MacBook Air Giveaway

We’re giving away a six-month LootCrate subscription every week to one random person who leaves insightful comments on all LockerGnome.com articles that week. If you want, you can use “LOCKERGNOME” to save 10% on a LootCrate subscription immediately!

But maybe what really caught your eye in this newsletter headline was the fact that we’re running a MacBook Air giveaway? I don’t blame you! Check out this tweet to find out how you can have a chance at it. And if you fancy Apple stuff, then you should certainly tune in for our live Apple event announcement discussion!

Oh, and one more thing before we continue: Did you know that a LockerGnome app now exists — for iOS as well as Android? True story!

On with the show!

In this video, we discuss Nokia’s announcement of two new flavors of Lumia smartphones, why Candice Shane thinks that her Kindle Fire 2 will be able to beat up your iPad (2 or new or otherwise), and how Ryan Matthew Pierson believes that Windows 8 is headed down the right path.

Have we got your attention yet? How about trying some of this on for size?

Would you want to live forever? Would you settle for twice as long? What if you had to choose between long life or good health? There are plenty of real-life examples of people living long and healthy lives, but what if you had to take one over the other? If the ravages of age are far-off thoughts and you’ve got younger concerns at heart, perhaps you’d like to know about a sensor for football helmets that warns of brain injury or if teenagers can learn valuable lessons about financial responsibility with prepaid credit cards.

But wait! That’s not all! We also talked about how The Borg have assimilated Labor Day! I guess that’s nothing compared to what Daleks could do to Christmas, or Imperial stormtroopers could do to Groundhog Day, or Cylons could do to Thanksgiving, but I’m committed to only worrying about one holiday/alien invasion at a time. It’s much easier that way.

Sponsored Video: Get Paid to Explore Paradise with Your Friends or Family

This is a sponsored post that I’ve written on behalf of TomTom for Unruly. All opinions are 100% my own.

TomTom is hoping to expand its mapping data, and you could be chosen to drive around one of five paradise islands. In order to create accurate maps, field work is required. What better way to get this “work” out of the way than on an all-expenses-paid trip for someone and up to four of their closest friends or relatives to paradise?

I know, it sounds too good to be true, but TomTom is sending five families or groups of friends to paradise for two weeks to drive around tropical islands in order to help map them. This opportunity is being extended to five different groups, and no experience in cartography is required to participate. Oh, and TomTom is going to throw 10,000 euros your way just for helping out.

TomTom, founded in 1991, is a leading name in electronic navigational tools including personal GPS devices, in-dash navigational systems, and real-time traffic information. By incorporating real-world mapping techniques with GPS data, TomTom is able to provide remarkably accurate information to the user.

In case you’re wondering, the five islands to which TomTom is sending folks for this project are:

  • Fiji
  • St. Lucia
  • Mauritius
  • Cape Verde
  • Seychelles

Here’s how it works: If selected, you and up to four of your friends/family are sent to one of five tropical islands to drive around and explore paradise in a specially equipped mapping car. As you drive around, the car sends data to TomTom, which helps create the maps that other drivers use to navigate from their GPS devices. This process can take a day, but you’re given two weeks to get the job done. For completing your assignment, your group will also receive 10,000 euros. That sounds like a good deal to me.

If you want to have a chance at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, just head over to TomTom.com/summer and sign up. All you really need to qualify is a decent sense of direction and an interest in exploring a tropical island. You do have to be 18 years of age or older with a valid passport to apply. Every two weeks between now and August 9, 2012 an all-expenses-paid trip will be rewarded to a qualified applicant.

The first island trip up for grabs is Fiji, home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. You’ll be able to visit ancient marketplaces, the Sabeto Valley, Vuda Lookout, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and more. You can even go snorkeling along the coral reefs while taking part in a South Sea Island Day Cruise. That sounds like a good deal to me.

So, whether you’re a cartography geek or simply someone who enjoys going to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, this is a great opportunity to get out of the office and into paradise. What are you waiting for? Go sign up!

Need to Run Windows on Your Mac? Parallels Has Got Your Back

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Parallels. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

If you’ve ever wanted to retweet the link to a post but were afraid of what might happen, this will be the one to break you of that fear. Read on (or scroll to the bottom if that’s how you roll) to find out why!

So you’ve got a Mac, and you love it. OS X is pretty, it’s functional, and in spite of the ribbing you might get from your more Windows-centric friends, it’s the system that you happen to prefer. But sometimes, because of its popularity with the rest of the world (those savages!), you still find that you need to use Microsoft Windows for any number of reasons. Maybe you’ve got software from the time before you made the switch that you don’t want to buy all over again. Perhaps you want to check out a new game or application that’s been put out, but it’s got a blasted “Runs on Windows — OS X Coming Soon!” sticker prominently displayed on the box. Or maybe those aforementioned Windows-centric friends keep sending you files that require their operating system of choice.

So you can roll your eyes, curse through your teeth, and make the costly choice of buying a new PC to take up more precious space in your home office, or you can simply get a nifty little thing called Parallels that will allow you to run Windows on your operating system of choice.

It is nice to have such choices, right?

And Parallels won’t confine you to making the choice of running Windows on your Mac. It’ll also allow you to run Linux, Google Chrome OS, and/or several other operating systems on your Mac if you so desire. How’s that for having choices?

Here are just some of the other benefits you might want to consider when weighing the buy a new PC vs. run Parallels on your Mac dilemma.

  • Parallels allows you to enjoy Windows without the risk of ruining your system with malware and other vicious online-contracted critters that exist only to mess up (or steal) your data and thrive on your tears.
  • Parallels allows you to install Windows and all of its drivers without having to deal with oodles of OEM junkware and half-trial crud.
  • Parallels allows you to easily “boot” between multiple installations, and even different versions of Windows.
  • If you frequently need to use both Windows and OS X and you travel a lot, it’s sure nice to only have to bring one computer equipped with Parallels along for the ride instead of two (especially if your airline charges for extra baggage).
  • Parallels allows you to use OS X functions like Full Screen, Launch Pad, and Mission Control with your Windows programs.

Retweet This Post for a Chance to Win a Mac or an iPad with Parallels!

If you’d like to pick up a copy of Parallels Desktop 7 — either as an upgrade to your current version or a brand new, full version — between now and the new year, why not save $10 for your trouble? Just go to the Parallels site, enter the coupon code PIRILLO when you check out by the end of December 31st, 2011, and we’ll hook you up with the discount.

And if you retweet the link to this post between now and January 1st, you’ll be eligible for our giveaway of either a MacBook Air + Parallels Desktop 7 or an iPad + Parallels Mobile!

Need to Run Windows on Your Mac? Parallels Has Got Your Back

Boost Business Efficiency with a Free Dell Printer

We’ve teamed up with Dell to offer another giveaway. This time around we are giving away a Dell 1355cnw printer aimed at boosting your office efficiency.

Complete requirements to qualify are provided in the official contest rules, but here are the basics:

  • You must be a resident of the United States.
  • You must be following @ChrisPirillo on Twitter.
  • You must submit a tweet with a business efficiency tip.

To submit your tip, simply tweet @ChrisPirillo with your tip and the hash tag #printsecrets before the end of the day on 8 December 2011. You can submit up to 3 tips in 3 separate tweets.

Dell 1355cnw

The printer recipient will be selected at random from all qualified submissions.

You may also want to check out the Dell Trade Secrets Facebook page to find out what advice others are giving to improve business efficiency.