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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!
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.
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:
- St. Lucia
- Cape Verde
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!
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!
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.
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.
Streaming content into your home is more than just some passing fad. Thousands of people have already “cut the cable cord” in favor of set-top boxes such as the Apple TV. Using a device like this gives you more control over the content you are watching. It’s also cost effective – it will cost far less than traditional cable or satellite programming. The Apple TV is a fantastic device – and this one could be yours.
This tiny little black box (it’s just under 4″ square, sits about an inch high off the table and weighs just .6 ounces!) packs a lot of punch. Inside, you’ll find the A4 CPU, the same chip that powers the iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch. There’s a built-in 6-watt universal power supply and several ports: HDMI2, Optical Audio, Ethernet, IR receiver and a Micro-USB slot that Apple claims is for service and support.
It supports a slew of different formats. For video, you have:
- H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
- MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
- Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.
Audio files supported include HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through. And for photos, you can browse anything ending with .JPEG, .GIF and .TIFF.
So what can you DO with an Apple TV? I’m so glad you asked! Turn your TV into an HD photo album. Listen to your extensive music collection. Browse and play YouTube videos, watch your favorite HD podcasts, and listen to Internet radio through your home entertainment speakers. Watch Netflix movies and television on the device in HD and with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when available. Rent your favorite TV shows on the spot, commercial free and in HD for just 99¢ per episode as soon as the day after they are aired. And of course, with the Apple TV, you get instant access to all of the best movies – usually the same day they are released to DVD.
Are you drooling yet? Are you ready to win?! Anyone in the United States is eligible to enter. I apologize to those of you in other countries. International laws and restrictions prohibit us from running contests worldwide.
Jump over to your Twitter account and make sure you are following the Lockergnome account as well as the one for the Frugal Geek. Once you’re following both of us, send out a Tweet stating the following: LockerGnome is Giving Away an Apple TV http://bit.ly/fcyJRE @LockerGnome @FrugalGeek. The giveaway is open from now until April 15th. One winner will be chosen at random who meets all qualifications laid out in this paragraph.
Are you using a set-top box? Which one do you prefer – and why?
The Kodu Kup contest is here! This is a game design competition for kids aged nine through seventeen residing in the United States. The contest began on March 11, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on May 10, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There are two categories to enter: the 9-12 age group and the 13-17 age group. You can win any one of some seriously cool prizes – including a copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 just for registering – even if you decide not to enter the contest!
Microsoft has provided a Kodu tutorial to help kids get started. Every child who has ever played a game has dreamed of creating one that’s even better. This is their chance! Encouraging their creativity in this contest can help bolster their skills and confidence. Heck, you never know – your kid may be the one to create the next best-selling computer game!
At the end of the contest, qualified judges will select the top six games (3 from each Category) and each finalist will be judged on the following judging criteria:
- Innovation – How creative and technically unique is the Game? (25%)
- Fun Factor – How intense, exciting, and entertaining are the attributes of the Game? (25%)
- Production Quality – How complete is the Game including its polish of design, functionality, and thematic execution? (25%)
- Presentation – How clear and precise is the Game Summary and Game Play Instructions (25%)
The finalist that receives the highest score in from each of the two categories will be the Grand Prize winners, and the remaining finalists will be the First Prize and Second Prize winners! I know… you want to know what you’ll win, right? Hold your horses, I was getting to that!
Grand Prize Microsoft Prize Pack
- $5,000 Cash Prize
- New York Trip for 2 to the Imagine Cup including roundtrip airfare, transportation, 3 nights occupancy at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and $250 cash
- Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect
- 3 month Xbox LIVE Gold
- Toshiba – Satellite Laptop
- Microsoft – Arc Laser Mouse
- Microsoft Office Professional 2010
- Grand Prize Trophy
First Prize: Microsoft Prize Pack
- Toshiba – Satellite Laptop
- Microsoft – Arc Laser Mouse
- Microsoft Office Home & Student
- 1st Runner Up Trophy
Second Prize Microsoft Prize Pack
- Zune HD 16GB MP3 Player
- 1 year Zune Pass subscription
- 2nd Runner Up Trophy
There will also be four (4) copies of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 given away at random just for registering. Additionally, one “School Award” will be presented, with the winner receiving $5,000.00 in cash and a 1 year Gaming Magazine subscription… from a choice of Computer Gaming World, EGM, GamePro, or PC Gamer.
Get your thinking caps on, and let your creative juices flow! Good luck to anyone and everyone who enters this awesome contest.
Geeks love gadgets. We love gadgets that are functional. More importantly, we love functional gadgets that are cool looking. The Mimobot Designer USB Flash Drive fits all three of these bills perfectly. These awesome little drives come in sizes from 2GB up to 16GB and offer an optional key chain attachment at a small additional cost. How suave are you going to look when you whip out your Star Wars or Halo key chain, pop off the top and stick it into your laptop or computer?
Boston-based Mimoco has fused the art of contemporary characters with personal data storage devices since 2005. They offer up flash drives housed inside of popular geek culture icons, fan-voted submissions and even an exclusive artist series. They’ve long been a favorite toy amongst elite geeks, and I’ll be giving you a chance to win one of your own later in this post.
Each drive comes packed with preloaded content for you to enjoy. The quarterly MimoZine is a video-based magazine featuring interviews with musicians, profiles of artists, coverage of fun pop-culture events and many other things you’ll expect to find at the crossroads of technology and art. You’ll also find wallpapers, icons, avatars and screensavers to enhance your desktop experience.
Your Mimobot will work on either Windows or Mac OS X, and some Linux users have reported success when plugging in their device. The flash drives are Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1. The little dudes and dudettes are a mere 2.5″ tall by 1″ wide, easily fitting into a pocket or purse. They don’t take up much space in your travel bag, and it’s okay if you feed them after midnight!
So now you’re wondering how you can win one of my Batman series Mimobots, aren’t you? It’s simple! Make sure you’ve checked me out on Twitter and YouTube. Choose your favorite video from my uploads, and Tweet a link to it – be sure to include @lockergnome in the Tweet so I don’t miss it! Winners will be chosen completely at random, so keep an eye out on your messages to see if we send a congratulatory Tweet your way! The contest ends next Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on Thursday, March 24th, 2011.
Trying to organize and use all of the content on your iPad can be a nightmare. You may need to buy different apps to open, read or consume different types of media and files. This could potentially cost you quite a chunk of change – and give you one massive headache. Your iPad stores documents, PDF files, music, eBooks, images and – well – I’m not sure if I want to know what else you have on that thing. The point is, there are an ungodly number of different types of files to be organized and opened. This is where Zen Viewer HD will come in handy.
This app is a little powerhouse. It will unify your content into one place – read, watch, store, organize, protect and record your audio. View PDF files, documents, images. Listen to your music. Watch your videos and movies. The Zen Viewer HD allows you to do ALL of these things. Heck, you can even change the skin of the app itself if you don’t like the way it looks out of the box.
The Zen Viewer puts you in control of your files. Rename, compress, email and password protect your files and folders with a click of the button within the app. Why not download owner’s manuals or user guides for your favorite products and save them on your iPad? Forget searching for hard copies that you likely threw in the garbage at some point in time. Free up the space in your file cabinet – or get rid of the dang thing completely. Keep everything on your iPad – and then manage it with Zen Viewer.
Did you know that this little app can manage:
- Document Formats – pdf, epub, rtf, txt, csv, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, vcf, htm, html, xml, cbr and cbz.
- Image Formats – jpeg, gif, bmp, png, tif, cr2, nef, ico, cur and xbm.
- Audio Formats – m4a, mp3, wav, aiff, aac and caf
- Video Formats – mov, mp4, m4v, m-jpg
That is one heck of a lot of variation and choices. There are also a few special features you’ll be interested in:
- Enhanced file searching – Browse through your libraries and files using any of several different preset features. Choose your preset type by file extension or genre.
- Easy File Transfers – Transfer through iTunes, certain web sites, WiFi and servers.
- Resize your library – Need more room in your library? This is the app for that!
- Compress or decompress your content – Zip or unzip your files and folders for easier storage or transferring.
Are you convinced yet? Great! If you would like to win a copy of Zen Viewer HD, you will need to enter today – Monday, March 14th, 2011, before 11:59pm PST. All you have to do is click that cute little Twitter button at the bottom of the post, and you’re automatically entered. Five people will be chosen at random to win a copy of their very own tomorrow, March 15th, 2011.
How do you manage files on your iPad?
It’s no secret that no matter what platform you are using, there will be rude commenters. With this new giveaway, we decided to reward those of you who do NOT fall into this category!
You could get this Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e desktop computer and 2 ThinkVision L1951p monitors. To qualify, all you need to do is say something nice in the comments section for the video. Be sure to leave your comment on YouTube itself – not here on the blog.
Kelly will pick her favorite nice comment and award the lucky person the computer. Deadline for sharing your comment is Midnight 18 February 2011.