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NBA will livestream fourth quarters for only 99 cents

Ball is life (for only 12 minutes)

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Becoming an NBA fan is an exorbitantly expensive endeavor. On average, a single ticket watching the Golden State Warriors in the Oracle Arena costs more than US$ 200. For home fans, the NBA League Pass costs US$ 199.99 per year.

Finally, the league is realizing that enjoying a game shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Investment firm Courtside Venture’s Vasu Kulkarni spotted a notification from the NBA app. The notification urged him to watch the fourth quarter of a seed-defining game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder for only US$ 0.99.

It hints that the NBA is experimenting with more flexible options to watch games. Currently, the league stretches its streaming options with a Team Pass (streaming games from only one team) and a Midseason League Pass (discounted passes midway through the season).

The 99-cent option caters to a more casual audience who would rather watch action-packed quarters than whole games. In the sport, the fourth quarter is often where fans can watch a game’s tensest moments featuring amazing performances and double-digit comebacks.

Back in CES 2017, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver already predicted the eventual evolution of the game for a streamer-friendly future. At the event, he planned a microtransaction-centered future where the NBA opens cheaper streaming for pivotal, record-breaking performances.

When implemented, this will open up the NBA to budget-conscious fans. Without the feature, only a limited number of games are televised with some exclusive to NBA TV. Meanwhile, the internet is also a hive for illegal game streams.

Currently, the 99-cent option is still an ongoing experiment. The league hasn’t detailed how the option will roll out worldwide or what happens when a game extends to overtime periods.

SEE ALSO: Nike Hyper Court wants you to play like an NBA star

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YogiFi is a yoga mat that corrects your form in real-time

Your personal yoga instructor

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Many of us are coming up with new routines as we stay indoors. If you’re finding it hard to find a physical activity that you can do in a limited space, yoga is something you can try.

Practicing yoga may look easy, but doing it right can be pretty challenging, especially when you’re only following a YouTube video. YogiFi is an AI-powered yoga mat that provides guided instructions and real-time corrections on your poses.

The sensors on the mat tracks your yoga sequences and tracks your vitals before and after each session. This lets you track your progress so you can feel more motivated the next time you hit the mat.

It comes with a companion app that offers 25 programs. You can select your personal trainer and set your goals.

YogiFi is live on Kickstarter and is currently available for backers at US$ 199.

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Nike’s ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ campaign will help you stay active at home

Let’s get physical!

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When gyms are out of reach and when your home doesn’t have any equipment, how do you continue your pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle?

In a time when we absolutely need to stay at home, Nike runs its ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ campaign so we can still get physical.

Nike’s goal is to help everyone stay active, positive, and healthy — even when we’re all miles apart. Through their microsite, Nike shares tips and tricks tackling self-care, modified workouts, nutrition, and meditation.

For those who want to feel connected, Nike hosts community workouts through Instagram Live. Local Nike athletes, trainers, and coaches lead live-streamed sessions — whether it’s HIIT, Hip-hop dancing, or power yoga. Schedules are updated weekly, so it’s best to check it from time to time!

Schedule for May 25-29, 2020

If you just want to focus on your own workouts, Nike Training Club can be a great companion. The app houses free workouts you can do at home, which will help you with strength, endurance, and mobility. There are also guided yoga sessions, in case you’re into that.

Personally, I enjoy Nike Training Club’s bodyweight exercises, and I’ve been using their Bodyweight workout plan. In case you didn’t know, you can create a workout plan (and modify it to your liking) so you can commit yourself to an active and healthy lifestyle.

The Nike Training Club app is available on the Play Store and App Store.

SEE ALSO: Nike+ Training Club app review7 home workouts you don’t need a gym membership for

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GrabTaxi resumes operations this May

GrabPay will double as contact tracing system

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Grab Philippines is now resuming GrabTaxi operations as more areas in the country ease their travel restrictions. As a safety precaution, the company is also adopting new measures that will be implemented once GrabTaxi’s operations resume.

Grab is implementing cashless transactions for all its GrabTaxi fleet once service resumes on May 22. The company has already trained more than 7,000 drivers in preparation for the change. It has trained and encouraged drivers to use its GrabPay service to minimize physical cash transactions. After all, banknotes and bills encourage the spread of the virus that cause COVID-19 disease.

Using GrabPay will also benefit the public by acting as an efficient contact tracing system. Combined with Grab and Department of Health’s (DOH) contact tracing platform, the service will allow for faster and accurate contact tracing whenever possible.

The first two cities where GrabTaxi will resume operations this May are Baguio and Naga City. Around 400 drivers are to be deployed in these cities as operations resume. Grab is targeting to train more GrabTaxi drivers in handling cashless transactions along with other safety and health practices so they can quickly resume their jobs once restrictions are lifted. Those interested in undergoing the training can visit Grab’s website.

Elsewhere, Grab has also introduced cashless payments for the rest of its services. Grab users can now use GrabPay to pay for their essential goods and services. With GrabPay coming to GrabTaxi, users don’t have to bring physical cash and risk themselves to COVID-19.

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