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.
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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!
You guys might have heard that we’ve (Beejive and BGR) been plugging away at TweetGenius behind the scenes since we announced our initial partnership. The entire program has been redone from the ground up and there’s literally too many fantastic changes and new features to list, but we’ll try and give you a taste of some:
- Innovative direct-from-application Twitpic photo uploading
- Inline image viewing for Twitpic, Twitgoo, img.ly, TweetPhoto, yfrog images
- GPS location posting
- Themes: comes with two different themes for viewing tweets. More are coming soon!
- Shortcut icons (reply, retweet, direct message)
- Status bar to show you necessary information like time, signal status, etc
Those are just a couple examples of what’s been changed, but what you’ll find is that the program is incredibly quick and gives users a desktop-class Twitter experience. We’re happy to announce that as a special thank you to all our original customers, TweetGenius v1.0.9 will be exclusively available to them for a period of two weeks before our worldwide launch. And, it’s available immediately for download. Hit the break for some screenshots and the download link!
Love gadgets? Are you the dedicated IT guy in your family? Have some writing experience? Dream about fondling the latest and greatest? Well, you’re in luck! We’re looking for a full-time editor (preferably on the East Coast) as well as a couple additional writers. If you’re interested, hit the jump for the necessary details!
You judge us every day in the comments section and now it’s our turn to return the favor! Last month we told you about a big promotion Comcast is currently running and now that things are coming down to the wire, we wanted to remind you guys to enter. In short, contestants use Comcast’s virtual room designer to build their own virtual pads in Comcast Town. The judges, your pals at BGR included, will then judge each room and the top ten finalists will go on display for a community vote. One lucky winner will be selected to win up to $30,000 in prizes including a brand-new 40-inch Sony BRAVIA HDTV, a Sony VAIO AW laptop and a Philips digital phone. Are you independently wealthy and already living in the lap of luxury? Move along, nothing to see here. If you’re like the rest of us though and the recession’s got you down, there’s no better way to get your hands on a truckload of free gear than Comcast’s contest. Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM PT for a chance to win so get a move on…
Here’s the deal… Comcast just launched this big marketing initiative called ComcastTown (you’ve probably seen the ads on BGR by now) and we’ve agreed to be judges. We wouldn’t participate in a campaign that we didn’t like ourselves and the ComcastTown.com concept is actually pretty cool. Here’s how it works: Using an interactive design interface, you can set up your own apartment using a whole boat load of available stuff — furniture, electronics and even some BGR-specific items, too. We and other people judge it and if you win, Comcast will redecorate your apartment with whatever you created. Stuff like Sony BRAVIA HDTVs, Sony VAIO laptops, phones, and more all worth up to $30,000 are up for grabs for your apartment. Comcast didn’t tell us if they’d include Comcast service but if you win, we’re pretty sure we could con them into it. You can see our apartment up above, but maybe you can do better? Hit the read link if you’d like to participate!
You know the drill by now… Colorware isn’t an afterthought after you buy your brand spankin’ new device, it’s a pre-thought. Meaning, you’re hoping Colorware is all setup to customize whatever device you fancy even before you’ve actually gotten a hold of it. They were nice enough to hook up DJ Clue and myself, and while I haven’t had a chance to take some pictures of his device, there’s a couple of mine over here. Just don’t let me catch you rockin’ the BGR sig, ya dig? Pictures are after the break!
Wow. Two years have gone by super-fast — so fast that we forgot about our own anniversary — and we’re still as focused as ever. Last year we had a BGR anniversary event to blow things out, but we’re keeping it low key this year. No events, no parties, just work. After all, that’s why we’re where we are, right? Big shoutout to the whole BGR team that has put in countless hours of hard work and has helped maked BGR one of the most influential tech sites around. Joshua “I’m on tour” Karp, Zach “Is it smoke break time yet” Epstein, Marc “Hell yeah, I’ll sell that Storm on eBay” Flores, Kelly “Caffeine” Hodgkins, and last but not least, Michael “I wished I lived in London” Bettiol — you guys are awesome. But what good would all of the above writers be (including myself) if there was no one reading the site? We’ve got some of the most loyal fans on the planet (no, seriously, just read the comments), and we thank you. Thank you for making BGR your homepage, thank you for checking it out from your BlackBerry at work when you’re not supposed to, and thank you for almost ruining your honeymoon by sending us tips. Someone did actually do that. We’ve got some exciting things coming up (read: stupid giveaways other sites can’t touch) in the next couple weeks or so, and you know us… We’ll be working on those leaks, scoops, and exclusives that make BGR your favorite blogger’s favorite blog.
Not something terribly new, but kind of cool nonetheless. VH1 picked up some footage from our Pharrell interview earlier in the year and used in one of their episodes of The Fabulous Life. If you missed the interview we did or just want to check out some “geeked out hotness” including Pharrell’s famous solid gold iPhone, check the video!
Just wanted to give everyone an update on the mess over the weekend and even into today… As I post this our Rackspace servers will probably crash and burn, but oh well. Here are some of the events that played out over the past couple days and why your favorite blogger’s favorite blog site was pretty much non-existent. We were hit hard from a stunning amount of traffic with the Amazon Kindle 2 post. That was completely expected, and ever since our last server issues, we’ve added another server and currently use Akamai as a CDN to help spread out the server load. That helped for a bit, but as soon as we published information on the Storm, all hell broke loose. We’ve been doing around 95Mbps at the switch in traffic on and off since Friday night, and apparently as good as a setup as we have wasn’t enough.
We’re in the process of adding an additional server and load balancer, so if you see us go down for a little bit in the early AM (ET), you’ll know why. We’ve been growing every month and the combination of regular readers coupled with the Slashdots, Engadgets, Gizmodos, and other sites certainly brought in more visitors than we could handle. We’ve hit over 7,000,000 page views in the last month, our highest ever, and what better time to upgrade our hardware? We’re upgrading everything (and believe me, we’re paying out the ass for it) and all should be well in short time. Thanks for sticking with us, guys, and thanks for the support. We’ll be working overtime to make sure we come through with more hotness. Except hopefully next time, we don’t blow Rackspace’s data center out…
Now that the Bold is released, a lot more people can feel the pain of being savegly beaten in a game of Word Mole. Our whole team is rockin’ Bolds courtesy of BGR, so who’s up for some multi-player Word Mole action? Yes, you must have a Bold to play. Totally informal, but we think it would be fun. Who’s up for it? If you can manage to beat one of us, we’ll hook you up with some BGR gear. But you gone’ have to fightz for it!
There’s a whole list of questions waiting to be answered; If a BlackBerry is blue, is it a BlackBerry? Did Jennifer break up with John, or did John break up with Jennifer? Has Bobby Flay ever actually won a Throwdown? We’re not sure guys, but we will be able to give you the answer to who won the T-Mobile Sidekick and our custom BGR shell! The winner is Erik, “aka trujee”. Enjoy the ‘kick, and make us proud when you rock that BGR shell!