Z3 smartphone zooms in
BLaCkBeRRy has introduced the Z3 smartphone, a budget-priced model with a 5in touchscreen.
The Z3 is one of the first devices to come out from the company since its reorganisation and was originally made for the Indonesian market.
With a retail price of RM699, the Z3 has pretty modest specifications — a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor with adreno 305 graphics chips, 1.5GB RaM, 8GB storage and a microSD expansion slot that supports storage cards up to 32GB in size.
The rear-facing camera has a pretty decent resolution of 5-megapixels (with 1080p video recording) while the front-facing camera is 1.1-megapixel and can record video at 720p.
The Z3 comes with 3G but has no LTe support although it does come with a built-in FM radio tuner, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi, all running on the latest Blackberry 10.2.1 operating system.
The Z3 is available now at BlackBerry authorised partners and carriers. ++++ www.blackberry.com/blackberryz3
An app that alerts users to floods emerged as the overall winner in DiGi’s Challenge for Change contest.
as the Banjir Alerts app also won the Telenor Group award, its designers will be making their way to Oslo, norway, to take part in Digital Winners Global app Developer Challenge by the Telenor Group, which largely owns DiGI.
They stand to win a €25,000 (RM110,000) grant to build their business, as well as work closely with Telenor Digital as a commercial partner and gain access to Telenor Group’s global customer base.
The three-man team behind Banjir Alerts is made up of John Joel Saguit, 23, Barry Loh, 23 and Hassan Basri, 25, all of whom are full-time developers.
Saguit said they chose to develop such an app because his native country, the philippines, often suffers from typhoons and floods.
“When I was young, we had a third-degree typhoon which wiped out everything in our area,” he said. Saguit, who is based here now, wants the app to help those affected by floods.
Challenge for Change, now in its fifth year, has evolved into one of the leading app development competition in Malaysia.
“The maturity of the ideas presented and the mobile apps developed show that more Malaysians recognise the power of connectivity and mobile apps in driving social innovations across communities,” said DiGi chief operating officer, albern Murty.
The other winning apps include Carkis, which teaches users to maintain their own vehicles; Mini Malaysia, a guide to local restaurants and tourism spots; and SmartShopper, which helps users monitor grocery prices.
Developers for each of the apps walked away with RM25,000 cash and will have the chance to participate in MSC StartUp accelerator Lite programme to further enhance and market their apps.
Winners of past challenges have gone on to form successful start-ups.
For instance, the team behind app Yo, which won the Telenor Group award last year, has formed a new company, Wired In.
The original team members — Muhammad Muhaimin Juhari, Muhammad nazrin almi, and Shafwan Mohd Radzi — credit their success to the experience gained from the contest.