Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble App Challenge

Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

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Samsung Smart App 2013 winner announced for Galaxy S 4

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Samsung has finally announced who has won their Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013 for Galaxy S 4. The contest launched in May and ran through August. Designers were asked to create applications using the Chord SDK that allows devices to work with another rather than through a server. The winning app, giving the developer $200,000, was Dots Out. It is a revamped version of the ancient game Cha Pai that requires “courage, quick thinking and good strategy skills.”

The winning developer will be heading to Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to receive an award on Samsung Developer Day. From their, they get a booth at the conference to try and woo investors. But the grand prize winner is not alone, the second and third place winners have also received some cash and will join the Dots Out team in Barcelona next month. Although this contest is over, Samsung is running another one for their Galaxy Note 3 handset. To download Dots Out and the other winners, hit the download link below.

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Lookout says 63% of us can’t keep up with mobile tech, nominate your “Tech Hero” in contest

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lookout_mobile_featureLookout Mobile Security‘s research has found that 63% of people just can not keep up with mobile technology. In a study group of more than 2000 people, one in three of them depend on someone who has a great deal of knowledge in the field. And of those that depend on a “Tech Hero,” 75% will turn to them for advice on what smartphone or tablet to purchase. These mobile tech-savy individuals may have accounted for $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

To reward these “Tech Heroes,” Lookout is holding a contest on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to their page and nominate your go-to for mobile technology. From there, nominees receive votes and become eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner will be announced on January 7, 2014 and split $2,000 with their nominator. Leading up to that date, nominees will be randomly selected as winners for a few different devices. The four weeks prior will feature two Nexus 7 tablets, two Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watches, and two Samsung smart TVs.

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Google offering a free Nexus 7 as part of “Share What Matters” contest

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Do you want a new Nexus 7 for free? Well, Google is offering just that, as part of a new promotional contest they are running. All you have to do is create your own portrait of the things that matter to you alongside your favorite Android device, just like you see above, and you’ll have the chance to win a new Nexus 7 tablet, or a $50 Google Play gift card.

Sounds easy enough, right? Head to the source link for more information on how to submit your portrait.

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OPPO searching for 10 lucky Pioneers to receive the new OPPO N1

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If you feel lucky and you are interested in trying out the new OPPO N1 device before anyone else, you may want to check out a new search OPPO launched. They are looking for “ten creative and enthusiastic individuals” to buy the devices for only $99 USD. In exchange for getting the device at such a low price and before anyone else is able to get their hands on it, the “winners” will serve as an “N1 Pioneer.”

These individuals will be asked to implement the device into their daily lives and figure out how they can take advantage of the innovation offered by the device. To demonstrate what they are doing with the N1, the new Pioneers will send in a couple photos taken each week along with their opinions about particular features, general thoughts, and maybe a story about how they put the device to use. OPPO will use this material from the Pioneers on their web site as they bring the device to market.

To find out more and get the link to the application, hit the source link.

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Google Glass wows fire chief

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Although many people are concerned about the impact of Google Glass devices on society, at least one local firefighter thinks Google’s new technology is something positive. Gray Fire Chief Max Wood entered Google’s #ifihadGlass contest and ended up scoring a pair, which he has already started using for training purposes. Wood’s contest entry described how he thinks Glass could be used to improve firefighter safety by providing pre-planning maps to firefighters for low visibility situations. In addition, the devices could be used to establish a real-time video feed for incident commanders with their firefighters that are making entry.

Chief Wood realizes some more work needs to be done to create the apps to make all this happen. Extensive testing also needs to be completed to ensure the devices can hold up to the harsh environments they would be subjected to. Until then though, Chief Wood plans to use a pair to record videos and pictures of working fire scenes that can later be incorporated into training videos. He will be able to spend some time with the actual device thanks to Google which selected Wood as a winner of a pair in the #ifihadGlass contest. According to Chief Wood, he received the device on Friday and by Sunday was already filming a working fire scene.

Kudos to Chief Wood on his idea. We hope it bears the fruit he envisions and helps keep firefighters safer.

source: WMAZ
via: 9to5Google

KitKat contest gives away new Nexus 7s as part of Android 4.4 promotion

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KitKat recently released a video showing a contest they held which involved winners sitting on a KitKat-branded bench at a certain time in order to win a Nexus 7. Great idea by the company, as they continue to do their part to market the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It’s a pretty simple concept, although the video may have overdone it a bit. Check it out for yourself below.

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Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Gear giveaway from T-Mobile

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Pre-registering for information on a website has never been so fruitful! In just a few steps on T-Mobile’s site, you could win a combo prize consisting of a Galaxy Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear smart-watch. Pretty sweet, right?

Although you may think that the Gear is nothing more than a notification system at this point, it certainly holds a lot of potential for the future— much like Google Glass.

And yes, while the Gear only currently pairs with the Note 3 and no other Samsung devices at this time, this issue obviously becomes moot if you win the contest! Head on over to the T-Mobile page! Contest entries end on September 15th.

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Source: T-Mobile

Kit Kat’s Android contest is now live

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kit_kat_contestThe Android Kit Kat contest is officially live. You have a chance to win Nexus 7 (1,000 available), $5 Google Play credit (150,000 available), or a free bag of Kit Kat Minis (20,00o available). To play, you need to pick up a Kit Kat bar marked with the Android mascot like you see above, open the wrapper, and enter the code you see at the source link.

There’s also a “no purchase necessary” option, in which you need to mail in a postcard for a chance to win. The contest runs from today through January 31, 2014. See more details via the source link below.

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Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens

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Users looking for something a little different when it comes to launchers on their Android devices may have installed Buzz Launcher. To help continue the growth of the product, the developers are sponsoring a contest for designers and users (known as Buzzers) to design, share and rate their favorite homescreens. The ability to share and install homescreens is one of the features that sets Buzz Launcher apart from your typical launcher apps. Unlike most launchers, if you find someone who has developed a homescreen you really like, instead of manually replicating it you can just grab it off the Homepack Buzz Service. » Read the rest