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August 04 2012

Bon Iver Wants You to Remix His Songs for Spotify Album




American folk band Bon Iver, winner's of Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in February, wants people to remix the songs from its album Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

The 10 best recreations will be featured on Bon Iver's remix-only album exclusively on music-streaming service Spotify. The top music makers will receive $1,000 each if their versions make it onto the 10-track album.

Dubbed Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project, the contest on partnering social network Indaba Music provides participants with remixing tools and individual audio stems of the vocals and each instrument.

People can enter remixes here until Aug. 29. The remixes will face a public vote and the most-voted ones will…
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More About: Bon Iver, Contests, Entertainment, Music, celebrities, spotify


January 09 2012

10 Companies That Hit the Bullseye With Online Contests


Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes youth entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and underemployment. The YEC provides young entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business’s development and growth.

Online contests and sweepstakes can be great for business. Besides creating a fun customer experience, consider the lure of increased publicity, the spike in traffic to your website, and all those shoutouts on Facebook and Twitter.

But for every online contest success story, you’ll also encounter a story of doom. The angry emails, phone calls, tweets and Yelp reviews. The sharp drop in traffic following a so-so spike, the total lack of interest and participation. And worst of all, loss of money or reputation.

SEE ALSO: How to Successfully Run a Social Media Contest

The key to a successful online contest is planning — you can’t wing it and expect to succeed just because you’re giving something away. Freebies come a dime a dozen. You know what doesn’t? Online contests that generate lasting sales.

I asked 10 successful entrepreneurs to share contests that caught their eyes in 2011, and why they thought these contests presented genuine business wins.


1. Citizen Eco-Drive


Citizen Eco-Drive were sponsors for the 2011 U.S. Open, and during the competition they ran contests on both Facebook and Twitter offering one lucky person each day a free watch. To win, people had to simply follow, retweet or answer trivia questions. This campaign proved to be successful due to the ease of entering, a great prize, and the brand benefited from all the increased fan engagement.

- Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings.


2. Magnum Heir Contest


Recently I was involved in a social media activation project with Magnum and Ogilvy. During this contest, they put out a call for the next Magnum Heir and encouraged people to first submit a video and then forego a voting period. The prize package alone was to die for and following the new ‘heir’ for the next year, via social media, will keep the brand recognition alive and well. Loved it!

- Erin Blaskie, BSETC .


3. Bing’s Use of User Generated Content to Drive WOM


Bing launched a Jingle contest which required users to upload a video of their ‘Bing Jingle’ for a chance to win a monetary prize. They promoted it across all of their social media outlets. The end result was increased viral engagement and substantial word-of-mouth marketing. A byproduct of the viral component was increased ‘air play’ on major blogs, which drove organic content development.

- Erica Nicole, YFS Magazine: Young, Fabulous & Self Employed.


4. Viral Content is the Golden Egg


Some of the most successful online contests have content that is entertaining to users that don’t necessarily care for the brand they are about. A theme song for a brand, or even a viral video can be entertaining to listen, watch, and most importantly, share. FreeCreditScore.com band contest is a great example of success.

- Ilya Pozin, Ciplex.


5. Find the Dodge Journey


To me a good online contest incorporates offline elements. The recent ‘Find the Dodge Journey’ competition was brilliant. It was like a real-life scavenger hunt with the prize being a free car. Dodge weaved together effective television ads with an awesome YouTube challenge to create the ultimate adventure. Yikes, now I sound like I work for Dodge!

- John Meyer, 9 Clouds.


6. Oscar Mayer Good Mood Mission


One of my first jobs with Weber Shandwick was working with Oscar Mayer on their 2010 campaign, the Good Mood Mission. For every ‘good mood’ shared on their website, in combination with other tactics (hello Wienermobile), a pound of food was donated to Feeding America. Social happiness sharing? Feeding the hungry? So simple. They reached their goal within six months of the program launch.

- Sydney Owen, 3Ring Media.


7. Great Contests Get Emotional


Lifestyle entrepreneur Marie Forleo recently ran a successful online contest for her ‘Rich, Happy & Hot Live’ event. She had contestants record heartfelt videos about their current challenges and dreams for their business. This provided Forleo with excellent in-depth data on her market, and the emotional content made the videos prime for sharing. In the end she received over 250 entries.

- Laura Roeder, LKR.


8. Visa’s Ideas Happen!


I worked on an amazing two-year campaign with Visa a few years back that encouraged young people to come up with great ideas and share them with the world. In return, 12 winners were given $25,000, and we were hired to put on an incredible weekend workshop to arm them with tons of tips, resources and connections to make their ideas come to life and rock. Campaign was huge with billions of impressions!

- Jennifer Kushell, Young & Successful Media.


9. Basecamp Tell A Friend


Basecamp recently held a ‘Tell A Friend’ contest, offering a discount to new users who signed up through their friends. This worked well because most business owners who use Basecamp are friends with other business owners who would also benefit from using the software. This gave potential users a chance to try the software at a great price!

- Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media.


10. Carnival Cruise Lines Didja Ever


Carnival Cruise Lines launched a wildly successful social media campaign this year, asking people to create a ‘Didja Ever’ list. This was to get people to dream big about the things that they wanted to fulfill in their lives from travel to experiences. It was extremely successful and helped them to cross over the 1 million mark in terms of Facebook Likes.

- Greg Rollett, The ProductPros.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Thomas Hawk

More About: Business, Contests, contributor, features, gamification, Social Media

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December 15 2011

What’s Your Ultimate Business Travel Story?


This post is supported by Samsonite: The bags that adapt to any job. Shop Samsonite’s full line of laptop bags, backpacks, sleeves and shuttles at Samsonite.com. Ready For Anywhere™.

Last week we asked you, the Mashable community, what is your ultimate business travel story?

We received a number of unique responses. Some were epically funny, while others were quite touching.

We’ve chosen five of the most inspiring stories to receive as our Samsonite Quantum laptop bag winners: Jenna Ellis, Blair Hickman, Jay Kruemcke, Sean Kahulia and Wendy Ferguson.

Check out their winning stories in the slideshow below. Congrats to our winners and thanks to all who participated!


Forgetting to Reset Your Alarm




Jenna Ennis shares her business travel story about sleeping and not waking up til one hour before the plane took off. It sounds like she had the most filled hour of her life. Luckily in the end she made it back home safely.

Click here to view this gallery.

Photo courtesy Nick Morrish, British Airways.

More About: Business, Contests, mashable, travel

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July 19 2011

What’s Your Favorite Food Truck? [CONTEST]


Food trucks have won the hearts of city dwellers by serving gourmet meals from specialty cuisines.

Born of a tanking economy and fueled by the rise of social media, the mobile food industry continues to build an enthusiastic and engaged community. Trucks have translated their virtual followings into physical ones by updating fans on their whereabouts via Twitter and mobile apps.

Now Mashable wants to know: What’s your favorite food truck and why? Do they make to-die-for potstickers? Is it their Twitter updates that make you laugh? Or how they always remember to hold the mayo? Tell us what makes this food truck so amazing, and send us photos and links if you have them.

We’ll feature the most inspired submissions in a follow-up post on Mashable as part of our Social-Savvy Food Truck Series.


How To Enter the Contest:


  • Tell us your favorite food truck and why it’s so fabulous in the comments below, including photos of the truck and links to its website.
  • Submit your answer by Thursday, July 21, noon ET.
  • Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may credit you in the follow-up post.
  • Look out for a post with the winning submissions on Thursday, shortly after the contest closes, to see if you’ve won!

In the meantime, here are a few examples from tech entrepreneurs to help spark your imagination. Enjoy!


1. Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare -- New York




"Calexico: Delicious, delicious Mexican food in SoHo for when I'm working at home (rare) or have meetings down there. It's been a staple in the neighborhood for a while."


2. Mike Krieger & Kevin Systrom, Instagram -- San Francisco




"3-Sum Eats -- the BEST deviled eggs in the world, and an out-of-this-world BLT with truffled mayo. I'm only allowed to go once a week (doctor's orders)." - Kevin

"Chairman Bao has amazing timing -- either they're nearby for lunch (Pork Belly Baked Bun is one of the most delicious things I've ever had) or at the Bloodhound bar, so you can wash your Bao buns with Recoils or bourbon. They're really Twitter-savvy, so you can always figure out where they are. Also, they have a special place in my heart because we went there for lunch right after we launched and told them we were from Instagram, and the lady at the window said, "Oh, the photo app?" When the food trucks know about you is when you've made it in SF..." - Mike


3. Soraya Darabi, Foodspotting -- New York




Kelvin Slush is located in the Flatiron district, all too conveniently close to the Foodspotting NYC HQ. The ginger and mint slush is so cooling in the summer time –- particularly the peach variation, which has a lot of zest. It’s an ideal mid-afternoon pick me up.“


4. Tony Haile, ChartBeat -- New York




"Wafels and Dinges are the best. I was introduced by @ninakix one late summer night and dream about their waffles. You gotta keep it pure -- the liege wafel with some butter and sugar is all it takes."


5. Dan Leahy, Savored -- New York




"Tough question, but I'd have to say Mexicue takes the cake. Big fan of Mexican food and love barbecue, so it's hard to beat a combination of the two. Plus they're outside our office in Flatiron a lot and there's a cool vibe with the truck and the people who work there. I typically mix and match, but my go-to's are the short rib and the BBQ chick tacos, as well as the pulled pork sliders."


6. Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox -- New York




"Going to have to give a shout-out to the Rickshaw Truck! My favorite food in the world are dumplings -- who doesn't love an efficient and flavor-packed pocket of food and sauce! I mean, it is a wrapper of happiness. Our first "office" for Birchbox was in DUMBO, with the generous and wonderful drop.io team. There was limited access to multiple lunch options, and on one desperate day, we tweeted at the Rickshaw truck, and they came to DUMBO! They recognized a dumpling emergency -- our hero!"


7. Seth Priebatsch, SCVNGR -- Boston




"Clover [Food Lab] is awesome. They basically create unbelievable fresh food, served up quickly and, bonus points, they use Square. So I can pay with a card and feel kinda like an 'in-the-know' hipster here in Boston ... even if only for a moment."

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8. Josh Williams, Gowalla -- Austin




"LuLu B's in Austin. The Lemongrass Pork is pretty much to die for."


9. Adrian Salamunovic, DNA11 -- Ottawa and Los Angeles




“The best food truck ever without question is: Kogi BBQ out of LA. It's an amazing fusion of Korean and Mexican, and half the fun is using Twitter to find out where they will be so it ties in some social media fun. Kogi is not exactly a secret -- it’s super popular -- but it’s amazing.”


10. Andrew Cohen, Bitly -- New York




"My pick is the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck ... try the earl grey ice cream!"

More About: community, Food, Food truck, Social-Savvy Food Truck Series

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July 18 2011

Spotify Invites: Get Yours on Mashable [CONTEST]


Ever since Spotify pulled a Christopher Columbus last week and navigated its way to the new world, people in the United States have been hoping to get a hold of one of the much-coveted invites to the service.

Spotify has slowly been rolling out invites to its free service, which limits listening somewhat. But many would rather not wait and have been signing up for the paid version of the service: $4.99 per month for its unlimited, ad-free service, and $9.99 per month for the premium, mobile service. Others have managed to grab an invite via launch partners such as Klout, Chevrolet or Coca-Cola.

If you are still holding out for the free service and haven’t been invited yet, have no fear. Your wait may soon be over. Mashable has 100 invites to Spotify, and we want to share them with you.


How To Enter the Contest:


  • In the comments below, tell us how Spotify will change the way you listen to music.
  • Be sure your email is included in your Mashable Follow account by visiting the settings tab on your profile and adding your email address to the email field if it’s blank. Please do not post your email in the comment thread below.
  • Submit your answer by Thursday, July 21, at 12 p.m. ET.

We’re looking forward to hearing how Spotify will change your listening habits. Good luck!



Rock Out With Mashable on Turntable.fm Fridays at 3:30 ET »


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July 14 2011

HOW TO: Get a Google+ Invite [CONTEST]


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Since Google rolled out its social layer, Google+, to a very limited audience on June 28, web users have been clamoring for invites.

Shortly after the launch, we offered invites to readers from our Mashable News account. The post had nearly 2,000 comments from readers who wanted to get on the new platform — more entries for a Mashable comment contest than we’d ever seen.

Now that Google has released more invites, we’re happy to share ours with those of you still on the hunt.

We know we won’t have enough for everyone, so here are some tips that might help you get an invite elsewhere — just in case.

  • 1. Make Yourself Known: Be sure to post on Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, Mashable article comments and any other social community you’re a part of that you’re looking for an invite. We’ve seen many generous Google+ users sharing their invites with strangers in threads on the Mashable website and social streams.
  • 2. Be Safe: While making yourself open and available could help you secure a Google+ invite, it’s important not to compromise your security or your privacy. Avoid posting your email address publicly. You never know who might snag it off a thread and use it for evil.
  • 3. Be Careful What You Click: As with many major product launches, fake Google+ invite scams have popped up to take advantage of the hype. If you receive an “invite” to Google+, especially from a name you don’t know, be extra careful before clicking any links and make sure that the invite is really coming from a legitimate source.
  • 4. Be Patient: Google is indeed accepting requests for invites. All you have to do is fill out your first name and email address here. If nothing else works, this will ensure you get an invite when the platform opens more.
  • 5. Try Your Luck on Mashable: Our first contest was a success, and we hope the second will be too. Here’s how you can win a Google+ invite from us:

July 12 2011

5 Ways to Encourage Customers to Share Your Content


Sanjay Dholakia is CEO of Crowd Factory, the leading provider of crowd-powered marketing applications that add a quantifiable social boost to every digital interaction.

Nearly every brand has realized that integrating social elements into most or all of its marketing programs is essential. Companies are also thinking about social media as an integrated element that spans all of its campaigns and channels – not as its own silo. But enabling people to share a campaign with friends is only half the battle; you’ve got to give them a compelling reason to socialize.

Here are five creative ways to motivate social sharing. We’ll provide insights as to how you can structure campaigns to encourage more people to share, alongside examples of brands that are getting it right.


1. Increase the Payoff When People Share More


With the advent of DIY group deals, you can create campaigns in which the more people share among themselves, the more they all save. The idea of collective benefit also plays to team dynamics: people will mobilize when lots of folks can get a benefit.

Oscar Mayer’s recent program for its new Oscar Mayer Selects hot dogs provides a good example. Oscar Mayer offers consumers a coupon to try the product, and encourages them to come back to share a “Taste-a-Monial” (essentially their personal review of Selects Hot Dogs) to get a second coupon. But this second coupon is progressive in nature: for every 5,000 people who share their Taste-a-Monial, the value of the coupon will increase by $0.50. The value continues to increase until the deal becomes a free pack of hot dogs, or until the promotion ends on August 15. At that point, everyone who shared a Taste-a-Monial will be rewarded their coupon.

Snoop Dogg made headlines recently for the progressive group deals he runs from his Facebook page’s “Shop Snoop Now” ecommerce tab. Each day, one product is featured for a special group deal – the more “Likes” the product gets, the lower the price for the product.


2. Give Them Something Exclusive


Giving people something unique or exclusive in return for sharing can be a powerful motivator — we all want to feel privy to something special.

For example, in a recent campaign to build awareness for recording artist Cady Groves, RCA offered fans a free song download for registering on the Cady Groves website. RCA also incentivized fans to share Cady’s music with their friends by offering a free merchandise pack to every fan who convinces five people to download the song.

Many brands are also rewarding fans by providing early access to content. For example, a big trend we’re seeing in the music industry is “share to reveal,” where fans get advance access to music videos or song tracks in return for sharing with friends.


3. Appeal to Their Altruism


People are inherently good. If you make it easy for them to help, they often will — and your brand will get a major boost along the way.

For example, Clarisonic recently ran a fundraising campaign for “Look Good, Feel Better,” a program that helps women battling cancer cope with treatment-related skin changes and hair loss. It contributed a $1 donation for each new “Like” on its Facebook page. The campaign made it fun and easy to share the program with friends by designing different “calls to action” that visitors could choose to share. As a result, Clarisonic generated over 30,000 new Likes on the page.

Of course, many fans will share simply because they love the cause and want to spread the word — so make sure you’ve at least added social elements to all your customer touch points.


4. Let Fans Help Create the Offer


Giving fans the ability to choose which version of a product should be offered, or to vote for the discounts or special offers they want to receive, helps ensure they’ll share it. For example, HarperCollins’ Bookperk website, which keeps readers up to date on new books and special deals, lets members select which books will be offered at a discount. Once members have chosen a book, they have the option to log into Facebook and share their selection with friends, therefore spreading the word about the discount.


5. Identify, Recognize and Reward Superfans


Humans are inherently social beings, and like to be recognized for their expertise and achievements. Recognition can be a powerful motivator for social activity.

In the Cady Groves example mentioned above, not only was the campaign successful in getting many fans to share with their friends, but furthermore, quite a few “superfans” took sharing to the next level. They generated their own tweets, direct messages and Facebook posts. Some individuals managed to recruit several hundred new fans to the Cady Groves website and Facebook page.

These superfans aren’t necessarily motivated by the incentive; they’re interested in promoting the artist, getting free merchandise for their friends and establishing their reputation as someone in the know. Smart marketers will look to identify and reward these superfans on an ongoing basis, and further provide them with ways to carry on their message.

Once you’ve identified your superfans, make them part of your marketing mix. Give them preferential or early access to new items, and reward them with recognition on your Facebook page, Twitter or your website.


Whatever your methods, find a way to incorporate a social element into every marketing campaign you run by finding compelling reasons for people to share. That’ll make every dollar you spend on marketing look like two.

Disclosure: Cady Groves, Clarisonic and HarperCollins are clients of the author’s company.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Anne Helmond.

More About: business, Contests, ecommerce, facebook, incentives, sharing, social media, twitter

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June 20 2011

What’s the Most Social City in the World? [CONTEST]


Think your city is the most social media savvy in the world? Tell us why, and you could win a fabulous prize pack for your local Social Media Day celebration.

On June 30, thousands of web enthusiasts will come together for this global recognition of the technological advancements that enable everyone to connect with real-time information, communicate from miles apart and have their voices heard. Last year, there were 600 Meetups in 93 different countries. In 2011, organizers are already planning for even bigger and better events.

We’re so excited about Social Media Day that we thought we’d recognize one city that’s super passionate about social. Tell us why your city is the most social media savvy, and we’ll send a MashPack to the writer of the most inspired response. In addition to the glory of living in the most social city, the winner will receive a MashPack with stickers, water bottles, tote bags and more to liven up his or her hometown event.

For updates on how the events are taking shape, follow our @mashsmday Twitter account or visit our Facebook fan page. Haven’t found your #SMDay celebration yet? Check out what’s happening in your city on the map below.


How To Enter the Contest:


  • Tweet your city and why it’s the most social with the hashtag #smday and a link to this post, OR
  • Tell us your city and why it’s the most social in the comments below and like this post on Facebook

Submit your answer by Wednesday, June 22, at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via email, Twitter or Facebook to let you know you’ve won. This contest is limited to residents of the U.S., UK, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), France and Germany who are 18 and older.



Find a Social Media Day Meetup Near You »


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May 06 2011

Hackapalooza: Lollapalooza Launches an API

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I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "Lollapalooza," I think about beer, grunge rock and application programming interfaces. Wait, what?

Okay, so maybe an API isn't exactly what comes to mind, but this year, the rock festival that once helped propel bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam is looking to launch something else entirely: an open API chock-full of real-time scheduling data, stage geolocation and more.

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The 20-year-old festival announced today on its blog that it would be opening up its festival data for the first time this year for anyone to use. In addition to releasing the data, Lollapalooza is launching HackLolla, a contest for the best mobile, web and desktop apps created using their API.

Lollapalooza is offering over $5,000 worth of prizes and tons of promotional exposure for the best mobile, web and desktop apps created using their API. Developers can access data on artists, events, stages/venues and updates for Lollapalooza 2011. Prizes will be awarded for apps that help fans get the most from their Lollapalooza experience before, during and after the Festival. Winners will be promoted on the official Lollapalooza website and to fans via email, Facebook, Twitter, and the jumbotron screens at the Festival.

The HackLolla website has the full list of rules and deadlines.

If music and hacking are your thing (and let's face it - you're here, so they are) then you might also want to check out this weekend's San Francisco Music Hackday, which is being sponsored by Lollapalooza. The company will be making a more in-depth announcement on HackLolla. Immediately following, San Francisco will be home of the SF Music Tech Summit.

In all, it's a good time to be a music-loving hacker.

Discuss


Tags: Contests

February 22 2011

Google Offers $5,000 for Best Tax Infographic


Think you’re good at creating infographics? Then you may want to enter Google’s latest contest.

Google is offering a top prize of $5,000 for its Data Viz Challenge, a contest to see who can offer the best visualization of data about where your tax money goes. The contest, announced on Google’s Official Blog today, is based on a website called whatwepayfor.com, which was created by a couple of developers: Andrew Johnson and Lewis Garcia.

Impressed with the pair’s site, Google engineers came up with their own “interactive data visualization” or infographic:

But the company acknowledges that its infographic has its limitations. So, Google has teamed up with not-for-profit art and technology center Eyebeam for the challenge. To make things easier, Johnson and Garcia have built an API to let any potential developer access the data.

Those interested can enter the challenge at the site referenced above. The contest starts today and ends on March 27. The winner will be announced on April 18, aka Tax Day.

Though Google isn’t a company that many people associate with promotions and contests, this is the second such contest this month from the search giant. Earlier this month, Google used a similar promotion to publicize its wedding-planning site.

Image courtesy of iStock, Fullerene

More About: Contests, data visualizations, Google, infographics

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February 11 2011

#TypeNerdyToMe: Top 5 Valentine One-Liners [PICS]


Two weeks ago, we asked you to send us your best Valentine’s Day one-liners for a chance to have your valentine designed by Shane Snow, Mashable guest writer and founder of PrintingChoice.com.

After enjoying a number of delightful — and occasionally inappropriate — submissions on Tumblr, on Twitter and in story comments, we chose the five most charming one-liners of the bunch. Check them out below, and feel free to use one on your favorite tech nerd or social media geek. Be sure to tell us which is your favorite — and add any last-minute lines you come up with.

Congratulations to our winners, and a big thank you to all participants and to Shane for his design work. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mashable team!


1. CSS/HTML




You're the CSS to my HTML.-- Submitted by Robby Gunawan


2. Auto-Complete




You auto-complete me.-- Submitted by Kamakil


3. Justin Bieber




Justin Bieber may have Twitter, but you’re the No. 1 Trending Topic in my heart. #iLoveYou-- Submitted by Jessica Chung


4. Android




Linux is Red, Windows is blue. But my Android is downloading an app kerneled with you.-- Submitted by Allison Duncan


5. Firefox




Baby, you light my Firefox.-- Submitted by Justin Bradford


Bonus: Mashable




I wanna be on you like Mashable on social media. #letsmashlips--Submitted by Chelsea Mollere

More About: contest, design, nerdy, social media, tech, Valentine, valentine's day, winners

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January 19 2011

Google Announces Doodle Contest for Kids


Get the colored pencils and construction paper ready. Kids in the U.S. now have a chance to design Google’s famous homepage logo and win a scholarship, as well as a technology grant for their school.

Google announced today that it’s launching the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google contest with the theme “What I’d like to do someday…” The contest is open to K-12 students in the U.S.

The winning Doodle will be displayed on Google’s homepage; its creator will receive a $15,000 scholarship, and his or her school will receive a $25,000 technology grant.

“We know this crop of students will be the generation of tomorrow’s leaders and inventors, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with,” Google’s VP of consumer products, Marissa Mayer, wrote in a blog post.

This year’s contest judges will include Whoopi Goldberg, ice skater Evan Lysacek and Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, and Google employees. The 40 regional finalists will receive a trip to New York City and their art will be displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The registration deadline for participating students is March 2 and entries must be postmarked by March 16. Go here for more details.

The Doodle below was the winner selected for grades seven through nine last year. Vance Viggiano, a seventh grader at the time from New Jersey, drew it. And the image above was the winner for the kindergarten through third grade category. Makenzie Melton, a third grader at the time from Missouri, created the Doodle.

Images courtesy of Google


Reviews: Google

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December 29 2010

Win a Pair of Justin Bieber’s Solo Justbeats Headphones or iBeats Earbuds [CONTEST]


A little more than a year ago, YouTube sensation Justin Bieber stole the hearts of tweens across the globe with his debut album My World.

Little did we know he would soon change our worlds by claiming a trending topic spot on Twitter for the majority of 2010. A Twitter employee even said that 3% of the service’s servers are dedicated to Justin Bieber at any given time.

In honor of 2010 being The Year of The Bieber on Twitter, we’re giving away one pair of his Solo Justbeats headphones and one pair of his Limited Edition iBeats earbuds, both by Beats by Dre. Let your Bieber Fever ignite and enter to win!


How to Enter the Contest


  • Tell us what you think will be the hottest trending topic in 2011 and why
  • Tweet your prediction using #mashbieber OR
  • Submit your prediction in the comments below OR
  • Submit your prediction to our Mashable HQ Tumblr

Submit your prediction by Friday, December 31 at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll announce the two winners after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S.


Justin Bieber Talks About His Solo JustBeats Headphones


Image courtesy Attention USA

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December 28 2010

Win a Trip to Ford’s Focus Global Test Drive Event in Spain [MASHABLE AWARDS]


This post is supported by Ford. Be one of the first 100 people to test drive the 2012 Ford Focus and receive $10,000 for the charity of your choice. One Mashable Awards attendee will win the last spot to the Focus Global Test Drive in Spain. Learn more about how to enter and win on Facebook.com/FordFocus.

Going to the Mashable Awards? You could be one of the first 100 people to test drive the 2012 Ford Focus and receive $10,000 for the charity of your choice!

One lucky Mashable Awards attendee will win the last spot to the Focus Global Test Drive in Spain. (Think Charlie’s golden ticket! With less chocolate, more sangria.) You must be registered for the Mashable Awards in order to win so make sure you have your ticket to the Mashable Awards Gala.

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The Contest


Next February, 100 people from around the world will be flown to Spain for a unique and exclusive Focus Global Test Drive event. During the past few months, people have been applying on facebook.com/FordFocus for the opportunity to put the 2012 Ford Focus through its paces on multiple test tracks near Madrid.

In addition, those selected will have the opportunity to receive $10,000 for the charity of their choice from the categories of hunger, education and environment/sustainability. Up to $500,000 will be given to driver-preferred charities. Not only will these select few be taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, they will be doing good for an organization they are passionate about!


How To Enter


During the Mashable Awards, at the entrance of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, there will be a 2012 Ford Focus. Simply take a picture with the car and tweet the photo with the hashtag #FordCES. That’s it!

One lucky person will be chosen at random from all completed tweets. The winner will be announced live during the Mashable Awards gala by J Mays, Group Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer of the Ford Motor Company.


The Mashable Awards Gala at Cirque du Soleil Zumanity (Vegas)


In partnership with Cirque du Soleil, The Mashable Awards Gala event will bring together the winners and nominees, the Mashable community, partners, media, the marketing community, consumer electronics and technology brands, and attendees from the 2011 International CES Convention to Las Vegas on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Together, we will celebrate the winners and the community of the Mashable Awards at the Cirque du Soleil Zumanity stage in the beautiful New York New York Hotel. The event will be hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston, The Onion’s Director of Digital, and the remix masters, Eclectic Method, will get the crowd in a party mood. The Awards Gala will also include acts and performances from our partner Cirque du Soleil Zumanity.

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011 (during International CES Convention week)
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. PT
Location: Cirque du Soleil Zumanity, New York New York Hotel, Las Vegas
Agenda: Networking, Open Bars, Acts, Surprises and the Mashable Awards Gala presentations
Socialize: Facebook, Foursquare, Meetup, Plancast, Twitter (Hashtag: #MashableAwards)

Register for Mashable Awards Gala at Cirque du Soleil Zumanity stage (Las Vegas - 2011 International CES convention) [Ticketed Event] in Las Vegas, NV  on Eventbrite

Mashable Awards Gala Premier Partner:

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands includeFord, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford, please visit http://facebook.com/ford.

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December 22 2010

Announcing our Final Holiday MashPack Winner


Nothing spreads holiday cheer more than the gift of giving. That’s why we gave away a MashPack filled with awesome social media and tech prizes every weekday during the past two weeks.

Each pack of the first week had at least 12 prizes, and we bumped it up to at least 19 for week two. The grand prizes got bigger and better throughout the giveaway — with the coveted Xbox 360 with Kinect and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as the final top prize. Other big items throughout the contest included myTouch 4 phones, DJ Hero 2, a Kobo eReader and e-ink watches.

Thousands of readers tweeted to win, and the final MashPack went to Jimmy Chung from Wausau, Wisconsin. (Congratulations, Jimmy!) Thanks to all who participated throughout the contest.

Another big thanks to our friends at PromoJam for building our Twitter contest page.

Keep an eye out for many more giveaways in the new year. Happy holidays from Mashable!

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December 17 2010

Win Xbox 360 With Kinect, “Guitar Hero” & 22 Tech Prizes in Today’s MashPack [GIVEAWAY]


‘Tis the season and Mashable has been getting into the holiday spirit by showcasing some of our favorite wish list items in the Mashable 10 gift guide.

But what spreads holiday cheer more than the gift of giving? That’s why we’ve been giving away a MashPack filled with awesome social media and tech prizes every weekday during the past two weeks. Since it’s our final day of the giveaway, today’s collection of prizes is the biggest and best yet.

Today’s grand prize is the coveted Xbox 360 with Kinect and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Other big prizes include a myTouch 4G and E-Ink watch. You’ll find a list below detailing the 22 other fantastic prizes in today’s MashPack — and see information on how to win. Yesterday’s MashPack went to Jason Williams from St. Louis, Mo. (Congratulations, Jason!) For those who haven’t won yet, today is your last chance. Good luck!

Happy holidays from Mashable!


How To Win The Final MashPack


Tweeting for today’s MashPack will end Monday, December 20 at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll contact the winner after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S. For contests and prizes, also make sure to “Like” us on Facebook.


Xbox 360 With Kinect


Kinect brings games and other media to life with pure motion. Once you wave your hand to activate the sensor, your Kinect will be able to recognize you and access your Avatar. Then you’ll be able to jump in and out of different games, and show off and share your moves. You become the device controller as you direct which movies and music are played with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice. Technology evaporates with full-body play, getting you off the couch and engaged in the entertainment experience.


Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock


Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock sends players on an epic journey to save rock n’ roll. The set list has more than 90 tracks, plus the option of adding songs from previous Guitar Hero games. You’ll find a new set of gameplay features, including the first-ever Quest Mode, which allows players to build an army of rock warriors. It comes with a redesigned guitar controller for the ultimate rocking out experience.


T-Mobile myTouch 4G


Today’s grand prize is a myTouch 4G Android phone. The new myTouch features a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, an 8 GB microSD memory card, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. It was designed by HTC, and it runs the latest version of Android: 2.2. It also has a second, front-facing camera and video calling capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity. The myTouch 4G has made a name for itself in Hollywood with pop star Pink and her husband Carey Hart, both fans of the phone.


Phosphor E-Ink Watch


Phosphor’s new World Time Curved E-Ink digital is on the cutting edge of time telling devices. It has a dual time zone display and provides a selection of 24 time zones. This means you can chose one of the 24 zones for the main display, while displaying a second time zone simultaneously. The watch can also be configured to display just the time of day or both the date and time in either over-sized or conventional-sized segments. There are five total display options. It’s curved case is sleek and ultra-thin, measuring 9.3mm thick. The Phosphor World Time Curved E-Ink watch’s assortment of different functions and display modes can’t be beat!


Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch HD Camera


Sony’s Bloggie Touch camera captures Full HD video and 12.8-megapixel still shots with the simple touch of its single record button. The large touch screen showcases your photos and videos, which are stored on built-in memory. Its size makes it readily available from your pocket or purse, and you can easily upload your photos and videos to your favorite social networking sites while you’re on the go.


Aperion Audio: Audio Link


The Home Audio Link (HAL) by Aperion transmits high-quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet. This means you can stream music from your computer, home theater, MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home — wirelessly! With additional HAL receivers, you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones, giving you true whole-house audio without running wires across rooms.


iPom


The iPom from Speakeal is a 2.1 stereo speaker system that plays music from a USB Memory stick, SD cards or any other music device that has a 3.5mm output, such as an iPod. You can adjust the volume and which song you’re listening to just by touching the device. It has three speakers that are strategically positioned for 360 degree sound separation and distribution. Bass is adjustable and the airflow design is optimized for consistent sound performance. It has a 3.5mm AUX input jack to connect to your TV, gaming Console, MP3 player or other music sources. It comes in several colors for brightening up your listening experience!


Griffin Technology PowerDockDual


Your iPad and your iPhone (or your iPod) get seats of honor in PowerDock Dual’s built-in charging dock, while the valet dish is a resting place for your change, keys and whatever else might live in your pockets. It has an AC power supply with four international plug adapters, 10 watt (2 amp) charging for your iPad and 5 watt (1 amp) charging for your iPhone or iPod. The screens and speakers are unobstructed while the batteries get charged, so you can listen while you watch. It’s perfect side table entertainment!


Griffin Technology AirCurve Play


The AirCurve Play acoustically amplifies the speaker of your iPhone without batteries, cables or electricity. It collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it in a built-in coiled waveguide, and projects it out into the room. AirCurve’s transparent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the waveguide’s graceful curves, inside, that do all the work. Its internal engineered waveguide requires no power, making it a perfectly portable audio/video conference phone, and self-contained music player and video viewer.


Caseable Custom-Designed Mashable Laptop Case


Caseable, a startup based right in Mashable HQ’s backyard — Brooklyn, New York, creates handmade, customized cases for just about any size laptop or tablet. You can get any look you’d like by handpicking your colors for each detail — even the zipper! Caseable made specialized 15-inch Mashable cases exclusively for our holiday MashPack winners. They’re quite snazzy, if we might say so ourselves.


Picaboo Madison Photobook


Picaboo photo books can be fully customized by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. You have complete creative control with powerful-yet-simple editing options. The Madison’s heavyweight, archival quality lay-flat pages are ideal for highlighting panoramic, two-page spreads, and the paper’s pearlescent sheen coating adds a luminous glow to your photos. The elegant custom cover features a photo of your choice under a protective laminate and a full-grain glove leather wrap around the spine and back cover is available in five colors.


Skullcandy Earbuds


Skullcandy headphones are known for their funky fashion and durable design. Their style is in line with an impressive list of celebrities who endorse the brand, including rap czar Snoop Dogg; snowboarding legends Terje Haakonsen, Mark Frank Montoya and Devun Walsh; skate pros Lizard King, Theotis Beasley and Greg Lutzka; surf rulers Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Kolohe Andino, the Gudauskas brothers, and Clay Marzo; as well as free-ski greats Tanner Hall, Kaya Turski, and Tom Wallisch.


Merkury Innovations Universal Square Stereo Speakers


The Universal Square Stereo Speakers are just one example of Merkury Innovations’ fun and stylish electronic accessories. These battery-free speakers will work with audio devices featuring a 3.5mm audio jack. The slim design and exciting metallic colors can complement any decor. Their compact size make them convenient for toting from room to room in the house or packing up for a friend’s party.


Ben Folds’ Lonely Avenue Deluxe Album


Lonely Avenue contains 11 new songs featuring music by Ben Folds with words by Nick Hornby for what The Huffington Post calls “one of the most interesting collaborations of the year.” This special deluxe edition includes the album on CD and vinyl, four short stories by Nick Hornby and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.


Hard Candy iPad Case


Hard Candy Cases merges fashion and function to distinguish and protect mobile phones and now tablets from the wear and tear of daily use. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the Apple accessories industry with distribution in the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, UK and Malaysia, among others.


ZAGGsparq 2.0


The ZAGGsparq 2.0 is a mobile device charging unit that plugs into a standard outlet and provides two USB ports to plug devices into. When it’s unplugged, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries four complete recharges, so even the most power-hungry smart phones can live on while you’re on the go. It can be used for just about everything portable and chargeable, be it a cell phone or a hand-held gaming device. It also works with iPad, bringing it from 0% to 60% at the same rate as the iPad wall charger.


Desk Pets Skitterbots


The Skitterbot is a speedy legged robot that travels at one foot per second and is controlled by a unique patent pending five button USB remote controller/charger. Made by Desk Pets, it moves forward, backwards, turns left and turns right and stops. The Skitterbot comes in four different colors and four different frequencies, so they can race, battle and explore together. Thirty minutes of charge gives you 15 minutes of play.


Power Support USA iPad Leather Sleeve


Constructed with premium quality leather, the Power Support USA iPad sleeve protects while complimenting the aesthetics of the device. The sleeve’s soft inner lining prevents scratching while using this sleek carrying case. Its clean design and superb manufacturing techniques make for high-quality iPad protection.


Power Support USA iPhone 4 Anti-Glare Films


Power Support USA films protect your iPhone 4 screen from scratches, dirt and dust while reducing glare, fingerprints and smudges. It’s specially formulated to be compatible with retina display and resist glare and fingerprints while protecting your screen. The static cling adhesive film leaves no residue if film is removed.


Power Support USA iPhone4 Designer Collection Cases


Power Support has teamed up with cutting-edge designers Tibi, Rachel Pally and Rory Beca to create a set of super stylish air jackets. Measuring under 1 mm, the jacket snugly hugs the back of your iPhone 4. You can keep your phone protected from dings and scratches while looking fashionably fresh with the Power Support Designer Collection. It’s a win-win for any iPhone 4 owner!


Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse


The Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse isn’t your average desktop mouse. It provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion pivot system. The mouse pivots with your natural wrist movement for comfortable and relaxed flexion, preventing cramping, fatigue and injury while promoting comfort and productivity.


Like and Dislike Stamps


Preloaded with ink good for 5,000 assertions, the Like and Dislike stamps let you make your opinion known on tangible things in real life. The idea for the stamp was born in summer 2010 after a joke image of a wooden-handled “Like Button Stamp” circulated on the web. Soon after, the Jailbreak Collective and Nation Studio in the U.K. collaborated to create real Like and Dislike stamps. It’s a formidable duo of approval and distaste.


Twournal Twitter Journal


Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell Twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.

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December 16 2010

Win a Holiday MashPack With DJ Hero 2 & 22 Awesome Tech Prizes [GIVEAWAY]


This year, Mashable has been getting into the holiday spirit by showcasing some of our favorite holiday wish list items in the Mashable 10 gift guide.

But what spreads holiday cheer more than the gift of giving? That’s why we’re giving away a MashPack filled with awesome social media and tech prizes every weekday through Friday, December 17. Since it’s the second to last day of our two-week giveaway, today’s collection of prizes is one of the best yet.

Today’s grand prize is for the music lovers: DJ Hero 2 and Mix Master Headphones. Other big prizes include a myTouch 4G and E-Ink watch. You’ll find a list below detailing the 22 other fantastic prizes in today’s MashPack — and see information on how to win. Yesterday’s MashPack went to Jessica Mullen from Austin, Texas. (Congratulations, Jessica!) For those who didn’t win yesterday’s prize pack, go ahead and try your luck today.

Happy holidays from Mashable!


How To Win Today’s MashPack


Tweeting for today’s MashPack will end Friday, December 17 at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll contact the winner after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S. For contests and prizes, also make sure to “like” us on Facebook.


DJ Hero 2


A follow up to the award-winning 2009 game, DJ Hero 2 promises to transform living rooms into nightclubs with an enhanced music-gaming experience. It has new DJ and vocal multiplayer modes, including battles, and more than 80 mixes featuring the biggest dance, pop and hip-hop hits. The game can even become a party accessory with the ability to have two DJs on each turntable and a vocalist on the microphone, and Party Play mode, which plays the mixes while you mingle.


Skullcandy Mix Master Headphones


Skullycandy has created headphones that meet the premium sound standard of one of the top DJs in the world: Beastie Boys’ Mix Master Mike. The Mix Master headphones come complete with twin audio inputs, a mute button, and dual channel cue control to custom fit whatever beats you might be dropping. The Coil Cable is perfect for action behind the turntables, while the straight cable lets you hook up to whatever audio device you happen to be rocking.


T-Mobile myTouch 4G


Today’s grand prize is a myTouch 4G Android phone. The new myTouch features a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, an 8 GB microSD memory card, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. It was designed by HTC, and it runs the latest version of Android: 2.2. It also has a second, front-facing camera and video calling capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity. The myTouch 4G has made a name for itself in Hollywood with pop star Pink and her husband Carey Hart, both fans of the phone.


Phosphor E-Ink Watch


Phosphor’s new World Time Curved E-Ink digital is on the cutting edge of time telling devices. It has a dual time zone display and provides a selection of 24 time zones. This means you can chose one of the 24 zones for the main display, while displaying a second time zone simultaneously. The watch can also be configured to display just the time of day or both the date and time in either over-sized or conventional-sized segments. There are five total display options. It’s curved case is sleek and ultra-thin, measuring 9.3mm thick. The Phosphor World Time Curved E-Ink watch’s assortment of different functions and display modes can’t be beat!


Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch HD Camera


Sony’s Bloggie Touch camera captures Full HD video and 12.8-megapixel still shots with the simple touch of its single record button. The large touch screen showcases your photos and videos, which are stored on built-in memory. Its size makes it readily available from your pocket or purse, and you can easily upload your photos and videos to your favorite social networking sites while you’re on the go.


Aperion Audio: Audio Link


The Home Audio Link (HAL) by Aperion transmits high-quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet. This means you can stream music from your computer, home theater, MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home — wirelessly! With additional HAL receivers, you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones, giving you true whole-house audio without running wires across rooms.


iPom


The iPom from Speakeal is a 2.1 stereo speaker system that plays music from a USB Memory stick, SD cards or any other music device that has a 3.5mm output, such as an iPod. You can adjust the volume and which song you’re listening to just by touching the device. It has three speakers that are strategically positioned for 360 degree sound separation and distribution. Bass is adjustable and the airflow design is optimized for consistent sound performance. It has a 3.5mm AUX input jack to connect to your TV, gaming Console, MP3 player or other music sources. It comes in several colors for brightening up your listening experience!


Griffin Technology PowerDockDual


Your iPad and your iPhone (or your iPod) get seats of honor in PowerDock Dual’s built-in charging dock, while the valet dish is a resting place for your change, keys and whatever else might live in your pockets. It has an AC power supply with four international plug adapters, 10 watt (2 amp) charging for your iPad and 5 watt (1 amp) charging for your iPhone or iPod. The screens and speakers are unobstructed while the batteries get charged, so you can listen while you watch. It’s perfect side table entertainment!


Griffin Technology AirCurve Play


The AirCurve Play acoustically amplifies the speaker of your iPhone without batteries, cables or electricity. It collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it in a built-in coiled waveguide, and projects it out into the room. AirCurve’s transparent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the waveguide’s graceful curves, inside, that do all the work. Its internal engineered waveguide requires no power, making it a perfectly portable audio/video conference phone, and self-contained music player and video viewer.


Caseable Custom-Designed Mashable Laptop Case


Caseable, a startup based right in Mashable HQ’s backyard — Brooklyn, New York, creates handmade, customized cases for just about any size laptop or tablet. You can get any look you’d like by handpicking your colors for each detail — even the zipper! Caseable made specialized 15-inch Mashable cases exclusively for our holiday MashPack winners. They’re quite snazzy, if we might say so ourselves.


Picaboo Madison Photobook


Picaboo photo books can be fully customized by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. You have complete creative control with powerful-yet-simple editing options. The Madison’s heavyweight, archival quality lay-flat pages are ideal for highlighting panoramic, two-page spreads, and the paper’s pearlescent sheen coating adds a luminous glow to your photos. The elegant custom cover features a photo of your choice under a protective laminate and a full-grain glove leather wrap around the spine and back cover is available in five colors.


Skullcandy Earbuds


Skullcandy headphones are known for their funky fashion and durable design. Their style is in line with an impressive list of celebrities who endorse the brand, including rap czar Snoop Dogg; snowboarding legends Terje Haakonsen, Mark Frank Montoya and Devun Walsh; skate pros Lizard King, Theotis Beasley and Greg Lutzka; surf rulers Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Kolohe Andino, the Gudauskas brothers, and Clay Marzo; as well as free-ski greats Tanner Hall, Kaya Turski, and Tom Wallisch.


Merkury Innovations Universal Square Stereo Speakers


The Universal Square Stereo Speakers are just one example of Merkury Innovations’ fun and stylish electronic accessories. These battery-free speakers will work with audio devices featuring a 3.5mm audio jack. The slim design and exciting metallic colors can complement any decor. Their compact size make them convenient for toting from room to room in the house or packing up for a friend’s party.


Ben Folds’ Lonely Avenue Deluxe Album


Lonely Avenue contains 11 new songs featuring music by Ben Folds with words by Nick Hornby for what The Huffington Post calls “one of the most interesting collaborations of the year.” This special deluxe edition includes the album on CD and vinyl, four short stories by Nick Hornby and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.


Hard Candy iPad Case


Hard Candy Cases merges fashion and function to distinguish and protect mobile phones and now tablets from the wear and tear of daily use. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the Apple accessories industry with distribution in the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, UK and Malaysia, among others.


ZAGGsparq 2.0


The ZAGGsparq 2.0 is a mobile device charging unit that plugs into a standard outlet and provides two USB ports to plug devices into. When it’s unplugged, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries four complete recharges, so even the most power-hungry smart phones can live on while you’re on the go. It can be used for just about everything portable and chargeable, be it a cell phone or a hand-held gaming device. It also works with iPad, bringing it from 0% to 60% at the same rate as the iPad wall charger.


Desk Pets Skitterbots


The Skitterbot is a speedy legged robot that travels at one foot per second and is controlled by a unique patent pending five button USB remote controller/charger. Made by Desk Pets, it moves forward, backwards, turns left and turns right and stops. The Skitterbot comes in four different colors and four different frequencies, so they can race, battle and explore together. Thirty minutes of charge gives you 15 minutes of play.


Power Support USA iPad Leather Sleeve


Constructed with premium quality leather, the Power Support USA iPad sleeve protects while complimenting the aesthetics of the device. The sleeve’s soft inner lining prevents scratching while using this sleek carrying case. Its clean design and superb manufacturing techniques make for high-quality iPad protection.


Power Support USA iPhone 4 Anti-Glare Films


Power Support USA films protect your iPhone 4 screen from scratches, dirt and dust while reducing glare, fingerprints and smudges. It’s specially formulated to be compatible with retina display and resist glare and fingerprints while protecting your screen. The static cling adhesive film leaves no residue if film is removed.


Power Support USA iPhone4 Designer Collection Cases


Power Support has teamed up with cutting-edge designers Tibi, Rachel Pally and Rory Beca to create a set of super stylish air jackets. Measuring under 1 mm, the jacket snugly hugs the back of your iPhone 4. You can keep your phone protected from dings and scratches while looking fashionably fresh with the Power Support Designer Collection. It’s a win-win for any iPhone 4 owner!


Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse


The Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse isn’t your average desktop mouse. It provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion pivot system. The mouse pivots with your natural wrist movement for comfortable and relaxed flexion, preventing cramping, fatigue and injury while promoting comfort and productivity.


Like and Dislike Stamps


Preloaded with ink good for 5,000 assertions, the Like and Dislike stamps let you make your opinion known on tangible things in real life. The idea for the stamp was born in summer 2010 after a joke image of a wooden-handled “Like Button Stamp” circulated on the web. Soon after, the Jailbreak Collective and Nation Studio in the U.K. collaborated to create real Like and Dislike stamps. It’s a formidable duo of approval and distaste.


Twournal Twitter Journal


Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell Twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.

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December 15 2010

Win a Holiday MashPack With myTouch 4G & 21 Awesome Tech Prizes [GIVEAWAY]


‘Tis the season and Mashable has been getting into the holiday spirit by talking about this year’s most gift-worthy gadgets and inviting readers to get together at Mashable Holiday Meetups.

Now we’re celebrating by giving you awesome social media and tech prizes. Every weekday for the next two weeks, we’ll give away a Holiday MashPack filled with at least 12 wish list items. A different grand prize will be added each day, and this week our packs are even bigger and better.

We’re getting bigger and bigger. Today’s grand prize is a T-Mobile myTouch 4G, E-Ink Phosphor Watch and an HP Photosmart eStation. Plus, you’ll find a list below detailing the 21 other fantastic prizes in today’s MashPack — and see information on how to win. This weekend’s MashPack went to Bob McClenahan from from from Napa Valley, California. (Congratulations, Bob!) For those who didn’t win this weekend’s pack, go ahead and try your luck today.

Happy holidays from Mashable!


How To Win Today’s MashPack


Tweeting for today’s MashPack will end Tuesday, December 14 at 12 p.m. ET. To enter the contest, connect through Twitter (for those viewing in RSS, click through to this page). Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll contact the winner after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S. For contests and prizes, also make sure to “like” us on Facebook.


HP Photosmart eStation – C510a


One of today’s grand prizes is this HP Photosmart eStation printer, which features ePrint convenience. The printer also enables you to get prints you want from the web using customized apps. “Combine full Web browsing with high-performance printing, faxing without a Phone line, copying, and scanning with our Photosmart eStation – C510a. It features a detachable, full-color, 7″ touchscreen that doubles as a wireless digital companion and control panel for remote printing.”


T-Mobile myTouch 4G


Today’s grand prize is a myTouch 4G Android phone. The new myTouch features a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, an 8 GB microSD memory card, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. It was designed by HTC, and it runs the latest version of Android: 2.2. It also has a second, front-facing camera and video calling capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity. The myTouch 4G has made a name for itself in Hollywood with pop star Pink and her husband Carey Hart, both fans of the phone.


Phosphor E-Ink Watch


Today’s second MashPack grand prize is a cool Phosphor E-Ink watch. “The new World Time Curved E-Ink digital watch offers the ability to select from 24 time zones for one display mode, while optionally displaying a second time zone simultaneously . The dual time zone display can also be configured to simply display the time of day or both the date and time in either over-sized or conventional-sized segments. These unique capabilities are packaged in a sleek, ultra-thin, curved case only 9.3mm thick. Incredibly versatile, the new World Time gives you an assortment of different functions and display modes.”


Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch HD Camera


Sony’s Bloggie Touch camera captures Full HD video and 12.8-megapixel still shots with the simple touch of its single record button. The large touch screen showcases your photos and videos, which are stored on built-in memory. Its size makes it readily available from your pocket or purse, and you can easily upload your photos and videos to your favorite social networking sites while you’re on the go.


Aperion Audio: Audio Link


“The Aperion Home Audio Link (HAL) transmits high quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet – this means you can stream music from your computer, your home theater, your MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home! If you use one or two additional HAL Receivers (optional), you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones, giving you true whole-house audio without running wires across your room. ”


Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse


“For Desktop use, it’s time to get rid of that old-fashioned “laser mouse” and upgrade to the comfort of the Whirl™ Desktop Mouse with ErgoMotion™ — the world’s first truly ergonomic desktop mouse. No other desktop mouse provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion™ pivot system.”


Like, Dislike Stamps


“The stamps first made waves online in summer 2010, when Nation posted a joke image of a wooden-handled “ Like Button Stamp” on its website. The picture received so much attention that Nation decided to produce the product, along with a dislike stamp, selling a few hundred sets over the past six months. Jailbreak recognized its potential immediately, contacting Nation shortly after seeing the concept and eventually negotiating the rights to mass-produce and globally distribute the stamps.”


iPom


Key features: “2.1 Stereo Speaker System; Plays music from USB Memory stick or SD card or any other music device that has a 3.5mm output, such as iPods; Humanized Touch Volume Control and music control; Adjustable Bass; 3 Speakers positioned for maximum sound separation and distribution; 12W Subwoofer; Total output of 18 Watts; Airflow optimized design for consistent sound performance; Bass Reflex Technology; Designed to deliver 360 Degrees of Sound; 3.5mm AUX input jack to connect to TV, Gaming Console or other music sources such as iPod; Eco-Friendly and RoHS Compliant.”


ZAGGsparq 2.0


“The ZAGGsparq 2.0 plugs into a standard outlet and provides two USB ports for charging mobile devices. Unplugged, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries multiple charges with it – four complete recharges for most power-hungry smart phones. Perfect for everything from cell phones to hand-held gaming systems. Dead batteries and expensive spares are a thing of the past. The ZAGGsparq will take the iPad® from 0% to 60% and at the same rate the iPad® wall charger charges the iPad®.”


Desk Pets Skitterbots


“SKITTERBOT, by Desk Pets® is the fastest legged robot commercially available that travels at an amazing one foot per second and is controlled by a unique patent pending 5 button USB remote controller/charger. SKITTERBOT moves forward, backwards, turns left and turns right and stops. Four different colors and four different frequencies allow racing, battling and exploring. A 30min recharge = 15min of play.”


Griffin Technology PowerDockDual


Your iPad and your iPhone (or your iPod) get seats of honor in PowerDock Dual’s built-in charging dock, while the valet dish is a resting place for your change, keys and whatever else might live in your pockets. It has an AC power supply with four international plug adapters, 10 watt (2 amp) charging for your iPad and 5 watt (1 amp) charging for your iPhone or iPod. The screens and speakers are unobstructed while the batteries get charged, so you can listen while you watch. It’s perfect side table entertainment!


Griffin Technology AirCurve Play


The AirCurve Play acoustically amplifies the speaker of your iPhone without batteries, cables or electricity. It collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it in a built-in coiled waveguide, and projects it out into the room. AirCurve’s transparent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the waveguide’s graceful curves, inside, that do all the work. Its internal engineered waveguide requires no power, making it a perfectly portable audio/video conference phone, and self-contained music player and video viewer.


Caseable Custom-Designed Mashable Laptop Case


Caseable, a startup based right in Mashable HQ’s backyard — Brooklyn, New York, creates handmade, customized cases for just about any size laptop or tablet. You can get any look you’d like by handpicking your colors for each detail — even the zipper! Caseable made specialized 15-inch Mashable cases exclusively for our holiday MashPack winners. They’re quite snazzy, if we might say so ourselves.


Picaboo Madison Photobook


Picaboo photo books can be fully customized by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. You have complete creative control with powerful-yet-simple editing options. The Madison’s heavyweight, archival quality lay-flat pages are ideal for highlighting panoramic, two-page spreads, and the paper’s pearlescent sheen coating adds a luminous glow to your photos. The elegant custom cover features a photo of your choice under a protective laminate and a full-grain glove leather wrap around the spine and back cover is available in five colors.


Skullcandy Headphones


“From the mangroves of Madagascar to the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, wood is all around us. Wood sounds good; we use it to make xylophones, drum sticks, claves and castanets. It’s even in clarinets, for crying out loud. If headphones had been used a thousand years ago they would have been wood. Holua are made of wood, and they sound good…really good.”


Merkury Innovations Universal Square Stereo Speakers


The Universal Square Stereo Speakers are just one example of Merkury Innovations’ fun and stylish electronic accessories. These battery-free speakers will work with audio devices featuring a 3.5mm audio jack. The slim design and exciting metallic colors can complement any decor. Their compact size make them convenient for toting from room to room in the house or packing up for a friend’s party.


Ben Folds’ Lonely Avenue Deluxe Album


Lonely Avenue contains 11 new songs featuring music by Ben Folds with words by Nick Hornby for what The Huffington Post calls “one of the most interesting collaborations of the year.” This special deluxe edition includes the album on CD and vinyl, four short stories by Nick Hornby and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.


Hard Candy Mobile Phone Cases


Hard Candy Cases merges fashion and function to distinguish and protect mobile phones from the wear and tear of daily use. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the Apple accessories industry with distribution in the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, UK and Malaysia, among others.


Power Support USA iPad Leather Sleeve


Constructed with premium quality leather, the Power Support USA iPad sleeve protects while complimenting the aesthetics of the device. The sleeve’s soft inner lining prevents scratching while using this sleek carrying case. Its clean design and superb manufacturing techniques make for high-quality iPad protection.


Power Support USA iPhone 4 Anti-Glare Films


Power Support USA films protect your iPhone 4 screen from scratches, dirt and dust while reducing glare, fingerprints and smudges. It’s specially formulated to be compatible with retina display and resist glare and fingerprints while protecting your screen. The static cling adhesive film leaves no residue if film is removed.


Power Support USA iPhone4 Designer Collection Cases


Power Support has teamed up with cutting-edge designers Tibi, Rachel Pally and Rory Beca to create a set of super stylish air jackets. Measuring under 1 mm, the jacket snugly hugs the back of your iPhone 4. You can keep your phone protected from dings and scratches while looking fashionably fresh with the Power Support Designer Collection. It’s a win-win for any iPhone 4 owner!


Twournal Twitter Journal


Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell Twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.

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December 14 2010

Giveaway: Win a Holiday MashPack With 19 Tech Prizes & Kobo eReader


This year, Mashable has been getting into the holiday spirit by talking about the most gift-worthy gadgets available and inviting readers to get together at Mashable Holiday Meetups.

But what spreads holiday cheer more than the gift of giving? That’s why we’re giving away a MashPack filled with social media and tech prizes every weekday through Friday, December 17. A different grand prize will be added each day, getting bigger and better as we get further into the holiday season.

Today’s grand prize is a Kobo Wireless eReader, complete with eBooks chosen by Mashable staff. You’ll find a list below detailing the 19 other fantastic prizes in today’s MashPack — and see information on how to win. Yesterday’s MashPack went to Vanessa Williams from from Bethlehem, Pa. (Congratulations, Vanessa!) For those who didn’t win yesterday’s prize pack, go ahead and try your luck today.

Happy holidays from Mashable!


How To Win Today’s MashPack


Tweeting for today’s MashPack will end Wednesday, December 15 at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll contact the winner after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S. For contests and prizes, also make sure to “like” us on Facebook.


Kobo Wireless eReader & Mashable-Picked eBooks


Today’s grand prize is a Kobo Wireless eReader. Weighing less than 8 ounces, the Kobo is compact and easy to tote around. With 1 GB of memory, you can carry up to 1,000 titles — your first 21 of which have been chosen by Mashable staff, thanks to Kobo’s recently launched eBook gifting service. Here’s what we picked for today’s MashPack winner: The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick (from Lauren Indvik), Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (from Kate Hayden), American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (from Brett Petersel), Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart (from Sarah Kessler), A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays And Arguments by David Foster Wallace (from Erica Swallow), Life by Keith Richards (from Todd Wasserman), The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (from Brenna Ehrlich), Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (from Josh Catone), The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt (from Karen Hartline), Storyteller: The Authorized Biography Of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock (from Christina Warren), Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich (from Jolie O’Dell), One Day by David Nicholls (from Lauren Rubin), Half Empty by David Rakoff (from Evan Wexler), Ophelia Joined The Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs On To Facebook by Sarah Schmelling (from Jennifer Van Grove), Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (from Ben Parr), How The Mind Works by Steven Pinker (from Matt Silverman), The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (from Jay Irani), The Botany Of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View Of The World by Michael Pollan (from Charlie White), The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (from Ada Ospina), 1776 by David McCullough (from Emily Banks), Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (from Meghan Peters).


Phosphor E-Ink Watch


Phosphor’s new World Time Curved E-Ink digital is on the cutting edge of time telling devices. It has a dual time zone display and provides a selection of 24 time zones. This means you can chose one of the 24 zones for the main display, while displaying a second time zone simultaneously. The watch can also be configured to display just the time of day or both the date and time in either over-sized or conventional-sized segments. There are five total display options. It’s curved case is sleek and ultra-thin, measuring 9.3mm thick. The Phosphor World Time Curved E-Ink watch’s assortment of different functions and display modes can’t be beat!


Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch HD Camera


Sony’s Bloggie Touch camera captures Full HD video and 12.8-megapixel still shots with the simple touch of its single record button. The large touch screen showcases your photos and videos, which are stored on built-in memory. Its size makes it readily available from your pocket or purse, and you can easily upload your photos and videos to your favorite social networking sites while you’re on the go.


Aperion Audio: Audio Link


The Home Audio Link (HAL) by Aperion transmits high-quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet. This means you can stream music from your computer, home theater, MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home — wirelessly! With additional HAL receivers, you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones, giving you true whole-house audio without running wires across rooms.


iPom


The iPom from Speakeal is a 2.1 stereo speaker system that plays music from a USB Memory stick, SD cards or any other music device that has a 3.5mm output, such as an iPod. You can adjust the volume and which song you’re listening to just by touching the device. It has three speakers that are strategically positioned for 360 degree sound separation and distribution. Bass is adjustable and the airflow design is optimized for consistent sound performance. It has a 3.5mm AUX input jack to connect to your TV, gaming Console, MP3 player or other music sources. It comes in several colors for brightening up your listening experience!


Griffin Technology PowerDockDual


Your iPad and your iPhone (or your iPod) get seats of honor in PowerDock Dual’s built-in charging dock, while the valet dish is a resting place for your change, keys and whatever else might live in your pockets. It has an AC power supply with four international plug adapters, 10 watt (2 amp) charging for your iPad and 5 watt (1 amp) charging for your iPhone or iPod. The screens and speakers are unobstructed while the batteries get charged, so you can listen while you watch. It’s perfect side table entertainment!


Griffin Technology AirCurve Play


The AirCurve Play acoustically amplifies the speaker of your iPhone without batteries, cables or electricity. It collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it in a built-in coiled waveguide, and projects it out into the room. AirCurve’s transparent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the waveguide’s graceful curves, inside, that do all the work. Its internal engineered waveguide requires no power, making it a perfectly portable audio/video conference phone, and self-contained music player and video viewer.


Caseable Custom-Designed Mashable Laptop Case


Caseable, a startup based right in Mashable HQ’s backyard — Brooklyn, New York, creates handmade, customized cases for just about any size laptop or tablet. You can get any look you’d like by handpicking your colors for each detail — even the zipper! Caseable made specialized 15-inch Mashable cases exclusively for our holiday MashPack winners. They’re quite snazzy, if we might say so ourselves.


Picaboo Madison Photobook


Picaboo photo books can be fully customized by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. You have complete creative control with powerful-yet-simple editing options. The Madison’s heavyweight, archival quality lay-flat pages are ideal for highlighting panoramic, two-page spreads, and the paper’s pearlescent sheen coating adds a luminous glow to your photos. The elegant custom cover features a photo of your choice under a protective laminate and a full-grain glove leather wrap around the spine and back cover is available in five colors.


Skullcandy Earbuds


Skullcandy headphones are known for their funky fashion and durable design. Their style is in line with an impressive list of celebrities who endorse the brand, including rap czar Snoop Dogg; snowboarding legends Terje Haakonsen, Mark Frank Montoya and Devun Walsh; skate pros Lizard King, Theotis Beasley and Greg Lutzka; surf rulers Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Kolohe Andino, the Gudauskas brothers, and Clay Marzo; as well as free-ski greats Tanner Hall, Kaya Turski, and Tom Wallisch.


Merkury Innovations Universal Square Stereo Speakers


The Universal Square Stereo Speakers are just one example of Merkury Innovations’ fun and stylish electronic accessories. These battery-free speakers will work with audio devices featuring a 3.5mm audio jack. The slim design and exciting metallic colors can complement any decor. Their compact size make them convenient for toting from room to room in the house or packing up for a friend’s party.


Ben Folds’ Lonely Avenue Deluxe Album


Lonely Avenue contains 11 new songs featuring music by Ben Folds with words by Nick Hornby for what The Huffington Post calls “one of the most interesting collaborations of the year.” This special deluxe edition includes the album on CD and vinyl, four short stories by Nick Hornby and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.


Hard Candy iPad Case


Hard Candy Cases merges fashion and function to distinguish and protect mobile phones and now tablets from the wear and tear of daily use. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the Apple accessories industry with distribution in the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, UK and Malaysia, among others.


ZAGGsparq 2.0


The ZAGGsparq 2.0 is a mobile device charging unit that plugs into a standard outlet and provides two USB ports to plug devices into. When it’s unplugged, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries four complete recharges, so even the most power-hungry smart phones can live on while you’re on the go. It can be used for just about everything portable and chargeable, be it a cell phone or a hand-held gaming device. It also works with iPad, bringing it from 0% to 60% at the same rate as the iPad wall charger.


Desk Pets Skitterbots


The Skitterbot is a speedy legged robot that travels at one foot per second and is controlled by a unique patent pending five button USB remote controller/charger. Made by Desk Pets, it moves forward, backwards, turns left and turns right and stops. The Skitterbot comes in four different colors and four different frequencies, so they can race, battle and explore together. Thirty minutes of charge gives you 15 minutes of play.


Power Support USA iPad Leather Sleeve


Constructed with premium quality leather, the Power Support USA iPad sleeve protects while complimenting the aesthetics of the device. The sleeve’s soft inner lining prevents scratching while using this sleek carrying case. Its clean design and superb manufacturing techniques make for high-quality iPad protection.


Power Support USA iPhone 4 Anti-Glare Films


Power Support USA films protect your iPhone 4 screen from scratches, dirt and dust while reducing glare, fingerprints and smudges. It’s specially formulated to be compatible with retina display and resist glare and fingerprints while protecting your screen. The static cling adhesive film leaves no residue if film is removed.


Power Support USA iPhone4 Designer Collection Cases


Power Support has teamed up with cutting-edge designers Tibi, Rachel Pally and Rory Beca to create a set of super stylish air jackets. Measuring under 1 mm, the jacket snugly hugs the back of your iPhone 4. You can keep your phone protected from dings and scratches while looking fashionably fresh with the Power Support Designer Collection. It’s a win-win for any iPhone 4 owner!


Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse


The Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse isn’t your average desktop mouse. It provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion pivot system. The mouse pivots with your natural wrist movement for comfortable and relaxed flexion, preventing cramping, fatigue and injury while promoting comfort and productivity.


Like and Dislike Stamps


Preloaded with ink good for 5,000 assertions, the Like and Dislike stamps let you make your opinion known on tangible things in real life. The idea for the stamp was born in summer 2010 after a joke image of a wooden-handled “Like Button Stamp” circulated on the web. Soon after, the Jailbreak Collective and Nation Studio in the U.K. collaborated to create real Like and Dislike stamps. It’s a formidable duo of approval and distaste.


Twournal Twitter Journal


Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell Twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.


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December 13 2010

Giveaway: Win a Holiday MashPack With 19 Tech Prizes & myTouch 4G


‘Tis the season and Mashable has been getting into the holiday spirit by talking about this year’s most gift-worthy gadgets and inviting readers to get together at Mashable Holiday Meetups.

Now we’re celebrating by giving you awesome social media and tech prizes. Every weekday for the next two weeks, we’ll give away a Holiday MashPack filled with at least 12 wish list items. A different grand prize will be added each day, and this week our packs are even bigger and better.

Today’s grand prize is a T-Mobile myTouch 4G. You’ll find a list below detailing the 12 other fantastic prizes in today’s MashPack — and see information on how to win. This weekend’s MashPack went to Michelle Ruble from from Cincinnati, Ohio. (Congratulations, Michelle!) For those who didn’t win this weekend’s pack, go ahead and try your luck today.

Happy holidays from Mashable!


How To Win Today’s MashPack


Tweeting for today’s MashPack will end Tuesday, December 14 at 12 p.m. ET. Please use your real identity in the submission so that we may contact you via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook to let you know that you’ve won. We’ll contact the winner after the contest closes. The contest is limited to those 18 and older in the U.S.


T-Mobile myTouch 4G


Today’s grand prize is a plum-colored myTouch 4G Android phone. The new myTouch features a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, an 8 GB microSD memory card, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. It has been designed by HTC, and it runs the latest version of Android: 2.2. It also has a second, front-facing camera and video calling capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity.


Sony MHS-TS10 Bloggie Touch HD Camera


Sony’s Bloggie Touch camera captures Full HD video and 12.8-megapixel still shots with the simple touch of its single record button. The large touch screen showcases your photos and videos, which are stored on built-in memory. Its size makes it readily available from your pocket or purse, and you can easily upload your photos and videos to your favorite social networking sites while you’re on the go.


Aperion Audio: Audio Link


“The Aperion Home Audio Link (HAL) transmits high quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet – this means you can stream music from your computer, your home theater, your MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home! If you use one or two additional HAL Receivers (optional), you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones, giving you true whole-house audio without running wires across your room. ”


Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse


“For Desktop use, it’s time to get rid of that old-fashioned “laser mouse” and upgrade to the comfort of the Whirl™ Desktop Mouse with ErgoMotion™ — the world’s first truly ergonomic desktop mouse. No other desktop mouse provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion™ pivot system.”


Like, Dislike Stamps


“The stamps first made waves online in summer 2010, when Nation posted a joke image of a wooden-handled “ Like Button Stamp” on its website. The picture received so much attention that Nation decided to produce the product, along with a dislike stamp, selling a few hundred sets over the past six months. Jailbreak recognized its potential immediately, contacting Nation shortly after seeing the concept and eventually negotiating the rights to mass-produce and globally distribute the stamps.”


iPom


Key features: “2.1 Stereo Speaker System; Plays music from USB Memory stick or SD card or any other music device that has a 3.5mm output, such as iPods; Humanized Touch Volume Control and music control; Adjustable Bass; 3 Speakers positioned for maximum sound separation and distribution; 12W Subwoofer; Total output of 18 Watts; Airflow optimized design for consistent sound performance; Bass Reflex Technology; Designed to deliver 360 Degrees of Sound; 3.5mm AUX input jack to connect to TV, Gaming Console or other music sources such as iPod; Eco-Friendly and RoHS Compliant.”


ZAGGsparq 2.0


“The ZAGGsparq 2.0 plugs into a standard outlet and provides two USB ports for charging mobile devices. Unplugged, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries multiple charges with it – four complete recharges for most power-hungry smart phones. Perfect for everything from cell phones to hand-held gaming systems. Dead batteries and expensive spares are a thing of the past. The ZAGGsparq will take the iPad® from 0% to 60% and at the same rate the iPad® wall charger charges the iPad®.”


Desk Pets Skitterbots


“SKITTERBOT, by Desk Pets® is the fastest legged robot commercially available that travels at an amazing one foot per second and is controlled by a unique patent pending 5 button USB remote controller/charger. SKITTERBOT moves forward, backwards, turns left and turns right and stops. Four different colors and four different frequencies allow racing, battling and exploring. A 30min recharge = 15min of play.”


Griffin Technology PowerDockDual


Your iPad and your iPhone (or your iPod) get seats of honor in PowerDock Dual’s built-in charging dock, while the valet dish is a resting place for your change, keys and whatever else might live in your pockets. It has an AC power supply with four international plug adapters, 10 watt (2 amp) charging for your iPad and 5 watt (1 amp) charging for your iPhone or iPod. The screens and speakers are unobstructed while the batteries get charged, so you can listen while you watch. It’s perfect side table entertainment!


Griffin Technology AirCurve Play


The AirCurve Play acoustically amplifies the speaker of your iPhone without batteries, cables or electricity. It collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it in a built-in coiled waveguide, and projects it out into the room. AirCurve’s transparent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the waveguide’s graceful curves, inside, that do all the work. Its internal engineered waveguide requires no power, making it a perfectly portable audio/video conference phone, and self-contained music player and video viewer.


Caseable Custom-Designed Mashable Laptop Case


Caseable, a startup based right in Mashable HQ’s backyard — Brooklyn, New York, creates handmade, customized cases for just about any size laptop or tablet. You can get any look you’d like by handpicking your colors for each detail — even the zipper! Caseable made specialized 15-inch Mashable cases exclusively for our holiday MashPack winners. They’re quite snazzy, if we might say so ourselves.


Picaboo Madison Photobook


Picaboo photo books can be fully customized by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. You have complete creative control with powerful-yet-simple editing options. The Madison’s heavyweight, archival quality lay-flat pages are ideal for highlighting panoramic, two-page spreads, and the paper’s pearlescent sheen coating adds a luminous glow to your photos. The elegant custom cover features a photo of your choice under a protective laminate and a full-grain glove leather wrap around the spine and back cover is available in five colors.


Skullcandy Headphones


“From the mangroves of Madagascar to the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, wood is all around us. Wood sounds good; we use it to make xylophones, drum sticks, claves and castanets. It’s even in clarinets, for crying out loud. If headphones had been used a thousand years ago they would have been wood. Holua are made of wood, and they sound good…really good.”


Merkury Innovations Universal Square Stereo Speakers


The Universal Square Stereo Speakers are just one example of Merkury Innovations’ fun and stylish electronic accessories. These battery-free speakers will work with audio devices featuring a 3.5mm audio jack. The slim design and exciting metallic colors can complement any decor. Their compact size make them convenient for toting from room to room in the house or packing up for a friend’s party.


Ben Folds’ Lonely Avenue Deluxe Album


Lonely Avenue contains 11 new songs featuring music by Ben Folds with words by Nick Hornby for what The Huffington Post calls “one of the most interesting collaborations of the year.” This special deluxe edition includes the album on CD and vinyl, four short stories by Nick Hornby and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.


Hard Candy Mobile Phone Cases


Hard Candy Cases merges fashion and function to distinguish and protect mobile phones from the wear and tear of daily use. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the Apple accessories industry with distribution in the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, UK and Malaysia, among others.


Power Support USA iPad Leather Sleeve


Constructed with premium quality leather, the Power Support USA iPad sleeve protects while complimenting the aesthetics of the device. The sleeve’s soft inner lining prevents scratching while using this sleek carrying case. Its clean design and superb manufacturing techniques make for high-quality iPad protection.


Power Support USA iPhone 4 Anti-Glare Films


Power Support USA films protect your iPhone 4 screen from scratches, dirt and dust while reducing glare, fingerprints and smudges. It’s specially formulated to be compatible with retina display and resist glare and fingerprints while protecting your screen. The static cling adhesive film leaves no residue if film is removed.


Power Support USA iPhone4 Designer Collection Cases


Power Support has teamed up with cutting-edge designers Tibi, Rachel Pally and Rory Beca to create a set of super stylish air jackets. Measuring under 1 mm, the jacket snugly hugs the back of your iPhone 4. You can keep your phone protected from dings and scratches while looking fashionably fresh with the Power Support Designer Collection. It’s a win-win for any iPhone 4 owner!


Twournal Twitter Journal


Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell Twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and Twitpic/Tweetphoto/Yfrog pictures in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.

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