Mobile: Touchscreen, TwitterPeek, eReaders

The number of touchscreen mobile-phone users in the US has grown 159% during the past year – to 23.8 million in August 2009 – and has substantially outpaced the already-strong 63% growth of smartphone use, according to a study of touchscreen mobile phone adoption in the US by comScore, Inc.
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A new gadget designed specifically for people who want to tweet on the go was launched Tuesday by gadget maker Peek. The device, dubbed TwitterPeek, does one thing and one thing only: it lets people tweet. It doesn’t access e-mail. It doesn’t make phone calls. It tweets. That’s it. TwitterPeek, which looks like a smartphone, features a QWERTY keyboard and comes in black or aqua blue. The idea behind TwitterPeek is simple. After buying the device, users need only to input their Twitter credentials to get going. The gadget lets them tweet, reply, retweet, send direct messages, and download followers. It supports one account at a time. Users can also view TwitPics by clicking the “view content” option from the TwitterPeek menu. The company claims its battery lasts three to four days with average usage.
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In what appears to be indicative of Twitter’s success and growing popularity, a new gadget has hit the market that has been developed specifically – and solely – for users to send and receive tweets. TwitterPeek, a $99.95 device with a QWERTY keyboard, color screen and click-scroll wheel offered through Amazon.com, could prove to be the hot selling item for the holiday season. On one hand, it’s less expensive than a smartphone upgrade. On the other, it could also prove dud-worthy if demand never materializes.
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With the iPhone still the hottest smartphone, there’s much speculation about how its future will pan out. For some the money’s on gaming, but new research from Flurry is surprisingly different: eBook apps are overtaking games in the App Store.
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Identity Crisis In British Design?

An Identity Crisis In British Design?
Is British design in the midst of an identity crisis? In a piece for the New York Times, Alice Rawsthorne wonders why so many British design icons have lost some of the impact and relevance their predecessors possessed, and ponders the challenges of capturing a nation’s identity and psyche in design, when that identity is increasingly complex.

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Social Media: Kmart Bloggers, Carrotmob, vLane.com

Kmart Enlists Bloggers For Social Net Campaign
A sponsored social networking campaign enlisting the help of six well-known bloggers is yielding big buzz for Kmart and encouraging consumers to give the retailer another look during the critical holiday season. Kmart gave each of six influential bloggers a $500 gift certificate to go on a shopping spree in the store and then blog about their shopping experiences in any way they saw fit (no censorship). The bloggers clearly disclosed this sponsored arrangement in their respective postings. In addition, Kmart is sponsoring a contest in which one community member from each of the six blogs will win a $500 gift certificate to go on a Kmart shopping spree.

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Carrotmob’s Reverse Boycott Helps Brooklyn Hardware Store Go Green
Yesterday the global volunteer group Carrotmob held its first reverse boycott event in the Brooklyn neighborhood Park Slope at family-owned Tarzian Hardware. Carrotmob, a global volunteer group, brings together consumers and businesses to benefit the planet. Believing that a little bit of money can elicit a large amount of change, Carrotmob uses the “carrot” of consumer purchasing power to entice businesses to become more green.

vLane.com: Social Car Shopping
“Find the right car for you! Discover which vehicles meet your needs. Compare cars side-by-side See which one is best for you. Ask a question Get trusted advice from your friends. Review your car Let others know what you think. # Search local classifieds Find cars for sale in your area.”

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Cyber Monday

With only four weeks separating Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, Cyber Monday One (December 1st) and Cyber Monday Two (December 8th) may command a greater share of online sales than they have in years past.
This increases the importance of search marketing for retailers, according to Performics, writes Retailer Daily. The firm analyzed its annual Cyber Mondays data, which have shown a weekly online sales spike on Mondays throughout the holiday season for more than five years.
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Cyber Monday accounted for $846 million in online spending, up 15% from last year – and the second-highest amount spent in online retail since the $881 million spent on Green Monday 2007, according to comScore, writes Retailer Daily.
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