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REVIEW: “Our recent store checks suggest that initial sales of the BlackBerry Z10 are off to a solid, if not healthy start in the U.K.,” Barclays analyst Jeff Kvaal said in a note obtained by AllThingsD. “We believe BlackBerry’s Z10 is off to a better start than the Lumia 920. The solid initial demand is a positive step in our view, despite the number of challenges that remain.”
Google’s Talk application has a similar feature that users can turn on, but it only displays music. So, sure, you could potentially embarrass yourself by letting all your contacts know that you’re listening to the latest Taylor Swift album, but, unlike BlackBerry’s feature, you don’t have to worry about your entire contact list figuring out that you’ve wasted the whole day watching cat videos or reruns of some terrible reality television show or worse.
If the ‘Show What I’m Listening To’ feature were turned on by default, we’d be talking about an egregious privacy violation of the highest order. Fortunately, users that want to run the feature will have to ensure that they’re running BlackBerry Device Software version 4.6 or later before heading into BlackBerry Messenger, pressing the menu key on the contacts screen, checking the box that says “Show What I’m Listening To,” pressing the menu key again, and saving their settings change.
Furthermore, once the feature is turned on, you’ll want to be cognizant of that and pay attention to the kinds of media you’re playing, because “Show What I’m Listening To” doesn’t differentiate between the acceptable and the humiliating.
– By Brian Donohue @ Kaspersky Lab ZAO