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Enter the Dev:unplugged HTML5 Contest

The Internet is a beautiful thing, and the advent of HTML5 has made it more so. In conjunction with faster browsers, HTML5 is giving devs the tools needed to create amazing applications and experiences on the web. The team at {Dev:unplugged} wants to encourage this type of development by providing a pretty sweet contest, including a whole lot of cash in the prize packages. “The Grand Prize winner will receive $9,000 in cash and a fully-loaded trip with a Golden Ticket to the Future of Web Apps Conference in Las Vegas on June 27th.”

There are three main rules to this contest:

  • No Plugins – The submission must stick to HTML/CSS/JS on the client-side (no restrictions on the server-side).
  • Browser Compatibility – The submission must work in Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 and the latest stable version of Chrome.
  • Making the Web Native – The submission must be amazing! We will be keeping an eye out for submissions that push the envelope and blur the line between a web app and a native app.

You can enter in any of three categories: Games, Music and Innovation. Each of the categories will have a winner and runner-up with one project being chosen as the Grand Prize winner. There will also be prizes for each of these mentioned, as well as for a few people chosen to receive an Honorable Mention.

The Grand Prize is seriously sweet: You’ll receive a trip (airfare and hotel accommodations) to the Future of Web Apps Las Vegas Conference, along with a “Golden Ticket” pass. This ticket allows you access to a dinner with the speakers and more. You’ll receive $9,000.00 in cold, hard cash. And you’ll be prominently featured on the main page of the host website so that people from all over the world will be able to see how YOU pushed the limits of HTML5 on their behalf.

Each category winner will receive five thousand dollars and a mention / placement on the host website. Those who are a runner-up will receive an awesome laptop. The Gaming category runner-up will have a new Alienware M17x, and the Music runner-up will receive an HP Envy 14 Beats edition! All Innovation Award Winners will receive an ASUS Eee Slate. Those who receive Honorable Mention aren’t being left out in the cold! Each of those people will not only have bragging rights, they’ll also receive an Xbox bundled with Kinect.

Get your coding fingers ready, and submit your best effort. The deadline to enter is May 8th, 2011. A panel of expert judges will be choosing the winners.

Good luck to everyone who enters! If you decide to throw your hat into the ring, let us know so we can keep an eye on the outcome!

Apple TV Giveaway Winner and Money-Saving Geek Tips


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At the end of March, we announced the giveaway of an Apple TV. Requirements for entry were pretty simple: You had to follow both myself and The Frugal Geek on Twitter, and send out a Tweet of your own. We actually had a LOT of entries, y’all – more than a thousand of them!

There are a lot of things you can do with this gorgeous little device. Turn your television into a photo album. Listen to your music. Watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts or Internet radio through your home speakers. Watch Netflix movies and television in HD. Rent your favorite shows on the spot – commercial free – for less than a buck per episode. (These are available the day after they air.) And of course, with the Apple TV you have instant access to the hottest new movies… usually the SAME DAY they release to DVD in stores.

Matt and I hooked up on Skype to do this giveaway, and I recorded the conversation using Call Recorder. It’s not a free application, but it does work very well. It’s simple to use: install the app and record and stop buttons will appear in your Skype window. You will have the ability to record video calls with picture-in-picture or split-screen mode! The files are saved as QuickTime movies, but you can convert them to MP3 files quickly. Drag your movie into the “Convert to MP3” utility within the app and it will automagically convert the file for you. You can then email it to someone or share it via a website.

When Matt came to me with an interest in doing a giveaway, I jumped at the chance. We announced it with a video, and received some amount of negativity from the community. Most of this came from our International audience. They weren’t happy to be left out. We had to explain – repeatedly – that our hands were tied. Giveaways are governed by various country laws, and there’s nothing we can do to change those obviously.

With nearly 1100 entries, Matt’s Twitter account quickly gained hundreds of new followers. My account even received a few new subscribers, which blows my mind. To have this type of positive feedback – and entries for the giveaway – made the negativity worth having to deal with. We want to try to do a monthly giveaway, and are going to work hard to try and accommodate the International folks.

This entire giveaway came about when Matt was visiting his local Fry’s store. He noticed some silly Darth Vader lamps (which I happen to love!) which made him think of me. As he wandered into the next aisle – the Apple product aisle – he remembered how welcoming and accepting our community has been. He’s been blogging full time for a few months now on the Lockergnome Frugal Geek blog, and has submitted a few excellent videos to our YouTube channel. All of his work is full of money-saving tips for geeks… something we can all use.

Matt realized there’s no better way to say thank you than with a sweet piece of hardware. The Apple TV weighs only a half an ounce, but it packs some serious punch. You’ll find a lovely A4 CPU – the same chip that runs your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. There’s a 6-watt power supply and a slew of ports: HDMI2, Audio, Ethernet and Micro USB slot (which Apple says is for service and support).

I was all for this opportunity, since Matt is such an active contributing member of our community. I love that Matt helps people save money – and time. I constantly Tweet out coupons, deals and even links to freebies of all types. Some may accuse me of spam, but I really do enjoy helping people save money. There’s value we provide – beyond the gifts.

Matt collected all of the names – just under 1100 of them – of the people who entered the giveaway. He put that list into the Random Number Generator site and a winner was chosen!

Congratulations to Casey Bryan from North Hollywood, California! You have just won yourself an Apple TV!

Thank you to everyone for participating. Keep your eyes peeled for our next giveaway.

Win a Zen Viewer HD Promo Code for Your iPad

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?

Would You Like to Win a Dell Vostro?


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The Dell Vostro is likely the best laptop for business use that I have ever come across. It’s light and fast – and I’m happy to be giving one away thanks to Dell!

This Vostro V130 sports an anodized-aluminum case, zinc hinges and magnesium-alloy palmrest. There’s no flimsy plastic here, folks. The vivid 13.3-inch WLED display, full-size keyboard and spacious touchpad don’t weigh it down: it starts at just 3.5 pounds.

Under the hood, you’ll find a nice Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM and a Mobile Intel HM57 Express Chipset. You’ll find all of the usual goodies you’d expect with a laptop these days, such as an integrated webcam, USB ports and a card reader.

I know, I know – you want to know how to win this baby! It’s quite simple, honestly. You need to head over to Twitter. On your way there, think about how you make a good first impression in your line of business. It doesn’t matter what business you work in – you still need to make a good first impression.

Send a Tweet giving your best “first impression” advice or business tip, and be sure to include the hashtag #tradesecrets. Any Tweets which include the proper hashtag will automagically be pulled into the Dell Vostro Facebook Page and entered into the contest!

You have to hurry, though. One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the weekend! Good luck.

Google TV Vs. Apple TV


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This is Google TV. I am more than grateful to the team at Google for sending this unit to me, and for showing me how I can help all of YOU win one for yourself. I have to tell you – this piece of hardware is simply stunning. The quality is far beyond what I had expected. Besides, what could be cooler than watching YouTube videos on a big screen television?

Google TV is a new platform for television that combines your normal TV programming with a full web browser, Android apps and a simple way to search through all of it. It’s even easy to switch between TV and the web without having to change inputs on your television set.

With Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Google TV lets you access everything on the web. Watch your favorite web videos, view photos, play games, check fantasy scores, chat with friends, and do everything else you’re accustomed to doing online.

If you’re a video producer like I am, you’re going to love this. Google TV gives web video stars the change to be a TV star. Google TV users can even bookmark your YouTube channel onto their TV home screen. This makes your content appear one click away from whatever they are already watching.

Google TV will come pre-loaded with apps like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Starting early next year, apps from Android Market will work on Google TV as well. As I already said in the video above, the quality and clarity of this Sony television is just – fantastic. I cannot imagine anything better to surf the web with, including my beloved Mac Pro and dual 30″ monitors. This TV set puts those to shame. Seriously.

I’m sure you are ready to know how you can win one of these for yourself, aren’t you? Google is graciously giving YOU the chance to win. The contest ends on December 22nd, so you’ll have to hurry. 100 people will win a 46″ Sony Google Internet TV on January 20th.

To enter, simply create a video describing why you’re excited about watching the Internet on TV. You can upload your entry as soon as you’re ready – and please make sure you’ve read the official contest rules. Your video cannot be longer than one minute, so be creative with your time – and good luck to everyone!

Thanks again to Google. This Sony in my office is now my new best friend. Why are YOU excited about Google TV?

Rock Band Reloaded for iPhone and iPad

You don’t have to own a gaming console in order to rock out. Thanks to EA Mobile, you can fire up the new Rock Band Reloaded for your iPhone or iPad. Get your groove on in style with the kick-ass graphics and features galore.
The game offers you an awesome setlist with more than thirty songs available at launch. You’ll find tracks from artists such as Nirvana, No Doubt, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails and more.

Go beyond guitar, bass, drums, and tap vocals. For the first time, you can even sing along by using the mic built-in to your device utilizing new vocal recognition features. Go wide in LANDSCAPE MODE… push it to the limit in the new expert mode… rock 6 cities and 36 events in the revamped World Tour mode… and earn up to 50 awards and achievements. Made to maximize the gorgeous retina display, the game creator didn’t overlook the eye candy, either!

Use your Facebook login to access News Center and check out the latest action. Find out when new songs launch. Follow your friends’ exploits and directly challenge their accomplishments – just touch and you go right to the same song, instrument, and difficulty level! Rock it, and then throw it back at them!

EA Mobile is also excited to announce a very cool sweepstakes. From December 7, 2010 until January 10, 2011, you can enter the Rock Band Sweeps. You’ll have a chance to win one of 92 prizes – including two grand prizes of one Mad Catz – Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller for either the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system or the Wii.

Are You Ready for the Cataclysm?

All of our gamer friends know that World of Warcraft Cataclysm release date is getting closer. Things around Azeroth will never be the same, but most players are excited about that prospect. It’s always good when a game shakes things up and makes them almost new again. It keeps players interested, right? There are lots of cool things going on to help promote the launch, and we’re happy to be taking part in a giveaway right here in our community.

Our friend Rubin and his team over at DiabloSpot have graciously donated some seriously cool items to give away. We will be doing two random giveaways – one begins today and the other will be next week! You have two chances to win, simply by sending a tweet. Your tweet must include @Chrispirillo, @diablospot and #Cataclysm in it. By sending that tweet between now and midnight on Friday night (October 29th), you are automatically in the running for this week’s prize.

This week, four lucky people will win Limited Edition Warcraft Trading Card Game Cards… each of which are still sealed in foil and were signed by the artist! At this point in time, there is no monetary value placed on them. I would definitely hold on to these if you win one… they could be worth some decent bank one day.

Are you looking forward to the Cataclysm? What do you feel will be the best change to the game? If you missed out on BlizzCon, be sure to check out the information that Rubin and the gang put up over on DiabloSpot – and don’t miss out on all the talk of Diablo 3.

Win a Ticket to Gnomedex and Tungle With Me

Gnomedex is now officially only nine weeks away. Tickets are selling quickly, but the team at Tungle wants to make sure you don’t miss your chance to attend. They are giving away an all-access pass to the conference – a $300.00 value! Entering is easy, and the prize package is seriously cool (if I do say so myself!).

The winner will receive, courtesy of Tungle.me:

  • 15 minutes of face time with yours truly
  • A Tungle.me invite
  • One free All-Access pass to Gnomedex
  • An armload of Tungle.me swag
  • Their winning post published on Tungle.me, Lockergnome.com and chris.pirillo.com

What would you do with 15 minutes of face time with me during the conference? The sky is (almost) the limit. You can get some advice, pitch an idea to me, ask me to sing or dance or even challenge me to a quick game of Tetris. That time will be yours if your essay is chosen as the winner, and we can use it in whatever way you wish (within reason!).

Entering is simple: Blog your story titled “Why I Deserve to Tungle with Chris Pirillo at Gnomedex,” and send a link to the post to the Tungle Team. If you don’t have a blog, you could also create a video to upload, record a podcast or even draw a comic strip. The choice is yours, so be creative.

The best entry wins, and will be chosen by the Tungle team and myself. The deadline for entering is July 31st, 2010. Travel, hotel and other expenses are not provided and you will be responsible for them.

Why do YOU feel you should get to Tungle with me?

Win a Free iPad Skin!

Well I think 11 days is long enough. 18 people wanted the Crane Skin from Gelaskins and 10 people got the right answers:

1. Des Moines, Iowa
2. Des Moines, Iowa
3. Des Moines, Iowa

…although I’m going to give credit to the other eight who answered Lincoln, Nebraska, as it’s also known as the “Hartford of the West”.

I used the Random Number Generator at RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner and that is #14 – Rick Mansfield!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!


Cable CranesGelaSkins recently released their new new line of protective and customizable skins for the iPad. Gelaskins for the iPad are available in all current designs and the customizable Do-It-Yourself online service. The new line of GelaSkins for the iPad cover non-screen portions of the front and back of the device, wrapping the iPad with both style and premium scratch protection, and include matching wallpapers.

Gelaskins sent us a Cable Cranes Gelaskins iPad skin ($29.95 value) to give away. All you have to do is make a comment below and answer these three questions:

  1. In what city was Chris born?
  2. Where was the first Gnomedex held?
  3. What city is known as the Hartford of the West?

…and we’ll pick a winner at random.

UnderworldI’ve had an Underworld Gelaskin on my iPhone 3GS for the past few months. It keeps the back of my iPhone in perfect condition and it looks damn good. Combine it with an Invisible Shield and your iPhone/iPad will stay scratch-free.

Here are the current coupons for GelaSkins:

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LeapFish $100K Ca$h Da$h

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of LeapFish. All opinions are 100% mine.

The LeapFish $100K Cash Dash kicked off just a few days ago, and people have already won things like iPod Touches and Flip Mino camcorders. There are still some pretty cool prizes left, so don’t wait too long to begin.

To enter the contest, you’ll need to earn points. Start by singing up and setting your homepage to LeapFish. Then, use your social media prowess to create videos, blog posts and tweets. You’ll also earn points by linking to the contest on your own home page, as well as for every person who signs up under your account.

In addition to prizes like a Dell Laptop, an Apple iPad and a MacBook Pro, there will also be random cash drawings. To win the physical products, you’ll need to be one of the first three people to reach the point level for that prize. To win the dough, you’ll be relying on the luck of the draw. You’ll gain 1 raffle entry in the Grand Prize drawing for each point you have racked up. Cash prizes range from $1000.00 to $50,000.00.

You already spend a large part of your day using various social media sites. Why not put that usage to work for you, and enter to win some pretty awesome gear? Signing up and setting your home page to LeapFish will earn you 75 raffle tickets. That’s 75 chances at fifty grand, folks. Who couldn’t use that kind of extra money?

This contest is a perfect example of being creative with social media resources to engage your community and followers. The more you talk about the contest to your audience, the more chances you’ll have to win. I think this contest is going to be a lot of fun for some people, as well. Good luck to anyone in our community who chooses to enter!