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Your Chance at a ScanSnap Scanner

Weren’t we supposed to live in a paperless world by now? I seem to have at least as much stuff printed on dead trees in my life as ever—business documents, photos, greeting cards, and a whole lot more. So do you, I’ll bet. And if you’d like to cut clutter by bringing them into the digital world, here’s a way to get a shot at a scanner that can do the job.

Courtesy of Fujitsu, we’re giving away two of its snazzy ScanSnap scanners in a random drawing: the super-portable S1100 (a $199 value, shown on the left above) and the double-sided S1300 ($295, on the right). Both are compact desktop models that can scan to PDF, Office, e-mail, and more, and are compatible with Windows PCs and Macs.

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Make 2011 Predictions, Get a Chance at a $150 Amazon Gift Card

Once again, in time-honored Technologizer tradition, I’m asking you to make tech-related predictions about the year ahead. (As a group, you guys seem to be much better at it than I am.) And we’re offering an incentive: Everyone who submits a prediction will be entered in a random drawing for a $150 Amazon.com gift card.

Here are the official rules for this little exercise:

  • 1. Enter by making predictions about technology news we’ll see in 2011. They can involve products, companies, technologies, people, or any combination of the above. Serious ones are preferable to silly ones.
  • 2. You can submit predictions in any of three ways:
    • Make the predictions by adding comments to this post; please provide a working e-mail address in the specified field. (Your e-mail address won’t be published, and we won’t use it for any purpose except to contact you in relation to the contest.)
    • Submit a prediction on Twitter by tweeting me at @harrymccracken. (You can optionally use the hashtag #tpredicts as well.) Be sure to follow me so that I can direct message you if you win.
    • Post your prediction to Technologizer’s Facebook page (click the Status link near the top).

You can submit more than one set of predictions if you like, but multiple submissions won’t increase your chances of winning.

  • 3. Everyone who enters gets one chance at winning the $150 Amazon.com gift card. We’ll choose our favorite entries, and they’ll get an additional four chances a piece at winning the gift certificate. (In other words: The best contributions will have a five times higher chance of winning.) The winner will be chosen in a random drawing.
  • 4. Favorites will be judged for creativity, plausibility, and quality of writing. Being interesting counts, but ones that sound plausible will have an edge on ones that don’t–”Google will release a version of Chrome OS for desktop computers” might be a favorite, but “Google will announce it’s opening an office on Jupiter” would not.
  • 5. Feel free to make multiple predictions in one comment, and take as much space as you need. We may use your entry in articles based on the contest, and reserve the right to delete entries.
  • 6. The contest will close at 12am midnight PT on Saturday, January 1st, 2011–that is, as ring in the new year–so please enter by then; we’ll notify a winner by Monday, January 3rd. We’ll also publish a story with some of our favorite predictions.

Good luck, and have fun–and if you need inspiration, check out the reports on the Technologizer community’s predictions for 2009 and 2010.


Last Chance at Cool Prizes

Pssst: I haven’t quite shut down our survey about your favorite products of 2010. Take it now, and you’ll get a shot at some cool prizes. (It’ll close later tonight.)

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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!


Last Chance to Tell Tech Tales and Win a Big Prize

Here’s one more reminder about this contest–the deadline to enter is this Sunday, October 31st.

A while back I contributed a guest post about the oldest tech product I still use–a 16-year-old pair of Bose speakers–to a site (sponsored by HP) about unexpectedly bountiful returns on investment. Now the site is holding a sweepstakes that invites you to share your own tales of purchases that paid off in ways you didn’t expect. The grand prize is pretty spectacular: a trip for six to the Napa Valley, including flights, accommodations, spa sessions, a wine-country tour, and a balloon ride–and an assortment of HP products for your office.

You can get a shot at these and other prizes by entering here, and the top stories will be shared on the site.

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Your Chance at a Free Copy of Roxio Creator 2011

Last week, I wrote about Roxio Creator 2011, the new version of the do-it-all creativity software for Windows that includes video, audio, and photo editing, file conversion and sharing, disc burning, and more–including new 3D capabilities. The Roxio folks have offered to give free copies of the $79.99 software to five Technologizer readers. We’ll choose the winners in a random drawing–here are three ways to get your name in:

1) Add a comment to this post talking about the the most important audio, video, and/or photos in your life. (Be sure and provide a working e-mail address so we can contact if you win,)

2) Send me an @reply on Twitter (where I’m @harrymccracken) with thoughts about your most important media. (Follow me so I can direct message you if you win.)

3) Head to Technologizer’s Facebook page and leave a message on our wall with your thoughts about your most important media.

Whichever method you choose, do it by 12pm noon PT on Sunday, September 5th–we’ll pick winners from everyone who’s entered as of then.

Good luck! We’ll report back here once we’ve found our winners.