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Why the Samsung GALAXY S5 is built for business

Samsung Galaxy S5We’ve just added Samsung’s new Android smartphone, the GALAXY S5, to the Rogers Reservation system. The new flagship gadget comes with productivity-boosting features that are particularly handy for business consumers: a bigger screen, longer battery life, a more durable build and water-resistant technology.

Wonder what makes the new Samsung GALAXY S5 a one-of-a-kind business phone? We’ve got you covered:

  1. Fingerprint Scanner

We know how important security is to small businesses. The GALAXY S5 is one of the first Android phones to feature the latest fingerprint technology. You can keep your phone secure when it’s not in use, without the need for cumbersome password screens. This extra security boost is good for business users who regularly access private business or client data on their mobile device.

You can also use the scanner to access Private Mode, a place to store your most sensitive documents and emails — a feature that isn’t available on other scanner-equipped smartphones.

  1. Bigger, better display

At 5.2 inches, the GALAXY S5′s screen is a bit bigger than its predecessor.  That little extra screen real estate can go a long way toward improving productivity, not to mention readability for lengthy emails!

  1. Faster Hardware

The GALAXY S5 packs a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so business users can expect seriously speedy performance. The phone also features LTE/Wi-Fi aggregation technology, which lets you download one file using both networks, resulting in faster downloads. This is great for accessing and viewing large files stored in the cloud.

Reserve your Samsung GALAXY S5 now through the Rogers Reservation System. For more information visit our website or contact your Rogers Representative.

What business tasks make you rely on your mobile phone?

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Windows 8 features your small business will love

Windows 8 for small business from RogersThe way people work has changed and Microsoft definitely had this in mind when designing the operating system for Windows 8 devices.  From the customizable start screen to the lineup of productivity enhancing devices, Windows 8 devices provide you the flexibility and mobility you want, and the reliability, security and productivity you need as a small business owner.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the features your small business will love.

Customizable start screen

Whether you’re on a Windows 8 PC, tablet or a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Live Tile start screen can be customized to your liking.  On a Windows 8 PC or tablet, you can change the location of the tiles so that you see what’s important to you.  On a Windows Phone 8 device, you can change the size, position and colour of the tiles.  The tiles are also ‘live’ which means that they constantly reflect the latest information without being opened.  You can see your next meeting, the latest news headlines and the current temperature simply by looking at your start screen.

SkyDrive

SkyDrive is a file hosting service that allows you to store documents in the cloud for access on any device.  SkyDrive gives you and your team access to your documents from wherever you are.   When you’re out of the office, you can easily access and edit your documents on a smartphone or tablet.   Sharing with your team is also easy.  You can select which documents you want to share and which ones you want to keep private.

Windows 8 devices

We’ve got Canada’s largest selection of Windows Phone 8 devices with models from Samsung, Nokia and HTC.  Whether you need a large screen or prefer a sleek design, there is a model that suit your needs.

Shifting to Canada’s first LTE-enabled Windows 8 tablet, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a tablet that could replace your laptop.  Its powerful processor enables it to run Windows 8 operating system.  That means that Windows 8 works with both existing desktop software and apps that you download from the Windows Store.  There are also a number of keyboard attachments (sold separately) that make it easier to respond to email and edit documents while on the go.  Finally, to complete the transformation to a laptop, you can connect the Samsung ATIV Smart PC to external devices using the included USB and Mini-HDMI ports.

Exclusive apps from Rogers

Last but not least, our Rogers One Number application has been optimized for Windows 8.  Exclusively for Rogers customers, Rogers One Number lets you talk and text from your Windows 8 tablet and manage your calling features from your Windows Phone 8 device.

As you can see, Windows 8 devices have a lot to offer small business users.  To learn more, go to rogers.com/windows8forbiz

Alex is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Small Business Contest – Kick off 2013 with a $50,000 technology & cash “boost”

From restaurants to realtors, small businesses across Canada often face the same core challenges: increasing productivity, managing costs and growing the business. To help you overcome a business challenge of your own, our team wants to give your team a boost.

That’s why we have joined together with Samsung to launch a contest where we will award $25,000 cash and $25,000 worth of Samsung products including Samsung ATIV Windows 8 devices.

Contest Details

The contest started yesterday for small businesses with up to 99 employees. To enter, visit the Rogers ‘Connected Business Centre’ group on LinkedIn and answer in 200 words or less to the following question:

How could your business benefit from being on Rogers’ superfast LTE network?

Judging

To help us evaluate the small business that best demonstrates how it can overcome a business challenge by leveraging internet-powered technology, we have invited experts in the small business and technology fields to review submissions including:

Julie KingJulie King, CanadaOne

Julie King is the co-founder and editor of CanadaOne, a national small business magazine that helps Canadian business owners start, run and grow their businesses. Julie has helped build CanadaOne’s library of over 900 free business articles, videos and tools since the site’s launch in March 1998.

Julie is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, particularly around the topic of “practical innovation” and how they use technology to achieve better business results. Her goal is to help smaller companies in Canada access the answers they need on a just-in-time basis.

Roger Pierce, Pierce Content Marketing

Roger Pierce is one of Canada’s top small business experts. He takes what’s he’s learned from starting and running 12 small businesses and shares it with thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide.

He’s the co-author of the book, Thriving Solo: How to Grow a Successful Business, and a columnist for the Toronto Sun and PROFIT Magazine.

His company is called Pierce Content Marketing, and it helps big businesses to engage small business owners through advice-rich content.

Ian PortsmouthIan Portsmouth, Publisher & Editor of PROFIT Magazine and PROFITguide.com

Ian Portsmouth is the Publisher & Editor of PROFIT Magazine, Canada’s most read publications for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He is a trusted media commentator and public speaker on management issues and best practices of Canadian growth companies, and is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship.

Apart from leading PROFIT’s editorial coverage, business awards programs and events for leading entrepreneurs, Ian sits on the board of directors of the Innovators Alliance, an association for the CEOs of Ontario-based growth companies and is an advisor to the Impact Entrepreneurship Group, Canada’s largest student-run entrepreneurship organization.

To enter the contest and for full contest rules and details, visit www.rogers.com/50kbonus.

How does internet and technology make a difference in your business?

Rick SpenceUPDATE (November 26, 2012, 5:02 p.m): To help us review your contest submissions, we’ve invited another expert in the small business field to the table. Introducing Rick Spence. Rick Spence is a Toronto-based business writer and consultant dedicated to helping businesses grow. Rick is the former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs. He writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship and innovation for the National Post, as well as columns for PROFIT magazine and other publications.

He wrote the first Canadian book on growth business (Secrets of Success from Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies). Rick has taught “New Venture Startup” at Ryerson University and sits on the board of directors of a geophysical software company.

He blogs at Canadian Entrepreneur (www.canentrepreneur.com), and tweets his best business advice on Twitter under the handle “RickSpence.”

Contest closes December 16, 2012.  Open to Canadian residents having reached the age of majority, who are the owners of an existing and active Small Business having between one and 99 employees inclusively at the time of entry, but excluding residents of the province of Quebec. Essays must be 200 words or less. One Grand Prize including $25,000 in cash and $25,000 of Samsung Products ($5,000 of must be spent on Samsung ATIV Windows 8 mobile products) at the winner’s choice. All essays will be evaluated in a two-round judging process; the entrant associated with essay having obtained the highest score will be the eligible winner.  Odds of winning depend on the quality of essays.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

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Contest: Celebrating our readers and Canadian small businesses

We love small businessesWe have a lot to celebrate here at RedBoard Biz. Not only did we recently celebrate our two year anniversary, but it’s now small business month, a time where we recognize the contribution of small businesses to the Canadian economy.

For the past two years, we’ve been writing about a wide range of topics – from apps and interviews, to the latest products and services and we’re proud of the community of like-minded business professionals we’ve built here on RedBoard Biz.

To celebrate and acknowledge our readers, we are hosting a contest for our subscribers – both current and new. The prize: a Samsung Galaxy S III.

To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to receive our blog via email. If you’re already a subscriber, great. Consider yourself entered for a chance to win. If you’re not, here’s how you subscribe:

  • Click on the RSS symbol in the top right corner of our blog. Or go here.
  • Click Get RedBoard Biz delivered by email
  • Enter your email address
  • Click Complete Subscription Request
  • You’ll receive an email to confirm your request. Just click the link provided in the email to complete the process.

We’ll be doing a random draw of all eligible email subscribers on November 7 and will be announcing the winner here, and our Twitter account, @RogersBiz.

On behalf of everyone at RedBoard Biz, thank you for reading our blog. If you have any suggestions for blog posts, please leave your idea in the comments section below.

UPDATE (November 7, 2012, 12:01 p.m): The subscriber contest is now over. Thank to everyone who participated and a BIG welcome to all our new subscribers! We’ll be drawing the winner later today and announcing the winner both here on this blog post and on our Twitter account, @RogersBiz in the coming days. Stay tuned!

UPDATE (November 12, 2012, 10:22 a.m):  Congratulations to Karen, the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S III in our RedBoard Biz subscriber contest. Thanks for participating and thank  you to all our new subscribers. We hope you’ll enjoying receiving our updates.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

Contest closes on November 7, 2012 at 12 noon. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, subscribe to receive RedBoard Biz by email.  Prize: one (1) Samsung Galaxy S III valued at $599.99 to be won. 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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Introducing your RedBoard Biz tablet contest finalists

Back in May, we started a contest asking you to tell us how your small business is using tablets in creative or innovative ways. Over the past 6 weeks, you blew us away with your amazing stories! From replacing paper and delivering presentations, to solving some of your most challenging business problems, it’s clear that tablets have become an irreplaceable part of your businesses.

We spent a long time going through the entries and have narrowed it down to three finalists. From these final three, we will be doing a random draw for the grand prize: a Samsung Galaxy Note and the opportunity to have your small business featured in Connected for Business Magazine. We’ll be announcing the winner here on this post and on our Twitter account, @RogersBiz. Stay tuned!

Here are your three finalists:

Hans Ducker:

My family has owned and operated a campground since 1963 and for all of that time we have had to read the hydro meters manually write them down and then transcribe them to the computer for billing. With a new tablet we have cut down the extra work for the office staff exponentially! Now all I have to do is copy and paste. Also with roughly 250 seasonal campsites it has helped me track of all pending trailer repairs and all the odd jobs I get asked to do over the busy weekends when I’m out and about. With the ease and portablility of the tablet it has also helped me troubleshoot any problems that are occurring with the wi-fi we provide to our customers. The tablet is a great resource for us and one we will never do without.

Patrick Van Tighem

My tablet has become the cornerstone of my business. With it I can use google apps to share listing contracts, photos, contacts and email my clients. I use my tablet to access my contact management database, show my listing and buyer powerpoint presentations and close my sales.

My tablet also keeps track of my schedule and lets my associates know what I am up to.

I even setup market snap shots from my tablet and have used its apps to measure homes and take notes for my listings. This is one powerful tool and gives me a competitive edge over my competitors.

I also have used my tablet recently to download a rule book for a swim meet I referred recently. What a great resource!

Gamal Mustapha:

We install electronic sensors in buildings and homes to detect moisture in walls, track energy efficiency and help improve indoor air quality. We often install hundreds of sensors in buildings during different phases of construction, understanding when and where these sensors have been installed are important for all construction trades during construction and are an invaluable tool to help building owners maintain their buildings.

We use tablets to perform real-time documentation of our sensor installations right at the construction site. After a sensor is installed, we take a photograph of it and its surroundings, and tag its location on a digital copy of the as-built drawings. This information is annotated and instantly synchronized with our database and can be shared with all other trades, managers, architects and engineers associated with the project.

This has improved coordination amongst different trades, it has contributed to an increase in quality control as it allows managers and engineers to oversee construction details and collaborate in real-time from any location. Thanks to the portability of tablets and the integrated features of high resolution cameras, GPS, gyroscope and high speed connectivity, this has become an integral tool in our business and we foresee it becoming a standard tool in this industry.

UPDATE (July 13, 2012, 12:53 p.m): The winner of the tablet contest is: Gamal Mustapha! Congratulations Gamal! We’ll be in touch via email soon to coordinate the details of your prize. Thanks again to everyone who participated in the contest.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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Contest: How do you use tablets in your business?

In the past year, tablet ownership tripled in Canada and it will no doubt continue to grow. We love tablets and we know that many of our customers are using the technology in interesting ways from replacing paper to delivering presentations.

We love to hear about the creative ways small businesses are using tablets like the BlackBerry® PlayBook, iPad and Android™ devices. But we want to hear more – so to spread the love we are hosting a contest.

All you have to do is leave us a comment here on this blog post to be entered into our draw. The prize? One of our favourite smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Note. What’s more, the winning entry will also have the opportunity to have their small business featured in Connected for Business magazine.

In your comment:

  • Tell us about your business or the work you do
  • What challenges have tablets helped you with at work?
  • What kinds of benefits have you seen since you started using tablets?

The RedBoard Biz team will narrow down the entries to our favourite three submissions and publish them on the blog the morning of June 8. Later that afternoon, the winner’s name will be drawn at random from one of the top three submissions and published on the blog.

Remember, creativity counts. Make your entry unique and be as detailed as you like. The contest starts today and ends June 8. A contest winner will be announced both here on our blog and via our Twitter account, @RogersBiz.

UPDATE: (May 17, 2012, 9:31 a.m): We’ve extended the contest end date to 12 noon on June 27, 2012.

UPDATE: (June 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m): The contest is now over. A big thank you to everyone who entered! We got some absolutely great entries. We’re going to take some time to review them before declaring the finalists and we’ll be contacting finalists via email soon. Stay tuned!

Alison is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

Contest Closes at 12 noon on June 27, 2012. Open to residents of Canada over age of majority, excluding Quebec.  To enter, leave a comment on our contest blog post on our business blog, RedBoard Biz. The top three entries will be entered into a random draw to win one (1) Samsung Galaxy Note valued at approximately $699.99.  One entry/person.  Odds of winning depend on quality of the entry and the number of eligible entries received.  Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win.  No Purchase Necessary.  Full rules can be found here

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Outlast the elements: Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Rugby

samsung galaxy rugby from rogersIf you work in harsh conditions, you know how easy it is to damage or ruin your mobile phone. Built for strength and durability, Samsung Galaxy Rugby has all the high-tech functionality of a smartphone, but is built with the strength to handle whatever you throw at it: from the work site and beyond.

Built to last

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby is IP67 certified which means that it is extremely resistant to dust and dirt and is built to withstand 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water.  For daily use, the rugged design ensures that it can survive typical drops.  For use outdoors, the Galaxy Rugby features a scratch resistant 3.7” AMOLED Plus Display which makes it easy to read emails and the water resistant design allows you to use it in humid environments.

Stay connected and organized

There’s no need to sacrifice functionality for durability with the Samsung Galaxy Rugby. This device uses Android 2.3 operating system so it comes with a number of features that make it easy to stay connected and organized throughout the day.  Some key features include:

  • Full email support for multiple accounts.
  • The ability to view and edit word documents with the pre-installed Quickoffice application.  You can also use Quickoffice to view PDFs.
  • A built-in file manager to keep all downloaded and created documents organized.
  • Web browser with Flash 11 support which means you watch videos within the browser.
  • Calendar, to-do and voice memo apps that make it easy to capture notes and appointments when they come up.

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby gives you access to the Android Market as well so you can download additional apps as you need them.

Plus, as a Rogers Small Business customer you can get unlimited Canada-wide team calling so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your minutes when you need to stay in touch.

For more information about the device, click here.

Alex is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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Toronto Board of Trade Event: Breakfast with Samsung and Rogers

A common question from small business owners purchasing devices for themselves and their employees is, “What mobile device should I choose?”  Not so long ago, the choice was limited. That’s now changing thanks to manufacturers creating more business-grade devices and the increasing “bring your own device” trend. The Android operating system has been making steady inroads in the business market. To learn more about this trend, join us, along with Samsung Mobile, for an informative session on the latest innovative Android products and solutions available for businesses today.

Why attend?

The event will help you to understand how smartphones, tablets and Android business solutions allow you to take your office on-the-go. Samsung experts will teach you about Samsung’s suite of solutions, including mobile device management, on device encryption and virtual private networks. You can also get hands-on experience with a selection of live Samsung devices.

Interested? Here are the details:

Location: Toronto Board of Trade 4th Floor, First Canadian Place, Toronto

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Registration: 7:30 a.m

Session: 8:00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.

This event is complimentary to Toronto Board of Trade members. To reserve your seat, e-mail abf@bot.com or go here for more information. We will also be giving away tickets to this event from our @RogersBiz Twitter account on Monday at 12 noon EST. Follow @RogersBiz for more details.

If you’re unable to make it to the event, we’ll be adding the presentation to SlideShare in the coming days. We will also be tweeting live from our @RogersBiz twitter account at the event Wednesday morning. Stay tuned!

Lauren is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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Introducing the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Note from RogersPerfect for business, the Samsung Galaxy Note is an all-in-one Android smartphone with a 5.3 inch HD screen that offers the convenience of a tablet and a phone.

What are the benefits for business professionals? 

You can easily access files while travelling or on-the-go without having to worry about the security of your data. The Samsung Galaxy Note offers an easy-to-deploy, reliable VPN solution and provides ActiveSync for secure access to professional resources. ActiveSync allows you to synchronize and update your emails, contacts, calendar and notes to your device.

This brand new device is also equipped with a Webex app for meetings on-the- go and is preloaded with Polaris Office to create and edit your presentations and business documents using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Ever find yourself in a meeting without a pen? Combining the large, rich display of a tablet and the portability of a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note lets you take notes or jot down that great idea with the S Pen; the world’s most advanced pen input technology.

What about security?

Never worry about security; the Samsung Galaxy Note is equipped with new security solutions that cover all data including contacts, email and email attachments and provides security capabilities to ensure that mobile workers enjoy an up-to-date and reliable experience.

Reserve your Samsung Galaxy Note now through the Rogers Reservation System, for more information visit our website or contact your Rogers Representative.

Lauren is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz

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Are you ready for Android in your business?

Rogers RedBoard Biz asks: Is Android ready for business? A few weeks ago we brought you some tips to boost security on your iPhone. In doing so, we acknowledged a growing trend toward “the consumerization of IT”— the use of personal devices, especially those once thought of as consumer products, in a business environment. Along with iPhones, Android devices are flooding into businesses small and large, and IT administrators are being asked to support a “bring your own device” policy.

For those in charge of IT, security and device management are critical concerns.  As Android has boosted its profile in business, it has also been closing the gap with its competitors in terms of the security and management features it offers. Some of these are native to the operating system, such as device lock, password protection and data encryption. Others must be provided through third-party apps and solutions.  The result is that businesses are letting their employees use the device of their choice without feeling that they are putting their data and systems at risk.

If you’re considering supporting Android devices in your business (or if you’ve already embraced them), there are some steps you should take to play it safe. We provide a few key suggestions here and link you to some additional resources.

1. Stop ‘just saying no’ to personal devices. Chances are someone you work with is already using one. The last thing you want is a rogue experience at your company. An informed IT department is the best way to ensure your business is secure. Seek reliable advice on how to manage personal devices at work.

2. Use Google apps to manage Android security policies. Google Apps Device Policy Administration can help you enforce security policies such as locking idle devices, setting password requirements and wiping lost or stolen devices.

3. Adopt mobile device management (MDM). These solutions enable businesses to monitor, manage and support Android and other devices, usually through a centralized console that enables remote access and updates. There are many MDM products on the market, including Juniper, MobileIron and Trellia. Do your research, and look for an integrated solution instead of many different tools.

Want to learn more?

Are you using Android for business? What security features have you implemented?

Geoffrey is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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