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A Technologizer Prize Extravaganza

Say, want to win a cool prize? Here are eleven chances to do just that. We’d like members of the Technologizer community to nominate the best tech products and services of 2010. If you participate, you’ll get a shot at winning one of the following prizes.

Kobo Wireless eReader. Courtesy of Kobo, a Wi-Fi enabled e-reader with a 6″ E Ink screen.

Zune HD. Courtesy of Microsoft, two 32GB touchscreen media players with color OLED screens and one month’s access to the Zune Pass service apiece.

Ooma Telo. Courtesy of Ooma, its VoIP phone system, which lets you make U.S. calls for free.

Roxio Creator 2011 and Tron Premiere tickets. Courtesy of Roxio, its Windows creativity suite for editing, managing, and burning videos and photos (including 3D ones), music, and more–plus two tickets to see Tron Legacy (premiering December 17th) at an AMC theater.

eBooks. Courtesy of Kobo, electronic versions of five books about technology (picked by me) which are readable on Kobo’s ereader, PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Android handsets, BlackBerries, and other devices:

You have until Monday, December 13th at 5pm PT to enter; we’ll draw eleven names from among those who entered at random and award each lucky person one of the prizes above.

Click here to name your favorite products (which will take no more than a few minutes) and enter the drawing. Good luck, and thanks!


TIME and Me

Neat news: Starting next month, I’ll be contributing to TIME.com, including writing a weekly tech column. It should be a lot of fun–I’ll let you know when my stuff starts to show up there…


Coming Next Week: Technologizer's SpringThing

Every once in awhile, we at Technologizer like to throw a party. We held one last May and another in November, both of which were packed with interesting folks talking tech. Party number three is coming up next week–we’re calling it SpringThing, and it’ll be on Tuesday, May 4th from 6pm-9pm in San Francisco. (The exact location: 12 Gallagher Lane, a cool gallery in the SOMA neighborhood.) SpringThing is sponsored by Seagate.

If it’s anything like our first two bashes, it’ll “sell out” quickly–but we have some tickets set aside for Technologizer readers. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can RSVP here. And if you tweet about it, please use our official hashtag–#springthing.

Hope to see some of you there!

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A Better Technologizer Presence on Facebook

If you’ve ever hung out with me at Twitter (where I’m harrymccracken), you know that it’s a kind of extension of Technologizer–an ongoing conversation among 16,000 people that’s mostly about tech-related matters. And if you ever joined Technologizer’s Facebook Group, you may have noticed that it’s…kind of quiet. Very quiet, in fact. Aside from the occasional note from me or another member, there hasn’t been much going on there.

Which is why we’re retiring the Technologizer group on Facebook and launching something much better: a Facebook page at http://facebook.com/technologizer. (I don’t completely understand why Facebook maintains a distinction between groups and pages, but pages are much more flexible and powerful.) Our page will be a central clearinghouse for Technologizer-related stuff: It’ll have links to every story here, plus all of my tweets, and you can comment on them or share them right there if you feel like it, or post a new question or idea on our wall. It’s also got some photos from our live events, plus discussion boards. Basically, it’s the sort of presence we always wanted but couldn’t implement in the group, and we plan to add more features as time goes on.

Three hundred folks have already joined the page during our quiet beta period. I hope you’ll join them by visiting us on Facebook and clicking the Become a Fan button. See you there…

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Take a Moment, Make a Difference

If you’re human, your heart is going out to the people in Haiti in the wake of this week’s earthquake and its awful aftermath. And if you’re reading this, chances are that you’re in a position to chip in to help.

My friend Xavier Lanier of Notebooks.com stepped up to the plate by offering $500 in matching funds for contributions by readers who donate $10 to Haitian recovery via SMS. Several other bloggers joined in with additional matching funds. And I’m adding another $250 to the pot. (It’s a small gesture considering how unimaginably lucky I am–and have I mentioned that the San Andreas Fault runs right by my home?)

Here’s how the Technologizer community can contribute and help ensure that the maximum amount of relief money gets donated, as explained by Xavier:

To donate via SMS, just send a text message to “90999″ with the word “HAITI” in the body. You’ll receive a confirmation message confirming that you want to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Reply with the word “Yes” and you’ll get a $10 charge on your next bill.

Once you’ve made the donation, head to Xavier’s post at Notebooks.com and leave a comment so he can track total donations. Thanks in advance.

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Join Me for a Webcast on Wednesday

Once again, I’ve been asked to be a guest Tweeter at a Webcast. This one’s an interview with James Surowiecki–author of the excellent book The Wisdom of Crowds–and the subject is “Powering Crowdsourcing: Technology’s Role in the New Way of Working.” It’s been held this Wednesday at 1pm ET. You can get more information, watch the Webcast (either live or in playback form), and Tweet it yourself here.

Hope to see some of you there! Here, incidentally, are the first three Webcasts from the series, all of which I watched and provided color commentary for:

Chris Anderson, editor, Wired
George Halvorson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Richard Florida, author, Rise of the Creative Class

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New Years Resolutions for the PC Industry

More year-ahead musings: I’ve written another guest post for WePC.com, and this one covers six new years resolutions that I’d love to see the PC industry make and keep. They’re entirely selfish, since they all involve stuff I wish every PC had. (Starting with a realistic estimate of the battery life I’m likely to get.)

Check ’em out–and I’d love to hear any resolutions you care to make on behalf of the tech biz.

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