Archive for November 4, 2009

TwitterPeek: “Epic fail of the week?"

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TwitterPeek

For Twitter addicts who relish the thought of having another expensive mobile device clunking around in their pocket or bag, TwitterPeek is for you. Released yesterday by Peek Inc., TwitterPeek looks like a smart phone with a full QWERTY keyboard but connects only to Twitter. No phone. No emails. Just Twitter. Price: $100 for the device including 6 months of wireless service. After that, service runs $8 a month. (For $200 you can get the TwitterPeek plus a lifetime service plan.)

Peek seems to be building a name for itself as a maker of single-function mobile gadgets. The company’s Peek Classic ($20 plus a $15/month service plan) just sends and receives email. The Peek Pronto ($60 plus service plan) emails and also allows unlimited texting.

You could make a case for the efficacy of the Peek Classic and Pronto, given the high cost of many data plans for smart phones. The idea behind TwitterPeek, on the other hand, is one even some of the Twitterati have trouble understanding. From the Wall Street Journal:


“On Twitter, it’s attracting its fair share of skeptics. “TwitterPeek is my vote for epic fail of the week,” Josho2001 tweeted. “I don’t see this having much demand. Two words: Smart. Phone,” wrote Marie Goltara. A third Twitter user, Nelanka, added, “TwitterPeek is the final sign that the end is near. I figured this would have come out around 2012.”

If you’re savvy enough to be a dedicated Twitterer, isn’t it also likely you’d be capable of tweeting (for free) from your cell or smart phone?

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Walmart joins the "Why wait for Black Friday" club

Consumer Reports Holiday Headstart

Joining the likes of Sears, which jump-started the traditional Black Friday holiday shopping period with pre-sales that started last weekend, this Saturday Walmart kicks off one week of special savings on everything from a $5 turkey to a $500 TV.

Starting on Saturday November 7th at 8 a.m., Walmart stores will offer a variety of deals, including its first one-week electronics savings event. Items include Sharp LCD TVs ($498 for 42-inch set, $698 for a 120Hz 46-inch model, and $898 for a 120Hz 52-inch set), a 46-inch 1080p Panasonic plasma TV, and a $148 Sony BDP-S360 BD-Live-ready Blu-ray player. Other deals include $200 Microsoft's Xbox Arcade systems, which come with a $100 Walmart gift card, and a $298 HP notebook computer with Windows 7.

For those looking for more elemental fare, Walmart is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal, including a 12-pound turkey, for $20. For complete information about special deals and price roll-backs, plus store locations, visit Walmart's Christmas Shop Web site. —James K. Willcox

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