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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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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

Good thing or bad thing?

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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