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Noon News: Amazon Kindle Touch UK Pre-order, Sony S1 Tablet Price Cut, New Features in Pay with Square for Android OS

Amazon has announced that the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G devices are now available to pre-order in the UK. The basic Kindle Touch will set you back £109, with the 3G version running at £169. As the name suggests, the devices have a touchscreen which makes it easier to leaf leisurely through those e-books. "EasyReach" touch technology lets you simply tap the screen to turn the page.

The latest piece of research from ad management outfit Marin Software has indicated that Britons are the most avid mobile searchers in Europe. Marin's overview of the mobile search market in December showed that 15.1 per cent of global paid search clicks came from the UK. As a nation, that meant we led Europe in mobile search clicks, coming in third behind Japan and Australia worldwide.

You can get the Sony Tablet S1 from PC World for only £284 after a five per cent discount using the discount voucher (TAB5); the tablet cost £399 until mid November 2011. Unlike other Android tablets on the market, Sony opted for a wedge/teardrop design and a smaller screen size (9.4-inch) although the rest of the configuration is similar to its rivals.

The former Card Case payer application, built by a company co-founded by Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey, is now renamed as Pay with Square. Already available for iOS running devices, the software has been deemed compatible with Android OS and to celebrate the move, developers added a nice batch of features.

Hon Hai Precision Industry, the parent company of Foxconn, is set to make a major move with an acquisition of almost 10 per cent of Sharp, and nearly half its LCD panel subsidiary. Foxconn will splash out 133 billion yen ($1.6 billion) to acquire 10 per cent of Sharp Corp in newly issued shares, along with buying up 47 per cent of Sharp Display Products.