Weekend Reading: A suretap update and all things digital

Digital, digital, digital! It’s the word of the week for sure with news headlines focused on digital behaviour between generations, what happens in a digital minute and how much floor space you can save with a digital lifestyle. Plus, we fill you in on some updates to our suretap mobile payments solution. All in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

Suretap expands to Android and BlackBerry 10

Last year, we were excited to announce our partnership with CIBC to bring mobile payments to Canada. Since then, we have partnered with suretap to essentially turn your smartphone into a digital wallet. This week, we expanded suretap’s services to work on even more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II for Android, plus the new Blackberry Z10.

Check out what’s being said online in some great posts this week from Tech Vibes, NFC News, IT NerdThe Cellular Guru, Mobile Syrup and IT Business. Have you made a purchase with suretap yet? What developments are you looking forward to in 2013? 

Digital habits differ between millennials, Gen Xers and boomers

Last week, we told you what millennials (ages 18 to 34) value at work, and the week before that we learned they value their smartphones over their vehicles. This week, eMarketer dug a little deeper to learn how they’re spending their time online.

While watching digital videos ranks highest amongst Gen Xers, millennials consume more social media than the other generations, with more than half of them Tweeting. Don’t count out the baby boomers though – almost 60 million were regular internet users in 2012, but they’re spending more time with video than social media.

These insights into millennials certainly ring true personally! Social media by far uses most of my time every month. Does the same hold true for you? Or are you into other smartphone features entirely?

A digital minute

By the time you finish reading this section, 277,000 people will have logged into Facebook, 204 million emails will have been sent and six new Wikipedia articles will have been published.

It’s absolutely staggering to see consumption by the minute and realize just how much is happening on the internet in a mere minute, let alone a day, month or year! Can you imagine what it will be like two years from now? ReadWriteWeb breaks it down in their infographic featuring how much internet data we go through in a minute, plus where we’re headed by 2015.

Are you surprised by any of these figures? Can you believe more than 320 Twitter accounts were just created?!

Smartphones free up your floor space

Living in a condo approximately 500 square feet by myself, space has been a constant sore point in an otherwise lovely dwelling. So when I saw Mashable’s headline Your Phone Can Replace 62 Cubic Feet of Furniture, I knew it was a must-read!

One of the main conveniences of mobile devices has become the cloud, and its ability to store tangible items virtually. But how many people stop to think of the space they could be saving in their home as a result? By transferring music and books to online libraries you can eliminate furniture such as bookcases, shelving and CD racks. Mashable actually demonstrates the space you could save by transferring storage in a fun graphic.

Is this the way of the future? How will this affect home decor? Guess I know how I’ll be spending my weekend – transferring everything online!

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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20 comments on “Weekend Reading: A suretap update and all things digital

  1. Freddie

    While it’s nice that you’ve expanded SureTap to include Android devices, it would be nice if you actually made the app available for download somewhere. Not to mention, the SureTap website is still Blackberry-only (and not even updated for BB10).

    Please don’t announce things as “available” unless they actually are “available”.

    1. RogersElise

      Hi Freddie. Thanks for your comment. This is a capability of your phone, not an app to download. As of today, it is available for the LG Optimus G, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II on Android.

      1. Freddie

        I have a Optimus G. No suretap app on it. Not sure where to get it. The documentation online all points to apps being required (along with a new secure SIM).

        Or is the Android documentation different from what’s on the wiretap website?

      2. RogersNicolas

        Hi Freddie,

        This device received the certification which allows credentials issuers including banks, loyalty and reward programs to develop mobile payment solutions for Android and BlackBerry 10 devices. Customers will be able to use it as soon as an app is released.

  2. Ravi Shanghavi Ottawa

    Kelly, I can’t seem to find the Mobile Payment app on the Google Play store. Help me out here! After reading the announcements I expected to be able to go out, get a NFC SIM, and the App as well.

    Ravi Shanghavi Ottawa

    1. RogersElise

      Hi Ravi. suretap is not an app, it is our category for devices that are certified and secure for mobile payments. You can download the CIBC app for mobile payments on your Rogers certified and secure devices – BlackBerry Z10, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II on Android.

      1. Ravi Shanghavi Ottawa

        There is no Mobile Payment Application from CIBC that is available for download from the Play store, on my Galaxy S3.

        Can Rogers please spend a moment to clarify the extact process, upon confirming it?

      2. RogersNicolas

        Hi Ravi,

        Those devices are now certified but it’s up to CIBC to develop that app.

      3. Morgan

        Where’s the Lumia 920 in that list? It’s NFC enabled, and the fact it is carried by Rogers is why I switched over from Telus. Don’t neglect us Windows users!!!

      4. RogersElise

        Hi Morgan. Thank you for your interest, At this time, Windows Phone 8 has not been suretap-certified. This certification allows institutions like banks, loyalty and reward programs to develop mobile payment solutions that leverage the secure SIM card in an NFC-enabled device. But the good news is, we’re working on it and as soon as it’s ready, we’ll announce which devices on this platform are certified.

  3. Bhupinder D

    Social media is where I spend most of my time. More specifically, on Twitter!

    And no I can’t believe 320 Twitter accounts are created every minute! That’s 3200 every ten minutes! That’s 19200 accounts every hour! Wow! Who are all these people? And why aren’t they following me? Ha! ;-)

  4. Bruce


    Is there any plans to bring suretap to the HTC One at launch?

    1. RogersElise

      Hi Bruce. I can’t comment on that at this time.

  5. ant1029

    So when will the CIBC app be available in the BB10 app world?

  6. Nope

    lol, fail. first TWD on AMCHD, and it ran late, PVR missed the epic final minute. you guys never cease to fail.

  7. killerrin

    Any idea when you will bring the feature to Windows Phone 8. There is literally no reason why we don’t have it already. The OS has a wallet built in which stores our Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Paypal and store loyalty cards. In addition to this, most Windows Phones have NFC built in.

    All we need is a secure sim card and we’ll be able to use the wallet in stores at compatible terminals. Rogers needs to hurry up and get on it. All the groundwork is already done for you!

  8. Wow! It is so nice to know that you partnered with suretap to essentially turn smartphone into a digital wallet. I am really looking forward to this.

    1. RogersSarah

      We’re glad you’re excited Mark! We are too!

  9. Paul

    Is the suretap sim card LTE?

    1. RogersElise

      Yes, if your device is an LTE device, then the NFC-enabled SIM card will be an LTE SIM.