smartphone can automatically Smart Pause a video
you’re watching when you look away and resume when
you’re ready. Or, if it knows you’re reading text in a web
browser, you can slightly tilt the phone up or down to
Smart Scroll the paragraphs – but only if you’re looking
(perfect for one-handed reading while, say, holding a subway pole with the other hand).
A hover feature known as Air View lets you see more
info on the screen. Just place your fingertip about 2 cm
over an unopened email and you can see a preview of
what’s inside. Or you can peek into a photo gallery to see
thumbnails of what you’re looking for. Or hover a finger
over a calendar event for appointment details or magnify
text on a web page.
Got sticky fingers but want to flick through photos or
songs? Air Gesture lets you wave your hand left or right
in front of the S4 to scroll through music and photos or
answer calls. This also works with cycling through open
tabs in a web browser.
TRAVEL COMPANION
It’s a small world, after all, so why not get some help
with language translation while travelling? Embedded in email, ChatON messenger and as a separate
app, an exclusive feature called S Translator can
translate nine languages via voice or text. Imagine
taking a taxi in Hong Kong and asking the driver
a question in English. Your phone says it to him in
Cantonese – and when he responds, it’s written in
English for you to read.
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9
8
7
11 12
1
2
3
6 5
The S4 belongs on
Canada’s fastest wireless
internet: Rogers LTE
4
FUN & GAMES
Nothing screams entertainment louder than a stunning
5-inch Super AMOLED screen and access to the Google
Play store and its hundreds of thousands of downloadable
games and other apps. The Galaxy S4 includes a Group
Play feature that can wirelessly share select content with
other S4s nearby. Imagine inviting up to seven of your
buddies play games like Asphalt 4 or Gun Bros 2, with no
internet connection needed – Samsung’s own Wi-Fi hotspot
is created after an initial Near Field Communication (NFC)
handshake is made between devices. This also works
with music – up to eight people (including you) can hear
a synchronized song on their Galaxy S4 devices.
HEALTH & FITNESS
The Galaxy S4 was designed as a “life companion,” says Samsung,
and this includes health and fitness tools, too. One such tool is
called S Health. It allows the device to monitor and provide info on
your activity, including a pedometer that tracks how many steps per
day you’re walking, running, and going up and down stairs. You can
even input what you’re eating and you’ll get caloric info and more.
The smartphone also works with some health-related Bluetooth
accessories, including an S Band pedometer (syncs with your
device), body scale and heart-rate monitor.
CLICK HERE! Visit rogers.com/reserve
for the Rogers Reservation System
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TEXT Vickie Reichardt | ILLUSTRATION Neil Duerden
From technology to quality to accessibility, the world of
TV is better than it’s ever been. And with Rogers, you
get it all: tons of content, the convenience of watching
anywhere you choose, and the satisfaction of having
total control over what – and how – you watch
W
hether you’re a casual observer
with a passing interest in what’s on,
or a full-blown TV addict with the
daily listings memorized and a
remote control virtually fused into your palm, the act
of watching TV has gone from average to amazing
over the years. But instead of just keeping the pace,
Rogers is setting it, offering an unrivaled digital TV
experience packed with awesome features to thrill
every viewer.
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ROGERS DIGITAL TV
What’s on? Plenty!
What do you feel like watching? A little Homeland
with a Sons of Anarchy chaser? Maybe a few episodes of Community before you revisit some
Arrested Development reruns? Bubble Guppies,
Octonauts and Austin & Ally to entertain the kids
for a bit? Or just a recap of the day’s news headlines and sports scores before you hit the hay?
Whether you’re a foodie or a film fan, a sports fiend
or a music aficionado, someone who loves to jeer
the judges on American Idol or someone who can’t
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wait to see what happens on the next Scandal,
Rogers digital TV has something for everyone.
With Rogers digital TV, you’ll always be able to
find just what you want to watch. Enjoy a huge
array of programming – from dramas and comedies
to movies, sports, reality shows, family fare, news
and so much more – right at your fingertips. Rogers
customers get access to hundreds of TV shows
and a vast library of movie titles – including the
hottest new releases, beloved classics and the best
QUALITY
CONTROL
of independent cinema – ready whenever you want to tune in. More
series, more movies, what more could you want? Even more options?
Say no more!
With Rogers On Demand, you can catch up on episodes of all your
favourite shows and watch new-release movies on the same day
they arrive in video stores. No more trekking out in the rain to pick
up something to watch on a Saturday night. Rent a movie in just a
few clicks, right from your couch! Rogers On Demand also delivers
music, sporting events, multicultural programming and full seasons
of past shows, such as Dexter, Modern Family and more.
Great news, TV fans:
the television landscape
has changed – for the
better! Once considered
second-tier entertainment after film, TV is
now on par with its
big-screen counterpart
in terms of quality of the
material and calibre of
talent. Movie stars, such
as Sigourney Weaver,
Don Cheadle, William H.
Macy and Kevin Bacon
are making the leap to
TV, headlining critically
acclaimed series and
sinking their teeth into
some seriously meaty
roles. Behind the scenes,
Oscar-winning writers
and directors such as
Martin Scorsese, Gus
Van Sant and Michael
Mann are enjoying the
creative freedom afforded and encouraged
by cable channels and
television networks alike.
The result? High-quality,
richly realized TV dramas
and comedies able to
lure A-list actors, writers
and directors while keeping audiences tuning in
week after week.
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ROGERS DIGITAL TV
Where can you watch? Anyplace!
Browse listings on your tablet with
the intuitive seven-day Interactive
Program Guide, or use your device
to access the Enhanced Guide,
which lets you search by program,
actor, keyword and more. You’ll
always know what’s on, and
missing out on must-watch TV
will be a thing of the past: just use
your tablet or smartphone to set
your PVR to record shows, whether
you’re at home or out on the town.
Another cool feature of the app:
if you’re relaxing on the couch, it
lets you use your smartphone or
tablet the same way you’d use your
Rogers remote. And don’t worry
about your PVR filling up – you
can access your recordings from
anywhere, allowing you to record
or delete programs on the fly!
When you’re connected to your
home’s Wi-Fi network, the Rogers
Anyplace TV Home Edition app
also lets you watch up to 25 TV
channels (such as City, Sportsnet
and Treehouse) live on your tablet.
This also means you can feed your
inner multitasker while simultaneously watching one show on your
TV and another right on your wireless device.
day. But thanks to Twitter, FaceThere was a time when a season- book and the internet at large,
ending TV cliffhanger or awards- watching TV has gone from a
solitary pursuit to a social activity.
show blunder was simply fodMinute-by-minute commentary
der for water-cooler gossip or
now takes place live, all around
TV-columnist analysis the next
the world, while the show airs.
Onscreen personalities tweet directly with fans, and TV execs have
immediate online barometers at
their disposal to gauge how their
shows are faring with the public.
Once upon a time, you had to
get off the couch and walk to
your TV to change the channel.
Now? You can set your PVR from
all the way across town and use
your smartphone or tablet to
control your TV with the Rogers
Anyplace TV Home Edition
app. You can also access tons of
content on your computer at
rogersanyplacetv.com.
Available for iOS and Android
devices, the Rogers Anyplace TV
Home Edition app turns your tablet
or smartphone into the world’s
handiest remote – giving you
complete control over your
viewing, scheduling and recording.
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For more info,
click here
How does it get even better?
With NextBox 2.0
Looking to take your TV watching
to the next level? Rogers NextBox
2.0 has exactly what you need,
delivering a seamless entertainment experience that gives you
even more ways to watch. In a
nutshell, NextBox 2.0 is your
one-stop home-entertainment
shop: your digital TV, PVR, remote
control and internet services all
combined into one package.
With one or more NextBox 2.0
PVRs and one or more NextBox
set-top boxes connected to different TVs, you can watch the same
show in any room in your home
PICTURE PERFECT
thanks to Rogers Whole Home
PVR. Start watching the finale of
Dancing with the Stars in the
living room, pause it, and then finish watching it in the bedroom.
You can record up to two HD
channels at once. Plus with
NextBox 2.0, running out of
space isn’t an issue – you can
record up to 100 hours of HD
programming with your NextBox
2.0 PVR, and up to 225 hours
with PVR extenders.
There’s a lot on TV these days.
Need to find something specific,
fast? Searching for shows with
days, TVs are not only sleek, slim
and sexy, they’re loaded with
Technology has revolutionized
pixel-packing power that creates
the way we watch television.
Forget grainy reception or a huge stunning resolution, razor-sharp
crispness and eye-popping colour.
cathode-ray-tube set taking
Screen size has grown – 60-inch
up half your living room. These
the Rogers Enhanced Guide is a
piece of digital cake. With your
Rogers remote, you can search
programming by channel, actor,
director, genre and more.
If that’s not enough to rock
your socks off, you can also control all this and more with the
Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app we told you about on
the last page – you get it with
NextBox 2.0! It’s 360-degree
control at your fingertips.
For more info,
click here
screens are becoming more the
rule than exception – and the
16:9 aspect ratio (think: letterbox) means a gorgeous cinemastyle widescreen display. Why
bother with the multiplex?
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TEXT Jim Collins
How much do you know about LTE and what it means
to you? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Rogers
LTE, Canada’s fastest wireless internet
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I
1
Wireless networks improve every
couple of years, and Rogers LTE is
just the latest upgrade – nothing too
different than 3G or 4G HSPA+.
FALSE
LTE really isn’t just another upgrade – it’s the
global gold standard in wireless network technology, and what it delivers is far, far superior
than previous technologies, including 3G and
4G HSPA+.
Consider this: on 3G, the maximum download
speed was just 3.7 Mbps (see “LTE Geek Speak”
on p.55 for an explanation of what terms like
“Mbps” mean). This severely limited what you
could do with your device. With 4G HSPA+,
that number climbed to a maximum theoretical
download speed of 21 Mbps – respectable,
right? But get this: LTE reaches way beyond, to
theoretical maximum network speeds of up to
150 Mbps.* That’s a huge difference, and you’ll
really notice it.
*See rogers.com/lte for details
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t’s been more than a year
since Rogers launched its LTE
wireless network. People who
live and breathe technology
say it’s the best thing since sliced
bread, that it completely changed
the way they use their smartphones
and tablets.
To some of us, LTE is just another
geeky, technical acronym that we
don’t really understand. But here’s
the thing. It’s actually pretty simple
– and worth knowing about.
For your device to be connected to
the internet when it’s not using WiFi, it has to be connected to a wireless network. The most advanced
wireless network technology is LTE
(Long Term Evolution) – and Rogers
LTE offers Canada’s fastest wireless
internet.* LTE is the next generation
of wireless network and is the standard for all future wireless devices.
Here at Connected Rogers, we’ve
been telling you about Rogers LTE
for a while now (forgive us! – we’re
pretty psyched about it). But how
much do you know about LTE? Take
our fun quiz to find out.
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2
When you’re on LTE, you can do things
like stream content and download huge
files (such as HD movies) in about the
same time it would take to do so
on your home wired computer.
TRUE
Seriously! It seems crazy, but it’s true. LTE
download speeds are comparable or better to
what most of us are used to on our homenetworked laptops and desktop computers. Put
simply: whatever you do at home, you can now
do on your mobile device as fast or faster.
3
Rogers LTE lets you do things on your
smartphone that you couldn’t do
on older networks without serious
frustration or just plain giving up.
TRUE
Want to download a massive PDF or HD video?
Keen on streaming movies or playing online
games? On the old network, that would involve
loooong wait times or major lagging or stuttering. With LTE, it’s no problem. Everything
you’re doing now will be noticeably faster on
LTE, which means you can do things on your
smartphone you’d previously never attempt.
From downloading to streaming, lag-free multitasking to cloud-based computing, it’s only
possible with LTE.
A few LTE devices to
get you in the game:
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Samsung
Galaxy S4
<< (see p. 40)
BlackBerry
Q10
<< (see p. 18)
4
The Rogers LTE network is only
available for people living in Canada’s
biggest cities.
FALSE
The Rogers LTE network currently reaches nearly
60 percent of Canadians. Rogers was the first to
launch LTE and is quickly unrolling its LTE
network across Canada. Rogers LTE is now in
more than 25 cities and regions, from Victoria to
St. John’s, and many in between. And that number is growing. Rogers recently announced that
44 new markets will be added this spring (more
on p. 10). Is LTE currently available in your area?
Click here to view the LTE Coverage Map.
5
To get on the LTE network, all you need
to do is call up Rogers and switch your
wireless plan.
FALSE
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Hugely false! We almost got you on that one,
huh? In fact, to get on the LTE network, you
need a smartphone that is manufactured to
handle LTE technology, also known as LTEenabled. The device must also be equipped
with an LTE SIM card, which comes with your
device or is available to purchase inexpensively from a Rogers retail store.
As for your wireless plan: there’s no need to
change a thing. Once you get an LTE device
and SIM card, and you’re in an LTE coverage
area, you will automatically get onto the LTE
network. No need for a new plan at all.
HTC One
<<
Apple
iPhone 5
<<
Nokia Lumia
920
<<
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6
Rogers LTE devices work outside
the LTE coverage area.
TRUE
Any Rogers smartphone, tablet or mobile internet device operating on the Rogers LTE network
will still work just fine when outside this coverage area. When you’re outside Canada or in a
spot where LTE isn’t available, your device will
seamlessly revert to the existing 4G HSPA+ or
EDGE network. Then, when you’re back home,
or in an LTE-capable area, your phone will automatically ratchet back up to LTE.
7
The number of LTE-enabled devices
is still pretty limited.
FALSE
Rogers actually carries the largest selection
of LTE-enable devices – everything from the
BlackBerry Q10 and the Nokia Lumia 920 to
the iPhone 5 and the brand-new Samsung
Galaxy S4. And tablets, too! For a list, check
out connectedrogers.ca/ltedevices.
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LTE Geek Speak
All you need to know about LTE is that it’s crazy
fast and that you need to get on it – now. But if
you want to delve a little deeper, here are some
definitions of words you’ll come across when
learning more about LTE.
Lag: When your device pauses, or “buffers,” the
content you’re trying to access, such as when
“streaming” (see below) a game or movie. LTE
eliminates virtually all lag or buffering thanks to
increased processing capabilities, making for a
much smoother web experience.
LTE: Stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is the
current global gold standard in wireless internet
technology. Rogers LTE devices currently support
maximum theoretical download speeds of up to
150 Mbps. Typical download speeds range from
12 to 25 Mbps or 12 to 40 Mbps on selected
devices, meaning a rich wireless internet
experience comparable to wired at-home
internet access.
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Wireless network: The technology that gets
your wireless device – your cell phone, your tablet,
etc. – online when you aren’t using Wi-Fi. LTE is
the newest mobile network, following 4G HSPA+
and EDGE.
Mbps: Stands for “megabits per second,” which is
the speed by which your device transfers
information. The faster the upload or download,
the higher the Mbps.
Streaming: When you access data, such as
music, video or games from an online source
rather than by downloading. Streaming without
“lag” (see above) requires fast processing
capabilities, which is where LTE comes in.
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Take Advantage
TEXT Jim Collins
S
When you need a new smartphone, it can be so hard to choose.
But when it comes to selecting a new carrier, going with Rogers is
a no-brainer. Here’s why
o you’re ready to get a new phone. Or
maybe your current term contract is
about to expire and you’re in the
market for a new carrier. Whatever the
case, you have lots of choice when it comes to
devices – and with so many awesome new phones
on the market, trust us, we know how hard it can
be to select your next one.
But choosing a carrier – that’s another story, and
one that’s best decided by answering a few simple
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questions: Who ensures I get the best prices? Can
I change my plan without incurring a fee? Is the
technical assistance helpful? Is the coverage vast
and is the network super-fast?
When you choose Rogers, you get all this and
more. It’s called the “Smartphone Freedom
Advantage,” and it’s exclusively from Rogers. Fact
is, while selecting a new smartphone will never be
easy – they’re all so awesome – choosing Rogers
as the carrier is the obvious choice. Here’s why.
1. PRICE
PROTECTION
You know how travel websites
offer price protection that matches
the competition? Rogers offers
a similar promise, called “Price
Match.” Say you want to upgrade
your device, but you found a better deal advertised nationally. If
you’re an existing customer, Rogers will match it if the terms are
the same. Buying a new device
can be a hefty purchase, and you
shouldn’t have to worry that you
could’ve found it cheaper.
NO WORRIES
With Rogers Price Match,
there’s no need to stress
that you could’ve scored a
better deal elsewhere.
Click here for more
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2. SWITCH
IT UP
There’s something about signing a
term contract that scares some of
us. It seems so final. What if a few
months go by and you want to alter
your plan? What if you want more
wireless internet, or different calling
features? Rogers lets you change
your plan as often as you wish, at no
charge. So there you go – no more
contract stress.
Click here for more
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3. UPGRADE
YOUR DEVICE
You bought a new smartphone last year,
but now you’ve got your gaze set on the
shiny, new device making waves. With this
in mind, Rogers introduced FLEXtab™, which
lets you upgrade to a new phone any time
you want. Here’s how it works: pay off your
remaining balance on your current device.
Next, choose a new smartphone and eligible term plan, and then make an initial
low payment on the device (price depends
on device). Rogers spots the rest, and you
can slowly pay off the device as part of your
monthly bill.
Click here for more
4. PREMIUM
SERVICE
Everybody claims to offer superior technical support and customer service. And while we’ve all
experienced the good and the bad when it comes
to customer care, all you really want is one-stop expert
advice when you need it. Enter Rogers TechXpert™ for
Wireless. Connect with a live agent – via live chat online or
over the phone – whenever you need help, seven days a week.
Imagine never having to stress about how to fix a problem
with your device again. No more asking friends or scouring
tech websites for help. Wireless to PC sync and link? Setup and
configuration? Help is just a call or live chat away.
Click here for more
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5. ROGERS DEVICE
PROTECTION
There are lots of things that can happen
to your phone. You can lose it or have it
stolen, damage it or accidentally acquire
malware and viruses. Hey, don’t feel too
bad – it can happen to anyone. Luckily,
there are ways to protect your device and
data, and this is what Rogers Device
Protection is all about. From the online
Phone Finder service, which helps you
track a missing device or remotely wipe
files if it’s stolen, to antivirus protection,
to replacing your device if it breaks,
Rogers has your back.
SAFETY FIRST
Whoops, there goes your
phone! Accidents happen –
and when they do, Rogers is
there to help.
Click here for more
6. IT’S ALL
ABOUT SPEED
Your new phone is only as fast and fabulous as the wireless
network on which it operates – and Rogers LTE is Canada’s
fastest wireless internet. With download speeds that can top
home computers – theoretical maximum network speeds of up
to 150 Mbps* – and coverage that extends across Canada, LTE
kicks up mobile browsing to a whole new level. And Rogers has
the largest selection of LTE smartphones in Canada.
*See rogers.com/lte for details
Click here for more
CLICK HERE for more on the Rogers Smartphone
Freedom Advantage
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1) Sign up for Rogers Concierge service
You’re moving to a cool new place. Exciting! Too bad
you first have to call a zillion service providers to let
them know about the change in your account. And
the worst is when you call a company repeatedly but
have to speak to a different person each time.
With Rogers Concierge service, you get a direct
phone number and email for one dedicated agent,
who’ll help you easily transfer your Rogers services
and get you set up at your new home. Your agent will
help make sure all of the details are looked after,
before, during and after your move. How much will
this personalized service set you back? It’s free!
Rogers has your back once you’re in your new
place, too, with convenient installation times and
professional, friendly installers. They’ll even wear protective booties over their workboots to ensure your
flooring stays clean.
Moving is often when you rethink the services to
which you subscribe. Chat with your agent about
bundling Rogers TV, internet, home phone and Smart
Home Monitoring together. This way you’ll have one
handy bill, great pricing, plus added benefits. Moving and still don’t have Rogers NextBox™ HD PVR?
Chat with your agent about upgrading.
CLICK HERE! For more information on Rogers Concierge
service, visit rogers.com/move. Or to speak to a Rogers
Concierge agent, call 1-877-MY-MOVE-9 (696-6839).
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2) Get planning!
Proper planning of your move is a key step
to being completely organized, says Torontobased professional organizer Clare Kumar.
Kumar recommends creating a binder for
documents relating to the sale of your home,
one for the purchase of the new home, and
one for renovations. She includes separate
sections for financing, legal, contacts for
address changes, utilities, research on the
new area, contractor information and more.
And most importantly, she designs a move
calendar complete with checklists, which she
places at the front of the binder. She enters
the move date and then schedules tasks back
from there. Once all this is done, she says,
“You can relax, knowing that you’ve got
everything covered, and you’ve also got a
place to check things off, and that will make
you feel good.”
3) Pick the right movers
The key to choosing the right mover
is to opt for a company that’s been
around a long time, because you’ll
have confidence that they aren’t a
fly-by-night operation that has shut
down and started up under a new
name. Check to see if your mover has
more than one truck; that way, if one
breaks down, there may be others
available. Kumar tends to prefer
larger movers, because if something
goes wrong, you have an avenue
for recourse, since they are typically
insured and have bonded workers
(although you should make sure this
is the case). Still, large or small, you
need to research your mover. Check
for references with friends, websites
like homestars.ca, the local Better
Business Bureau and the Canadian
Association of Movers.
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4) Edit well and pack smartly
5) Prep your kids and pets
A kid’s universe is fairly small, so moving
is a pretty big deal to them. That’s why it’s
important to reassure any fears that come
up, says Kumar. One way to get kids excited
and positive about the move is to involve
them in plans for their new room. Ask them
about potential paint colours and furniture
placement, for example. As for the day of
the move, if possible, Kumar suggests you
have somebody else watch the little ones, as
there’s just too much going on to keep them
safe. Same goes for pets – have someone
else watch them while you’re moving. Once
you’re in your new place, cats should be
introduced to one new room at a time, while
dogs just want to be with their people.
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Now is a great time to go through your stuff
and decide what to keep and what to toss. Do
this early – and while you’re at it, take pictures
and measurements of items you want to get
rid of. This makes it easier to sell them online
quickly, which you should do before you move.
Taking pictures is also a nice way to remember
items you still like, but may not have room for,
like favourite outfits your kids have outgrown or
your grandmother’s massive dining room table.
If you have the luxury of knowing the floor
plan and measurements of your new place,
grab some graph paper and a pencil and lay out
where your furniture will go. You might be surprised to find there isn’t easily defined space for
some items. “It’s easy to place the furniture,”
Kumar explains, “but it’s ‘What happened to my
linen closet? Oh, wait. I don’t have one. What
am I going to with all of that stuff?’” Doing this
means that, when you start packing, you can
pack and label according to your new home’s
layout, which will make unpacking much easier.
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Home,
smart home
Find security, convenience and
peace of mind with Rogers Smart
Home Monitoring
TEXT Allan Britnell
Ever wish you could control your home’s
thermostat and lights remotely from
wherever you happen to be? Or that your
home security system was powered by dual
networks so it never, ever went down?
Ever wish these two wishes were not
only reachable, but easy and affordable?
Guess what? You’re in luck. Smart Home
Monitoring from Rogers, which recently
expanded to the Golden Horseshoe and
parts of New Brunswick and Newfoundland,
does all these things. And brilliantly so. Don’t
believe it? Read on, and then sit back and
relax – you’re in good hands.
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SAFE
AND SECURE
What’s the best way to deter thieves?
(Besides installing a moat, we mean.)
Get a security system, powered by dual
networks (not dual in all areas), which
lets you operate it remotely. That’s how.
Rogers Smart Home Monitoring
includes door and window sensors,
motion detectors that know the
difference between your dog and an
intruder, and a Wi-Fi–connected camera
that doubles as a live video feed. It can
also send videos or pictures to your
smartphone or tablet.
DISASTER
PREVENTION
Imagine this scenario: you put your
coffee cup in the dishwasher, turn it
on and leave for work. But 20 minutes
later, the dishwasher springs a leak and
starts flooding. With the Rogers Smart
Home Monitoring Water Leak Sensor,
you’ll receive an instant notification via
text or email, so you can rush home
and deal with it. The system also
has available smoke, fire and carbon
monoxide alarms, all monitored 24/7.
EASTWARD BOUND!
AS OF THIS SPRING, ROGERS CUSTOMERS IN
PARTS OF ATLANTIC CANADA CAN SIGN UP FOR
ROGERS SMART HOME MONITORING. VISIT
ROGERS.COM/SMARTHOME FOR FULL DETAILS.
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How to Get It
Plans start at $19.99 a month and
require $0 for hardware costs (with
select $0 hardware packages). You
may also qualify for a reduced home-
FULL
ACCESS
At home, you can manage
the system using the full-colour
touchscreen touchpad: arm or
disarm the system, view cameras,
control the thermostat and lighting,
and access apps relating to news,
sports, weather – you can even
stream internet radio from around
the world. When you’re not home,
you can control everything remotely,
either online or with your smartphone
or tablet.
HOME,
AUTOMATED HOME
There’s something futuristic about
home automation. You can adjust
your thermostat, turn lights on or off
and adjust other small appliances, all
without having to be home – it’s very
Jetsons. It’s also safer. With Rogers
Smart Home Monitoring, you can even
program your home’s lights so that the
hallway is lit up as soon as you open the
front door, or to turn on or off randomly
so that it appears someone’s home even
if nobody is.
insurance rate; some insurers give discounts up
to 25 percent. Already have a home-security
system? You can even convert most existing
systems and upgrade to Rogers Smart Home
Monitoring quickly and inexpensively.
Gadgets
Galore
Rogers Smart Home Monitoring
accessories are designed to
keep your home and family safe
WIRELESS CAMERA
Exterior-grade camera with night-vision
capability lets you see in real time what’s going
on around your home, even when you’re away.
WATER LEAK SENSOR
Whether it’s a burst pipe or a backed-up sewer,
a flooded basement is an unwanted home
repair. With the Water Leak Sensor, you’ll be
notified as soon as a leak is detected.
TOUCHPAD
The new full-colour touchscreen is command
central for your system. Plus, with available
apps, you can check the traffic and weather
reports before you head out the door.
SMART THERMOSTAT
The “smart” aspect of this thermostat is that
it lets you reduce your heating and cooling
costs by programming the system to turn down
when you’re not around.
CARBON MONOXIDE SENSOR
This carbon monoxide sensor triggers an alarm
as soon as gas is detected and immediately
sends you a text or email alert.
SMARTPHONE & TABLET MOBILE APP
The Smart Home Monitoring app – available for
Windows 8, Android, BlackBerry and iPhone
– lets you monitor your security system, view
cameras and adjust the thermostat or lighting.
VIRTUAL CURTAIN SENSOR
Like the red laser lines in movies, this sensor
detects movement near openings, such as doors
or windows.
To order a free home assessment
or consultation, call 888-260-9880
or fill out the online form at
orderrogers.ca/shminfo/signup.
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The Future
of the Interne
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The web is changing how we live, work and play so quickly that life as
we know it will soon become completely unrecognizable! What experts
say we’ll be doing with the web in the next decade will blow your mind
TEXT Chris Atchison
T
ake a few seconds to imagine
your life without the internet.
No email, no downloading, no
Google, no Facebook, no online
banking, gaming or shopping. Seems so
unimaginable – and kind of awful – no?
Of course, it’s not going to happen. In fact,
experts agree that by 2030, we’ll be so connected that many aspects of how we live
now will be virtually unrecognizable when
history students use their virtual-reality
glasses to peer back into the comparatively
ancient habits of folks in 2013.
The days of logging onto the internet via a
desktop PC, for example, will seem quaint.
Online connectivity will be ubiquitous, wireless
and seamless. Full mobility won’t be a feature
of online communications – it will be an expectation. Oh, and we’ll also likely be wearing
the device that bridges our on- and offline
worlds. Things you never thought would be
online will be.
The opportunities for this growth in connectivity are exciting. And Rogers will be
there to provide fast internet access and reliable service every step of the way.
Still not exactly sure how life will change by
2030? The short answer is: dramatically. Let’s
take a peek into the future, shall we.
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SHOPPING:
A CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE
T
he suburban shopping mall
isn’t likely to disappear in
the next 15 to 20 years, says
Mitch Joel, renowned technology commentator and president
of digital marketing agency
Twist Image. But he does predict a new, highly customized
retail experience, where the line
between online and real-world
shopping will become indistinguishable – possibly with the
help of web-connected glasses
akin to Google’s recently introduced Google Glass. Want to
shop with your friends on the
other side of the country? No
problem: “You’re not just going
to shop with your buddy, you’re
shopping with your whole social
graph, some of whom will be
with you and some won’t,”
Joel explains.
Dave Evans, chief futurist at
Cisco Systems Inc., takes the
prediction for the internet-
based shopping experience
of the future even further: “I
can envision standing in front
of your TV, being physically
scanned and seeing clothing
specific to you that you can try
on virtually, in your own home.
We’re already trying some of
these ideas out.” And with the
development of 3D printers, you
may be able to download and
produce products ranging from
t-shirts to jewelry at home.
Rogers will
be there
When you’re shopping online, you want to be reassured that your
information is safe. Rogers Online Protection is free software that
offers firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware. Rogers Online Protection Premium goes further, with malware and fraud protection.
Click here for more
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PHOTOS: ©2013 GOOGLE, © MATT BIRD/CORBIS
Soon, we may shop with help from wearable
computers, such as Google Glass spectacles.
WORKING:
COLLABORATE FROM ANYWHERE
R
ichard Worzel, a wellknown Toronto-based
futurist, predicts that global
collaboration among workers
will increase dramatically in the
coming years, particularly as
language translation software
becomes perfected, allowing for
seamless interaction between
business across cultures. He
notes that the use of telepresence technology will also skyrocket, offering the opportunity
to put people from multiple
locations in one room virtually,
while also instantly sharing images, documents and video. “It
will make collaboration more
dynamic, immediate, and location won’t be very important,”
Worzel says.
Working with others around the
world is likely to get easier.
Rogers
will be
there
In the future, more of us will be working from home, requiring
a fast, reliable home internet connection. Rogers will be there.
Just look at Rogers Hi-Speed Internet today: its service just keeps
getting faster. Many of the internet tiers have recently gotten a
speed boost.
Click here for more
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SOCIALIZING AND RESEARCHING:
EASIER THAN EVER
S
ocial media as we know it,
says Cisco’s Evans, will become less of an event and more
of a process – not to mention a
facilitator of positive interactions.
Evans predicts that in the future,
virtually every decision will be
influenced by our personal social
graphs, while robotic or virtual
telepresence – imagine a robot
that displays your face in person
at a specific event, such as a
trade show, while you interact a
continent away from the comfort of your living room – will
enhance our ability to attend
events or spend time with friends
like never before.
He adds that research will
also be influenced by our social interactions, with machines
becoming increasingly adept at
learning our preferences and
catering to our specific personal
or business information needs.
“We’re seeing huge advances
in machine learning, like Apple’s
Siri, or IBM’s super computer
Watson that understands language in the same way that
humans use and understand it,”
Evans explains. “We’re going to
see a lot more machine learning that’s going to help us parse
through all this information
we’re learning.”
Social media will facilitate even
more positive interactions.
Rogers
will be
there
As we rely more and more on technology, there will, of course, be a
learning curve for many of us. Rogers knows this, which is why it offers
Rogers TechXpert™. Starting at $9.99/month, Rogers TechXpert gives
you access to tech experts by phone or online chat, whom you can
contact any time for the help you need for your home tech.
Click here for more
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GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT:
COMPLETELY IMMERSIVE
W
orzel predicts that the
line between real and
virtual worlds in gaming will
become practically non-existent,
while augmented reality through
wearable technology, such as
glasses, will allow for completely
immersive, multiplayer experiences. On the entertainment
front, online technology will
allow for everything from movie
audiences participating in films
to attending a Rolling Stones
concert at Wembley Stadium
through a robotic avatar – assuming technology allows Mick
and Keith to keep rocking well
into their 90s. “Entertainment
will become much more immediate and global,” he says.
Evans goes so far as to compare
being without the internet in
2030 to being without electricity
today – in other words, completely unthinkable. The fascinating
future, he ventures, will be online
all the time. “The internet will be
pervasive in every industry,” he
says, “and will be a required tool
for everything we do.”
PHOTOS: © MATT BIRD/CORBIS
The line between real and virtual
worlds in gaming is blurring.
Rogers
will be
there
When you’re gaming or watching movies on your device, you’ll need
a super-fast wireless network. Rogers is committed to providing the
fastest mobile network technology available. Proof: the Rogers LTE
network is Canada’s fastest wireless internet, with maximum theoretical
speeds up to 150 Mbps. (See rogers.com/lte for legal and details.)
Click here for more
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MOROCCO
AN ADVENTURE FIT FOR A SULTAN
TEXT Jaclyn Law
Morocco is often called a “gateway to
Africa,” but this captivating kingdom,
with its enthralling history, heady spice
fragrances and whispers of adventure,
is no mere stepping stone. Explore this
fascinating country, including main
city Marrakesh, where medieval meets
modern, and cultures are still bridged
with the sharing of mint tea. Spring
is one of the best times of year to visit
(summer and winter weather tends to be
harsh), so why not book your flight?
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MOROCCO AT A GLANCE
POPULATION
(2012)
32.3 million
LANGUAGES
Arabic (official),
Berber languages,
French
$
$
REQUIREMENT:
CURRENCY
Dirham (MAD)
No VISA required for
Canadians staying
90 days or less
PHOTO: MASTERFILE
BOOKED YOUR TRIP?
TEXT “ALERT” TO 4766
TO SIGN UP TO RECEIVE
A TRAVEL REMINDER
TEXT ALERT. BEFORE
YOU LEAVE, YOU’LL
RECEIVE A TEXT
MESSAGE REMINDING
YOU TO PURCHASE A
ROAMING DATA PASS
OR TRAVEL PACK.
It’s easy to conveniently
stay in touch with family
back home. Rogers Talk
& Text Travel Packs for
Africa (Zone 4) start at
$60 for 15 minutes of talk
time and 100 sent texts,
and International Roaming
Data Passes start at $25
for 5 MB. To purchase, visit
rogers.com/roaming or
text TRAVEL to 7626 from
your device (link is free).
FOLLOW THE NOMADS
Morocco has played host to several cultures over the
millennia. The nomadic Berbers, the earliest-known
residents, have been here since antiquity. They
were followed by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, the
Spanish and the French, all of whom left their mark.
Today, you’ll find a mixture of cultures, customs and
languages, with Islam as a common thread (the Arabs
introduced the religion to Morocco, in the late seventh
century). The relics of history – palaces, mosques,
walled cities, narrow markets (called souks) and
tombs – are yours to explore.
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SOAK
UP THE
CULTURE
To get a taste of everyday
Moroccan life, stay at a riad,
a traditional house with a
courtyard and garden. Then
venture out to a medina
(ancient walled city), such
as the ones in Marrakesh,
Casablanca, Fez and the capital
city, Rabat. Once there, dive
into the legendary souks to
test your haggling skills. You’ll
find everything from spices
and dyed linens to handwoven
carpets, exquisite leather goods
and handcrafted musical
instruments. Chat with locals
over Morocco’s signature mint
tea at a café.
Gawk at the sights, not your cell phone bill! Check
out our tips and tricks to maximize your data usage,
including how to turn data roaming on and off, how
to turn off push email, and how to reduce the data
(and battery power) used by apps running in the background. Visit connectedrogers.ca
Test your haggling
skills at a local market.
COMMAND
YOUR DATA
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Keep a lid on costs by monitoring your
data usage. Some smartphone models have
a built-in usage tracker. If yours doesn’t,
download an app like My Data Manager
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ADVENTURES
IN THE
WILD
Morocco’s landscape is more
than just the Sahara Desert.
The country’s terrain ranges
from lush, green forests and
glorious white-sand beaches
to the Atlas mountain range.
Morocco also boasts national
parks and nature reserves.
Join a camel expedition and
spend a few nights at a camp
in the desert. Surf, windsurf
or jet ski in the Atlantic along
Morocco’s 3,500 kilometres
of coast. Try rafting in the
N’Fiss and Ourika rivers, or
climb the sheer rock faces at
the Todra and Dades gorges.
Near a Wi-Fi zone? Reduce your data usage by switching
your device reception over to Wi-Fi to download large files
or stream video. You’re most likely to find wireless hot spots
in cafés, shopping centres and resorts. Just note: Wi-Fi may
not be secure, so ensure that you are not sending any
sensitive files or information through these public networks.
(free for iOS and Android), DataWiz (free for
iOS and Android), or Data Usage ($0.99 for
iOS). How they work: you set data limits, and
the apps send alerts when you reach them,
Join a camel expedition and spend a
few nights camping in the desert.
helping you avoid extra charges. They also
show usage patterns and which apps eat up
the most data. Pretty cool, huh?
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Tips & Tricks
10-Second Tips
Got a sec? How about 10? Become a master of all things
Rogers with these super-quick tips
HOW
TO
GET STARTED WITH ROGERS ONE NUMBER
Rogers One Number lets you talk, text and video chat right from your tablet or PC
(among other cool things). It’s easy to register – here’s how:
Enter your Rogers wireless phone
number at rogersonenumber.ca.
2
You’ll receive a text message on your
wireless device with an activation
PIN code. Follow the short, simple
instructions.
3
For iPad or Android tablets, download
the Rogers One Number tablet
app to make video calls, send text
messages and more. For Windows 8
tablets, access Rogers One Number at
rogersonenumber.ca.
4
To have your messages forwarded
to your wireless phone as a text,
click Voicemail to MMS. Enter
your wireless number, then select
Automatically Forward my Home
Phone Voicemail Messages.
5
Click Submit.
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HOW
TO
SEND A TEXT USING ROGERS ONE NUMBER
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Rogers One Number lets you send text messages from your computer or tablet,
but while still using your wireless number. Here’s how:
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1
Connect to a wired or Wi-Fi network
and launch Rogers One Number.
2
Click the blue pencil icon.
3
Click the speech bubble icon.
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Either type the contact’s name (if you
have synced your contacts with Rogers
One Number) or enter the phone
number to send the message to.
5
Type the message and press Send.
Tips & Tricks
PROGR AM YOUR
ROGERS SMART HOME
MONITORING CAMER A
With Rogers Smart Home Monitoring,
a video camera can automatically record
when the front door is opened. Here’s
how to set it up:
HOW
TO
You can program your lights at home to
turn on and off – at sunrise and sunset, for
example. Here’s how to do it:
1
Log into smarthome.rogers.com.
1
2
Select Camera tab, Camera Rules.
2
3
Select Event, then When My Front
Door Opens.
3
4
Select Take a Video From My Front
Door Camera.
Select When My Security System is
in Armed Mode or Disarmed Mode
(your choice).
4
5
Log into smarthome.rogers.com.
Select Lights, then Light Rules.
Select Schedule, then choose specific
days of the week.
Select Turn Light On and select which
light (e.g., patio, living room, etc.).
Select Duration, then When My
Security System is in Armed Mode
or Disarmed Mode (your choice).
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PROGR AM YOUR
LIGHTS WITH ROGERS
SMART HOME
MONITORING
Tips & Tricks
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TO
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RETRIEVE YOUR @ ROGERS.COM EMAIL PASSWORD
Whoops! You’ve forgotten your password for your @rogers.com email or Rogers
Yahoo! username. No worries – you can easily retrieve it. Here’s how:
2
3
Visit rogers.yahoo.com, the Rogers Yahoo!
Home.
Click Sign In.
On the sign-in page, click I Can’t Access
My Account.
4
You’ll be presented with a few options
to retrieve or reset your password.
You may have to answer a security
question that you provided when you
completed the registration process.
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BlackBerry
BlackBerry 10
Launched to great fanfare earlier this year, BlackBerry 10 continues to
get raves from smartphone lovers. Here are some step-by-step
instructions on how to use your device. (For more BlackBerry 10
how-to articles, visit connectedrogers.ca/sug.)
HOW-TO
BlackBerry
HOW
TO
Update your BlackBerry device
software to access the latest
apps or resolve a technical issue.
If a new version of the device
software is available for your
BlackBerry device, it’s listed in
the Settings view. Here’s how to
perform the update:
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TO
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UPDATE YOUR
SOFTWARE
USING LINK
1
First, make sure your computer is connected to
the internet.
2
On your computer, open BlackBerry Link.
3
Connect your BlackBerry device to your
computer using a USB cable.
4
At the bottom of the screen, click your device.
5
Click the Settings icon.
6
In the Settings view, in the left pane, click
Install Update. (Note: BlackBerry 10 PlayBook
upgrade not yet available.)
BACK UP AND RESTORE YOUR
BLACKBERRY USING LINK
You can manually back up the data on
your BlackBerry 10 device at any time.
Here’s how:
1 On your computer, open
BlackBerry Link.
2 Connect your device to your computer
using a USB cable.
3 At the bottom of the screen, click
your device.
4 Click the Settings icon.
5 In the Settings view, in the left pane,
click Back Up Now.
To restore a backup file that you created
from your BlackBerry device running
BlackBerry 10 OS:
1
2
3
4
Follow Steps 1 through 4, at left.
In the Settings view, in the left pane,
click Restore Data.
Click Restore from backup file, then
click the backup file.
Click Restore Data.
BlackBerry
HOW
TO
SET UP YOUR
EMAIL INBOX
BlackBerry 10 makes managing your inbox
easy, with simple gestures and powerful
options. Before you can start using those
features, you’ll need to set up your BlackBerry
10 inbox. Here’s how:
2
Tap Settings, then Accounts, then
Add Account.
3
Choose the type of account you want
to add. In this case, Email, Calendar
and Contacts.
4
Enter the email address you’d like to add.
The type of address you enter determines
the next step:
For personal or webmail account, you’ll be prompted
for your password.
For a corporate email account, enter your email
password, then a new password to protect the workspace.
BlackBerry
Swipe down from the top of the screen
to open the quick settings pane.
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HOW
TO
1
When you set up your new device, on the BlackBerry ID screen, tap Create New.
2
Complete the simple instructions on the screen. That’s it!
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SET UP BLACKBERRY ID
Your BlackBerry ID gives you access to BlackBerry websites, apps and services; makes
syncing with your computer easier; and makes transfering your info to a new device a
breeze. Here’s how to set it up:
Rogers Home Phone
Rogers Home Phone
Tips, tricks and step-by-step instructions for getting more from your
Rogers Home Phone service
HOW
TO
BLOCK YOUR ROGERS HOME PHONE NUMBER
FROM THE PERSON YOU’RE CALLING
Once in a while, you might want to call someone without their being
able to see who is calling. Good news: with Rogers Home Phone,
there’s any easy way to do it – and it’s completely free. Here’s how:
HOW-TO
Rogers Home Phone
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2
3
Pick up your home phone and press *67.
Immediately dial the phone number you want to call.
The recipient’s call display will show “Private Name – Private Number.”
HOW
TO
TEMPORARILY
DISCONNECT YOUR
ROGERS HOME PHONE
Maybe you’ve planned an extended
European holiday this summer. Maybe
you’re a snowbird who travels to Florida
or Arizona for a couple of months each
winter. Whatever the reason, if you’re
going to be away from home for an
extended period of time, you may want
to temporarily disconnect your telephone
services while you’re away. This is called
activating Seasonal Service. It’s a great
way to save money, and you still get to
keep your phone number.
To activate Seasonal Service,
contact Rogers at 1-888-ROGERS1.
HOW
TO
FIND OUT WHO
JUST CALLED YOU
Don’t have call display? You
can still find out the number of
the last person who called you.
Here’s how:
1
Pick up your phone and press *69. You
will hear a message that provides the
number of the last caller.*
2
To automatically call that number, press 1.
3
If the number is busy, a message will
offer to monitor the line for 30 minutes,
and alert you, with a special ring, when
the line is free. Then, simply pick up the
phone to automatically dial the number.
*$0.95/call with $4.75 monthly cap
Ta b l e t s
Tablet Tips
Master your iPad, PlayBook or Android
tablet with these super-quick tricks
BlackBerry PlayBook
Apple iPad
Here’s how to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with
your iPad:
1
2
Turn your wireless keyboard on and put it in
“pairing mode.” (You might have to check
your keyboard’s manual for instructions.)
On your iPad, tap Settings, then
Bluetooth.
3
Turn on Bluetooth and when your wireless
keyboard appears under Devices, tap it.
4
Hit the passcode numbers your iPad
presents, followed by Return or Enter.
HOW
TO
SET UP PRINT TO GO
The Print To Go app eliminates the
need for physical printouts by wirelessly
and securely sending digital printouts to
your BlackBerry PlayBook. Here’s how to
set it up:
1
Download the Print To Go software
on your personal PC by visiting
blackberry.com/printtogo.
2
After installing the software on your
computer, print a file as you normally
would, but select Print To Go as the
printer from the list of options.
3
In the fields that appear on the screen,
enter your BlackBerry ID and password
and click Sign In.
4
When printing is complete, tap the
Print To Go app on your PlayBook and
you’ll see the new file has been added.
You can view it using Print To Go or
Adobe Reader.
Ta b l e t s
OVERCOME THE
ON-SCREEN KEYBOARD
HOW-TO
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TO
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HOW
TO
MAKE YOUR TABLET MORE KID -FRIENDLY
When kids watch videos on tablets, they may
accidentally touch the screen or press a button,
stopping the video or changing the volume.
You can stop that from happening. Before
handing your tablet over to your kids, try this:
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2
Queue up the video you want to watch
and set the appropriate volume level.
Hit the Power button once. The video
continues to play, but your tablet is
immune to accidental screen presses.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab
Wi n d o w s P h o n e & A n d r o i d
Windows Phone 8
HOW
TO
HOW-TO
Windows Phone & Android
BOOST YOUR PHONE’S FONT SIZE
Far-sighted? You can change the default font size on your
Windows Phone 8 device to suit your preferences.
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Under Settings, choose Ease of access.
2
Under the Text Size heading, move the slider left to shrink
or right to grow the sample text.
There are other accessibility options under “Ease of
access,” such as high contrast and a screen magnifier that
can be turned on.
Android
HOW
TO
SNAP STILLS IN VIDEO
You’re shooting a video. You see a perfect still picture. Here’s
how to get the best of both worlds if you’re using Android 4.0
(Ice Cream Sandwich) or above.
1
Open the Camera app and switch to video recording mode.
2
Tap the red “record” button to capture video.
3
To snap a still, simply tap on the screen.
4
A white border will briefly appear around your video
frame, so you know your still was captured.
On the Samsung Galaxy S III, tap the small camera icon
that appears in the top right (when shooting in landscape
mode) to snap a still.
iPhone & BlackBerry
iPhone
HOW
TO
M AKE YOUR PHONE MORE KID -FRIENDLY
Perfect for parents, Guided Access in iOS 6 lets your kids use your iPhone, but keeps
them locked into one app without access to other apps or phone settings.
Flip the switch for
Guided Access and set
a passcode.
Triple-tap the home
button to bring up
Guided Access, select the
areas of the screen that
should be disabled (if any)
and tap Start.
BlackBerry 10
HOW
TO
SEND A MESSAGE FROM THE BL ACKBERRY HUB
How’s this for convenience? You can send email, text messages, Facebook messages,
Twitter messages, LinkedIn messages and BBM messages all directly from the
BlackBerry Hub. Here’s how:
1
s For social media accounts (e.g.,
Facebook), type a contact name
in the To field.
In the BlackBerry Hub, tap
the “create message” icon
(which looks like a piece of
paper and a pencil).
2
Tap the type of message
you want to send.
3
Add or choose a recipient
for your message:
s For email, type a contact name or
email address in the To field.
iPhone & BlackBerry
2
HOW-TO
2
To use Guided Access:
1 Open the app you want to
lock your kids into.
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sFor text messages, type a contact
name or phone number.
s For BBM, select a contact form
the list.
4
Type your message.
5
Tap Send or the Enter key.
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To turn on Guided Access:
1 From the homescreen,
tap on Settings,
then General, then
Accessibility.
essential info
Wireless Phone
Essentials
How to take control of your Rogers wireless services
Long distance explained
Extreme Text Messaging
Calls made and received on the Rogers wireless
network are defined as either “local” or “long
distance” based on the local calling area. Long
distance calls also incur airtime charges.
With Extreme Text Messaging, free
to all Rogers wireless customers,
you can:
s Copy, forward and auto-reply
to text messages.
s Block unwanted texts or send group
messages.
s Add a signature to your texts and more.
RECEIVING CALLS
Your Incoming Local Calling Area (ILCA) is
based on the geographical location associated
with your wireless number (e.g., 416 = Toronto).
s Calls within your ILCA = local
s Calls outside your ILCA = long distance
MAKING CALLS
Your Outgoing Local Calling Area (OLCA)
is determined by your geographical location at the
moment you make a call.
s Dial local number to your physical
location = local
s Dial number not local to your physical
location = long distance
rogers.com/longdistance or text LD to 2255
HOW TO GET STARTED
1 Launch the Rogers My Account app on your
smartphone and select Services.
2 Select Extreme Text Messaging and turn on
the desired services, such as Forward or
Auto Reply.
rogers.com/extremetextmessaging
Easy
account
access
Rogers offers two
ways to manage
your account: from
a computer or from
your smartphone.
ONLINE:
MY ROGERS
Visit rogers.com
and set up a free
My Rogers account
by clicking
Register Now.
Roaming explained
Once you leave Canada*, you’re roaming off the
Rogers network and using your phone through
the network of one of our roaming partners.
Roaming rates differ for talking, texting and
internet, depending on the country you’re in. Text
TRAVEL to 7626 (free of charge) for more info on
our affordable and easy-to-use roaming options,
or visit rogers.com/roaming.
Once you’ve booked your trip, text ALERT to
4766 (free of charge) to sign up for a handy travel
reminder text alert. Before your departure, you’ll
receive a text reminding you to add a roaming
offer. Options for affordable talk, text and internet
are also available.
* Exceptions are N.W.T. and Dryden, Ont., where domestic roaming rates
are applicable.
ON YOUR
SMARTPHONE:
MY ACCOUNT APP
1 Download the
free My Account
app from your
device’s app store.
2 Launch the app,
and it will access
your secure info
automatically to get
you set up.
NOTE: My Account does
not authenticate if
connected via Wi-Fi. Data
charges for downloading
the app apply.
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essential info
Digital TV Essentials
Get the most from digital TV
Digital VIP Package*
s You get up to 270 additional channels.
With an HD box, you get more than 75
HD channels at no additional cost.
s Exclusive specialty channels, such as
Nat Geo, Disney and more.
s Thousands of new movies monthly.
s Connect up to three TVs at no
additional cost.
s Access to Rogers On Demand
(Ch. 100) and rogersanyplacetv.com.
s More than five On Demand channels.
s Packaging varies by region.
FOR MORE INFO: rogers.com/VIP
Multicultural entertainment
Rogers offers an array of multicultural
channels in more than 20 languages
from around the world. Likewise,
Multicultural On Demand
(Ch. 800) features new and classic
foreign films and TV shows. Visit rogers.
com/multicultural for channel listings.
Free previews
Every month, Rogers features exclusive
free previews of different specialty
channels.*
Go to rogers.com/freepreview to learn
which channels you can preview today.
* Channels may vary by region.
*Packaging varies by region
and is subject to change
without notice.
The Movie Network, HBO Canada and
TMN Encore Package includes:
s Up to 19 channels, including TMN,
HBO Canada and TMN Encore.
s TMN HD and HBO Canada HD – up to
eight channels in stunning HD.
s TMN, HBO Canada and TMN Encore On
Demand – Hollywood hits and
exclusive series, any time you want.
s Access to Rogers On Demand
(Ch. 100) and rogersanyplacetv.com.
FOR MORE INFO: rogers.com/TMN
Super Channel Pack offers:
s Up to seven movie channels – uncut
and commercial-free.
s Super Channel HD – two channels in HD.
s Super Channel On Demand: top
Hollywood films, film festival
favourites and indie flicks, any time.
s Access to Rogers On Demand
(Ch. 100) and rogersanyplacetv.com.
FOR MORE INFO: rogers.com/
superchannel
Hollywood Suite
Four hot Hollywood hit channels in one
sweet suite: WarnerFilms, MGM Channel,
Sony Movie Channel and AXN Movies.
s 450 movies broadcast each month.
s Commercial-free, uncut and in HD.
Available in Ontario only.
Anyplace
TV
Enjoy R
Rogers On Demand
rogram
programming
wherever
and
d whenever
w
you want
On
n your TV | Channel 100
Rogers On Demand (Ch. 100) is free with your digital
TV subscription and offers primetime TV programming plus new-release and classic movie rentals any
time. (New blockbuster movie rentals start at $5.99.)
On your computer | Rogers Anyplace TV
rogersanyplacetv.com
Catch up on TV shows and movies from any
internet-connected PC, tablet or laptop.* Visit
rogersanyplacetv.com to register (it’s free). Rogers
digital TV customers can link their account and
access some of the specialty programs they get
through their TV service.
* Only available in Canada.
y
On your
mobile device | Rogers Anyplace TV
Connect to the Rogers 3G or LTE
network or any Wi-Fi hotspot to stream
live or on-demand programming right to
your device.* Get live sports, news and kid-friendly
programs by downloading the Rogers Anyplace TV
app. For info, visit rogers.com/mobileTV.
* On selected devices.
On Xbox 360 | Rogers Anyplace TV
Xbox Live Gold subscribers can log into their
rogersanyplacetv.com account through the Xbox
app and flip through TV shows and movies using the
gaming remote, voice controls or Kinect gestures.*
Modern Family
* Rogers Anyplace TV app on Xbox 360 does not
include movie rentals or live sports content.
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essential info
Monitoring
Your Account
Check your usage and balance,
change your settings and more
Check wireless and internet usage
ONLINE
1 Log into your My Rogers account and
click Account Info, which will bring you to
the Overview tab.
2 Internet: Under Hi-Speed Internet, you’ll
see a summary of your monthly usage.
3 Wireless: Under Wireless, view usage by
clicking the tabs, such as Data or Voice.
Get
more
Connected
Get the latest in tech,
entertainment and
Rogers news with
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Connected Rogers
TIP: For more info on your usage, click Usage
Details at the bottom of the page.
WITH THE ROGERS MY ACCOUNT APP
1 Launch the Rogers My Account app.
2 Select Usage.
3 Select the Voice, Data or Messaging tab
to check the amount used
or remaining.
Check your account balance
ONLINE
1 Log into My Rogers.
2 Select Account Info. Under the
Overview tab, your account balance will
be displayed under Bill Information.
WITH THE MY ACCOUNT APP
1 Launch the Rogers My Account app.
2 Select Balance.
Change your contact info
1 Log into My Rogers at rogers.com. Select
the account you want to update, then click
Change.
2 Fill out the form, then click Update.
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new virtual magazine edition, featuring
articles, enhanced video content, links, slide
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here, you’ll always find a link to the digital
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essential info
Your Rogers Bill
All you need to know about your bill
How billing cycles work
If you make any changes to your account
mid–billing cycle (e.g., adding or removing a
product), your next bill may incur partial
charges for the previous billing cycle plus the
full amount for the next billing cycle. After that,
your bill will only include new service fees
and charges.
Checking your account balance
See “Monitoring your Account” on p86.
Calculating partial charges
If your billing period is the 12th of every month
and you activated a $30 plan with 150 minutes
on April 5, here’s how the partial charges would
work out:
WITH THE ROGERS MY ACCOUNT APP
1 Launch the Rogers My Account App.
2 Select the Balance tab.
3 Select Make a Payment and follow
the instructions.
)
(
30 x 8 = $8
$30 ÷ days
days
MONTHLY
PRICE
PLAN
NUMBER
OF DAYS IN
THE
MONTH
APRIL 5 TO
APRIL 12
PARTIAL
CHARGES
OF PRICE
PLAN
For more answers to all your first-bill
questions, visit rogers.com/firstbill.
How to get your Rogers bill online
It’s easy to check your account with My Rogers.
Paying your bill
Pay online or with your smartphone:
ONLINE
1 Log into your My Rogers account.
2 Select View Your Bill.
3 Select the account(s) you want to pay
and select Make a Payment.
Pre-authorized payments set-up
1 Log into your My Rogers account.
2 Click View Your Bill.
3 From Bills & Payments click Edit next to
Payment Method.
4 Select the account(s) you want to pay and
the method of payment (pre-authorized
chequing or credit-card payments).
TIP: Have a cheque on hand for the account details
B
SIGN UP FOR ONLINE BILLING
Go to rogers.com/onlinebilling and register.
NOTE: Online billing lets you view up to 18 monthss
of past bills.
VIEW YOUR BILL ONLINE
A. Sign into My Rogers.
B. Click View Your Bill.
C. From here you can make a payment, view your billing history, see your balance and sign up for ebill
notifications. Need more help? Visit rogers.com and type Bill Explainer in the search box.
HAVE A BILLING QUESTION?
Rogers Bill Explainer website (rogers.com/billexplainer) offers clear explanations about all Rogers
services, charges and fees, including partial charges, long distance, roaming and more.
Need
more
info?
Have questions
about your
services?
Join the Rogers
Online Community
s Visit redboard.rogers.com,
the official Rogers blog, and
stay informed about Rogers
products and services.
s “Like” us on facebook.com/
rogers and join the
conversation.
s Get answers to your product
and service questions from
the community at
communityforums.rogers.
com.
s Tweet @RogersHelps with
your questions.
Rogers.com
support section
Get the most from your Rogers
services with how-to-videos,
FAQs and more. Visit
rogers.com and click Support.
Help from
your phone
BILLS AND PAYMENTS:
Call *bill from your wireless
phone to check your balance
or to make a payment.
UPDATE YOUR MY5 LIST:
Call *611 or 1-888-ROGERS1
and select Account Changes
to update your MY5 list at
no charge.
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