XRP has long been available on the popular exchange, and now a 1000% increase in regular turnover has been reported. This is presumably also due to the Flare airdrop, along with general market optimism and growth. Free money has also love in the crypto-community, so it is no wonder many people sign up for it. Because of this, it now costs almost three times as much as an XRP token like a month ago.
XRP has not been able to run dapps so far because it has not handled smart contracts. Development is underway to implement this feature in the code, but Flare may not need it. If the blockchain token can interact with other blockchains without exchanging it (the Flare Network is working on it), then the world will open up to this project.