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Only if you really want an iPad Air or Surface 2

You may not know this but there are so many amazing giveaways hosted online by blogs year round. Amazing giveaways and all you need to do is be a reader of their blog, check out the post and enter using some sort of form, usually Rafflecopter forms at the bottom of the post. It’s so EASY! I absolutely love entering, but more than that I love hosting and participating so that my readers have the chance to win.

With that said… do you want to win either an iPad Air or Surface 2? Or better yet since this giveaway ends before Christmas, do you know anyone you can gift the item to and surprise them with such an amazing techie item!?

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Welcome to the iPad Air / Surface 2 Giveaway!

Some of us awesome bloggers have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a chance to win his or her choice between an iPad Air or a Surface 2 tablet! This giveaway is organized by Bay Area Mommy and cohosted by The WiC Project, Freebie Depot, Coupon & Freebies Mom and Mom To Bed By 8.

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Open worldwide. Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. If the winner resides outside the US, he/she will receive $500 cash instead. Entries will be verified. Winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter, will receive an email from isis@bayareamommy.net and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours from the time email was sent, a new winner will be picked. No Purchase Necessary. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For questions regarding this giveaway, contact Bay Area Mommy.

Oh so you’d like an iPhone 5 #giveaway

According to Kantar Worldpanel Comtech research the iPhone 5 has overtaken Android in US smartphone sales. Trending, trending! Take a leap and enter to win one here.

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The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

iPhone 5 features a 4-inch Retina display, the powerful A6 chip, an 8-megapixel iSight camera with panorama, ultrafast wireless, iOS 6, and iCloud. Yet it’s the thinnest, lightest iPhone ever.

  • 4-inch Retina display
  • Ultrafast wireless
  • A6 chip
  • 8-megapixel iSight camera with panorama
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Siri – Your intelligent assistant
  • FaceTime video calling¹
  • All-new Apple EarPods
  • Over 700,000 apps on the App Store²
  • iOS 6 – The world’s most advanced mobile OS
  • iCloud – Your content on all your devices
Coverage Than All Other Networks Combined.
370+ cities and counting. Covering nearly 75% of the U.S. population. And we’re committed to covering our entire 3G footprint with 4G LTE coverage by the end of 2013. That’s the 4G LTE network you want for your iPhone.

Why Verizon 4G LTE?

  • You want real-time responsiveness. Download pics and flicks in a blink, seamlessly stream videos, and more. All at 10X the speed of 3G. Verizon 4G LTE is the fastest 4G network in America.
  • Video chat without a hiccup. Verizon 4G LTE gives you America’s most reliable 4G LTE speed*.
  • Get rapid-fire access to iCloud and wirelessly push your music, photos and more to all your devices

One lucky reader will win an iPhone 5. Simply enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. GOOD LUCK!

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iTunes finally letting me get the music I bought…everywhere

The iPhone can only hold so much and I only have the patience to transfer, playlist and remember to such every now and then.

Today, right now, I’m listening to Barenaked Ladies – “When I Fall” thanks to the iTunes Match via iCloud. I hope all of you have subscribed and are partaking in this. Sure it sucks that I’m paying a subscription to listen to the music I already purchased, but it also syncs up my libraries music and videos which I have pulled off albums so it’s fantastic. I can justify spending $24.99/year on iTunes Match just as I justify spending that on a Flickr Pro subscription so I can upload an unlimited about of photos to Flickr for family and friends to see.

Music and photos, two things I adore and want to be able to access anywhere, anytime, especially if I own the tracks or pictures legally. You know what I’m saying?

With iTunes Match I can have the same library on 10 computers, which means when I’m in the office at work or at home I can listen to the same things. I can also forgo remembering to sync the phone with the same playlists because turning on the iMatch feature on my phone does all of that for me. Now the kids can hear their audiobooks or their Playhouse Disney music because it’s all there! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Another sweet perk now that we have an Apple TV, is yes, the Apple TV is all iTunes Match/Cloud friendly. Seriously, cable television is dwindling. We don’t have cable hooked up in the tv in our room or our oldest son’s room. We don’t need it. We have Netflix, we have a DVD player and we have Apple TV; cable television is redundant and far too expensive. (Except for sports but even the NFL is starting to air games on iTunes if only they did it live then we could probably ditch cable altogether and save $80/month or more).

Do you see what I mean about how awesome iTunes Match is if you use it properly?

Even Record Store Day has gone “Black”

Yesterday, Record Store Day and its team announced the Back To Black Friday release of The Beatles – The Singles (Apple / EMI), a brand new box set from the Fab Four featuring four 7″ singles, each with an A-side sung by one of the four, in their original sleeves. The Singles will include a Record Store Day branded-adapter along with a poster.

Apple/Capitol will also release John Lennon – Imagine – 40th Anniversary Box Set, a 2010-remastered LP, which includes six tracks on a stunning white vinyl 12″ along with a poster. The record, to be released exclusively for the indie stores on Black Friday, will include tracks from the original Imagine LP, recorded at Lennon’s Ascot Sound home studio and at the Record Plant, and released in 1971 along with session outtakes of classic songs “How Do You Sleep,” “Jealous Guy,” “Oh My Love,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier” and “Imagine (take 1).”

Record Store Day will only be releasing about 10% of the number of releases for Black Friday as compared to Record Store Day itself. For example, there were approximately 300 unique releases made for Record Store Day this year. For Black Friday there will be about 35. By design, Record Store Day is not attempting to create the massive music celebration of Record Store Day. Rather, we are reminding music fans about the gift of music at the kick off of the holiday season. We will call it a victory if less cheap toasters and socks are given as gifts and more awesome music by some of the greatest artists of our time exchange hands.

Record Store Day – Black Friday Wish List [pdf]


A huge Apple Tease and Facebook Killed the Gmail Star?

You know Apple means business when they replace the entire front page of their Apple site with a giant teaser announcement showing clock timestamps of  something “we will never forget” that will happen tomorrow at 10AM Eastern, 7AM Pacific.

Apple Teases Huge iTunes Announcement.

Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product. Internally it’s known as Project Titan. Or, unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer.

This will be more than just a revamp of the internal Facebook messenger system, converted to talk to other email servers via a POP access.  Titan is purported to be a full-fledged webmail client that will supposedly sort your incoming emails based on preferences from your “friend” list.

Everybody will get an @fb.com e-mail address.

Oh goodness.

Since Facebook seems to go down every other day now…not so sure I’ll be doing e-mail through them. I’m sticking with gmail folks. At least for now.

iTunes 10.0 and introduction of Ping

My husband sent me an invite to try out the new iTunes and it comes with the ability to sign up with Ping for extra social interaction.

The Ping home page makes it easy to see recent activity and popular songs from the people you follow. To see what a specific person has been up to, just click on their name. If you find something you like in iTunes, you can tell everyone that follows you by clicking “Like.” You can also recommend a song, album, or a person’s activity – and add your own comment – by pressing Post. And remember, you can always remove any activity you create by clicking Remove from your Profile page.

Right now Ping is not offering much, I think they should have more artists on board before they launched, but I also don’t think it will be long before it updates immensely. I mean think about the artist database they have, it has to be the largest and most accurate music database in existence.

In a Ping push Apple has changed the iTunes docking logo. This is the only thing I’m hearing negative so far from people who have used iTunes for years. We’re all used to seeing the normal iTunes icon in our dock and now we’re seeing the Ping icon instead.

Another feature with iTunes 10 is the use of AirPlay.

iTunes 10 and AirPlay make it simple to play your favorite music in any room or everywhere in your house. Without a hitch. AirPlay wireless technology will be arriving inside speakers, AV receivers, and iPod accessories — making it possible to enjoy your entire iTunes Library — every song and every playlist — in every room.

Amazon has upped the VOD ante

Just yesterday, my husband and I were talking about the free television shows iTunes has been turning out in their Store. I downloaded some pilot shows, specifically “Melissa & Joey” because they are too characters that I remember fondly from my past. Do y’all remember Clarissa Explains it All, Sabrina and/or Blossom? Whoa!

So my husband mentioned the 99 cents rentals via iTunes. And I said NetFlix (which we use daily) is far cheaper, but it doesn’t have the most current media. Which is true.

This morning I see that Amazon has jumped onboard with these cheapy prices of streaming current shows. But they have actually upped the ante, because Amazon is offering 99 cents purchases NOT rentals.

Eager to get on the new Apple TV’s cheap 99-cent TV show rentals but not so pumped to wait four weeks for it to ship? No worries: Amazon’s also now offering 99-cent rentals purchases of various ABC and FOX shows, which means a whole host of Amazon VOD-compatible devices just got some cheaper streaming options.