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X Factor to Offer Multi-Million Dollar Prize

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX,

Simon Cowell The X Factor

The X Factor has found yet another way to trump American Idol. The reality show already has Simon Cowell, and now it’s got the much better deal for would-be singers. The show will reward the winner of its singing competition with a $5 million recording contract through Sony. The staggering amount will be the largest sum ever rewarded through TV.

The US version of The X Factor is scheduled to premiere in September, and Simon Cowell will definitely be on the panel when auditions begin in New York. Unlike Idol, The X Factor accepts group performers and recognizes practically no age limitations.

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Win one of 300 Halo: Reach Honor the Code kits!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Microsoft, Video Games,

We're giving away one of just 300 Halo: Reach Honor the Code kits, created by Mountain Dew. The Honor the Code promotion allows consumers to enter codes from Mountain Dew and Doritos items for a chance to win a bunch of Xbox 360 and Halo: Reach gear. The Honor the Code kit includes:

  • Six unique 20 ounce bottles of DEW, including the exclusive version of Mountain Dew White Out that is available only in this kit. Each bottle features different characters from the game
  • Two bags of Doritos featuring  “Halo: Reach” characters

Of course, the items each have codes you can enter at the Honor the Code website for a chance at all the goods, which include limited edition Xbox 360 bundles, games, and even a Mongoose ATV. So, you wanna win this thing or what? Here's how to enter:

That's it! We will pick a winner at the end of the day tomorrow, October 29th. You've gotta be in the US to win. We've got video of the Honor the Code kit after the break.

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Bethesda’s WET gives you a Shot at Love and prizes

Bethesda Wet

Well, okay. Maybe not a shot at love, but something you will love—prizes. released a music video called “Shot At Love”, which depicts victims of Rubi Malone, WET’s leading lady, singing about love (yes, really). To help spread the word, Bethesda is giving out prizes to those that share the video. Simply watch the video, register and you will be given a link to distribute among your friends and any of those lovely social media sites. The more people watch the video from you, the more chances you have to win prizes. This is what you will get:

  • 5 video shares: 3 exclusive wallpapers
  • 50 video shares: Exclusive WET poster signed by Eliza Dushku
  • Grand Prize: Custom WET bundle

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start sharing! WET will be available for the and Sony , September 15th.


YOBI.tv, American Idol Online

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Movies, Music,

YOBI logoWant to be a star but don’t think you can handle being one of thousands auditioning? YOBI.tv is sort of an American Idol competition online with actual cash. Winners also receive such goodies as VIP tickets to Sundance 2010, the Grammys 2010 and a major comedy film. Singers, comedians, filmmakers and photographers all get an equal shot. You can go to their site to vote for their semi-finalists or enter yourself as they also give weekly prizes.

(Thanks, Elyssa)

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Prize Sponsor: O’Reilly Radar

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Activities, Sponsors,

O'Reilly RadarBrady Forrest just informed me that we will be getting a handful of books to give away at Seattle Mind Camp 3.0. The books are Mind Performance Hacks and Building Scalable Websites. We will figure out an interesting way on how to determine the winners at the event.

The O’Reilly Radar team, pays attention to what’s new and interesting in the world of technology.  Our methodology is simple: we draw from the wisdom of the alpha geeks (like MindCampers) in our midst, paying attention to what’s interesting to them, amplifying these weak signals, and seeing where they fit into the innovation ecology. We share our thoughts via the Radar blog and our conferences such as ETech, Where 2.0, RailsConf, and the brand new Web 2.0 Expo.


A New Type of Gamer?: Hardcore Casual Gamer Wins $1,000,000

Posted by Michael Cardiff Categories: Casual, Internet, PC,

Casual Gamer with checkYou know about the hardcore gamers, those pale ghostly figures that inhabit internet cafes late into the night, furiously dealing out death with clicks of the mouse. And you’ve heard of this new breed of “casual” gamers, folks who are more interested in short, pick-up-and-play gaming sessions. Well, we may be witnessing the birth of a new type of gamer - the hardcore casual gamer. (Maybe we should call them casual-core gamers?)

Witness Kavitha Yalavarthi, winner of the Worldwide Web Games competition, and proud recipient of a cool $1,000,000. The one million dollars was hers after beating out 70 other contestants and playing Zuma, Bejeweled 2, and Solitaire really REALLY well. 

Shortly after winning the million-dollar prize, Yalavarthi woke her parents with a late-night call to break the news. “Mom, Dad, you know those casual games that I play online?” Yalavarthi asked. “Well, they’re not so casual anymore. I just won the $1 million grand prize.”

Read More | MarketWire

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