One of the biggest moves by Apple at its iOS 8 announcement is to open up its platform for third-party keyboard apps. It’s not so much that the default iOS keyboard was bad, but the fact that its autocorrect engine has spawned countless blogs dedicated to “autocorrect fails” says a lot about the need of an alternative. With iOS 8 set to be available for download today, third-party keyboard apps will now be available, in addition to the new QuickType virtual keyboard for iOS 8.
Steam has finalised a move to convert all pricing to RM for Malaysian users. This has turned out to be a good thing in one way as there is a noticeable discount on the offered titles. However, this comes at a price as PayPal is no longer listed as one of the payment options available. Instead, it appears to be have been replaced by local payment options MOL and eClub points.
Minecraft will officially be joining Microsoft’s stable of games. Both Redmond and Mojang have confirmed that the acquisition of the Swedish game developer has happened after rumours appeared last week. The founder of Minecraft, Markus ‘Notch’ Pearsson will be leaving the company, although this was already expected as he had already been hinting that we was preparing to move on from the massive blockbuster hit.
Think that Sony’s announcements at IFA 2014 were all amazing and you can’t wait to get your hands on the company’s new devices? Yesterday, Sony held a regional launch event in Singapore to announce that they will be bringing several of the most exciting devices to our region, including the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia E3, and two new wearables – the SmartBand Talk and Smartwatch 3.
The League of Legends Season 4 World Championships begins this week when the Group A and B matches kick off in Taiwan on 18 September. Once those are complete, the action moves to the Group C and D matches which will be playing in Singapore starting from 25 September. The tournament cumulates in the grand finals in South Korea. Lowyat.net will be giving out free tickets to all four days of the Group matches in Singapore over the next three days.
Panasonic, which exited the smartphone game some two years ago, has now returned…technically. The company has just announced the new CM1 smartphone at Photokina 2014, but Panasonic prefers that it be known as a camera first, smartphone second; it is even branded as a Lumix. And judging by the camera specs, it isn’t hard to figure out why.
Who says you’ll need to sell a kidney or two to own the latest smartphones in the market? Google’s Android One initiative, which was announced in Google I/O back in May, will bring high-quality and affordable smartphones to emerging market, and they have just announced three new Android One smartphones earlier today in an event in India.
The new 15.6-inch Gigabyte P15F v2 gaming laptop is now available in Malaysia. As a gaming platform aimed at the gamer on a budget, the P15F cuts surprisingly few corners in trying to balance cost and performance. It also provides several upgrade options for those with a little extra money to spend.
A documentary about Football Manager (previously known as Championship Manager) is set to be screened in the UK early next month. Titled An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary, it examines how the game has impacted the modern game of football; from how former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær grew up with it, to the advent of Premier League scouts using the game database to assist with discovering new talent.