Today is Saturday, which means it's time to recall the most interesting news, articles and reviews of the past week.
VKontakte will introduce advertising in audio recordings and become a virtual operator
In the summer of this year, VKontakte finally signed agreements with all the copyright holders of media content. Already then it became known that the largest social network in the CIS will somehow monetize the audio recording section. This week it turned out that one of the ways to make money would be advertising in audio recordings. It will be played either at the beginning or at the end of the composition.
In addition, VKontakte wants to become a virtual mobile network operator . A noteworthy point is that VKMobile subscribers will be able to pay tariffs by viewing ads.
Manufacturers introduced new processors
The processor plays a key role in choosing a mobile device. This week Qualcomm presented three processor models for mid-range devices: Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427. All of them are united by support for a dual camera, fast charging and a new proprietary modem. In addition to Qualcomm, MediaTek presented its new product in the form of Helio P15 , followed by Huawei - the flagship HiSilicon Kirin 960 . Apparently, upcoming devices will please an abundance of new processors from different manufacturers.
Asphalt Xtreme for Android, iOS and Windows Phone will be released in November
The seventh and eighth part of the Asphalt series of games have found incredible popularity on mobile platforms, and their high rating remains to this day. This week, developers announced that a new part of the franchise - Asphalt Xtreme - will appear in November . According to official figures, the new part will retain the familiar gameplay, however, cars and locations will differ significantly from the usual models. Instead of urban conditions, various deserts and highlands will be available in the game, and instead of the usual sports cars, off-road vehicles, trucks and more will be presented. The game will be available on all popular mobile platforms, including Windows Phone.
Rockstar Games officially announced Red Dead Redemption 2
Almost any game from Rockstar Games becomes a hit, so the joy of fans of this gaming studio after the official announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 is predictable. On October 20, a game trailer appeared that reveals the release date - Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available in the fall of 2017. Judging by the trailer, the action takes place somewhere in the Wild West.
Xiaomi launches a mechanical keyboard
A well-known Chinese company is trying again in a new craft . This time we are talking about a mechanical keyboard - it will be available on the official Xiaomi website on November 29th. According to the description, the device will be convenient both for work (due to the ability to change the angle of inclination so that hands do not flow) and for games. It is noteworthy that a mobile processor is built into the keyboard, which is responsible for processing quickly entered commands by the user. Like other Xiaomi devices, the keyboard received a relatively low price of $ 45.
Android 7.1 beta released on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
Developers from the "good corporation" have released a beta version of Android 7.1 for current Nexus devices . Among the visible changes can be noted improved support for live wallpapers, a new icon style, as well as a fresh quick action function for shortcuts. The developers got an API to optimize their applications for the new Android features, and the owners of branded devices from Google will receive a stable version of the update at the end of this year.
Nintendo Switch - Next Generation Hybrid Game Console
Relatively recently, many people predicted an imminent "death" of the once popular company Nintendo. However, the release of Pokemon GO debunked these thoughts, and the recent release of the hybrid set-top box finally convinced the public of the "vitality" of the Japanese company. Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device. The user can play through a separate joystick, looking at the TV screen or at the display of the most portable set-top box. The device also supports the detachment of control modules for the console with buttons that act as portable joysticks. Judging by the commercial, the process of "transition" from one control mode to another happens instantly, which many players will definitely like.
Samsung introduced an 8 GB RAM module for smartphones and tablets
The Korean company announced the world's first 8 GB RAM for mobile devices. The new microcircuit is also notable for the fact that it works twice as fast as the “standard” computer counterparts. Samsung itself is positioning a new RAM for various virtual reality devices, but does not exclude the possibility of using it in smartphones, tablets, as well as ultra-thin laptops. Most likely, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will not receive the company's new proprietary chip.
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition fully released on Android
This summer, developers began testing Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for the Android operating system. This week, the popular game finally became officially available for devices running the "green robot." Unfortunately, the developers have not added support for the Russian language since the open beta test, however, they significantly optimized the resource consumption of the game - in the release version of the application there are no bugs and lags typical of the tested version.
A major cyber attack in the United States
This week, on Friday, many users were denied access to such popular American services as Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and others. This was due to the fault of hackers who launched a DDoS attack using Internet of Things devices . According to experts, the Mirai virus was able to penetrate low-security smart devices, after which it used their resources to attack the American provider Dyn.
The first LeEco flagship store opened in Russia
Recently, the Chinese company Xiaomi opened the first company store in Moscow. Following her, LeEco , also in the Russian capital, opened its first official store . We attended the opening of this store, and then prepared a text report of this event with photos. Given the latest news, we can safely assume that the Russian region has become more interested in Chinese manufacturers of mobile devices.
How to find a lost smartphone? Part 2
Last time, we described various ways to find lost devices using standard services built into operating systems. In the new release, we described the best third-party applications that will help you find the lost Android device in the shortest possible time.
Best music players on Android
The editor of our website prepared an interesting article in which he described the best music players on the Android operating system. It briefly describes the capabilities of the programs, as well as the results of lengthy testing. This topic will be useful to every owner of an Android device.
Review Blackview R7
This smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer showed itself exclusively from the good side. For the cost of an average device in the middle price segment, the buyer will receive 4 GB of RAM, a good camera and a fingerprint scanner.
Review Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL)
Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL)
This week another smartphone came to our review - Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL) . Like other representatives of this line, ZenFone 3 created a good impression of itself, however, the damaging keyboard with a powerful processor and 4 GB of RAM spoils the whole picture.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Tablet Review
Huawei MediaPad M3
Huawei is known in the mobile device market mainly due to branded smartphones. Our review showed that this Chinese company is able to produce high-quality tablets. Huawei MediaPad M3 passed all the tests "perfectly". A nice feature is the main camera at 8 megapixels - it allows you to take pretty high-quality pictures, which is rare for the tablet segment.
SteelSeries Nimbus Gamepad Review
Games on smartphones and tablets have become an integral part for many owners of mobile devices. Unfortunately, the touch screen does not always reveal the full potential of managing a virtual hero. Fortunately, there are various gamepads, and this time we got a SteelSeries Nimbus with support for iOS, macOS and tvOS operating systems.