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Early Virtual Reality Adopters Will Get A Free Oculus Rift

Learn how you could win a free Oculus RiftIf you were one of the original Oculus Rift developer kit backers on KickStarter, you are going to be getting a production ready Oculus Rift for free!  It was announced on the Oculus Rift KickStarter page that all of the original developer kit backers would be receiving a special edition Oculus Rift for free.  So long as you register for your free Oculus Rift by February 1st, 2016 and provide a valid shipping address that is within one of the 20 countries that the Oculus Rift will be initially shipping to, you will receive the special edition virtual reality headset at no cost.

If you were an even earlier supporter of the Oculus Rift, before creator Palmer Luckey even launched the KickStarter campaign and helped fund early access prototypes, you too are eligible for a free Oculus Rift.  Prior to launching the KickStarter campaign, Palmer Luckey had been an active member of the MTBS3D.com site.  He shared his idea of a low cost, high performance virtual reality headset on the forums of that site.  The forums were one of the most popular discussion boards for enthusiasts in 3D and VR technologies at the time and allowed users to come together to share concepts and ideas.  It was on these forums, that Oculus VR founder Luckey offered up early prototypes to people who supported his project early on.  Based on a post on the Oculus Rift sub-reddit page, it has been confirmed that early prototype backers will also get a free Oculus Rift.  While we have yet to actually confirm that this is true, we have high hopes that the early prototype sponsors will also get this awesome VR headset for free.  Take a look at what the prototype looked like before the Oculus Rift DK1 was released to the KickStarter backers in the video below.

If you did not support the project during its infancy, fear not friends as we have recently learned of a simple to enter Oculus Rift giveaway.  If you want to win a free Oculus Rift then we highly recommend that you enter the contest today.  It is going to run until the end of May, and the sooner you join, the more time you have to qualify for the Oculus Rift.  Other prizes include an Oculus powered Samsung Gear VR, and $50.00 Amazon gift cards.  To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is visit the contest page and register with either your Facebook account, Google account, or your email address.  Once registered, all you need to do is click a few links to share your unique contest link on various forms of social media.  The giveaway makes it super simple to qualify for prizes as you can just click a link to share your contest link with your friends on Facebook, and Twitter within seconds.  Each person who clicks the link earns your points, and anyone who signs up under you earns you even more!  Doing things like subscribing to the Oculus Rift giveaway’s YouTube channel or liking their Facebook page also earns quick and easy points.  They also have a great tutorial video that shows how to earn a huge amount of points each day and you get points just for watching the video!


Grand Theft Auto V And Custom Xbox One

Rockstar Games recently announced Grand Theft Auto V would be released on the next-gen gaming consoles.  While this was of no surprise to gamers, what was a nice reveal was Rcokstar’s custom GTA V editions of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  To go along with the launch, Rockstar worked with both Microsoft and Sony to create a unique looking gaming console to further boost sales of both GTA V, as well as the next-gen consoles.  You can take a look at the designs of these sweet systems below.

Grand Theft Auto V was one of the hugest video game launches in 2014.  It racked in over $80 million in pre-orders and on launch day.  It was initially launched on both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.  After almost a year, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V on the next-gen systems with some nice game play and graphics enhancements.   When it was originally launched, I dropped $150.00 for the big box collectors edition and haven’t had any regrets.  When it launched for the Xbox One, I was ready to pay again for such an amazing game.  While I quickly finished the standard single player version of Grand Theft Auto V, I was never bored as Rockstar fully developed an online universe for Grand Theft Auto V.

In terms of keeping fans interested, Rockstar Games has been pretty good about adding additional story lines through paid downloadable content.  The same holds true for Grand Theft Auto V with the upcoming release of GTA V Online Heists.  While I would have preferred a single player version of downloadable content to continue the story line, or introduce a new set of characters, I am really looking forward to the Heists download when it comes out.  Playing online is fun and requires a good team of people in order to accomplish a goal.  The heists pack looks super well done and detailed.

When Grand Theft Auto V was close to launch on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Rockstar Games actually had a giveaway where winners would get their hands on a new console bundled with Grand Theft Auto V.  Unfortunately these prizes have already been claimed.  If you are still in the market to get a free Xbox One, their are still a few legit places where you could win one.  I recommend you do a little research on the contests before you enter just to make sure they are legit.  The one I linked to above has held a few giveaways with positive reviews.

The Apple Watch – A Hands On Look

Back in October of 2014, Apple finally put all of the rumors to rest and unveiled to the world its first wearable device known as the Apple Watch.  Since the announcement Apple has released the Apple Watch Software Developer Kit (SDK) which has given more insight into the capabilities of the first generation Apple Watch.

The Apple WatchOnce rumored to be the iWatch, Apple quickly decided to finally drop the prepending letter from this new device.  The Apple Watch is going to be sold as not just another piece of technology, but something that fits in with your day to day fashion.  Apple is even hiring high end fashion gurus for its Apple Stores to help potential clients pick the perfect Apple Watch to meet their style.  The Apple Watch will come in two different sizes, a 1.5 inch and a 1.65 inch screen, each with a multitude of color and styles.  Pricing for a base model Apple Watch is going to start at $349.00.  If you want to get this amazing new technology without spending a dime you might be interested in entering a free Apple Watch giveaway where you could end up winning an Apple Watch, or a Pebble Smart Watch.

While it is obvious that Apple is not first to market with the smart watch, Apple hopes to be able to out do its competition with its unique adaptation with the Apple Watch.  While the Apple Watch in its first generation will depend a lot on an iPhone in order to function it is possible that later down the development life cycle, the Apple Watch will be able to function independently.  In terms of looks, the Apple Watch is lighter than most of the other smart watches on the market.  The screen is very clean and viewable in light and in darkness.  The digital crown dial spins easily and allows you to jump to various menu options and navigate the Apple Watch with ease.  You can also tap and hold or just quickly tap for different actions to occur on the Apple Watch.

In the end, one might wonder if the Apple Watch is revolutionary new technology like the iPhone when it was released.  In my opinion, I don’t think so.  The smart watch has been around for some time now.  From the Android Wear, to the Galaxy Gear we have seen these smart watches before.  What does make the Apple Watch more appealing is that it is an Apple product.  Apple has always focused on simplicity and beauty in everything it makes.  The Apple Watch will be a major player in the smart watch market as Apple has a huge developer network already dedicated to making apps for its other devices and you can be sure the Apple Watch will not suffer from a lack of apps.  Also if Apple Pay becomes common place within major retailers, you can bet this will drive more sales for the Apple Watch as it would be a lot more convenient and hopefully safer to use Apple Pay versus whipping out your insecure magnetic strip credit card.

When the Apple Watch does arrive, I might not be the first person in line to pick one up, but I definitely will grab one…that is unless of course I win an Apple Watch from http://www.freeapplewatch.com.  Are you planning on getting an Apple Watch when it launches?  Leave your comments in the section below and let us know!

Our Amazing High End Cheap Business Cards!

Focusing on our rebranding, our marketing and procurement gurus began by developing cheap business cards that set themselves apart from the rest!

One of our goals as we rebrand ourselves is to set ourselves apart from our competitors.  In many studies and surveys it has been shown that the best way to market your business is via business cards.  The problem with business cards is that people are so used to getting them from every potential vendor that comes their way that they just get thrown into a drawer typically never to be seen again.

Our marketing team did a lot of research on effective business card strategies and determined that in order for our newly rebranded organization to stand out from the rest, we would need high quality business cards for our sales and technical staff that clients would want to hold onto and actually utilize.  In doing the initial research their were some very helpful articles on creating effective and cheap business cards.  Our marketing team has a couple of talented graphic designers who utilized some free business card templates that were available online as a base for developing a few designs for our new business card.

The research that was done lead our graphic designers down a path of generating full color business cards as color really stands our from the plain black text and white backgrounds of most every of our competitors business cards.  Some of the business card designs had QR codes on them that would lead customers to our web page, our contact page, or could launch an email to the individuals email address for which the card was created.  After about 20 different business card designs were created, the marketing department had a meeting to review and choose the top five designs for upper management to review and vote on.

Marketing presented the top five business card designs without actually doing any cost-benefit analysis.  The upper management team loved the look of the business cards presented but were worried that the cost would possibly outweigh the benefits.  Management was under the impression that full color business cards would cost the company a lot of money with our current business card supplier.  Using http://www.cheapbusinesscards.org our procurement team was able to locate a lot of other vendors who would be able to make our newly designed business cards without a huge increase in cost when compared to our plain black and white cards.  Some of the vendors were even able to print on a glossy material which made the cards look even more amazing!

When the procurement team got some sample cards and some quotes from some of the vendors, marketing and procurement reproached the decision makers on top, and presented the great news!  We are currently in the process of getting new full color glossy cheap business cards that will help launch our new brand going forward!  The entire organization is looking forward to receiving and utilizing these new business cards in all of our future ventures.


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