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Gear Live Turns 5, gets to wear big boy pants!

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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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Bleeding Edge TV 305: An in-depth look at LASIK (Episode 2)

We are bringing you an in-depth look at in our three-part , thanks to Lasik Plus.

In our last episode, we brought you the first in our three part series on LASIK, where we hit you with our definitive LASIK FAQ video. At the end, we told you that in the next video, it was surgery time - and here we are.

We continue following Monica through her LASIK experience, this time bringing our cameras in the operating room. We get the scoop on the different lasers that are used, and what each one does, and the doctors go into expectations of what one would feel during LASIK surgery. Then, it’s showtime, as the LASIK surgery begins. We bring you some extreme close-ups, so if you get squeamish with these kinds of things, you may want to cover your eyes, and the eyes of your loved ones. Monica even gives us a nice voiceover during the procedure, so that she can tell us how she was feeling during the procedure itself.

In our next episode, we continue the LASIK series, as Monica goes in for her follow-up appointment.


Tonight: Xbox 360 Community Playdate with Gear Live featuring Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

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?

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Xbox 360 Community Playdate with Gear Live this weekend!

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 weekends 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 Sunday, January 25, 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?

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Unboxing Live 038: Apple iPhone 3G, White and Black, unboxed in Apple Store

After a long and arduous wait and a somewhat aggravating purchase experience, we had to insist that the folks at the Apple store allow us to film this episode of Unboxing Live. Obviously, we are unboxing the 16GB iPhone 3G, in both black and white flavors. Included with the iPhone are iPhone earbuds, a Dock cable, and a new tiny USB power brick. It also comes with a SIM removal tool, a cleaning cloth, and the ever-present Apple stickers. Conspicuously missing from the package is the iPhone 3G stand-up dock, which is sold separately for $20.


In Seattle? We will be giving away iPhone gear at Alderwood Mall Apple Store tonight!

Alderwood Mall iPhone 3G

Hey Seattle line-waiters - Gear Live is gonna be in full effect at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store starting tonight at midnight. We are gonna be in line to make sure we get our hands on a white iPhone 3G, and we figured that instead of sitting around like a bunch of geeks who sit in line waiting for a cell phone launch (which we totally aren’t), we would have some fun. We will have a bunch of iPhone accessories available that we will be giving away, and we will have an early preview of Tap Tap Revenge to show off. We will do some one-on-one games in Tap Tap, and winners will get some cool gear.

We will also have our cameras with us as well so we can get all your opinions and thoughts on all things Apple for Bleeding Edge TV. So if you are in the area and plan on waiting in line for iPhone 3G to launch in the morning, hit up the Alderwood Mall location with us. We promise that our awesomeness won’t kill you.

EDIT: I am andruedwards on Twitter. I know a bunch of you are on that.


Bleeding Edge TV 278: HP Elite Business-Rugged Laptops

At the event in Berlin, Germany, announced its hardiest line of laptops yet. The HP Elite notebook PCs have been engineered to resist drops, scratches, spills, anything that comes its way.

It also features a handy business card reader, and the HP Quicklook no-boot-required information display (not to be confused with Mac OSX’s Quick Look) puts information right at your fingertips.


Bleeding Edge TV 276: The Voodoo Omen ultimate custom PC

At HP’s conference in Berlin, Germany, Rahul Sood of PC announced the Voodoo Omen, a new top-of-the-line water-cooled PC using an as-yet-unannounced new set of SLI GPU’s and a new CPU as well. It also features a fully functional LCD monitor on the front of the case.

The construction on this PC is amazing, but with its $7000 price tag we’re not sure we’re ready to upgrade just yet. The Omen is currently only available to former Voodoo customers on an invite-only basis, so if you are looking to get your hands on one, you might just be out of luck.


Bleeding Edge TV 275: The EeeStick motion game controllers from Asus

At the booth during , we had the pleasure of looking at their new EeeStick video gaming controllers. Similar to the ‘s Wii Remote and Nunchuk, aiming and player movement is controlled by swinging the right controller around and moving the left thumbstick.

Sunrise Kuo of Asus showed us a demo of the controllers in action. When they’re ready in July or August, they will be packaged with the Asus EeePC 901 or EeePC 1000 models.


Bleeding Edge TV 274: A Look Into the Future with HP’s Phil McKinney

At HP’s event in Berlin, Germany, we caught up with the CTO of HP’s Public Systems Group, Phil McKinney, who had some very interesting things to say about where HP believes the future will take us.

Phil talked with us about what’s coming in the future of technology - everything from wearable computing to a very advanced “avatar” that is programmed to make decisions just like you would, only you can send it to a meeting while you get to go play video games. We look forward to seeing what the future holds. Thanks Phil!


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