This week in tech news – Tablets in High Demand on Black Friday, Apple iPhones Take Japanese Mobile Phone Market and Apple Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day.
Tablets in High Demand on Black Friday
Tablets like Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface and the Kindle Fire HD were among the highest demanded products during Black Friday sales two days ago. According to InfoScout and some 125,000 shoppers, the main things they were looking for included the aforementioned tablets, the Xbox 360, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and big screen TVs. Some of the deals highlighted in the report included the 16GB Apple iPad sold at regular price by Wal-Mart, but accompanied by a $100 Gift Card; the Microsoft Surface RT sold by Best Buy at $199, which has a MSRP of $499.
Apple iPhones Take Japanese Mobile Phone Market
Since the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C in October, 76% of the smartphone market is controlled by Apple in Japan. Japan’s largest telephone company, NTT Docomo, started carrying the iPhones in September and sales took off.
Apple Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day
World Aids Day, annually observed on December 1st, has additional publicity through Apple. The longtime supporter of the (RED) movement, changed the company’s logo to red versions today. In addition to changing their logos, the company dedicated some of their displays to Product (RED) versions of Apple’s products. When customers purchase Product (RED) versions from Apple, the company donates a portion of the purchase to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.