By now, we have all heard of the horrific Indian Ocean Tsunami and the tragic aftermath. The affects will be felt for years to come. There are several ways you can help by donating through various channels. One which allows you to donate simply by signing up for an offer (similar to all the free sites you have seen around). HelpDisasterVictims.com is a site where you can sign up for an offer (say, an AOL Free Trial) and all the proceeds made from the comission will go towards disaster relief. In fact, you can sign up for things that won’t cost you anything, and you will still be contributing money to the fund.
Gizmodo also has information on how you can donate to this very worthy cause.
Each week, Gear Live gives away awesome tech prizes courtesy of PrizeCube. The winner of last week’s contest was Nick Laithon, who designed a Gear Live T-Shirt and gave them to each member of his football team to wear around campus.
If there is one thing that just about all Gear Live readers have in common, it’s the fact that we all love our computers. That being the case, we want our computing experience to be a pleasant one. No one likes being frustrated by an electronic device. If you ask me, there is nothing more frustrating than when a mouse has a dirty trackball and you just can’t get it to go where you want it to. With an optical mouse, the problem goes away - but then you get the floating pointer thing every now and then. We want to help aleve you of these frustrations by sending you a new Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. These babies are 20x more accurate than your standard, and have a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which never needs to be replaced.
Want one? Simply place your vote in our Best Tech of 2004 story by registering and leaving a comment. For each category you leave a vote for, you earn one entry into the contest for the MX1000.
This week, we are giving our winner their pick of three DVD’s of their choice. This is your chance to make up for what was missing under the Christmas tree this holiday season. After all, that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Either way, here is what we expect of you:
The person that comes up with the most creative way to advertise Gear Live will win the three DVD’s of their choice. Whether that means you go into a quiet movie theater and yell “EVERYONE VISIT GEAR LIVE DOT COM WHEN YOU GET HOME!!!”, post Gear Live flyers all over your college campus, or get “Gear Live R0x0rz” tattooed on your forehead - you do what you think is best, and send us proof. Don’t try photoshopping anything. If it looks photoshopped, it’s disqualified.
So go ahead and use your noodle to come up with the most bizarre, eye-catching advertising campaign for the site, and send your proof to email@example.com. You have until 7:00 PM PST on Sunday, December 26th. Thanks go out to PrizeCube for sponsoring our weekly contests.
Remember that Pod Shield Contest we announced a week ago? Well, it’s now a wrap. Don’t let that stop you from leaving your comments though, as always love to hear from the readers. Nonetheless, we have six winners that we chose at random. If your username is one of the following, expect to hear from us shortly so that we may send a Pod Shield your way:
Congratulations to the winners! Gear Live thanks TrendyGeek for sponsoring this contest. If you didn’t get one, don’t fret. You still have until midnight to win a free video game console or $160 Amazon.com gift certificate from Gear Live.
We launched Gear Live: QuickTrade! a few weeks ago because we knew how frustrated our users were with trying to find referals for their free stuff promotions. Since then, over 300 people have joined and started trading. QuickTrade! is definately a success, and that is why we are offering new memberships for $5.00 over the next few days. To sign up, visit http://quicktrade.gearlive.com and you will be on your way to scoring some free gear. Click below for some screen captures of the QuickTrade! site.
'Tis the season to be jolly...and Gear Live is here to make the holidays just a little sweeter for our readers. We have partnered with PrizeCube, and as a result, we will be giving away one free video game console each week to a lucky Gear Live reader. Each week we will think up a unique way to determine a winner, and that person will then be able to choose to receive an XBOX, GameCube, or PlayStation 2 for their troubles. If you have all three consoles (or would rather get a Nintendo DS), then just tell us that you would prefer to receive a $160 Amazon.com gift certificate instead.
This weeks winner will be chosen on Friday, December 17. To enter, simply read this post on our message board and provide an appropriate response. We will choose a winner out of all the responses randomly, and that person will get the first of many free consoles. Get cracking!
QuickTrade! is a concept developed by Andru Edwards and Ken Harris which will enable its users to quickly and easily complete their "free whatever" offers by providing a database of users who need to complete offers for specific sites. Do you need to get that last DVRs4Free.com referral to get your brand new TiVo? Just do a search at GearLiveQT.com, and you will be shown a list of users who are willing to complete a DVRs4Free offer in exchange for you completing an offer for them which you have not yet signed up for. The result? Both parties have completed a QuickTrade!, and are now one step closer to their free gear.
Gear Live: QuickTrade! supports all free offer websites. If you find one that isn't listed, simply let us know and it will be added immediately so that you can use it to perform your next QuickTrade!. The QuickTrade! service has a one-time membership fee of just $7.50 USD. This gives you unlimited access to the QuickTrade! database. However, if you join and refer 8 others to join as well, you will get your money back.
The missing link in the free gear industry has arrived. Gear Live: QuickTrade! is here, and through it, you now have the power to complete each and every free offer you desire. Check it out at GearLiveQT.com. We're very excited and we do hope you enjoy. Now get trading!
You will also see that we have added a ranking feature to the site, which allows readers to rank the stories on Gear Live. This may or may not be a long term thing, depending on the popularity of the feature.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Okay, about a week ago we asked you to develop the next iPod because we are pretty sure our readers can out think Steve Jobs. Thanks to iSkin Incorporated, we even promised to send chosen winners a free iSkin product. We got a boatload of submissions, and were able to narrow it does to the five best. We take a look at the winners after the jump.
Okay Gear Live readers, it's contest time! I know we haven't had one in a while, so this time we will have multiple winners. What's the prize? Well, iSkin, Inc. has decided to partner up with us and offer the selected winners a free iSkin. Sounds great, right? Not so fast...this one will require you to put your thinking cap on.
Recently, Apple announced the iPod Photo. It's nice and all, but I think the Gear Live readers can do even better than the almighty Steve Jobs. It's your chance to prove me right. Send us your ideas on what you think the next iPod should be like. Send in your mockups, renders, and drawings. Send in your detailed descriptions. Whatever you think it will take to be chosen as a winner, email it to us. There will be more than one winner if we get a bunch of great entries. I am gonna have to cap the number of winners to five though.
The contest ends on Monday, November 8 at 12 AM PST, so you have one week to wow us.
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