Saturday coffee №117

This week has been full of news. So Apple threatened Epic Games with the cancellation of all developer rights on its platform at the end of the month, so the matter was not limited to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, after the introduction of an alternative payment system in it. You can read more about this story here:

ASUS has announced the date for the presentation of the Zenfone 7 series smartphones, which will be held in Taiwan on August 26th. According to rumors, the new series will receive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors, 5000 mAh batteries, WiFi 6 support and up to 512 GB of permanent memory.

Saturday coffee #117

And the developers of the popular Telegram messenger, on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the product, have added video calls to it. The feature is currently available in the alpha version of the app for Android and iOS platforms.

Saturday coffee #117

By the way, subscribe to our Telegram channel, where a portion of fresh news is released daily right at your breakfast.

Yandex combines services

Yandex launched Go, a single application for solving everyday problems in the city. Go will replace the Yandex.Taxi application. The functions of the Taxi app began to expand back in March of this year, when Food and Shop appeared in it. With the launch of Yandex Go, carsharing Yandex.Drive is added to them, as well as a ground transport schedule - Toyota buses, trolleybuses and trams. By combining the capabilities of different services in one application, Yandex Go will make more efficient use of all their key technologies.

Saturday coffee #117

Slightly strange solution with a super app for users, but quite logical for a company that is trying to impose the maximum of its services on consumers. But, for example, it’s more convenient for me that different services are still in different applications, carsharing in one, taxi in another, I’m not talking about food delivery. By merging their solutions into one super-application, Yandex gets something so monstrous with an overloaded interface, lightness and ease of use disappear, which can scare off users. Our survey in the Telegram channel showed that the majority of users also consider the application to be overloaded, although if you add up those who are satisfied with the new features in the program and those who are ready to put up with them, we get 50/50.

Saturday coffee #117

BlackBerry will be dug up again

Texas-based startup OnwardMobility has secured the rights to produce devices under the BlackBerry brand. Recall that at the beginning of this year, TCL, which produced the latest "blackberry" smartphones, parted ways with Canadians. The new device developer has already promised to release an Android-powered smartphone with 5G support and a physical QWERTY keyboard in 2021. Representatives of the startup promise that they will completely redesign the hardware keyboard of the device and make it more convenient. Here you immediately expect a catch, since the BlackBerry Passport had the most comfortable keyboard, TCL, of course, tried, but their solution in KeyOne and Key 2 was convenient, but still not up to the standard. And what will OnwardMobility offer us, so far we can only guess.

Saturday coffee #117

But there is one big question in this story, it is not clear why it is necessary to revive the brand again, since even the capabilities of one of the largest Chinese companies TCL were not enough to revive the corpse of the late BlackBerry and it is very doubtful what an unknown startup can do. Canadians themselves, apparently, do not care so much about mobile devices under their brand that they are ready to transfer the rights to use the brand to anyone.

In this topic, I recommend our material “Smartphone for business”, because the new BlackBerry will clearly aim at the business segment:

JBL and Black Star team up

HARMAN, together with the Russian label Black Star, has presented a special series of JBL BS speakers, which includes the well-known Flip and Clip models, named after the BS prefix, and made in an exclusive design with colors resembling a cross between a tiger and a zebra. And these are not branded models, there is no mention of Black Star not only on the device, but also on the product packaging. Rather, all this is not a collaboration between two companies, but simply a mutually beneficial promotion, as the brands also announced the launch of the "Loud by Nature" campaign - a series of activities and special promotions that will be supported by Black Star label artists and JBL ambassadors.

Saturday coffee #117

A strange partnership, but on the other hand, it's better than selling Chinese junk with the Black Star logo for big money, as was the case with headphones. Moreover, the participants now do not risk anything, but only receive benefits, JBL acquires buyers for its products from the army of fans of the label's artists, and Black Star presents the company's devices as a joint product and no one will say that these are frankly weak devices from an unknown manufacturer.< /p>

Saturday coffee #117

Special versions of the speakers will be available for sale throughout Russia in partner networks. Buyers will receive gifts from Black Star as a set: t-shirts, certificates for purchasing tickets, and various services from Black Star, and will also be able to register and participate in certain activities on the Gromkiypopriroda.RF website. The recommended retail price for the special series is 7,490 and 3,490 rubles for the JBL Flip BS and Clip BS models, respectively.

Beeline offers to play via 5G

Beeline, together with Nokia and Qualcomm, launched a pilot 5G zone in St. Petersburg in the urban space of SevKabel Port. On the example of popular computer games in the cloud gaming service Beeline Gaming and a specially designed game in virtual reality, residents and guests of the city can test the possibilities of fifth generation networks in action.

Saturday coffee #117

Beeline's 5G pilot zone will be deployed for the first time in St. Petersburg for a long time, and testing will be available to ordinary users. To organize the Beeline pilot zone, Nokia commercial equipment is used, including a system module and active antenna systems 5G AirScale and a 5G / Wi-Fi router based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem radio system. To demonstrate the capabilities of 5G networks in St. Petersburg, Beeline received temporary permission to use frequencies in the millimeter wave (26-28 GHz).

An interesting way to promote 5G networks, as based on cloud gaming, you can visually evaluate the data transfer speed and low latency that distinguish fifth-generation networks. For those who are in St. Petersburg, I recommend visiting this 5G pilot zone from Beeline, and if you want to try out VR games, I advise you to sign up in advance.

Long-playing smartphone from Samsung

Samsung has announced the start of sales in Russia of the new Galaxy M31s smartphone. For the first time in the series, the model is equipped with a 6.4-inch Infinity-O screen, four cameras with multi-frame shooting mode and a 64 MP main module, a capacious 6000 mAh battery, biometric authentication and improved 25 W charging included. The novelty is running its own Exynos 9611 processor, on board 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory, there is also an NFC module. The novelty is already available for sale at a price of 22,990 rubles.

Saturday coffee #117

The device looks interesting, impresses with its screen, memory capacity and 6000 mAh battery. Those who are looking for something long-lasting in the middle price range should take a closer look at the new product. We have already published a review of the regular Samsung Galaxy M31 model on our website, without the prefix "S":

And without deviating far from the topic of Samsung, I suggest you read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which was released this week:

ZTE hid the front camera

On September 1, the Chinese company ZTE will officially introduce the ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone with a front camera located under the display. This will be the first commercial product with such a solution, let's see how it will be implemented in practice, since the idea itself is interesting. In support of their new device, ZTE even released a funny teaser.

And we released a review of a smartphone from another Chinese company this week:

Skoda Slavia concept car

Not the latest news, but interesting enough. At the very end of July, the seventh Skoda student concept car was presented, designed and built by young specialists from the Skoda Technical School. It is a kind of bridge between the past and the present: the Skoda Slavia roadster, with its name, refers to the first bicycles of the company Vaclav Laurin and Vaclpav Klement, founded in 1895.

Saturday coffee #117 Saturday Coffee #117

The concept car looks quite original and not so futuristic, which means it has a chance to develop into a production car. Would you buy such a roadster if it appeared on sale?

. and dessert

On August 20, Train to Busan 2: The Peninsula, the sequel to the 2016 Korean zombie action Train to Busan, was released on big screens in Russia. Firstly, the premiere is finally at the box office and you can go to the cinema (they say that now they sell tickets through one seat and finally no one will sit next to you in an empty hall), and secondly, the first film was very good and perhaps the novelty will also be interesting.

Saturday coffee №117

This week has been full of news. So Apple threatened Epic Games with the cancellation of all developer rights on its platform at the end of the month, so the matter was not limited to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, after the introduction of an alternative payment system in it. You can read more about this story here:

ASUS has announced the date for the presentation of the Zenfone 7 series smartphones, which will be held in Taiwan on August 26th. According to rumors, the new series will receive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors, 5000 mAh batteries, WiFi 6 support and up to 512 GB of permanent memory.

Saturday coffee #117

And the developers of the popular Telegram messenger, on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the product, have added video calls to it. The feature is currently available in the alpha version of the app for Android and iOS platforms.

Saturday coffee #117

By the way, subscribe to our Telegram channel, where a portion of fresh news is released daily right at your breakfast.

Yandex combines services

Yandex launched Go, a single application for solving everyday problems in the city. Go will replace the Yandex.Taxi application. The functions of the Taxi app began to expand back in March of this year, when Food and Shop appeared in it. With the launch of Yandex Go, carsharing Yandex.Drive is added to them, as well as a ground transport schedule - Toyota buses, trolleybuses and trams. By combining the capabilities of different services in one application, Yandex Go will make more efficient use of all their key technologies.

Saturday coffee #117

Slightly strange solution with a super app for users, but quite logical for a company that is trying to impose the maximum of its services on consumers. But, for example, it’s more convenient for me that different services are still in different applications, carsharing in one, taxi in another, I’m not talking about food delivery. By merging their solutions into one super-application, Yandex gets something so monstrous with an overloaded interface, lightness and ease of use disappear, which can scare off users. Our survey in the Telegram channel showed that the majority of users also consider the application to be overloaded, although if you add up those who are satisfied with the new features in the program and those who are ready to put up with them, we get 50/50.

Saturday coffee #117

BlackBerry will be dug up again

Texas-based startup OnwardMobility has secured the rights to produce devices under the BlackBerry brand. Recall that at the beginning of this year, TCL, which produced the latest "blackberry" smartphones, parted ways with Canadians. The new device developer has already promised to release an Android-powered smartphone with 5G support and a physical QWERTY keyboard in 2021. Representatives of the startup promise that they will completely redesign the hardware keyboard of the device and make it more convenient. Here you immediately expect a catch, since the BlackBerry Passport had the most comfortable keyboard, TCL, of course, tried, but their solution in KeyOne and Key 2 was convenient, but still not up to the standard. And what will OnwardMobility offer us, so far we can only guess.

Saturday coffee #117

But there is one big question in this story, it is not clear why it is necessary to revive the brand again, since even the capabilities of one of the largest Chinese companies TCL were not enough to revive the corpse of the late BlackBerry and it is very doubtful what an unknown startup can do. Canadians themselves, apparently, do not care so much about mobile devices under their brand that they are ready to transfer the rights to use the brand to anyone.

In this topic, I recommend our material “Smartphone for business”, because the new BlackBerry will clearly aim at the business segment:

JBL and Black Star team up

HARMAN, together with the Russian label Black Star, has presented a special series of JBL BS speakers, which includes the well-known Flip and Clip models, named after the BS prefix, and made in an exclusive design with colors resembling a cross between a tiger and a zebra. And these are not branded models, there is no mention of Black Star not only on the device, but also on the product packaging. Rather, all this is not a collaboration between two companies, but simply a mutually beneficial promotion, as the brands also announced the launch of the "Loud by Nature" campaign - a series of activities and special promotions that will be supported by Black Star label artists and JBL ambassadors.

Saturday coffee #117

A strange partnership, but on the other hand, it's better than selling Chinese junk with the Black Star logo for big money, as was the case with headphones. Moreover, the participants now do not risk anything, but only receive benefits, JBL acquires buyers for its products from the army of fans of the label's artists, and Black Star presents the company's devices as a joint product and no one will say that these are frankly weak devices from an unknown manufacturer.< /p>

Saturday coffee #117

Special versions of the speakers will be available for sale throughout Russia in partner networks. Buyers will receive gifts from Black Star as a set: t-shirts, certificates for purchasing tickets, and various services from Black Star, and will also be able to register and participate in certain activities on the Gromkiypopriroda.RF website. The recommended retail price for the special series is 7,490 and 3,490 rubles for the JBL Flip BS and Clip BS models, respectively.

Beeline offers to play via 5G

Beeline, together with Nokia and Qualcomm, launched a pilot 5G zone in St. Petersburg in the urban space of SevKabel Port. On the example of popular computer games in the cloud gaming service Beeline Gaming and a specially designed game in virtual reality, residents and guests of the city can test the possibilities of fifth generation networks in action.

Saturday coffee #117

Beeline's 5G pilot zone will be deployed for the first time in St. Petersburg for a long time, and testing will be available to ordinary users. To organize the Beeline pilot zone, Nokia commercial equipment is used, including a system module and active antenna systems 5G AirScale and a 5G / Wi-Fi router based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem radio system. To demonstrate the capabilities of 5G networks in St. Petersburg, Beeline received temporary permission to use frequencies in the millimeter wave (26-28 GHz).

An interesting way to promote 5G networks, as based on cloud gaming, you can visually evaluate the data transfer speed and low latency that distinguish fifth-generation networks. For those who are in St. Petersburg, I recommend visiting this 5G pilot zone from Beeline, and if you want to try out VR games, I advise you to sign up in advance.

Long-playing smartphone from Samsung

Samsung has announced the start of sales in Russia of the new Galaxy M31s smartphone. For the first time in the series, the model is equipped with a 6.4-inch Infinity-O screen, four cameras with multi-frame shooting mode and a 64 MP main module, a capacious 6000 mAh battery, biometric authentication and improved 25 W charging included. The novelty is running its own Exynos 9611 processor, on board 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory, there is also an NFC module. The novelty is already available for sale at a price of 22,990 rubles.

Saturday coffee #117

The device looks interesting, captivates with its screen, memory capacity and 6000 mAh battery. Those who are looking for something long-lasting in the middle price range should take a closer look at the new product. We have already published a review of the regular Samsung Galaxy M31 model on our website, without the prefix “S”:

And without deviating far from the topic of Samsung, I suggest you read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which was released this week:

ZTE hid the front camera

On September 1, the Chinese company ZTE will officially introduce the ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone with a front camera located under the display. This will be the first commercial product with such a solution, let's see how it will be implemented in practice, since the idea itself is interesting. In support of their new device, ZTE even released a funny teaser.

And we released a review of a smartphone from another Chinese company this week:

Skoda Slavia concept car

Not the latest news, but interesting enough. At the very end of July, the seventh Skoda student concept car was presented, designed and built by young specialists from the Skoda Technical School. It is a kind of bridge between the past and the present: the Skoda Slavia roadster, with its name, refers to the first bicycles of the company Vaclav Laurin and Vaclpav Klement, founded in 1895.

Saturday coffee #117 Saturday Coffee #117

The concept car looks quite original and not so futuristic, which means it has a chance to develop into a production car. Would you buy such a roadster if it appeared on sale?

. and dessert

On August 20, Train to Busan 2: The Peninsula, the sequel to the 2016 Korean zombie action Train to Busan, was released on big screens in Russia. Firstly, the premiere is finally at the box office and you can go to the cinema (they say that now they sell tickets through one seat and finally no one will sit next to you in an empty hall), and secondly, the first film was very good and perhaps the novelty will also be interesting.

Saturday coffee №117

This week has been full of news. So Apple threatened Epic Games with the cancellation of all developer rights on its platform at the end of the month, so the matter was not limited to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, after the introduction of an alternative payment system in it. You can read more about this story here:

ASUS has announced the date for the presentation of the Zenfone 7 series smartphones, which will be held in Taiwan on August 26th. According to rumors, the new series will receive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors, 5000 mAh batteries, WiFi 6 support and up to 512 GB of permanent memory.

Saturday coffee #117

And the developers of the popular Telegram messenger, on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the product, have added video calls to it. The feature is currently available in the alpha version of the app for Android and iOS platforms.

Saturday coffee #117

By the way, subscribe to our Telegram channel, where a portion of fresh news is released daily right at your breakfast.

Yandex combines services

Yandex launched Go, a single application for solving everyday problems in the city. Go will replace the Yandex.Taxi application. The functions of the Taxi app began to expand back in March of this year, when Food and Shop appeared in it. With the launch of Yandex Go, carsharing Yandex.Drive is added to them, as well as a ground transport schedule - Toyota buses, trolleybuses and trams. By combining the capabilities of different services in one application, Yandex Go will use all their key technologies more efficiently.

Saturday coffee #117

Slightly strange solution with a super app for users, but quite logical for a company that is trying to impose the maximum of its services on consumers. But, for example, it’s more convenient for me that different services are still in different applications, carsharing in one, taxi in another, I’m not talking about food delivery. By merging their solutions into one super-application, Yandex gets something so monstrous with an overloaded interface, lightness and ease of use disappear, which can scare off users. Our survey in the Telegram channel showed that the majority of users also consider the application to be overloaded, although if you add up those who are satisfied with the new features in the program and those who are ready to put up with them, we get 50/50.

Saturday coffee #117

BlackBerry will be dug up again

Texas-based startup OnwardMobility has secured the rights to produce devices under the BlackBerry brand. Recall that at the beginning of this year, TCL, which produced the latest "blackberry" smartphones, parted ways with Canadians. The new device developer has already promised to release an Android-powered smartphone with 5G support and a physical QWERTY keyboard in 2021. Representatives of the startup promise that they will completely redesign the hardware keyboard of the device and make it more convenient. Here you immediately expect a catch, since the BlackBerry Passport had the most comfortable keyboard, TCL, of course, tried, but their solution in KeyOne and Key 2 was convenient, but still not up to the standard. And what will OnwardMobility offer us, so far we can only guess.

Saturday coffee #117

But there is one big question in this story, it is not clear why it is necessary to revive the brand again, since even the capabilities of one of the largest Chinese companies TCL were not enough to revive the corpse of the late BlackBerry and it is very doubtful what an unknown startup can do. Canadians themselves, apparently, do not care so much about mobile devices under their brand that they are ready to transfer the rights to use the brand to anyone.

In this topic, I recommend our material “Smartphone for business”, because the new BlackBerry will clearly aim at the business segment:

JBL and Black Star team up

HARMAN, together with the Russian label Black Star, has presented a special series of JBL BS speakers, which includes the well-known Flip and Clip models, named after the BS prefix, and made in an exclusive design with colors resembling a cross between a tiger and a zebra. And these are not branded models, there is no mention of Black Star not only on the device, but also on the product packaging. Rather, all this is not a collaboration between two companies, but simply a mutually beneficial promotion, as the brands also announced the launch of the "Loud by Nature" campaign - a series of activities and special promotions that will be supported by Black Star label artists and JBL ambassadors.

Saturday coffee #117

A strange partnership, but on the other hand, it's better than selling Chinese junk with the Black Star logo for big money, as was the case with headphones. Moreover, the participants now do not risk anything, but only receive benefits, JBL acquires buyers for its products from the army of fans of the label's artists, and Black Star presents the company's devices as a joint product and no one will say that these are frankly weak devices from an unknown manufacturer.< /p>

Saturday coffee #117

Special versions of the speakers will be available for sale throughout Russia in partner networks. Buyers will receive gifts from Black Star as a set: t-shirts, certificates for purchasing tickets, and various services from Black Star, and will also be able to register and participate in certain activities on the Gromkiypopriroda.RF website. The recommended retail price for the special series is 7,490 and 3,490 rubles for the JBL Flip BS and Clip BS models, respectively.

Beeline offers to play via 5G

Beeline, together with Nokia and Qualcomm, launched a pilot 5G zone in St. Petersburg in the urban space of SevKabel Port. On the example of popular computer games in the cloud gaming service Beeline Gaming and a specially designed game in virtual reality, residents and guests of the city can test the possibilities of fifth generation networks in action.

Saturday coffee #117

Beeline's 5G pilot zone will be deployed for the first time in St. Petersburg for a long time, and testing will be available to ordinary users. To organize the Beeline pilot zone, Nokia commercial equipment is used, including a system module and active antenna systems 5G AirScale and a 5G / Wi-Fi router based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem radio system. To demonstrate the capabilities of 5G networks in St. Petersburg, Beeline received temporary permission to use frequencies in the millimeter wave (26-28 GHz).

An interesting way to promote 5G networks, as based on cloud gaming, you can visually evaluate the data transfer speed and low latency that distinguish fifth-generation networks. For those who are in St. Petersburg, I recommend visiting this 5G pilot zone from Beeline, and if you want to try out VR games, I advise you to sign up in advance.

Long-playing smartphone from Samsung

Samsung has announced the start of sales in Russia of the new Galaxy M31s smartphone. For the first time in the series, the model is equipped with a 6.4-inch Infinity-O screen, four cameras with multi-frame shooting mode and a 64 MP main module, a capacious 6000 mAh battery, biometric authentication and improved 25 W charging included. The novelty is running its own Exynos 9611 processor, on board 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory, there is also an NFC module. The novelty is already available for sale at a price of 22,990 rubles.

Saturday coffee #117

The device looks interesting, impresses with its screen, memory capacity and 6000 mAh battery. Those who are looking for something long-lasting in the middle price range should take a closer look at the new product. We have already published a review of the regular Samsung Galaxy M31 model on our website, without the prefix "S":

And without deviating far from the topic of Samsung, I suggest you read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which was released this week:

ZTE hid the front camera

On September 1, the Chinese company ZTE will officially introduce the ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone with a front camera located under the display. This will be the first commercial product with such a solution, let's see how it will be implemented in practice, since the idea itself is interesting. In support of their new device, ZTE even released a funny teaser.

And we released a review of a smartphone from another Chinese company this week:

Skoda Slavia concept car

Not the latest news, but interesting enough. At the very end of July, the seventh Skoda student concept car was presented, designed and built by young specialists from the Skoda Technical School. It is a kind of bridge between the past and the present: the Skoda Slavia roadster, with its name, refers to the first bicycles of the company Vaclav Laurin and Vaclpav Klement, founded in 1895.

Saturday coffee #117 Saturday Coffee #117

The concept car looks quite original and not so futuristic, which means it has a chance to develop into a production car. Would you buy such a roadster if it appeared on sale?

. and dessert

On August 20, Train to Busan 2: The Peninsula, the sequel to the 2016 Korean zombie action Train to Busan, was released on big screens in Russia. Firstly, the premiere is finally at the box office and you can go to the cinema (they say that now they sell tickets through one seat and finally no one will sit next to you in an empty hall), and secondly, the first film was very good and perhaps the novelty will also be interesting.

Saturday coffee №117

This week has been full of news. So Apple threatened Epic Games with the cancellation of all developer rights on its platform at the end of the month, so the matter was not limited to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, after the introduction of an alternative payment system in it. You can read more about this story here:

ASUS has announced the date for the presentation of the Zenfone 7 series smartphones, which will be held in Taiwan on August 26th. According to rumors, the new series will receive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors, 5000 mAh batteries, WiFi 6 support and up to 512 GB of permanent memory.

And the developers of the popular Telegram messenger, on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the product, have added video calls to it. The feature is currently available in the alpha version of the app for Android and iOS platforms.

By the way, subscribe to our Telegram channel, where a portion of fresh news is released daily right at your breakfast.

Yandex combines services

Yandex launched Go, a single application for solving everyday problems in the city. Go will replace the Yandex.Taxi application. The functions of the Taxi app began to expand back in March of this year, when Food and Shop appeared in it. With the launch of Yandex Go, Yandex.Drive carsharing is added to them, as well as the schedule of land transport - Toyota buses, trolleybuses and trams. By combining the capabilities of different services in one application, Yandex Go will use all their key technologies more efficiently.

Yandex launched Go, a single application for solving everyday problems in the city. Go will replace the Yandex.Taxi application. The functions of the Taxi app began to expand back in March of this year, when Food and Shop appeared in it. With the launch of "Yandex Go", carsharing "Yandex.Drive" is added to them, as well as the schedule of ground transport - Toyota Toyota buses, trolleybuses and trams. By combining the capabilities of different services in one application, Yandex Go will make more efficient use of all their key technologies.

Slightly strange solution with a super app for users, but quite logical for a company that is trying to impose the maximum of its services on consumers. But, for example, it’s more convenient for me that different services are still in different applications, carsharing in one, taxi in another, I’m not talking about food delivery. By merging their solutions into one super-application, Yandex gets something so monstrous with an overloaded interface, lightness and ease of use disappear, which can scare off users. Our survey in the Telegram channel showed that the majority of users also consider the application to be overloaded, although if you add up those who are satisfied with the new features in the program and those who are ready to put up with them, we get 50/50.

BlackBerry will be dug up again

Texas-based startup OnwardMobility has secured the rights to produce devices under the BlackBerry brand. Recall that at the beginning of this year, TCL, which produced the latest "blackberry" smartphones, parted ways with Canadians. The new device developer has already promised to release an Android-powered smartphone with 5G support and a physical QWERTY keyboard in 2021. Representatives of the startup promise that they will completely redesign the hardware keyboard of the device and make it more convenient. Here you immediately expect a catch, since the BlackBerry Passport had the most comfortable keyboard, TCL, of course, tried, but their solution in KeyOne and Key 2 was convenient, but still not up to the standard. And what will OnwardMobility offer us, so far we can only guess.

But there is one big question in this story, it is not clear why it is necessary to revive the brand again, since even the capabilities of one of the largest Chinese companies TCL were not enough to revive the corpse of the late BlackBerry and it is very doubtful what an unknown startup can do. Canadians themselves, apparently, do not care so much about mobile devices under their brand that they are ready to transfer the rights to use the brand to anyone.

In this topic, I recommend our material “Smartphone for business”, because the new BlackBerry will clearly aim at the business segment:

JBL and Black Star team up

HARMAN, together with the Russian label Black Star, has presented a special series of JBL BS speakers, which includes the well-known Flip and Clip models, named after the BS prefix, and made in an exclusive design with colors resembling a cross between a tiger and a zebra. And these are not branded models, there is no mention of Black Star not only on the device, but also on the product packaging. Rather, all this is not a collaboration between two companies, but simply a mutually beneficial promotion, as the brands also announced the launch of the "Loud by Nature" campaign - a series of activities and special promotions that will be supported by Black Star label artists and JBL ambassadors.

A strange partnership, but on the other hand, it's better than selling Chinese junk with the Black Star logo for big money, as was the case with headphones. Moreover, the participants now do not risk anything, but only receive benefits, JBL acquires buyers for its products from the army of fans of the label's artists, and Black Star presents the company's devices as a joint product and no one will say that these are frankly weak devices from an unknown manufacturer.< /p>

Special versions of the speakers will be available for sale throughout Russia in partner networks. Buyers will receive gifts from Black Star as a set: t-shirts, certificates for purchasing tickets, and various services from Black Star, and will also be able to register and participate in certain activities on the Gromkiypopriroda.RF website. The recommended retail price for the special series is 7,490 and 3,490 rubles for the JBL Flip BS and Clip BS models, respectively.

Beeline offers to play via 5G

Beeline, together with Nokia and Qualcomm, launched a pilot 5G zone in St. Petersburg in the urban space of SevKabel Port. On the example of popular computer games in the cloud gaming service Beeline Gaming and a specially designed game in virtual reality, residents and guests of the city can test the possibilities of fifth generation networks in action.

Beeline's 5G pilot zone will be deployed for the first time in St. Petersburg for a long time, and testing will be available to ordinary users. To organize the Beeline pilot zone, Nokia commercial equipment is used, including a system module and active antenna systems 5G AirScale and a 5G / Wi-Fi router based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem radio system. To demonstrate the capabilities of 5G networks in St. Petersburg, Beeline received temporary permission to use frequencies in the millimeter wave (26-28 GHz).

An interesting way to promote 5G networks, as based on cloud gaming, you can visually evaluate the data transfer speed and low latency that distinguish fifth-generation networks. For those who are in St. Petersburg, I recommend visiting this 5G pilot zone from Beeline, and if you want to try out VR games, I advise you to sign up in advance.

Long-playing smartphone from Samsung

Samsung has announced the start of sales in Russia of the new Galaxy M31s smartphone. For the first time in the series, the model is equipped with a 6.4-inch Infinity-O screen, four cameras with multi-frame shooting mode and a 64 MP main module, a capacious 6000 mAh battery, biometric authentication and improved 25 W charging included. The novelty is running its own Exynos 9611 processor, on board 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory, there is also an NFC module. The novelty is already available for sale at a price of 22,990 rubles.

The device looks interesting, impresses with its screen, memory capacity and 6000 mAh battery. Those who are looking for something long-lasting in the middle price range should take a closer look at the new product. We have already published a review of the regular Samsung Galaxy M31 model on our website, without the prefix "S":

And without deviating far from the topic of Samsung, I suggest you read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which was released this week:

ZTE hid the front camera

On September 1, the Chinese company ZTE will officially introduce the ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone with a front camera located under the display. This will be the first commercial product with such a solution, let's see how it will be implemented in practice, since the idea itself is interesting. In support of their new device, ZTE even released a funny teaser.

And we released a review of a smartphone from another Chinese company this week:

Skoda Slavia concept car

Not the latest news, but interesting enough. At the very end of July, the seventh Skoda student concept car was presented, designed and built by young specialists from the Skoda Technical School. It is a kind of bridge between the past and the present: the Skoda Slavia roadster, with its name, refers to the first bicycles of the company Vaclav Laurin and Vaclpav Klement, founded in 1895.

The concept car looks quite original and not so futuristic, which means it has a chance to develop into a production car. Would you buy such a roadster if it appeared on sale?

. and dessert

On August 20, Train to Busan 2: The Peninsula, the sequel to the 2016 Korean zombie action Train to Busan, was released on big screens in Russia. Firstly, the premiere is finally at the box office and you can go to the cinema (they say that now they sell tickets through one seat and finally no one will sit next to you in an empty hall), and secondly, the first film was very good and perhaps the novelty will also be interesting.