EXCLUSIVE Giveaway : Cool Prizes worth USD$828

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It’s a BIG one!  EXCLUSIVE for Friedbeef’s Tech readers, this reader giveaway is our way of saying THANK YOU for sticking with us :)

Here’s what we’re giving away to 3 lucky readers.  A bundle containing

  1. A six month plus subscription of BaseKit – perfect for creating a fully customizable website – worth USD$96 each
  2. A copy of Balsamiq – Arguably the easiest way in the world to create quick design mockups – worth USD$79 each
  3. Your choice of an online classifieds or job web theme – a complete business solution – worth USD$69 each
  4. A premium theme from MOJO Themes – One of the best selection of beautifully designed themes for your website/blog – worth USD$32 each

Each bundle is worth USD$276, for a grand total of USD$828 worth of prizes!

There will be 3 winners to this awesome giveaway, and each winner will win a bundle containing a copy of ALL 5 prizes!

How to win

How to win these cool prizes: 3 easy steps to walk away with the loot

  1. Join our Facebook page by ˜liking’ it.
  2. Inside our Facebook page, ˜like’ and/or drop a Facebook comment on the giveaway post as well
  3. Liking the entry will count as one entry, commenting will count as another entry.  You can do BOTH for 2 entries.

That’s it! 

Winners will be picked randomly via Random.org, informed via Facebook, and announced on this page as well.

Prize Info – Each winner will walk away with ONE of EACH Prize

1. A six month plus subscription of BaseKit – perfect for creating a fully customizable website – worth USD$96 each

basekit

BaseKit is a service which aims to simplify the creation of completely customizable websites.  If you’re tired of using the same web template or can’t be bothered learning how to tweak the code behind the design to make your website look and feel JUST the way you want it, then BaseKit is for you.  Everything is drag and drop, and point and click so there’s no code knowledge needed. 

One of BaseKit’s killer features is the ability to take a photoshop PSD file and change that into a web page so it’s so easy to take design to reality in a matter of minutes.  It also includes webforms, Ecommerce and Google Checkout integration, and hosting as part of it’s package so you really don’t need to worry about the backend hassle of websites.  Simply elegant.

2. A copy of Balsamiq – Arguably the easiest way in the world to create quick design mockups – worth USD$79 each

 balsamiq

Balsamiq is an incredible mockup design tool.  Using its quirky hand-drawn styles, all you need to do is drag and drop items from its vast library onto your canvass and you can whip up any mockups for web pages and apps in just a few clicks.  Absolutely amazing.

Using Mockups feels like drawing, but because it’s digital, you can tweak and rearrange easily. Teams can come up with a design and iterate over it in real-time in the course of a meeting.  Product managers, designers, developers, and even clients can now work together in the same tool to quickly iterate over software mockups, before writing code.

3. Your choice of an online classifieds or job web theme – a complete business solution – worth USD$69 each

appthemes

Appthemes are full-featured themes that seamlessly integrate with WordPress and are built with easy-to-manage features. No IT person required. Simple to translate, they take the complexity out of traditional business software. 

If you’ve ever thought about setting up your own job listing or classifieds website, look no further!  Appthemes are designed to be complete web solutions which help you do all the heavy lifting.  Setting up a web business around jobs/classifieds has never been easier.  It’s so complete, it’s almost magical.

4. A premium theme from MOJO themes – One of the best selection of beautifully designed themes for your website/blog – worth USD$32 each

mojothemes

MOJO themes is a marketplace for everyone to buy or sell themes and templates. It sells themes for the most commonly used CMS and e-commerce platforms on the web such as WordPress, Tumblr, Joomla, and Magento. Their templates range from basic PSD templates to complex HTML site templates.

So what you’re getting would be a beautiful new theme of your choice as the designs from MOJO themes happen to look absolutely gorgeous and unique.  Couple that with its vibrant community, forums and support, and you can be sure you’re going back with a great theme.  Fantastic stuff.

So once againHow to win?

How to win these cool prizes: 3 easy steps to walk away with the loot

  1. Join our Facebook page by ˜liking’ it.
  2. Inside our Facebook page, ˜like’ and/or drop a Facebook comment on the giveaway post as well
  3. Liking the entry will count as one entry, commenting will count as another entry.  You can do BOTH for 2 entries.

That’s it! 

Winners will be picked randomly via Random.org, informed via Facebook, and announced on this page.

CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS:

  1. Carlo Luis Fajardo
  2. Fiona Rachel
  3. Joyce Rachel Lee

If you’d like to sponsor a future giveaway, please contact me.  Comments for this page will be closed, so please ask all your questions on our Facebook page :)

33 Trees Giveaway Project : Save the World and Get Free Stuff

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How to you save the world and get free stuff at the same time?  Well now you can do just that. 

Since past giveaways on this site have been going pretty well, I’ve initiated a new project for Friedbeef’s Tech, and it’s called the 33 trees project.  The mechanics are simple:

  1. Sponsor plants 33 trees via Mokugift in exchange for the rights to give something away on this site
  2. Readers get free stuff

Objective

Our aim is to plant 1,000 trees by the end of the year – and we need you to help us! 

Reader’s benefit and how you can help

Your benefit as a reader:

  • You get to help plant trees.  These giveaways work mainly because sponsors see the demand and exposure it brings them.  The more you participate, the more you support this tree planting project.  Who knows?  Maybe next year this project may just be called the 100 Trees Giveaway Project.
  • You get free commercial quality stuff which otherwise would have cost a fair bit of money

How you can help:

Just participate for free :) 

Here are our first two sponsor giveaways: Totaling USD$524 amount in value

They have planted 33 trees each *applause*.  Feel free to participate in either one or both of these giveaways!

Would you like to sponsor the planting of 33 trees?  Check out out our project guidelines.

GIVEAWAY: TUN3R iPhone App: Discover Music Based on Your Tastes

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What is it?

With last.fm and Pandora shutting its doors to many international users, TUN3R is an alternative  iPhone internet radio app for the TUN3R web service which picks and streams radio stations based on your music tastes, allowing you discover new music which are customized to your tastes.  Certainly a great way to discover new music. 

The giveaway

Worth USD2.99 each, but we’re giving it away to 5 lucky Friedbeef.com readers thanks to our sponsors :)

How to Get It:

5 readers will be selected randomly to receive this giveaway.  To be eligible:

Just leave a comment on this post

OR

tweet this post and tag #friedbeefgifts

You can do both to increase your chances :) We’ll do the prize drawing on New Year’s day.

This post is part of our Christmas giveaway bonanza to say THANK YOU for reading this blog – Do check out our OTHER seasonal giveaways and feel free to enter as many of them as you like.

Updated: GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Here are the lucky 5 winners as selected by Random.Org:

1. John
2. yumpstyler
3. byflipper
4. pg
5. Joe

I’ll be in contact with you shortly to distribute your prizes :)

GIVEAWAY: Windows 7 Classic Start Menu: Classic Startmenu UI for Win7

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What is it?

Classic Start Menu is an alternative to the Windows 7 Start Menu. It emulates the old classic start menu which we’re all familiar with.  Useful if you don’t like the Windows7 Start Menu and long for the ˜good old days’.

The giveaway

Worth USD19.99 each, but we’re giving it away to 5 lucky Friedbeef.com readers thanks to our sponsors :)

How to Get It: 

5 readers will be selected randomly to receive this giveaway.  To be eligible:

Just leave a comment on this post

OR

tweet this post and tag #friedbeefgifts

You can do both to increase your chances :) We’ll do the prize drawing on New Year’s day.

This post is part of our Christmas giveaway bonanza to say THANK YOU for reading this blog – Do check out our OTHER seasonal giveaways and feel free to enter as many of them as you like.

UPDATED: Contest Closed

: Here are the lucky 5 winners as picked by Random.org:

1. Leland
2. Dee
3. Evan Hahn
4. Ronald G. Freeman
5. Senthil Kumar

Congratulations guys, and I’ll get in touch with you shortly.

9 Ways to Recycle Gadgets: A Head to Head Comparison

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It is estimated that unwanted electronics represents 1.9 to 2.2 million tons in the US alone. The majority of these products, about 1.5 to 1.9 million tons, were discarded in landfills with only 345,000 to 379,000 tons recycled. The end result isn’t pretty. E-waste is toxic and 40% of heavy metals – such as lead, mercury, cadmium – in our landfills comes from the disposal of electronic equipment. 

Here are 9 cool web services which pay you for trading in your phone (or other old gadgets) you have lying around.  In order to help you pick one, we did a head to head acid test by picking 3 phones and comparing payouts from trading in each phone, from each site.

The Acid Test

  • 1 high end: iPhone 3G (2nd Gen) 16GB
  • 1 mid range: Blackberry Curve 8310
  • 1 low end: Nokia 1110

All slightly used but good working condition.  All carrier unlocked.  All with the box and everything that comes with it (chargers, manuals, cables etc)

1. How to get the best trade-in deals quickly: BuyMyTronics

buymytronics 

BuyMyTronics first started of as BuyMyBrokeniPod.com several years ago when we first wrote about them a couple of years ago.  Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength and have expanded to cover all forms of consumer electronics and they have one the highest payouts around. 

It has a brilliant search-as-you-type interface which makes it absolutely a breeze to find whatever you’re looking for and the payout rates are among the best.  I guess a good testament to how their service is, is that if you go back to that old post we did 2 years ago, all the other services we wrote about have shut down, while BuyMyTronics now turns over a million dollars in revenue, and have expanded into multiple categories (all that while being 100% windmill powered too). 

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD206
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD65
  • Nokia 1110 USD0

2. How to come together as a group to recycle gadgets and combat e-waste: RecyclingFundraiser

ecophones

RecyclingFundraiser is a service which also takes in all kinds of electronics, and even accepts jewelry for trade-in!  What I really like about them is the fact that they mainly promote community recycling.  In fact they have a whole resource library for running your own recycling fundraiser, so now you can help the environment, raise awareness about e-waste and trade in for cash to help another good cause at the same time.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD75
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD25
  • Nokia 1110 USD3

3. How to get store credit with your old gadgets : C.Exchange

 cexchange

This service has pretty decent payouts, and also ties into a large selection of retailers including Radioshack and CompUSA for store credit.  Just a note that when I tested, I noticed you in many cases, you get a better payout opting for cash rather than store credit.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD191.74
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD57.39
  • Nokia 1110 : NA

4. How to get money even when your friends trade in and recycle gadgets: EZTradein

ezinetradein

EZTradein is like a typical trade-in site, but it also has an affiliate program which offers 3% of all sales made to the center coming from your affiliate link.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD106
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD48.78
  • Nokia 1110 : NA

5. How to get the best trade-in deals and help plant a tree: Flipswap

flipswap

Flipswap or Greenphone offers some of the best trade-in prices as well.  They also have a separate program which ties up with retailers and plants a tree for every transaction made with their instore program.  This is expected to result in 250,000 trees planted in 2009.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD230.75
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD49
  • Nokia 1110 USD USD5.60

6. How to recycle gadgets and help a good cause: YouRenew

yourenew

Aside from the typical trade-ins, YouRenew will also donate towards a Renewable Energy Certificate, or plant a tree on top of paying you for your goods. 

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD179
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD55
  • Nokia 1110 : NA

7. How to sell in bulk: Gazelle

gazelle

On top of the usual gadget trade-ins Gazelle also caters to volume selling so if you’re an organization, school or business, you may be able to get a better bulk deal there.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD196
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD48
  • Nokia 1110 : USD0

Other online recycle centers:

8. MyBoneYard

myboneyard

A basic recycling site.  Average payouts.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD148
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD51
  • Nokia 1110 : USD0

9. ecoNew

econew

Econew ties into a few retailers but it’s not as flexible as some of the other services here.

Acid Test Results:  What you get for trading in

  • iPhone 3G 16GB USD85
  • Blackberry Curve 8310 USD51
  • Nokia 1110 USD0

VERDICT:

Bottom line:

The top two choices when you want to recycle gadgets, based on payout seem to be BuyMyTronics and Flipswap, both which give the best trade-in rates based on our acid test. 

However, do check out the other services as well because most of them offer their own unique spin.  No matter what you pick however, give yourself a pat on the back for keeping one more gadget out of the landfill.