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.

New iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle Lands in India, No Sign of iPhone 4 Yet

Of late, you might have seen several news and blogs saying that would be coming to India soon. However, let me break the news to you. Apple 4 might take a few more weeks or months to land on Indian shores. How do I know it is beyond what this post is about.

Apple Store India

If you might ask why, I will just elaborate by saying that they don’t have a lucrative business in India to start selling their devices. With a high price range of about INR 35,000 to INR 40,000, the device is out of bounds for several users. Even when iPhone first launched in India, there were hardly 1000-4000 buyers, that in itself is deterrent to the company. Most of the iPhone and iPod Touch users in India have bought their devices through the grey channel and from out of the country.

If Apple does sell 1,00,000 units in India, their margin would be somewhere around 10%. Considering the import duty and other marketing costs, the profit is minimal. If you take all of this into consideration, Apple would not even consider bringing the iPhone 4 into Indian markets altogether, but they will in course of time.

If you do want to get your hands on an Apple device, the new , iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are available at the Apple India Store now at Apple.co.in/store, go ahead and book yours, but don’t expect to see an iPhone 4 at your door for the next few months at least.

iPod Touch 4G With 2 Cameras and Other iPod Design Announced

Steve Jobs has just announced a refresh of the Apple iPod line-up at the on-going iPod event in the Yerba Buena Centre of Arts in San Francisco. First up, Steve Jobs announced   a brand new iPod Shuffle. The new iPod Shuffle looks pretty similar to its predecessor. This time around Apple has added Genius iPod NanoMixes to the Shuffle as well. The Shuffle retains the small and wearable design of its predecessor, as well as the easy to use buttons.

Next in line is the iPod Nano. The new Nano looks totally different from its predecessor. The new Nano features a very small multi-touch enabled screen. Gone is the click wheel which was found in the older generation iPod Nano. The new iPod Nano also features a clip, volume buttons, FM Radio, Nike+, Pedometer and voice over. The screen of the Nano will also automatically rotate if the device is clipped in a non-standard direction.

Last but not the least is the iPod Touch. The new iPod Touch is basically an iPhone 4 without a GSM antenna. The new iPod Touch features Retina Display which we first saw on the iPhone 4. It is powered by a 1 GHz A4 Chip and packs in a 3-axis Gyro censor. The new iTouch will also come with a camera at its back and front. The camera at the back of the device will be able to record videos in 720p HD resolution. The front camera will allow the device to make video calls, dubbed FaceTimeby Apple using Wi-Fi.

The iPod Shuffle is capable of providing up to 15hours of continuous music playback, while the Nano can pump out music for up to 24 hours. The new iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and the iPod Touch will be up for sale next week and are already up for pre-order. The new iPod Shuffle costs $49 and will be available in five colors.

The iPod Nano will be available in seven new colors and the 8GB model will sell for $149 while the 16GB version will sell for $179. The iPod Touch will be available in 8GB, 32GB and 64GB variants for $229, $299 and $399 respectively.

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