Saturday coffee #210

The week turned out to be full of various news, and the Beeline company acted as the main newsmaker,

completely redrawn its entire system of tariffs. You can read about what happened and how now the subscribers of the “striped operator” can choose a tariff for themselves so as not to make a mistake, in our materials.

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In the meantime, Apple released, most likely,latest update for iOS15 operating system. Version iOS15.6 appeared just a couple of months before iOS16 was released, so it is not surprising that there is nothing fundamentally new in it. By the way, the Chinese company Huawei announced that it will introduce an updated HarmonyOS before the end of July. In the meantime, Nothing Phone (1), which was released last week, has already received its first update of its software, and we have published a material on how things are in the world of updates on Android smartphones.

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Soon Google maps will buildroute depending on the type of engine in your car, and the VKontakte social network already offers to digitize your appearance in order to create individual sets of emoji (vmoji) using artificial intelligence.

Table of Contents

  • Operator news
  • TikTok analogue from Sberbank
  • New smartphones
  • In the auto world
  • ...and dessert

Operator news

In addition to a big change in the tariff linebeeline, news came from MTS, although not of such a global nature. The press service of the operator announced the expansion of service packages provided when connecting the tariff plan "All MTS Extra". Starting from July 18, 2022, users of the specified tariff will have access to:

  • 100 GB of mobile Internet traffic;
  • access to KION online cinema;
  • access to 230 satellite TV channels.

Subscription fee for the "All MTS Extra" subscriptionwill be: 595 rubles for the first month, then - 1,190 rubles per month. From this date, the current tariff "All MTS Extra" becomes archival with the preservation of the terms of service for existing subscribers.


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Saturday coffee #210

Pour a cup of aromatic coffee and get acquainted with the news of the week. Beeline replaced all tariffs with one constructor UP, released last week Nothing
Phone (1) has already received the first update, GM has promised to overtake Tesla by 2025, and Sberbank will introduce an analogue of TikTok this fall.

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The operator did not stay away from updatesTele2. This week, new Internet for Devices and Internet for Devices+ tariff plans were introduced, and the current Internet for Devices tariff plan was renamed to Internet for Devices 07_2022 and closed for connection. The old package assumed unlimited Internet for modems and routers for 1,300 rubles per month. The new basic version of the tariff offers 50 GB of traffic for 900 rubles per month. The Plus version offers 100 GB for 1,200 rubles. In both cases, the tariff is intended for modems and routers, which implies distribution without restrictions, connection to the service and content from Wink, as well as free SMS forwarding.

Also, Tele2 customers can now useWi-Fi in the Moscow metro without advertising and at a favorable rate. The operator has launched the “Wi-Fi in the Metro” service, the service will be available to Tele2 customers in the metropolitan metro under special conditions and without advertising. To access Wi-Fi, passengers simply need to dial *116*453*1# on their mobile phone. You can connect the service to any tariff. The service is provided on the infrastructure of the partner company MaximaTelecom, while the service is offered to Tele2 subscribers at a tariff of 249 rubles per month, and the basic cost for Maxima is 299 rubles per month.

TikTok analogue from Sberbank

Earlier this week it became known thatimport substitution of services that have gone or reduced the potential for Russian users may reach a new level. A subsidiary of Sberbank is working on the launch of the Chipz social network, which should become an analogue of TikTok. The Sberintertainment company is conducting closed beta testing of a social network for vertical video placement. The social network will be aimed at promoting and creating music videos. The Chipz service will be similar in its format to TikTok, it will provide the user with access to content tools, a video editor, and a content catalog. The Sberentertainment company employs a team of people from Yandex.Zen. In case you forgot, TikTok has banned Russian users from posting videos and is preventing Russians from watching videos from other countries, and the company recently reminded that these restrictions will not be lifted anytime soon.

New smartphones

Samsung has announced the date when it will showthe world with your latest smartphone. The Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on August 10 and will be streamed on the company's official YouTube channel. They will definitely show a new folding smartphone, as indicated by the slogan Unfold Your World (“Open your world”), and the image on the teaser. But the presentation of a new generation of smart watches Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro is also expected. Smartphones, according to unofficial, but very similar to the truth information, will be shown two - Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4. We will certainly follow the presentation and immediately share our impressions of what Samsung will present.

Honor introduced the Honor X8 5G, whichoutwardly very similar to the Honor X8 4G that appeared in March this year. Despite the external similarity, the devices differ in characteristics. The novelty received a 6.5-inch IPS display with Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus chipset with 8/128 GB of memory, a main camera of 48 MP, 2 MP (macro) and 2 MP (depth sensor) , 8 MP front camera, 5000 mAh battery and 22.5 W charging. The device is running Android 11 with the Magic UI 4.2 shell. Of course, 5G connectivity is supported. For lovers of the classics, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Announced at the Google I/O eventThe mid-range Pixel 6A smartphone is on sale for $449. While these are only pre-orders, well, there is no chance that the model will ever be officially delivered to Russia. But if you have friends in India, then you can already order a smartphone from there. The device looks very similar to previous phones in the Pixel 6 series. The 6.1-inch display is an OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and HDR support. The Pixel 6a is powered by Google's own Tensor chipset with AI features. The smartphone comes with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a Titan M2 security chip. The new Pixel has a dual rear camera setup with a wide-angle (12.2MP) and ultra-wide-angle (12MP) sensors. It is capable of recording 4K and 1080P videos at 30 and 60 fps. On the front of the device, there is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls.

On a closer and more understandable to us "AliExpress"a novelty has also appeared - Infinix Note 12 Pro 4G. This is an anti-crisis solution without a newfangled 5G modem, which in Russia still has practically nowhere to connect, but with good performance for $200. For this price, you get the first device on the market based on the 6nm MediaTek Helio 99 chipset with two Cortex-A76 cores at 2.2 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores at 2 GHz. Also at your disposal will be a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with 20:9 aspect ratio and FullHD + resolution, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB drive, a trio of cameras on the back side (108 MP, 2 MP, 2 MP), a front 16- MP camera, 5000 mAh battery with up to 33 W charging capacity and Android OS version 12 with proprietary XOS add-on.


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In the auto world

A new generation has been introduced to Japanpopular SUV Nissan X-Trail. The car has already debuted in the Japanese market, production in Europe will be launched at the end of this year. The car is built on the CMF-C platform, like the latest generation Qashqai. This means that buyers will also be offered a Nissan e-power version of the car. It includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with 184 hp. Note that the company uses full electric propulsion, that is, the gasoline engine serves only to charge the battery and does not drive the wheels. Inside, there is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, with a 10.8-inch projection screen available as an option.

General Motors introduced the firstthe Chevrolet Blazer family of electric crossover vehicles. The model is called Blazer EV. It is built on the latest Ultium platform and will go into production in Mexico next year. The crossover will be available in three versions with front, rear or all-wheel drive. The company has already begun accepting orders for the novelty. In the older version with the EV RS index, the car will be able to drive 515 kilometers on a full charge. Also, buyers will be offered a car with a maximum power of 565 hp, this model will be able to accelerate to hundreds in just 4 seconds and will travel up to 467 kilometers on a full charge. The cabin houses a large digital instrument panel and a touch-screen infotainment system, and an optional Super Cruise level 2 autopilot system will be available.

Interestingly, along with this announcementGM representatives shared their plans for the development of the production of electric vehicles. The company chose Tesla as a starting point, promising that by 2025 more GM models with electric motors will be sold in the US market than the brainchild of Elon Musk. The latter, by the way, have not yet overcome the mark of even 3 million cars produced. According to calculations, the number of vehicles produced under the Tesla brand since 2012 will exceed 3 million copies only in August. By comparison, last year GM's production fell by about one million vehicles due to the effects of the coronavirus, and in good times the company was selling 9-10 million vehicles a year. Of course, we are talking about cars with internal combustion engines. Electric models like the Chevrolet Bolt account for a tiny fraction of those sales, falling short of 500 units in the first quarter of this year.

Toyota has expanded the Crown brand tofamilies. Cars under this name have been produced since 1955, but previously they were only sedans, and now the Crown will be offered in the body of a crossover, sedan, station wagon and sports crossover. Crown models will begin to be sold not only in Japan, but also in other major world markets. The novelty will be built on the TNGA-K platform; Toyota Camry and RAV4 are also made on it. In the line of power units there will be only hybrid engines with a total power of 272 hp. New cars will support cloud-based software updates, they will be equipped with automatic parking systems, cars will be able to recognize road signs and provide independent acceleration and braking in the flow of traffic.

...and dessert

At San Diego Comic-Con 2022,The trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has been shown. The film is based on the iconic D&D board game and is due out on March 3, 2023. The film adaptation was directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Games Night). The cast includes Chris Pine (Star Trek), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious), Rege-Jean Page (The Bridgertons), Sophia Lillis (It), Hugh Grant (The Gentlemen) and others. In the story, a group of desperate adventurers with criminal inclinations overcomes a lot of obstacles to find a powerful artifact and save the world from the forces of evil.

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