2015 spring gadget giveaway!

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spring-contest

It’s officially spring, so let’s celebrate with a Gadgeteer gadget giveaway! We are giving away 15 prizes for music lovers, fitness buffs, travelers and more.  We have a lot of good stuff to giveaway, so don’t waste any time, please click through to see the full list of prizes and instructions on how to enter.

Prizes:

kinivo

Kinivo: Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit (BTC455)
Turns existing car stereos into Bluetooth compatible stereo systems.

  • Allows you to take calls hands free, stream music, and listen to navigation instructions over the car’s speakers
  • Features automatic syncing to your mobile device
  • Allows you to connect and simultaneously sync up to two devices to your car’s stereo system via multi-point Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Enables you to operate your device’s voice-command functionality through its built-in microphone
  • Offers control over audio tracks, including play, pause, previous song and next song
  • Easily connects to your car’s stereo system via 3.5mm audio input port

Prize value: $44.95
For more info: www.kinivo.com
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kinivo-speaker

Kinivo: ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker
Pocket-sized mini speakers produce monumental sound for rocking out while on-the-go

  • Conveniently lightweight, rechargeable mini speaker with a 360-degree sound design
  • Ultra-portable, featuring a built-in audio cable which folds to store directly into the bottom of the speaker for effortless portability
  • Enhanced bass resonator delivers high-quality sound which can be intensified with the ability to connect multiple speakers for maximum sound
  • Long-lasting internal battery can play music for up to 6 hours on virtually any gadget through a standard 3.5 mm connector

Prize value: $19
For more info: www.kinivo.com
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car-chat

CoolStream CarChat+

The Car Chat Plus seamlessly switches between incoming calls and music. Equipped with two rapid charging 2.5 Amp USB ports for quickly charging your mobile devices the Car Chat Plus is the answer to all your music, hands-free talking, and charging needs on the go.

Prize value: $35.99
For more info: coolstreamrocks.com
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pear-sports

PEAR Sports: Mobile Training Intelligence System
App-powered smart training program that coaches you in real-time with customized programs designed by elite fitness experts

  • Features a Bluetooth heart rate monitor for measuring body’s response during a workout
  • Includes Stride earphones with earlock earpieces that work with the app to provide real-time audio coaching
  • Exclusive earlock earpieces utilize seven contact points to ensure a secure and comfortable fit
  • Free app includes 400 customized training methods and activities from elite fitness experts
  • App can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store and at Google Play

Prize value: $99.95
For more info: www.pearsports.com
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patriot

Patriot Memory: FUEL iON Charging Stand, Charging Case and Car Mount
Slim, Stylish, fully protective case makes charging effortless with robust magnetic power

  • FUEL iON wirelessly charges faster than competing products with patent-pending magnetic connectors to charge the phone without the use of a plug-in cord, eliminating wear and tear on the lighting connector.
  • The incredibly strong magnetic pad on both the FUEL iON phone cases and the charging stands create a direct connection between the two devices and snaps the phone into place; this allows for charging that is comparable to directly plugging into a wall outlet.
  • FUEL iON Charging Stand: Ideal for the office with an ergonomic angle for viewing your phone while charging and the snap to position rotational access allows the user to manipulate the phone from vertical to horizontal positions.
  • FUEL iON Car Mount: Simply installs on any windshield and can mount and rotate your phone, optimal for GPS use.
  • FUEL iON Charging case.

Prize value: $29.99 – $49.99 MSRP
For more info: www.patriotmemory.com/fuelion
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adidas

adidas Originals: Mobile Accessory Collection
The Brand with the 3 Stripes: Where a lifestyle of originality and fashion collide

  • Quality faux leather cases display the famous 3-Stripes stitched on top and have the globally-recognized
  • Trefoil logo embossed in contrasting colors.
  • Molded case featured rubber coated sides for enhanced grip; Authentic book case includes a slip pocket to easily stow an ID or credit card; Protective flip case has hidden closure magnet closure.
  • All feature printed microfiber lining protecting against scratches.
  • Prize is an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus case.

Prize value: $35 – $60
For more info: www.adidas.com/us/originals
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a-audio

A-Audio: Legacy Over-Ear Headphones
Only headphones to offer Three Stage Listening Technology for customized sound with Base Enhancer, Active

  • Noise Cancellation and Audio modes
  • Much like a luxury sports car shifts gears at varying speeds, Three Stage Listening Technology puts you in the driver’s seat to select the sound that best suits you in the moment
  • Built with 40mm custom drivers, powerful circuitry and anti-vibration aluminum for a power-packed soundstage
  • Made with supple leather with diamond-quilted stitching in the headphone band and premium octagonal aluminum bezels on each ear cup
  • Features chrome-plating and aluminum construction with steel hinges
  • Closed circumaural ear cups with memory foam padding for comfort and isolated sound
  • Dual jacks for sharing music with friends featuring 24K gold plated contacts for optimum signal transfer
  • Detachable phone cord with remote and mic for connecting to your mobile device, plus one audio only cable and gold plated 6.3mm audio adaptor
  • Comes with luxe travel case and polishing cloth

Prize value: $299 MSRP
For more info: A-Audio.com
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pronto

Pronto
Ideal for the cable and satellite TV lover, Pronto turns your iPhone into a personalized universal remote control, centralizing control of all your entertainment systems

  • Allows control of all entertainment devices (TVs, set-top boxes, DVDs and Blu-ray players) from your iPhone
    Paired with the free Peel Smart Remote app, offers customized viewing recommendations based on your interests and viewing habits
  • Includes optional IR extension cable, allowing users to store away multiple entertainment devices and still control them
  • Palm-sized and lightweight, the Pronto fits in the smallest of spaces and allows for easy mobility
  • Optimized to control more than 3,000 entertainment devices, including all major TV brands
  • Includes 4AA batteries
  • Compatible with: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPod Touch

Prize value: $49.99
For more info: www.getpronto.com
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Bracketron: EZCharge
With EZCharge, there’s no “wrong” way to plug in your USB cables

  • Allows you to plug in “upside down” or “right side up,” so you can connect USB charging cables without fumbling to insert them the “right” way
  • Plugs securely into your vehicle’s 12V port; perfect for road trips and long commutes
  • Features a sleek, lightweight aluminum housing for easy portability
  • Available with one or two USB ports, and comes in all-black or black with silver accents
  • Two-port model lets you charge multiple mobile devices simultaneously at the fastest possible speed, and has dual 3.4A capability with one port ideal for smartphones (1.0A) and one for tablets (2.4A)
  • Single-port model charges smartphones and tablets at fast speeds

Prize value: $12.99-24.99
For more info: www.bracketron.com
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si-dash

Bracketron: Earth Elements Si Dash Mount
Attaches directly to most hard and textured surfaces for effortless hands-free driving

  • Simply adhere the Mounting Plates to the back of your device or inside back of your case
  • Device effortlessly clicks onto mount for safe driving
  • The 3M adhesive will ensure the plates stay securely attached to your phone
  • Integrated cord management for charging cables to keep them out of the way
  • Collapsible and adjustable support feet help keep your phone securely mounted
  • Perfect for travel and added support for larger phablet-style phones

Prize value: $39.95
For more info: www.bracketron.com
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penclic-k2

Penclic: Mini Keyboard

Wireless mini keyboard’s compact size and quiet-touch keys create a unique visual and ergonomic experience while maximizing work space and productivity

  • Sleek, Scandinavian design combines superior functionality without sacrificing comfort for size; compact size allows you to centralize your work position, creating better focus and maximized desk space
  • Optimal 5 mm profile and ergonomic design decreases strain on the wrists, serving to counteract and reduce Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Quiet-touch keys reduce noise and offer great tactile feeling, allowing you to utilize small keystrokes and minimal pressure when typing, leading to quicker results and productivity
  • Compatible with Windows XP and later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD systems
  • Nano USB- receiver with wireless reach up to 16 feet; rechargeable battery lasts up to 2 months before additional charging is required
  • Available in several language variations and contemporary and relaxing colors that make the keyboard as easy on your eyes as it is on your fingertips

Prize value: $79.95
For more info: www.penclic.se
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penclic

 

Penclic: Next Generation Mouse (Bluetooth version)

Lightweight mice feature symmetrical design that enables both left- and right-handed users to enjoy the Penclic experience

  • Has two buttons with left and right click on pen’s shaft, fitted for left-handed users
  • Center scroll wheel also doubles as a middle click button
  • Looks, feels and acts like a pen, placing superior navigation at your fingertips
  • Allows for laser-focused precision leading to better results and quicker movements
  • Create a relaxed, ergonomic working position, enhancing user experience and allowing forearm to relax on work surface
  • Sleek, Scandinavian design counteracts static tensions in arms, shoulders and neck, reducing Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) associated with typical mouse products
  • Wireless and Bluetooth range up to 16 feet; compatible with Mac and PC products
  • Ideal for design and 3D modeling programs

Prize value: $64.99 – $89.99
Website: www.penclic.se
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ecoxgear

ECOXGEAR: ECOROX Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The most fearless speaker on Earth: 100% waterproof, shockproof, compact, lightweight and it floats, allowing you to add your soundtrack to life’s most extreme adventures

  • 100% waterproof (not just water resistant), IPX7 approved and rubberized exterior protects from everyday drops and dunks
  • Floats – listen at the lake, river, pool or campsite with no worries
  • Play music from any Bluetooth enabled devices and answer incoming calls over the built-in speakerphone
  • Integrated carabiner clip and top panel controls for power, pairing, volume, skip, play, pause, and speakerphone answer
  • Built-in auxiliary in jack for an optional wired connection
  • 10 hours of playtime

Prize value: $129.99
Website: www.ecoxgear.com
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How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 03/26/2015 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page telling us the last book that you really enjoyed reading. Include the title, author and a sentence or two about the plot.

2. (optional) Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:

Win a gadget prize pack of 13 prizes from @thegadgeteer http://wp.me/p3LRkH-JFQ

Make sure you come back and leave a 2nd comment on this page with a link to your Twitter post.

3. At some point on 03/27/2015, I’ll pick 1 random winner using random.org. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my email in that time period, I’ll do other random.org drawings till the prizes are claimed.

Rules:

1. Only one main entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members may not enter this contest.

3. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for the winner not accepting their prize within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on this contest page, in the comments section of this page and will be emailed. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address (sorry, this isn’t my choice…).

Update 03/27/2015

The winner is #48 Mario. Congrats to Mario and thank you everyone who entered and to the companies who sponsored this contest by providing the prizes.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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  • Victor Walker March 25, 2015, 9:55 am

    I just re read ChapterHouse Dune by Frank Herbert. I have been reading the entire 19 book series written by him, and now his son and Kevin Anderson. ChapterHouse was a very intense book that had many political, religigous overtones. The book is about how the Bene Gesserit were deealing with a post Tyrant empire and the return of people from the Scattering. They are turning their home planet into a new Dune to try and grow more worms!

  • Ken Pietrzyk March 25, 2015, 11:44 am

    Just finished reading Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton. A number of short stories about his career at Star Trek. I read non-fiction and pick books on a random basis. This was a quick read.

  • Cara K March 25, 2015, 11:49 am

    Just finished the book “Finding Me” by Michelle Knight. It is about one of the three Ohio kidnapped victims who managed to get free from her captor after years of abuse.

  • Diane J. March 25, 2015, 12:23 pm

    The last book I read that I really enjoyed (which I just bought because I want to read again): The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen. I believe it’s non-fiction, but Larsen weaves the story so well it keeps you engrossed. The story covers the Chicago World’s Fair and ties in with H.H. Holmes (possibly the first serial killer – or one of the first). There are many details about Chicago bidding for the fair, the plans, the building of the fair, the obstacles they had to overcome. And, the fair was the White City. Which to us now days, doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but this was back when coal use was rampant and the streets were covered in black coal dust. That’s kind of like having white carpet and kids. Bad idea. Engrossing read on how the fair came about and how H.H. Holmes turned his building into a hotel of sorts where he killed many young women. Horrific, but the weaving of the two events in history was well done.

  • Diane J. March 25, 2015, 12:24 pm
  • Shel Tozer-Kilts March 25, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Terms of Enlistment, by Marko Kloos. I’m a big fan of mil-SF, and when this kept popping up on lists of must-read SF books, I decided to give it a try. It’s a century or so in the future, and North America is a place most residents would prefer to leave. The only ways out are by the one-in-a-trillion lottery winners who get to go out to the colonies in space, or by joining the military. This book, the first in a trilogy, follows Andrew Grayson as he chooses the military and escapes into space – only to find that the human race isn’t the only one colonizing and terraforming planets in our galaxy.

  • Frank Penny March 25, 2015, 3:54 pm

    I’m reading Legend by Tony Healey. It’s the first book in the Sci-Fi series Far From Home. It tells the story of the Defiant and her crew as they fight a war in space.

  • Cassie Kaufman March 25, 2015, 5:03 pm

    The Martian, by Andy Weir. It’s a wild ride about an astronaut being accidentally abandoned on Mars, and his struggle to survive. It’s being made into a movie.

  • Connie Diepstraten March 25, 2015, 5:06 pm

    The last book I read was “Die Again” by Tess Gerritsen. It’s the latest installment in her “Rizzoli & Isles” series. It tells the tale of a group of adventurers on safari in the African bush and before long, bad things start happening! The story then jumps six years later to a murder scene being investigated by Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. It was quite fun trying to figure out how the two stories connected with each other!

  • Christopher Mabunga March 25, 2015, 5:18 pm

    I just finished reading Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I saw the first movie and honestly couldn’t wait another year to find out what happens! Suffice it to say, if you loved the series so far, you won’t be disappointed by the ending. I am excited to see the film later this year.

  • Christopher Mabunga March 25, 2015, 5:20 pm
  • JamesM March 25, 2015, 5:29 pm

    The last book I read was American Sniper by Chris Kyle. It’s an autobiography of a US Navy Seal sniper and his conflict between serving his country and being a husband and father.

  • Craig Huang March 25, 2015, 6:02 pm
  • Michael W. March 25, 2015, 7:35 pm

    “A Brief History of Time” By Stephen Hawking.
    Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite or does it have an end? It really is a must read for anybody at all interested in science.

  • Michael W. March 25, 2015, 7:37 pm
  • heatwave16 March 25, 2015, 9:39 pm

    Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison – it is an urban fantasy novel. It follows Rachel as she navigates the world as a witch – who is more than just a simple witch. She shares some demon abilities. The main coven of witches is trying to capture her for these powers, and her friends are trying to keep her safe. Friends being a vampire, pixie, and a gargoyle – just to name a few. It is book 8 in the series. A great series – Kim takes you on an amazing ride.

  • heatwave16 March 25, 2015, 9:41 pm

    tweet – https://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/580907237473800193

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Chris Schmidt March 26, 2015, 9:01 am

    The it is not recent I re-read Douglas Adams the Hitchhikers guide to the Universe. I originally read this book in High school. The second time through was no less enjoyable. Adams humor is spot on and provides a charming read and ironical view of the universe and mans insignificant presence within it.

  • 1000 Acres March 26, 2015, 11:19 am

    “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann is one of those books that sticks in your mind. The key to success and a good life is not always ‘getting.’ How to accumulate wealth and success by putting other interests first and adding values to others lives.

  • Tjeerd Dijkstra March 26, 2015, 11:52 am

    I read Stoner by John Williams. Follows the career of an english professor from birth to death in Missouri. Enjoyed the detailed narrative of early 20th century academic life with some ups and many downs.

  • Stevie Ray Gannaway March 26, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Hi Gadgeteers!!!

    I am currently reading Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. This is his second book and I have never read such an edge of your seat thrill ride!!! It’s a combination of Indiana Jones & Rambo on acid, as are all of his books. The story takes place in an Arctic Ice Station that sends out a distress signal when one of their scientists is found dead. When a team of United States Recon Marines led by Shane Schofield, code named Scarecrow, arrives at the station, they find several French Scientists have arrived, and several more come after the Marines’ arrival. The French reveal themselves as soldiers and that’s when all hell breaks loose. Throw in a mile deep ice tunnel with a possible UFO in an underground cavern, with killer denizens lurking in the icy pool below, a
    Beautiful Scientist & her little girl and the action never stops. Read it!!! I highly recommend all of Reilly’s novels, you just can’t put them down!!!

    __ Stevie G.

  • Heidi Baker March 26, 2015, 8:54 pm

    I just finished reading Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. It is about a brother and a sister who discover that they are keepers of a magical world. It becomes their responsibility to protect this world from dark forces. I am really looking forward to the continuation of the series.

  • Michele Pineda March 26, 2015, 10:19 pm

    I am a big zombie fan, movies, books, tv shows, you name it. So I am a bit behind book-wise but managed to read Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manuel Loureiro. It has to do with something that happened in Russia and not really much is mentioned about the event-things happen fast as in all zombie shows, and there is a lawyer who is upset about his wife passing away so he writes like a diary/blog as a sort of therapy to help him cope with it. He then realizes that he is documenting the last days of humanity by writing about what is happening. And just like the movies, there is always a sequel… so I am looking to read that one and another one after that since he has several books in the series.

  • Michele P March 26, 2015, 10:22 pm
  • Julie Strietelmeier March 27, 2015, 10:32 am

    The winner is #48 Mario. Congrats to Mario and thank you everyone who entered and to the companies who sponsored this contest by providing the prizes.

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