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We teamed up with Apptly this month to put your creativity with their new app Beardify to the test in our first ever Best Beards Showdown. There were tons of hilarious entries. You guys put beards on everything from babies to hippos and posted them on Twitter and Instagram. Our judges have combed through the entries and picked out their three favorites. The winners are below, so let's see who won!

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Hidden Gems Sweepstakes Rules

Hidden Gems: A Week In the Life

A week in the life of Daniel Rubino, powered by Hidden Gems

With support from

  1. Day 1 Fitness
  2. Day 2 Lifestyle
  3. Day 3 Travel
  4. Day 4 Video
  5. Day 5 News
  6. Day 6 Photos
  7. Day 7 Games


Official Hidden Gems 2015 Sweepstakes Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO WIN A PRIZE. INTERNET ACCESS AND A WINDOWS CENTRAL ACCOUNT ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE. EACH WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIZE FULFILLMENT PROCESS AND SIGN DOCUMENTATION, SUCH AS A RELEASE, AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW.

BY PARTICIPATING, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A CONTRACT. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES INDEMNITIES TO THE SPONSOR (DEFINED BELOW) FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES. AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW, YOU AGREE THAT ALL DISPUTES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES (DEFINED BELOW) WILL BE DECIDED BY BINDING ARBITRATION (SEE RULE 13).

  1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION. The "Hidden Gems Sweepstakes" ("Sweepstakes") consists of a series of seven (7) sweepstakes in the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia ("DC"), Guam and Saipan (void in Puerto Rico) and Canada (void in Quebec) (collectively the "Territory") that begins at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT") on June 8th, 2015, and ends on June 30th, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT (the "Play Period"). Void where prohibited. The Sweepstakes is governed by these Official Rules.

    The "Sweepstakes Computer" is the official timekeeping device for the Sweepstakes. Except as otherwise specifically stated in these Official Rules, all times mentioned in these Official Rules are Eastern Time ("ET"). Whether that time is Eastern Daylight Savings Time or Eastern Standard Time will depend on any applicable "time change" dates that occur during the Sweepstakes. A day is the 24-hour period beginning at 12:00:00 a.m. and ending that same day the following 11:59:59 p.m. (a "Day").

  2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY/TO WIN.

    A. Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to individuals who are residents of the Territory and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older on the day of Entry (see Rule 3A). Persons in any of the following categories are NOT eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes: any person who on or after May 31, 2015 was or is (a) an owner, or a director, officer, employee, agent, or independent contractor of Sponsor or its subsidiaries, affiliated companies or service agencies; (b) a director, officer, employee, agent or independent contractor of any entity engaged in the development, production or distribution of Sweepstakes materials, or of any entities retained by Sponsor (see Rule 2B) or its agencies to assist in any way with the administration or advertisement of the Sweepstakes; (c) a director, member, manager or officer of Microsoft Corporation or a director, member, manager or officer of Microsoft Corporation's subsidiaries, or affiliated companies; and (d) an immediate family member (defined as spouse, IRS-dependent, or biological, foster, in-law, adoptive or step-mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) of, or who reside in the same household as, any person in any of the preceding categories.

    B. Agreement To Official Rules: The Sweepstakes is conducted in the Territory by Windows Central (the "Sponsor"), and each person who enters the Sweepstakes (each a "Participant"), unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding with respect to all aspects of the Sweepstakes in the Territory.

    C. To Be Eligible To Win: Winning any prize requires that the potential winner of the prize is, and remains, in compliance with these Official Rules. Until a potential winner is verified to be eligible and in compliance with these Official Rules, the potential winner is, and will remain, a potential prize winner, unless the potential winner is disqualified for not complying with the Official Rules and/or not being eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes (see Rule 8 "Verification"). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any potential winner who Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines is not permitted by law to receive a prize. Sponsor reserves the right to refrain from conducting any advertising or publicity associated with a winner for any reason.

    D. Participants With Disabilities: If you have a disability that you believe prevents you from participating in the Sweepstakes, or need assistance in redeeming a prize, contact 1-866-904-5882 for assistance.

  3. HOW TO PLAY.

    A. Sweepstakes Entry: The Sponsor will periodically publish an online article marked Hidden Gems on www.windowscentral.com during the Play Period, beginning on June 8th, 2015. There is one way to enter each sweepstake in the series: 1) Leave a Comment to Article – To participate in a sweepstake by leaving a comment to an article, an individual who is a resident of the Territory and who is eighteen (18) years of age or older must log in to www.windowscentral.com (membership is free, valid email address is required), go to the Hidden Gems article, and leave a comment on that page.

    B. Entry Limit: There is a limit of one (1) Entry per Participant per each sweepstake associated with each of the seven (7) Hidden Gems articles. Each Hidden Gems article is discrete chance to win prizes, and is in itself a sweepstake in the series of sweepstakes. Any Participant who attempts to secure more than ten (10) Entry per Hidden Gems article by creating multiple user accounts, or who uses any device or artifice to circumvent these Official Rules, will be disqualified and any potential winnings will be forfeited, and any such person, without notification, may be prevented from winning prizes. Use of any automated, script, macro, robotic or other program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in this Contest is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification from the Contest. Though a Participant may leave more than one comment to an article, only the first comment posted will count as a sweepstake Entry.

    C. Sweepstakes: Participants in the Sweepstakes will need Internet access, a valid email account, and Windows Central account to play the Sweepstakes.

    E. Sweepstakes: Each valid Entry will provide you with one (1) Sweepstakes entry for the chance to win a prize for that sweepstakes in the series. Prizes will be awarded for each sweepstake for each of the seven (7) Hidden Gems articles published during the Play Period. Participants may enter each of the seven (7) sweepstakes for each Hidden Gems article published.

    F. Sweepstakes Drawing: On or about July 15, 2015, potential winners will be selected in a random selection from among all eligible entries received for each of the seven (7) sweepstakes for the seven (7) corresponding Hidden Gems articles published during the Play Period. The potential winners will be contacted by telephone and/or email and/or a traceable method of mail within two (2) business Days after the random selection, and the potential winners will be required to complete and return all required Prize Claim Documents within five (5) business Days, or said potential winner may be disqualified, forfeit the prize, and an alternate winner will be selected (see Rule 7A).

  4. SWEEPSTAKES PRIZES/ODDS/DETAILS. The odds of winning a prize in the Sweepstakes will be determined by the actual number of Entries received and recorded for each of the seven (7) Hidden Gems articles published during the Play Period. Sweepstakes prizes are available to be won for each of the seven (7) Hidden Gems articles published during the Play Period. Winning any prize in the Sweepstakes will be determined by random selection.

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