Spillikins №595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

After quarantine, life is quickly returning to normal, although something becomes completely different, terraces and waiters in masks and gloves have opened in Moscow, visitors, of course, without them. In some places, the usual menu has been replaced by QR codes on the tables, where you can see the menu with photos, this is an attempt to minimize the likelihood of the spread of infection. The menu is perhaps the only element that you touch with other people and they still don’t know how to disinfect it, the paper will quickly become unusable. Somewhere there are plastic menus, which is also an option.

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Rejection of cash leads to the fact that tips are not left for waiters, or they are paid impersonally, as a result, round sums are left for tea, which are shown on the screen - 100, 200 rubles and so on. The absence of the name of the waiter, a common wallet for the entire restaurant, makes the tip impersonal and many people do not like it. The waiters say that tips have dropped sharply, they have been minimal all this week.

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

But looking at the people who filled the streets of Moscow, the absence of not only masks, but also the minimum distance between strangers, you understand that all these measures are becoming very conditional. Surprisingly, exactly the same people seek to protect themselves from potential danger. One of the observations that I did not check with numbers was the disappearance of crowds in the subway and public transport, although there are noticeable traffic jams on the roads, which are not very typical for summer. In taxis, drivers say they see an influx of new customers, those who have never used a taxi before. A few taxi drivers noticed a curious thing - such people do not always have the opportunity to travel by taxi, for them it is an expensive way to travel. But they choose a taxi, since the probability of catching an infection is lower, and they don’t want to save on health, fully understanding their risks. And the whole chain looks interesting - someone first started using a more or less constantly taxi, someone changed economy to comfort, or comfort to business. And everywhere behind the decision is exactly the same idea - the passability of a taxi is lower than that of public transport, which means it's better. Changing the economy to other tariffs carries exactly the same component. It is impossible to say that the majority does this, this is a small part of the inhabitants of Moscow, but it is clearly enough for a taxi and filling it with passengers.

Restrictions on the number of visitors have disappeared in stores, no one controls this moment anymore, gloves have disappeared from a mandatory element of visiting, security in stores turns a blind eye to those who do not use them. And the lack of masks often does not become an obstacle to visiting, plus many wear them on their chins - formally there are masks, in fact they are meaningless.

In the US, part of the Apple Store is closing again as the epidemic continues and the number of cases grows again, this is a good characterization of the current situation. It surprises me that the end of the quarantine has destroyed all fears, as if they turned off any danger and people, having taken to the streets, forgot that there is a risk of getting sick. It looks like a strange game in which someone is worried about what is happening, but most simply consider it temporary annoyances and difficulties. The market has actually returned to normal life, stores are working as before and this is clearly seen in sales. But the number of scammers has also grown, which come up with various ways to deceive people. Any crisis removes many restrictions and fears, people indulge in all serious, be careful. And we will begin our issue with the history of the great collection of promotional codes. Let's go!

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Honor promo codes or how to “earn” 50 thousand rubles per hour

It often happens that companies come up with attractive goodies for buyers of their products, but do not think about the mechanics and in the end everything turns into a strange thing. Honor came up with an excellent marketing campaign to promote their flagships, buyers of Honor 30/30 Pro receive three films from Kinopoisk, a subscription to Yandex.Plus for three months, but also 5,000 rubles for trips to Yandex.Taxi, as well as 5,000 rubles for Yandex. Food (for Honor 30, these are 2000 and 2000 rubles, respectively).

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

The promotion is valid until the end of June, getting a promo code is easy, you can see them in the Member Center app. No activation of the smartphone is required, the code can be found in the application at any time, you only need to have an Internet connection.

The first bell that something was going wrong sounded when I saw couriers with boxes from Coffeemania in the MTS store, happy sellers were picking up their orders. I was interested in this, I was not too lazy to go in and look at the windows, and at the same time I tried to solve the problem of where the consultants got such money from. The answer was found in the conversation - go to the neighbors at the point, they are stupid and did not care about the codes, come up with something and write them off. I'll call them and tell them you're coming. After rummaging through the stocks, I found one from Honor and everything fell into place. What's more, Honor promoters who operate or verify outlets have been the first to collect codes. The mechanics of the action is such that there is no link to a specific device and its activation, the code can simply be written off. What people began to do, freebie!

Customers who purchased smartphones and did not find their codes (they were happily informed that they were used) began to call the support service, where they were initially refused to provide new ones, and then began to issue them. The story has acquired an unprecedented scale, the codes were almost always activated not by real buyers, but by those who had access to smartphones. One of the participants in the action even shared his experience on condition of anonymity, “We copied codes, ordered food, there is a limit of 1000 rubles in one order, you can order food from anywhere five times. There was a fear that the codes would go bad, my colleague came up with the idea of ​​selling them, for a third of the face value they fly away. I earned 50 thousand rubles in an hour and I am happy as an elephant, a bonus for resourcefulness.

For the “resourceful” it is, of course, a gift, money that fell from the sky. For a manufacturer, this is a significant loss in marketing, when you have to balance between reputational costs, when buyers do not see their gifts, and an additional budget for providing them with codes. Honor temporarily disabled the codes, but then returned them back, apparently the mechanics have somehow changed and now it’s impossible to just pick up the code.

Alas, such stories are not new. Samsung used to give away extra space in Dropbox with its smartphones. Exactly also people went shopping and activated this bun in order to gain as much extra space as possible. But then, nevertheless, the story did not have such a scale, as in the case of Honor. People's love for freebies is ineradicable, and here it manifested itself in full. It's only a pity for buyers who have to spend their time getting these codes again.

Preinstallation of Russian apps, a compromise for Apple in the form of icons

Let me remind you that most smartphone manufacturers are already ready to install Russian applications on smartphones, the relevant law will come into force on January 1, 2021, and this is a prerequisite for any company selling its products in Russia. For Apple, this law is like a bone in the throat and the company is the only one trying to resist it, the entire market has already agreed that everything will be like this now. Some companies already install all the software, that is, they prepared in advance.

Lobbyists are trying to prove that the law is harmful and should be repealed or at least rescheduled. I am not enthusiastic about this law and have repeatedly criticized it, it has many shortcomings and moments that cannot be called thoughtful. The state, represented by the FAS, acts as a lobbyist for Yandex, which is considered not a Dutch company, but exclusively a Russian one. On the other hand, if fines for traffic violations are collected in third countries, then why be surprised? We may not be like that.

But it is important to understand that the market has come to terms with the need to work this way and is ready for it. For Apple, everything is more complicated, since the company has never pre-installed other people's applications, moreover, there are no precedents anywhere in the world when it did it against its will. And if such a Russian experience appears, a Pandora's box will open, each country will want to force Apple to install its applications and indicate what exactly needs to be installed. It is clear why Apple is opposed to this as best they can.

The FAS did not want to aggravate relations with Apple and made a curious compromise, they allowed not to install applications, but to put icons with a link to download them. Moreover, the FAS emphasizes that this was not done in favor of any manufacturer, anyone, not just Apple, can take advantage of this opportunity. I get the feeling that the FAS is very afraid that someone will think that the government agency is acting in favor of Apple. From my observations it follows that there is no such fear regarding Yandex in any form, they will think and think, it's okay.

But think about the very curiosity of the situation - the law on the pre-installation of applications, and the FAS proposes to put icons. Then it was necessary to call it all a preset of icons and applications.

At the moment, there is no technical regulation, and the requirements as such have not been formed. For example, there are budget devices where it is simply not possible to install most of the software - the quality of these devices will deteriorate, it will be difficult to work on them (we are talking about Android Go). They are not highlighted in any way. We need a clear document that will show where icons can be used and where software should be installed. But for the FAS, the creation of such a regulation would mean a responsibility that this department does not want to take on. The political subtext of the law, which was dragged through so quickly and without much discussion, is that this is a medal that specific officials want to receive. But how all this should work in practice is not of particular concern to them.

I have doubts that Apple will be able to ignore the law and will not install applications, read icons. Since in the case of Apple products there is an activation of a smartphone or tablet, an additional window will simply appear where you will be prompted to download such and such applications. And your choice will be whether you need it or not. In my opinion, if this compromise proposed by the FAS becomes extended to the iPhone, then Android smartphone manufacturers will gradually come to this as well, as this is a legal way to avoid installing anything.The lack of a detailed study of the installation regulations is the Achilles' heel of the law and the weakness of the FAS, which is trying to create the appearance of successful work Black in Kenya, on the other hand, do not take any obligations, so that later you will not be responsible for the consequences of your steps. And this is the most unfortunate of the possible positions, one thing is required here - a clear regulation of how and what to put. If the FAS has become lobbyists for Russian software and individual companies, then you need to go all the way. And don't leave it all half way.

Antitrust investigation against Apple and the escalation of the situation

Several investigations have begun in Europe regarding Apple's violation of competition law, in particular, restricting access to its platform for other players, prohibiting the use of other payment systems. And dozens of companies came out against Apple, whom this situation directly affects, those who lose subscribers and money because of this. Against this background, Android looks like the most democratic system in the world, developers can use any payment tools, and not just those provided by Google and Google Pay, there are almost no restrictions. It is clear that the success of Apple and their business model directly depends on the lack of alternatives to their own services - iCloud, the app store, and so on. But the situation is such that companies will have to abandon such practices, sooner or later. As if as a public response, Apple decided to prove and show that their approach has not changed.

The Hey app from the makers of Basecamp is aimed at a wide range of users, costing almost a hundred dollars a year. Apple initially allowed the app on the App Store, but then said it would be removed because it violated the rules. Apple believes that users cannot purchase an app subscription anywhere other than the Apple store and using Apple Pay. Curiously, this rule does not apply to corporate applications.

In fact, we have an example of extortion, when a company dictates to a software supplier how and where he should collect money, does not give any choice. Do you want to be on the Apple platform? Please pay for everything and follow our rules, which force you to use only our solutions.

This business practice is not new, it is many years old and the only thing that distinguishes this story from the past is that there are several investigations against Apple. And the company will not be able to fight them off just as easily and simply, moreover, Apple's positions look frankly weak, since any person understands that the company thus limits competition, closes its devices for software creators. If Apple were smaller, then there would be no questions, but today it is the second platform in the world, even if it is several times smaller than Android. There is also an Android example where everything is implemented differently and better. Apple has little chance of holding out against antitrust authorities, which means their business model will fly into hell. There is no way to avoid this. For us, the victory of the antimonopolists will mean a choice - the cost of applications and services on the Apple platform will decrease, there will be no such horse prices (many iOS applications are noticeably more expensive than those for Android, while inside they are the same).

Microsoft very nicely opposed the rules of the App Store and turned to the US antitrust agency to participate in the investigation against Apple. Today it has become a good tradition to be friends against Apple, and both large corporations and small companies are seen in this. Piece by piece will be torn off the giant.

Pirates in the Xiaomi app store - how and why

Our reader sent an interesting letter, I will quote it in full:

  • GTA San Andreas
  • Terraria
  • Human fan flat.

We ran through the Xiaomi app store and found out that indeed many games that are paid in the Play Store are offered here, at first glance, completely free of charge.

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But after looking at them carefully, we found out that these are either pirated versions or applications in which additional mods are sewn, in particular, the collection of information about users. How did they get into the store? The answer lies on the surface, the moderation of applications in Xiaomi is very conditional and almost anyone can place applications, including other people's applications, including those where unpleasant surprises are added. Those applications that we listed in the request to Xiaomi were promised to be withdrawn, but how many other similar applications are there? I don’t know, but there are clearly not one or two of them.

The root of the problem is clear, this is the lack of sane moderation. But most importantly, the absence of any punishment for such tricks. In the same Google, not only the developer's account is blocked, but in the future you can change accounts, try to pretend to be someone else, the result will be exactly the same - blocking. Samsung's app store has an even tougher check for Trojans, although most of the apps come from well-known developers. Xiaomi thought that it was possible to save money.

What advice can you give here? In my opinion, you should refrain from using the Xiaomi play store, as this is a potential threat to your smartphone. You will not know where and how your data is leaking, what exactly is happening. By downloading something from this store, you yourself can bypass the built-in protection in Android, since you trust the store, and it will let you down. It is clear that having a staff of moderators, seriously checking all applications is expensive. But on the other hand, why get into this territory if you can’t do it well?

For a loyal audience of Xiaomi, this fact is indifferent, it will not change the attitude towards the brand. But it's important to be aware of this, as it's a huge security hole in the device that almost no one knows about. Be careful.

Huawei forgiven and 5G never to be forgotten

Passion around 5G continues to boil, and one gets the feeling that this is the same hot topic as changing the words that offend certain nationalities. I don’t know why, for the Inuit, they decided that the Eskimo word is offensive, as well as the name of popsicle ice cream. Exactly 99 years this name existed, now it will not be. Idiocy is progressing before our eyes, and the larger the company, the greater the number of mentally ill people it is able to accept due to the diversity and variety of employees. An anecdote about a one-legged black man, which, moreover, takes on a new shape as a gay.

The news spread around the world that America has forgiven Huawei and allowed American companies to work with them. But as always, there are nuances that are lost behind loud headlines. So no one was forgiven, and threats against Huawei only sound louder and louder, in addition to threats, remarkable efforts are being made to destroy the Chinese flagship in telecom, and not only him. The trade war is in full swing.

The problem with the US is overconfidence. Officials fed on Hollywood films and publications, which they themselves ordered as part of propaganda, begin to believe that the mechanism of sanctions not only works, but is an analogue of a huge club that tears the enemy to shreds, pounding him to the very top of the head into the ground. The problem is that they really believed in it and cannot even admit the thought that something is going wrong. Remember how Obama said that the Russian economy was “torn to shreds”, because then he sincerely said it and believed in it. Approximately the same thing happened throughout the year regarding Huawei, officials in the United States sincerely believed that just about, a little more, this company would ask for mercy, pay multibillion-dollar compensation, and then confess all sins and then it would be possible to celebrate victory. It didn't happen.

Moreover, it suddenly turned out that sanctions do not work, but create a counterbalance to American companies, Huawei’s drift from US IT developments was imperceptible at first, but now all efforts are directed towards this and the company is succeeding, step by step, it is becoming independent from major technology giants. But the world, on the contrary, depends on Huawei infrastructure solutions, everything is exactly the opposite here. For example, in the UK, there is a struggle to ensure that operators in this country can use Huawei equipment. The closest ally in the face of the United States is making every effort to prevent this from happening, but firstly, such equipment is profitable and has no analogues. Secondly, Huawei knows how to interest countries, so near Cambridge the company laid the foundation for the development of chips, worth 400 million pounds. America, on the other hand, forbids, but gives nothing in return - fraternally refuse money, contracts and live in poverty as best you can. The difference in approaches is obvious.

This year another trouble happened. By banning any communication between American companies and Huawei, the US government automatically deleted its own companies from all committees for standardizing both 5G and the development of next generations of communication. That is, during the year, Huawei's influence increased and the company de facto took on a decisive role in how it sees new networks. A year later, I had to make a special reservation that it was necessary to work on the standards, you couldn’t give them to the Chinese. It sounds ridiculous, since this is the very case when the officials did not think about the next step, they did not think about the consequences at all. They took out a club, hit the enemy with all their might and expected him to die. How! Is Huawei torn to shreds? No. And it is unlikely to happen.

The main effort for the United States is to compromise 5G as a technology, an attempt to slow down development in Europe in order to weaken its potential competitor. A huge amount of money is being spent on the campaign to explain the dangers of 5G, this is done so that people from below put pressure on officials and refuse new generation networks. And any information that shows movement in this direction is presented as some kind of achievement. For example, in Switzerland, the cantons received clarifications from the government regarding 5G, which the press immediately dubbed bans on the construction of such networks. The Swiss Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to the cantons with recommendations on the use of 5G antennas. There were no prohibitions in it, and there could not be.

Imagine for a moment that the Ministry of Agriculture suddenly sends a letter to Russian governors discussing new communication standards and the potential impact of these standards on crops. In the yellow press, of course, various crazy ideas and headlines can match them:

  • Agrarians uncover 5G conspiracy
  • 5G kills not only bees, but also grain
  • The Ministry of Agriculture is afraid of 5G

You can generate a lot of this kind of nonsense. And this is what those who want to stop the development of technology are doing in Europe today, all the current problems are attributed to 5G. I really liked the conspiracy theory in one of the American forums, it clearly illustrates the state of mind today. Let me give you a brief retelling - robberies, demonstrations in the USA are a consequence of the fact that Verizon began to develop 5G. Until that moment, the country lived quietly, but as soon as the first 5G base stations appeared, everything went awry.

And you know what's scary? That there are a lot of supporters of this nonsense, people think it is logical and explains everything. The enemy has been found and if 5G is defeated, then an idyll will come. Militant ignorance spills out.

I don't know about you, but I think that the popsicle has definitely suffered undeservedly, and 5G is next in line. In the US, someone will definitely come up with a bright idea to defeat Huawei by renaming 5G and calling it something else. So that everyone knows for sure that the US is superior to China in everything, even in technology. I suspect that the most obvious thing is to create your own protocols for 5G, but for political reasons, call it 6G. Why be petty? Even Eric Schmidt shared his “knowledge” that Huawei is following American companies, but he did not provide any evidence for this, like all people before him. It seems he decided to go into politics, otherwise why would he?

The world is qualitatively off the rails, people refuse to think and spread heresy as if it were the ultimate truth. And 5G is a convenient thing for expressing your ideas about how our world works. Some even forget about the back of the whale on which the turtles stand and immediately say that the earth is flat. In our country, such educated people also appeared in abundance, which awakens a chill running down the back. It is scary to see how quickly such people appear and how boldly they express their point of view. He grumbled and, believing that he had done his job, spoke about what was happening in the 5G world. Therefore, when you see something about the harm of technology, prohibitions, and the like, try to find the original source and read what they write about it.

P.S. WWDC will take place in the evening, where they will show widgets for the desktop in IOS and possibly, but this is not certain, they will talk about ARM processors for the MacBook. Come read about all the announcements on Tuesday, I think there will be a lot of topics for discussion. But I don’t expect any kind of breakthrough and revolutions, the wrong company and the wrong opportunities. The next breakthrough product at Apple is promised in 2022, it will be a new category - VR glasses. Another approach to the projectile. But so far, Apple has not been able to create anything over the years, it lives on the developments made during the time of Steve Jobs and around the iPhone.

Have a nice working week. Good luck and good mood, be cheerful and cheerful.

Spillikins №595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

After quarantine, life is quickly returning to normal, although something becomes completely different, terraces and waiters in masks and gloves have opened in Moscow, visitors, of course, without them. In some places, the usual menu has been replaced by QR codes on the tables, where you can see the menu with photos, this is an attempt to minimize the likelihood of the spread of infection. The menu is perhaps the only element that you touch with other people and they still don’t know how to disinfect it, the paper will quickly become unusable. Somewhere there are plastic menus, which is also an option.

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

Rejection of cash leads to the fact that tips are not left for waiters, or they are paid impersonally, as a result, round sums are left for tea, which are shown on the screen - 100, 200 rubles and so on. The absence of the name of the waiter, a common wallet for the entire restaurant, makes the tip impersonal and many people do not like it. The waiters say that tips have dropped sharply, they have been minimal all this week.

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

But looking at the people who filled the streets of Moscow, the absence of not only masks, but also the minimum distance between strangers, you understand that all these measures are becoming very conditional. Surprisingly, exactly the same people seek to protect themselves from potential danger. One of the observations that I did not check with numbers was the disappearance of crowds in the subway and public transport, although there are noticeable traffic jams on the roads, which are not very typical for summer. In taxis, drivers say they see an influx of new customers, those who have never used a taxi before. A few taxi drivers noticed a curious thing - such people do not always have the opportunity to travel by taxi, for them it is an expensive way to travel. But they choose a taxi, since the probability of catching an infection is lower, and they don’t want to save on health, fully understanding their risks. And the whole chain looks interesting - someone first started using a more or less constantly taxi, someone changed economy to comfort, or comfort to business. And everywhere behind the decision is exactly the same idea - the passability of a taxi is lower than that of public transport, which means it's better. Changing the economy to other tariffs carries exactly the same component. It is impossible to say that the majority does this, this is a small part of the inhabitants of Moscow, but it is clearly enough for a taxi and filling it with passengers.

Restrictions on the number of visitors have disappeared in stores, no one controls this moment anymore, gloves have disappeared from a mandatory element of visiting, security in stores turns a blind eye to those who do not use them. And the lack of masks often does not become an obstacle to visiting, plus many wear them on their chins - formally there are masks, in fact they are meaningless.

In the US, part of the Apple Store is closing again as the epidemic continues and the number of cases grows again, this is a good characterization of the current situation. It surprises me that the end of the quarantine has destroyed all fears, as if they turned off any danger and people, having taken to the streets, forgot that there is a risk of getting sick. It looks like a strange game in which someone is worried about what is happening, but most simply consider it temporary annoyances and difficulties. The market has actually returned to normal life, stores are working as before and this is clearly seen in sales. But the number of scammers has also grown, which come up with various ways to deceive people. Any crisis removes many restrictions and fears, people indulge in all serious, be careful. And we will begin our issue with the history of the great collection of promotional codes. Let's go!

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Honor promo codes or how to “earn” 50 thousand rubles per hour

It often happens that companies come up with attractive goodies for buyers of their products, but do not think about the mechanics and in the end everything turns into a strange thing. Honor came up with an excellent marketing campaign to promote their flagships, buyers of Honor 30/30 Pro receive three films from Kinopoisk, a subscription to Yandex.Plus for three months, but also 5,000 rubles for trips to Yandex.Taxi, as well as 5,000 rubles for Yandex. Food (for Honor 30, these are 2000 and 2000 rubles, respectively).

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

The promotion is valid until the end of June, getting a promo code is easy, you can see them in the Member Center app. No activation of the smartphone is required, the code can be found in the application at any time, you only need to have an Internet connection.

The first bell that something was going wrong sounded when I saw couriers with boxes from Coffeemania in the MTS store, happy sellers were picking up their orders. I was interested in this, I was not too lazy to go in and look at the windows, and at the same time I tried to solve the problem of where the consultants got such money from. The answer was found in the conversation - go to the neighbors at the point, they are stupid and did not care about the codes, come up with something and write them off. I'll call them and tell them you're coming. After digging in the stocks, I found one from Honor and everything fell into place. What's more, Honor promoters who operate or verify outlets have been the first to collect codes. The mechanics of the action is such that there is no link to a specific device and its activation, the code can simply be written off. What people began to do, freebie!

Customers who purchased smartphones and did not find their codes (they were happily informed that they were used) began to call the support service, where they were initially refused to provide new ones, and then began to issue them. The story has acquired an unprecedented scale, the codes were almost always activated not by real buyers, but by those who had access to smartphones. One of the participants in the action even shared his experience on condition of anonymity, “We copied codes, ordered food, there is a limit of 1000 rubles in one order, you can order food from anywhere five times. There was a fear that the codes would go bad, my colleague came up with the idea of ​​selling them, for a third of the face value they fly away. I earned 50 thousand rubles in an hour and I am happy as an elephant, a bonus for resourcefulness.

For the “resourceful” it is, of course, a gift, money that fell from the sky. For a manufacturer, this is a significant loss in marketing, when you have to balance between reputational costs, when buyers do not see their gifts, and an additional budget for providing them with codes. Honor temporarily disabled the codes, but then returned them back, apparently the mechanics have somehow changed and now it’s impossible to just pick up the code.

Alas, such stories are not new. Samsung used to give away extra space in Dropbox with its smartphones. Exactly also people went shopping and activated this bun in order to gain as much extra space as possible. But then, nevertheless, the story did not have such a scale, as in the case of Honor. People's love for freebies is ineradicable, and here it manifested itself in full. It's only a pity for buyers who have to spend their time getting these codes again.

Preinstallation of Russian apps, a compromise for Apple in the form of icons

Let me remind you that most smartphone manufacturers are already ready to install Russian applications on smartphones, the relevant law will come into force on January 1, 2021, and this is a prerequisite for any company selling its products in Russia. For Apple, this law is like a bone in the throat and the company is the only one trying to resist it, the entire market has already agreed that everything will be like this now. Some companies already install all the software, that is, they prepared in advance.

Lobbyists are trying to prove that the law is harmful and should be repealed or at least rescheduled. I am not enthusiastic about this law and have repeatedly criticized it, it has many shortcomings and moments that cannot be called thoughtful. The state, represented by the FAS, acts as a lobbyist for Yandex, which is considered not a Dutch company, but exclusively a Russian one. On the other hand, if fines for traffic violations are collected in third countries, then why be surprised? We may not be like that.

But it is important to understand that the market has come to terms with the need to work this way and is ready for it. For Apple, everything is more complicated, since the company has never pre-installed other people's applications, moreover, there are no precedents anywhere in the world when it did it against its will. And if such a Russian experience appears, a Pandora's box will open, each country will want to force Apple to install its applications and indicate what exactly needs to be installed. It is clear why Apple is opposed to this as best they can.

The FAS did not want to aggravate relations with Apple and made a curious compromise, they allowed not to install applications, but to put icons with a link to download them. Moreover, the FAS emphasizes that this was not done in favor of any manufacturer, anyone, not just Apple, can take advantage of this opportunity. I get the feeling that the FAS is very afraid that someone will think that the government agency is acting in favor of Apple. From my observations it follows that there is no such fear regarding Yandex in any form, they will think and think, it's okay.

But think about the very curiosity of the situation - the law on the pre-installation of applications, and the FAS proposes to put icons. Then it was necessary to call it all a preset of icons and applications.

At the moment, there is no technical regulation, and the requirements as such have not been formed. For example, there are budget devices where it is simply not possible to install most of the software - the quality of these devices will deteriorate, it will be difficult to work on them (we are talking about Android Go). They are not highlighted in any way. We need a clear document that will show where icons can be used and where software should be installed. But for the FAS, the creation of such a regulation would mean a responsibility that this department does not want to take on. The political subtext of the law, which was dragged through so quickly and without much discussion, is that this is a medal that specific officials want to receive. But how all this should work in practice is not of particular concern to them.

I have doubts that Apple will be able to ignore the law and will not install applications, read icons. Since in the case of Apple products there is an activation of a smartphone or tablet, an additional window will simply appear where you will be prompted to download such and such applications. And your choice will be whether you need it or not. In my opinion, if this compromise proposed by the FAS becomes extended to the iPhone, then Android smartphone manufacturers will gradually come to this as well, as this is a legal way to avoid installing anything.The lack of a detailed study of the installation regulations is the Achilles' heel of the law and the weakness of the FAS, which is trying to create the appearance of successful work Black in Kenya, on the other hand, do not take any obligations, so that later you will not be responsible for the consequences of your steps. And this is the most unfortunate of the possible positions, one thing is required here - a clear regulation of how and what to put. If the FAS has become lobbyists for Russian software and individual companies, then you need to go all the way. And don't leave it all half way.

Antitrust investigation against Apple and the escalation of the situation

Several investigations have begun in Europe regarding Apple's violation of competition law, in particular, restricting access to its platform for other players, prohibiting the use of other payment systems. And dozens of companies came out against Apple, whom this situation directly affects, those who lose subscribers and money because of this. Against this background, Android looks like the most democratic system in the world, developers can use any payment tools, and not just those provided by Google and Google Pay, there are almost no restrictions. It is clear that the success of Apple and their business model directly depends on the lack of alternatives to their own services - iCloud, the app store, and so on. But the situation is such that companies will have to abandon such practices, sooner or later. As if as a public response, Apple decided to prove and show that their approach has not changed.

The Hey app from the makers of Basecamp is aimed at a wide range of users, costing almost a hundred dollars a year. Apple initially allowed the app on the App Store, but then said it would be removed because it violated the rules. Apple believes that users cannot purchase an app subscription anywhere other than the Apple store and using Apple Pay. Curiously, this rule does not apply to corporate applications.

In fact, we have an example of extortion, when a company dictates to a software supplier how and where he should collect money, does not give any choice. Do you want to be on the Apple platform? Please pay for everything and follow our rules, which force you to use only our solutions.

This business practice is not new, it is many years old and the only thing that distinguishes this story from the past is that there are several investigations against Apple. And the company will not be able to fight them off just as easily and simply, moreover, Apple's positions look frankly weak, since any person understands that the company thus limits competition, closes its devices for software creators. If Apple were smaller, then there would be no questions, but today it is the second platform in the world, even if it is several times smaller than Android. There is also an Android example where everything is implemented differently and better. Apple has little chance of holding out against antitrust authorities, which means their business model will fly into hell. There is no way to avoid this. For us, the victory of the antimonopolists will mean a choice - the cost of applications and services on the Apple platform will decrease, there will be no such horse prices (many iOS applications are noticeably more expensive than those for Android, while inside they are the same).

Microsoft very nicely opposed the rules of the App Store and turned to the US antitrust agency to participate in the investigation against Apple. Today it has become a good tradition to be friends against Apple, and both large corporations and small companies are seen in this. Piece by piece will be torn off the giant.

Pirates in the Xiaomi app store - how and why

Our reader sent an interesting letter, I will quote it in full:

  • GTA San Andreas
  • Terraria
  • Human fan flat.

We ran through the Xiaomi app store and found out that indeed many games that are paid in the Play Store are offered here, at first glance, completely free of charge.

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But after looking at them carefully, we found out that these are either pirated versions or applications in which additional mods are sewn, in particular, the collection of information about users. How did they get into the store? The answer lies on the surface, application moderation in Xiaomi is very conditional and almost anyone can place applications, including other people's applications, including those where unpleasant surprises are added. Those applications that we listed in the request to Xiaomi were promised to be withdrawn, but how many other similar applications are there? I don’t know, but there are clearly not one or two of them.

The root of the problem is clear, this is the lack of sane moderation. But most importantly, the absence of any punishment for such tricks. In the same Google, not only the developer's account is blocked, but in the future you can change accounts, try to pretend to be someone else, the result will be exactly the same - blocking. Samsung's app store has an even tougher check for Trojans, although most of the apps come from well-known developers. Xiaomi thought that it was possible to save money.

What advice can you give here? In my opinion, you should refrain from using the Xiaomi play store, as this is a potential threat to your smartphone. You will not know where and how your data is leaking, what exactly is happening. By downloading something from this store, you yourself can bypass the built-in protection in Android, since you trust the store, and it will let you down. It is clear that having a staff of moderators, seriously checking all applications is expensive. But on the other hand, why get into this territory if you can’t do it well?

For a loyal audience of Xiaomi, this fact is indifferent, it will not change the attitude towards the brand. But it is important to know about this, as this is a huge hole in the security of the device, which almost no one knows about. Be careful.

Huawei forgiven and 5G never to be forgotten

Passion around 5G continues to boil, and one gets the feeling that this is the same hot topic as changing the words that offend certain nationalities. I don’t know why, for the Inuit, they decided that the Eskimo word is offensive, as well as the name of popsicle ice cream. Exactly 99 years this name existed, now it will not be. Idiocy is progressing before our eyes, and the larger the company, the greater the number of mentally ill people it is able to accept due to the diversity and variety of employees. An anecdote about a one-legged black man, which, moreover, takes on a new shape as a gay.

The news spread around the world that America has forgiven Huawei and allowed American companies to work with them. But as always, there are nuances that are lost behind loud headlines. So no one was forgiven, and threats against Huawei only sound louder and louder, in addition to threats, remarkable efforts are being made to destroy the Chinese flagship in telecom, and not only him. The trade war is in full swing.

The problem with the US is overconfidence. Officials fed on Hollywood films and publications, which they themselves ordered as part of propaganda, begin to believe that the mechanism of sanctions not only works, but is an analogue of a huge club that tears the enemy to shreds, pounding him to the very top of the head into the ground. The problem is that they really believed in it and cannot even admit the thought that something is going wrong. Remember how Obama said that the Russian economy was “torn to shreds”, because then he sincerely said it and believed in it. Approximately the same thing happened throughout the year regarding Huawei, officials in the United States sincerely believed that just about, a little more, this company would ask for mercy, pay multibillion-dollar compensation, and then confess all sins and then it would be possible to celebrate victory. It didn't happen.

Moreover, it suddenly turned out that sanctions do not work, but create a counterbalance to American companies, Huawei's drift from US IT developments was imperceptible at first, but now all efforts are directed towards this and the company is succeeding, step by step, it is becoming independent from major technology giants. But the world, on the contrary, depends on Huawei infrastructure solutions, everything is exactly the opposite here. For example, in the UK, there is a struggle to ensure that operators in this country can use Huawei equipment. The closest ally in the face of the United States is making every effort to prevent this from happening, but firstly, such equipment is profitable and has no analogues. Secondly, Huawei knows how to interest countries, so near Cambridge the company laid the foundation for the development of chips, worth 400 million pounds. America, on the other hand, forbids, but gives nothing in return - fraternally refuse money, contracts and live in poverty as best you can. The difference in approaches is obvious.

This year another trouble happened. By banning any communication between American companies and Huawei, the US government automatically deleted its own companies from all committees for standardizing both 5G and the development of next generations of communications. That is, during the year, Huawei's influence increased and the company de facto took on a decisive role in how it sees new networks. A year later, I had to make a special reservation that it was necessary to work on the standards, you couldn’t give them to the Chinese. It sounds ridiculous, since this is the very case when the officials did not think about the next step, they did not think about the consequences at all. They took out a club, hit the enemy with all their might and expected him to die. How! Is Huawei torn to shreds? No. And it is unlikely to happen.

The main effort for the United States is to compromise 5G as a technology, an attempt to slow down development in Europe in order to weaken its potential competitor. A huge amount of money is being spent on the campaign to explain the dangers of 5G, this is done so that people from below put pressure on officials and refuse new generation networks. And any information that shows movement in this direction is presented as some kind of achievement. For example, in Switzerland, the cantons received clarifications from the government regarding 5G, which the press immediately dubbed bans on the construction of such networks. The Swiss Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to the cantons with recommendations on the use of 5G antennas. There were no prohibitions in it, and there could not be.

Imagine for a moment that the Ministry of Agriculture suddenly sends a letter to Russian governors discussing new communication standards and the potential impact of these standards on crops. In the yellow press, of course, various crazy ideas and headlines can match them:

  • Agrarians uncover 5G conspiracy
  • 5G kills not only bees, but also grain
  • The Ministry of Agriculture is afraid of 5G

You can generate a lot of this kind of nonsense. And this is what those who want to stop the development of technology are doing in Europe today, all the current problems are attributed to 5G. I really liked the conspiracy theory in one of the American forums, it clearly illustrates the state of mind today. I will give a brief retelling - robberies, demonstrations in the USA are a consequence of the fact that Verizon began to develop 5G. Until that moment, the country lived quietly, but as soon as the first 5G base stations appeared, everything went awry.

And you know what's scary? That there are a lot of supporters of this nonsense, people think it is logical and explains everything. The enemy has been found and if 5G is defeated, then an idyll will come. Militant ignorance spills out.

I don't know about you, but I think that the popsicle has definitely suffered undeservedly, and 5G is next in line. In the US, someone will definitely come up with a bright idea to defeat Huawei by renaming 5G and calling it something else. So that everyone knows for sure that the US is superior to China in everything, even in technology. I suspect that the most obvious thing is to create your own protocols for 5G, but for political reasons, call it 6G. Why be petty? Even Eric Schmidt shared his “knowledge” that Huawei is following American companies, but he did not provide any evidence of this, like all people before him. It seems he decided to go into politics, otherwise why would he?

The world is qualitatively off the rails, people refuse to think and spread heresy as if it were the ultimate truth. And 5G is a convenient thing for expressing your ideas about how our world works. Some even forget about the back of the whale on which the turtles stand and immediately say that the earth is flat. In our country, such educated people also appeared in abundance, which awakens a chill running down the back. It is scary to see how quickly such people appear and how boldly they express their point of view. He grumbled and, believing that he had done his job, spoke about what was happening in the 5G world. Therefore, when you see something about the harm of technology, prohibitions, and the like, try to find the original source and read what they write about it.

P.S. WWDC will take place in the evening, where they will show widgets for the desktop in IOS and possibly, but this is not certain, they will talk about ARM processors for the MacBook. Come read about all the announcements on Tuesday, I think there will be a lot of topics for discussion. But I don’t expect any breakthrough and revolutions, the wrong company and the wrong opportunities. The next breakthrough product at Apple is promised in 2022, it will be a new category - VR glasses. Another approach to the projectile. But so far, Apple has not been able to create anything over the years, it lives on the developments made during the time of Steve Jobs and around the iPhone.

Have a nice working week. Good luck and good mood, be cheerful and cheerful.

Spillikins №595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

After quarantine, life is quickly returning to normal, although something becomes completely different, terraces and waiters in masks and gloves have opened in Moscow, visitors, of course, without them. In some places, the usual menu has been replaced by QR codes on the tables, where you can see the menu with photos, this is an attempt to minimize the likelihood of the spread of infection. The menu is perhaps the only element that you touch with other people and they still don’t know how to disinfect it, the paper will quickly become unusable. Somewhere there are plastic menus, which is also an option.

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Rejection of cash leads to the fact that tips are not left for waiters, or they are paid impersonally, as a result, round sums are left for tea, which are shown on the screen - 100, 200 rubles and so on. The absence of the name of the waiter, a common wallet for the entire restaurant, makes the tip impersonal and many people do not like it. The waiters say that tips have dropped sharply, they have been minimal all this week.

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But looking at the people who filled the streets of Moscow, the absence of not only masks, but also the minimum distance between strangers, you understand that all these measures are becoming very conditional. Surprisingly, exactly the same people seek to protect themselves from potential danger. One of the observations that I did not check with numbers was the disappearance of crowds in the subway and public transport, although there are noticeable traffic jams on the roads, which are not very typical for summer. In taxis, drivers say they see an influx of new customers, those who have never used a taxi before. A few taxi drivers noticed a curious thing - such people do not always have the opportunity to travel by taxi, for them it is an expensive way to travel. But they choose a taxi, since the probability of catching an infection is lower, and they don’t want to save on health, fully understanding their risks. And the whole chain looks interesting - someone first started using a more or less constantly taxi, someone changed economy to comfort, or comfort to business. And everywhere behind the decision is exactly the same idea - the passability of a taxi is lower than that of public transport, which means it's better. Changing the economy to other tariffs carries exactly the same component. It is impossible to say that the majority does this, this is a small part of the inhabitants of Moscow, but it is clearly enough for a taxi and filling it with passengers.

Restrictions on the number of visitors have disappeared in stores, no one controls this moment anymore, gloves have disappeared from a mandatory element of visiting, security in stores turns a blind eye to those who do not use them. And the lack of masks often does not become an obstacle to visiting, plus many wear them on their chins - formally there are masks, in fact they are meaningless.

In the US, part of the Apple Store is closing again as the epidemic continues and the number of cases grows again, this is a good characterization of the current situation. It surprises me that the end of the quarantine has destroyed all fears, as if they turned off any danger and people, having taken to the streets, forgot that there is a risk of getting sick. It looks like a strange game in which someone is worried about what is happening, but most simply consider it temporary annoyances and difficulties. The market has actually returned to normal life, stores are working as before and this is clearly seen in sales. But the number of scammers has also grown, which come up with various ways to deceive people. Any crisis removes many restrictions and fears, people indulge in all serious, be careful. And we will begin our issue with the history of the great collection of promotional codes. Let's go!

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Honor promo codes or how to “earn” 50 thousand rubles per hour

It often happens that companies come up with attractive goodies for buyers of their products, but do not think about the mechanics and in the end everything turns into a strange thing. Honor came up with an excellent marketing campaign to promote their flagships, buyers of Honor 30/30 Pro receive three films from Kinopoisk, a subscription to Yandex.Plus for three months, but also 5,000 rubles for trips to Yandex.Taxi, as well as 5,000 rubles for Yandex. Food (for Honor 30, these are 2000 and 2000 rubles, respectively).

Spikers #595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

The promotion is valid until the end of June, getting a promo code is easy, you can see them in the Member Center app. No activation of the smartphone is required, the code can be found in the application at any time, you only need to have an Internet connection.

The first bell that something was going wrong sounded when I saw couriers with boxes from Coffeemania in the MTS store, happy sellers were picking up their orders. I was interested in this, I was not too lazy to go in and look at the windows, and at the same time I tried to solve the problem of where the consultants got such money from. The answer was found in the conversation - go to the neighbors at the point, they are stupid and did not care about the codes, come up with something and write them off. I'll call them and tell them you're coming. After digging in the stocks, I found one from Honor and everything fell into place. What's more, Honor promoters who operate or verify outlets have been the first to collect codes. The mechanics of the action is such that there is no link to a specific device and its activation, the code can simply be written off. What people began to do, freebie!

Customers who purchased smartphones and did not find their codes (they were happily informed that they were used) began to call the support service, where they were initially refused to provide new ones, and then began to issue them. The story has acquired an unprecedented scale, the codes were almost always activated not by real buyers, but by those who had access to smartphones. One of the participants in the action even shared his experience on condition of anonymity, “We copied codes, ordered food, there is a limit of 1000 rubles in one order, you can order food from anywhere five times. There was a fear that the codes would go bad, my colleague came up with the idea of ​​selling them, for a third of the face value they fly away. I earned 50 thousand rubles in an hour and I am happy as an elephant, a bonus for resourcefulness.

For the “resourceful” it is, of course, a gift, money that fell from the sky. For a manufacturer, this is a significant loss in marketing, when you have to balance between reputational costs, when buyers do not see their gifts, and an additional budget for providing them with codes. Honor temporarily disabled the codes, but then returned them back, apparently the mechanics have somehow changed and now it’s impossible to just pick up the code.

Alas, such stories are not new. Samsung used to give away extra space in Dropbox with its smartphones. Exactly also people went shopping and activated this bun in order to gain as much extra space as possible. But then, nevertheless, the story did not have such a scale, as in the case of Honor. People's love for freebies is ineradicable, and here it manifested itself in full. It's only a pity for buyers who have to spend their time getting these codes again.

Preinstallation of Russian apps, a compromise for Apple in the form of icons

Let me remind you that most smartphone manufacturers are already ready to install Russian applications on smartphones, the relevant law will come into force on January 1, 2021, and this is a prerequisite for any company selling its products in Russia. For Apple, this law is like a bone in the throat and the company is the only one trying to resist it, the entire market has already agreed that everything will be like this now. Some companies already install all the software, that is, they prepared in advance.

Lobbyists are trying to prove that the law is harmful and should be repealed or at least rescheduled. I am not enthusiastic about this law and have repeatedly criticized it, it has many shortcomings and moments that cannot be called thoughtful. The state, represented by the FAS, acts as a lobbyist for Yandex, which is considered not a Dutch company, but exclusively a Russian one. On the other hand, if fines for traffic violations are collected in third countries, then why be surprised? We may not be like that.

But it is important to understand that the market has come to terms with the need to work this way and is ready for it. For Apple, everything is more complicated, since the company has never pre-installed other people's applications, moreover, there are no precedents anywhere in the world when it did it against its will. And if such a Russian experience appears, a Pandora's box will open, each country will want to force Apple to install its applications and indicate what exactly needs to be installed. It is clear why Apple is opposed to this as best they can.

The FAS did not want to aggravate relations with Apple and made a curious compromise, they allowed not to install applications, but to put icons with a link to download them. Moreover, the FAS emphasizes that this was not done in favor of any manufacturer, anyone, not just Apple, can take advantage of this opportunity. I get the feeling that the FAS is very afraid that someone will think that the government agency is acting in favor of Apple. From my observations it follows that there is no such fear regarding Yandex in any form, they will think and think, it's okay.

But think about the very curiosity of the situation - the law on the pre-installation of applications, and the FAS proposes to put icons. Then it was necessary to call it all a preset of icons and applications.

At the moment, there is no technical regulation, and the requirements as such have not been formed. For example, there are budget devices where it is simply not possible to install most of the software - the quality of these devices will deteriorate, it will be difficult to work on them (we are talking about Android Go). They are not highlighted in any way. We need a clear document that will show where icons can be used and where software should be installed. But for the FAS, the creation of such a regulation would mean a responsibility that this department does not want to take on. The political subtext of the law, which was dragged through so quickly and without much discussion, is that this is a medal that specific officials want to receive. But how all this should work in practice is not of particular concern to them.

I have doubts that Apple will be able to ignore the law and will not install applications, read icons. Since in the case of Apple products there is an activation of a smartphone or tablet, an additional window will simply appear where you will be prompted to download such and such applications. And your choice will be whether you need it or not. In my opinion, if this compromise proposed by the FAS becomes extended to the iPhone, then Android smartphone manufacturers will gradually come to this as well, as this is a legal way to avoid installing anything.The lack of a detailed study of the installation regulations is the Achilles' heel of the law and the weakness of the FAS, which is trying to create the appearance of successful work Black in Kenya, on the other hand, do not take any obligations, so that later you will not be responsible for the consequences of your steps. And this is the most unfortunate of the possible positions, one thing is required here - a clear regulation of how and what to put. If the FAS has become lobbyists for Russian software and individual companies, then you need to go all the way. And don't leave it all half way.

Antitrust investigation against Apple and the escalation of the situation

Several investigations have begun in Europe regarding Apple's violation of competition law, in particular, restricting access to its platform for other players, prohibiting the use of other payment systems. And dozens of companies came out against Apple, whom this situation directly affects, those who lose subscribers and money because of this. Against this background, Android looks like the most democratic system in the world, developers can use any payment tools, and not just those provided by Google and Google Pay, there are almost no restrictions. It is clear that the success of Apple and their business model directly depends on the lack of alternatives to their own services - iCloud, the app store, and so on. But the situation is such that companies will have to abandon such practices, sooner or later. As if as a public response, Apple decided to prove and show that their approach has not changed.

The Hey app from the makers of Basecamp is aimed at a wide range of users, costing almost a hundred dollars a year. Apple initially allowed the app on the App Store, but then said it would be removed because it violated the rules. Apple believes that users cannot purchase an app subscription anywhere other than the Apple store and using Apple Pay. Curiously, this rule does not apply to corporate applications.

In fact, we have an example of extortion, when a company dictates to a software supplier how and where he should collect money, does not give any choice. Do you want to be on the Apple platform? Please pay for everything and follow our rules, which force you to use only our solutions.

This business practice is not new, it is many years old and the only thing that distinguishes this story from the past is that there are several investigations against Apple. And the company will not be able to fight them off just as easily and simply, moreover, Apple's positions look frankly weak, since any person understands that the company thus limits competition, closes its devices for software creators. If Apple were smaller, then there would be no questions, but today it is the second platform in the world, even if it is several times smaller than Android. There is also an Android example where everything is implemented differently and better. Apple has little chance of holding out against antitrust authorities, which means their business model will fly into hell. There is no way to avoid this. For us, the victory of the antimonopolists will mean a choice - the cost of applications and services on the Apple platform will decrease, there will be no such horse prices (many iOS applications are noticeably more expensive than those for Android, while inside they are the same).

Microsoft very nicely opposed the rules of the App Store and turned to the US antitrust agency to participate in the investigation against Apple. Today it has become a good tradition to be friends against Apple, and both large corporations and small companies are seen in this. Piece by piece will be torn off the giant.

Pirates in the Xiaomi app store - how and why

Our reader sent an interesting letter, I will quote it in full:

  • GTA San Andreas
  • Terraria
  • Human fan flat.

We ran through the Xiaomi app store and found out that indeed many games that are paid in the Play Store are offered here, at first glance, completely free of charge.

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But after looking at them carefully, we found out that these are either pirated versions or applications in which additional mods are sewn, in particular, the collection of information about users. How did they get into the store? The answer lies on the surface, the moderation of applications in Xiaomi is very conditional and almost anyone can place applications, including other people's applications, including those where unpleasant surprises are added. Those applications that we listed in the request to Xiaomi were promised to be withdrawn, but how many other similar applications are there? I don’t know, but there are clearly not one or two of them.

The root of the problem is clear, this is the lack of sane moderation. But most importantly, the absence of any punishment for such tricks. In the same Google, not only the developer's account is blocked, but in the future you can change accounts, try to pretend to be someone else, the result will be exactly the same - blocking. Samsung's app store has an even tougher check for Trojans, although most of the apps come from well-known developers. Xiaomi thought that it was possible to save money.

What advice can you give here? In my opinion, you should refrain from using the Xiaomi play store, as this is a potential threat to your smartphone. You will not know where and how your data is leaking, what exactly is happening. By downloading something from this store, you yourself can bypass the built-in protection in Android, since you trust the store, and it will let you down. It is clear that having a staff of moderators, seriously checking all applications is expensive. But on the other hand, why get into this territory if you can’t do it well?

For a loyal audience of Xiaomi, this fact is indifferent, it will not change the attitude towards the brand. But it's important to be aware of this, as it's a huge security hole in the device that almost no one knows about. Be careful.

Huawei forgiven and 5G never to be forgotten

Passion around 5G continues to boil, and one gets the feeling that this is the same hot topic as changing the words that offend certain nationalities. I don’t know why, for the Inuit, they decided that the Eskimo word is offensive, as well as the name of popsicle ice cream. Exactly 99 years this name existed, now it will not be. Idiocy is progressing before our eyes, and the larger the company, the greater the number of mentally ill people it is able to accept due to the diversity and variety of employees. An anecdote about a one-legged black man, which, moreover, takes on a new shape as a gay.

The news spread around the world that America has forgiven Huawei and allowed American companies to work with them. But as always, there are nuances that are lost behind loud headlines. So no one was forgiven, and threats against Huawei only sound louder and louder, in addition to threats, remarkable efforts are being made to destroy the Chinese flagship in telecom, and not only him. The trade war is in full swing.

The problem with the US is overconfidence. Officials fed on Hollywood films and publications, which they themselves ordered as part of propaganda, begin to believe that the mechanism of sanctions not only works, but is an analogue of a huge club that tears the enemy to shreds, pounding him to the very top of the head into the ground. The problem is that they really believed in it and cannot even admit the thought that something is going wrong. Remember how Obama said that the Russian economy was “torn to shreds”, because then he sincerely said it and believed in it. Approximately the same thing happened throughout the year regarding Huawei, officials in the United States sincerely believed that just about, a little more, this company would ask for mercy, pay multibillion-dollar compensation, and then confess all sins and then it would be possible to celebrate victory. It didn't happen.

Moreover, it suddenly turned out that sanctions do not work, but create a counterbalance to American companies, Huawei’s drift from US IT developments was imperceptible at first, but now all efforts are directed towards this and the company is succeeding, step by step, it is becoming independent from major technology giants. But the world, on the contrary, depends on Huawei infrastructure solutions, everything is exactly the opposite here. For example, in the UK, there is a struggle to ensure that operators in this country can use Huawei equipment. The closest ally in the face of the United States is making every effort to prevent this from happening, but firstly, such equipment is profitable and has no analogues. Secondly, Huawei knows how to interest countries, so near Cambridge the company laid the foundation for the development of chips, worth 400 million pounds. America, on the other hand, forbids, but gives nothing in return - fraternally refuse money, contracts and live in poverty as best you can. The difference in approaches is obvious.

This year another trouble happened. By banning any communication between American companies and Huawei, the US government automatically deleted its own companies from all committees for standardizing both 5G and the development of next generations of communication. That is, during the year, Huawei's influence increased and the company de facto took on a decisive role in how it sees new networks. A year later, I had to make a special reservation that it was necessary to work on the standards, you couldn’t give them to the Chinese. It sounds ridiculous, since this is the very case when the officials did not think about the next step, they did not think about the consequences at all. They took out a club, hit the enemy with all their might and expected him to die. How! Is Huawei torn to shreds? No. And it is unlikely to happen.

The main effort for the United States is to compromise 5G as a technology, an attempt to slow down development in Europe in order to weaken its potential competitor. A huge amount of money is being spent on the campaign to explain the dangers of 5G, this is done so that people from below put pressure on officials and refuse new generation networks. And any information that shows movement in this direction is presented as some kind of achievement. For example, in Switzerland, the cantons received clarifications from the government regarding 5G, which the press immediately dubbed bans on the construction of such networks. The Swiss Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to the cantons with recommendations on the use of 5G antennas. There were no prohibitions in it, and there could not be.

Imagine for a moment that the Ministry of Agriculture suddenly sends a letter to Russian governors discussing new communication standards and the potential impact of these standards on crops. In the yellow press, of course, various crazy ideas and headlines can match them:

  • Agrarians uncover 5G conspiracy
  • 5G kills not only bees, but also grain
  • The Ministry of Agriculture is afraid of 5G

You can generate a lot of this kind of nonsense. And this is what those who want to stop the development of technology are doing in Europe today, all the current problems are attributed to 5G. I really liked the conspiracy theory in one of the American forums, it clearly illustrates the state of mind today. I will give a brief retelling - robberies, demonstrations in the USA are a consequence of the fact that Verizon began to develop 5G. Until that moment, the country lived quietly, but as soon as the first 5G base stations appeared, everything went awry.

And you know what's scary? That there are a lot of supporters of this nonsense, people think it is logical and explains everything. The enemy has been found and if 5G is defeated, then an idyll will come. Militant ignorance spills out.

I don't know about you, but I think that the popsicle has definitely suffered undeservedly, and 5G is next in line. In the US, someone will definitely come up with a bright idea to defeat Huawei by renaming 5G and calling it something else. So that everyone knows for sure that the US is superior to China in everything, even in technology. I suspect that the most obvious thing is to create your own protocols for 5G, but for political reasons, call it 6G. Why be petty? Even Eric Schmidt shared his “knowledge” that Huawei is following American companies, but he did not provide any evidence of this, like all people before him. It seems he decided to go into politics, otherwise why would he?

The world is qualitatively off the rails, people refuse to think and spread heresy as if it were the ultimate truth. And 5G is a convenient thing for expressing your ideas about how our world works. Some even forget about the back of the whale on which the turtles stand and immediately say that the earth is flat. In our country, such educated people also appeared in abundance, which awakens a chill running down the back. It is scary to see how quickly such people appear and how boldly they express their point of view. He grumbled and, believing that he had done his job, spoke about what was happening in the 5G world. Therefore, when you see something about the harm of technology, prohibitions, and the like, try to find the original source and read what they write about it.

P.S. WWDC will take place in the evening, where they will show widgets for the desktop in IOS and possibly, but this is not certain, they will talk about ARM processors for the MacBook. Come read about all the announcements on Tuesday, I think there will be a lot of topics for discussion. But I don’t expect any breakthrough and revolutions, the wrong company and the wrong opportunities. The next breakthrough product at Apple is promised in 2022, it will be a new category - VR glasses. Another approach to the projectile. But so far, Apple has not been able to create anything over the years, it lives on the developments made during the time of Steve Jobs and around the iPhone.

Have a nice working week. Good luck and good mood, be cheerful and cheerful.

Spillikins №595. Pirates in the Xiaomi store - why and how

After quarantine, life is quickly returning to normal, although something becomes completely different, terraces and waiters in masks and gloves have opened in Moscow, visitors, of course, without them. In some places, the usual menu has been replaced by QR codes on the tables, where you can see the menu with photos, this is an attempt to minimize the likelihood of the spread of infection. The menu is perhaps the only element that you touch with other people and they still don’t know how to disinfect it, the paper will quickly become unusable. Somewhere there are plastic menus, which is also an option.

Rejection of cash leads to the fact that tips are not left for waiters, or they are paid impersonally, as a result, round sums are left for tea, which are shown on the screen - 100, 200 rubles and so on. The absence of the name of the waiter, a common wallet for the entire restaurant, makes the tip impersonal and many people do not like it. The waiters say that tips have dropped sharply, they have been minimal all this week.

But looking at the people who filled the streets of Moscow, the absence of not only masks, but also the minimum distance between strangers, you understand that all these measures are becoming very conditional. Surprisingly, exactly the same people seek to protect themselves from potential danger. One of the observations that I did not check with numbers was the disappearance of crowds in the subway and public transport, although there are noticeable traffic jams on the roads, which are not very typical for summer. In taxis, drivers say they see an influx of new customers, those who have never used a taxi before. A few taxi drivers noticed a curious thing - such people do not always have the opportunity to travel by taxi, for them it is an expensive way to travel. But they choose a taxi, since the probability of catching an infection is lower, and they don’t want to save on health, fully understanding their risks. And the whole chain looks interesting - someone first started using a more or less constantly taxi, someone changed economy to comfort, or comfort to business. And everywhere behind the decision is exactly the same idea - the passability of a taxi is lower than that of public transport, which means it's better. Changing the economy to other tariffs carries exactly the same component. It is impossible to say that the majority does this, this is a small part of the inhabitants of Moscow, but it is clearly enough for a taxi and filling it with passengers.

Restrictions on the number of visitors have disappeared in stores, no one controls this moment anymore, gloves have disappeared from a mandatory element of visiting, security in stores turns a blind eye to those who do not use them. And the lack of masks often does not become an obstacle to visiting, plus many wear them on their chins - formally there are masks, in fact they are meaningless.

In the US, part of the Apple Store is closing again as the epidemic continues and the number of cases grows again, this is a good characterization of the current situation. It surprises me that the end of the quarantine has destroyed all fears, as if they turned off any danger and people, having taken to the streets, forgot that there is a risk of getting sick. It looks like a strange game in which someone is worried about what is happening, but most simply consider it temporary annoyances and difficulties. The market has actually returned to normal life, stores are working as before and this is clearly seen in sales. But the number of scammers has also grown, which come up with various ways to deceive people. Any crisis removes many restrictions and fears, people indulge in all serious, be careful. And we will begin our issue with the history of the great collection of promotional codes. Let's go!

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Honor promo codes or how to “earn” 50 thousand rubles per hour

It often happens that companies come up with attractive goodies for buyers of their products, but do not think about the mechanics and in the end everything turns into a strange thing. Honor came up with an excellent marketing campaign to promote their flagships, buyers of Honor 30/30 Pro receive three films from Kinopoisk, a subscription to Yandex.Plus for three months, but also 5,000 rubles for trips to Yandex.Taxi, as well as 5,000 rubles for Yandex. Food (for Honor 30, these are 2000 and 2000 rubles, respectively).

The promotion is valid until the end of June, getting a promo code is easy, you can see them in the Member Center app. No activation of the smartphone is required, the code can be found in the application at any time, you only need to have an Internet connection.

The first bell that something was going wrong sounded when I saw couriers with boxes from Coffeemania in the MTS store, happy sellers were picking up their orders. I was interested in this, I was not too lazy to go in and look at the windows, and at the same time I tried to solve the problem of where the consultants got such money from. The answer was found in the conversation - go to the neighbors at the point, they are stupid and did not care about the codes, come up with something and write them off. I'll call them and tell them you're coming. After rummaging through the stocks, I found one from Honor and everything fell into place. What's more, Honor promoters who operate or verify outlets have been the first to collect codes. The mechanics of the action is such that there is no link to a specific device and its activation, the code can simply be written off. What people began to do, freebie!

Customers who purchased smartphones and did not find their codes (they were happily informed that they were used) began to call the support service, where they were initially refused to provide new ones, and then began to issue them. The story has acquired an unprecedented scale, the codes were almost always activated not by real buyers, but by those who had access to smartphones. One of the participants in the action even shared his experience on condition of anonymity, “We copied codes, ordered food, there is a limit of 1000 rubles in one order, you can order food from anywhere five times. There was a fear that the codes would go bad, my colleague came up with the idea of ​​selling them, for a third of the face value they fly away. I earned 50 thousand rubles in an hour and I am happy as an elephant, a bonus for resourcefulness.

For the “resourceful” it is, of course, a gift, money that fell from the sky. For a manufacturer, this is a significant loss in marketing, when you have to balance between reputational costs, when buyers do not see their gifts, and an additional budget for providing them with codes. Honor temporarily disabled the codes, but then returned them back, apparently the mechanics have somehow changed and now it’s impossible to just pick up the code.

Alas, such stories are not new. Samsung used to give away extra space in Dropbox with its smartphones. Exactly also people went shopping and activated this bun in order to gain as much extra space as possible. But then, nevertheless, the story did not have such a scale, as in the case of Honor. People's love for freebies is ineradicable, and here it manifested itself in full. It's only a pity for buyers who have to spend their time getting these codes again.

Preinstallation of Russian apps, a compromise for Apple in the form of icons

Let me remind you that most smartphone manufacturers are already ready to install Russian applications on smartphones, the relevant law will come into force on January 1, 2021, and this is a prerequisite for any company selling its products in Russia. For Apple, this law is like a bone in the throat and the company is the only one trying to resist it, the entire market has already agreed that everything will be like this now. Some companies already install all the software, that is, they prepared in advance.

Lobbyists are trying to prove that the law is harmful and should be repealed or at least rescheduled. I am not enthusiastic about this law and have repeatedly criticized it, it has many shortcomings and moments that cannot be called thoughtful. The state, represented by the FAS, acts as a lobbyist for Yandex, which is considered not a Dutch company, but exclusively a Russian one. On the other hand, if fines for traffic violations are collected in third countries, then why be surprised? We may not be like that.

But it is important to understand that the market has come to terms with the need to work this way and is ready for it. For Apple, everything is more complicated, since the company has never pre-installed other people's applications, moreover, there are no precedents anywhere in the world when it did it against its will. And if such a Russian experience appears, a Pandora's box will open, each country will want to force Apple to install its applications and indicate what exactly needs to be installed. It is clear why Apple is opposed to this as best they can.

The FAS did not want to aggravate relations with Apple and made a curious compromise, they allowed not to install applications, but to put icons with a link to download them. Moreover, the FAS emphasizes that this was not done in favor of any manufacturer, anyone, not just Apple, can take advantage of this opportunity. I get the feeling that the FAS is very afraid that someone will think that the government agency is acting in favor of Apple. From my observations it follows that there is no such fear regarding Yandex in any form, they will think and think, it's okay.

But think about the very curiosity of the situation - the law on the pre-installation of applications, and the FAS proposes to put icons. Then it was necessary to call it all a preset of icons and applications.

At the moment, there is no technical regulation, and the requirements as such have not been formed. For example, there are budget devices where it is simply not possible to install most of the software - the quality of these devices will deteriorate, it will be difficult to work on them (we are talking about Android Go). They are not highlighted in any way. We need a clear document that will show where icons can be used, and where software should be installed. But for the FAS, the creation of such a regulation will mean responsibility that this agency does not want to take on. The political subtext of the law, which was dragged through so quickly and without much discussion, is that this is a medal that specific officials want to receive. But how all this should work in practice is not of particular concern to them.

I have doubts that Apple will be able to ignore the law and will not install applications, read icons. Since in the case of Apple products there is an activation of a smartphone or tablet, an additional window will simply appear where you will be prompted to download such and such applications. And already your choice will be whether you need it or not. In my opinion, if this compromise proposed by the FAS becomes extended to the iPhone, then Android smartphone manufacturers will gradually come to this as well, as this is a legal way to avoid installing anything.The lack of a detailed study of the installation regulations is the Achilles' heel of the law and the weakness of the FAS, which is trying to create the appearance of the successful operation of Blackberry Priv 32Gb Black in Kenya, on the other hand, not to take any obligations, so as not to be responsible for the consequences of their steps. And this is the most unfortunate of the possible positions, one thing is required here - a clear regulation of how and what to put. If the FAS has become lobbyists for Russian software and individual companies, then you need to go all the way. And don't leave it all half way.

I have doubts that Apple will be able to ignore the law and will not install applications, read icons. Since in the case of Apple products there is an activation of a smartphone or tablet, an additional window will simply appear where you will be prompted to download such and such applications. And already your choice will be whether you need it or not. In my opinion, if this compromise proposed by the FAS becomes extended to the iPhone, then Android smartphone manufacturers will gradually come to this as well, as this is a legal way to avoid installing anything. The lack of a detailed study of the installation regulations is the Achilles heel of the law and the weakness of the FAS, which is trying to create the appearance of successful work Blackberry Priv 32Gb Black in Kenya Blackberry Priv 32Gb Black in Kenya , on the other hand, do not take any obligations, so that later you will not be responsible for the consequences of your steps. And this is the most unfortunate of the possible positions, one thing is required here - a clear regulation of how and what to put. If the FAS has become lobbyists for Russian software and individual companies, then you need to go all the way. Don't leave it all half way.

Antitrust investigation against Apple and the escalation of the situation

Several investigations have begun in Europe regarding Apple's violation of competition law, in particular, restricting access to its platform for other players, prohibiting the use of other payment systems. And dozens of companies came out against Apple, whom this situation directly affects, those who lose subscribers and money because of this. Against this background, Android looks like the most democratic system in the world, developers can use any payment tools, and not just those provided by Google and Google Pay, there are almost no restrictions. It is clear that the success of Apple and their business model directly depends on the lack of alternatives to their own services - iCloud, the app store, and so on. But the situation is such that companies will have to abandon such practices, sooner or later. As if as a public response, Apple decided to prove and show that their approach has not changed.

The Hey app from the makers of Basecamp is aimed at a wide range of users, costing almost a hundred dollars a year. Apple initially allowed the app on the App Store, but then said it would be removed because it violated the rules. Apple believes that users cannot purchase an app subscription anywhere other than the Apple store and using Apple Pay. Curiously, this rule does not apply to corporate applications.

In fact, we have an example of extortion, when a company dictates to a software supplier how and where he should collect money, does not give any choice. Do you want to be on the Apple platform? Please pay for everything and follow our rules, which force you to use only our solutions.

This business practice is not new, it is many years old and the only thing that distinguishes this story from the past is that there are several investigations against Apple. And the company will not be able to fight them off just as easily and simply, moreover, Apple's positions look frankly weak, since any person understands that the company thus limits competition, closes its devices for software creators. If Apple were smaller, then there would be no questions, but today it is the second platform in the world, even if it is several times smaller than Android. There is also an Android example where everything is implemented differently and better. Apple has little chance of holding out against antitrust authorities, which means their business model will fly into hell. There is no way to avoid this. For us, the victory of the antimonopolists will mean a choice - the cost of applications and services on the Apple platform will decrease, there will be no such horse prices (many iOS applications are noticeably more expensive than those for Android, while inside they are the same).

Microsoft very nicely opposed the rules of the App Store and turned to the US antitrust agency to participate in the investigation against Apple. Today it has become a good tradition to be friends against Apple, and both large corporations and small companies are seen in this. Piece by piece will be torn off the giant.

Pirates in the Xiaomi app store - how and why

Our reader sent an interesting letter, I will quote it in full:

  • GTA San Andreas
  • Terraria
  • Human fan flat.

We ran through the Xiaomi app store and found out that indeed many games that are paid in the Play Store are offered here, at first glance, completely free of charge.

But after looking at them carefully, we found out that these are either pirated versions or applications in which additional mods are sewn, in particular, the collection of information about users. How did they get into the store? The answer lies on the surface, the moderation of applications in Xiaomi is very conditional and almost anyone can place applications, including other people's applications, including those where unpleasant surprises are added. Those applications that we listed in the request to Xiaomi were promised to be withdrawn, but how many other similar applications are there? I don’t know, but there are clearly not one or two of them.

The root of the problem is clear, this is the lack of sane moderation. But most importantly, the absence of any punishment for such tricks. In the same Google, not only the developer's account is blocked, but in the future you can change accounts, try to pretend to be someone else, the result will be exactly the same - blocking. Samsung's app store has an even tougher check for Trojans, although most of the apps come from well-known developers. Xiaomi thought that it was possible to save money.

What advice can you give here? In my opinion, you should refrain from using the Xiaomi play store, as this is a potential threat to your smartphone. You will not know where and how your data is leaking, what exactly is happening. By downloading something from this store, you yourself can bypass the built-in protection in Android, since you trust the store, and it will let you down. It is clear that having a staff of moderators, seriously checking all applications is expensive. But on the other hand, why get into this territory if you can’t do it well?

For a loyal audience of Xiaomi, this fact is indifferent, it will not change the attitude towards the brand. But it is important to know about this, as this is a huge hole in the security of the device, which almost no one knows about. Be careful.

Huawei forgiven and 5G never to be forgotten

Passion around 5G continues to boil, and one gets the feeling that this is the same hot topic as changing the words that offend certain nationalities. I don’t know why, for the Inuit, they decided that the Eskimo word is offensive, as well as the name of popsicle ice cream. Exactly 99 years this name existed, now it will not be. Idiocy is progressing before our eyes, and the larger the company, the greater the number of mentally ill people it is able to accept due to the diversity and variety of employees. An anecdote about a one-legged black man, which, moreover, takes on a new shape as a gay.

The news spread around the world that America has forgiven Huawei and allowed American companies to work with them. But as always, there are nuances that are lost behind loud headlines. So no one was forgiven, and threats against Huawei only sound louder and louder, in addition to threats, remarkable efforts are being made to destroy the Chinese flagship in telecom, and not only him. The trade war is in full swing.

The problem with the US is overconfidence. Officials fed on Hollywood films and publications, which they themselves ordered as part of propaganda, begin to believe that the mechanism of sanctions not only works, but is an analogue of a huge club that tears the enemy to shreds, pounding him to the very top of the head into the ground. The problem is that they really believed in it and cannot even admit the thought that something is going wrong. Remember how Obama said that the Russian economy was “torn to shreds”, because then he sincerely said it and believed in it. Approximately the same thing happened throughout the year regarding Huawei, officials in the United States sincerely believed that just about, a little more, this company would ask for mercy, pay multibillion-dollar compensation, and then confess all sins and then it would be possible to celebrate victory. It didn't happen.

Moreover, it suddenly turned out that sanctions do not work, but create a counterbalance to American companies, Huawei's drift from US IT developments was imperceptible at first, but now all efforts are directed towards this and the company is succeeding, step by step, it is becoming independent from major technology giants. But the world, on the contrary, depends on Huawei infrastructure solutions, everything is exactly the opposite here. For example, in the UK, there is a struggle to ensure that operators in this country can use Huawei equipment. The closest ally in the face of the United States is making every effort to prevent this from happening, but firstly, such equipment is profitable and has no analogues. Secondly, Huawei knows how to interest countries, so near Cambridge the company laid the foundation for the development of chips, worth 400 million pounds. America, on the other hand, forbids, but gives nothing in return - fraternally refuse money, contracts and live in poverty as best you can. The difference in approaches is obvious.

This year another trouble happened. By banning any communication between American companies and Huawei, the US government automatically deleted its own companies from all committees for standardizing both 5G and the development of next generations of communication. That is, during the year, Huawei's influence increased and the company de facto took on a decisive role in how it sees new networks. A year later, I had to make a special reservation that it was necessary to work on the standards, you couldn’t give them to the Chinese. It sounds ridiculous, since this is the very case when the officials did not think about the next step, they did not think about the consequences at all. They took out a club, hit the enemy with all their might and expected him to die. How! Is Huawei torn to shreds? No. And it is unlikely to happen.

The main effort for the United States is to compromise 5G as a technology, an attempt to slow down development in Europe in order to weaken its potential competitor. A huge amount of money is being spent on the campaign to explain the dangers of 5G, this is done so that people from below put pressure on officials and refuse new generation networks. And any information that shows movement in this direction is presented as some kind of achievement. For example, in Switzerland, the cantons received clarifications from the government regarding 5G, which the press immediately dubbed bans on the construction of such networks. The Swiss Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to the cantons with recommendations on the use of 5G antennas. There were no prohibitions in it, and there could not be.

Imagine for a moment that the Ministry of Agriculture suddenly sends a letter to Russian governors discussing new communication standards and the potential impact of these standards on crops. In the yellow press, of course, various crazy ideas and headlines can match them:

  • Agrarians uncover 5G conspiracy
  • 5G kills not only bees, but also grain
  • The Ministry of Agriculture is afraid of 5G

You can generate a lot of this kind of nonsense. And this is what those who want to stop the development of technology are doing in Europe today, all the current problems are attributed to 5G. I really liked the conspiracy theory in one of the American forums, it clearly illustrates the state of mind today. I will give a brief retelling - robberies, demonstrations in the USA are a consequence of the fact that Verizon began to develop 5G. Until that moment, the country lived quietly, but as soon as the first 5G base stations appeared, everything went awry.

And you know what's scary? That there are a lot of supporters of this nonsense, people think it is logical and explains everything. The enemy has been found and if 5G is defeated, then an idyll will come. Militant ignorance spills out.

I don't know about you, but I think that the popsicle has definitely suffered undeservedly, and 5G is next in line. In the US, someone will definitely come up with a bright idea to defeat Huawei by renaming 5G and calling it something else. So that everyone knows for sure that the US is superior to China in everything, even in technology. I suspect that the most obvious thing is to create your own protocols for 5G, but for political reasons, call it 6G. Why be petty? Even Eric Schmidt shared his “knowledge” that Huawei is following American companies, but he did not provide any evidence of this, like all people before him. It seems he decided to go into politics, otherwise why would he?

The world is qualitatively off the rails, people refuse to think and spread heresy as if it were the ultimate truth. And 5G is a convenient thing for expressing your ideas about how our world works. Some even forget about the back of the whale on which the turtles stand and immediately say that the earth is flat. In our country, such educated people also appeared in abundance, which awakens a chill running down the back. It is scary to see how quickly such people appear and how boldly they express their point of view. He grumbled and, believing that he had done his job, spoke about what was happening in the 5G world. Therefore, when you see something about the harm of technology, prohibitions, and the like, try to find the original source and read what they write about it.

P.S. In the evening, WWDC will take place, where they will show widgets for the desktop in IOS and, perhaps, but this is not certain, they will talk about ARM processors for the MacBook. Come read about all the announcements on Tuesday, I think there will be a lot of topics for discussion. But I don’t expect any kind of breakthrough and revolutions, the wrong company and the wrong opportunities. The next breakthrough product at Apple is promised in 2022, it will be a new category - VR glasses. Another approach to the projectile. But so far, Apple has not been able to create anything over the years, it lives on the developments made during the time of Steve Jobs and around the iPhone.

Have a nice working week. Good luck and good mood, be cheerful and cheerful.