This week we have a number of interesting rocket launches. Russia is due to send two cosmonauts and an astronaut to the ISS and United Launch Alliance will launch a top-secret spy satellite.
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Following today's announcement from Ericsson, Logitech has also stated that it will be closing up shop in Russia stating the "ongoing uncertain environment" was the main factor in the decision.
Another tech company, Ericsson, has announced that it will cease its business operations in Russia over the next few months in its obligations to customers, as a result of the Ukraine war.
Dell is on the verge of fully exiting Russia. The company already closed all its offices in the country a few days ago and is expected to lay off all employees operating in the region soon.
We have a quiet week coming up. SpaceX will launch more Starlink satellites, and Russia is planning to launch a remote sensing satellite called Khayyam for the Iranian military from Baikonur.
Roscosmos space agency will abandon the International Space Station (ISS) to build successor to Mir. It will fulfill its obligations, including delivering NASA astronauts and cargo to the ISS.
A robot recently broke the finger of a seven-year-old during a chess tournament in Russia. The machine practically pounced on the child's finger and grabbed it with force, proceeding to break it.
Russia's President Putin signed a law to enact suspension of certain provisions of Federal Law “On Banks and Banking Activity”, and bans the use of digital assets as a payment mode in Russia.
Although this was a fairly regular week in the world of Microsoft, for Neowin it still means a lot of news to cover in the past few days. If you missed anything, check out our handy recap here!
Recently, there were reports of a blockade of Windows 11 and 10 ISOs in Russia. Following that, it looks like the block may have been expanded to include Windows Insider Preview builds too.
Since yesterday, downloads for Microsoft's Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems are being blocked in Russia. Thankfully, though, there is a way to bypass this sudden apparent blockade.
In the next week, China will send a crewed mission to the Tiangong space station and Russia will send a resupply mission to the International Space Station so it should be an interesting week.
The Russian social media firm, VK, has launched a new app store for Android devices called RuStore. At launch, it will feature a paltry 100 apps, including some government-run apps.
Google's Russian subsidiary has announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account making it impossible for the company to pay for salaries and other expenses.
Google has announced that paid apps in the Play Store can't be downloaded or updated in Russia anymore. This is apparently being done due to "compliance" efforts but free apps are exempt.
The Russian government has made "gray" imports legal. This will allow the Russian citizens to import smartphones, TVs, computers, consoles and even cars and spare parts without the maker's consent.
Netflix has reported a decline in its total subscriber count for the first time since October 2011. The firm has attributed this to its exit from Russia and cancellations due to price hikes.
Microsoft has revealed its latest efforts to tackle cyber attacks by a hacking entity linked to Russia called Strontium. It took over several of the entity's domains to help keep users safe.
The US Department of Justice has released a statement about a secret FBI operation that removed a bot network controlled by the Russian Federation's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) last month.
Russian developers will launch their Play Store alternative "NashStore" on May 9, Russia's Victory Day, after Google suspended all payment services in the country leaving developers with no income.
Apple has slashed iPhone SE production by 20% due to several factors that make the company believe it will sell fewer devices. Concerning Apple are inflation levels and the Russo-Ukrainian war.
OneWeb LEO satellites will be delivered by SpaceX. The British satellite internet company could depend on its American counterpart to send about 220 satellites to LEO after it cut ties with Russia.
ZALA Aero's deadly drone, which can autonomously identify and destroy its target, was spotted in Ukraine. It is possible that the target of the KUB-BLA was Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Following the week where Russian cosmonauts gave tacit support to Ukraine, we have just one rocket launch, a Roscosmos Soyuz 2.1a that will be carrying Meridian-M satellites for the MoD.
Mozilla has removed Yandex and Mail.ru as the default search engine options in its latest Firefox release. It's currently unclear if this is due to an anti-Russia stance or something else entirely.
Russian demand for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) has skyrocketed by around 2088% after the country banned Meta's Facebook and Instagram platforms, in addition to several others.
In its latest effort to help Ukrainian users, Microsoft announced free Skype calls to landline and mobile numbers in Ukraine. Also, Skype now supports more languages for translating to/from Ukrainian.
In the next week, Russia will launch three cosmonauts to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. SpaceX and Astra Space also have unmanned missions planned this week.
DuckDuckGo's CEO has announced that the search engine will now down-rank websites linked to Russian disinformation. The move comes two weeks after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Google is putting a halt on Google Play billing services in Russia due to the current unstable situation. It has asked developers with critical paid apps to make their content free in the country.
This week, SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 carrying more than 45 Starlink satellites into orbit to strengthen the Starlink internet network. OneWeb has also stopped launches from Baikonur.
This was an extremely busy week in the Microsoft-verse with news items spread across multiple domains including sanctions on Russia, a surprising loss for Defender, and a bunch of web enhancements.
Russia has banned access to Facebook, according to the digital regulator Roskomnadzor. It comes after Facebook restricted some Russian news pages in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Microsoft is suspending all "new" sales of its products in Russia. This includes Xbox, Windows, Microsoft 365, and Azure. The implication is that existing customers will remain supported.
In an effort to raise funds for the ongoing armed conflict, the Ukrainian government has indicated that it will 'offer' Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The govt. has canceled plans to issue airdrops.
CD Projekt Red, the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, has announced that it will suspend all forms of sales of its games in Russia and Belarus. It joins a slew of companies suspending services in Russia.
Anonymous has posted a tweet claiming that it has shut down Russian Space Agency but Director General Roscosmos asserts the claim is untrue as "space activity control centers are operating normally".
STALKER 2 is being developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World. However, due to the Russian war, the title is being placed on the sidelines to focus on protecting the team on the ground.
Snapchat shows solidarity for Ukraine by halting all advertising in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. It will continue delivering its Snapchat app in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia as a communications tool.
Apple has stopped selling its products in Russia over the aggression the country has shown to its neighbour, Ukraine. RT News and Sputnik News have also been removed from the App Store.