TechInk: Apple Is Pleased with iPhone 5S Sales (Duh)
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In news that should not surprise you at all, Apple told AllThingsD that demand for the iPhone 5S has been “incredible.” In fact, if you can believe it, Apple says it has already sold out or only has a “limited supply” of iPhone 5S devices in “some stores.” In other groundbreaking news, Apple declined to offer any actual numbers in terms of sales or pre-sales, but usually that information comes out the week after they go on sale, which is to say, you’ll be hearing more about this, as you always do whenever Apple decides to release a new device.
There is a market for original programming revolving around recapping and commenting on popular TV shows. In fact, AMC has recently moved heavily on this front, launching live after-shows for both “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” Maria Menounos, the TV personality and “Extra” whose AfterBuzzTV offers live and on-demand videos and podcasts covering more than 55 shows every week, has also made a business out of people’s desire to talk about the shows they love. Coinciding with the launch of the new AfterBuzzTV website, the site has also partnered with cloud services provider Akamai Technologies to use its Sola Media Solutions to deliver video and podcast streams to users across multiple devices. This covers podcasts and videos of said podcasts watched by users on computers as well as iOS and Android devices.
On the Move
Adap.tv, now consistently referred to as a division of AOL Networks, is expanding its presence in Asia with the launch of a new office in Japan. The company has named Hisashige “Qz” Hashimoto as the representative director of AOL Online Japan and Adap.tv’s Japan operations. As is the case everywhere else, online video consumption in Japan has increased over the past few years. comScore numbers from last December pegged consumption in Japan at 60 million unique viewers and an average of 26% more time spent watching online video versus the year before. Adap.tv president Tony Gabriner said that the company was “previously operational in Japan” via a regional hub in Sydney, Australia.
Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, the two co-founders of All Things Digital and maybe the most recognizable and important names in tech press, have decided to part ways with site-owners Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp. Their contract with the company, which runs through the end of the year, will not be renewed. In a post on the AllThingsD site, Swisher and Mossberg said that while they will be leaving at the end of the year (until then it’s business as usual), they have no plans of leaving the tech space. Mossberg will continue to write his industry-leading reviews while Swisher will continue to scoop everyone about everything related to the tech business. No word on who the investors are that Swisher and Mossberg are talking to for their new editorial venture, or how this will impact AllThingsD’s current fleet of reporters, but we’re sure you will hear about this more in the weeks and months leading up to December 31.Tags: Adap.tv, AfterBuzzTV, Akamai Technologies, AllThingsD, AOL Networks, Apple, Kara Swisher, Maria Menounos, TechInk, Video Advertising, Video Tech, Walt Mossberg