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Crane Game Toreba: A mobile game that mails your prize from Japan

They mail it to you for free!

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Toreba is a mobile game that lets you play an actual crane game in an arcade all the way in Japan. If that sounds silly to you, it pretty much is. To the everlasting credit of the creators of the game, there is some thrill in playing the crane game despite feeling rigged when you incessantly lose.

There’s just something about playing with chance that keeps this arcade game alive. We haven’t even gotten to the fun bit! If or when you win the crane game, they mail the prize straight from Japan to your address for free.

When you open the game, you’re asked to fill in your name. Once you’ve set that up, Toreba lets you reserve a machine of your choosing — each has a different type of prize you can earn from winning the game. When you first install the game, it will give you five free tries. If you want to try more, you’ll have to fill in your credit card information. This is because, like any crane game, a turn costs you. For Toreba, it depends on the machine and your winnings.

The prices range from cute plushies, character figurines from standout anime, clothing, and even appliances. Once you’ve selected the machine of your choice, a live stream of the crane machine shows up for you to start playing the game in real time.

Although the entire game sounds novel and genuinely fun, it’s essentially just like other crane games you’ve encountered in arcades — it gets a bit frustrating. It doesn’t help that each turn costs you. If you suck at the game, you might as well fly in and buy a prize of your own from Japan.

There’s no denying that the best part of this game is the prizes. They’re not ordinary items you find in regular crane machines you’re used to unless you live in Japan. Otherwise, the game is all about the convenience of playing it wherever.

If you’re not into playing it yourself and just want to watch others play, there’s another interesting feature where you can watch people’s live streams as they try and pick up their prize.

If you want to give Toreba a whirl, it’s available on iOS and Android.

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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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