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Please Forgive The Uneven Coverage: A New Design Is Coming

By David Ponce

Hey guys, we’re quite aware that coverage has been kind of spotty lately. This is due to a bunch of reasons, the main one of which is that we’ve been working hard on a new design. Above is a screenshot. It should go live this week, and we hope you like it. And no, despite the look of the image, it’s not all black. Matter of fact, the main text column is white, and the text will still be black. But we don’t want to show too much just yet.

Below is a quick bullet point of what changes we’re bringing, but once it’s launched we’re going to go over things in detail.

    Much wider main text column and images
    Less ads
    Improved navigation
    Faster loading and smaller footprint

It should be live later today (Monday) if all goes well. We’re going to need your help with bugs, missing pieces, etc. And feedback. We always want to hear from you guys, good or bad.

Once that’s done, I’m bringing another person on board to help with editorial and I’ll do my best to dust off OhGizmo and make it look as shiny as it was… almost 8 years ago.

Take Nice Instagram Pics? Energizer Has A Contest Where You Could Win $2,000, A Nikon S6300 Camera And Some Batteries

By David Ponce

We’d like to inform you guys that our longtime partner Energizer is sponsoring a contest for anyone that likes to take pictures with Instagram. After its acquisition by Facebook, the Instagram ranks swelled from 30 million users to 50 million, so there’s a good chance some of you are part of that group. You get to potentially win $2,000 in cold hard cash, a Nikon S6300 camera and some lithium batteries. Even if you don’t win, the next 9 runners-up still get a camera, while the next 99 will get a set of batteries. Here’s how it works:

1) It’s open to legal US residents, 18 and over, only.
2) You have to visit this Facebook page and enter the contest.
3) You can submit your pictures there and starting June 4th, people can vote for the best submissions.
4) Voting is allowed once per day on up to 5 photos.

Detailed instructions are available on that Facebook page, so if you want your chance at a cool two large, a camera and some batteries, hit the link below.

[ Energizer Instagram Facebook Contest Page ]

[CES 2012]: An Infographic And Some Words On The Show

By David Ponce

Infographics are like bite-sized food: they beg to be consumed. So I’m putting a long-ass one after the break that details a bunch of interesting stuff about the largest consumer electronics’ show on the planet. I’m going this Sunday and I’ll be bringing you guys as much coverage as is humanely possible… or at least as much as is possible for me. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you all know that Energizer is sponsoring my way there this year. The only part of this sponsorship that will affect you guys is you will see two articles about them. That’s two out of the couple dozen that will come out, so rest assured the floor is yours. Tell me what you want to see, or even better, how you’d rather have me cover this. I’m thinking live Tweeting from the show floor and having the tweets appear here as a short series of posts, in conjunction with 5 regular articles. What do you think? Any interest in livecasts?

In any case, hit the jump for some data on the show.
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Announcing The Toshiba Thrive Tablet Giveaway Winner

By David Ponce

We just wanted to announce the winner of our Toshiba Thrive tablet giveaway from a few weeks back as one Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu. Congratulations Rosemary! By now I believe you’ve had the tablet delivered to you, so enjoy it! As for everyone who entered and didn’t win, we’re very sorry. We’ll keep trying to bring you more of these! Thanks for participating!

On Andrew Leaving

By David Ponce

So it’s been a sad Wednesday. The most important news of course being Steve Jobs’ passing. But also you’ve all found out about Andrew leaving OhGizmo. No one is sadder than I am, as Andrew has been with me through thick and thin, for the last 5 years. Although we’ve met on only a few occasions, I’ve always felt a kinship with him and more importantly a deep respect for his person and his work. Without a doubt, OhGizmo! wouldn’t be where it is today if not for Andrew.

Why is he leaving? I will leave it up to him to reveal the details, if he wants… but suffice it to say it’s for the best. You Andrew aficionados will be able to follow his work elsewhere, I guarantee it. As for OhGizmo? Well, I’m not sure how many of our readers today were reading it back in 2005, but I was at the helm back then. And even though I’ve faded into the background over the years, I’ve always been overseeing things, editorially and on the business side. While you may now know me as the guy who makes sponsored posts, that’s going to change. The older regulars will hopefully remember me fondly, and the ones who’ve never read me… I can only hope to win you over. Stick around, will you?

I can offer a few things. Changes. For one, the look and feel of the website will change, hopefully soon. I’ll also do my best to get more in tune with you guys. Looking for feedback and even direction. OhGizmo is nothing without you, and I’m here to not only entertain and inform, but also please. And while these changes are happening, you can keep coming for the articles, the “technologically flavored entertainment” that were our bread and butter for 6.5 years and counting.

Announcing The Tokyoflash Giveaway Winner

By David Ponce

And so the random numbers have spoken once more and the lucky winner of the Tokyoflash giveaway is Rob Green. Congrats, dude!

As usual, we’re very sorry we can’t make each and every one of you a winner, but we do keep trying to bring these to you as often as we can; keep entering and eventually, well… eventually maybe you’ll win!

Incidentally, before anyone says anything… Even though it wasn’t specified in the comments, making multiple entries, at the same time, in the same day, to increase your chances of winning wasn’t cool. I deleted the duplicates and kept one entry. If you’d like to argue, send a tersely worded missive to “legal” at this domain. We’ll get back to you instantly: please do hold your breath.

It’s The Holidays: We’re Giving Away A Tokyoflash Kisai Sensai Pure Watch!

By David Ponce

It’s the Holidays so of course here at OhGizmo! this means giving back to you, our readers, at least a tiny sliver of the joy you give us with your patronage. We try to do this in the form of giveaways, and we’ve sure had a few so far: the EOS Mixtape Watch (now closed), the Windows Phone 7 (now closed) and the TiVo Premiere (still open, so go comment!). We’re adding one more to that list with the Kisai Sensai Pure watch from Tokyoflash, in black on black.

As any self-respecting geek should, we have a serious love affair with these watches and believe that a line from Wired UK magazine captures their essence quite eloquently: “Tokyoflash has made being obtuse into an art form.” Indeed. So read the rules (they’re always changing a little) and enter for your chance to win!

Rules: 1) Open worldwide!! 2) Leave a comment on this post, but please make it longer than 25 characters (it’ll make your editor happy…). 3) Comments will be closed on December 25 at 11:59pm EST.

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Happy Holidays!

[ Product Page ]
[ Tokyoflash ]

Announcing The Winner Of The Windows Phone 7

By David Ponce

This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Less tech tired. More tech trendy: Learn about Windows Phone online [] and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today.

Well ladies and gentlemen, as promised, we’re announcing the winner of our Windows Phone 7 giveaway: reader “echezeaux”, with comment #46 (from newest to oldest) “” Yes, echezeaux, what you may be lacking in grammatical eloquence you are now making up in Windows Phone 7 swag. Congrats!

Once again, thank you so much to everyone for entering and we’re hoping to bring you more of these before the Holidays are up.

We Finally Have A Facebook Page: “Like” Us!

By David Ponce

Don’t think it’s a good idea to ask why it’s taken this long. Chalk it up to yours truly being some kind of moron. Nevertheless, better late than never, so here you have it, our Facebook Page. We’ve also inserted a little widget in the sidebar, but we’re not sure just how many people ever really look there… so I’m making a post about it so you can all luxate a finger in your excitement to go follow us on Facebook.

What are we going to do with it? Well, aside from reposting our articles, there will be the occasional giveaway that will be announced there only. And maybe you’ll see photos or videos of your favorite editors getting into increasingly embarrassing shenanigans. Or maybe not… we like to keep an aura of pretend professionalism around here. We’ll see, and we welcome suggestions.

In the meantime, Go Press That Button!!.

[ OhGizmo!’s Facebook Page ]