Tag Archive: Russia


Russia is banning access to Telegram

Users can still access the app by using a VPN.

Telegram, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, has been banned in Russia. Telegram was ordered to hand over its encryption keys to the Russian government late last month, and this ban is the country’s answer to Telegram declining to do so.

The order was filed by Roskomnadzor (AKA The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) and was approved by Russia’s  [Read More…]

Telegram is being ordered by Russia to hand over user encryption keys

Telegram will appeal the new ruling, but this still isn’t a good sign.

Telegram, the ultra-popular messaging app that’s most well-known for user security and privacy, may have to hand over its user’s encryption keys to the Russian government. It was reported on March 20 that Telegram had lost an appeal in court against Russia’s Federal Security Service (the spiritual successor to the KGB) which is asking for encryption keys as a result of President Vladimir Putin wanting access  [Read More…]

Sit back and forget about Russia in this weekend’s comment thread!

Let’s take a break from the drama.

Even tech websites can’t escape the trap that is politics. We know every time we write an article about something tech-related and political, the proverbial stuff will hit the fan. Especially any opinion pieces. That’s not going to change how we fell about telling you important things you need to know, but it’s usually just not fun. That’s why it’s called work, I guess.

Anyhoo, resist the temptation to go off the  [Read More…]

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now rolling out to the Galaxy S 4 in Russia

Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. In Russia, that is. The country is the first to receive the Lollipop update on the standard Galaxy S 4, though the Google Play edition of the device has had the update for some time now. The update weighs in at a whopping 1050MB, making it over 1GB in size. It’s also noted that at least 3GB of free storage is required to download and install the  [Read More…]

Samsung Z launches carrying Tizen, headed to Russia in Q3 2014

Samsung has today finally announced its very first Tizen powered smartphone, the Samsung Z. Headed to Russia in Q3 2014 before expanding to other markets, the Samsung Z marries decent sounding hardware with features – both hardware and software – seen elsewhere on its Galaxy Android powered devices.

Samsung may launch Tizen smartphone in Russia and India soon

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is getting ready to launch its first Tizen-based smartphones in Russia in the coming weeks. Samsung announced last month that it would launch two Tizen handsets this quarter, and that they will be targeted at emerging markets.