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Whoa! Gear Live is now five years old—can you believe that? I sure can’t. It seems like it was just yesterday that I started up this little blog, to share my thoughts on consumer electronics in my spare time, and eventually getting a friend to help me post some news. Before we knew it, this become my full-time gig, and we were adding writers, and sections, left and right. Today, Gear Live has over 20,000 articles spread across our various sections, headed up by some of the best writers in the blogging game. We’ve got video shows, giveaways, and a social network that we are building as well. Regardless of how many things we’ve got going on from the past, we will always have some neat tricks up our collective sleeves in the future.

So how are we celebrating? Well, how about if we gave you presents? Since it’s our fifth birthday, we decided we would give away five Mophie Juice Pack Airs. After all, people are all over the if our numbers are correct (they are,) and what better way to celebrate than by doubling the battery life of your iPhone 3G or 3G S?

How do you enter? Simple. Just leave a reply in our ‘Gear Live Turns 5’ forum thread, letting us know what your favorite Gear Live story of all time happens to be. It can be a text update, or one of our videos. Just leave a link and tell us why you liked it. Once you’ve done that, head on over to Twitter and tweet the following:

“@gearlive Turns 5, and I just entered to win a Mophie Juice Pack Air! http://bit.ly/mophie-air” (Click here to tweet this now)

We will choose five random entries as our winners, and they’ll receive the Mophie Juice Pack Air for their troubles. Why should you want one? Check out our Mophie Juice Pack Air review. Now to start comparing kindergarten programs…


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Platinum Zune HD giveaway

The Zune HD is real, and we are going to be giving one away to one of our readers. You want in? All you need to to do enter to win the is help us win the I’m a Blogger Get me Out of Here contest. If we win, we will be bringing you content straight from the set of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. Seriously, I had to taste some of the most vile flavors I’ve ever put in my mouth, and you’ll probably get a few laughs out of it.

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - make the subject line “Vote for Andru Edwards” and hit send.
  2. If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Gear Live account
  3. If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Twitter account
  4. Add the Gear Live Twitter account to your follow list
  5. On Twitter, post the following tweet about our contest:

    “I just entered to win a Zune HD from @gearlive! http://bit.ly/zune-hd” (Click here to tweet this now)

  6. Once that is done, leave a comment in this forum thread with a direct link back to your Tweet, or a screen capture showing you voted. Be sure you are signed in to your Gear Live account before you leave the response.

Im a blogger get me out of here

BONUS ENTRIES: Want more chances to win? Share the link to our contests on the following sites, and leave us a comment linking to those as well:

  • Post a screen capture in the forum thread showing that you voted
  • Facebook: Shared Link
  • Del.icio.us bookmark
  • FriendFeed: Use Post a Link
  • Your blog: Have a site? Link to our contest on it!

Remember: The bonus entries are just that - bonus. In order to be eligible to win, you must complete the core Twitter requirements.

As we (hopefully) make it through each round, you get another chance to Vote all over again, giving you even more chances to win. The contest starts today, and is open to US residents only. You have until 11:00 PM PST on June 11th to enter your votes. We will then announce our winner, chosen randomly out of all valid entrants and bonus points, on June 12th. The winner will be sent a Zune HD right after the product launches. Remember, you have three chances to enter a vote!


NBA Take All the Action With You Contest

If you’re an NBA fan, then this Take All the Action With You contest is going to be right up your alley. Even better? We are partnering with about 24 other sites to bring you some exclusive prizes as well. We will go into all the details after the jump, but here it is in a nutshell:

By entering the HP-Microsoft contest, you are entered to win a grand prize that allows you to see Kevin Garnett and the Celtics play a home game in Boston, and an away game in a West Coast city. That’s right, coast-to-coast baby! That includes VIP tickets to the games, airfare, hotel, and some HP gear as well. At the very least, check it out. So, that’s one contest. But the real deal is that we are having our own giveaway with 24 other sites, with the prizes being 2 trips to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, TX, including travel, accomodations, and a ticket to the game. The winners will be accompanied by the site owner. In other words, if someone from Gear Live wins, I’ll be personally going to the NBA All-Star game with them.

Now, there are a bunch of runners-up prizes as well, so jump down for all the details, including how to enter.

Click to continue reading Contest: Want to go to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game?


We are giving away a , along with a $100 AT&T gift card that you can use to set up service, play your current AT&T bill, or apply towards the purchase of anything at an AT&T Store. This contest is courtesy of , so big ups to them. If you want a closer look at the phone, take a look at our Pantech Matrix Pro gallery.

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Gear Live account
  2. If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Twitter account
  3. Add the Gear Live Twitter account to your follow list
  4. On Twitter, post a tweet about our contest and link to this page. In the tweet, include the phrase “@gearlive” so we can easily find it.
  5. Once that is done, leave a comment here in this post with a direct link back to your Tweet. Be sure you are signed in to your Gear Live account before you leave the comment.

Here’s an example of an appropriate Twitter entry:
“@gearlive I just entered to win the Pantech Matrix Pro and $100 AT&T gift card! http://bit.ly/O04Rl/” (Click here to tweet this now)

BONUS ENTRIES: Want more chances to win? Share the link to our contests on the following sites, and leave us a comment linking to those as well:

  • Facebook: Shared Link
  • Del.icio.us bookmark
  • FriendFeed: Use Post a Link
  • Your blog: Have a site? Link to our contest on it!

Remember: The bonus entries are just that - bonus. In order to be eligible to win, you must complete the core Twitter requirements.

The contest starts today, and is open to US residents only. May 11th. You have until 11:59 PM PST on May 15th to enter your comments here on this post. We will then announce our winner, chosen randomly out of all valid entrants and bonus points, on May 18th.


LG Scarlet HDTV

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up, as our HDTV giveaway ends this week! In case you missed it, we are giving away a 52-inch LG Scarlet Series HDTV, in conjunction with ExpoTV.

Interested in entering? It’s easy - check out the contest rules, and submit your entry (you can enter as many times as you like.) The giveaway ends on May 8th at 11:59 PM EDT. Good luck!

Read More | Enter HDTV Giveaway

Seagate FreeAgent Pink and Red

A few days ago we announced our His and Her Seagate FreeAgent Go Valentine’s Day giveaway, where we asked you guys to leave a comment answer the question: What’s one thing on your computer that you love so much, you never want to lose it? As it turned out, almost every response had to do with images, which we kind of figured, although we expected more people to be concerned about their music collection.

In any event, we’ve chosen our random winner. Gear Live reader netgeek won, leaving this comment:

Without a doubt it would have to be pictures of my wife and kids.  My wife would hate to lose those pictures and her MP3 collection. Excellent giveaway, btw!

Congrats! And for everyone else, stay tuned, we’ve got another starting shortly.


Our ProFlowers gift certificates giveaway has come to a close, and we wanted to quickly announce the winners. If you recall, all you had to do to enter was leave your best or worst Valentine’s Day memory on our forum, and we chose five winners randomly:

mynenni talked about her blind date disaster:

My worst was a blind date that a friend set me up on.  It was horrible; well not to start with.  He came to door with a big bouqet of flowers.  We then spent the day at Magic Mountian where we quickly ran out of things to talk about and I learned he was a major wimp when it came to rides (really?  then why did you bring me here?)

Afterward, we stopped at a classy resteraunt for dinner.  I took my napkin and layed it across my lap…he took his napkin and layed it across the table.  It was torture sitting across from him trying to come up with conversation as he ate with his mouth open.  I have to figure that by this point he was trying to just be over the top horrible (I think we both knew it was not going past the first date); then at the end of the meal he put his face on the table (okay it was on the napkin he layed out earlier) and moved his head across to wipe his mouth.  NO HANDS!!!

At least he didn’t make me pay…

adamb0mb posted this memory:

All she wanted was to go see the UW vs WSU basketball game on Feb 14th.  I picked her up from work, went to a bar to meet up with some friends for drinks and shots.  Then she snuck in 6 airplane bottles of booze… and we drank at the game.  I don’t even remember who won, but we had a hell of a time!

auntiethesis recalled a dinner date:

My best memory is last year’s Valentine’s Day. My husband took me to a great restaurant and I totally blew my diet eating steak and mashed potatoes. It was the first time I’d ever had Creme Brulee, too. While we were eating, he surprised me with a tennis bracelet that I’d wanted forever.  It was a far cry from his usual Applebee’s dinner and a box of Stover chocolates.

Long-time reader gohan_bcc1 brought it back to high school:

My one and only valentine memory was getting to school in grade 12 and finding a really awesome gift in my locker. In my locker was a car model of my dream car (Audi R8) with a customized license plate to match my current license plate. It identical to my license including the plate # and the province and design. It was also an inside joke that the one we saw in the parking lot two months back was mine. It was really cool to see. Not only that but there was a note for me to go to the library and look on page 82 of the book of the last movie we saw. Which was actually Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix. Inside this book was a note saying this entitles me to receive a package being held at the office. I go to the office and get this package. Inside was a bunch of hockey cards each with a letter written on it. All of these cards were of my favourite team the Calgary Flames of course. There was a hint written on the inside of the package that said to spell out a date. So after hours of figuring this out it spelt out Tuesday March 6th 8:00pm. After seeing the date i realized it was the date of a hockey game for the Calgary Flames. I then got a text saying to go back to my locker. And sitting in my locker were two tickets to the game on that date at that time. Best gift ever!

sandyu‘s was short and sweet:

The best when my husband got out of the military, he was injured but he was alive and home.

Congratulations to all our winners, your $70 codes have been sent to you via Private Message. To the rest of you, we’ve got more giveaways coming, and if you need flowers, here is a 20% off (with free vase!) ProFlowers coupon. Oh, and don’t forget to hit us with your best, or worst, Valentine’s Day memory.

Read More | Best and Worst Valentine's Day Memories

Seagate FreeAgent Pink and Red

Okay, we know we are already giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates for Valentine’s Day, but hey, this is a tech site, and we had to keep it real, right? That’s why we are happy to announce that, in addition to the flowers (which you know will score you some points with the lady,) we are also giving away three pairs of FreeAgent Go hard drives. What’s so special about that, and what does that have to do with Valentine’s Day, you ask? Well, in case you missed the image up there, these drives go together like a couple of passionate lovers. We’ve got a red one for the guys, and a pink one for the ladies (but you two can swap, if that’s your thing, we won’t judge.) Each drive can hold 320 GB of information, so you know, these are solid.

How do you win? We are keeping it simple. All you need to do is the following:

  • Log in to the site with your Gear Live account. Don’t have one? Register here.
  • Leave a comment on this post answering this question:

    What’s one thing on your computer that you love so much, you never want to lose it?

That’s it! The contest ends at 11:59 PM on February 9th, go ahead and leave your comments until then!

Our friends at Notebooks.com and GottaBeMobile are helping to give away these drives, so you actually get three seperate chances to win. Head on over to those two respective sites for details on how to increase your chances to win - that is three pairs of his and her drives.

We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday Feb. 10th, and try our best to get you and your sweetheart/mom the drives by Valentine’s Day. A big “thank you” to Seagate for providing the drives for this giveaway. As is usual for these kinds of things,  US and Canadian residents only, and the contest is void where prohibited by local laws and regulations. You may enter once on Notebooks.com, GottaBeMobile and Gear Live. Duplicate entries will be discarded. All decisions by the respective sites are final. Please be sure to enter your email in the email field, and not in the comment itself, so that it’s protected.


ProFlowersAlright, let’s be honest. For all the gentlemen who spend their time reading Gear Live, it’s easy to get so distracted by all the gadgety goodness that seems to be all around us, that you may very well overlook important events. If you didn’t know, is now President, and Valentine’s Day is just 12 days away. Now, if that strikes fear into your heart because you just spent all your available cash on an , take a deep breathe. You see, we’ve got you covered.

We are giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates to five Gear Live readers. That’s enough for you to pick out something nice for your wife / girlfriend / mother / sister / teacher / friend / confidant / self. Obviously, the gift certificate can be used for anything available from ProFlowers, so if that means you send yourself $70 in chocolate to make yourself feel better about your current situation, so be it.

Anyhow, here’s how to enter to win one of the five gift certificates. All you need to do is on over to our ProFlowers Contest forum thread, and let us know about either your best or worst Valentine’s Day memory. Once you do that, you are in the contest.

Oh, you want the opportunity for bonus entries? Fine. You can get one additional entry into the contest by letting people know about it on Twitter. Something as simple as:

“Gear Live is giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates http://1wu.qlnk.net/”

Then just come back here and leave us a link to that Twitter update in the comments.

Now, the rules. The contest starts now, and ends at 11:59 PM PST on February 8th. We will then choose five random winners, and send them each their coupon codes so they can place their orders. The flowers can only be sent to addresses within the United States.

Now, if you can’t wait, or just would rather make a purchase right now, we’ve also been able to get a fantastic deal from ProFlowers. Here’s a coupon for 20% off any ProFlowers order + a free vase.

Click to continue reading Contest: Win one of five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates

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Gear Live Community Playdate

Hey, owners, you ready to go head-to-head with the Gear Live crew? If you’d been wondering when you would have the opportunity to obliterate us (yeah right!) in a fighting game, then look no further than this tonight’s Xbox Live Community Playdate. Why’s that, you ask? Because for the first time, Gear Live hosts the Community Playdate, and we aren’t messing around. We are bringing our A-game and challenging the community to one-on-one competition in Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Download the game, and then send an invite to any of the following Gamertags this evening between the hours of 8-11 PM EST (5-8PM PST):

There’s our army. Please, go easy on us. You can also find all this information at the official Community Playdate page, or in your Xbox 360 dashboard, under the Events area.

Who’s in?

Read More | Gear Live Community Playdate

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