Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:00 PM
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:00 PM
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM
I may be selling these sites and working full time for HTC now, but who says I can't have a little more fun giving away a great prize before I go? Last week I posted about the new Audioengine A5+ powered desktop speakers; the generous folks at Audioengine have offered up a set of these new speakers for a contest. With dual inputs (3.5mm and RCA, the latter of which is easily converted to an addition 3.5mm input with a cable) and a USB charging port, the A5+ speakers are a great companion to an endless variety of devices: desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and yes, even the humble Zune. Ringing in at $399 USD, these are high-quality speakers that I guarantee will blow you away.
How do you win this contest? Simply post a comment to this discussion thread (one entry per person) telling me what your current audio solution for speakers is and how the Audioengine A5+ speakers will be better. One winner will be randomly selected from amongst all the entries and they'll get to chose either a set of black or white A5+ speakers. Due to the size and weight of this prize, it will only be shipped within the continental USA. The contest will remain open until Friday the 28th at 12 PM mountain time (GMT -7).
Best of luck everyone, and I look forward to reading some interesting entries. :-)
UPDATE: The contest is now over, and the winner is ITforSmallBiz. Thanks to everyone for entering!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:00 AM
Just a quick reminder that we're running a free phone give-away: there's an unlocked LG Quantum up for grabs. It's fast and easy to enter; all you need is a YouTube account. Check out this post for more details.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:06 PM
Just a quick reminder that the giveaway contest for a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is ending in roughly three hours - this all-in-one desktop computer worth $1308 USD is a fast, capable computer that would be perfect for a variety of scenarios and locations - check out my full review here. Enter the contest now!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:00 PM
I'm a couple days late getting this contest launched - things have been hectic - but here we go! I have a top-spec Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z to give away to one lucky Thoughts Media reader/YouTube viewer.
Here are the three things you have to do to be entered in this contest:
That's it! One entry per person, and the contest closes at 5 PM GMT -7 on December 13th, 2010. Good luck everyone - the winner will be chosen randomly from amongst all the comments posted. The winner will be contacted via YouTube direct message, and will have 48 hours to respond back to me to claim their prize. If the winner hasn't fulfilled all three of the requirements above, I'll pick someone else.
Please note: due to shipping constraints, this contest is open to people in North America only. You guys know I always try to do world-wide contests, but this is a physically BIG prize so as you can imagine shipping world-wide would be a bit problematic.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM
Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).
I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!
Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!
The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.
(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Events" @ 08:00 PM
"Another year gone! We've made it to another ZuneSpring birthday celebration and this time it's going to be a dozy. If you want to stay clued into all the giveaways and festivities coming your way all week long, visit our ZuneSpring4th Hub on the ZuneSpring Forum, or follow along with the #ZuneSpring4th twitter tag."
Want to win some Zune accessories, and perhaps even a Zune HD? Then stop by the forum hub where all the prizes are being given away. There aren't a ton of entries yet, so your odds of winning are good!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Events" @ 09:00 AM
Hey there Thoughts Media community! I was looking through an interesting discussion thread the other day, and I found myself realizing it was somewhat difficult to figure out who was saying what. Why? Because I'm a very visual person, and when I look at a discussion thread, I see avatars before I see the posting name. Back in the phpBB days, everyone had an avatar for their profile - but since we migrated to vBulletin a couple of years ago, it seems like adding an avatar to your profile is no longer the cool thing to do. Well, I say we make it cool again!
Here's all you have to do in order to be in the running to win a $50 gift card for Amazon.com: upload an avatar to your forum profile, and post a message as a response to this post telling me what you'd use the $50 gift card for. That's it - could you possibly imagine an easier contest? :-) If you don't want to upload a picture of yourself, there are many places to find avatars online (here, here, or here for starters). Keep them tasteful, respectful, and a maximum of 100 pixels by 100 pixels in size, and 19.5 KB or smaller. Non-animated GIFs and JPEGs are supported.
One comment per person, and I'll leave this contest open for a full week, closing it down on Thursday the 29th of July at 12pm GMT -7. Let's see those avatars!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 10:32 PM
I've had a crazy week, so I'm just getting to this now, but it's important so keep reading: if you're a small or medium-sized business (SMB) owner or decision maker, please take a few minutes and complete this survey. The information is being collected by some trustworthy friends of mine at Ivy Worldwide, and when you complete the survey (I did, it took about four minutes) you'll be entered in a random drawing to win a Lenovo A70z (valued at $729 USD), an LG Bluetooth headset, an LG Bluetooth stereo headset, or an LG Bluetooth solar car kit & emergency charger. Fast, simple, and prizes to be had. What could be easier? The survey closes today (Monday) though, so act fast!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:30 AM
I'm giving away a Lenovo A70z worth $729 USD, courtesy of Lenovo. It's a great all-in-one desktop computer that I did an unboxing and first impressions video of, and you can win it in a random drawing. You'll be winning a brand new A70z, still in the box, not the one I used in the video. I'll be selecting a random comment posted on this YouTube video telling me why this A70z is better than the computer you currently have, or how you'd use the A70z as a secondary computer. To win, that person has to be subscribed to my YouTube channel and has to have marked the video as a favourite. I forgot to mention that you should also Like the video, so that's not part of the official rules - but doing so would be the nice thing to do. :-)
The contest starts today, and runs until midnight on the 12th (GMT -7) - I'll be randomly selecting the winner on the morning of the 13th. One entry per person, and the winner must be located in the USA or Canada. Don't forget too that this is part of a much bigger giveaway ($15,000+) so be sure to check out all the of the other sites that are giving away their own A70z's. Good luck everyone!
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM
Quick reminder, contest for the Gomadic 2-in-1 Charger ends this Friday. You can check out the details and the thread here. DO NOT reply to this posting as your entry won't count unless it is to the original contest thread. Thanks!
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Thoughts Site Updates" @ 12:00 PM
The Gomadic chargers are very slick, and we recently did a Quick Look on the 2-in-1 Charger pictured above. If you aren't familiar, the system uses what they call "Tip Exchange" so all you need is one cable and a tip for each device, instead of having to carry around separate charging cables. They pretty much cover every device know to man, or at least it seems that way (the brand list is here).
Now the folks at Gomadic are being generous enough to give away four (4) of their 2-in-1 Charging cables as well as two tips to be chosen by each winner. Since Gomadic has such wide coverage on devices, this is a network-wide contest. To win, all you have to do is go to the Tip Exchange page and pick two of the charging tips you want to go with your 2-in-1 Charger. Post the two numbers along with a reply to this post and you are entered. You MUST post the two tip numbers in your reply or your entry won't be counted.
One post per person, and the contest closes on Friday the 19th of March at 12pm Pacific time, GMT -7. This contest is world-wide with Gomadic providing the shipping. Remember that all first posts in our system are held in moderation, so if this contest entry is your first post, please wait up to 48 hours before getting concerned if your post hasn't shown up yet - it will. Winners will be contacted via private forum message, so have email notifications turned on. Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize.
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Thoughts Site Updates" @ 09:00 AM
Congrats to HueMan, andrew_lee, txa1265 and dlindman, our winners in the XO Skins contest. Their products shipped out last week so depending on where you are, you should see something in your mailbox this week. Again, congrats and thanks for entering!
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Thoughts Site Updates" @ 07:00 AM
Just a reminder, it isn't too late to enter the XO Skins contest so head on over to the forum thread to get in on the action! Contest ends January 1st 2010. Replies to this message do NOT count as an entry, you must reply to the forum thread located here.
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Thoughts Site Updates" @ 01:06 PM
I just posted a review of the XO Skin for the iPhone over at Apple Thoughts, and the kind folks from XO Skin decided to give away some of their products to our lucky readers! They cover a wide variety of products, from Apple MacBooks to Dell Laptops to Palm to Blackberry to, well, you get the idea. Since they do cover a wide variety of products, we are going to make this a network-wide contest, four winners total! So, all you have to do to enter is post a message in the discussion thread telling us what type of device you would cover with an XO Skin. One skin per person (your choice of what skin you want) and the contest closes at 12pm on January 1st, 2010, which is UTC/GMT -8. This contest is world-wide. Winners will be contacted via private message in the forum and will have 72 hours to claim their prize from time of notification. Good luck!
UPDATE: There is only one contest thread, so if it is your first post, it may take up to 72 hours for it to show up.Also, if you want to get $2.00 USD off of any product that XO Skins sells, they have generously provided a coupon code to use: applethoughts2off
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:00 AM
We've got another great contest for you, and this time because it's an accessory that works with so many different products, it's a network-wide contest. The prizes? I'm giving away three pairs of SHURE SE210 Earphones (MSRP $179.99 USD), courtesy of the generous folks at Shure. Our very own David Tucker reviewed this earphones back in September, and he loved them - so I'm sure the three winners will as well. The SE210's feature a noise-isolating sleeves that block 90 percent of the ambient noise, and the more noise you can block out, the more you can enjoy your tunes.
What do you have to do to win? Simply post a message in this discussion thread telling me which type of device (or devices) you'd use the headphones with. A Windows Mobile smartphone? A Zune? An iPod? An iPhone? A netbook or laptop? That's it - one post per person, and the contest closes on Tuesday the 15th of December at 12pm GMT -7. This contest is world-wide; I'll be shipping you the prizes myself.
Remember that all first posts in our system are held in moderation, so if this contest entry is your first post, please wait up to 48 hours before getting concerned if your post hasn't shown up yet - it will. Winners will be contacted via private forum message, so ensure that you have email notifications turned on. Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize.
Let's see those entries!
UPDATE:The contest is now closed, and the three winners are GqSkrub, webguy248, and deenoo. Thanks to everyone for entering - it was great to see so many entries! And big thanks to SHURE for donating the prizes!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:00 PM
Hey everyone! This is a quick heads-up for you to check Digital Home Thoughts if you're interested in winning some free stuff. It's by far our #1 site when it comes to contests, largely because it covers a broad spectrum of topics which makes it easier to get giveaway items. We've been running a hard drive giveaway (3350 GB in total storage) for the past five weeks, giving away a variety of hard drives, and this week we're giving away a 500 GB Western Digital hard drive. Also going on is a giveaway for a Skooba Design Checkthrough Brief bag, and on Monday we're launching a contest giving away 10 copies of Corel Digital Studio 2010. Watch for it!
Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Announcements" @ 09:30 PM
Lusting after a Zune HD but don't want to drop down the $210 or $290 needed to purchase one for yourself? Luckily Microsoft is giving away one Zune HD a week for four weeks for your freeloading pleasure. And it won't even take a lot of effort on your part! Just reply to the question "what are you most excited about in the Zune HD" on Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace and you'll be entered to win. Full rules are available at the read link (US residents over 18.) What are you waiting for? Enter already!
Also: For you Twitterphiles out there, you can now "Zuneify" your pic!
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:00 AM
Remember the iZel review that I published a few weeks back? Well, the makers of the iZel have offered us three to give away to lucky Thoughts Media readers! This contest is open to anyone in the US or Canada (sorry rest-of-world). Entering the contest is really easy: all you have to do is post a message in this discussion thread telling me what kind of device(s) you'd want to use with the iZel. That's it! I'll randomly select three entries and each person will win an iZel. Nice and easy! The contest is open until the 16th of July, at 12pm (GMT -7). Enter now!
UPDATE: Only one entry per person, and if it's your first post, please allow up to 48 hours for it to show up.
UPDATE #2: The contest is now over and the winners have been randomly selected. iZel has a little consolation prize for everyone though. If you use the coupon code 5OFFIZEL you'll get a $5 discount off the normal price of $24.95 from Amazon.com [Affiliate]. The coupon code is valid until midnight July 31st, 2009.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Events" @ 02:28 PM
I've done the drawing for the Zune Swag Bundle contest, and the randomly selected winner is hawkeye107. What's he listening to? Here's his post:
"I recently found a new band called The Airborne Toxic Event. I've had "Sometime Around Midnight" playing on my Zune almost everyday, it's seriously an amazingly written song and suggest for you to at least check it out. Oh, and awesome shirt!"
Thanks to everyone that entered! It was cool seeing the electic music that this community listens to.