Hot off the wire: MMC, the parent company of BGR has announced a strategic transaction with the United Internet Group — Europe’s largest Internet company. With a name like Mail.com and more than 14 million registered users, you can see why the Germans see tremendous potential to expand the offering internationally. As part of the transaction, MMC will transition the Mail.com email services over to United Internet AG while MMC will be the primary provider of original digital content to the Mail.com portal. Additionally, look for MMC to rebrand itself in the coming weeks. It’s really exciting news, especially for a site like BGR… you’ll just have to stay tuned. Hit the link below for the full press release! More →
Saddleback Leather Co., a San Antonio based purveyor of leather products, has sent us a few items to give away to you, our beloved readers. The company sent us over a large gadget pouch (retail $55), which is designed to fit Apple’s iPad but will fit any gizmo of similar proportions, as well as a small gadget pouch (retail $31) that is perfect for the mobile device of your choosing. The raw-hide pouches are made of thick, high-quality leather, very unique, and come with the following warranty:
All of our products are fully warranted against all defects in materials and workmanship for 100 years. If you or one of your descendants should have a problem, send it back to me or one of my descendants and we’ll repair or replace it for free or we’ll give you a credit on the website (be sure to mention the warranty in your will).
To enter the giveaway:
- Drop a comment below and specify whether you are interested in the small pouch, large pouch, or if it doesn’t matter.
- Multiple entries will disqualify you and the devices are not included in the giveaway.
- The contest will run from now until Monday, September 13 at 11:59 PM ET.
If you live and breathe gadgets and tech, and love writing about them, then we might have something for you. We’re currently expanding faster than ever and are looking for talented, dedicated, hardworking individuals to help grow BGR. Professional writing experience is not required, though it will most certainly help. Some of these are full time gigs — salary and benefits — and some are location-specific. Here are the positions we’re currently looking to fill:
- East Coast contributor (preferably NYC)
- West Coast contributor (preferably San Francisco or Seattle)
- Weekend contributor
- European Correspondent
- Business editor
- Gaming editor
- Mobile editor
Think you’ve got what it takes to rock out in a fast-paced constant cycle of tech news? Well, if you do, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to apply, please send an email to jobs at bgr dot com. Please include the following:
- Some information about yourself. Name, where you live, what you like to do, your passion for all things tech, etc.
- College and work-related background information
- Your top 4 favorite gadgets or pieces of tech of all time. Phones, TVs, gaming systems — whatever!
- What position you’d be most interested in, how much time you’d be able to contribute to the job, and how flexible you are with timing.
- 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 include all of this information in the main body of the email, and put the position you’re most interested in the email subject. Please don’t send attachments, we won’t look at them. Unfortunately we won’t be able to respond to everyone, but you’ll hear from us if we’re interested!
Who thinks they can come up with the best captions for this photo we took of the Motorola DROID X announcement event? From left to right, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, Sanjay Jha, CEO of Mobile Devices, Home Business at Motorola, and John Stratton, EVP and CMO of Verizon Wireless. So what do you win for having the best caption? We’ll send you some BGR swag. Plus you earn respect. Total respects. Ours is up above! Let’s hear ‘em, guys…
Yes, it’s that time… time to announce the winner of the Apple iPhone 4! We’ve finally picked who will receive the “magical” device, and it’s commenter Julian. Thanks so much to everyone that entered, and hey, there’s always next time, ok?
We’ve sort of done some light podcasting, a couple radio-themed segments, and all, but we’re interested to know if you want a weekly no bull news recap / opinion-influenced podcast with the BGR staff. If you do, we’ll do it. See how much power you have right there with that computer mouse?
Excited for the iPhone 4 to officially launch? Many people are, and lots are lined up all across the world for the launch today. We’re live on location at the flagship 5th Avenue Apple Store covering the launch and will be updating this throughout the day. Plus, we have some awesome BGR gear to giveaway if you swing by… Check out our coverage after the break! More →
As many of you have noticed the comment rating system has been down for about a week, so, in the spirit of mindless customer service lines you usually hear, allow us to formally say: “We’re aware of the issue and working just as fast as we can to get it resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience and value your business.” Okay, now seriously…here’s what happened. As you may, or may not, have heard we were acquired by our new best friends over at MMC. After we exchanged friendship rings with MMC, and made our very own secret handshake, our new BFF decided to give us some space on their sexy server farm that BGR.com now lives on. During the porting process the rating system was, how do you say, “adversely affected.” It will be back up soon, but in the meantime…try and get along with one another. Sharing is caring after all.
Since we have a brand new office in the heart of New York City, school is basically done, and we are growing faster than ever, we are looking for die-hard BGR interns for the summer. If you think you are up for working with us, hit us up. Please live in NYC or be able to quickly commute. Also, we would be looking for someone who could put in a decent amount of time — at least around 20-30 hours per week.
If you would like to apply, hit the break for the finer details! More →
I wanted to share some amazing news with you all.
I am happy to report that BGR has been acquired by MMC. Moving forward, CEO of MMC Jay Penske and I are partners on BGR, and I couldn’t be happier. This will allow BGR to grow enormously. From a more comprehensive and diverse editorial staff — all the way to the relaunching of BGR as BGR.com with new features and functionality, the site will advance dramatically and continue our mission: to break the biggest stories in this category possible. I am the President, Editor-in-Chief, and General Manager of BGR, and will continue to run the business as well as the editorial aspects of the site — nothing will change there.
BGR was started by myself, Jonathan Geller, a little more than four years ago. In that time, it has grown from just a small passion project into a profitable, dominant online business that is ranked with some of the biggest sites on the web. As I write this, BGR is, according to Technorati, ranked #49 out of every single site in the world. When I think back about how this was accomplished, and how with just a few great writers, and practically no infrastructure, we built something pretty mind blowing… I can’t wait to hit #1.
Thank you for making BGR your daily go-to for the latest mobile and gadget news, we will have more information over the coming weeks on what we are working on to make BGR better than ever. Press release is after the break!
- Jonathan More →
Kind of went for an opposite color vibe on this one. Maybe we’ll give it away in a bit, or something… what do you think? Pictures are in the gallery if you’d like to see some more shots. Also, special thanks to Colorware for the hook up!
New location just opened, and if you mention this post you get 0% off. Stop having a boring life.
Thanks, to everyone that sent this one in! More →
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you… we’ve just rolled out a brand new redesign of BGR! There are so many amazing things we’re proud of and it just felt time that we freshened up the site. We’ve dramatically improved comments and you can vote them up or down (lowest voted comment will be hidden with an option to view them) and we’ve streamlined how posts are displayed. But that’s not it. Check out our color-coded badges for important categories like breaking news or featured posts to help you keep track of them, an improved and redesigned gallery is coming ASAP, plus we’re also introducing a brand new feature called BGR Whispers. Think of this as Twitter for BGR. You won’t find us telling you anything personal, but what it will enable us to do is post information we’re hearing that’s not confirmed. Basically its place is between something we’d tweet and something we’d post — not confirmed enough to warrant a real post, but definitely intriguing enough to share. Expect a whole heap of those.
We’re also taking this opportunity to re-brand the site as BGR. That’s how we’re referred to 99% of the time, will enable us to expand on our content while always kicking ass in the mobile/gadget space, and hey, it’s just easier to say.
Special thanks to our guys at Out:think web design and development. They put up with our crazy requests, took abuse daily, and did an awesome job.
Feedback is of course welcome in the comments. Enjoy!