Fab Freebie: I Touch My Surface

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No, the title of this week’s freebie isn’t meant to be perverse. It’s just the clearest way to identify the DuPont giveaway that has already popped up on some of our favorite blogs. And now it’s here on YHL (insert party kazoo sound effect here). Ladies and gents, we present to you: the DuPont iPod Touch giveaway. That’s right, DuPont’s gonna hook one of you up with a free iPod Touch. Monday just got a little better, eh?

DuPont recently launched a new free iPhone and iPod Touch app called mySurface that’s designed to help you pick a countertop from within their Corian and Zodiaq line of products. The fun interface would’ve been great back when we were redoing our kitchen, if nothing else just to give us a sense of how many options were out there. So even though technology’s a bit too late for our renovation, we’re still getting great bathroom inspiration ideas from mySurface’s photo gallery:

DuPont was even kind enough to hook us up with our own iPod Touch (now I’m almost as cool as my iPhone toting wife) to check it out and dig up some other helpful DIY apps to share with you guys. So here are the other home-improvement related apps that we’re digging:

We’ve been having lots of fun with Benjamin Moore’s ColorCapture app (also free). Using uploaded photos (or pics snapped with the iPhone’s camera) you find paint colors and color schemes to coordinate with your favorite fabric, painting or – well – photo of your dog on the beach. And though we haven’t used it yet, the 99-cent SwedeShop app is the unofficial Ikea organizer for the iPhone. So you can forget the golf pencil on your next trip- plus it automatically tallies your budget as you go.

We also got lots of tips about keeping notes and lists on your iPhone back on this post, so we’ve started to use Evernote (again, free). It’s like the Voice Memo and Notes tools that come already loaded on the iPod, but a bit more organized. Linked to an account on evernote.com, you can keep voice, text, photo and screen grab notes that can be labeled with tags, sorted by geo-tags and easily searched. We’ve also been enjoying craigsphone, the app version of craigslist. Nothing new in terms of content, but hunting for real estate, browsing local yard sales and perusing used furniture in need of a new home is almost easier on the iPod than the real web site. The app is free, but it certainly could end up costing us more as we discover new steals.

But enough jibber-jabber. Here’s how you can win your very own iPod Touch:

  • PRIZE: An 8GB iPod Touch courtesy of DuPont and their new mySurface app
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “TOUCH ME” and…
  • BONUS QUESTION: …help us build our app collection by telling us your favorite iPhone app (if you’ve got one) OR if you could create your own miracle app, tell us what would it would do (balance your checkbook? get dinner ready? walk the dog?)
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, October 28th at 8pm EST
  • USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday. Good luck!

Get more info on our freebies at our Giveaway FAQs page. Images courtesy of Apple.


  1. Emily says

    Touch Me!

    I don’t have one but the kid I study with for school has one and you can make flash cards! How great is that? You don’t have to lug around a whole stack of flash cards.

  2. Biljana says

    TOUCH ME!!!
    If I could creat my own miracle app it would definitelly be able to fold my laundry since I hate doing that.

  3. Melissa says

    TOUCH ME! I don’t have an iPhone but I have seen the upc scanner on my friends iPhone. It scans any item and finds the lowest price on the web. Absolutely amazing! Shopping will never be the same will it.

  4. Laura says

    “TOUCH ME!”

    One of the apps we love is the Tipulator. No more struggling with the calculator when there are large groups of people at the restaurant.

  5. Hannah says

    TOUCH ME! It would be great if an app could instantly create an extra few hours in the day. Maybe then I’d get everything done that I wanted to!

  6. Elena says

    TOUCH ME!!!

    My favorite app is SHizzam (sp?) where you can hold up the device to any radio or music playing and it will instantly tell you what song is playing and the artist. I have discovered many new songs this way.

    Oh and urban spoon..restaurants in the area, etc.

    List goes on and on!

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