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Get a Sneak Peak at the New BlackBerry 10 Devices

You have heard a lot about BlackBerry 10 over the past few weeks. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the BlackBerry Z10 will be available to small business customers in 6 days!

Want an inside look at the new BlackBerry 10? Check out the video below:

The BlackBerry Z10, a new all-touch device, will run on Rogers’ LTE network. It will be available at Rogers retail and dealer locations across Canada, beginning on February 5th, and starting at $149.99 with select 3-year plans. We will also be offering small business customers access to the BlackBerry Q10, which features a physical QWERTY keyboard, in 2013. We’ll have more details on release dates and availability soon

Why Rogers?

For more than 10 years, Rogers has been selling BlackBerry devices to Canadians. We were the first to launch BlackBerry services worldwide, and have the largest base of BlackBerry users in Canada. We’re happy to continue our tradition of innovation. Being a Rogers BlackBerry 10 small business customer means:

  • Access to Experts: Our Certified BlackBerry Small Business Specialists are trained and ready to get you started on BlackBerry10, ensuring your transition is easy and flawless;
  • Exclusive applications: You’ll also have access to exclusive Rogers applications like Rogers One Number for small business and for “after hours”, Rogers Anyplace TV, Sportsnet, and coming soon, Smart Home Monitoring.
  • LTE-powered: Unleash the BlackBerry Z10 on Rogers LTE, Canada’s fastest wireless internet*. You’ll be able to upload and download files, stream video content and collaborate on documents with your team at faster speeds. The Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities; visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.

Rogers small business customers can pre-register for devices today

As of January 31st, current Rogers customers can beat the line and pre-register for  the Q10, a QWERTY-keyboard BlackBerry10 device, through the Rogers Reservation System.

Update: Check out our website for more information on the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.

What new feature excites you most about the BlackBerry 10?

*Based on tests comparing download speeds on the Rogers LTE network vs. Bell and Telus’ LTE networks within Rogers LTE coverage area. LTE device, LTE SIM and plan required.  Actual experienced speeds may vary based on device, topography and environmental conditions, network congestion and other factors. Rogers LTE network available in select Canadian cities. Visit Rogers.com/LTE for coverage.

 

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What is HTML5 and what does it mean for business?

Rogers and HTML5The demise of the downloadable mobile application could be on its way.  Specifically, the need for downloading clunky plug-ins or device specific apps could be replaced entirely with browser-based apps in the future.  These apps are one benefit of the open-source Internet language called HTML5 — the newest version of the Hyper Text Markup Language that makes up the web pages we see on the Internet.

What are the benefits for business?

This new technology will allow companies to create applications as inexpensively and quickly as creating a website is today. Businesses will be able to offer rich, interactive experiences across many online and mobile platforms, including BlackBerry, Android and iOS. With HTML5 businesses can add advanced drawings, animations, video, audio elements and information capture forms to their websites further engaging customers and gathering customer insights.

In the past, your web browser was just for viewing text and images. Then, a number of new technologies, with names like Java, AJAX and Flash, enabled video and advanced interactivity. HTML5 eliminates the need for Flash by supporting game-like sharing, 3D graphics, video and enhanced ads within supported web browsers. All of this on smartphones, tablets and desktops, resulting in a richer browser experience that works and looks the same across all platforms.

In the future, some industry watchers say that apps as we know them (written for specific operating systems like iOS or Android) will probably be replaced with HTML5 apps. Unlike Flash, these apps are easier and cheaper to produce, can be updated like a traditional website, and will eliminate the need to constantly download updated app versions. Accessing HTML5-based content still mostly requires the user to be online, as these pages live on the web – but eventually HTML5 could enable completely interactive content to any device without an internet connection.

Possibly one of the most useful benefits of HTML5 – the new software will improve your site’s SEO (search engine optimization). The new, more semantic HTML5 will allow search engines to better index your web pages and include more detailed information to yield higher quality search results.

All of the major players — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and RIM — have built-in support for this new technology in their latest devices and browsers, and it is catching on quickly among different types of online media.

To summarize, the new technology will enhance the online business-to-customer relationship with a better bottom line, faster time to market, shorter app approval process, and far more engaging interactive experience on ANY device of their choice.

For more information on HTML 5 and how to get it, visit:

Lauren is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz

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Share your know-how: Small business week contest

SMB AdviceIf you’re a small business, you probably already know that October 16 – 22 is Small Business Week. For 30 years, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has been organizing this special initiative to support and celebrate the achievements of the small and mid-size businesses. Throughout the week—and increasingly throughout October—organizations across Canada host events and launch programs that bring small businesses together to learn, network and have some fun.

Here at RedBoard Biz, we try to do our part throughout the year to help small businesses with tips, trends, tools and technology to help you better manage and grow your business. We also understand that sometimes you would rather hear from others like you—hardworking entrepreneurs who face challenges daily and find innovative ways to solve them. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our partner Research in Motion to bring you our “Share Your Know How” contest.

For the next three weeks, we’ll post a question and invite you to share your insight in a comment (100 words maximum).  You’ll be automatically entered in a draw to win a new BlackBerry Curve 9360. In addition to iconic features such as the BlackBerry keyboard and optical trackpad, this device comes with the new BlackBerry 7 OS software, making it a powerful communication tool for business.

A contest winner will be announced each week both here on RedBoard Biz and via our Twitter account, @RogersBiz

Ready to share your know-how with your peers? Here’s this week’s question:  What is the best business advice you have ever received?

UPDATE (October 20, 2011, 2:00 pm): The Share-Your-Know-How contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone for your great suggestions and feedback. We’ll be announcing the winner of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 both here on our blog and on our Twitter account, @RogersBiz. The post will remain open for comments, so please continue to send us your best business advice, however, any comments received after 2:00pm on October 21 will be ineligible for the draw for the BlackBerry. Also, remember there’s still an other chance to win. We’ll be holding another BlackBerry giveaway next week. Stay tuned!

UPDATE (October 27, 2011, 9:48 am): Congratulations to Darren, our first winner in the Share Your Know-How contest! Darren, we’ll be sending you your new BlackBerry this week. Thanks to everyone who participated and make sure you check out this week’s contest for another chance to win.

Geoffrey Booth is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

Contest closes at 2:00 p.m. ET on October 21, 2010. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, in the comments section of this blog post, about the best business advice you’ve ever received.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) BlackBerry Curve 9360 valued at approximately $349.00 each. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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We’re hitting the road with Rogers Technology Showcase

Last week, we kicked off our national tour of the Rogers Technology Showcase in Ottawa and Toronto. Over two hundred partners,  IT professionals and members of the Rogers Data Alliance joined us to check out the latest in wireless business solutions.

We also showed off new devices, smart phones and tablets from Cisco, Research in Motion and Panasonic.

In Toronto, we had the chance to catch up with Mansell Nelson, vice president of M2M at Rogers to talk about what’s new at this year’s Technology Showcase. Take a look:

We’re heading west this week to start the next leg of our tour. If you are interested to learn more about how wireless and M2M solutions can help your business, please come out and join us. The show is free – to secure your spot, register in advance at www.rogerstechshowcase.com. Here is where we are heading:

Vancouver: Friday September 16th

Vancouver Convention Centre

Calgary: Tuesday September 20th

BMO Centre

Edmonton: Thursday September 22nd

Edmonton Expo Centre

Winnipeg: Wednesday October 5th,

Conventions Centre

Montreal: Thursday October 13th

Centre Mont-Royal

We’ll also be bringing the Technology Showcase to  Halifax on October 19th and in London on October 27th. Locations to be confirmed.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring a series of video interviews with partners demonstrating their M2M solutions at this year’s show so if you can’t be there in person, this is the next best thing. Stay tuned.

Allison Fitton is a regular contributor to RedBoardBiz

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Security tips for BlackBerry users

BlackBerry security tips from RogersOur days are filled with little routines to keep ourselves safe, such as looking both ways before crossing the street and buckling our seatbelts before starting our cars. But what do we do to keep the business and personal information on our mobile devices protected?

We asked our security expert friends at RIM to provide us with some security tips for BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets. Here are some you can act on today. (These tips are for BlackBerry 6 OS. Instructions for other operating systems may vary.

Password Protection

Ensure that only you have access to the information on your smartphone. To add a password, simply select the Options menu, then Security, then Password. Type and confirm a password in the Password field and click the Enable checkbox.

On the PlayBook, you’ll need to go to the Settings gear in the upper right hand corner, select Security from the left hand menu, then Password. Select Enable then type in a password.

Encrypt Data

Keep your data secure. On your smartphone, open the Options menu, then Security, then Encryption. In the Encryption screen, select the Encrypt checkbox.  You can also choose what to encrypt and the encryption strength.

Bluetooth Security

Keep your device safe when Bluetooth is on. Open the Manage Connections menu and click on the Bluetooth checkbox. While you’re still in the Manage Connections screen, scroll down and select Bluetooth Options. You’ll see a variety of Bluetooth connections. You can change your discoverable status to show up or remain undetected when nearby users search for Bluetooth connections.

Password Keeper

Keep your security passwords and account numbers safe. Open the Password Keeper icon from your BlackBerry home screen. (If you don’t see the icon, type “password keeper” from your home screen and the universal search function should locate it for you.) You’ll be prompted to create a password to protect all your other passwords. Then simply select the Menu key and choose New to add a new password item.

Wiping

Transitioning a used device to a new employee? Keep everyone’s information safe by wiping the device between users. Select the Options menu, then Security, then Security Wipe. You’ll be prompted to type “BlackBerry” to complete the wipe. While the device is wiping, make sure you don’t turn it off or pull the battery out.

Which BlackBerry security features do you currently use?

Haley Morrison is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz

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See the latest wireless business solutions under one roof

Rogers tech showcaseWireless technologies for business continue to evolve so rapidly that it can be daunting to keep up. From mobile workforce solutions that make employees more productive in the field to machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that enable the flow of data from remote devices to backend systems, there are a dizzying number of options for businesses to consider.

To help you understand wireless technologies and how they could help you achieve your business goals, we created the Rogers Technology Showcase. Coming soon to a city near you, this annual event brings together the top hardware, software and services vendors. Now is your chance to come out and learn first-hand about a wide variety of innovative M2M technologies and play with our latest devices, smartphones and tablets. You can chat with the experts, watch demos of their products, and learn about solutions that are changing the ways that companies in many sectors do business.

Throughout the day, we’ll also offer special breakout sessions that focus on wireless technologies for particular industries. Visit our registration site soon for more information about these sessions.

Confirmed technology partners include Cisco and Research in Motion, among others. Other participating Rogers Data Alliance members include Microhard Systems, Novotech, Cybercat, and SafetyLine. Stay tuned for more updates about participating vendors.

Beginning in Ottawa on September 7, the Technology Showcase will travel to Toronto (Sept 8), Vancouver (Sept 16), Calgary (Sept 20), Edmonton (Sept 22), Winnipeg (Oct 5) and Montreal (Oct 13).

There is no cost to attend, but you do have to register in advance at www.rogerstechshowcase.com.

UPDATE (September 15, 2011, 4:06 pm): We are now bringing the Rogers Technology Showcase to two additional cities in October. We’ll be in Halifax on October 19th and in London on October 27th.

Geoffrey Booth is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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New BlackBerry smartphones coming to Rogers

BlackBerry 7 lineup from RogersFor the small businesses out there who love their BlackBerry smartphones, we have some great news – this summer, three new BlackBerry devices will join the Rogers lineup. Last night, Research in Motion held an exclusive event called #BB7FanNight to announce the arrival of their new BlackBerry devices: the new Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and the Torch 9810. All three devices are capable of 14.4 Mbps 4G download speeds and yes, they will make your colleagues jealous.

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

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

What do you think of the latest BlackBerry devices?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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PREVIEW: BlackBerry PlayBook for business customers

A significant number of our business customers are BlackBerry users and we’ve heard from many who are excited that the Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will soon be available.

As part of our RedBoardBiz video series, we recently sat down with RIM’s Jeff Gadway to discuss some of the business benefits of the BlackBerry PlayBook and provide an overview of the device:

With its seamless integration with BlackBerry smartphones, the Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook is a flexible option for our BlackBerry customers who want a secure secondary device to help them be more productive.

Also today, RIM announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models (16, 32 and 64 GB) at a manufacturer’s suggested price starting at $499. We’re excited to confirm we will be making the PlayBook available to our business customers.

We wanted to provide this special glimpse into the BlackBerry PlayBook with you as soon as possible, but that also means we can’t share specific details on availability just yet. We’ll be sure to update you here on RedBoardBiz when more details become available.

For a more general overview of PlayBook, please see our post and video on RedBoard.

Can your business benefit from the PlayBook?

Duane MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoardBiz.

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Concerned about mobile security threats? Get educated!

Rogers Security WebinarsSmartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices can provide your business with new revenue streams, new services, and new tools to better manage your employees—or your bottom line—from anywhere.

But do you know how secure those tools are, or the information and systems to which they connect you? The upside of mobility is huge, but without proper security policies in place the risks could outweigh the benefits.

To help businesses better understand their security needs, we’re offering a “Crash Course in Mobile Security for Business.” Hopefully these short, focused webinars will teach you to get more out of your mobile technology while helping you keep your business information and your technology investments secure.

Here is some information about the sessions:

BlackBerry Security Overview and Best Practices

  • Jay Barbour, Research in Motion
  • Wed., March 2, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

iPhone in Business: a Security Overview

  • Jordan Silverberg, Apple
  • Thurs., March 3, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Mobile Security that Helps Businesses Grow

  • Shane Schick, IT World Canada
  • Wed., March 9, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Safe, Secure Mobile Computing

  • Larry Keating, No Panic Computing
  • Thurs. March 10, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

For more information or to register for any or all of these webinars, visit the registration page. What kinds of mobile security policies have you put in place for your business?

Geoffrey Booth is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available from Rogers

BlackBerry Torch 9800 from RogersStarting today, we’re excited to add the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch 9800 to Rogers lineup of smartphones for your business.

BlackBerry’s latest device combines the productivity-enhancing business tools you’re used to – like the secure platform and physical QWERTY keyboard – and adds the additional functionality of a 3.2” touchscreen, a totally revamped browser and the latest BlackBerry 6 operating system.

As the first carrier in the world to launch the BlackBerry smartphone, we have a history working with RIM to deliver innovative products for our business customers.

For more details on the BlackBerry Torch 9800, go to Rogers.com or check out this demo video with BlackBerry’s Director of Marketing, Michael McDowell from earlier this month.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz.

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