March results

Wonderful 2007. Winter, similar to an early and unsuccessful spring, spring, as if it had finally come in March (the snowdrops didn’t bloom in vain?), That is, a month ahead of schedule. No less surprising, I think, is still the fact of the existence and sale of the Ubiquam U-520 phone, shown at the InfoCom-2006 exhibition. It is unique in that it can operate in CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO 450 and GSM 900/1800 networks and is the most functional mobile terminal suitable for use in CDMA 2000, 450 MHz networks. The Sky Link operator, responsible for providing services in this format, launched the Turbo tariff plan back in January with a subscription fee of $3 and included 30 MB of traffic. So it's been two months since Sky Link opened its doors to clients who speak moderately and visit the Internet. I am ashamed that I kept silent about this.

Events and technologies

In the fate of operating systems, both concepts are usually interrelated, Symbian is no exception. Version 9.5 was released in March. Its distinguishing features: paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, memory load optimization, availability of POSIX libraries and SQL adapted for Symbian. Thanks to innovations, the development and porting of applications for the OS should be accelerated. The presence of POSIX and SQL allows programmers to create new products using familiar tools. It is expected that the use of SQL will improve the performance of programs whose activities involve frequent access to databases, such as a phone book. SQL has an objective advantage - indexing, which speeds up searches. However, Symbian does not plan to abandon the old database management system, as it has a number of advantages.

Mechanisms such as paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, caching, reduce machine boot time by several seconds, and some programs by 75%. Demand paging is valuable in that it reduces memory usage. Many applications use large dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Their placement in RAM, which accompanies the launch of the program, takes extra time. Developers can speed up the process by splitting the library into parts, a time consuming task. The built-in staking system solves the problem for them. Checking on test benches showed that resource-intensive software, like browsers, began to start almost instantly. Installing on hardware instead of Symbian 9.1 or 9.2 version 9.5 frees up 20-30% of RAM. For reasons that are still not clear to me, the transition to Symbian 9.x was marked by an almost 1.5-fold increase in OS requests for memory. There is a chance that handsets with Symbian 9.5 will be equipped with relatively modest RAM modules, which will slightly reduce the cost of the product. Among other things, it is assumed that innovations will reduce the energy consumption of phones.

Technology will be better adapted to life on the Web. Support for VoIP, stream processing will improve. With a good connection speed, receiving a letter will not interfere with a conversation over IP, switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi will become automatic. The OS will add support for digital television and radio, autofocus algorithms and red-eye reduction for the camera.

Reforms are significant, some of them may be implemented as early as Symbian 9.3. However, we will get a complete picture of them only in version 9.5. I believe it will form the basis of the Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 3 platform. Apparently, the introduction of support for touch displays in the S60 is not far off. It is unlikely that this transition will happen on any version of OS number 9.x: it's too big a step forward. Most likely, 9.5 is the latest version of the 9th series OS (I assume that another one will be released for official, internal use). Symbian 9.5 devices expected in 2008

The convenience of programmers and the popularization of Symbian are taken care of not only by the firms that invent the OS, but also by independent companies, in particular, the South African Red Five Labs (RFL). I heard about it in June last year. It promised to release the .NET Compact Framework (CF), which functions like a Java machine, for Symbian electronics. Now I am mentioning the “laboratory” because in March its employees reported that CF 1.1 for Symbian OS 8.0a, S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 2 is ready. 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 3 and plans in general - for the S60 3nd Edition. Do not guess further. Despite a serious delay from the schedule, the team seems to have good prospects. Providing the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment is worth a lot, which must be what the RFL counts on. Judging by the fact that they are Symbian Platinum partners, their actions are approved.

Last week's news reported that Microsoft's Live Labs division was building a new browser called Deepfish. An early draft was made available for download by a limited number of users whose reviews are collected on the site. At the moment, the application is at the very beginning of the development cycle, so it is not able to interact with AJAX, cookies, Javascript, HTTP POST. But his helplessness is temporary, again, this is not even a beta version. To date, the authors have achieved the following. A client has been written that receives data from the server, in other words, a compact program, to a small extent involved in the processing of site pages, a special server does this for it. When loading them, the user sees a reduced copy of the page, a kind of mini-map, like in Nokia Web Browser, only the layout is not formed by the terminal itself. The consumer selects the desired page fragment, and it is this fragment that is transmitted to the device. Thus, the amount of traffic is reduced and, apparently, the formatting is preserved. We get a symbiosis of Opera Mini and Nokia Web Browser, however, it is not known when.

News

If February was the month of communicators because of the announcements at the 3GSM congress, then March and, perhaps, April were the months of UMPC. According to umpcportal.com, 4 UMPCs built on the McCaslin platform based on the new UMPC-optimized processor and the GMA950 graphics accelerator will be demonstrated at IDF in Beijing on April 18th. A machine equipped with this graphics card will be able to run Windows Vista with the Aero interface. At the last IDF, Intel executives promised to showcase ultra-portable chips that use half the power of 2006 models. In 2008, food costs, according to the same forecast, should be reduced tenfold, and the area occupied by the processor, 7 times. One must think that Intel will begin to prove the seriousness of its intentions at the next forum. According to preliminary information, we are waiting for the premiere of UMPC with built-in GPS-receiver, slide-out keyboard and 4 -5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800.

The second model has a swivel screen of similar size and resolution and a more comfortable keyboard.

The parameters of the other two devices are not exactly known. Presumably a machine with a reinforced body and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard is one of them.

Nothing definite can be said about the manufacturer of the equipment, its cost and sales plans, as well as about the dimensions and weight. One can only estimate that the computers are comparable in size to those of OQO, which weighs about half a kilogram.

Much more detailed is the description of the Samsung Q1 Ultra, based on McCaslin. The processor frequency is unheard of low - 800 MHz, graphics chip - Intel GMA 950, display - 1024x600 pixels, 7 inches, RAM - 1 GB, hard drive - 60 GB, OS - Windows Vista Home Premium, weight - 700 g, size - 228x124x24 mm . The keyboard is located on both sides of the display. Interfaces: USB 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi; WiBro or HSDPA is a factory option. The basic configuration will cost $1,500.

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ASUSTeK brought to CeBIT 2007 its UMPC, which looks like a subnotebook. Screen diagonal - 7 inches, resolution - 480x800, built on the basis of mobile processor Via. Equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth. In general, interesting, but not too much.

The invention of the UMPC seems to bode well for Via's finances, with Via's chips favored by manufacturers about half the time. Among them is HTC, which announced the readiness of the HTC Shift model with a seven-inch sliding screen. As expected, it supports the entire range of wireless interfaces from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to HSDPA. RAM should not be less than 1 GB, since Windows Vista Business is chosen as the OS. The Winchester, on the other hand, has an extremely modest capacity - 30 GB (based on flash or what?).

From telephone announcements, I would like to note E-Ten Glofiish X800, the company's first 3G smartphone. It works in GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA networks, has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS modules, a 2 MP autofocus camera, a Samsung processor (400 MHz), a VGA display and is controlled by Windows Mobile 6.0. By the way, models such as the X500 and M700 will receive updates to WM 6.0 in the second quarter.

Finnish concern Nokia has received a message that the Nokia 5700 music smartphone will go to retail chains in the second quarter. key block. The price is 350 euros.

Operators

MTS is the last of the largest Russian providers of cellular services to acquire a permanent tariff plan focused on long-distance and international calls. His name is “Guest”, all calls cost 6.5 rubles, except for calls to mobile networks of others (5.5 rubles) and MTS throughout the country (3.5 rubles). In my opinion, it turned out no worse than the competitors.

In the second decade of March, MTS transferred subscribers of the First, RED, We, ONLINER, Maxi, Maxi One and TEAM tariff plans to the ruble settlement system, multiplying the previous prices and the internal exchange rate dollar. Then, according to the press release, they planned to optimize prices to make them convenient and easy to remember. Despite some ambiguity of the statement, the procedure seemed to have been carried out quite honestly.

Those who connect to the Maxi TP before April 30 are offered a 20% discount on the subscription fee. But the owners of the "Business Without Borders" package, who make a large number (more than 3,000 minutes per month) of long-distance calls, will have to pay 3 rubles extra for every minute in excess of this amount. Entrepreneurial people obviously did not ignore the tariff.

Megafon has extended the Circle of Communication campaign for Domashny subscribers until May 10. In addition, the "Who called" service was combined with voice mail. The functionality has expanded, but those who had enough of the old version will not be charged extra money, complete freedom of choice, for now.

The third player, Beeline, showed concern for pensioners in March by presenting a tariff plan with a not very expensive local call minute (3.95 rubles) and the possibility of registering any five local numbers as favorites. The cost of a minute of conversation drops to 1.25 rubles. The initiative is very commendable.

And in the Beeline network, you can compose a "Talking Letter". Although the names are similar, it is very different from the one that was sent by Sharik and Matroskin to Uncle Fyodor. Until May 31, for 85 kopecks, then for other money, a Beeline subscriber is free to send such a letter lasting less than 20 seconds to another subscriber of this network. Undoubtedly, it is now even more profitable and meaningful than SMS. In the future, I hope the service will not lose its attractiveness. Addressing such a message to a subscriber in another region does not look so tempting, since it will cost 5.35 rubles, which is comparable to the price of a minute of conversation. By the way, the addressee will also have to pay for a minute communication session, which, as Margarita Pavlovna Khobotova from Pokrovsky Gates said, reduces the impression.

March results

Wonderful 2007. Winter, similar to an early and unsuccessful spring, spring, as if it had finally come in March (the snowdrops didn’t bloom in vain?), That is, a month ahead of schedule. No less surprising, I think, is still the fact of the existence and sale of the Ubiquam U-520 phone, shown at the InfoCom-2006 exhibition. It is unique in that it can operate in CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO 450 and GSM 900/1800 networks and is the most functional mobile terminal suitable for use in CDMA 2000, 450 MHz networks. The Sky Link operator, responsible for providing services in this format, launched the Turbo tariff plan back in January with a subscription fee of $3 and included 30 MB of traffic. So it's been two months since Sky Link opened its doors to clients who speak moderately and visit the Internet. I am ashamed that I kept silent about this.

Events and technologies

In the fate of operating systems, both concepts are usually interrelated, Symbian is no exception. Version 9.5 was released in March. Its distinguishing features: paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, memory load optimization, availability of POSIX libraries and SQL adapted for Symbian. Thanks to innovations, the development and porting of applications for the OS should be accelerated. The presence of POSIX and SQL allows programmers to create new products using familiar tools. It is expected that the use of SQL will improve the performance of programs whose activities involve frequent access to databases, such as a phone book. SQL has an objective advantage - indexing, which speeds up searches. However, Symbian does not plan to abandon the old database management system, as it has a number of advantages.

Mechanisms such as paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, caching, reduce machine boot time by several seconds, and some programs by 75%. Demand paging is valuable in that it reduces memory usage. Many applications use large dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Their placement in RAM, which accompanies the launch of the program, takes extra time. Developers can speed up the process by splitting the library into parts, a time consuming task. The built-in staking system solves the problem for them. Checking on test benches showed that resource-intensive software, like browsers, began to start almost instantly. Installing on hardware instead of Symbian 9.1 or 9.2 version 9.5 frees up 20-30% of RAM. For reasons that are still not clear to me, the transition to Symbian 9.x was marked by an almost 1.5-fold increase in OS requests for memory. There is a chance that handsets with Symbian 9.5 will be equipped with relatively modest RAM modules, which will slightly reduce the cost of the product. Among other things, it is assumed that innovations will reduce the energy consumption of phones.

Technology will be better adapted to life on the Web. Support for VoIP, stream processing will improve. With a good connection speed, receiving a letter will not interfere with a conversation over IP, switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi will become automatic. The OS will add support for digital television and radio, autofocus algorithms and red-eye reduction for the camera.

Reforms are significant, some of them may be implemented as early as Symbian 9.3. However, we will get a complete picture of them only in version 9.5. I believe it will form the basis of the Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 3 platform. Apparently, the introduction of support for touch displays in the S60 is not far off. It is unlikely that this transition will happen on any version of OS number 9.x: it is too big a step forward. Most likely, 9.5 is the latest version of the 9th series OS (I assume that another one will be released for official, internal use). Symbian 9.5 devices expected in 2008

The convenience of programmers and the popularization of Symbian are taken care of not only by the firms that invent the OS, but also by independent companies, in particular, the South African Red Five Labs (RFL). I heard about it in June last year. It promised to release the .NET Compact Framework (CF), which functions like a Java machine, for Symbian electronics. Now I am mentioning the “laboratory” because in March its employees reported that CF 1.1 for Symbian OS 8.0a, S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 2 is ready. 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 3 and plans in general - for S60 3nd Edition. Do not guess further. Despite a serious delay from the schedule, the team seems to have good prospects. Providing the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment is worth a lot, which must be what the RFL counts on. Judging by the fact that they are Symbian Platinum partners, their actions are approved.

Last week's news reported that Microsoft's Live Labs division was building a new browser called Deepfish. An early draft was made available for download by a limited number of users whose reviews are collected on the site. At the moment, the application is at the very beginning of the development cycle, so it is not able to interact with AJAX, cookies, Javascript, HTTP POST. But his helplessness is temporary, again, this is not even a beta version. To date, the authors have achieved the following. A client has been written that receives data from the server, in other words, a compact program, to a small extent involved in the processing of site pages, a special server does this for it. When loading them, the user sees a reduced copy of the page, a kind of mini-map, like in Nokia Web Browser, only the layout is not formed by the terminal itself. The consumer selects the desired fragment of the page, and it is this fragment that is transmitted to the device. Thus, the amount of traffic is reduced and, apparently, the formatting is preserved. We get a symbiosis of Opera Mini and Nokia Web Browser, however, it is not known when.

News

If February was the month of communicators because of the announcements at the 3GSM congress, then March and, perhaps, April were the months of UMPC. According to umpcportal.com, 4 UMPCs built on the McCaslin platform based on the new UMPC-optimized processor and the GMA950 graphics accelerator will be demonstrated at IDF in Beijing on April 18th. A machine equipped with this graphics card will be able to run Windows Vista with the Aero interface. At the last IDF, Intel executives promised to showcase ultra-portable chips that use half the power of 2006 models. In 2008, food costs, according to the same forecast, should be reduced tenfold, and the area occupied by the processor, 7 times. One must think that Intel will begin to prove the seriousness of its intentions at the next forum. According to preliminary information, we are waiting for the premiere of UMPC with built-in GPS-receiver, slide-out keyboard and 4 -5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800.

The second model has a swivel screen of similar size and resolution and a more comfortable keyboard.

The parameters of the other two devices are not exactly known. Presumably a machine with a reinforced body and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard is one of them.

Nothing definite can be said about the manufacturer of the equipment, its cost and sales plans, as well as about the dimensions and weight. One can only estimate that the computers are comparable in size to those of OQO, which weighs about half a kilogram.

Much more detailed is the description of the Samsung Q1 Ultra, based on McCaslin. The processor frequency is unheard of low - 800 MHz, graphics chip - Intel GMA 950, display - 1024x600 pixels, 7 inches, RAM - 1 GB, hard drive - 60 GB, OS - Windows Vista Home Premium, weight - 700 g, size - 228x124x24 mm . The keyboard is located on both sides of the display. Interfaces: USB 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi; WiBro or HSDPA is a factory option. The basic configuration will cost $1,500.

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ASUSTeK brought to CeBIT 2007 its UMPC, which looks like a subnotebook. Screen diagonal - 7 inches, resolution - 480x800, built on the basis of mobile processor Via. Equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth. In general, interesting, but not too much.

The invention of the UMPC seems to bode well for Via's finances, with Via's chips favored by manufacturers about half the time. Among them is HTC, which announced the readiness of the HTC Shift model with a seven-inch sliding screen. As expected, it supports the entire range of wireless interfaces from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to HSDPA. RAM should not be less than 1 GB, since Windows Vista Business is chosen as the OS. The Winchester, on the other hand, has an extremely modest capacity - 30 GB (based on flash or what?).

From telephone announcements, I would like to note E-Ten Glofiish X800, the company's first 3G smartphone. It works in GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA networks, has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS modules, a 2 MP autofocus camera, a Samsung processor (400 MHz), a VGA display and is controlled by Windows Mobile 6.0. By the way, models such as the X500 and M700 will receive updates to WM 6.0 in the second quarter.

Finnish concern Nokia has received a message that the music smartphone Nokia 5700 will go to retail chains in the second quarter. key block. The price is 350 euros.

Operators

MTS is the last of the largest Russian providers of cellular services to acquire a permanent tariff plan focused on long-distance and international calls. His name is “Guest”, all calls cost 6.5 rubles, except for calls to mobile networks of others (5.5 rubles) and MTS throughout the country (3.5 rubles). In my opinion, it turned out no worse than the competitors.

In the second decade of March, MTS transferred subscribers of the First, RED, We, ONLINER, Maxi, Maxi One and TEAM tariff plans to the ruble settlement system, multiplying the previous prices and the internal exchange rate dollar. Then, according to the press release, they planned to optimize prices to make them convenient and easy to remember. Despite some ambiguity of the statement, the procedure seemed to be carried out quite honestly.

Those who connect to the Maxi TP before April 30 are offered a 20% discount on the subscription fee. But the owners of the "Business Without Borders" package, who make a large number (more than 3,000 minutes per month) of long-distance calls, will have to pay 3 rubles extra for every minute in excess of this amount. Entrepreneurial people obviously did not ignore the tariff.

Megafon has extended the Circle of Communication campaign for Domashny subscribers until May 10. In addition, the "Who called" service was combined with voice mail. The functionality has expanded, but those who had enough of the old version will not be charged extra money, complete freedom of choice, for now.

The third player, Beeline, showed concern for pensioners in March by presenting a tariff plan with a not very expensive local call minute (3.95 rubles) and the possibility of registering any five local numbers as favorites. The cost of a minute of conversation drops to 1.25 rubles. The initiative is very commendable.

And in the Beeline network, you can compose a "Talking Letter". Although the names are similar, it is very different from the one that was sent by Sharik and Matroskin to Uncle Fyodor. Until May 31, for 85 kopecks, then for other money, a Beeline subscriber is free to send such a letter lasting less than 20 seconds to another subscriber of this network. Undoubtedly, it is now even more profitable and meaningful than SMS. In the future, I hope the service will not lose its attractiveness. Addressing such a message to a subscriber in another region does not look so tempting, since it will cost 5.35 rubles, which is comparable to the price of a minute of conversation. By the way, the addressee will also have to pay for a minute communication session, which, as Margarita Pavlovna Khobotova from Pokrovsky Gates said, reduces the impression.

March results

Wonderful 2007. Winter, similar to an early and unsuccessful spring, spring, as if it had finally come in March (the snowdrops didn’t bloom in vain?), That is, a month ahead of schedule. No less surprising, I think, is still the fact of the existence and sale of the Ubiquam U-520 phone, shown at the InfoCom-2006 exhibition. It is unique in that it can operate in CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO 450 and GSM 900/1800 networks and is the most functional mobile terminal suitable for use in CDMA 2000, 450 MHz networks. The Sky Link operator, responsible for providing services in this format, launched the Turbo tariff plan back in January with a subscription fee of $3 and included 30 MB of traffic. So it's been two months since Sky Link opened its doors to clients who speak moderately and visit the Internet. I am ashamed that I kept silent about this.

Events and technologies

In the fate of operating systems, both concepts are usually interrelated, Symbian is no exception. Version 9.5 was released in March. Its distinguishing features: paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, memory load optimization, availability of POSIX libraries and SQL adapted for Symbian. Thanks to innovations, the development and porting of applications for the OS should be accelerated. The presence of POSIX and SQL allows programmers to create new products using familiar tools. It is expected that the use of SQL will improve the performance of programs whose activities involve frequent access to databases, such as a phone book. SQL has an objective advantage - indexing, which speeds up searches. However, Symbian does not plan to abandon the old database management system, as it has a number of advantages.

Mechanisms such as paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, caching, reduce machine boot time by several seconds, and some programs by 75%. Demand paging is valuable in that it reduces memory usage. Many applications use large dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Their placement in RAM, which accompanies the launch of the program, takes extra time. Developers can speed up the process by splitting the library into parts, a time consuming task. The built-in staking system solves the problem for them. Checking on test benches showed that resource-intensive software, like browsers, began to start almost instantly. Installing on hardware instead of Symbian 9.1 or 9.2 version 9.5 frees up 20-30% of RAM. For reasons that are still not clear to me, the transition to Symbian 9.x was marked by an almost 1.5-fold increase in OS requests for memory. There is a chance that handsets with Symbian 9.5 will be equipped with relatively modest RAM modules, which will slightly reduce the cost of the product. Among other things, it is assumed that innovations will reduce the energy consumption of phones.

Technology will be better adapted to life on the Web. Support for VoIP, stream processing will improve. With a good connection speed, receiving a letter will not interfere with a conversation over IP, switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi will become automatic. The OS will add support for digital television and radio, autofocus algorithms and red-eye reduction for the camera.

Reforms are significant, some of them may be implemented as early as Symbian 9.3. However, we will get a complete picture of them only in version 9.5. I believe it will form the basis of the Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 3 platform. Apparently, the introduction of support for touch displays in the S60 is not far off. It is unlikely that this transition will happen on any version of OS number 9.x: it is too big a step forward. Most likely, 9.5 is the latest version of the 9th series OS (I assume that another one will be released for official, internal use). Symbian 9.5 devices expected in 2008

The convenience of programmers and the popularization of Symbian are taken care of not only by the firms that invent the OS, but also by independent companies, in particular, the South African Red Five Labs (RFL). I heard about it in June last year. It promised to release the .NET Compact Framework (CF), which functions like a Java machine, for Symbian electronics. Now I am mentioning the “laboratory” because in March its employees reported that CF 1.1 for Symbian OS 8.0a, S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 2 is ready. 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 3 and plans in general - for S60 3nd Edition. Do not guess further. Despite a serious delay from the schedule, the team seems to have good prospects. Providing the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment is worth a lot, which must be what the RFL counts on. Judging by the fact that they are Symbian Platinum partners, their actions are approved.

Last week's news reported that Microsoft's Live Labs division was building a new browser called Deepfish. An early draft was made available for download by a limited number of users whose reviews are collected on the site. At the moment, the application is at the very beginning of the development cycle, so it is not able to interact with AJAX, cookies, Javascript, HTTP POST. But his helplessness is temporary, again, this is not even a beta version. To date, the authors have achieved the following. A client has been written that receives data from the server, in other words, a compact program, to a small extent involved in the processing of site pages, a special server does this for it. When loading them, the user sees a reduced copy of the page, a kind of mini-map, like in Nokia Web Browser, only the layout is not formed by the terminal itself. The consumer selects the desired page fragment, and it is this fragment that is transmitted to the device. Thus, the amount of traffic is reduced and, apparently, the formatting is preserved. We get a symbiosis of Opera Mini and Nokia Web Browser, however, it is not known when.

News

If February was the month of communicators because of the announcements at the 3GSM congress, then March and, perhaps, April were the months of UMPC. According to umpcportal.com, 4 UMPCs built on the McCaslin platform based on the new UMPC-optimized processor and the GMA950 graphics accelerator will be demonstrated at IDF in Beijing on April 18th. A machine equipped with this graphics card will be able to run Windows Vista with the Aero interface. At the last IDF, Intel executives promised to showcase ultra-portable chips that use half the power of 2006 models. In 2008, food costs, according to the same forecast, should be reduced tenfold, and the area occupied by the processor, 7 times. One must think that Intel will begin to prove the seriousness of its intentions at the next forum. According to preliminary information, are waiting for the premiere of UMPC with built-in GPS -5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800.

The second model has a swivel screen of similar size and resolution and a more comfortable keyboard.

The parameters of the other two devices are not exactly known. Presumably a machine with a reinforced body and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard is one of them.

Nothing definite can be said about the manufacturer of the equipment, its cost and sales plans, as well as about the dimensions and weight. One can only estimate that the computers are comparable in size to those of OQO, which weighs about half a kilogram.

Much more detailed is the description of the Samsung Q1 Ultra, based on McCaslin. The processor frequency is unheard of low - 800 MHz, graphics chip - Intel GMA 950, display - 1024x600 pixels, 7 inches, RAM - 1 GB, hard drive - 60 GB, OS - Windows Vista Home Premium, weight - 700 g, size - 228x124x24 mm . The keyboard is located on both sides of the display. Interfaces: USB 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi; WiBro or HSDPA is a factory option. The basic configuration will cost $1,500.

< /p>

ASUSTeK brought to CeBIT 2007 its UMPC, which looks like a subnotebook. Screen diagonal - 7 inches, resolution - 480x800, built on the basis of mobile processor Via. Equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth. In general, interesting, but not too much.

The invention of the UMPC seems to bode well for Via's finances, with Via's chips favored by manufacturers about half the time. Among them is HTC, which announced the readiness of the HTC Shift model with a seven-inch sliding screen. As expected, it supports the entire range of wireless interfaces from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to HSDPA. RAM should not be less than 1 GB, since Windows Vista Business is chosen as the OS. The Winchester, on the other hand, has an extremely modest capacity - 30 GB (based on flash or what?).

From telephone announcements, I would like to note E-Ten Glofiish X800, the company's first 3G smartphone. It works in GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA networks, has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS modules, a 2 MP autofocus camera, a Samsung processor (400 MHz), a VGA display and is controlled by Windows Mobile 6.0. By the way, models such as the X500 and M700 will receive updates to WM 6.0 in the second quarter.

Finnish concern Nokia has received a message that the Nokia 5700 music smartphone will go to retail chains in the second quarter. key block. The price is 350 euros.

Operators

MTS is the last of the largest Russian providers of cellular services to acquire a permanent tariff plan focused on long-distance and international calls. His name is “Guest”, all calls cost 6.5 rubles, except for calls to mobile networks of others (5.5 rubles) and MTS throughout the country (3.5 rubles). In my opinion, it turned out no worse than the competitors.

In the second decade of March, MTS transferred subscribers of the First, RED, We, ONLINER, Maxi, Maxi One and TEAM tariff plans to the ruble settlement system, multiplying the previous prices and the internal exchange rate dollar. Then, according to the press release, they planned to optimize prices to make them convenient and easy to remember. Despite some ambiguity of the statement, the procedure seemed to have been carried out quite honestly.

Those who connect to the Maxi TP before April 30 are offered a 20% discount on the subscription fee. But the owners of the "Business Without Borders" package, who make a large number (more than 3,000 minutes per month) of long-distance calls, will have to pay 3 rubles extra for every minute in excess of this amount. Entrepreneurial people obviously did not ignore the tariff.

Megafon has extended the Circle of Communication campaign for Domashny subscribers until May 10. In addition, the "Who called" service was combined with voice mail. The functionality has expanded, but those who had enough of the old version will not be charged extra money, complete freedom of choice, for now.

The third player, Beeline, showed concern for pensioners in March by presenting a tariff plan with a not very expensive local call minute (3.95 rubles) and the possibility of registering any five local numbers as favorites. The cost of a minute of conversation drops to 1.25 rubles. The initiative is very commendable.

And in the Beeline network, you can compose a "Talking Letter". Although the names are similar, it is very different from the one that was sent by Sharik and Matroskin to Uncle Fyodor. Until May 31, for 85 kopecks, then for other money, a Beeline subscriber is free to send such a letter lasting less than 20 seconds to another subscriber of this network. Undoubtedly, it is now even more profitable and meaningful than SMS. In the future, I hope the service will not lose its attractiveness. Addressing such a message to a subscriber in another region does not look so tempting, since it will cost 5.35 rubles, which is comparable to the price of a minute of conversation. By the way, the addressee will also have to pay for a minute communication session, which, as Margarita Pavlovna Khobotova from Pokrovsky Gates said, reduces the impression.

March results

Wonderful 2007. Winter, similar to an early and unsuccessful spring, spring, as if it had finally come in March (the snowdrops didn’t bloom in vain?), That is, a month ahead of schedule. No less surprising, I think, is still the fact of the existence and sale of the Ubiquam U-520 phone, shown at the InfoCom-2006 exhibition. It is unique in that it can operate in CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO 450 and GSM 900/1800 networks and is the most functional mobile terminal suitable for use in CDMA 2000, 450 MHz networks. The Sky Link operator, responsible for providing services in this format, launched the Turbo tariff plan back in January with a subscription fee of $3 and included 30 MB of traffic. So it's been two months since Sky Link opened its doors to clients who speak moderately and visit the Internet. I am ashamed that I kept silent about this.

Events and technologies

In the fate of operating systems, both concepts are usually interrelated, Symbian is no exception. Version 9.5 was released in March. Its distinguishing features: paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, memory load optimization, availability of POSIX libraries and SQL adapted for Symbian. Thanks to innovations, the development and porting of applications for the OS should be accelerated. The presence of POSIX and SQL allows programmers to create new products using familiar tools. It is expected that the use of SQL will improve the performance of programs whose activities involve frequent access to databases, such as a phone book. SQL has an objective advantage - indexing, which speeds up searches. However, Symbian does not plan to abandon the old database management system, as it has a number of advantages.

Mechanisms such as paging on demand, RAM defragmentation, caching, reduce machine boot time by several seconds, and some programs by 75%. Demand paging is valuable in that it reduces memory usage. Many applications use large dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Their placement in RAM, which accompanies the launch of the program, takes extra time. Developers can speed up the process by splitting the library into parts, a time consuming task. The built-in staking system solves the problem for them. Checking on test benches showed that resource-intensive software, like browsers, began to start almost instantly. Installing on hardware instead of Symbian 9.1 or 9.2 version 9.5 frees up 20-30% of RAM. For reasons that are still not clear to me, the transition to Symbian 9.x was marked by an almost 1.5-fold increase in OS requests for memory. There is a chance that handsets with Symbian 9.5 will be equipped with relatively modest RAM modules, which will slightly reduce the cost of the product. Among other things, it is assumed that innovations will reduce the energy consumption of phones.

Technology will be better adapted to life on the Web. Support for VoIP, stream processing will improve. With a good connection speed, receiving a letter will not interfere with a conversation over IP, switching between cellular networks and Wi-Fi will become automatic. The OS will add support for digital television and radio, autofocus algorithms and red-eye reduction for the camera.

Reforms are significant, some of them may be implemented as early as Symbian 9.3. However, we will get a complete picture of them only in version 9.5. I believe it will form the basis of the Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 3 platform. Apparently, the introduction of support for touch displays in the S60 is not far off. It is unlikely that this transition will happen on any version of OS number 9.x: it is too big a step forward. Most likely, 9.5 is the latest version of the 9th series OS (I assume that another one will be released for official, internal use). Symbian 9.5 devices expected in 2008

The convenience of programmers and the popularization of Symbian are taken care of not only by the firms that invent the OS, but also by independent companies, in particular, the South African Red Five Labs (RFL). I heard about it in June last year. It promised to release the .NET Compact Framework (CF), which functions like a Java machine, for Symbian electronics. Now I am mentioning the “laboratory” because in March its employees reported that CF 1.1 for Symbian OS 8.0a, S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 2 is ready. 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 3 and plans in general - for S60 3nd Edition. Do not guess further. Despite a serious delay from the schedule, the team seems to have good prospects. Providing the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment is worth a lot, which must be what the RFL counts on. Judging by the fact that they are Symbian Platinum partners, their actions are approved.

Last week's news reported that Microsoft's Live Labs division was building a new browser called Deepfish. An early draft was made available for download by a limited number of users whose reviews are collected on the site. At the moment, the application is at the very beginning of the development cycle, so it is not able to interact with AJAX, cookies, Javascript, HTTP POST. But his helplessness is temporary, again, this is not even a beta version. To date, the authors have achieved the following. A client has been written that receives data from the server, in other words, a compact program, to a small extent involved in the processing of site pages, a special server does this for it. When loading them, the user sees a reduced copy of the page, a kind of mini-map, like in Nokia Web Browser, only the layout is not formed by the terminal itself. The consumer selects the desired page fragment, and it is this fragment that is transmitted to the device. Thus, the amount of traffic is reduced and, apparently, the formatting is preserved. We get a symbiosis of Opera Mini and Nokia Web Browser, however, it is not known when.

News

If February was the month of communicators because of the announcements at the 3GSM congress, then March and, perhaps, April were the months of UMPC. According to umpcportal.com, 4 UMPCs built on the McCaslin platform based on the new UMPC-optimized processor and the GMA950 graphics accelerator will be demonstrated at IDF in Beijing on April 18th. A machine equipped with this graphics card will be able to run Windows Vista with the Aero interface. At the last IDF, Intel executives promised to showcase ultra-portable chips that use half the power of 2006 models. In 2008, food costs, according to the same forecast, should be reduced tenfold, and the area occupied by the processor, 7 times. One must think that Intel will begin to prove the seriousness of its intentions at the next forum. According to preliminary information, we are waiting for the premiere of UMPC with a built-in GPS receiver, a sliding keyboard and a 4-5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800.

If February was the month of communicators because of the announcements at the 3GSM congress, then March and, perhaps, April were the months of UMPC. According to umpcportal.com, 4 UMPCs built on the McCaslin platform based on the new UMPC-optimized processor and the GMA950 graphics accelerator will be demonstrated at IDF in Beijing on April 18th. A machine equipped with this graphics card will be able to run Windows Vista with the Aero interface. At the last IDF, Intel executives promised to showcase ultra-portable chips that use half the power of 2006 models. In 2008, food costs, according to the same forecast, should be reduced tenfold, and the area occupied by the processor, 7 times. One must think that Intel will begin to prove the seriousness of its intentions at the next forum. According to preliminary information, we waiting for the premiere of UMPC with a built-in GPS-receiver, a sliding keyboard and a 4-5-inch display with a resolution of 480x800.

The second model has a swivel screen of similar size and resolution and a more comfortable keyboard.

The parameters of the other two devices are not exactly known. Presumably a machine with a reinforced body and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard is one of them.

Nothing definite can be said about the manufacturer of the equipment, its cost and sales plans, as well as about the dimensions and weight. One can only estimate that the computers are comparable in size to those of OQO, which weighs about half a kilogram.

Much more detailed is the description of the Samsung Q1 Ultra, based on McCaslin. The processor frequency is unheard of low - 800 MHz, graphics chip - Intel GMA 950, display - 1024x600 pixels, 7 inches, RAM - 1 GB, hard drive - 60 GB, OS - Windows Vista Home Premium, weight - 700 g, size - 228x124x24 mm . The keyboard is located on both sides of the display. Interfaces: USB 2.0 Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi; WiBro or HSDPA is a factory option. The basic configuration will cost $1,500.

ASUSTeK brought to CeBIT 2007 its UMPC, which looks like a subnotebook. Screen diagonal - 7 inches, resolution - 480x800, built on the basis of mobile processor Via. Equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth. In general, interesting, but not too much.

The invention of the UMPC seems to bode well for Via's finances, with Via's chips favored by manufacturers about half the time. Among them is HTC, which announced the readiness of the HTC Shift model with a seven-inch sliding screen. As expected, it supports the entire range of wireless interfaces from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to HSDPA. RAM should not be less than 1 GB, since Windows Vista Business is chosen as the OS. The Winchester, on the other hand, has an extremely modest capacity - 30 GB (based on flash or what?).

From telephone announcements, I would like to note E-Ten Glofiish X800, the company's first 3G smartphone. It works in GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA networks, has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS modules, a 2 MP autofocus camera, a Samsung processor (400 MHz), a VGA display and is controlled by Windows Mobile 6.0. By the way, models such as the X500 and M700 will receive updates to WM 6.0 in the second quarter.

Finnish concern Nokia has received a message that the Nokia 5700 music smartphone will go to retail chains in the second quarter. key block. The price is 350 euros.

Operators

MTS is the last of the largest Russian providers of cellular services to acquire a permanent tariff plan focused on long-distance and international calls. His name is “Guest”, all calls cost 6.5 rubles, except for calls to mobile networks of others (5.5 rubles) and MTS throughout the country (3.5 rubles). In my opinion, it turned out no worse than the competitors.

In the second decade of March, MTS transferred subscribers of the First, RED, We, ONLINER, Maxi, Maxi One and TEAM tariff plans to the ruble settlement system, multiplying the previous prices and the internal exchange rate dollar. Then, according to the press release, they planned to optimize prices to make them convenient and easy to remember. Despite some ambiguity of the statement, the procedure seemed to have been carried out quite honestly.

Those who connect to the Maxi TP before April 30 are offered a 20% discount on the subscription fee. But the owners of the "Business Without Borders" package, who make a large number (more than 3,000 minutes per month) of long-distance calls, will have to pay 3 rubles extra for every minute in excess of this amount. Entrepreneurial people obviously did not ignore the tariff.

Megafon has extended the Circle of Communication campaign for Domashny subscribers until May 10. In addition, the "Who called" service was combined with voice mail. The functionality has expanded, but those who had enough of the old version will not be charged extra money, complete freedom of choice, for now.

The third player, Beeline, showed concern for pensioners in March by presenting a tariff plan with a not very expensive minute of local communication (3.95 rubles) and the possibility of registering any five local numbers as favorites. The cost of a minute of conversation drops to 1.25 rubles. The initiative is very commendable.

And in the Beeline network, you can compose a "Talking Letter". Although the names are similar, it is very different from the one that was sent by Sharik and Matroskin to Uncle Fyodor. Until May 31, for 85 kopecks, then for other money, a Beeline subscriber is free to send such a letter lasting less than 20 seconds to another subscriber of this network. Undoubtedly, it is now even more profitable and meaningful than SMS. In the future, I hope the service will not lose its attractiveness. Addressing such a message to a subscriber in another region does not look so tempting, since it will cost 5.35 rubles, which is comparable to the price of a minute of conversation. By the way, the addressee will also have to pay for a minute communication session, which, as Margarita Pavlovna Khobotova from Pokrovsky Gates said, reduces the impression.