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Got #droidrage? Tweet to Get Your Android Replaced with a Windows Phone

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Stories of Android devices being infected with malware are not uncommon these days. We have seen a recent Juniper Networks report which stated that Android malware increased by 472%. Yet another report, this time by McAfee, says nearly all malware in Q3 was targeted at Android.

Given that the operating system and the marketplace are open and without any gate-keepers, it is not surprising at all. What is a benefit to developers (no obstacles to their creativity), comes with a huge price because it is also extremely open for abuse by the bad guys. Now that Android has a huge installed base, it is an easy target for malware infestation.

Today, it was reported that Google has removed 22 apps from the Android market in the past several days because they were bundled with malware. San Francisco security firm Lookout Software claimed that the malware in these apps is called RuFraud, and it essentially send dummy SMS messages to create financial benefit  for the malware makers.

Not to waste the opportunity, Microsoft’s Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph immediately jumped on twitter and created an instant promotion. The tweets read as follows:

 

 

Windows Phone (especially after Windows Phone 7.5 Mango released) has been universally praised for its elegance, simplicity and beauty. The problem for Microsoft is that iOS first, and Android now, have created a certain impression of a smartphone in the minds of consumers. While Android in some ways is a clone of iOS with grids and pages of app icons, Windows Phone is very unique in its approach of Live Tiles and Hubs. It has proven difficult for Microsoft to get this message across easily, and as a result the sales have been dismal.

Promotions like this help in not only getting these devices in the hands of folks using competing platforms, but also creating a buzz around the promotion itself. Note that Ben had earlier run a similar promotion for users of Blackberry affected by a long downtime of Blackberry services. At the time, he had said he received over 1,500 responses!

 

 

This is a very good and opportunistic move by Ben. It assures him the attention of disgruntled users who will be more open to switching, and in return they get a free phone too! That makes it an absolute win-win situation!

Giveaway – Win A Free iPod Shuffle Courtesy Western Union Network Challenge

Update: The contest is now closed as the winner has been chosen.

Do you want to find out how globally connected you are on the social space? How about the idea of measuring your social influence across the globe and take home an iPod Shuffle?

In partnership with Western Union, Techie buzz is giving away an Apple iPod Shuffle to one lucky Indian user, who identifies himself as the most networked person in the world. Here is how the Your world Facebook application helps you find your global world rank by mapping your social friends into a world map:

1. Go to www.westernunionworld.com/yourworld and login with your Facebook account. The application will access information about you and your Friends to calculate your global connectivity.

2. Once the app has finished mapping all your friends over a world map, you will be shown your world rank and how deep global connections you have.

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In addition to an image of your global network, you will also obtain a score (World Index) which is based on how globally connected you are. Your World indexscore will be shown at the bottom right of the browser window, as shown in the screenshot above

To enter the contest, here is what you have to do:

1. Grab a full page screenshot of your global network and upload the image to any free image hosting site. We recommend using Twitter for uploading the images but if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use imgur.com

2. Tweet the following message:

RT @techiebuzzer: Enter the Western Union Network Challenge and win an Apple iPod Shuffle  http://goo.gl/sry5W

3. Post the URL of your screenshot and the URL of your tweet in the comments section, along with the right answer to any one of the question mentioned below:

a) Who founded the Western Union Company?
b) Which Hollywood cultural icon or singer used Western Union to send money to his parents?

So your comment should read something like this

I just found out that my global world rank is [global world rank here] [image URL here]. Here is my tweet [link to your tweet] and the correct answer for 3(a)/3(b) is [your answer]

Contest Rules

1. Only one entry per person. Duplicate or multiple entries will be discarded

2. The contest is limited only to Indian users and we won’t be able to send you the winning prize outside Indian geographical location, even if you manage to win the contest.

3. Please post original screenshots and don’t fake it. Entries that are manipulated for the sake of winning the contest will be rejected.

4. One winner will be chosen randomly from the list of all entries and announced on this page and a separate page.

5. The contest ends on 30th August, 2011 and the winners will be announced on 1st September, 2011.

6. Posting your comment is mandatory. Please don’t email us your submission or use our contact form to cast your entry.

Best of luck!

Winner of the  Western Union iPod Shuffle Giveaway Contest

And the winner of the contest is …..

Simrandeep Singh.

Congratulations Simrandeep, you will hear from us shortly at the email address you used to comment on this post.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and made it a success. Here at Techie-Buzz, we regularly organize Giveaways so if you were not lucky this time, be sure to check our upcoming giveaways and contests.

Winner of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

We recently held a contest for our Indian readers where we set out to giveaway a Free Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000 to one lucky person. We were certainly overwhelmed with the responses we got and were happy with the enthusiasm shown by our readers in the contest.

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Unfortunately, we could only pick one winner and that saddened us. However, don’t worry. Our 5th birthday is coming up soon and we will definitely have a and giveaway huge prizes to our readers.

Coming back to the contest, I want to personally thank the folks at India and their PR team including Vasundhara and Deepanshi to help us set up the contest and award a lucky winner with a free Xperia Arc.

We had a tough time picking the winner and did a random spin using random.org to pick the winner after using some criteria to sort out the best entries for the contest and picking all the users who had answered all three questions. And the winner is…

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Congrats Vikisha on winning yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. We hope you have fun with the phone and click a lot of photographs. So this is the end of the contest, but wait there is more. We are always in a generous mood. We will be giving away either a memory card (mobile) or a headset to the 5 people who came in between number 2 and 6. Isn’t that great Smile.

We will get in touch with the winners through email shortly. Have fun and stay tuned for our upcoming Birthday Bash, you will definitely not be disappointed about the prizes we will have in store for you then.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Giveaway Contest

This contest is only open to residents of India.

Last week Sony Ericsson launched two new exciting phones in India. The two phones; Xperia Arc and Xperia Play are unique, have some great specifications and consist of some great features.  The best part is that they are both based on 2.3 .

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

I have had the chance to play with both these devices and they are definitely worth the money, you can see a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Arc and a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Play along with reading the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play specifications. You will also find complete details of the phone at the official Sony Xperia Arc page and official Sony Xperia Play page.

Both these phones are priced at Rs. 32,000 in India, however, they are definitely worth the price considering the specifications they have and features they bring to the table. Now we know that you are excited about these devices and will be looking to buy one for yourself. However, we have some good news for all our Indian readers. Techie Buzz has collaborated with Sony Ericsson India to giveaway the Xperia Arc to one lucky person in India for free.

Yes, we are giving away a Xperia Arc to one lucky person thanks to Sony Ericsson India for answering some simple questions. The contest will run for a period of 7 days where we will ask you 3 questions and you have to answer them to win yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000.

So without further ado, here are the contest details (please read full contest details carefully at end of the post):

  1. We will ask you three questions on Friday, April 15, 2011; Sunday, April 17, 2011 and Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
  2. You will have to answer all the three simple questions to be a part of the contest.
  3. You will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm your participation.
  4. Tweet about this contest to your friends. Click here to tweet this to your Friends (tweet button also at top of this post).
  5. You may fulfill optional criteria to earn more goody points.

Xperia Arc Giveaway Questions

Question 1: Which two phones has Sony Ericsson launched in India last week? Name any two cool things about each of these new smartphones.

Please post your answer in the form embedded below. If you can’t access the form on the webpage, please go to this link.

Round 1 is now over, thanks for your responses. We will be putting up the second question for the Xperia Arc giveaway shortly. Stay Tuned.

The answer to the question was very simple. We won’t count it against you if you answered wrong though Winking smile.

Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. Both are based on Android 2.3, Sony properties Exmor R and Mobile Bravia Engine, PLAY is first PlayStation certified phone; can also be related to other features such as camera resolution, gaming titles, ergonomics et al.

Question 2: What will you do with the all new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?

Please use the form below to answer the question. Click here if you can’t view the form. As a hint take a look at the video to see what someone did with the Xperia Arc.

Question Number 2 has now been closed. Please answer question 3 below.

Question 3: What’s bigger technology, entertainment, applications, or experience?

Don’t forget to answer the last question of the giveaway. We will announce one lucky winner for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Thursday, April 21, 2011. We will stop accepting responses for the third question on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 11:59PM IST. And yes, you can also tweet to your friends that you are waiting for the price announcement by using the tweet link. Tweet that you are waiting for the prize announcement. Click here to tweet this to your Friends.

Contest has now ended. The Sony Xperia Arc is a great technology device which provides great entertainment, applications and a wonderful experience. Well, we know you want it all, so hold your breath till tomorrow, because that is when we announce the winner!

Optional Bonus Love

Since Sony Ericsson India and Techie Buzz are giving away the Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000, you can show us some love by performing some additional tasks which will earn you some more goodie points Smile.

These tasks are optional, but you can always earn more brownie points for this.

Full Contest Rules and Details

  • Contest will start on April 15, 2011 and end on April 20, 2011. No entries will be accepted after that.
  • Contest is ONLY open to residents of India. The phone will only be shipped to an address in India.
  • Contestants will have to complete all three questions in order to be eligible to be considered to win a Xperia Arc.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • In addition to completing the three questions users will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm their participation. Please use the same name and email you use to answer the questions for the comments too.
  • Winners will be notified on a post on Techie Buzz and through an email from us.
  • We will confirm the shipping dates and other details once the winner has been chosen.

Good luck to everyone, have great fun and hope you enjoy taking part in the contest.

P.S. In past competitions, we have seen some comments go into spam. If your comment does not show up within a few hours, please send us a note using our contact form and we will dig it out from there.

Get $15000 iTunes Gift Card For Apple’s 10 Billionth App Download; Conditions Apply

Apple recently put up a countdown on their website for the number of apps downloaded from the app store. The countdown is a race to 10 billion app downloads from the Apple Apps store.

Apple App Store Download Counter

To celebrate the feat, Apple is giving away a $10000 iTunes gift card to the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store. However, you could win another $5000 iTunes gift card if you download the FX Photo Studio app by MacPhun.

The additional $5000 gift card was announced by the MacPhun folks on their blog. So if you are the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store and you purchase the FX Photo Studio app, you are set to make a cool $15000 in iTunes gift card.

MacPhun is also willing to give away $1000 if the 10 billionth downloaded app is not the FX Photo Studio, however, the downloaded app has to be an app from the photography category. It could either be a free or paid app.

Considering that the app store counter is already inching towards 9.99 billion, you might want to start warming up to get that 10 billionth download.

Apple iPad Giveaway Winner

Phew, boy, we ran a contest to giveaway an Apple and let us tell you the responses that came in overwhelmed us and made it a tough one to pick a winner.

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We saw a lot of good entries and use multiple criteria to list out the best ones and then pull an entry that would be decided as the winner. Everyone who participated was part of the judging criteria we had put in, but sadly there will only be one winner.

And the winner of the iPad is Cory, we hope you have fun with the new iPad coming your way. Cory, you will be receiving an email from us at the email ID you used for commenting on the site shortly. Here is the comment Cory left on the site, it definitely touched us a lot.

For the rest of you who did not win, we are really thankful that you participated, and as promised we will be doing another big giveaway either today or tomorrow, so stay tuned for it and this one is really big Smile.

Once again, thanks everyone for participating in the contest and stay tuned for the next one.

Apple iPad Giveaway – Techie Buzz Christmas Love

Update: Sorry folks but the contest is now over. We appreciate all the entries we got and thank everyone for participating. It will be a tough time for us to pick a winner. We will use a randomizer to pick one person as the winner, it will be announced between 26-27 December, 2010. Commenting is now closed on this post.

Update 2: The winner of the Apple iPad Giveaway has been declared, take a look at the winner announcement.

Hi everyone, as promised we are here with our first Christmas giveaway an Apple . The iPad is currently one of the hottest selling internet tablets and it was also one of our fan favorites for the giveaway.

Apple iPad

In the spirit of Christmas, we want to make our readers happy and one of them will be a lucky winner who will take home the Apple iPad. This is the 1st of our two giveaways. We will also be a few more things to our readers on December 27th, so you have one more big giveaway to look forward to.

We will be giving away a 16GB Wi-Fi version of Apple iPad. If you are looking forward to winning an Apple iPad, here is what you have to do. Some of these options are compulsory so please read carefully.

Example Tweet Message: Yippee @techiebuzzer is giving away an iPad, go get one for yourself http://goo.gl/6m7YD #techiegives

  • Share or like this page on Facebook
  • Leave a comment with your tweet or share link here and tell us why you want to win the iPad.

That’s it. That’s not much efforts right? Well, then go ahead and give it a shot, we’ll pick one winner to receive an iPad shortly. Please read the official rules and regulations below.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Contest is open to everyone 13 years or older
  2. In order to participate, users will have to tweet this link on or share it on and then leave a comment on this post. If users do not leave a comment, we will not accept it as an entry to the competition. Contest participants must complete all the required steps in order to be eligible for the contest
  3. Contest will end on December 25, 2010 at 12 PM 11:59 PM EST. We will pick one entry from the received entries and announce the winner on December 26, 2010
  4. If the Apple iPad does not ship to your country, we will offer an appropriate alternative which is available in your country. In this case, the winner may also choose to have the iPad shipped to them. However, the shipping costs will have to be borne by the winner.

Best of luck.

P.S. In past competitions, we have seen some comments go into spam. If your comment does not show up within a few hours, please send us a note using our contact form and we will dig it out from there.

Note: This contest is not endorsed or sponsored by Apple.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Free Giveaway

Update: This giveaway has now ended. Thanks for the overwhelming response. Hang tight for the Apple iPad and Alienware or Dell XPS giveaway coming soon. We are not accepting entries for this giveaway anymore.

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.

Oh it is Christmas time. We do giveaway stuff for free this time of the year. If you might ask what we are giving away for free, let us tell you that we are giving away a Vanilla Alienware for free worth $1500 in next few days, apart from that we are asking users what they want too on our fan page, if you are not a fan, head here to tell us.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Well we do have the , Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab and more in choices, but here is your chance to win a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops game for free, well three people have a change to win it.

So are you game at winning the Call of Duty Black Ops? Here are the rules, which we initially posted on our notes site:

We are giving away 3 COPIES of Call of Duty Black Ops game to three lucky Techie Buzzers. Contest starts now and ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (20 December, 2010 [added]). What you have to do is become a fan of our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TechieBuzz) or follow us on twitter (@techiebuzzer) and leave a comment, wall post or a tweet on why you want this game.

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #tbgamer in your comment or tweets. The more you comment or tweet, the more your chances of winning. Sharing this post will earn you more brownie points.

The best entries will be picked by our team and the Call of Duty: Black Ops game will be shipped to you. You have the choice to choose which version of the game you want… aka Xbox 360, PS3, Wii or PC.

Winners will be announced on December 21, 2010.

Have fun and cheers.

Techie Buzz Team

Have fun and we hope you win one of copies of the game.

P.S. Activision is not sponsoring this contest. You can also go and buy this game at Amazon.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by Activision and is entirely sponsored by Techie Buzz.


Winners Announced

Here are the winners of the contest, and their status updates, we’ll get in touch with the winners in a short time to send them the game. We picked 5 instead of 3 winners, we just could not resist it.

All you winners you’ll get your COD soon.

Jen Twark Gersch on Twitter

I want to have this because I have 5 kids and a husband that love to play video games.

http://twitter.com/#!/bdiane34/status/16923710615191552

George BlackTemplar Solon on Facebook

Want one coz i don’t have the money to buy an original copy and would love to try out the multiplayer(never played COD multiplayer)

http://www.facebook.com/Dark69Slayer/posts/469056856598

Simrandeep Singh from Facebook

I need this game as I’m the fan of Call of Duty and I love to play this game. I can’t afford the genuine version of this game. Hope I can win in this giveaway.

http://www.facebook.com/simrandeep/posts/469200901598

@Dark69Slayer on Twitter

@techiebuzzer #tbgamer I want the free giveaway of Black Ops coz i can’t afford one and heard its multiplayer is awesome.

http://twitter.com/#!/Dark69Slayer/statuses/16850842476875776

Geoffrey Carr on Facebook

I want it for my grandson for Christmas. things are very tight this year

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=469069131598&id=1792158376

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.

Win Free Tickets To GRAMMY Awards 2011 for Sharing Your Music Gifting Memories

The nominations for the 53rd Grammy Awards to be held in February 2011 was announced this week. Many of the award nominations were well deserved and it definitely sparked a lot of interest.

Give the Gift of Music

If you are a fan of the Grammy Awards and love music, here is your chance to win a couple of tickets to the 53rd Grammy Awards 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. NARM and RIAA are holding a contest where music fans have to enter their favorite music gifting memory on their sites Share Your Memories page (http://givethegiftofmusic.info/your-music-memories/).

Users can enter the contest before midnight PST time on Friday, December 17, 2010 to qualify for the contest. Winning entries of the contest will be notified on Monday, December 21, 2010. There are four prizes up for grabs, which include:

  • Grand prize: A pair of tickets for the Sunday, February 13 GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center presented by The Recording Academy (NARAS)
  • 1st prize: $350 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 2nd prize: $100 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 3rd prize: Holiday music gift basket

You can visit the contest URL or http://www.givethegiftofmusic.info/ for more details.

DYK Thursday – 101 Free Tech Books Giveaway Every Month!

Hello and welcome to the DYK Thursday, a themed post at Techie Buzz, in which we share anything and everything that is interesting in the IT field.

First of all, I sincerely apologize, as I could not write the last two week’s DYK posts due to my busy school schedule. Today, I am going to review a site that’s really useful for all people who work with computer.

101 Free Tech Books is a website that gives out free books every month. All you need to do is, sign up to their website and add your favorite books in your wish list. You will be automatically participating in the giveaway. If you were selected as a winner of giveaway, you can choose the book you want, from your wish list and the book will be shipped to your doorstep for free! I repeat, there is no cost for shipping either! Doesn’t it sound great?

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You can increase the odds of winning by referring the site to your friends, (through the referral link they provide once you sign up) through different media like Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and so on. You get something called “Raffle ticket” for every person who signs up to the site through your link. Raffle tickets are just like points. The more Raffle tickets you get, more is the chances of winning!

Also regarding books, you can get books on various topics (all related to computers). It is mainly categorized as follows:

  • Databases and Data
  • Designs and UIs
  • Development Tools
  • Enterprise
  • Gaming
  • Internet
  • Languages
  • Microsoft Tools
  • Mobile
  • Networking
  • Operating Systems

So, that’s it in this post. Do share your comments on how you feel about these type of sites!