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

They mail it to you for free!



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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GCash eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days with the help of its users

Through a new ‘green’ feature



GCash has introduced a new “green” feature on their app called GCash Forest. The new feature inside GCash’s app aims to contribute to environmental preservation with the help of its users. As the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, GCash eyes to plant 365,000 trees in 365 days.

The goal of GCash Forest is to help Filipinos contribute to tree planting activities by simply using the GCash app. Basically, GCash subscribers will have the ability to plant virtual trees that’ll have real-life counterparts. GCash is not alone in this; they have partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).

The DENR will provide the land resources in Ipo Watershed, while WWF will be providing trees and manpower. BIOFIN will then monitor the progress of the efforts. The Ipo Watershed is an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system which supplies 98 percent of Metro Manila’s water.

For users to be able to contribute to the tree planting efforts of GCash Forest, they need to collect “green energy” by simply (and frequently) using the GCash app. Once users get enough green energy, they’ll now choose which species of trees they wish to plant in a selected area at the Ipo Watershed.

GCash users will receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number once their trees are planted. Of course, they’ll also get updates on the growth of their trees and fun facts through the GCash app.

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!



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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.

A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal



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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.

If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

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