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Experience the zombie apocalypse on your runs with Zombies, Run!

Here’s how zombies can help you get in shape

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It’s almost the end of January, so how’re your resolutions coming along? If you’re looking for something to shake up your workout routine, we found this app that puts a game-y twist to your runs. It’s called Zombies, Run! and it’s a story adventure game where you’re a runner for a community in a zombie apocalypse.

Each run is called a mission, with each one moving the story forward, and you can customize it to your liking — whether to track your progress through distance or time, your source of music, or tracking location via steps or GPS.

The app can work with the music on your phone or a streaming app of your choice, so you don’t have to worry about running in silence. The story clips play intermittently as you run, and it’s pretty seamless in that it lowers the volume of your music automatically.

The narrative itself can be a bit cliche at times, but it does make even the shortest of runs at least a little more interesting. You’ll learn about new characters, new places, and entirely new storylines all while you jog along. And when you’re mission’s over and you want to walk or jog a little more, you get to listen to a fun, quirky pair of DJs who banter in between your songs.

As you run, you’ll occasionally hear that you collected supplies which allow you to help build up your base. And if you have the “chase” feature turned on, you’ll also occasionally hear warnings letting you know that a horde of zombies are on your tail. The typically quiet growling of zombies gets amplified, which in turn gets your heart racing and pushes you to pick up your pace or risk losing all the progress you’ve made so far.

It’s a pretty unique app, and simply looking at it on my phone makes me miss going for a jog — something that isn’t normal for me. If you need the extra push, or just a weird and fun twist to your workout, you should give this app a shot.

It’s available for both Android and iOS; check it out here.

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Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix!

Starting February 2020

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Netflix’s anime library is about to get a major boost as the films from the award-winning Studio Ghibli is set to join the streaming platform.

Starting February 1, 2020, selected films from Studio Ghibli will be available for streaming globally (except US, Canada, and Japan). This was made possible through distribution partner Wild Bunch International.

Renowned titles like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service will be making their way to Netflix. A total of 21 films will all eventually come to Netflix. They will be available in 28 subtitled languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.

The films coming to the Netflix are as follows:

February 1, 2020:

Castle in the Sky (1986),
My Neighbor Totoro (1988),
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
Only Yesterday (1991),
Porco Rosso (1992),
Ocean Waves (1993),
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

March 1, 2020:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984),
Princess Mononoke (1997),
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999),
Spirited Away (2001),
The Cat Returns (2002),
Arrietty (2010),
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

April 1, 2020:

Pom Poko (1994),
Whisper of the Heart (1995),
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004),
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008),
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011),
The Wind Rises (2013),

What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli film?

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McDonald’s introduces their new mobile app

Get exclusive offers when you sign up now

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McDonald’s Philippines starts the new year with a bang by announcing their new and fresh mobile app.

No, this is not the replacement for the existing McDelivery app. What it does is give customers special offers and discounts that can be availed through front counters, take-out booths, and drive-troughs in all McDonald’s stores nationwide.

The interface of the new McDonald’s app

By downloading the new app through the App Store or Google Play, you can get deals such as the Buy One Get One Cheeseburger for PhP 99 or the Big Mac for only PhP 75. Registration is free and doesn’t require any special membership to get future discounts and promos.

Another feature is the Store Locator which helps you find the nearest McDonald’s store in your area. You can also book your next big party at McDonald’s through the McDo Party website.

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Twitter won’t give us an edit button

@jack says they will “probably never do it”

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There have been many demands made of Twitter but perhaps one of the most requested feature is the addition of an edit button, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s likely not happening ever.

In a video Q&A with Wired, Dorsey answered several questions but addressed once and for all the loud majority clamoring for an edit button on the bird app. “The answer is no,” said Dorsey with absolute finality.

“The reason there’s no edit button [and] there hasn’t been an edit button traditionally is we started as an SMS text messaging service. So as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe and that feeling in the early days,” Dorsey expounded.

He added that not adding an edit button lets users feel at ease that anything they retweeted or quote tweeted would be the same messaged and won’t be altered later on.

Dorsey did add that they thought about adding something like an “undo send” feature similar to the one found on GMail but ultimately decided against it. Dorsey that if we have other ideas, we’re free to mention him on Twitter.

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Twitter is banning political ads
Twitter is cracking down on sexual and violent content
Twitter isn’t sure how to remove inactive accounts

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