Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net Technology News Malaysia Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:56:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://www.lowyat.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-ico-32x32.png Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net 32 32 106951340 Users Can Soon Transform Hand-Drawn Table Into Actual Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet In One Click https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170221/excel-insert-data-from-picture-ai/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170221/excel-insert-data-from-picture-ai/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:56:12 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=170221 The 2018 edition of Microsoft Ignite, the company’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals kicked off today with plenty of announcements regarding its various products and services. Most of them are meant for enterprises though but nevertheless, there are several of them that related to products that non-enterprise users might be familiar with such […]

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The 2018 edition of Microsoft Ignite, the company’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals kicked off today with plenty of announcements regarding its various products and services. Most of them are meant for enterprises though but nevertheless, there are several of them that related to products that non-enterprise users might be familiar with such as Microsoft Excel.

Soon, the company will be rolling out a new and rather nifty feature called Insert Data from Picture to its long-running spreadsheet software. As per its name, it allows users to transform tables that they draw on a paper or those that are printed inside a book into Excel spreadsheet.

 

Said to be powered by artificial intelligence, this is not just pasting an image into an Excel file though. Instead, those materials will be converted into an actual editable table and can be done in just a single click according to the company.

To be made available for the Android version of the software, the actual rollout date for the feature is not known at the moment. Nevertheless, Microsoft stated that it will be first released as a preview to users that signed up for the Office 365 Insiders Program.

(Source: Microsoft)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Latest Update Changes Bixby Activation To Double-Press https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170199/samsung-galaxy-note-9-latest-update-changes-bixby-activation-to-double-press/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170199/samsung-galaxy-note-9-latest-update-changes-bixby-activation-to-double-press/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:28:09 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=170199 While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might the Korean giant’s best phone at the moment, it can be easily argued that the dedicated Bixby button is not in the best place. Being right below the volume rocker and almost exactly opposite the power button, it’s a button that sees a lot of accidental presses. In previous Galaxy […]

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While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might the Korean giant’s best phone at the moment, it can be easily argued that the dedicated Bixby button is not in the best place. Being right below the volume rocker and almost exactly opposite the power button, it’s a button that sees a lot of accidental presses.

In previous Galaxy devices, there was the option to deactivate the button completely. While the return of this feature would been much welcomed by some users out there, it’s better than being stuck with launching Bixby with a single – and often accidental – press.

To work around this, the Note 9’s most recent update makes it so that Bixby is launched after a double-press rather than a single press. While we would have preferred the option to remap the button to something else or turn it off completely, we can understand why Samsung insists that we use it.

Bixby is still very young after all, barely two years of age and as with all the other AI-driven personal assistants, frequent use helps them learn and improve. That said, it can be hard to justify using Bixby when there already are other options that are more mature, and as a result more useful.

(Source: Android Authority via Mashable)

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Honor 8X Likely To Be Launched in Malaysia On 9 October https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170215/honor-8x-malaysia-9-oct-possible/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170215/honor-8x-malaysia-9-oct-possible/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:44 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=170215 A media invite has landed in our inbox earlier today from Honor Malaysia which pointed to a launch event that is going to take place next month. Given the circumstance, it is likely that the launch event will mark the official arrival of Honor 8X in our market. As per our previous report, Honor Malaysia […]

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A media invite has landed in our inbox earlier today from Honor Malaysia which pointed to a launch event that is going to take place next month. Given the circumstance, it is likely that the launch event will mark the official arrival of Honor 8X in our market.

As per our previous report, Honor Malaysia have already begun to tease the phone since last Wednesday. Last Friday, the company posted another teaser on its page which once again reiterate Honor 8X’s 91% screen-to-body ratio. However, what made this teaser slightly different is that it also focused on the phone’s 128GB storage.

The media invite that Honor Malaysia sent to media today.

 

Meanwhile, it is quite hard to directly confirm the device that will be featured at the upcoming Honor Malaysia’s launch event. Even though the silhouette that was appeared on the invite clearly shown a phone with display notch just like Honor 8X, the company already released several phones with display notch for the past few months in Malaysia including Honor 10 and Honor Play.

There is indeed another 2018 phone that comes with display notch and 128GB storage within Honor’s current catalog called Honor 9i/9N but its screen-to-body ratio doesn’t match Honor Malaysia’s teaser. Hence, the answer seems rather obvious but nevertheless, we still going to wait for Honor Malaysia’s confirmation at the 9 October’s launch event.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2018 Might Carry Four Rear Cameras https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170175/samsung-galaxy-a9-pro-four-camera/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170175/samsung-galaxy-a9-pro-four-camera/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:56:02 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=170175 As we approach the Samsung 4X Fun Unpacked event happening in Malaysia this October 11th, the first clues (or more precisely leaks) of the device launching appears online. The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2018) could be the rumored 4-camera smartphone that we might be seeing at the launch event. The leaked specifications call for a […]

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As we approach the Samsung 4X Fun Unpacked event happening in Malaysia this October 11th, the first clues (or more precisely leaks) of the device launching appears online. The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2018) could be the rumored 4-camera smartphone that we might be seeing at the launch event.

The leaked specifications call for a main 24MP camera – presumably the same as the Galaxy A7 (2018) that was launched a few days ago. The second is expected to be the same as well – an 8MP f/2.4 120-degrees wide-angle camera. The other two cameras are said to be a 5MP and 10MP zoom camera. All combined, we should be seeing a 4X zoom range – hence the name of the Unpacked event.

Selfies are captured with the front 24MP camera – no multi-camera set-up there. Other features include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, a 6.28-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display, RAM of up to 6GB and up to 128GB internal storage. MicroSD expansion is expected as well.

Power will be provided by a 3720mAh battery according to the same leak. Android Oreo 8.1 will apparently be the pre-installed OS and for now, there’s no news if the phone will be getting Android 9 Pie. Biometric security is handled by the fingerprint scanner on its back.

Expect to learn more about the new phone from the Samsung 4X Fun Unpacked event on 11 October. So, stay tuned.

(Source: AllAboutSamsung via SlashLeaks)

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Grab and Uber Fined By Singapore’s Competition Comission Over Merger https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170209/grab-and-uber-fined-by-singapores-competition-comission-over-merger/ https://www.lowyat.net/2018/170209/grab-and-uber-fined-by-singapores-competition-comission-over-merger/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:24:19 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=170209 One of the biggest shift that happened within the local and regional tech industry this year happened back in March when Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Within days of the merger, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) launched an investigation regarding it and now, we’ve finally known the verdict. According to […]

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One of the biggest shift that happened within the local and regional tech industry this year happened back in March when Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Within days of the merger, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) launched an investigation regarding it and now, we’ve finally known the verdict.

According to a Reuters report, the apparent conclusion is that the deal substantially reduced competition in the market. For this,  CCCS is fining both companies a total of S$ 13 million (~US$ 9.5 million or ~RM39.32 million) with the hope that this will prevent future mergers that will harm competition.

Toh Han Li, Chief Executive of the CCCS, said, “Mergers that substantially lessen competition are prohibited and CCCS has taken action against the Grab-Uber merger because it removed Grab’s closest rival, to the detriment of Singapore drivers and riders.” The commission also added that since the merger took place, fares on Grab rose 10% to 15%.

While we have no solid numbers the way the CCCS has, there’s plenty of rider anecdotes reflecting this. Not only do the anecdotes point to an increase in price, but it’s also to the extent that they are becoming more expensive than conventional taxis. Grab’s response to this is that the increase in fares are due to the implementation of dynamic pricing, with prices going up or down depending on the demand and supply of the service.

Uber and UberEATS

To be fair, while Singapore is ahead on the verdict, Malaysia also has Grab under the microscope since the announcement. Maybe we’ll hear something from the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC) in the months to come.

(Source: Reuters, Free Malaysia Today, The Star)

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