27th December 2012

2012 Rogers Innovation Report Released

rogersThe love affair between Canadians and their smartphones intensified in 2012. According to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, commissioned by Vision Critical and released today by Rogers Communications, Nomophobia – the state of stress caused by being away from your smartphone – has gripped Canadian smartphone users. Sixty five per cent say they feel naked without their smartphone and Internet access. A little over half sleep with their device next to them, and 82 per cent use their smartphone in the bathroom. Over half say they check their mobile device before brushing their teeth in the morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th November 2012

Canadians Would Give Up Coffee, Video Games and TV Before Parting With Their Smartphones

wind mobileIf necessary many Canadians would give up coffee or video games before saying goodbye to their smartphones, according to the results of a national survey released today by WIND Mobile. Thirty-seven percent of Canadian mobile phone owners aged 18-34 say they would give up video games before walking away from their devices, while 36 percent say they would be willing to quit drinking coffee rather than lose their phones. Twenty-eight percent would give up television. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th November 2012

Study: Active Videogames Don’t Increase Overall Daily Physical Activity Levels

HALOresearchActive video games – also known as “exergames” – are often presented as a possible solution to getting kids to move more; however, following a rigorous scientific review, Active Healthy Kids Canada – and its strategic partners the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO) and ParticipACTION – advises against them as a strategy to help kids be more physically active. So, this holiday season, you might want to think twice about buying an active gaming system for the purpose of helping your child exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th November 2012

Survey Says Parents Struggling To Keep Up With Kids And Technology

webkinzA recent survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of Ganz, the creators of Webkinz reveals that while nearly 50 percent of parents believe technology is a great way to connect as a family, the majority (70 percent) still struggle with keeping up with their kids saying it’s time consuming, expensive or endless. To help conquer this divide, and timed with National Family Week (Nov. 18-24, 2012), the creators of Webkinz suggest dedicated co-play with parents and kids via their online or social platforms to bring families together. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th November 2012

Over Half of Canadians Will Shop Online According To FedEx Survey

christmas orbyCanadian consumers are set to break online shopping records this holiday season, with more than half electing to click-and-ship over standing in long line ups at check-out counters. A new Angus Reid survey commissioned by Federal Express Canada Ltd. (FedEx Express Canada), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., reveals that 55 per cent of Canadian holiday shoppers will turn to e-commerce this holiday season to take advantage of advanced online shopping technology and fast shipping. Last year, approximately 45% of Canadians were expected to shop online, according to Deloitte’s Consumers Spending with Restraint, 2011 Holiday Outlook Survey.
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14th November 2012

Intuit Launches ‘Love Our Local Business’ to Help Entrepreneurs Succeed

intuitA little love goes a long way. To help small businesses survive and thrive in a tough economy, Intuit Inc. will grant a wish a day, valuing up to $5,000 each, to 15 businesses through its Love Our Local Business program this holiday season. Small businesses in the United States and Canada can submit their wishes at Love Our Local Business and then rally their fans to vote for their submissions. Intuit will fulfill one wish a day from December 3rd to 21st. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th November 2012

Study of Canadian Families And Television In The Digital Age

movie orbyVia Canada Media Fund: Not only is TV not endangered, but it also has a unifying social impact on the nuclear family across the country. This is the main conclusion of a cross-Canada study—Are the Kids All Right? (PDF 2MB) —on the television viewing habits of families with at least one child aged between 9 and 12 years. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by André H. Caron, professor of communications at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Centre for Youth and Media Studies (CYMS). An Executive Report on the study is also available for download (PDF 508KB). Read the rest of this entry »

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12th November 2012

McAfee Warns Consumers About The Twelve Scams Of Christmas

mcafeeSecurity technology company McAfee has released findings from the company’s 2012 Holiday Shopping study. The research investigates the online habits, behaviours, interests and lifestyles of global consumers who indicated that they will engage with Internet and mobile devices while shopping this holiday season. In light of these findings, McAfee also exposes the top 12 scams of Christmas that criminals plan to use to rip off Canadians as they shop online and on mobile devices for the holidays.  Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd November 2012

SOCAN Survey Shows Canadians Place High Value on Canadian Music

socanA vast majority of Canadians – 85% – say that music plays an important part in their lives, and a full 90% agree that it is the musician who should receive most of the proceeds from an original song, according to a new national survey conducted by Léger Marketing on behalf of SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. And when it comes to whom Canadians would most like to share dinner or a drink with, a famous Canadian musician was chosen ahead of actors, athletes or writers, with politicians also bringing up the rear. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th October 2012

Telecom Complaints Continue To Increase

cctsFor the fourth consecutive year, wireless services topped the list of complaints. Canada’s Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) reports an increase in telecom consumer complaints in its 2011-2012 Annual Report “We Listen. We Help.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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