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5 Things to Know This Morning — Tuesday, March 22, 2022

March 22, 2022
By Aron Vaughan

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Russian Cosmonauts Board ISS Wearing Ukrainian Flag Colored Jumpsuits 

Russian astronauts boarded the International Space Station wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag Friday.

Denis Matveyev, Oleg Artemyev, and Sergey Korsakov arrived at the ISS in bright yellow jumpsuits with blue stripes. Russian space agency Rosocomos dismissed the connection to Ukraine in a Telegram statement that said, “Sometimes yellow is just yellow.”

Artemyev addressed the conspicuous choice of color stating, “We had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it,” he joked. “That’s why we had to wear yellow.”

Epic Games Will Donate Fortnite Proceeds to Humanitarian Effort in Ukraine

Epic Games’ flagship title Fortnite has earned the software developer a massive return on investment since its debut. Now, Epic Games is paying it forward by donating all profits obtained between March 20 and April 3 to humanitarian causes in Ukraine. 

According to Epic Games website, the proceeds will be donated to Direct Relief, United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF), United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 

Chip Sanctions Challenge Russia’s Tech Ambitions

Tech sanctions are continuing to take a toll on the Russian economy and the country’s aspirations in the sector. Chip sanctions, in particular, are hindering Russia’s ability to manufacture advanced weaponry and AI and 5G technologies. 

The U.S. imposed a ban on high-tech products in February, and South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan are denying Russia the semi-conductor chips and other materials needed to power advanced military technology. 

Wozniak is Back (For Season 2 of Unicorn Hunters)

Steve Wozniak has not lost his innovative ambition 45 years on from co-creating the world’s most prominent tech company. 

The Apple co-founder is set to return for the second season of Unicorn Hunters, an online show that invests in tech start-ups with the potential to change the world and become leaders in the industry. 
Wozniak, 71, is one of a star-studded panel of judges that includes former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and NSYNC singer Lance Bass.

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