Legislators against Apple

The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on the mandatory installation of domestic software for the “technically difficult goods” (smartphones, PC, smart TV) before selling. The measure is intended to encourage the development of domestic software and as a result of Russian IT companies. Probably, after adoption of law manufacturers will be required to provide your device with the service “Yandex” and Mail.Ru Group, application of social network “Vkontakte”, branded BY Telecom service providers. The number of the original software (from Google, Apple and Microsoft), the bill is not limited, but the FAS, which was originally owned by the idea, felt it necessary to introduce competition between foreign and domestic developments. The experts of the IT industry believe that the new law may entail serious consequences, up to the withdrawal of large companies from Russia. So, Apple has never installed a third-party PR Imogene for local markets (including China) and will not make an exception for the Russian Federation. And although, according to the company “Svyaznoy Evroset” in 2018, Russia had sold almost 4 million iPhones worth 162 billion, our market is not a key. In the current version of the bill it is expected to come into force in July 2020.

Laser — a boon to an attacker

Scientists from the University of Michigan (USA) demonstrated the development, which allows you to control smart devices with microphones (speakers, Home Google and Amazon’s Alexa, smartphones) with a laser. Tuned to a specific frequency beam, which can be accessed using freely sold laser pointers is directed to the microphone and vibrates the diaphragm, which is perceived by the device as a voice command. In the demonstration the developers show that in this way the attackers can force the assistant to Google to open the garage door, the front door of the house or start the car. Scientists reported that develop protection against these threats in conjunction with the American manufacturers of smart devices — Google, Amazon and Apple. In any case, for hacking you need not only a pointer and direct visibility from the street (closed curtains and blinds to prevent intruders), but also the equipment cost about $500.

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“The messenger” breaks into space

In 2024 Russia’s Roscosmos plans to launch a second generation satellite communication system “Gonets” and repeaters “Luch”, said the representative of the developer Oleg Khimochko. 28 satellites are located on four orbits at an altitude of 1500 km, will provide Internet and telephony in the energy, oil and gas, transport, mining and other industries. It also plans to launch high-speed Internet for Russian cosmonauts to the ISS up to 105 Mbps. (enough for streaming video from the Network). Now Russian companies and even officials, according to Chilocco, use the services of foreign providers: Iridium, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Thuraya. The link to the astronauts on the ISS provides the American system Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS).

Operating 12 satellite system “Gonets”, launched between 1996 and 2015, serving primarily the domestic space industry. A new generation of satellites yet to be designed. “Messenger” is not going to compete with the projects of the “world Internet” OneWeb and SpaceX because it is focused on the industrial market and uses a different technology base.

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Boeing was going to the moon

The American company Boeing has celebrated two important events in the field of private spaceflight. First, successfully tested the emergency rescue system of manned spacecraft CST‑100 Cockpit. When developing emergency situation revealed two of the three parachutes — enough for a safe landing of the crew. This ship, like Crew Dragon company SpaceX, is designed to output the astronauts into Earth orbit is the Russian Soyuz. Second, Boeing has provided NASA project, the lunar Lander module Human System (HLS). Part of it is used for safe landing of the astronauts on the lunar surface, and the second to return to lunar orbit. The module is scheduled to launch on super-heavy rocket Space Launch System, which NASA is also developing the Boeing. Engineers put into the design the possibility of connection with a future lunar space station and the Orion spacecraft (developed by Lockheed Martin). HLS aims to ensure the implementation of the project “Artemis” on sending humans to the moon by 2024.


The parade of new products from Xiaomi

Chinese IT-company Xiaomi has introduced a new smartphone CC9 Pro costs from $398. Its main feature is the camera with four modules, with most of them developed in cooperation with Samsung and has a record for smartphones a resolution of 108 Megapixels. The novelty has capacious battery 5260 mAh, built-in display, fingerprint scanner. The company also introduced a smart watch Mi Watch design and functionality which practically coincide with the main competitor of the Apple Watch. Watch support contactless payments system Alipay — its launch is expected in Russia next year.

Xiaomi also released 4K TVs Mi and Mi TV 5 TV 5 Pro. They are presented in three versions each: in 55, 65 and 75 inches. Pro-version is distinguished by support HDR10+ and the use of quantum dots — this improves the detail and contrast of the image. The cost of new products is in the range from 27 thousand to 90 thousand rubles (converted from yuan).

In addition, the catalog Xiaomi has added homemade conditioners Internet and Internet Air Conditioner Vertical Air Conditioner with the ability to control through the Network. Finally, the Chinese have introduced CCTV camera for offices, industrial premises and streets Xiaobai N1 Smart PTZ Camera Outdoor Edition. It can work in night mode and supports control from a smartphone and will be sold from December 18 at a price of $28.

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59.7 million rubles were spent by Regardie for the purchase of licenses for the Russian software company “Maiofis”, said the developer “New cloud”. A year ago this cost is made up of Regardie 59.9 mln rubles. “Maiofis” is aimed at import substitution AT Microsoft in the public sector.

4 million Turkish users of the app “Navigator” is available now voice assistant “Yandex. Alice.” Russian company for the first time localized, assistant for international users. As the Russian version, Alisa is able to build the route, to talk about the weather and road conditions.

In 50 major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, launched commercial cellular network 5G. At the moment it is the most massive launch of new generation networks. Providers are the operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. Rates start from 128 yuan (~1161 ruble) per month.

199 rubles per month is the subscription to a new streaming platform Apple TV+, launched in early November. Rival Netflix and HBO has already started showing the series of own production “to See.” Analysts predict the service 100 million subscribers and revenues of $7-10 billion by 2023.

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