That’s right, it’s just around the corner. We have been overwhelmed with RSVPs for the Anniversary Event next Thursday, October 16th. Since RSVPing automatically enters you to win one of many, many HTC devices that will be given away that night, we wanted to make the process even easier (and our events team needs more than an hour of sleep a night). So, going forward, you can use the form here to enter in your details, and you then are automatically confirmed. Remember to get there early — it starts at 7:00 pm but we’re expecting a huge line. It’s also the first time you are going to get to experience the brand new HTC Desire EYE and HTC Re. More →
It is astonishing to think that BGR started eight years ago, and it wouldn’t have existed if not for our great readers, so we wanted to do something special this year. In addition to celebrating our anniversary, we’re also extremely excited to announce that September was our biggest month ever by a mile, and it’s all because of you. As a thank you to our awesome audience, we wanted to throw a party and invite all of you.
We are really happy to also announce an amazing event partner — HTC! In fact, this is such a special event that not only are we giving away a boatload of HTC devices, but it’s also going to be the public’s first chance to get up close and personal with some new HTC products. Plus, food and drinks are on us, so what more could you ask? More →
BGR has been growing at a phenomenal pace for years, but the first half of 2014 saw unbelievable growth that exceeded even our own lofty expectations. Does that mean it’s time to rest on our laurels, sit back and enjoy being one of the largest and most influential news sites in tech? Of course not — we’re not even close to being done.
As fantastic as our team is right now, however, we need more hands on deck if we’re going to keep growing at our current breakneck pace. More →
There are countless technology products and devices that are released on what seems like a weekly basis, and unfortunately, a lot of them suck. They’re gimmicky, they have minor updates, they are buggy, they are hard to use, and they break. So, we thought that there has to be a way to help the regular consumer cut through the noise and determine that they are buying a quality product. And based on feedback we have received from many consumer electronics manufacturers, they would also love a way to highlight their best and most quality products.
With that, we are very excited to introduce the BGR Seal of Approval and also announce the first product we are awarding it to. More →
BGR grew at an incredible pace in 2012 and things haven’t slowed at all in the first half of 2013 — our content now reaches as many as 100 million readers each month either directly or through syndication deals with partners including Yahoo!, Fox Business, Fox News and more. BGR has always been driven by a team that thrives on running lean and mean, but it’s time once again to focus on adding new members to our family as BGR’s scope of coverage widens and our reach continues to extend. With that in mind, we are currently looking to fill three positions immediately. If you’re a reporter or tech writer with experience covering consumer electronics and the companies that drive the industry, or if you’re an experienced social media manager looking for new challenges, we want to hear from you right away. Details are as follows: More →
Want to know the number one request we get? Well, it’s probably to harm ourselves for writing about Apple (AAPL) so much, but second to that is for us to make a BGR Android app. People with iOS devices have enjoyed one for years, but thanks to Motorola, we’ve created one for all Android devices, and specially optimized for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX. It’s now available for download in the Google Play market, so check it out and let us know what you think — there’s already some great updates in the works. We’ve brought over our biggest and most important featured stories, the latest posts, sections to keep up you to date with the news that you want, and a commenting feature as well. Special thanks to Ryan Harter as well.
BGR first launched just about six years ago. In that time, there have been two redesigns and today marks the third. This one is a major one, and we’re finally also rebranding with new logos, colors and a new personality. First off, you’ll notice that the site’s new home page does two things: it gets you the latest and most important information while also doing a better job of highlighting important and original content.
It’s kind of hard to imagine that BGR first launched almost six years ago. In October, the site will turn six and what better way to celebrate our sixth anniversary than to hold a special event for our readers? We held our first ever event for readers with Samsung last year and we had lines outside the venue that were two blocks long in the rain — but this year, we’re making it even bigger. We’re also giving you the opportunity to vote and help pick the location of our anniversary event. Crazy, we know!
UPDATE: New York City it is! More →
Do you flip out every time a new Android phone is reviewed and desperately wish you yourself could be the reviewer? Maybe you’ve had an apple with a bite out of it tattooed on your wrist? Want to write about technology, test devices, and work with one of the most influential tech sites out there? We have a lean team, and we’re setting traffic records all the time (March was our biggest month — ever!), but we’re looking for the right people to come on board and help us take things to the next level. A lot of tech news can be boring and regurgitated, and we want to change that. Here’s what we’re looking for right now:
- Full-time East Coast News Editor
- Full-time East Coast Writer
If you’d like to apply, please send an email to jobs at bgr dot com with the position you’re applying for in the subject. Please include the following:
- Some information about yourself. Your name, where you live, what you like, your passion for all things tech, etc.
- Education and work-related information. A background in journalism or tech blogging is a big plus.
- Your top-four favorite gadgets or pieces of tech of all time. Phones, TVs, gaming systems — whatever!
- Three sample posts written in the BGR flavor. Be comfortable with the writing, keep it professional, and write things you think would appear on the site, written by one of us.
Please don’t send us attachments!
With the relaunch of BGR over a year ago, I decided to switch comments to a more robust platform that I thought would give us more than useful sign-in options like Facebook and Twitter, but also features to help moderate comments and better reduce noise. One request we receive regularly is to do a better job at moderating the comment section. While we can’t moderate every comment all the time, I believe that discussion on BGR is incredibly important. In the early days, I couldn’t find a better place to engage with passionate people about the topics we covered. Now, a very small group of people are ruining the discussion with personal attacks on other commenters, on us, and on each other.
We’re working on a much-improved solution for commenting on BGR. In the meantime, we’ve added a feature that allows readers to turn comments off at will, and by default keep comments off until they are re-enabled.
I’m disabling comments for a bit, though. I’m tired of reading nonsense and of interacting with people that solely troll this site just to get a rise out of other commenters and start a holy war in the comments section. I’m tired of having to delete crap and I’m tired of people complaining that a few thousand people ruin it for millions.
We’re back with a huge update to our popular BGR for iPhone app and this time, in addition to redoing the app from the ground up, we’ve created an iPad version as well. We have heard your feedback and we’ve worked tirelessly alongside developer partner Sean Kovacs to improve the experience. The new app lets you access articles in their full form, optimized for a mobile device, and it also provides an enhanced gallery page that fits the iOS UI perfectly. Other notable features include the ability to view only the specific news categories you care about, and the ability to send us news tips with image attachments. We have also finally added the ability to submit and read comments within the app, in addition to a slew of other changes. We still have plans to bring an Android app to market soon but in the meantime, we’re looking forward to your feedback on the new BGR app for the iPhone and iPad — we think you’re going to love it. The updated app is in the process of populating in the App Store so it should be available any minute now.
Special thanks to our launch partner Smartcar!
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While I don’t have a story to tell about Steve Jobs and myself, I do have a personal story. Years ago, actually almost five years ago now, I posted that I had heard from a close source of mine that Apple was set to release an “all new” MacBook, and it was most likely the ultra-portable laptop that was rumored to be in the works. I got the information from someone close to me, and he got the information from someone with first-hand knowledge of the device. Basically, Apple had requested that a popular music group at the time play at its holiday party. The group wouldn’t be paid for its performance, but every member of the band would get one of Apple’s brand new laptops the company would be introducing at MacWorld. I also reported that the laptop would be available almost immediately after its unveiling. This came true, and that laptop ended up being the groundbreaking MacBook Air. A few days after publishing the scoop, I received a phone call from my source that it went something like this: More →
The recently-redone BGR for iPhone app has been incredibly popular with iOS users ever since we relaunched it, but there were a few things that could have been better. There’s a new version 2.1 update of the app live in the App Store, and we’ve listened to your feedback to make some great changes to the app. Grab the update, let us know how you’re liking it, and also tell us what you’d like to see in the next version, alright?
P.S. We’re working on BGR apps for all major mobile and tablet platforms, so if you’re not an iOS user, just sit tight — they are coming soon. More →