Apple Not Only In Staying in Russia But Siri Speaks Russian

Posted: February 27, 2015 in Econ 101, Society and Culture, Technology and Energy

SOURCE: http://rt.com/business/228583-apple-products-russia-continue/

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Apple not ditching Russian market – retailers
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February 02, 2015

Reuters/Yuya Shino

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America’s Apple is not halting deliveries to Russia, according to several representatives of retailers and operators with direct knowledge of the matter. Russian media had reported the company was stopping sales in the country.

To date, no companies have received any official notice that Apple is suspending deliveries to Russia, TASS reported, citing sources from several of Apple’s biggest distributors in Russia.

Russia’s second-biggest mobile device retailer, Svyaznoy, confirmed there was no break in supply.

“Svyaznoy regularly receives goods from Apple Rus. The next is a major delivery to our warehouse before the end of this week. The termination of supply isn’t a question, they continue in accordance with our agreements and partners,” Maria Zaikina, a representative of the electronics retailer, told TASS on Monday.

VimpelCom, one of Russia’s largest mobile phone retailers, also said that all Apple deliveries are continuing as normal. Apple doesn’t have any official stores in Russia, so most of the products and services are carried out through accredited retailers, the biggest being Apple Rus, a subsidiary that handles sales in Russia.

Russia is one of the biggest markets for iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and software. The Cupertino, California tech giant has had to significantly raise prices in Russia over the past few months due to the rapid volatility of the ruble. The cost of the iPhone 6 increased by 35 percent and the iPhone 6 plus increased by 32 percent.

Apple halted sales of its products in Crimea to comply with US sanctions banning economic activity with the region.

The US introduced the sanctions on the basis that Crimea is still part of Ukraine, and not Russia. Other major American companies, such as Google and PayPal, have also pulled the switch on business in Crimea.

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Zdravstvuyte! Siri is learning Russian

February 25, 2015

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russian siri iphone

Zdrastvuyte, Siri. Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant is now learning Russian.

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A developer version of Apple’s latest smartphone software, the OS 8.3., includes a number of new language options for Siri. Besides Russian, the updated version of Siri will speak Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, and three other languages.

The voice recognition program was first launched in English in 2011. At the moment, Siri can only communicate in nine languages including Spanish, German, Japanese, and Mandarin.

The language additions were first rumored last year when Apple (AAPL, Tech30) advertised for several language engineering jobs, looking for native Russian, Thai, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, and Turkish speakers.

Apple is yet to reveal who will voice Siri in the new languages. The original American version of Siri was voiced by actress Susan Bennett, while her British counterpart’s voice was that of actor Jon Briggs.

The polyglot Siri should be made available to public when the update is officially released later this year.

Apple has expanded in Russia — iPhone shipments to the country reached 3.25 million last year, double the 2013 number.

But the Silicon Valley giant is now facing pressure in Russia. Last December, it was forced to close its local online store because of plunging ruble. It reopened couple of days later, with the iPhone prices up by 35%.

SOURCE: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/25/technology/mobile/apple-siri-russian/

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