BBM for Android & iPhone: Download Now, then Wait in Queue to Start Using

BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available for Android and iOS mobile platforms in Google Play, App Store, and selected Samsung App Stores.

On 21st Oct 2013, BlackBerry announced that it has officially resume rollout of BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone around the globe.

You will see BBM in Google Play, App Store and in select Samsung App Stores. Yes, BBM is free to download.

However, BlackBerry is implementing a queuing system for those who are interested to install BBM on Android or iPhone:

  1. Visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser to download BBM.
  2. Install and open BBM app and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.
  3. BlackBerry will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.
BBM line-up
BBM line-up

Good news. If you are one of the millions who previously signed up for information about BBM at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line.

Innitially, the launch dates for BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is September 21 and 22, respectively. BlackBerry is 1-month late.

BBM for iOS was released in Malaysia last month but was quickly halted due to demand strain on its servers, and then delayed BBM for Android launch.

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LiewCF’s Guess for Malaysia iPhone 5S & 5C Prices

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C all colors

[box type=”info”] Update: Here’s official Malaysia iPhone 5S and 5C price list[/box]

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C all colors
iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C all colors

Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on October 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos already open registration of interest. However, as usual, all Malaysia telcos can not disclose the official prices before the launch date.

iPhone 5S price in USA is same price as iPhone 5 last year, we knew that the USA official prices are USD$649 (RM2061) for iPhone 5S 16GB and USD$549 (RM1744) for iPhone 5C 16GB.

According to the iPhone 5 comparison I did last year, the iPhone price difference is around 10%.

What are the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C prices in Malaysia?

The unofficial iPhone 5S & 5C prices

Malaysia unofficial sellers are selling iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C before the official launch date. Generally, they are selling iPhone 5C matching price in US, but set a high price for iPhone 5S.

Most sellers are selling iPhone 5C 16GB below RM2000. The cheapest I saw is from a seller on eBay Malaysia – RM1870 for iPhone 5C 16GB. For iPhone 5S, the price can go as high as RM2900 for iPhone 5S 16GB!

Why are iPhone 5S so expensive? I think most people will buy best performance iPhone 5S instead of plastic iPhone 5C repackage from iPhone 5. Plus, many people would like to buy golden iPhone 5S.

I really feel sorry to those people who bought iPhone 5S at over-charged price…

LiewCF guess iPhone 5S & 5C prices will be…

Based on previous data and my secret magic, here is my guess of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C price list:

  • iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2199
  • iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2499
  • iPhone 5S 64GB – RM2799
  • iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1899
  • iPhone 5C 32Gb – RM2199

Do you agree or disagree?

[box type=”info”] Update: Here’s official Malaysia iPhone 5S and 5C price list[/box]

Malaysia iPhone 5S & 5C Launch on October 31st. Register Your Interest Now with Celcom, DiGi, Maxis!

iPhone 5S register of interest
iPhone 5S register of interest
iPhone 5S register of interest

Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on Oct 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis – have open registration of interest now.

Earlier than previous years

Unlike previous Malaysia’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 launch dates in December, Apple launches iPhone 5S & 5C in Malaysia at the end of October. Apple make the new iPhone models available globally faster than previous years.

In fact, Malaysia is only the 3rd batch of countries receiving iPhone 5S & 5C. The 1st batch is on September 20, 2013; 2nd batch is on October 25, 2013.

Register your interest

Now you can register your iPhone 5S and 5C interest to Celcom, DiGi, and Maxis, so that you will receive the latest updates and iPhone plan price.

Please note that register of interest is not a pre-booking. It does not guarantee you will be the first to own iPhone 5S and 5C.

Register of interest: Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C

Maxis iPhone 5S 5C register of interest
Maxis iPhone 5S 5C register of interest

Maxis uses one online form for both iPhone models. The information you need to submit are: Name, NRIC/Passport number, mobile number, email address, iPhone type, iPhone color and iPhone storage size.

Register of interest: Celcom iPhone 5S & 5C

Celcom iPhone 5S register of interest
Celcom iPhone 5S register of interest

Celcom has prepared pre-register forms for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Just like Maxis, Celcom asks for your name, NRIC, contact number, email, iPhone model, colour, storage.

Celcom also asks if you are new or existing customer in the online form. Does it make a different when you are ordering? Celcom also uses a captcha to prevent spammers.

Register of interest: DiGi iPhone 5S & 5C

DiGi iPhone 5S 5C register of interest
DiGi iPhone 5S 5C register of interest

DiGi has the best register of interest page, in my opinion. First you select the iPhone model (5S or 5C) tab then you choose the color and capacity. DiGi only asks your name, mobile number and email address.

How much is Malaysia iPhone 5S and 5C? Check out my estimation of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C price in Malaysia.

Now You Can Download Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia App Store

Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS  navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia

Since Google Maps app for iOS released in December 2012, Malaysians have been waiting for the maps app in Malaysia App Store to replace the lousy Apple Maps on their iPhone and iPad.

Wait no more! Google Maps for iOS is now available for free download at Malaysia App Store!

When Google Maps for Android updated with new design and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia, Google Malaysia said iOS version is coming “as soon as we[Google] get App Store approval”. A week later, Google Maps for iOS appears in Malaysia App Store!

What’s new in version 2.0

Google Maps iOS navigation
Google Maps iOS navigation

The following is what’s new in Google Maps for iOS version 2.0:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favourite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for shopping centres, public transport stations, airports and more.

What’s missing

However, I see some missing features in Malaysia’s Google Maps 2.0. It does not have cycling direction, local reviews (Explore), and Street View. Public Transport direction has no data but showing walking time instead.

Google Maps iOS route options
Google Maps iOS route options

In short, Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia is only good for location search and getting direction. Anyway, thanks to the Google Maps data, the location search is fast and accurate. Driving direction gives you alternative routes and estimated travel time, too.

Google Maps for iOS is now No.1 free app on Malaysia App Store. The average rating is 4.5 out of 5 based on 145 ratings. That’s very positive! The top keyword in the app review is – “Finally!”

Some users comment that Google Maps app is a bit lagging on iPad. I can not test it because iPad 1 is not supported. Google Maps 2.0 requires iOS 6.0 or later. Meaning, only support iPhone 3GS or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini.

Google Maps or Waze?

Waze was an alternative to Google Maps navigation when the latter is not available in local App Store. Now that Waze and Google Maps are both available, which one would you use for your navigation?

Personally, I would use Google Maps to search for venue locations and checking the nearby public transports because the map data is more complete.

Waze is good for live traffic report while you are driving. Waze uses crowdsourcing map data, it really depends on the number of Waze users in an area. Some areas have complete map, but some are incompletely mapped.

How do you use Google Maps for mobile? Share with us in the comment below.

Download Google Maps for iOS [iTunes]

5 Year App Store, 5 Free Apps, 5 Free Games

5 Years of the App Store
5 Years of the App Store
5 Years of the App Store

When Apple App Store first launched on July 10, 2008, it has only 500 apps. 5 years later, App Store now has over 900,000 apps and 50 billion apps downloaded.

To celebrate 5 years of the App Store, Apple is giving away 5 landmark games and 5 groundbreaking apps for a limited time.

5 Free Apps

1. Barefoot World Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas
Barefoot World Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas is a magical interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/barefoot-world-atlas/id489221652?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

2. Day One (Journal / Diary)

Day One
Day One

Day One is a new way to journal. Record movements every day using photos, places and words. Sync to iPhone and iPad using iCloud or Dropbox.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/day-one-journal-diary/id421706526?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

3. How to Cook Everything

How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything

How to Cook Everything is first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/how-to-cook-everything/id409936319?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

4. Over

Over
Over

Over allows you to add beautiful text and artwork to your photos and share them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & Instagram. Create inspirational, informational or even funny images to share quickly and easily. In only a few seconds you can add captions, quotes, jokes, memes, poems or anything else you can think of to a photo.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/over/id535811906?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

5. Traktor DJ for iPhone

Traktor DJ for iPhone
Traktor DJ for iPhone

Traktor DJ for iPhone enable you to touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/traktor-dj-for-iphone/id625335999?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button]

5 Free Games

1. BADLAND

BADLAND
BADLAND

BADLAND is the Winner of 2013 Apple Design Award. It is atmospheric sidescrolling action adventure platformer taking place in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest looks like it’s from some beautiful fairytale, there seems to be something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forest’s inhabitants to discover what’s going on. Through his journey he discovers the astonishing amount of imaginative traps and obstacles.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/badland/id535176909?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

2. Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade 2
Infinity Blade 2

Infinity Blake II is high ranked 3D game for iOS with gorgeous graphics and smart gameplay, this action-packed epic absolutely shines.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/infinity-blade-ii/id447689011?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Superbrothers Sword Sworcery EP
Superbrothers Sword Sworcery EP

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is a 8-bit exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/superbrothers-sword-sworcery/id424912055?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

4. Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings
Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings is iPhone Game of the Year in App Store Rewind 2011 in Europe. This endearing classic features charming style and thrilling momentum-based gameplay.

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/tiny-wings/id417817520?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button]

5. Where’s My Water?

Where is My Water
Where is My Water

Where’s My Water? is a simple and challenging puzzle game that features intuitive controls and a lovable mascot. Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt to guide fresh water, dirty water, toxic water, steam, and ooze through increasingly challenging scenarios!

[button link=”https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/wheres-my-water/id449735650?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]iTunes Download[/button] *Universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.

[box type=”note”]Note: These apps are only free for a limited time. Grab them now before too late![/box]