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Mobile app review: Taptu

Taptu is an alternative search engine that has just been released as an iPhone app, though it has a version that can be used on any mobile browser.

What Taptu does is to return results from mobile friendly websites. Some websites can be a pain to use on the iPhone, so a dedicated search engine for mobile sites is a good idea. I've been trying it out...

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Apple's customer service fail

All too eager to get cut and paste and a few other new features on my iPhone, I downloaded the latest 3.0 upgrade from iTunes not long after it was released.

However, after something like an hour of waiting, and just as the download was about to be completed, I get an error message on iTunes, and my iPhone screen looked like this:

iPhone error

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Mobile app review: Tweetdeck for iPhone

I've just downloaded the newly released Tweetdeck for iPhone, which contains all the features of the desktop version, currently the best way to organise your Twitter activity.

Having used Twitterific for mobile tweeting before, I have been using Tweetie lately, but will Tweetdeck for iPhone convince me to abandon it?

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The rise of the branded netbook?

We all know that mobile phones have become a fashion item. Not only do people customize and accessorize them, we've even seen branded mobile phones.

Could the same thing happen with increasingly popular netbooks?

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Burger King launches mobile commerce app

It's currently covering just the Queens area of New York, but Burger King has started to trial a mobile commerce app for the iPhone, as a way of maximising orders.

Customers can use the app to order and pay for their meals and skip queues at their local Burger King. I've been pretending to be in Queens so I can try the app out....

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Q&A: Troy Norcross on Bluetooth marketing

Troy Norcross currently works as Senior Relationship Manager at Nokia, as well as running a blog which focuses on responsible marketing practices.

He has just written a paper on using Bluetooth for proximity marketing (here's a pdf teaser of the paper). We've been asking Troy about Bluetooth marketing best practice, and the issues surrounding it...

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Q&A: Simon Joseph of Jessops on multichannel retail

Simon Joseph is Head of Group E-commerce at Jessops, where he is also responsible for Direct, Customer Services and B2B. He has previously worked as E-commerce Director at eXpansys Plc, and at DSG and Argos.

I caught up with him to find out how Jessops has adapted to multichannel retail, in advance of next week's Future of Digital Marketing event, where he will be taking part in our retail panel.

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What do customers want to buy on their mobiles?

While mobile commerce is still in its infancy in the US, and even more so in the UK, there are signs that users are coming round to the idea, with 71% saying they feel it is safe to make a purchase on their mobiles.

An eMarketer round up of recent mobile commerce stats also reveals some interesting information about the kinds of products people want to buy from their phones.

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Oasis launches iPhone app

Fashion retailer Oasis launched an iPhone app this week, which allows shoppers to browse through the latest outfits, read the newsletter, and find your nearest store.

I was asking which UK retailers have mobile commerce sites earlier this week, and didn't manage to find many examples. While this app is not quite an m-commerce site, you can select items on the app and pay via the main site.

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iPhone advertising is about to get social

Apple fans are eagerly anticipating the release of the new iPhone on July 5, and it looks like advertisers will have a reason to get excited as well. Mobile ad platform AdMob has announced three new types of ad units. Each come with social, search and rich media features, and will be available in July.

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Wolfram Alpha - Thank You

Wolfram Alpha is disruptive revolutionary technology.  I envision the next step to be simple: a web enabled and wireless carrier supported scientific calculator.  This will hyper-drive math and science education and will open up science and discovery. 

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Mobile app review: Sky News for iPhone

Sky News launched an iPhone app this week, which provides the latest headlines, as well as encouraging users to send in their own reports and images.

The app, which is currently top of the free download charts in the App Store, also has a strong focus on video content. I've been seeing how it compares to rival ITN's version.

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