December 19, 2014 Last Updated 8:20 am

Decline in the ruble leads to Apple raising prices on apps in Russian App Store

George Clooney defends ‘dumb comedy’ and Sony – says the media should, too; The New York Times updates iPhone app, fixes bugs and makes pictures bigger in articles

The decline in the value of the Russian ruble, now priced at around 59.65 to the dollar, has led to Apple informing developers and book publishers holding accounts with the company that they have raised the price prices inside the Russian App Store.

AppleStore-Russia“We’ve increased the price for apps and In-App Purchases on the Russian App Store to account for changes in foreign exchange rates,” Apple wrote to developers this morning. “We’ve also updated the pricing matrix, which is now available in the app’s Pricing section in My Apps on iTunes Connect.”

Earlier this week Apple stopped sales at its Russian online store due to the decline in the ruble.

In the last two days of trading, though, the ruble has appeared to stabilize somewhat, after taking a massive hit earlier in the week. If the currency continues to maintain its level one can expect Apple to reopen its online store to sales some time next week (it is the holiday season, after all).

Actor George Clooney, in an interview with Deadline, accused the studios and the press of failing to stand up to North Korea and hackers as theaters cancelled showing of the new film The Interview.

“This was a dumb comedy that was about to come out,” Clooney said. “With the First Amendment, you’re never protecting Jefferson; it’s usually protecting some guy who’s burning a flag or doing something stupid. This is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this.”

Clooney is upset that those who work in Hollywood would not sign a petition he wrote that defends Sony. “This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands,” the petition states.

Clooney also blames the media for publishing the contents of the hacked emails. “They were just enjoying all the salacious shit instead of saying, ‘Wait a minute, is this really North Korea? And if it is, are we really going to bow to that?’ You could point fingers at Sony pulling the film, but they didn’t have any theaters, they all pulled out.”

NYT-iPhone-update-1214Developers were requested by Apple to submit their new and updated apps for review by the 18th, meaning that if you are working on an app you now can sit back and enjoy the holidays because it is too late to get anything through the App Review team at this point.

Among those apps that were updated and have been released, the NYT’s iPhone Newsstand app has received a minor update. Called NYTimes – Breaking National & World News, the app is the paper’s main news app along with NYT Now, which offers a lower price point at $7.99 per month.

What’s New in Version 4.6.2
• We made the pictures bigger in articles.

• We fixed a bug that might have caused you to lose your place after leaving the app.

• We fixed the jittery scrolling on sections.

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