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Apple Stops Online Store Sales In Russia Amid Ruble Value Drop

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Apple has stopped selling its hardware online in Russia, owing to the currently volatile state of the Ruble, the country’s official currency. In a statement provided to Bloomberg, the company said that it’s taking things offline while it goes through the process of evaluating its pricing, and apologized to customers put out by the site being taken down.

Apple’s decision to close down shop for the time being comes after it recently raised iPhone prices to try to compensate for the falling value of local currency, but the interest rate in Russia rose by 7.5 percentage points overnight, in an attempt to turn the Ruble’s nosedive around. That hasn’t succeeded, and Russia is in the midst of what’s being called “an economic crisis” by observing economists, so it’s unsurprising that Apple lacks confidence in its ability to continue selling products under those market conditions.

We’ll keep an eye on the…

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Google Drive for iOS now lets you upload files from other apps, view & share My Maps

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Google announced today that an update rolling out to its Google Drive iOS app will allow users to upload files from other apps as well as access custom made maps through Google’s My Maps feature.

The ability to upload files from other apps into Drive is limited to iOS 8 users, and the Google My Maps integration is limited to viewing and sharing the custom maps currently.

For creating custom maps with Google My Maps, you’ll still need the desktop app. Earlier this month Google integrated the My Maps custom maps creation tool into the web version of Drive.

The updated Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad, version 3.4.0, is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 3.4.0

• Upload files to Drive from other sources (iOS 8 only)
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

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Sprint to Drop Nascar Partnership After 2016 Season

Sprint has decided not to extend its Nascar title sponsorship for the Sprint Cup Series, citing the need to focus on its core business. After the 2016 season, the telecommunications giant will allow the partnership to expire. Nascar has partnered with Sprint for years. When the sponsorship started in 2004, it was originally called the […]


Succulents, a teaspoon of sunshine, pots and pebbles.

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Succulent Gardening is just a little something I started as a hobby which is slowly turning into an addiction. Well ! About that. ‘Addiction’ in this context sounds negative. Gardening is therapeutic. A green meditation. And, succulents are striking. Captivating. I’ve been waiting to share a project with you and now I finally can. I decided to take some pebbles, well-draining cactus potting mix and make a coffee table ‘Succulent Centrepiece’.

With a landscape full of succulents, colour isn’t hard to come by; neither is texture or form. I mixed and matched a few varieties to create an inspiring scene.

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 Sempervivum ‘Twilight Blue’.


What I have here is a mix of Aeonium, Graptopetalum, Aloe, Crassula and a Sedum.

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As my love for these gorgeous plants grew, I bought few other plants and got started on another succulent ornament.  I added tri-colour Sedums, Crassula Perforata, Crassula Golum, Echeveria ‘Mexican Snowball’, Echeveria ‘Violet Queen’…

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Apple fast tracks CarPlay hardware development w/ official MFi specs for head units

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Apple’s new CarPlay iOS feature has recently arrived through a limited number of in-dash vehicle entertainment systems and aftermarket products, but Apple has now introduced official guidelines for companies building CarPlay hardware through its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program, according to sources. 

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Sprint ‘iPhone for Life’ & ‘Easy Pay’ leasing/financing options coming to Apple Retail Stores

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

With the introduction of new iPhone financing options from wireless carriers, Apple has steadily been adding support in its stores for the latest payment options allowing customers to get an iPhone without paying the full price or even the $199 and up contract price.

Apple already supports financing plans from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile either online, in its retail stores, or both, and 9to5Mac has learned that Apple is preparing to soon offer Sprint’s iPhone financing and leasing plans as well with support rolling out at some stores as soon as today.

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Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:Tim Merel is the managing director of Digi-Capital

Mobile internet is all about big numbers. Revenue will more than triple to $700 billion by 2017, there was over $19 billion invested and $94 billion exits in the last 12 months, average sector returns were up to 15.6x all of the money invested over the last three years, public stock market returns were up to 78 percent in the last year, and there are 32 billion-dollar mobile Internet companies already.

Understanding what’s driving these big numbers is critical for entrepreneurs, investors and corporates, so let’s dig in.

1. Revenue to grow >3x to $700B by 2017

Digi-Capital forecasts mobile Internet will deliver $700 billion revenue in 2017, more than tripling last year’s $200 billion. mCommerce will remain dominant, with over half a trillion dollars in sales. The other top earners are $74 billion consumer apps, $53 billion enterprise…

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