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Apple hikes app, device prices in Russia thanks to ruble droop

Russian shoppers hoping to score an iPhone or iPad before the biggest gift-giving day of the year will now find higher prices than ever thanks to the ruble's continued path downward. This news comes shortly after Apple decided to put a halt on online sales in Russia thanks to the extremely volatil...

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Apple closes Russian online store due to ruble fluctuations

Apple has stopped selling iPads, iPhones and other products on its Russian website due to the extreme fluctuations in the ruble, reports Bloomberg. Since the start of the week, the Russian currency has lost up to 20 percent of its value, kicking off a deluge of orders on imported electronics and o...

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Buy the Steve Jobs monument that was too gay for Russia for $95,000

The iPhone-esque Steve Jobs tribute statue that was unceremoniously dismantled in the wake of Tim Cook's public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation is now up for sale in Russia. The statue, which was originally erected in 2011, was designed to honor the accomplishments of Steve Jobs and is a...

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Russian lawmaker thinks the iPhone is stealing state secrets

A Russian lawmaker -- yes, the same Russia that was recently implicated in a malware scheme to infect the U.S. power grid -- is calling for a ban on iPhones and iPads amongst members of parliament. Dmitry Gorovtsov of the Fair Russia party recently told a Russian news outlet that he is proposing a...

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Russian government requests Apple source code

The recent revelations that Apple has included backdoors into iOS devices may have lead to an interesting development in the company's relationship with Russia. According to Reuters the Russian government has asked Apple Inc to turn over its source code to confirm its products aren't being used to...

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Russian carriers that ditched the iPhone last year want it back

Last year, two Russian mobile phone operators, MTS and Vimpelcom (who owns Beeline), made headlines by deciding to drop the iPhone from their offerings. At the time, both carriers said that Apple's stringent contractual requirements were behind the decision to drop the most popular smartphone in t...

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Night Vision Camcorder offers low-light iOS video capture, sleazy marketing

For US$1.99, the Night Vision Camcorder app does exactly what it says on the label. It enhances sensors so you can better see and record low-light sources. The marketing for this app, which was developed in Russia, is frankly appalling. It shows numerous young "hotties" in a low-light club atmosp...

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Apple seeks a way to make the iPhone a success in Russia

Russian Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev takes a picture of the Eiffel Tower with his smartphone during a meeting, on November 27, 2012, at French employers association MEDEF's headquarters in Paris. (Photo credi:ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images) As Apple enthusiasts worldwide gear up for an imminen...

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Apple looking to fill more than 200 new positions in China

Apple has a good chunk of the consumer electronics market in the developed world, with the company's flagship iPhone and iPad products still flying off the shelves. But there's still a lot of the world -- in particular Brazil, Russia, India and China -- where the company can make huge inroads. App...

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Why did Russian carriers ditch the iPhone?

These days, you can walk into any of the big national mobile carriers and walk out with an iPhone. But, as Fortune reports, things are quite different in Russia. The country's three largest wireless companies - MTS, VimpelCom (through its Beeline brand), and MegaFon - now refuse to stock the devices...

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Daily Update for July 15, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires ...

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Russian carrier Beeline drops the iPhone

Beeline, the third-largest mobile carrier in Russia, has dropped the iPhone from its lineup and will instead offer customers Samsung phones, according to Russian site Hi-Tech. Beeline is also the third Russian carrier to drop the iPhone, as PhoneArena notes: Now, Vimplecom and its Beeline brand,...

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Russia's online Apple Store features virtual specialist

While there still aren't any brick-and-mortar Apple Stores in Russia, Apple's online presence in the country went live yesterday. And though there may be no flesh-and-blood Apple Geniuses in the country... yet... the Russian online Apple Store features a pair of smiling blue-shirted specialists wh...

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Apple launches online store in Russia

Apple has launched its own online store in Russia. Previously all online sales of Apple products in that country had been done through third-party vendors. However, as MacRumors points out, Apple was reportedly unhappy with Russia's third-party distribution networks. Rumors of Apple launching its o...

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Hackers rig up iPad-powered, driverless car

Oxford University isn't the only group working on an iPad-controlled car. As reported by Wired, a team of Russian hackers have also developed their own version of this Bond-inspired automobile. The group took an old Opel Vectra and installed a handful of actuators and controllers in the car. ...

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