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We've just launched a GadgetSpeak Twitter feed. It's a bit of an experiment, but if it's good enough for Stephen Fry and our friends at Bletchley Park then we feel we really ought to give it a go.
Now if all you Twitterers could wander over to twitter and start 'following us' then we'll see if we can give Stephen a run for his money
Come and follow us on Twitter here!
The weathermen are promising us a wonderful summer - just like in the old days. If they are right then you won't need this months GadgetSpeak prize, because you'll be outdoors enjoying all that fresh air and sun.
Just in case (perish the thought) they've got it wrong - this month we have a shiny new Nintendo Wii that will be making it's way to one very lucky GadgetSpeak winner.
Lots of people seemed to like our competition question a couple of months back so we've taken the same path again this month - just to keep you all on your toes.
So - to be entered into the competition this month you'll have to:
Please do be careful - last time 5 people answered the question wrong - and we really don't want that!
And of course please remember to check the terms and conditions to make sure you qualify (at the moment you have to be in the UK - sorry to all those readers elsewhere!)
The year is flying by and it's Easter already and here at GadgetSpeak we have a special competition this month to mark the occasion. Rather than our single prize for the month - we have four separate prizes - each excellent in their own right. We'll break open one egg each week and one lucky winner will get the contents.
The prizes and dates are:
What do you have to do to enter?
If you're already a member all you have to do is make sure your profile is complete and remember to login each week to enter that weeks prize draw. Remember we are doing these draws at the end of each Thursday in the month - so make sure you do login before the deadline!
For full details, including terms and conditions, take a look at our special competition page!
Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun with Christmas Cracker - it was a huge success for us and helped increase the number of members to the site significantly. Thanks of course to Photobox for sponsoring the crackers!
It is however now December, and for those of you that have been around GadgetSpeak for more than a year you'll know that means Santa's Sack time! Santa's Sack is our special advent competition to get you ready for the festive season. This year we've packed the sack with a wide variety of gadgety products with something to appeal to everyone.
With Day one drawing to a close all I can say is WOW - the number of visitors in this single day has beat the highest day we had in the entire Santa's Sack period in 2007 - so thanks to all of you that joined in the fun.
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Well we often run free competitions for members here at GadgetSpeak partly to encourage new visitors to join and also as a thank you to existing members. December is however the competition!
We have a sack of wonderful prizes that Santa himself would envy. For each of the first 20 days of December one prize will be drawn from the sack and awarded to one lucky GadgetSpeak member. There are hundreds of pounds worth of prizes to be won - and of course membership and entry to the competition is free!
Want to know more? Full details of santa's sack and all the prizes here!
Christmas is closing in fast and to get you in the mood GadgetSpeak have launched a special festive prize-draw for November.
We have four very special GadgetSpeak Christmas Crackers. Each Cracker contains four different prizes.
Each week we'll pull one cracker. The contents of that cracker will go to that weeks winning member. You can see all the prizes on our special cracker page but, as with Santa's Sack, the contents of each cracker is secret. We'll tell you the content of the current weeks cracker as soon as you login!
Oh - we can tell you that the nice people at PhotoBox have included your choice of personalised Calendar or Photo Book - using your very own photos - in each cracker.
Our last newsletter was the day before our new site look and feel was about to go live, and we had all of our fingers crossed for a smooth transition. Luckily everything went very well and I hope you'll agree the updated appearance on GadgetSpeak looks a lot better.
The changes were more than superficial though. As part of the upgrade we incorporated a number of changes requested by large number of people that completed our survey a few months back. Here's a list of the recent changes!
What do you think? Please We've plenty of other ideas - just not enough time! Let us know what else you'd like to see on GadgetSpeak and we'll try and get your ideas into the system!
Thanks as always for your support!
The team at GadgetSpeak
It's October already - where has the the year gone?
Thanks to everyone that entered last months prizedraw - and for visiting the site. It's so good to see so many of you returning again and again.
This month we're really lucky to have Fujitsu sponsor the competition. They will be providing the lucky winner with one of their excellent ScanSnap S300 scanners. You can read Michael Fereday's thoughts on this product in his review.
In summary this is a very space efficient scanner with a built in automatic document feed (ADF) - great for scanning in a set of pages. Apart from being the world’s smallest duplex ADF scanner (i.e. it can scan double sided pages automatically) it's also very light and portable. Unlike flat-bed scanners this one isn't going to take up most of your limited desk space.
Remember our competition is free - all qualifying GadgetSpeak members are automatically entered into each months competition as soon as they log-in that month.
New members are of course also more than welcome (did I mention membership is free?). Simply complete our short joining form, activate your account and add some basic data to your profile and you'll be entered (check the full terms and conditions on the joining page - but in short open to UK residents 18 years old and over).
Hope everyone is enjoying themselves - and congratulations to the winners so far.
I've sent out todays daily update a little while age and I've been checking email errors. It looks like a small number of you have invalid email addresses on your account. You obviously still exist and want to be part of Santa's Sack because you've come in and checked the box to receive daily updates.
Some of the accounts with errors are people that have been members for a long time - so their email address has probably just changed. Please, especially if you've been a member for a while, check that we have the correct email address. To do this - log in to GadgetSpeak and click the 'your account' link in the top left of the page.
There are a couple of people that only joined at the end of November who also seem to have email addresses that don't exist - or at least your servers are complaining that you don't exist! I can only assume they used a tempory email address to join then deleted their email account once activated - assuming we wouldn't notice! tut-tut. We do look at what's happening on the site now and then!
Good luck every body - only a few days left and I can relax. I'm going to need a rest at the end of Santa's Sack!
By the way - we've added a little page so you can invite your friends and family to join in the last few days of Santa's Sack. Just click here to invite them!
We have a great prize, worth over £200 this month thanks to Photobox.Photobox provide on-line photographic services suitable for anyone with a collection of digital photos. Digital cameras are great for capturing that special moment be it wedding, birthday party or the latest addition to the family. Ease of use in taking those pictures is however countered with a tendency to leave them on the computer - getting prints is a pain. You can print them yourself (but a decent printer and ink is expensive) or burn them to CD and walk them into town.
Photobox provides an opportunity to match ease of taking pictures with ease of creating prints - and a whole lot more. Upload your images to them and they will print them in a variety of formats and on a variety of materials from standard photo paper to high quality canvas and even onto cushion covers!
Our GadgetSpeak June winner will have the opportunity experiment with their photos with the following excellent prize :
We've all got some special photos stashed away on our computers these days and this is a great opportunity to display the very best. The canvas is great for that really exceptional or memorable photo - maybe a wedding, Christening or other special occasion. The photo books are great to have on the coffee table or to share with friends. They also make excellent gifts for grand parents and other family members!
We'll have our own full review of the service published shortly - but in the meantime take a look on the PhotoBox web-site.
UPDATE : You can now see what our intrepid reviewer made of the Photobox service herself - read the Photobox review here.
After a busy month it's taken me a little time to update the winners page with the May results - but I've got there now. May saw three winners in our power saving month. Members Zebby168 and tigerwuds both won OWL power meters
You only have a few days left to enter the June competition - an excellent chance to get your digital photos printed out for all to see with our Photobox prize. Congratulations to winners from last month - and best of luck to those that have entered our June competition!