Users Can Soon Transform Hand-Drawn Table Into Actual Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet In One Click

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

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

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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Grab and Uber Fined By Singapore’s Competition Comission Over Merger

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.

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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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2018 Might Carry Four Rear Cameras

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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iOS 12 Has Been Jailbroken By Alibaba’s Cybersecurity Division

It appears that Apple’s iOS 12 isn’t as secured as the company has led most of us to believe. Merely hours after its release last week, the mobile OS was jailbroken by Pandora Labs, a cybersecurity division under Alibaba.
The act of jailbreaking iOS 12 was initially posted in the form of a short video on Weibo, and was then picked up and posted by Yalu Jailbreak (@Yalujb) on Twitter. In it, you can see the jailbreaking of iOS 12 being done on what appears to be the iPhone X. After the software was activated and had completed its task, the user in the video then resets the phone. To which we then see the iPhone X unlocking itself without Face ID or a password. Followed by a screenshot of the jailbreak app and the words “Your phone is pwned”.

Alibaba Pandora Labs has developed a fully untethered jailbreak for iOS 12 within 24 hours of its release. #RETWEET
— Yalu Jailbreak (@Yalujb) September 18, 2018

This isn’t the first time that vulnerabilities within Apple’s iOS has come to the surface. Prior to the release of iOS 12, a crack developed by Israeli company Cellebrite was created in order to exploit and break into any device using iOS 11. This was when Apple refused the US FBI access to the phone of the suspect involved in the San Bernadino shooting two years ago.
At the time of writing, Apple has not issued any statements regarding the jailbreaking of iOS 12. However, Yalu Jailbreak does point out in its tweets that it’s highly unlikely that the jailbreak code will ever see the light of day. On account that Pandora Labs never releases it to the general public.
(Source: Techthelead via Twitter)
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Nubia Z18S Appears On TENAA; Features a Second OLED Display On The Back

Dual-display phones are not new. The YotaPhone series features a second eInk screen at the back for low-power display. Nubia intends to follow in the dual-screen design footsteps it seems. To that end, the Nubia Z18S has appeared on TENAA, sporting a second OLED screen on the back
Called the Nubia NX616J, the phone looks to be a high-end smartphone if the specs listed are anything to go by. An octa-core processor running at 2.65GHz is at the heart of the phone, suggesting that this SoC could be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It will have either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. It is also expected to run Android 8.1 out of the box, and have a 3700mAh battery built-in as well.

The main screen is a 6.26-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. While the second screen is a 5.1-inch 720 x 1520 pixel OLED panel. The camera specs is currently up in the air – the leaked video clearly shows a dual-camera setup, but TENAA only lists a single 16MP camera at the back.
It should be noted that the phone is still in its prototype phase. But even if the phone never graduates out of its R&D stage, it is undeniably great to see more companies trying to break out from the design tedium for consumers. Obviously, there are questions about the Z18S’ second display. While it is not a conservative in its power consumption as eInk, it would still consume significantly less power compared to an LCD panel. No release dates have been leaked at the time of writing, but stay tuned for more info on the Nubia Z18S.
(Source: TENAA, GSMArena)
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TM Starts To Upgrade Streamyx Users With Speed Of Up To 100Mbps For Free: Here’s How To Check

In-line with the company’s announcement earlier this year, TM has opened a dedicated section for Streamyx customers to check the level of speed upgrade that they able to obtain for their account. This upgrade comes at no additional cost to their existing bill.
According to TM, the upgrade is provided according to the capability of the infrastructure in their area or building:

Head on to the website right away to check your Streamyx speed upgrade.
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Pocophone F1 Armored Edition Coming To Malaysia This Week: But Not The 8GB/256GB Version

F1, the debut creation by Xiaomi’s sub-brand Pocophone made its way into Malaysia late last month not long after it was first unveiled in India. Thanks to the combination of its high-end hardware and a sub-RM 1300 price tag, the phone immediately captured the attention of consumers in our market.
In India, the brand has released a special version of the phone called Armored Edition which provides 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage alongside a Kevlar back. Several reports have stated that the phone will be making its way into Malaysia later this week.
However, the Armored Edition is not identical to the version that was released in India. Instead of carrying 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, the model is equipped with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage just like the standard Pocophone F1 that already available in the market.

In other words, the Armored Edition that will be released in Malaysia later this week only feature Kevlar-base back but not the same amount of RAM and internal storage space. Nevertheless, the phone will still cost slightly more than a standard 6GB/128GB Pocophone F1 at RM 1599.
According to the reports, the phone will be made available at the newly relocated Authorized Mi Store Sunway Pyramid as well as the newly opened Mi Store Sutera Mall Johor Bharu on 27 September. We have yet to hear any official confirmation from Xiaomi Malaysia itself regarding the release of the phone in our market, so stay tuned then.
(Source: Amanz, Soya Cincau)
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Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera Arrives In Malaysia; Starts From RM14,688

After the global launch event, the Nikon Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras are now officially available in Malaysia. For starters, the Nikon Z7 will be available locally first, from an eye-watering price of RM14,688.
The Z7 features a 45.7MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with built-in 5-axis stabilization. It also has a 9fps burst mode and comes with 493 phase-detect autofocus (PDAF) points. Nikon created a new mount for the Z-series, called appropriately the Z mount which features a short flange distance that allows the company to deliver high-quality lenses without the bulk.
Other features of the camera include 4K video or output a 10-bit 4:2:2 video stream over HDMI thanks to the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. At the back, there is a 3.2-inch, 2.1 million dot tiltable touchscreen LCD display. The Z7 is made with magnesium alloy and environmentally sealed, meaning that the camera can survive the rugged outdoors to some extent. There is also Bluetooth and WiFi for image management.
Price-wise, the body-only price for the Nikon Z7 is RM14,688. There is also a kit-lens package available, which includes the new NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4.0 lens and priced at RM17,858. For those who want to physically test out the camera, you can do at the Nikon Experience Hub Kuala Lumpur at Federal Arcade which is located in front of Plaza Low Yat.
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