Saturday coffee #61

I suggest you familiarize yourself with the specifications of the model:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40); 3G/WCDMA (B1/2/4/5/8); GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 153.48x71.85x8.475 mm
  • Weight: 173.8 g
  • Platform: Android One (latest current OS version)
  • Processor: 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Display: 6.088" AMOLED, 1560 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple main camera: 48 MP, 1/2", f/1.79, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP (wide-angle, 118°), f/2.2 + 2 MP; support for 4K video shooting; electronic image stabilization system
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 79°, Full HD video support
  • Memory: 4GB RAM (LPDDR4x), 64GB or 128GB ROM (UFS 2.1)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Display; Bluetooth v5.0; USB Type-C; IR port; GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Battery: 4030 mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors

In the topic of news about Xiaomi, we have published material on our website about the new Mi Smart Band 4 fitness bracelet, which was recently introduced in Russia and is already on sale:

And also a curious material about the modification of the magnetic charging for the Mi Smart Band 4 bracelet, which you can make yourself so that it can be charged without removing the capsule from the strap:

Schoolphones for Russian schoolchildren

According to the RT channel, with reference to the initiative sent to the Rostec corporation, which was addressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Boris Chernyshov, in Russia they propose to create a special phone for schoolchildren - the “shkulfon”. According to Chernyshov, "shkulfon" can become an alternative to a possible complete ban on the use of ordinary mobile phones by children in schools.

According to the idea of ​​the author of the initiative, in addition to the contacts of parents, teachers and classmates, a program should be installed in the schoolphone that opens such applications as the Moscow Electronic School, its federal counterpart - the Russian Electronic School, an educational guide to general questions, a calculator, and the school's internal intranet, which will include a special program that "blocks any attempts to bully schoolchildren with each other."

It is possible that the initiative is good, but knowing how it all works for us, we should expect that for the billions of rubles that they can theoretically spend on the project, schoolchildren will receive a penny Chinese junk on the Aurora. Or perhaps they will simply allocate money for the project, Rostec will show the first prototypes in half a year, launch a pilot project, but they will not go into series. This has already happened with electronic textbooks from Rostec, which in fact turned out to be an outdated development of the American company Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

Saturday coffee #61

Apple's new emoji

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple has unveiled a selection of new symbols that will become part of the keyboard this fall and, in its opinion, will bring even more variety to communication. Among them are emoji from popular categories of food, animals, leisure activities and emoticons.

Saturday coffee #61

It seems to me that this is the traditional annual news from Apple, on the one hand, absolutely passing, in fact, information, but it constantly causes some kind of storm in the network, and this is what the company from Cupertino needs. By the way, according to rumors, there will be no innovations in the new iPhones, despite the generation change, and the whole presentation will revolve around the main camera with three modules. A little sad, of course, if the rumors are true, as I already want to see a new smartphone from Apple, which will again be a welcome purchase.

In the last issue, I wrote about the MacBook Air and Pro update, and this week we published the article "7 facts about the update of the MacBook line in July 2019", read it, especially if you are looking at Apple laptops.

Eldar Murtazin also wrote about the updated Apple laptops on Monday in Spillikins, read it if you missed it:

We also have a review of the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop, which can be considered an alternative to the MacBook Air:

Second wave of FaceApp popularity and Russian hackers

This week saw a new surge of interest in FaceApp, which has been on the market for two years now. This time, the interest of users was aroused by a new function of the application, which allows using neural networks to age the person depicted in the photo. FaceApp's promotion campaign was well planned, a couple of "random" photos from media personalities with a large audience were enough for the application to get viral coverage.

Saturday Coffee #61

A couple of days after the app's surge in popularity, some security experts, mostly from the US, urged people not to use FaceApp because it shares user data with third parties. Given that the application was created in Russia, there is a clear political game going on here. I think if FaceApp had been developed somewhere else, then the issue of user data security would not have surfaced. And, on the other hand, the people who have tried this service are clearly active users of the network, and their data is in a huge amount in “free” access, so one extra selfie will not change anything and does not threaten anything.

Against the backdrop of the popularity of FaceApp, towards the end of the week, another curious service Ai Portraits surfaced, apparently developed by a French company. It allows using artificial intelligence to turn user photos into hand-drawn portraits.

Saturday Coffee #61

Will Facebook be blocked?

Roskomnadzor announces that the Prosecutor General's Office has received a demand to restrict access to Facebook illustrations that offend Russia's state symbols. The picture contains an obscene interpretation of the name of the country and the image of a swastika against the background of the state emblem of the Russian Federation. It is also reported that a notification was sent to the social network about the inclusion of the Internet page in the Unified Register of Prohibited Information.

I wonder if Roskomnadzor will go for a complete blocking of Facebook, or is it just horror stories? It seems that Zuckerberg's social network has not been featured in such news before, either there were no questions to them before, or they quickly cleaned up everything superfluous at the first request. By the way, Sergey Potresov wrote last week that the blocking of individual pages in Roskomnadzor was recognized as ineffective and they are considering the possibility of blocking entire sites. What this will lead to, of course, is better not to even think.

New Mazda 3 in Russia

Last Friday, the official presentation of the new Mazda 3 in Russia took place in Moscow. The model has been completely updated, and there is not so much left of the previous “three rubles”. Some people like the changes, some do not, I personally liked the model both in terms of design and content, it remains only to wait for my turn for a test drive in order to familiarize myself with the new product in detail.

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The list of new equipment that has become available for the Mazda 3 is quite extensive and took two slides, I quote it in full:

  • Head-up screen
  • Heated brush area
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats with driver's memory
  • Mirror position memory function
  • Auto-dimming left side rear view mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Knee airbag
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Intelligent Brake Assist
  • Urban Braking Safety
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection system
  • Character recognition
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Auto High Beam System
  • G-Vector Control Plus

In the cheapest treshka configuration, LED headlights, 7 airbags, a projection screen on the windshield, an 8.8” display with Gym Equipment Commander, an 8-speaker audio system with steering wheel controls, and will also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The price of the new Mazda 3 starts at 1,490,000 rubles, the cars are already available in the showrooms of official dealers. Most of the cars that dealers have in stock are in the price range of 1,600,000 - 1,700,000 rubles, which looks logical, since offers for BMW 1 and Mercedes-Benz A-class already appear from 1,800,000 rubles.

. and dessert

The trailer for the new film "Top Gun: Maverick", a sequel to the 1986 film "Top Gun", has appeared online. As in the first film, the role of the main character, Lieutenant Pete Mitchell, nicknamed Maverick, will be played by Tom Cruise. The picture should be released on the big screens in 2020, I think it is definitely worth watching in the cinema, and even better in IMAX.

Also, the first clip of Yegor Creed, filmed after his departure from Black Star, appeared on the network. An unusual format for a singer, but it looks interesting. By the way, in the clip we can see how Yegor uses the wonderful OPPO Reno smartphone and even shows the mechanism of the front camera of the device to the camera. But this is not surprising, OPPO has already collaborated with Creed before, when it first entered our market, then the company called him its brand ambassador, however, he openly used an iPhone exclusively everywhere.

Saturday coffee №61

In "Saturday Coffee No. 60", our editors together with Sony Mobile held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra smartphone, it is Brnmkulyavki. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is official

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new model of Android One smartphone - Mi A3, which will be on sale with "pure" Android at a price of 249 (with 64 GB) to 279 (with 128 GB) euros in three gradient colors of the body design - "Pure White", "Intense Blue" and "Greyish".

Saturday Coffee #61

Before the release, the manufacturer actively published teasers of the new model on its networks, judging by which, Mi A3 was supposed to be a bomb, but in fact we got a mid-range device, even without NFC, only with “pure” Android on board. It seems that Xiaomi didn’t really want to release this smartphone, it just had to do it for some reason, perhaps because of a contract with Google, and as a result, the new product turned out to be so plain.

Saturday coffee #61

I suggest you familiarize yourself with the specifications of the model:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40); 3G/WCDMA (B1/2/4/5/8); GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 153.48x71.85x8.475 mm
  • Weight: 173.8 g
  • Platform: Android One (latest current OS version)
  • Processor: 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Display: 6.088" AMOLED, 1560 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple main camera: 48 MP, 1/2", f/1.79, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP (wide-angle, 118°), f/2.2 + 2 MP; support for 4K video shooting; electronic image stabilization system
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 79°, Full HD video support
  • Memory: 4GB RAM (LPDDR4x), 64GB or 128GB ROM (UFS 2.1)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Display; Bluetooth v5.0; USB Type-C; IR port; GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Battery: 4030 mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors

In the topic of news about Xiaomi, we have published material on our website about the new Mi Smart Band 4 fitness bracelet, which was recently introduced in Russia and is already on sale:

And also a curious material about the modification of the magnetic charging for the Mi Smart Band 4 bracelet, which you can make yourself so that it can be charged without removing the capsule from the strap:

Schoolphones for Russian schoolchildren

According to the RT channel, with reference to the initiative addressed to the Rostec corporation, which was addressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Boris Chernyshov, in Russia it is proposed to create a special phone for schoolchildren - the “shkulfon”. According to Chernyshov, "shkulfon" can become an alternative to a possible complete ban on the use of ordinary mobile phones by children in schools.

According to the idea of ​​the author of the initiative, in addition to the contacts of parents, teachers and classmates, a program should be installed in the schoolphone that opens such applications as the Moscow Electronic School, its federal counterpart - the Russian Electronic School, an educational guide to general questions, a calculator, and the school's internal intranet, which will include a special program that "blocks any attempts to bully schoolchildren with each other."

It is possible that the initiative is good, but knowing how it all works for us, we should expect that for the billions of rubles that they can theoretically spend on the project, schoolchildren will receive a penny Chinese junk on the Aurora. Or perhaps they will simply allocate money for the project, Rostec will show the first prototypes in half a year, launch a pilot project, but they will not go into series. This has already happened with electronic textbooks from Rostec, which in fact turned out to be an outdated development of the American company Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

Saturday coffee #61

Apple's new emoji

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple has unveiled a selection of new symbols that will become part of the keyboard this fall and, in its opinion, will bring even more variety to communication. Among them are emoji from popular categories of food, animals, leisure activities and emoticons.

Saturday coffee #61

It seems to me that this is the traditional annual news from Apple, on the one hand, absolutely passing, in fact, information, but it constantly causes some kind of storm in the network, and this is what the company from Cupertino needs. By the way, according to rumors, there will be no innovations in the new iPhones, despite the generation change, and the whole presentation will revolve around the main camera with three modules. A little sad, of course, if the rumors are true, as I already want to see a new smartphone from Apple, which will again be a welcome purchase.

In the last issue, I wrote about the MacBook Air and Pro update, and this week we published the article "7 facts about the update of the MacBook line in July 2019", read it, especially if you are looking at Apple laptops.

Eldar Murtazin also wrote about the updated Apple laptops on Monday in Spillikins, read it if you missed it:

We also have a review of the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop, which can be considered an alternative to the MacBook Air:

Second wave of FaceApp popularity and Russian hackers

This week saw a new surge of interest in FaceApp, which has been on the market for two years now. This time, the interest of users was aroused by a new function of the application, which allows using neural networks to age the person depicted in the photo. FaceApp's promotion campaign was well planned, a couple of "random" photos from media personalities with a large audience were enough for the application to get viral coverage.

Saturday Coffee #61

A couple of days after the app's surge in popularity, some security experts, mostly from the US, urged people not to use FaceApp because it shares user data with third parties. Given that the application was created in Russia, there is a clear political game going on here. I think if FaceApp had been developed somewhere else, then the issue of user data security would not have surfaced. And, on the other hand, the people who have tried this service are clearly active users of the network, and their data is in a huge amount in “free” access, so one extra selfie will not change anything and does not threaten anything.

Against the backdrop of the popularity of FaceApp, towards the end of the week, another curious service Ai Portraits surfaced, apparently developed by a French company. It allows using artificial intelligence to turn user photos into hand-drawn portraits.

Saturday coffee #61

Will Facebook be blocked?

Roskomnadzor announces that the Prosecutor General's Office has received a demand to restrict access to Facebook illustrations that offend Russian state symbols. The picture contains an obscene interpretation of the name of the country and the image of a swastika against the background of the state emblem of the Russian Federation. It is also reported that a notification was sent to the social network about the inclusion of the Internet page in the Unified Register of Prohibited Information.

I wonder if Roskomnadzor will go for a complete blocking of Facebook, or is it just horror stories? It seems that Zuckerberg's social network has not been featured in such news before, either there were no questions to them before, or they quickly cleaned up everything superfluous at the first request. By the way, Sergey Potresov wrote last week that the blocking of individual pages in Roskomnadzor was recognized as ineffective and they are considering the possibility of blocking entire sites. What this will lead to, of course, is better not to even think.

New Mazda 3 in Russia

Last Friday, the official presentation of the new Mazda 3 in Russia took place in Moscow. The model has been completely updated, and there is not so much left of the previous “three rubles”. Some people like the changes, some do not, I personally liked the model both in terms of design and content, it remains only to wait for my turn for a test drive in order to familiarize myself with the new product in detail.

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The list of new equipment that has become available for the Mazda 3 is quite extensive and took two slides, I quote it in full:

  • Head-up screen
  • Heated brush area
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats with driver's memory
  • Mirror position memory function
  • Auto-dimming left side rear view mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Knee airbag
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Intelligent Brake Assist
  • Urban Braking Safety
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection system
  • Character recognition
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Auto High Beam System
  • G-Vector Control Plus

Saturday coffee №61

In "Saturday Coffee No. 60", our editors together with Sony Mobile held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra smartphone, it is Brnmkulyavki. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is official

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new model of Android One smartphone - Mi A3, which will be on sale with "pure" Android at a price of 249 (with 64 GB) to 279 (with 128 GB) euros in three gradient colors of the body design - "Pure White", "Intense Blue" and "Greyish".

Saturday Coffee #61

Before the release, the manufacturer actively published teasers of the new model on its networks, judging by which, Mi A3 was supposed to be a bomb, but in fact we got a mid-range device, even without NFC, only with “pure” Android on board. It seems that Xiaomi didn’t really want to release this smartphone, it just had to do it for some reason, perhaps because of a contract with Google, and as a result, the new product turned out to be so plain.

Saturday coffee #61

I suggest you familiarize yourself with the specifications of the model:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40); 3G/WCDMA (B1/2/4/5/8); GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 153.48x71.85x8.475 mm
  • Weight: 173.8 g
  • Platform: Android One (latest current OS version)
  • Processor: 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Display: 6.088" AMOLED, 1560 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple main camera: 48 MP, 1/2", f/1.79, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP (wide-angle, 118°), f/2.2 + 2 MP; support for 4K video shooting; electronic image stabilization system
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 79°, Full HD video support
  • Memory: 4GB RAM (LPDDR4x), 64GB or 128GB ROM (UFS 2.1)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Display; Bluetooth v5.0; USB Type-C; IR port; GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Battery: 4030 mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors

In the topic of news about Xiaomi, we have published material on our website about the new Mi Smart Band 4 fitness bracelet, which was recently introduced in Russia and is already on sale:

And also a curious material about the modification of the magnetic charging for the Mi Smart Band 4 bracelet, which you can make yourself so that it can be charged without removing the capsule from the strap:

Schoolphones for Russian schoolchildren

According to the RT channel, with reference to the initiative addressed to the Rostec corporation, which was addressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Boris Chernyshov, in Russia it is proposed to create a special phone for schoolchildren - the “shkulfon”. According to Chernyshov, "shkulfon" can become an alternative to a possible complete ban on the use of ordinary mobile phones by children in schools.

According to the idea of ​​the author of the initiative, in addition to the contacts of parents, teachers and classmates, a program should be installed in the schoolphone that opens such applications as the Moscow Electronic School, its federal counterpart - the Russian Electronic School, an educational guide to general questions, a calculator, and the school's internal intranet, which will include a special program that "blocks any attempts to bully schoolchildren with each other."

It is possible that the initiative is good, but knowing how it all works for us, we should expect that for the billions of rubles that they can theoretically spend on the project, schoolchildren will receive a penny Chinese junk at the Aurora. Or perhaps they will simply allocate money for the project, Rostec will show the first prototypes in half a year, launch a pilot project, but they will not go into series. This has already happened with electronic textbooks from Rostec, which in fact turned out to be an outdated development of the American company Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

Saturday coffee #61

Apple's new emoji

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple has unveiled a selection of new symbols that will become part of the keyboard this fall and, in its opinion, will bring even more variety to communication. Among them are emoji from popular categories of food, animals, leisure activities and emoticons.

Saturday coffee #61

It seems to me that this is the traditional annual news from Apple, on the one hand, absolutely passing, in fact, information, but it constantly causes some kind of storm in the network, and this is what the company from Cupertino needs. By the way, according to rumors, there will be no innovations in the new iPhones, despite the generation change, and the whole presentation will revolve around the main camera with three modules. A little sad, of course, if the rumors are true, as I already want to see a new smartphone from Apple, which will again be a welcome purchase.

In the last issue, I wrote about the MacBook Air and Pro update, and this week we published the article "7 facts about the update of the MacBook line in July 2019", read it, especially if you are looking at Apple laptops.

Eldar Murtazin also wrote about the updated Apple laptops on Monday in Spillikins, read it if you missed it:

We also have a review of the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop, which can be considered an alternative to the MacBook Air:

Second wave of FaceApp popularity and Russian hackers

This week saw a new surge of interest in FaceApp, which has been on the market for two years now. This time, the interest of users was aroused by a new function of the application, which allows using neural networks to age the person depicted in the photo. FaceApp's promotion campaign was well planned, a couple of "random" photos from media personalities with a large audience were enough for the application to get viral coverage.

Saturday Coffee #61

A couple of days after the app's surge in popularity, some security experts, mostly from the US, urged people not to use FaceApp because it shares user data with third parties. Given that the application was created in Russia, there is a clear political game going on here. I think if FaceApp had been developed somewhere else, then the issue of user data security would not have surfaced. And, on the other hand, the people who have tried this service are clearly active users of the network, and their data is in a huge amount in “free” access, so one extra selfie will not change anything and does not threaten anything.

Against the backdrop of the popularity of FaceApp, towards the end of the week, another curious service Ai Portraits surfaced, apparently developed by a French company. It allows using artificial intelligence to turn user photos into hand-drawn portraits.

Saturday Coffee #61

Will Facebook be blocked?

Roskomnadzor announces that the Prosecutor General's Office has received a demand to restrict access to Facebook illustrations that offend Russia's state symbols. The picture contains an obscene interpretation of the name of the country and the image of a swastika against the background of the state emblem of the Russian Federation. It is also reported that a notification was sent to the social network about the inclusion of the Internet page in the Unified Register of Prohibited Information.

I wonder if Roskomnadzor will go for a complete blocking of Facebook, or is it just horror stories? It seems that Zuckerberg's social network has not been featured in such news before, either there were no questions to them before, or they quickly cleaned up everything superfluous at the first request. By the way, Sergey Potresov wrote last week that the blocking of individual pages in Roskomnadzor was recognized as ineffective and they are considering the possibility of blocking entire sites. What this will lead to, of course, is better not to even think.

New Mazda 3 in Russia

Last Friday, the official presentation of the new Mazda 3 model in Russia took place in Moscow. The model has been completely updated, and there is not so much left of the previous "three rubles". Some people like the changes, some do not, I personally liked the model both in terms of design and content, it remains only to wait for my turn for a test drive in order to familiarize myself with the new product in detail.

Saturday coffee #61 Saturday Coffee #61 Saturday Coffee #61

The list of new equipment that has become available for the Mazda 3 is quite extensive and took two slides, I quote it in full:

  • Head-up screen
  • Heated brush area
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats with driver's memory
  • Mirror position memory function
  • Auto-dimming left side rearview mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Knee airbag
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Intelligent Brake Assist
  • Urban Braking Safety
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection system
  • Character recognition
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Auto High Beam System
  • G-Vector Control Plus

In the cheapest treshka configuration, LED headlights, 7 airbags, a projection screen on the windshield, an 8.8” display with Gym Equipment Commander, an 8-speaker audio system with steering wheel controls, and will also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The price of the new Mazda 3 starts at 1,490,000 rubles, the cars are already available in the showrooms of official dealers. Most of the cars that dealers have in stock are in the price range of 1,600,000 - 1,700,000 rubles, which looks logical, since offers for BMW 1 and Mercedes-Benz A-class already appear from 1,800,000 rubles.

. and dessert

A trailer for the new film Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun, has appeared online. As in the first film, the role of the main character, Lieutenant Pete Mitchell, nicknamed Maverick, will be played by Tom Cruise. The picture should be released on the big screens in 2020, I think it is definitely worth watching in the cinema, and even better in IMAX.

Also, the first clip of Yegor Creed, filmed after his departure from Black Star, appeared on the network. An unusual format for a singer, but it looks interesting. By the way, in the clip we can see how Yegor uses the wonderful OPPO Reno smartphone and even shows the mechanism of the front camera of the device to the camera. But this is not surprising, OPPO has already collaborated with Creed before, when it first entered our market, then the company called him its brand ambassador, however, he openly used an iPhone exclusively everywhere.

Saturday coffee №61

In "Saturday Coffee No. 60", our editors together with Sony Mobile held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra smartphone, it is Brnmkulyavki. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is official

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new model of Android One smartphone - Mi A3, which will be on sale with "pure" Android at a price of 249 (with 64 GB) to 279 (with 128 GB) euros in three gradient colors of the body design - "Pure White", "Intense Blue" and "Greyish".

Before the release, the manufacturer actively published teasers of the new model on its networks, judging by which, Mi A3 was supposed to be a bomb, but in fact we got a mid-range device, even without NFC, only with “pure” Android on board. It seems that Xiaomi didn’t really want to release this smartphone, it just had to do it for some reason, perhaps because of a contract with Google, and as a result, the new product turned out to be so plain.

I suggest you familiarize yourself with the specifications of the model:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40); 3G/WCDMA (B1/2/4/5/8); GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 153.48x71.85x8.475 mm
  • Weight: 173.8 g
  • Platform: Android One (latest current OS version)
  • Processor: 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Display: 6.088" AMOLED, 1560 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple main camera: 48 MP, 1/2", f/1.79, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP (wide-angle, 118°), f/2.2 + 2 MP; support for 4K video shooting; electronic image stabilization system
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 79°, Full HD video support
  • Memory: 4GB RAM (LPDDR4x), 64GB or 128GB ROM (UFS 2.1)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Display; Bluetooth v5.0; USB Type-C; IR port; GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Battery: 4030 mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors

In the topic of news about Xiaomi, we have published material on our website about the new Mi Smart Band 4 fitness bracelet, which was recently introduced in Russia and is already on sale:

And also a curious material about the modification of the magnetic charging for the Mi Smart Band 4 bracelet, which you can make yourself so that it can be charged without removing the capsule from the strap:

Schoolphones for Russian schoolchildren

According to the RT channel, with reference to the initiative sent to the Rostec corporation, which was addressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Boris Chernyshov, in Russia they propose to create a special phone for schoolchildren - the “shkulfon”. According to Chernyshov, "shkulfon" can become an alternative to a possible complete ban on the use of ordinary mobile phones by children in schools.

According to the idea of ​​the author of the initiative, in addition to the contacts of parents, teachers and classmates, a program should be installed in the schoolphone that opens such applications as the Moscow Electronic School, its federal counterpart - the Russian Electronic School, an educational guide to general questions, a calculator, and the school's internal intranet, which will include a special program that "blocks any attempts to bully schoolchildren with each other."

It is possible that the initiative is good, but knowing how it all works for us, we should expect that for the billions of rubles that they can theoretically spend on the project, schoolchildren will receive a penny Chinese junk at the Aurora. Or perhaps they will simply allocate money for the project, Rostec will show the first prototypes in half a year, launch a pilot project, but they will not go into series. This has already happened with electronic textbooks from Rostec, which in fact turned out to be an outdated development of the American company Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

Apple's new emoji

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple has unveiled a selection of new symbols that will become part of the keyboard this fall and, in its opinion, will bring even more variety to communication. Among them are emoji from popular categories of food, animals, leisure activities and emoticons.

It seems to me that this is the traditional annual news from Apple, on the one hand, absolutely passing, in fact, information, but it constantly causes some kind of storm in the network, and this is what the company from Cupertino needs. By the way, according to rumors, there will be no innovations in the new iPhones, despite the generation change, and the whole presentation will revolve around the main camera with three modules. A little sad, of course, if the rumors are true, as I already want to see a new smartphone from Apple, which will again be a welcome purchase.

In the last issue, I wrote about the MacBook Air and Pro update, and this week we published the article "7 facts about the update of the MacBook line in July 2019", read it, especially if you are looking at Apple laptops.

Eldar Murtazin also wrote about the updated Apple laptops on Monday in Spillikins, read it if you missed it:

We also have a review of the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop, which can be considered an alternative to the MacBook Air:

Second wave of FaceApp popularity and Russian hackers

This week saw a new surge of interest in FaceApp, which has been on the market for two years now. This time, the interest of users was aroused by a new function of the application, which allows using neural networks to age the person depicted in the photo. FaceApp's promotion campaign was well planned, a couple of "random" photos from media personalities with a large audience were enough for the application to get viral coverage.

A couple of days after the app's surge in popularity, some security experts, mostly from the US, urged people not to use FaceApp because it shares user data with third parties. Given that the application was created in Russia, there is a clear political game going on here. I think if FaceApp had been developed somewhere else, then the issue of user data security would not have surfaced. And, on the other hand, the people who have tried this service are clearly active users of the network, and their data is in a huge amount in “free” access, so one extra selfie will not change anything and does not threaten anything.

Against the backdrop of the popularity of FaceApp, towards the end of the week, another curious service Ai Portraits surfaced, apparently developed by a French company. It allows using artificial intelligence to turn user photos into hand-drawn portraits.

Will Facebook be blocked?

Roskomnadzor announces that the Prosecutor General's Office has received a demand to restrict access to Facebook illustrations that offend Russian state symbols. The picture contains an obscene interpretation of the name of the country and the image of a swastika against the background of the state emblem of the Russian Federation. It is also reported that a notification was sent to the social network about the inclusion of the Internet page in the Unified Register of Prohibited Information.

I wonder if Roskomnadzor will go for a complete blocking of Facebook, or is it just horror stories? It seems that Zuckerberg's social network has not been featured in such news before, either there were no questions to them before, or they quickly cleaned up everything superfluous at the first request. By the way, Sergey Potresov wrote last week that the blocking of individual pages in Roskomnadzor was recognized as ineffective and they are considering the possibility of blocking entire sites. What this will lead to, of course, is better not to even think.

New Mazda 3 in Russia

Last Friday, the official presentation of the new Mazda 3 model in Russia took place in Moscow. The model has been completely updated, and there is not so much left of the previous "three rubles". Some people like the changes, some do not, I personally liked the model both in terms of design and content, it remains only to wait for my turn for a test drive in order to familiarize myself with the new product in detail.

The list of new equipment that has become available for the Mazda 3 is quite extensive and took two slides, I quote it in full:

  • Head-up screen
  • Heated brush area
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats with driver's memory
  • Mirror position memory function
  • Auto-dimming left side rearview mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Knee airbag
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Intelligent Brake Assist
  • Urban Braking Safety
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection system
  • Character recognition
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Auto High Beam System
  • G-Vector Control Plus

In the cheapest three-wheeler configuration, LED headlights, 7 airbags, a projection screen on the windshield, an 8.8” display with Gym Equipment Commander, an audio system with 8 speakers and steering wheel controls, as well as support for Apple CarPlay and android auto. The price of the new Mazda 3 starts at 1,490,000 rubles, the cars are already available in the showrooms of official dealers. Most of the cars that dealers have in stock are in the price range of 1,600,000 - 1,700,000 rubles, which looks logical, since offers for BMW 1 and Mercedes-Benz A-class already appear from 1,800,000 rubles. In the cheapest trim level, LED headlights, 7 airbags, a projection screen on the windshield, an 8.8 ”display with Gym Equipment gym equipment Commander, an 8-speaker audio system with steering wheel controls, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The price of the new Mazda 3 starts at 1,490,000 rubles, the cars are already available in the showrooms of official dealers. Most of the cars that dealers have in stock are in the price range of 1,600,000 - 1,700,000 rubles, which looks logical, since offers for BMW 1 and Mercedes-Benz A-class already appear from 1,800,000 rubles.

. and dessert

The trailer for the new film "Top Gun: Maverick", a sequel to the 1986 film "Top Gun", has appeared online. As in the first film, the role of the main character, Lieutenant Pete Mitchell, nicknamed Maverick, will be played by Tom Cruise. The picture should be released on the big screens in 2020, I think it is definitely worth watching in the cinema, and even better in IMAX.

Also, the first clip of Yegor Creed, filmed after his departure from Black Star, appeared on the network. An unusual format for a singer, but it looks interesting. By the way, in the clip we can see how Yegor uses the wonderful OPPO Reno smartphone and even shows the mechanism of the front camera of the device to the camera. But this is not surprising, OPPO has already collaborated with Creed before, when it first entered our market, then the company called him its brand ambassador, however, he openly used an iPhone exclusively everywhere.