Today marks my last day at Lowyat.NET.
4 years ago, I moved back to KL from Singapore to take up the job as a writer for Lowyat.NET under my then editor and now one of my best friends Wern Shen. I won’t lie, that first step into the industry was somewhat a leap 2 footed into the unknown, new city, new industry and new people.
Looking back now, I’m glad I did it.
Last week, Google announced that its latest Google Play Services, version 5.0, is finally available to devices worldwide. Google Play Services 5.0 comes with new API for Android Wear, Google Drive, Analytics, a whole lot of new Google play Games services, and more, and now, the company is beginning to roll out updates to its mobile apps including Google Play services, Gmail, and Maps.
Earlier this year, AMD has revealed its own take on dynamic refresh rate for displays through a project that the company called FreeSync. In general, its main objective is similar to NVIDIA G-Sync which is to solve screen tearing and stuttering but instead of using propriety technology, AMD choose to utilize a VESA open standard called Adaptive-Sync.
We managed to catch it in action at AMD booth during our recent adventure at Computex 2014 in Taiwan last month and while FreeSync is still not yet in its final form, all we can say is that seeing is believing. Expect to hear more from AMD regarding Project FreeSync within the next few months as the company is gearing up to bring the technology to the market.
In our busy lives today, we often lose contact with our friends, and thanks to the Internet and social media, the distance between two people becomes further and further away. U Mobile has recently announced a “Project Buah Tangan” that aims to reconnect Malaysians through a simple practice that has been largely forgotten – the act of giving.
Telekom Malaysia’s IPTV service HyppTV has officially launched its first Islamic video-on-demand channel in the form of AlHijrah On Demand. The channel promises to provide high quality Islamic programming in HD for the first time on the platform. HyppTV already has AlHijrah programming on the free-to-air channel 114, and this new offering will complement the content with an even wider variety of shows.
M15, the next Core set for Magic: the Gathering is set to make its debut this weekend with the usual pre-release events. Building up to this, the digital version of the game, Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers has arrived on the iPad as of today. It will be exclusive to the platform for a week before arriving on Android tablets and Steam on 16 July.
The first day of what promises to be the most gruelling four days that Dota 2 players will ever face began at midnight and only concluded at noon with Arrow Gaming and LGD playing the last match of the day. With each team facing all the others at least once during the Round Robin competition the schedule is jam packed without providing the players much time for rest. Day one saw most of the teams play four games, with several playing a total of five matches over the last 12 hours.
Now that curved smartphones and TVs are already in the market, what are display makers up to now? Huge displays that is rollable of course, for LG at least. The South Korean company just showed off a very flexible 18” OLED display that is so flexible, it can be rolled into a tube of only 3cm across. But LG will not stop at that, the company also announced that they will make 60” rollable TVs in the future.
[Update 3 @ July 10, 12:43pm] After drawing ire from the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Bung Moktar has finally apologised for his tweet. Read more for details.
[Update 2 @ July 10, 12:37am] Unsurprisingly, the sheer virality of the news has gained international attention. Read more below.
[Update] The German Ambassador to Malaysia has condemned Bung Moktar’s Hitler reference. More below.
In case you missed the big news from the World Cup in Brazil early this morning, the first semi-final match between Germany and Brazil saw the European giants humbling the host nation 7-1, in one of the most shocking football results in recent times. Naturally, Germany supporters were elated at not only reaching the World Cup final, but also in the manner of reaching it.
Unfortunately, some fans can and do go a little overboard at times like these. It’s mostly harmless when someone like you and I share victorious status updates, but when you’re an MP and you make a reference to a dark side of world history…that’s another story. Case in point: controversial Member of Parliament Bung Moktar.
Online card game Million Arthur will be holding a fan appreciation event during the World Cosplay Summit in Berjaya Times Square on 12 July 2014. The Arthurian legend themed game has previously held a successful gathering of fans in Singapore and is bringing the same community building event in Malaysia at the request of its fans. Attendees will receive quite a few freebies, as well as have the opportunity to win exclusive Million Arthur merchandise.
Look at what Bin Lin, the co-founder of Xiaomi just shared on his Facebook page: a teaser to the company’s annual product launch event happening on 22 July 2014. The teaser consists of an image with a big number 4 on it, and accompanying text that says “July 22nd, Xiaomi’s annual product launch event. We will tell the story about “The journey of a piece of steel metal”. Any thoughts?”.