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Tech trends for 2014

(NC) Technology will continue to transform the lives of Canadians in 2014, impacting how we operate at a personal and professional level. More devices, faster download speeds and a blurred line between work and personal lives will lead to new developments in the way Canadians interact, according to a leading tech expert.

“Canadians are among the most connected people on earth,” said Rogers Data Girl, Stephanie Lancaster. “As we usher in 2014, new technologies create new trends that will keep us connected in innovative and exciting ways.”

Lancaster unveils the top tech trends for 2014:

1. Wearable tech: It may have started with Google Glass but manufacturers worldwide are starting to introduce new wearable technology. Devices like the stylish Samsung Galaxy Gear are showing up on the wrists of multi-tasking moms, fashionistas and on-the-go professionals.  Designed as a companion for life, Galaxy Gear lets wearers preview messages sent to their phone, capture voice memos, make hands-free calls and even lock a smartphone's screen from more than 1.5 metres away.

2. Need for speed: As technology improves, users demand it do more, faster. Category four devices like the Samsung Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 can theoretically reach industry-first LTE maximum speeds of up to 150 Mbps. That means even faster downloading, smoother browsing and video streaming without getting trapped in the buffering and lag zone! Currently, Rogers LTE network provides speeds up to two times faster than its largest competitors. 

3. Connected Commerce: Technology will continue to play a huge role in the way we hunt down and purchase the things we need. Location-based promotional services like Rogers Alerts offer users real-time promotions on their smartphone that are tailored to shoppers' preferences. The rise in mobile payments, like those facilitated using the suretap wallet, allows shoppers to complete the purchase cycle using their smartphone.

For more technology tips, visit techessentials.rogers.com.

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