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WhatsApp Is Already Sharing Data With Facebook

Hello? WhatsApp Is Already Sharing Data With Facebook!

People are worried that a new WhatsApp privacy policy update will force them to share data with Facebook.

Well, here’s the real surprise – don’t you know that WhatsApp is already doing that?

Find out what’s going on, and what WhatsApp is really changing…

 

New WhatsApp Privacy Policy : Share Data With Facebook?

Many of you may have woken up to this pop-up on WhatsApp, alerting you to a change in its terms and privacy policy, which takes effect on 8 February 2021.

While you can delay the decision by clicking NOT NOW, you have to accept the new terms and privacy policy, to continue using WhatsApp.

Otherwise, the alert subtly suggests, you should “delete your account”.

 

Hello? WhatsApp Is Already Sharing Data With Facebook!

Many WhatsApp users are shocked by this new development, and pondering about whether they should jump to Telegram or some other instant messenger.

What’s more egregious though is that many websites are “warning” their readers about this new, shocking development.

The fact of the matter is – WhatsApp has been sharing data with Facebook for years!

In The Beginning : Private Communication Assured

After Facebook bought WhatsApp for a cool US$19 billion, Jan Koum set the record straight on 17 March 2014 :

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.

2016 : WhatsApp Starts Sharing Data With Facebook

In August 2016, WhatsApp announced that they would start sharing data with Facebook, after rolling out end-to-end encryption.

[B]y coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of.

At that time, WhatsApp offered existing users a special one-time only option to opt-out of the data sharing, but only if they did it within 30 days.

If you are an existing user, you can choose not to have your WhatsApp account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences. Existing users who accept our updated Terms and Privacy Policy will have an additional 30 days to make this choice by going to Settings > Account.

If you did not opt-out within 30 days back in August 2016, your data would be shared with Facebook.

This opt-out option was NOT provided to new WhatsApp users who registered on or after 25 August 2016.

After 24 September 2016 : WhatsApp Has Been Sharing Data With Facebook

With the singular exception of existing users who managed to opt-out by 24 September 2016, the data of every other WhatsApp user has been shared with Facebook.

8 February 2021 Onwards : More Information Is Shared

What will really change from 8 February 2021 onwards is the additional information that WhatsApp will share with Facebook :

  • Status Information. You may provide us your status if you choose to include one on your account. Learn how to use status on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS.
  • Transactions And Payments Data. If you use our payments services, or use our Services meant for purchases or other financial transactions, we process additional information about you, including payment account and transaction information. Payment account and transaction information includes information needed to complete the transaction (for example, information about your payment method, shipping details and transaction amount). If you use our payments services available in your country or territory, our privacy practices are described in the applicable payments privacy policy.
  • Location Information. We collect and use precise location information from your device with your permission when you choose to use location-related features, like when you decide to share your location with your contacts or view locations nearby or locations others have shared with you. There are certain settings relating to location-related information which you can find in your device settings or the in-app settings, such as location sharing. Even if you do not use our location-related features, we use IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (e.g., city and country). We also use your location information for diagnostics and troubleshooting purposes.
  • User Reports. Just as you can report other users, other users or third parties may also choose to report to us your interactions and your messages with them or others on our Services; for example, to report possible violations of our Terms or policies. When a report is made, we collect information on both the reporting user and reported user.
  • Businesses On WhatsApp. Businesses you interact with using our Services may provide us with information about their interactions with you. We require each of these businesses to act in accordance with applicable law when providing any information to us.When you message with a business on WhatsApp, keep in mind that the content you share may be visible to several people in that business. In addition, some businesses might be working with third-party service providers (which may include Facebook) to help manage their communications with their customers. For example, a business may give such third-party service provider access to its communications to send, store, read, manage, or otherwise process them for the business. To understand how a business processes your information, including how it might share your information with third parties or Facebook, you should review that business’ privacy policy or contact the business directly.

 

Opted Out In 2016? It Is Still Honoured!

WhatsApp will apparently continue to honour the decision of those who opted-out of data sharing in August 2016.

For those who opted out, you can agree to the new policy, and your data will still NOT be shared with Facebook.

To check if you opted-out in August 2016, you will need to check in your WhatsApp account – Settings > Account > Request Account Info.

 

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2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop Up Close!

Acer just launched the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop, which boasts an Intel Core i9 processor, and an overclockable GeForce GTX 1070! Get the price, specifications and video tour here!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Laptops

Acer introduced three new Acer Predator gaming laptops – the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500, the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300, and the 2018 Acer Nitro 5. They also introduced the Acer Predator Aethon 500 gaming keyboard and the Acer Predator RGB Mousepad.

You can read more about these and other new 2018 Acer products in our article – 2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 is designed for graphics-intensive AAA titles with its overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, and its large 17.3″ G-SYNC display with a 144 Hz refresh rate.

It features the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor, with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. Keeping everything cool is the job of a dual-fan system featuring the proprietary Acer AeroBlade 3D metal fans, and five heat pipes.

Dual Storage Drives

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 comes with up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, and up to 2 TB of HDD storage.

Easy Upgrades

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It is very simple to upgrade the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 with more memory or storage. Just remove the bottom cover!

2.1 Speaker System

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 comes with two speakers and a subwoofer, and a Waves MaxxAudio processor for a more immersive experience.

Killer Networking

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 connects wirelessly with Killer Doubleshot Pro Gigabit Internet connection, and Bluetooth 5.0. It also comes with a Gigabit LAN port.

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Specifications

Acer is offering two variants to cater to different price points. Here are their specifications.

Specifications2018 Acer Predator Helios 500
(Mid Spec)
2018 Acer Predator Helios 500
(High Spec)
Model NumberPH517-51-70HHPH517-51-98WL
Display17.3" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 300 nits max. brightness
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
- 144 Hz refresh rate
17.3" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 300 nits max. brightness
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
- 144 Hz refresh rate
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
- 6 MB L3 cache
Intel Core i9-8950HK
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.9 GHz base clock
- 4.8 GHz boost clock
- 9 MB L3 cache
ChipsetIntel HM370Intel HM370
Memory16 GB DDR4 SDRAM32 GB DDR4 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5 memory)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5 memory)
Storage256 GB NVMe SSD
1 TB Hard Disk Drive
512 GB NVMe SSD (RAID 0)
1 TB Hard Disk Drive
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
Audio1 x microphone
2 x speakers
1 x subwoofer
1 x microphone
2 x speakers
1 x subwoofer
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
3 x USB 3.0
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
3 x USB 3.0
Gigabit LAN
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
KeyboardBlue backlit keyboardBlue backlit keyboard
Battery4-call, 4810 mAh lithium-ion battery4-call, 4810 mAh lithium-ion battery
Power Adaptor230 W230 W
Dimensions428 mm wide
298 mm deep
38.7 mm tall
428 mm wide
298 mm deep
38.7 mm tall
Weight4.0 kg4.0 kg
PriceRM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,249RM 12,999 / ~US$ 3,249

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Price + Availability

These new gaming laptops are available nationwide from 1 July 2018 onwards, at the following prices :

  • PH517-51-70HH : RM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,249
    – Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
    Price Check : RM 8,999 onwards (Shopee) RM 9,999 onwards (Lazada)
  • PH517-51-98WL : RM 12,999 / ~US$ 3,249
    Intel Core i9-8750HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
    Price Check : RM 11,699 onwards (Shopee) RM 12,899 onwards (Lazada)

 

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2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the 2018 Acer Predator gaming laptops, desktops and monitors, many of which were previewed at Computex 2018. Let’s take a look at these new Acer Predator gaming devices, and find out what exciting FLASH SALE offers Acer has prepared!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Line Launched!

Johnson Seet, Acer Malaysia Director of Consumer Business and Product, gives an overview of the new 2018 Acer Predator Gaming line, before Acer officially launches them!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Flash Sale Details

For those who are eager to just get to the Acer Predator flash sale details, here is Edmund Hoh with the low-down!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Laptops

Acer introduced three new Acer Predator gaming laptops – the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500, the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300, and the 2018 Acer Nitro 5. They also introduced the Acer Predator Aethon 500 gaming keyboard and the Acer Predator RGB Mousepad.

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 is designed for graphics-intensive AAA titles with its overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. The Intel Core i9 model (with 32 GB RAM and 512 GB RAID 0 SSD) will cost RM 12,999 / ~US$ 3,249; while the Intel Core i7 model (with 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD) will cost RM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,249.

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The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 is a smaller 15.6″ gaming laptops, powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It comes with a 128 GB NVMe SSD and a 1 TB HDD.

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5, on the other hand, packs an 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

The Acer Predator Aethon 500 gaming keyboard (priced at RM 729 / ~US$ 182) has Kailh Blue switches, individual RGB backlighting, and all-key rollover capability.

The Acer Predator RGB Mousepad (RM 249 / ~US$ 62) has RGB lighting (obviously!) with a low-friction surface and non-slip silicone base. It also comes with a gold-plated USB connector with a braided cord.

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Desktops

Acer introduced two new gaming desktop PCs – the 2018 Acer Predator Orion 5000, and the 2018 Acer Nitro 50.

The 2018 Acer Predator Orion 5000 is designed for gamers who want an adaptable chassis for future expansion. It is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 processor and up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs in SLI! It retails for RM 7,899 / ~US$ 1,975.

The 2018 Acer Nitro 50 is a compact gaming PC ideal for esports enthusiasts. It is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Acer also offers it with an optional Qi wireless charging pad. It retails for RM 4,239 / ~US$ 1,060.

 

The New Acer Predator Gaming Monitors

The Acer Predator X27 is finally here! Priced at RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,499, it is the ultimate gaming and professional monitor combined. They also introduced the Acer Nitro VG240Y and Acer Nitro VG270 gaming monitors, as well as the Acer Predator Z312QU curved gaming monitor, and the Acer XZ321Q curved gaming monitor.

The Acer Predator X27 monitor features Quantum Dot technology, with the new NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology. It boasts the ability to deliver 4K resolution at an amazing 144 Hz refresh rate!

Professional users will love its 99% Adobe RGB colour gamut and the Delta E (ΔE) of less than 1. It also comes with a Predator Shield with reduces glare and incident lighting from your surroundings, and a 3-year on-site warranty.

The Acer Predator Z312QU has a 31.5″ curved VA panel that has a 1440p resolution and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC. It boasts a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz! It will retail for RM 2,999 / ~US$ 750.

The Acer XZ321Q gaming monitor, on the other hand, is an AMD FreeSync monitor with a 31.5″ curved VA panel and a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. It will retail for RM 1,499 / ~US$ 375.

 

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The Acer Global Press Conference New York 2018

On 24 May 2018, Acer revealed a slew of new computing products at the Acer Global Press Conference New York 2018. Here is the full video of the event, and a summary of what they announced!

 

Acer Global Press Conference New York 2018

Acer hosted a live stream of the hour-long event, which you can watch below :

Here is a summary of what was announced at the Acer Global Press Conference New York 2018.

New 15-inch Acer Swift 5 Notebook Weighs Less Than 1 kg

The 2018 Acer Swift 5 comes with  a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen that features ultra-narrow bezels measuring just 5.87 mm, giving it an incredible 87.6% screen-to-body ratio that maximizes the viewing experience.

2018 Acer Nitro Series Desktops and Monitors

The 2018 Acer Nitro Series gaming desktop PCs and monitors include :

  • The Acer Nitro 50 Series Desktop that is powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs, delivering 4K resolution visuals with support up to four displays simultaneously for immersive gameplay.
  • The Acer Nitro VG0 and RG0 Series Monitors that support AMD Radeon FreeSync to deliver a fast response time of up to 1 ms Visual Response Boost (VRB), and up to 144 Hz refresh rate.

2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 + Helios 300 Special Edition

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 is powered by overclockable 8th Gen Intel Core i9 processors with overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics!

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition has a white chassis accented with gold trim. It features a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with an upgraded 144 Hz refresh rate, 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and overclockable NVIDIA GeForce1060 graphics.

2018 Acer Predator Orion 5000 + 3000 Gaming Desktops

The 2018 Acer Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktops feature up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700K processors with the latest Intel Z370 chipset, and up to 2-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPUs in SLI.

The 2018 Acer Predator Orion 3000 comes with up to 8th Gen Intel Core  i7 processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs, and is VR-ready.

First 15-Inch Convertible Chromebook

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is the industry’s first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch large touchscreen display.

The 2018 Acer Chromebook 15 is a new model of popular Chromebook 15 line that delivers the same large 15.6-inch display and long 14-hour battery life at a budget-friendly price.

Two Premium 13-Inch Chromebooks For Business Use

The new Acer Chromebooks boast stylish all-aluminium designs featuring 3:2 aspect ratio screens to reduce the need for scrolling while editing documents and spreadsheets. The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 comes with Wacom EMR stylus for better accuracy and a natural writing experience.

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