Study: Apple’s iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases

f people are buying through online retail sites on mobile, they’re most likely doing so on Apple devices, according to a new report. iPads and iPhones accounted for over 92 percent of online retail not originating from a desktop device in December, according to the study.

Updated: Mark your calendar now for the big data days of 2012

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know December 21 will be a big online traffic day next year? Here, courtesy of data center power Equinix, are other big data, big web traffic dates to prep for, in chronological order.

What the death of Cyber Monday says about our broadband habits

The effort to figure out the biggest online shopping day of the year is still in flux, with Thanksgiving so far seeing the peak traffic, according to Akamai. Will this year be the one where turkey day beats out Cyber Monday? Stay tuned.

Today in Connected Consumer

What recession? U.S. shoppers were out in force over the Thanksgiving weekend, spending a record $52.4 billion and getting the holiday shopping season off to an unexpectedly strong start. That’s raised hopes among online retailers that the trend will continue through today, Cyber-Monday, a made-up phenomenon that has nonetheless been more or less officially adopted by e-commerce sites as the focus of Black Friday-like promotions and discounts. Analysts estimate cyber-sales could reach $1.2 billion today, topping last year’s $1. 0 billion, while mobile e-commerce sales could double. Don’t expect much work to get done today, however. Roughly half of today’s online shopping is expected to be done while at work.

A very virtual Thanksgiving: Allrecipes has biggest traffic day ever

Lots of people logged on to the web to find holiday recipes for the United States holiday of Thanksgiving: Allrecipes.com said it had its biggest traffic day ever on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, with more than 6.8 million visits in that day alone.

Today in Mobile

Today we’re feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers: AT&T said yesterday that it will take a $4 billion charge against earnings to reflect the hefty breakup fees it will incur should its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA fail. That fate seems very likely, of course, but CNNMoney illustrates two ways it might be salvaged — at least partially. AT&T could acquire T-Mobile’s tower and spectrum but allow the smaller carrier to sell its own devices and services, essentially becoming an MVNO. Or AT&T could simply continue to plug away at the deal and hope that a more favorable political climate arrives that could see the deal’s approval. I don’t think either scenario is likely, but AT&T has clearly indicated it isn’t going to give up this fight anytime soon.

How to (and How Not to) Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

If you’re reading this on Thanksgiving morning, then you probably already know what’s happening with your turkey this year. But if you’re slightly behind, or you just want to see what happens when the pyrotechnically-inclined experiment with deep fryers, this post is for you.

A Handy List of Web Worker Holiday Excuses

Spending time with non-techie family members can cause some stress over the holidays for those of us who don’t want to completely disconnect from the Internet. Here are some handy excuses that you can use when you want to escape your family for a little work:

Applications and Services For Which I Am Still Thankful

It’s been an exciting and interesting year to be a web worker. We’ve come to rely more on services like Twitter, there has been huge buzz about Google Wave (s goog), and there are certainly no shortages of new applications being released each and every day.

Around this time last year I wrote “5 Applications and Services For Which I Am Thankful,” which was a tribute to the cream of the crop that I had chosen as my daily go-to products. With another year gone, I thought it would be interesting to revisit that list of products (at the time, I picked Gmail, BatchBook, BlogDesk, Toodledo and Google Calendar) to see what may have changed. Read More about Applications and Services For Which I Am Still Thankful

Truphone Giving Free Calls on Thanksgiving

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is drawing nigh, and the folks at Truphone are giving free calls for the day in celebration of the giving spirit. The promotion runs on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. All calls to a U.S. mobile or landline will be free to any caller if made with the Truphone application.

“Thanksgiving is a day when family and friends come together to celebrate and catch up across the U.S.”, said Geraldine Wilson, CEO of Truphone. “For those people who can’t get home for the holidays, often because distance is too much, a telephone call to let them know how they are is the next best thing. With this initiative, we are allowing people who can’t be together to catch up on this special day.”