Engadget+gdgt Live in New York Sweepstakes

Engadget+gdgt Live in New York Sweepstakes

To help celebrate our big New York event on June 24th, Qualcomm has arranged for us to give away two Galaxy S4s and two HTC Ones. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win one is sign up for the Qualcomm Spark newsletter through the link provided below.

To enter, just submit your email address here and you’ll begin receiving the Spark newsletter with great articles on the future of technology and the inventors who are creating it.

No purchase or payment necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. To see the official rules, click here. You must be 18 or older and a resident of the 50 United States, and DC, to enter or win. Limit of one entry per person per email address, contest ends on 7/2/2013. By entering the contest you are opting in to receive the Qualcomm Spark newsletter. You can find Qualcomm’s Privacy Policy by clicking here. Winners will be selected by AOL, parent company of gdgt and Engadget. The AOL Privacy Policy is available here.

AOL adds gdgt to its Have-list!

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We’ve got some big news: we couldn’t be more excited to announce that gdgt has been acquired by AOL!

As you might recall, last year we started a fruitful partnership with the fine folks at Engadget to provide structured product data to their site. We got to talking further and realized that gdgt, its team, its technology, and perhaps most importantly its DNA, were a natural fit for AOL’s world-class lineup of tech sites. Well, one thing led to another, and here we are. We honestly couldn’t be more excited about adding gdgt to what is easily the most powerful, influential group of technology media brands in the world.

Where we go from here
Over the last year, gdgt has only become increasingly more robust and refined, and we’re only getting started. (Related: have you seen all the great stuff we’ve been doing lately, like aggregating video reviews?)

At AOL, gdgt will only continue to grow and evolve as the best premium destination for purchase intelligence, recommendations, user reviews, shopping data, and community-driven content about personal technology. gdgt’s product database (still arguably the best around, in my highly biased opinion), community (ditto), and core technologies will serve as a crucial foundation for all kinds of great new products and services we’ll be building in the coming months.

Our event series will also expand, shall we say, as we pair up with the Engadget team on our 2013 nation-wide tour. Stay tuned for details there, too.

What this means for your data
As you might expect, over the coming months we’ll be transitioning our operations to our new parent, as well as adopting their Terms of Service and Privacy policy.

It should go without saying that we continue to completely respect your personal data and privacy, as we always have. For example, AOL has never asked us to hand data over any user for any untoward uses, so gdgt users’ email addresses aren’t going to wind up on some random mailing list after the dust settles. Makes sense, right? AOL isn’t acquiring gdgt to drive away our users. Nor would we let them.

However, we still totally understand if you don’t want your profile data to join us on this new journey. If that’s the case, starting later today (and through March 15th, 2013) just head over to your account settings to mark your account profile data for deletion.

No action is required, though! If you don’t do anything, your profile will remain intact, and we’ll just keep doing what we do to make gdgt the best possible gadget reviews and community site around. Also, the next time we see you we’ll totally give you a high five.

Roll the credits
It’s obvious, but we owe this great outcome first and foremost to the amazing team of gdgt employees, each of whom took a chance on us and stuck around to see things through. They know that all this stuff is much harder than it looks, and gdgt simply would not exist if it weren’t for their boundless passion. As founders, Peter and I are extremely grateful for the work they’ve done.

It’s also impossible to talk about gdgt’s existence without mentioning the enormous trust and faith placed in us by Tony Conrad at True Ventures, Jason Calacanis, and Mo Koyfman at Spark Capital, and our many other ridiculously smart investors like John Borthwick at Betaworks, David Lee at SV Angel, and Ken Lerer at Lerer Ventures (just to name a few!). I feel like most startups would (and should) consider themselves extraordinarily lucky to get to work with even one of those folks.

Finally, we’d like to thank Jay Kirsch, Tim Armstrong, Ned Desmond, Tim Stevens, and all the folks at AOL who believe in our product, our team, and our DNA. We honestly couldn’t think of a finer group of folks to come work with, and we’ve got big plans together. Come watch what happens!

P.S.
Just for kicks, want to relive 2009-era gdgt? Enjoy!
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 last week. Samsung put together this video recapping the day’s events, check it out!

The Galaxy is always Growing….

Our friends at Samsung are introducing a brand new member of their Galaxy Family at what promises to be an incredible event on Wednesday, Aug 15th at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner Center.

There will be catering, celebrities, entertainment, hands-on demos with the new device, and even a few giveaways.

They have set aside space for some very lucky members of the gdgt community. RSVP below to sign up!

When: Wednesday, August 15th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm (must arrive by 8 pm to register for giveaways, performances begins at 8:30 pm ).

Where: Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York. Frederick P. Rose Hall can be accessed using the JAZZ elevators located on the ground floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle across from Hugo Boss, located in the Time Warner Center.

Sorry, but this event is 21+ only.

Don’t wait to RSVP, we only have a limited number of slots!

Beta test the gdgt Databox for WordPress!

Remember a few months ago when we launched the gdgt Databox on a little blog you may have heard of called Engadget? Well, since then you may have seen the Databox showing up on a few other tech sites here and there, and now I’m super excited to announce that we’re now opening up the gdgt Databox for WordPress to additional beta testers everywhere!

What it is
The Databox is a completely seamless way to make your posts about gadgets and technology more valuable to your readers. Our team of product researchers works day and night building our database of tens of thousands of consumer electronics products — finally, other sites can benefit from this extremely well-organized and up-to-date database! (We use WordPress for the gdgt blog, and you can see a live Databox right at the top of this post!)

How it works
We built a special, highly-optimized version of our Databox for WordPress (already compatible with version 3.4), which automatically matches your posts to our awesome structured product database. If we can’t exactly match any products to your post, the Databox simply won’t appear at all on that post — which means even if you only write about electronics every once in a while you’ll never have to deal with any additional junk on your site. It was built from the ground up to stay completely out of your way.

Installation
Once you’ve got your API key it takes five minutes. Seriously, it’s crazy easy. Rarely are any code or template changes even required.

Getting access
First thing’s first: sign up for a gdgt API key here! From there we’ll let you know when we’ve got your API account ready. Please note: we’re slowly scaling up our API infrastructure, so even if you don’t hear from us immediately, you may hear from us soon!

Also: special thanks and big ups to the smart, handsome folks Rackspace who host our API (as well as our live event coverage).

eBay Instant Sale wrap-up

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the eBay Instant Sale we co-hosted with our pals from eBay last night! Everyone who showed up got a spin at the giant eBay slot machine dispensing eBay gift cards, with one lucky attendee walking away with a brand new iPad.

If you couldn’t make it, there’s still time to trade in your used gadgets. The eBay crew will be at the Ainsworth at 122 West 26th Street here in New York every evening this week between 6pm and 9pm. Make sure you stop by!

Welcome to the new gdgt.

Hello there, welcome to the new gdgt! A lot’s changed since the last time you were here.

First things first: the new gdgt is all about making it fun and frictionless to find your next device. What does that mean? Reviews, recommendations, and new ways to make discovering and buying gadgets better.

Hard to believe, but it’s 2012 and finding your next gadget still sucks. It’s kind of funny when you think about it — even though these products are capable of making our lives easier and saving us all kinds of time, figuring out which one to buy is often really difficult and extremely time-consuming. That’s where the new gdgt comes in.

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Join gdgt and eBay for an eBay Instant Sale party

We’re throwing a party in New York with our friends from eBay on Monday, March 26th to celebrate eBay Instant Sale, their new electronics trade-in and buy back online tool, and you’re invited!

Where: The Ainsworth (122 W. 26th – between 6th & 7th)
When: 6:00 – 9:00pm Monday March 26th
Bring: Your old electronics (phones, game systems, laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.)
Who: 21+ only

RSVP here

You will be able to trade in all those old, unwanted gadgets you have lying around, so make sure to bring them with you to the event!

If they’re not worth anything anymore, eBay will make sure they get recycled properly.

Everyone who shows up will walk away with an eBay Gift Card worth between $5 and $100, and one lucky person will win a Grand Prize worth a lot more.

There’ll be plenty of free food and drink to enjoy, plus members of the gdgt team, including gdgt co-founder Peter Rojas, will be on hand to show you the gdgt site and chat about our favorite gadgets.

RSVP is required for our event on Monday, but if you can’t make it the eBay team will be at the Ainsworth Tuesday through Friday if you want to come by and check out eBay Instant Sale and trade in some old gadgets.

This is a 21 and over only event, but gdgt live will be back in NYC in June and you can be sure that will be all-ages.

Hope to see you there!

Join us for Samsung’s New York product showcase!

Our friends at Samsung are opening up their annual New York City Product Showcase to some very lucky members of the gdgt community!

The event takes place Tuesday, March 6th from 6pm to 8pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

The first 100 folks to RSVP here will join us for a sneak peek at all the latest features in Samsung’s new Smart TVs. They’ll also be showing off new digital cameras, home audio, and lots more.

When: Tuesday, March 6th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Sorry, but this event is 21+ only. (Don’t worry, we’ll be back in NY this summer for an all-ages event!)

This is the kind of event that is almost never opened up to members of the public, so don’t wait to RSVP, we have a very limited number of slots!

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Hello, beautiful. Product pages, that is.

This week we’re introducing a brand new design for our tens of thousands of product pages here on gdgt, and I have to admit, it’s one of the most beautiful projects we’ve yet undertaken.

The first thing you’ll notice is, of course, an even bigger, more stunning product image. (Great product photography is sorta one of our things around here.) We’ve also made it even easier to write a review of your device — and just wait until you do write a review, because it’s pretty slick.

We’ve also brought back shopping to gdgt! We’re doing everything through one of our favorite electronics retailers — a little company you may have heard of called Amazon — but coming pretty soon you’ll be seeing a lot more vendors. We’ve also added some handy shortcuts at the bottom of the page to kick off product comparisons, and find other similar products by the same company. (Apple’s other great tablets picks are pretty great — scroll to the bottom here.)

And, last, but certainly not least, we have our awesome criteria-based product reviews, now upgraded with even easier to read graphs and criteria review data from critics, too.

Researching, discovering, and buying products is a process that’s at worst pretty painful, and at best something of a chore. The ways we help lift that experience into something simple, easy, even fun, is something our users have told us they’ve always loved about gdgt, and it’s something that deserves a lot more of our attention — and yours too, we hope!

So what are you waiting for, go check it out!