Saturday coffee №84

The New Year will come in four days, but we continue our marathon of New Year's gifts. Today, we're partnering with Plantronics to raffle off the BackBeat FIT 2100 Wireless Sports Headphones. It's a rugged, waterproof, and waterproof wireless sports headset with Always Aware eartips that let you hear outside sounds and increase safety while exercising in all conditions.

Saturday coffee #84

Details of the draw are at the end of the material, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

In "Saturday Coffee No. 83" as part of the marathon of New Year's gifts, we held a competition together with Xiaomi. Today we are happy to announce the names of the winners. Rostislav Taranenko receives the Redmi Note 8T smartphone, and Maxim Makhmutov receives the Xiaomi Luggage classic 20" suitcase. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Yes, we released a detailed review of the Redmi Note 8T smartphone this week, read it if you missed it:

Free roaming from MegaFon and Booking.com

Mobile operator MegaFon and the travel platform Booking.com announced the conclusion of an agreement under which their customers will be provided with free roaming in 130 countries around the world. Subscribers of the Russian operator will be able to communicate and use the Internet for free while traveling. The service for MegaFon subscribers will work through a special landing page on booking.com. To use it, it is enough to book and pay for the hotel, indicating the phone number that will be used during the trip.

An interesting option for those who use the services of the MegaFon operator and at the same time book hotels through Booking.com, since during the trip you will receive 60 minutes of voice calls and 1 GB of data transfer for every day of your stay. Moreover, if you booked a hotel, for example, from January 1 to January 5, then the services will be provided to you exactly in these terms, that is, from January 1 to January 5 inclusive. In general, we book a hotel through Booking and no longer think about roaming, 1 GB per day is enough for most users, but 60 minutes of voice communication is even a lot for many.

In the context of this news article, I recommend Eldar Murtazin's article "Save on communications in roaming - how to properly prepare before the trip", perhaps it will be useful to some of you:

Yes, as far as our operators are concerned, they have begun to gradually raise prices on all tariffs. “MegaFon” made me a New Year's gift here, sending a message with information about the increase in the monthly subscription fee by 12% at once, somehow it even became sad. This week Sergey Potresov already wrote about this in a separate article, read:

I also recommend that you read the article about the new Tele2 operator tariff for tablets:

Marvin voice assistant from MTS

The MTS company is developing its own voice assistant and smart speaker and plans to introduce them to the market in early 2020, Arkady Sandler, director of the MTS artificial intelligence center, said in a letter addressed to the company's employees. Sales of the new device are expected to begin in the first half of 2020. It is planned that the voice assistant will be named Marvin, unlike most other companies that prefer to use female names for their voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Alice, Marusya). At the moment, the voice assistant is being tested by MTS employees. MTS is actively working to expand its offer to the market in areas not directly related to cellular communications and equipment sales. The company plans to commercialize the virtual assistant speaker and smart home system when it is satisfied with the test results.

It seems that Marvin is needed for MTS, like Oleg for Tinkoff, mostly for the sake of marketing. Today, only Alice from Yandex remains a really working and useful Russian voice assistant, the rest either in the role of catching up, like Marusya from Mail.ru, or just to advertise themselves to their loved ones, as in MTS and Tinkoff. By the way, about Marusya, does anyone still use it after some time after launch?

Yandex will evaluate users

Yandex, together with two Russian bureaus, launched a project to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. Based on Yandex data for more than 1,000 indicators, the scoring score of individual borrowers will be calculated. The credit rating will be carried out by mixing data from the credit bureau and Yandex data. According to the information received from the project participants, these data will be anonymized and will not be known to individual participants. The United Credit Bureau (UCB) and Equifax will participate in the project. Since the introduction in November of the indicator of the maximum debt burden on the borrower (MPL), the volume of loans issued by banks has fallen by 11%, and this trend continues, banks are interested in obtaining additional credit ratings, because. this increases their ability to evaluate borrowers, experts say. “Anonymous data is processed automatically by algorithms and is located exclusively in the closed circuit of Yandex. More than 1000 diverse factors are used in analytical models. As a result of the analysis, partners receive only one number - the result of the assessment, ”a Yandex representative notes.

Although Yandex claims that all user data will be anonymized and data processing will take place in a closed network, in my opinion, this is another hole for user data to leak. On the other hand, all the same, our government agencies remain the largest "supplier" of Russians' personal data to the black market, so if something leaks from Yandex, it will still be a drop in the ocean. By the way, I wonder what user data the company is going to evaluate and process in general, taxi/car sharing trips, music preferences, or do they have something else?

Apple iPhone 11 with 1 year insurance

On the eve of the New Year, Beeline presents a special offer - iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro complete with Alfa Insurance Purchase Protection insurance policy. The insurance policy includes protection against possible theft of the device, damage or breakdown caused by reasons beyond the control of the owner.

A pleasant bonus when buying an expensive device is given by the Beeline operator, the only thing is that only customers of the operator with an experience of at least three months can purchase a smartphone and get insurance for it for free. I think that many buyers of new iPhones would not refuse such a gift, but it is intended only for existing subscribers.

Audi brought junior modifications of the A6 to Russia

A year after the start of sales of the new Audi A6, its junior modifications arrive in Russia. Let me remind you that initially a model with a three-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 340 hp came to our market, in the summer a version with a two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 245 hp was added to it. And now an order has opened in Russia for versions with a two-liter gasoline and diesel engine, both options with a capacity of 190 hp. Prices for new modifications start at 3,055,000 rubles, the initial configurations are not completely empty, so they look quite attractive to the buyer. With new engines, the Audi A6 can now compete with the Mercedes-Benz E200 and BMW 520.

Saturday coffee #84

Best Product Week 2019

December 28 is on the calendar, so it's time to take stock of the year and choose the best products of the outgoing 2019. I think I won't be original if I call Huawei P30 Pro the best flagship smartphone of the year. The device turned out to be very worthy, with a productive filling, a high-quality large screen, with excellent autonomy and a camera that is very good for a mobile device. At the same time, the price of Huawei P30 Pro is probably one of the lowest among flagship products.

Saturday Coffee #84

In the category "Innovation", of course, I will note the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Yes, the release of this product did not go smoothly for the Koreans, and at some moments it seemed that it would not enter the market at all, but nevertheless the company coped with all the difficulties and brought Fold to sale. The smartphone turned out to be not perfect, and even expensive, but it was the first in its class to stand on the shelves, so some roughness can be forgiven for it, and the price of a new unique product is quite justified. Next year, I think, already at MWC 2020 we will see other devices with folding screens, for sure Samsung will show us a new version of the Galaxy Fold.

Saturday Coffee #84

The title of the most unique or perhaps the strangest smartphone of the year should be given to Nokia 9 PureView. A smartphone that has been on the market for a very long time, so much so that at the time of going on sale, it managed to become a little outdated in terms of hardware. The first generation of the under-screen fingerprint scanner, which, to put it mildly, does not work very well, is last year's flagship processor, which loses to its successor not only and not so much in performance, but in energy efficiency. But on the other hand, the device became the first with five camera modules, which also shoot simultaneously, though, gluing all the frames takes time. And we should praise HMD for the design of the device, it is original, and Nokia 9 PureView will never be confused with other smartphones.

Saturday coffee #84

Closing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention such a product as Redmi Note 8 Pro. A very balanced device that plays in the most popular niche of devices up to 20,000 rubles. The company managed to make an interesting product for affordable money, while they listened to the wishes of users and equipped it with almost everything you could wish for. Here is a high-quality screen, good performance, a decent camera, a capacious battery and, of course, NFC, for the lack of which Xiaomi was constantly kicked in the Redmi series.

Saturday coffee #84

As for audio devices, I would like to mention the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y smart speaker with Alice inside. She looks good and plays decently, and Alice is always ready to talk heart to heart with you. My child loves the column very much, he constantly orders this or that song from Alice.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the unusual gadgets of the year, I would like to note DiaKubik from the Russian startup MULTIKUBIK. Yes, the picture quality from this projector is not ideal, but in its “weight category” there are no competitors that surpass it in this parameter. But you can easily give this device to a child and not think that he can open adult content on it. In addition, the projector is small and light, but it runs decently on battery power, and in order for the child to have more fun and the device to remain safe, you can buy covers in the form of cartoon characters for it.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the services of the year, I would like to highlight Yandex.Plus, a really useful subscription that not only gives you access to music and video, but also gives you a discount on other company services. True, I heard that the discount in the same Yandex.Taxi is given to you at the expense of drivers, and the latter are not very happy with this. By the way, this week Mail.ru finally figured it out and added access to Vkontakte music and Shorts For Men to the BOOM app.

As an event of the year, I would probably note the US sanctions against the Chinese corporation Huawei, which turned out to be really sad consequences for the latter. Of course, the Chinese are now trying to live without Google services, trying to build their own ecosystem and work on their own OS, but will they be able to, that is the question. If Microsoft, with its limitless cash injections, could not keep its own mobile OS afloat, can Huawei cope?

And what products and events did you mark for yourself in the outgoing 2019?

. and dessert

Advertising rarely causes a positive reaction from the audience, but there are exceptions. So, the Russian office of OPPO released a very interesting and unusual commercial for Reno2, and despite the fact that it is very long, it looks in one breath from the first to the last second.

And this week we have published the material "5 facts about Oppo Reno2", read:

Gifts!

Gifts for the New Year are always good, so today, together with Plantronics, we will raffle among you the BackBeat FIT 2100 sports wireless headphones. The rules are simple: you need to choose one Plantronics product and briefly describe in the comments to this issue what it is for you interested. You can share your impressions of using a Plantronics device, or look at a device on the manufacturer's website and tell us why you chose it. Comments submitted up to and including January 09, 2020 will be counted, and the winner will be announced at Saturday Coffee #85, which will be released in January 2020. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

Saturday coffee №84

The New Year will come in four days, but we continue our marathon of New Year's gifts. Today, we're partnering with Plantronics to raffle off the BackBeat FIT 2100 Wireless Sports Headphones. It's a rugged, waterproof, and waterproof wireless sports headset with Always Aware eartips that let you hear outside sounds and increase safety while exercising in all conditions.

Saturday coffee #84

Details of the draw are at the end of the material, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

In "Saturday Coffee No. 83" as part of the marathon of New Year's gifts, we held a competition together with Xiaomi. Today we are happy to announce the names of the winners. Rostislav Taranenko receives the Redmi Note 8T smartphone, and Maxim Makhmutov receives the Xiaomi Luggage classic 20" suitcase. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Yes, we released a detailed review of the Redmi Note 8T smartphone this week, read it if you missed it:

Free roaming from MegaFon and Booking.com

Mobile operator MegaFon and the travel platform Booking.com announced the conclusion of an agreement under which their customers will be provided with free roaming in 130 countries around the world. Subscribers of the Russian operator will be able to communicate and use the Internet for free while traveling. The service for MegaFon subscribers will work through a special landing page on booking.com. To use it, it is enough to book and pay for the hotel, indicating the phone number that will be used during the trip.

An interesting option for those who use the services of the MegaFon operator and at the same time book hotels through Booking.com, since during the trip you will receive 60 minutes of voice calls and 1 GB of data transfer for every day of your stay. Moreover, if you booked a hotel, for example, from January 1 to January 5, then the services will be provided to you exactly in these terms, that is, from January 1 to January 5 inclusive. In general, we book a hotel through Booking and no longer think about roaming, 1 GB per day is enough for most users, but 60 minutes of voice communication is even a lot for many.

In the subject of this news article, I recommend Eldar Murtazin's article “Save on communications in roaming - how to properly prepare before the trip”, perhaps it will be useful to some of you:

Yes, as far as our operators are concerned, they have begun to gradually raise prices on all tariffs. “MegaFon” made me a New Year's gift here, sending a message with information about the increase in the monthly subscription fee by 12% at once, somehow it even became sad. Sergey Potresov already wrote about this in a separate article last week, read:

I also recommend that you read the article about the new Tele2 operator tariff for tablets:

Marvin voice assistant from MTS

The MTS company is developing its own voice assistant and smart speaker and plans to introduce them to the market in early 2020, Arkady Sandler, director of the MTS artificial intelligence center, said in a letter addressed to the company's employees. Sales of the new device are expected to begin in the first half of 2020. It is planned that the voice assistant will be named Marvin, unlike most other companies that prefer to use female names for their voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Alice, Marusya). At the moment, the voice assistant is being tested by MTS employees. MTS is actively working to expand its offer to the market in areas not directly related to cellular communications and equipment sales. The company plans to commercialize the virtual assistant speaker and smart home system when it is satisfied with the test results.

It seems that Marvin is needed for MTS, like Oleg for Tinkoff, mostly for the sake of marketing. Today, only Alice from Yandex remains a really working and useful Russian voice assistant, the rest either in the role of catching up, like Marusya from Mail.ru, or just to advertise themselves to their loved ones, as in MTS and Tinkoff. By the way, about Marusya, does anyone still use it after some time after launch?

Yandex will evaluate users

Yandex, together with two Russian bureaus, launched a project to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. Based on Yandex data for more than 1,000 indicators, the scoring score of individual borrowers will be calculated. The credit rating will be carried out by mixing data from the credit bureau and Yandex data. According to the information received from the project participants, these data will be anonymized and will not be known to individual participants. The United Credit Bureau (UCB) and Equifax will participate in the project. Since the introduction in November of the indicator of the maximum debt burden on the borrower (MPL), the volume of loans issued by banks has fallen by 11%, and this trend continues, banks are interested in obtaining additional credit ratings, because. this increases their ability to evaluate borrowers, experts say. “Anonymous data is processed automatically by algorithms and is located exclusively in the closed circuit of Yandex. More than 1000 diverse factors are used in analytical models. As a result of the analysis, partners receive only one number - the result of the assessment, ”a Yandex representative notes.

Although Yandex claims that all user data will be anonymized and data processing will take place in a closed network, in my opinion, this is another hole for user data to leak. On the other hand, all the same, our government agencies remain the largest "supplier" of Russians' personal data to the black market, so if something leaks from Yandex, it will still be a drop in the ocean. By the way, I wonder what user data the company is going to evaluate and process in general, taxi/car sharing trips, music preferences, or do they have something else?

Apple iPhone 11 with 1 year insurance

On the eve of the New Year, Beeline presents a special offer - iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro complete with Alfa Insurance Purchase Protection insurance policy. The insurance policy includes protection against possible theft of the device, damage or breakdown caused by reasons beyond the control of the owner.

A pleasant bonus when buying an expensive device is given by the Beeline operator, the only thing is that only customers of the operator with an experience of at least three months can purchase a smartphone and get insurance for it for free. I think that many buyers of new iPhones would not refuse such a gift, but it is intended only for existing subscribers.

Audi brought junior modifications of the A6 to Russia

A year after the start of sales of the new Audi A6, its junior modifications arrive in Russia. Let me remind you that initially a model with a three-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 340 hp came to our market, in the summer a version with a two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 245 hp was added to it. And now an order has opened in Russia for versions with a two-liter gasoline and diesel engine, both options with a capacity of 190 hp. Prices for new modifications start at 3,055,000 rubles, the initial configurations are not completely empty, so they look quite attractive to the buyer. With new engines, the Audi A6 can now compete with the Mercedes-Benz E200 and BMW 520.

Saturday Coffee #84

Best Product Week 2019

December 28 is on the calendar, so it's time to take stock of the year and choose the best products of the outgoing 2019. I think I won't be original if I call Huawei P30 Pro the best flagship smartphone of the year. The device turned out to be very worthy, with a productive filling, a high-quality large screen, with excellent autonomy and a camera that is very good for a mobile device. At the same time, the price of Huawei P30 Pro is probably one of the lowest among flagship products.

Saturday coffee #84

In the category "Innovation", of course, I will note the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Yes, the release of this product did not go smoothly for the Koreans, and at some moments it seemed that it would not enter the market at all, but nevertheless the company coped with all the difficulties and brought Fold to sale. The smartphone turned out to be not perfect, and even expensive, but it was the first in its class to stand on the shelves, so some roughness can be forgiven for it, and the price of a new unique product is quite justified. Next year, I think, already at MWC 2020 we will see other devices with folding screens, for sure Samsung will show us a new version of the Galaxy Fold.

Saturday Coffee #84

The title of the most unique or perhaps the strangest smartphone of the year should be given to Nokia 9 PureView. A smartphone that has been on the market for a very long time, so much so that at the time of going on sale, it managed to become a little outdated in terms of hardware. The first generation of the under-screen fingerprint scanner, which, to put it mildly, does not work very well, is last year's flagship processor, which loses to its successor not only and not so much in performance, but in energy efficiency. But on the other hand, the device became the first with five camera modules, which also shoot simultaneously, though, gluing all the frames takes time. And we should praise HMD for the design of the device, it is original, and Nokia 9 PureView will never be confused with other smartphones.

Saturday coffee #84

Closing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention such a product as Redmi Note 8 Pro. A very balanced device that plays in the most popular niche of devices up to 20,000 rubles. The company managed to make an interesting product for affordable money, while they listened to the wishes of users and equipped it with almost everything you could wish for. Here is a high-quality screen, good performance, a decent camera, a capacious battery and, of course, NFC, for the lack of which Xiaomi was constantly kicked in the Redmi series.

Saturday coffee #84

As for audio devices, I would like to mention the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y smart speaker with Alice inside. She looks good and plays decently, and Alice is always ready to talk heart to heart with you. My child loves the column very much, he constantly orders this or that song from Alice.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the unusual gadgets of the year, I would like to note DiaKubik from the Russian startup MULTIKUBIK. Yes, the picture quality from this projector is not ideal, but in its “weight category” there are no competitors that surpass it in this parameter. But you can easily give this device to a child and not think that he can open adult content on it. In addition, the projector is small and light, but it runs decently on battery power, and in order for the child to have more fun and the device to remain safe, you can buy covers in the form of cartoon characters for it.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the services of the year, I would like to highlight Yandex.Plus, a really useful subscription that not only gives you access to music and video, but also gives you a discount on other company services. True, I heard that the discount in the same Yandex.Taxi is given to you at the expense of drivers, and the latter are not very happy with this. By the way, this week Mail.ru finally figured it out and added access to Vkontakte music and Shorts For Men to the BOOM app.

As an event of the year, I would probably note the US sanctions against the Chinese corporation Huawei, which turned out to be really sad consequences for the latter. Of course, the Chinese are now trying to live without Google services, trying to build their own ecosystem and work on their own OS, but will they be able to, that is the question. If Microsoft, with its limitless cash injections, could not keep its own mobile OS afloat, can Huawei cope?

And what products and events did you mark for yourself in the outgoing 2019?

. and dessert

Advertising rarely causes a positive reaction from the audience, but there are exceptions. So, the Russian office of OPPO released a very interesting and unusual commercial for Reno2, and despite the fact that it is very long, it looks in one breath from the first to the last second.

And this week we have published the material "5 facts about Oppo Reno2", read:

Gifts!

Gifts for the New Year are always good, so today, together with Plantronics, we will raffle among you the BackBeat FIT 2100 sports wireless headphones. The rules are simple: you need to choose one Plantronics product and briefly describe in the comments to this issue what it is for you interested. You can share your impressions of using a Plantronics device, or look at a device on the manufacturer's website and tell us why you chose it. Comments submitted up to and including January 09, 2020 will be counted, and the winner will be announced at Saturday Coffee #85, which will be released in January 2020. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

Saturday coffee №84

The New Year will come in four days, but we continue our marathon of New Year's gifts. Today, we're partnering with Plantronics to raffle off the BackBeat FIT 2100 Wireless Sports Headphones. It's a rugged, waterproof, and waterproof wireless sports headset with Always Aware eartips that let you hear outside sounds and increase safety while exercising in all conditions.

Saturday coffee #84

Details of the draw are at the end of the material, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

In "Saturday Coffee No. 83" as part of the marathon of New Year's gifts, we held a competition together with Xiaomi. Today we are happy to announce the names of the winners. Rostislav Taranenko receives the Redmi Note 8T smartphone, and Maxim Makhmutov receives the Xiaomi Luggage classic 20" suitcase. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Yes, we released a detailed review of the Redmi Note 8T smartphone this week, read it if you missed it:

Free roaming from MegaFon and Booking.com

Mobile operator MegaFon and the travel platform Booking.com announced the conclusion of an agreement under which their customers will be provided with free roaming in 130 countries around the world. Subscribers of the Russian operator will be able to communicate and use the Internet for free while traveling. The service for MegaFon subscribers will work through a special landing page on booking.com. To use it, it is enough to book and pay for the hotel, indicating the phone number that will be used during the trip.

An interesting option for those who use the services of the MegaFon operator and at the same time book hotels through Booking.com, since during the trip you will receive 60 minutes of voice calls and 1 GB of data transfer for every day of your stay. Moreover, if you booked a hotel, for example, from January 1 to January 5, then the services will be provided to you exactly in these terms, that is, from January 1 to January 5 inclusive. In general, we book a hotel through Booking and no longer think about roaming, 1 GB per day is enough for most users, but 60 minutes of voice communication is even a lot for many.

In the context of this news article, I recommend Eldar Murtazin's article "Save on communications in roaming - how to properly prepare before the trip", perhaps it will be useful to some of you:

Yes, as far as our operators are concerned, they have begun to gradually raise prices on all tariffs. “MegaFon” made me a New Year's gift here, sending a message with information about the increase in the monthly subscription fee by 12% at once, somehow it even became sad. This week Sergey Potresov already wrote about this in a separate article, read:

I also recommend that you read the article about the new Tele2 operator tariff for tablets:

Marvin voice assistant from MTS

The MTS company is developing its own voice assistant and smart speaker and plans to introduce them to the market in early 2020, Arkady Sandler, director of the MTS artificial intelligence center, said in a letter addressed to the company's employees. Sales of the new device are expected to begin in the first half of 2020. It is planned that the voice assistant will be named Marvin, unlike most other companies that prefer to use female names for their voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Alice, Marusya). At the moment, the voice assistant is being tested by MTS employees. MTS is actively working to expand its offer to the market in areas not directly related to cellular communications and equipment sales. The company plans to commercialize the virtual assistant speaker and smart home system when it is satisfied with the test results.

It seems that Marvin is needed for MTS, like Oleg for Tinkoff, mostly for the sake of marketing. Today, only Alice from Yandex remains a really working and useful Russian voice assistant, the rest either in the role of catching up, like Marusya from Mail.ru, or just to advertise themselves to their loved ones, as in MTS and Tinkoff. By the way, about Marusya, does anyone still use it after some time after launch?

Yandex will evaluate users

Yandex, together with two Russian bureaus, launched a project to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. Based on Yandex data for more than 1,000 indicators, the scoring score of individual borrowers will be calculated. The credit rating will be carried out by mixing data from the credit bureau and Yandex data. According to the information received from the project participants, these data will be anonymized and will not be known to individual participants. The United Credit Bureau (UCB) and Equifax will participate in the project. Since the introduction in November of the indicator of the maximum debt burden on the borrower (MPL), the volume of loans issued by banks has fallen by 11%, and this trend continues, banks are interested in obtaining additional credit ratings, because. this increases their ability to assess borrowers, experts say. “Anonymous data is processed automatically by algorithms and is located exclusively in the closed circuit of Yandex. More than 1000 diverse factors are used in analytical models. As a result of the analysis, partners receive only one number - the result of the assessment, ”a Yandex representative notes.

Although Yandex claims that all user data will be anonymized and data processing will take place in a closed network, in my opinion, this is another hole for user data to leak. On the other hand, all the same, our government agencies remain the largest "supplier" of Russians' personal data to the black market, so if something leaks from Yandex, it will still be a drop in the ocean. By the way, I wonder what user data the company is going to evaluate and process in general, taxi/car sharing trips, music preferences, or do they have something else?

Apple iPhone 11 with 1 year insurance

On the eve of the New Year, Beeline presents a special offer - iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro complete with Alfa Insurance Purchase Protection insurance policy. The insurance policy includes protection against possible theft of the device, damage or breakdown caused by reasons beyond the control of the owner.

A pleasant bonus when buying an expensive device is given by the Beeline operator, the only thing is that only customers of the operator with an experience of at least three months can purchase a smartphone and get insurance for it for free. I think that many buyers of new iPhones would not refuse such a gift, but it is intended only for existing subscribers.

Audi brought junior modifications of the A6 to Russia

A year after the start of sales of the new Audi A6, its junior modifications arrive in Russia. Let me remind you that initially a model with a three-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 340 hp came to our market, in the summer a version with a two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 245 hp was added to it. And now an order has opened in Russia for versions with a two-liter gasoline and diesel engine, both options with a capacity of 190 hp. Prices for new modifications start at 3,055,000 rubles, the initial configurations are not completely empty, so they look quite attractive to the buyer. With new engines, the Audi A6 can now compete with the Mercedes-Benz E200 and BMW 520.

Saturday coffee #84

Best Product Week 2019

December 28 is on the calendar, so it's time to take stock of the year and choose the best products of the outgoing 2019. I think I won't be original if I call Huawei P30 Pro the best flagship smartphone of the year. The device turned out to be very worthy, with a productive filling, a high-quality large screen, with excellent autonomy and a camera that is very good for a mobile device. At the same time, the price of Huawei P30 Pro is probably one of the lowest among flagship products.

Saturday Coffee #84

In the category "Innovation", of course, I will note the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Yes, the release of this product did not go smoothly for the Koreans, and at some moments it seemed that it would not enter the market at all, but nevertheless the company coped with all the difficulties and brought Fold to sale. The smartphone turned out to be not perfect, and even expensive, but it was the first in its class to stand on the shelves, so some roughness can be forgiven for it, and the price of a new unique product is quite justified. Next year, I think, already at MWC 2020 we will see other devices with folding screens, for sure Samsung will show us a new version of the Galaxy Fold.

Saturday Coffee #84

The title of the most unique or perhaps the strangest smartphone of the year should be given to Nokia 9 PureView. A smartphone that has been on the market for a very long time, so much so that at the time of going on sale, it managed to become a little outdated in terms of hardware. The first generation of the under-screen fingerprint scanner, which, to put it mildly, does not work very well, is last year's flagship processor, which loses to its successor not only and not so much in performance, but in energy efficiency. But on the other hand, the device became the first with five camera modules, which also shoot simultaneously, though, gluing all the frames takes time. And we should praise HMD for the design of the device, it is original, and Nokia 9 PureView will never be confused with other smartphones.

Saturday coffee #84

Closing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention such a product as Redmi Note 8 Pro. A very balanced device that plays in the most popular niche of devices up to 20,000 rubles. The company managed to make an interesting product for affordable money, while they listened to the wishes of users and equipped it with almost everything you could wish for. Here is a high-quality screen, good performance, a decent camera, a capacious battery and, of course, NFC, for the lack of which Xiaomi was constantly kicked in the Redmi series.

Saturday coffee #84

As for audio devices, I would like to mention the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y smart speaker with Alice inside. She looks good and plays decently, and Alice is always ready to talk heart to heart with you. My child loves the column very much, he constantly orders this or that song from Alice.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the unusual gadgets of the year, I would like to note DiaKubik from the Russian startup MULTIKUBIK. Yes, the picture quality from this projector is not ideal, but in its “weight category” there are no competitors that surpass it in this parameter. But you can easily give this device to a child and not think that he can open adult content on it. In addition, the projector is small and light, but it runs decently on battery power, and in order for the child to have more fun and the device to remain safe, you can buy covers in the form of cartoon characters for it.

Saturday coffee #84

Of the services of the year, I would like to highlight Yandex.Plus, a really useful subscription that not only gives you access to music and video, but also gives you a discount on other company services. True, I heard that the discount in the same Yandex.Taxi is given to you at the expense of drivers, and the latter are not very happy with this. By the way, this week Mail.ru finally figured it out and added access to Vkontakte music and Shorts For Men to the BOOM app.

As an event of the year, I would probably note the US sanctions against the Chinese corporation Huawei, which turned out to be really sad consequences for the latter. Of course, the Chinese are now trying to live without Google services, trying to build their own ecosystem and work on their own OS, but will they be able to, that is the question. If Microsoft, with its limitless cash injections, could not keep its own mobile OS afloat, can Huawei cope?

And what products and events did you mark for yourself in the outgoing 2019?

. and dessert

Advertising rarely causes a positive reaction from the audience, but there are exceptions. So, the Russian office of OPPO released a very interesting and unusual commercial for Reno2, and despite the fact that it is very long, it looks in one breath from the first to the last second.

And this week we have published the material "5 facts about Oppo Reno2", read:

Gifts!

New Year's gifts are always good, so today, together with Plantronics, we will raffle off BackBeat FIT 2100 sports wireless headphones among you. The rules are simple: you need to choose one Plantronics product and briefly tell us in the comments to this issue what it will do for you interested. You can share your impressions of using a Plantronics device, or look at a device on the manufacturer's website and tell us why you chose it. Comments submitted up to and including January 09, 2020 will be counted, and the winner will be announced at Saturday Coffee #85, which will be released in January 2020. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

Saturday coffee №84

The New Year will come in four days, but we continue our marathon of New Year's gifts. Today, we're partnering with Plantronics to raffle off the BackBeat FIT 2100 Wireless Sports Headphones. It's a rugged, waterproof, and waterproof wireless sports headset with Always Aware eartips that let you hear outside sounds and increase safety while exercising in all conditions.

Details of the draw are at the end of the material, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

In "Saturday Coffee No. 83" as part of the marathon of New Year's gifts, we held a competition together with Xiaomi. Today we are happy to announce the names of the winners. Rostislav Taranenko receives the Redmi Note 8T smartphone, and Maxim Makhmutov receives the Xiaomi Luggage classic 20" suitcase. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Yes, we released a detailed review of the Redmi Note 8T smartphone this week, read it if you missed it:

Free roaming from MegaFon and Booking.com

Mobile operator MegaFon and the travel platform Booking.com announced the conclusion of an agreement under which their customers will be provided with free roaming in 130 countries around the world. Subscribers of the Russian operator will be able to communicate and use the Internet for free while traveling. The service for MegaFon subscribers will work through a special landing page on booking.com. To use it, it is enough to book and pay for the hotel, indicating the phone number that will be used during the trip.

An interesting option for those who use the services of the MegaFon operator and at the same time book hotels through Booking.com, since during the trip you will receive 60 minutes of voice calls and 1 GB of data transfer for every day of your stay. Moreover, if you booked a hotel, for example, from January 1 to January 5, then the services will be provided to you exactly in these terms, that is, from January 1 to January 5 inclusive. In general, we book a hotel through Booking and no longer think about roaming, 1 GB per day is enough for most users, but 60 minutes of voice communication is even a lot for many.

In the context of this news article, I recommend Eldar Murtazin's article "Save on communications in roaming - how to properly prepare before the trip", perhaps it will be useful to some of you:

Yes, as far as our operators are concerned, they have begun to gradually raise prices on all tariffs. “MegaFon” made me a New Year's gift here, sending a message with information about the increase in the monthly subscription fee by 12% at once, somehow it even became sad. This week Sergey Potresov already wrote about this in a separate article, read:

I also recommend that you read the article about the new Tele2 operator tariff for tablets:

Marvin voice assistant from MTS

The MTS company is developing its own voice assistant and smart speaker and plans to introduce them to the market in early 2020, Arkady Sandler, director of the MTS artificial intelligence center, said in a letter addressed to the company's employees. Sales of the new device are expected to begin in the first half of 2020. It is planned that the voice assistant will be named Marvin, unlike most other companies that prefer to use female names for their voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Alice, Marusya). At the moment, the voice assistant is being tested by MTS employees. MTS is actively working to expand its offer to the market in areas not directly related to cellular communications and equipment sales. The company plans to commercialize the virtual assistant speaker and smart home system when it is satisfied with the test results.

It seems that Marvin is needed for MTS, like Oleg for Tinkoff, mostly for the sake of marketing. Today, only Alice from Yandex remains a really working and useful Russian voice assistant, the rest either in the role of catching up, like Marusya from Mail.ru, or just to advertise themselves to their loved ones, as in MTS and Tinkoff. By the way, about Marusya, does anyone still use it after some time after launch?

Yandex will evaluate users

Yandex, together with two Russian bureaus, launched a project to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. Based on Yandex data for more than 1,000 indicators, the scoring score of individual borrowers will be calculated. The credit rating will be carried out by mixing data from the credit bureau and Yandex data. According to the information received from the project participants, these data will be anonymized and will not be known to individual participants. The United Credit Bureau (UCB) and Equifax will participate in the project. Since the introduction in November of the indicator of the maximum debt burden on the borrower (MPL), the volume of loans issued by banks has fallen by 11%, and this trend continues, banks are interested in obtaining additional credit ratings, because. this increases their ability to evaluate borrowers, experts say. “Anonymous data is processed automatically by algorithms and is located exclusively in the closed circuit of Yandex. More than 1000 diverse factors are used in analytical models. As a result of the analysis, partners receive only one number - the result of the assessment, ”a Yandex representative notes.

Although Yandex claims that all user data will be anonymized and data processing will take place in a closed network, in my opinion, this is another hole for user data to leak. On the other hand, all the same, our government agencies remain the largest "supplier" of Russians' personal data to the black market, so if something leaks from Yandex, it will still be a drop in the ocean. By the way, I wonder what user data the company is going to evaluate and process in general, taxi/car sharing trips, music preferences, or do they have something else?

Apple iPhone 11 with 1 year insurance

On the eve of the New Year, Beeline presents a special offer - iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro complete with Alfa Insurance Purchase Protection insurance policy. The insurance policy includes protection against possible theft of the device, damage or breakdown caused by reasons beyond the control of the owner.

A pleasant bonus when buying an expensive device is given by the Beeline operator, the only thing is that only customers of the operator with an experience of at least three months can purchase a smartphone and get insurance for it for free. I think that many buyers of new iPhones would not refuse such a gift, but it is intended only for existing subscribers.

Audi brought junior modifications of the A6 to Russia

A year after the start of sales of the new Audi A6, its junior modifications arrive in Russia. Let me remind you that initially a model with a three-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 340 hp came to our market, in the summer a version with a two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 245 hp was added to it. And now an order has opened in Russia for versions with a two-liter gasoline and diesel engine, both options with a capacity of 190 hp. Prices for new modifications start at 3,055,000 rubles, the initial configurations are not completely empty, so they look quite attractive to the buyer. With new engines, the Audi A6 can now compete with the Mercedes-Benz E200 and BMW 520.

Best Product Week 2019

December 28 is on the calendar, so it's time to take stock of the year and choose the best products of the outgoing 2019. I think I won't be original if I call Huawei P30 Pro the best flagship smartphone of the year. The device turned out to be very worthy, with a productive filling, a high-quality large screen, with excellent autonomy and a camera that is very good for a mobile device. At the same time, the price of Huawei P30 Pro is probably one of the lowest among flagship products.

In the category "Innovation", of course, I will note the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Yes, the release of this product did not go smoothly for the Koreans, and at some moments it seemed that it would not enter the market at all, but nevertheless the company coped with all the difficulties and brought Fold to sale. The smartphone turned out to be not perfect, and even expensive, but it was the first in its class to stand on the shelves, so some roughness can be forgiven for it, and the price of a new unique product is quite justified. Next year, I think, already at MWC 2020 we will see other devices with folding screens, for sure Samsung will show us a new version of the Galaxy Fold.

The title of the most unique or perhaps the strangest smartphone of the year should be given to Nokia 9 PureView. A smartphone that has been on the market for a very long time, so much so that at the time of going on sale, it managed to become a little outdated in terms of hardware. The first generation of the under-screen fingerprint scanner, which, to put it mildly, does not work very well, is last year's flagship processor, which loses to its successor not only and not so much in performance, but in energy efficiency. But on the other hand, the device became the first with five camera modules, which also shoot simultaneously, though, gluing all the frames takes time. And we should praise HMD for the design of the device, it is original, and Nokia 9 PureView will never be confused with other smartphones.

Closing the topic of smartphones, I would like to mention such a product as Redmi Note 8 Pro. A very balanced device that plays in the most popular niche of devices up to 20,000 rubles. The company managed to make an interesting product for affordable money, while they listened to the wishes of users and equipped it with almost everything you could wish for. Here is a high-quality screen, good performance, a decent camera, a capacious battery and, of course, NFC, for the lack of which Xiaomi was constantly kicked in the Redmi series.

As for audio devices, I would like to mention the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y smart speaker with Alice inside. She looks good and plays decently, and Alice is always ready to talk heart to heart with you. My child loves the column very much, he constantly orders this or that song from Alice.

Of the unusual gadgets of the year, I would like to note DiaKubik from the Russian startup MULTIKUBIK. Yes, the picture quality from this projector is not ideal, but in its “weight category” there are no competitors that surpass it in this parameter. But you can easily give this device to a child and not think that he can open adult content on it. In addition, the projector is small and light, but it runs decently on battery power, and in order for the child to have more fun and the device to remain safe, you can buy covers in the form of cartoon characters for it.

Of the services of the year, I would like to highlight Yandex.Plus, a really useful subscription that not only gives you access to music and video, but also gives you a discount on other company services. True, I heard that the discount in the same Yandex.Taxi is given to you at the expense of drivers, and the latter are not very happy with this. By the way, this week Mail.ru finally figured it out and added access to Vkontakte music and Shorts For Men to the BOOM application to its Combo subscription service.

Among the services of the year, I would like to mention Yandex.Plus, a really useful subscription that not only gives you access to music and video, but also gives you a discount on other company services. True, I heard that the discount in the same Yandex.Taxi is given to you at the expense of drivers, and the latter are not very happy with this. By the way, this week Mail.ru finally figured it out and added access to Vkontakte music to its Combo subscription service and Shorts For Men Shorts For Men to the BOOM app.

As an event of the year, I would probably note the US sanctions against the Chinese corporation Huawei, which turned out to be really sad consequences for the latter. Of course, the Chinese are now trying to live without Google services, trying to build their own ecosystem and work on their own OS, but will they be able to, that is the question. If Microsoft, with its limitless cash injections, could not keep its own mobile OS afloat, can Huawei cope?

And what products and events did you mark for yourself in the outgoing 2019?

. and dessert

Advertising rarely causes a positive reaction from the audience, but there are exceptions. So, the Russian office of OPPO released a very interesting and unusual commercial for Reno2, and despite the fact that it is very long, it looks in one breath from the first to the last second.

And this week we have published the material "5 facts about Oppo Reno2", read:

Gifts!

Gifts for the New Year are always good, so today, together with Plantronics, we will raffle among you the BackBeat FIT 2100 sports wireless headphones. The rules are simple: you need to choose one Plantronics product and briefly describe in the comments to this issue what it is for you interested. You can share your impressions of using a Plantronics device, or look at a device on the manufacturer's website and tell us why you chose it. Comments submitted up to and including January 09, 2020 will be counted, and the winner will be announced at Saturday Coffee #85, which will be released in January 2020. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.