Beautiful Ukrainian mechanical models attract undreamt amounts via Kickstarter

Ugears, a Ukrainian startup offering wooden 3D puzzles for adults and kids, has raised nearly $300,000 from 2,954 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $15,000.

The funding will be used to finance Ugears’ new model Hurdy-Gurdy, which is presented as “the world’s first mechanical musical model for self-assembly and play.” In addition, the backers have supported the manufacturing of two other Ugears’ models – a date navigator and treasure box.

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Ukraine trails in mobile internet speed ranking

Ukraine has some of the slowest mobile internet speeds in the world, according to Global Index ranking by Speedtest published earlier this month. The ranking measured both mobile and fixed broadband speeds worldwide.

Ukraine was in 109th place out of 122 countries in terms of the speed of its mobile internet, between Egypt (faster) and Venezuela (slower). The average speed of mobile internet in Ukraine is 8.46 megabits per second for downloads, and 2.39 megabits per second for uploads.

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UADN job opportunity: project manager

Ukraine Digital News and its mother company, East-West Digital News, an international news, research and consulting agency covering the tech markets of Central & Eastern Europe, are seeking a project manager.

From fresh graduates to experienced professionals, all may apply. Your capacities and willingness to succeed are our main selection criteria.

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Russian hackers used made-in-Ukraine malware for DNC cyberattack last year

A Ukrainian hacker known as ‘Profexer’ turned himself in early this year and has now become a witness for the FBI, The New York Times wrote today based on reports from the Ukrainian police.

Profexer’s malware was allegedly involved in the DNC hacking during the US presidential campaign — which Washington believes was orchestrated by the Russian intelligence service — even though there is no evidence that Profexer worked knowingly for Russia.

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Police find illegal Bitcoin farm at Ukrainian state institute

Ukraine’s National Police have arrested several suspects who were illegally producing bitcoins at a recreation center of a Ukrainian state institute, according to newly released court documents.

Police found that 200 computers had been set up in an unused swimming pool at the Paton Electric Welding Institute’s recreation center to generate bitcoins, the world’s most popular digital money.

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Ukrainian entrepreneurs to deploy 150 Bitcoin ATMs to bypass the banking system

Ukraine is soon to have 150 new ATMs for both buying and selling cryptocurrencies, with around 30 of the machines in place by the end of August, The Kiyv Post has learned from Mike Chobanyan, head of the Bitcoin agency in Ukraine.

The devices will allow both selling and buying hryvnias, the national currency, and a variety of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoins, Ethereum (or Ether), Waves, and Golos.

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Major international forum to address hot political, business and technology issues (Poland, Sept. 5-7)

The 27th edition of the Krynica Economic Forum, an important meetup for decision-makers in Central and Eastern Europe, will be held under the title “Project Europe: A Recipe for the Coming Decades” in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland in early September.

Every year, this three-day event gathers together thousands of people — including prominent figures — from political, business, technology and cultural circles from Europe, Asia, and the USA. Thus last year more than 3,500 participants came from 60 countries and attended 180 panels.

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Ukrainian drone maker launches professional union for drone journalists

Last week Drone.ua, a Ukrainian integrator of unmanned technologies, announced the launch of the Professional Union of Drone Journalism (PUDJ), the first of its kind in Ukraine.

The NGO, created in cooperation with the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), aims to unite journalists’ interests and to formulate ethical standards for drone usage.

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Ukraine finally battens down its leaky cyber hatches after attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password. It wasn’t the only symptom of lax IT security in a country suffering crippling cyber attacks.

Today discipline is far tighter in the president’s office. But Ukraine – regarded by some, despite Kremlin denials, as a guinea pig for Russian state-sponsored hacks – is fighting an uphill battle to keep state institutions and systemic companies safe.

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Ukrainian MacPaw acquires Finnish archive extractor The Unarchiver

MacPaw, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based Mac software development company serving more than five million customers worldwide, has bought the file unpacker for Mac users The Unarchiver. The terms of the deal, which was announced earlier this week, have remained undisclosed.

With millions of clients around the world, the Finnish app claims to be among the top apps in the App Store.

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