WeChat Now Available for Blackberry 10 Users

WeChat for Blackberry OS10

Blackberry users rejoice! WeChat, the leading innovative mobile social communication application has announced the launch of WeChat for the new BlackBerry® 10 OS platform.

Designed for the re-invented and re-engineered BlackBerry 10 OS platform, WeChat for BlackBerry 10 integrates with BlackBerry Hub providing a seamless user experience. Free to download, the app allows users to text each other, swap voice messages with its “Hold to Talk” feature, and share images.  Included in WeChat for BlackBerry 10 are animated emoticons and the location-based service to meet and find new friends.

WeChat for BlackBerry 10 is now available on BlackBerry® Z10, BlackBerry® Q10 and BlackBerry® Q5 smartphones and can be downloaded for free on BlackBerry® World.

Alarming Facts about Geotagging, Smartphone Camera and Your Kids

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

Although this is nothing new, being a father myself, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep reminding parents out there the risk that they are putting on their children everyday. It has come to my attention that many parents are still taking photos of their pride and joy especially with their smartphones without knowing the risk. Now the thing about a Smartphone, you carry it with you most of the time and it is the easiest way to post photos on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even Photobucket. Now here’s an alarming message to all parents who take photos of their kids with their smartphone – you could be putting your children at risk of abduction.

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

Almost all the latest smartphones in the market comes with better and higher resolution camera for you to take better and clearer pictures of your kids. But what may not know, is that these smartphones can also include information that may give abductees the upper hand when you post photos of your kids online!

Geotagging is a feature that is available on many of the latest smartphones in the market today. It is the process of adding geographical identification and information encoded into your photos taken with your smartphone camera. While the information encoded into your photos may not be visible, but with the help of a number of software available online, anyone can easily retrieve the geographical information from the photos. This information can be easily put into a map that will eventually give out the location of each photo taken.

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

That photo you took of your 3 year-old son at the nanny’s place or the photo from the park you bring your kids to play, will be made available to the public once you uploaded it to social sites. Sure, privacy settings can help but to what extend? Now watch the video below and find out how easy for anyone to actually map out your location from the photos you’ve uploaded online.

The best way to prevent anything bad from happening is to disable your Geotagging on your smartphones. If you’ve no idea how to disable Geotagging on your smartphone, you can refer to the videos below.

Android

Blackberry & iPhone

Now let’s keep your love ones save and always be vigilant with your online activities. Share this article if you find it useful.

Maxis launches BlackBerry PlayBook in Malaysia

Maxis Berhad brings the BlackBerry PlayBook to Malaysian shores.

BlackBerry PlayBook exclusively with Maxis.

Maxis launched the new tablet at an exclusive event,  against a backdrop of breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur skyline from The View at Level 29 of G Tower. I had the opportunity to attend the “by-invitation” event last Friday and got a first-hand look at the powerful ultra-tablet that everyone is talking about.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis's Chief Operating Officer giving his opening speech during the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis’s Chief Operating Officer and host of the event said, “We are pleased today to launch this beautiful new sophisticated tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook first and exclusively to our customers. In addition, we are providing them with special offers on BlackBerry Internet Service plans to make their communications experience more meaningful.”

Dany Bolduc, VP of RIM Malaysia giving his speech at the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

BlackBerry PlayBook offer from Maxis

It is indeed a special offer as Maxis offers its customer the new BlackBerry PlayBook at the affordable retail price of RM1,599 for 16GB; RM1,899 for 32GB and RM2,199 for the 64GB model. Event better, existing Maxis BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) users can get the PlayBook tablet for as low as RM990 when they sign up for the 3GB PlayBook data plan with their BlackBerry smartphone.

Representatives from Maxis and RIM at the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

About the BlackBerry PlayBook

Crystal clear display on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Research In Motion’s first foray into the tablet arena, is one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2011 in the Malaysian market. The tablet boasts exciting features which include true multi-tasking, a best-in-class media experience, uncompromised web browsing web browsing with support for Adobe Flash, industry leading performance and secure access to enterprise data. The tablet is also a great companion device for the BlackBerry smartphone users.

First Impression

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7″ capacitive LCD touch screen tablet. A quick glance on the device and one may have mistaken it for a ‘black’ version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, when you pick up the PlayBook, you can instantly tell that it’s a total different device. Although the device is less than one-half inch thick, the PlayBook weighs less than a pound (425 g) and isn’t the lightest device in the tablet market so far.

The apps on BlackBerry App World.

I am very impressed with it multi-tasking prowess thanks to it’s 1 Ghz dual-core processor. Despite watching a HD movie and having multiple apps and games running on the background, the PlayBook shows no significant signs of slowing down.

However great it is, I’m still not impress with the BlackBerry App World. Yes, it has games but with a limited choice and title number available, I really doubt their is much fun with the PlayBook. Nevertheless, the PlayBook is defintely a steal for existing BIS users and perhaps anyone who which to convert.

Curious guests checking out the BlackBerry Playbook during the launch event.

The glitzy launch event ended with 20 BlackBerry devices being giving away as lucky draw.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners nationwide from 17 July 2011.

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