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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Instagram possibly letting users pay for a blue badge

Copied from Twitter’s playbook



Twitter got the internet into an uproar after implementing a way to pay for a coveted blue checkmark. Despite the controversy, other social media platforms are potentially introducing similar systems soon. As spotted in new code, Instagram has started referencing paid badges, hinting at a similar feature in the future.

First noticed by developer Alessandro Paluzzi (who spotted other unannounced developments in the past), Instagram’s coding includes mentions of an “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV,” via TechCrunch. Additionally, Paluzzi found references to a Facebook version of the same code. To cap things off, he also discovered a few references to an upcoming subscription product from the current code.

A word of caution, though: Small references inside code might not mean much for the platform’s future plans. Paluzzi himself says that the feature is essentially unconfirmed for now, especially without a prototype.

Given the controversy surrounding the paid blue checkmark, it’s likely that Facebook and Instagram are waiting if Twitter’s experiment translates to better revenue in the long run. Though the initial Twitter Blue brouhaha simmered down for now, the new feature — along with Musk’s other changes to Twitter — are still experiments to test the new ownership’s vision for the platform.

For their part, both Facebook and Instagram have experimented with additional features to expand their offerings to their users. It’s not unheard of for either platform to draw inspiration from the winning features of other social media platforms.

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Apple Music launches ‘Rihanna’s Road to Halftime’

In anticipation of Super Bowl 2023



Apple Music Rihanna

After succeeding Pepsi as NFL’s official Super Bowl Halftime Show partner, Apple Music is pulling all the stops as it braces for its first ever show in the sports event, which features music icon Rihanna.

In anticipation of her upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime performance in Glendale, Arizona on February 13, Apple Music has launched Rihanna’s Road to Halftime”, letting streamers experience the superstar’s music catalogue in deeply-enriched multidimensional sound.

Apple Music Radio will also be holding a Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on February 10, with Nadeska Alexis interviewing Rihanna herself ahead of her highly-awaited performance in United States’ annual sports spectacle.

An 8-episode “Rihanna Revisited Radio” will also keep fans engaged as the countdown to Super Bowl LVII continues ticking.

Even after the performance itself, Apple Music will have people covered with its Halftime Recap Radio” to wrap everything up.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Music Sing feature will also allow subscribers to take the mic and reenact Rhianna’s hits on compatible iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K models.

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Controversial Netflix policy might ban users for sharing passwords

Company says plans are still unconfirmed



Likely eclipsed only by Twitter, Netflix has gone through a ton of changes since last year. Underlying most of the new changes is a desire to curb password sharing. Now that 2023 is alive and kicking, the platform is readying its grand strategy to eliminate the phenomenon once and for all. Before the company can reveal their plans, a new report has leaked what’s coming for subscribers.

According to The Streamable, Netflix has changed its Netflix Help Center to reflect the new strategy. Based on the changes, the platform will require all profiles using a single account to be from the same primary location. If the platform detects that someone is using the account in another location, Netflix can reportedly block that user automatically.

To remain in the fold of an account, devices must sign into their home Wi-Fi every 31 days to check in. Any device who can’t do so might get blocked. Incorrect blockings can only be resolved with a call to Netflix’s support.

Now, the biggest controversy revolves around those who travel regularly. Users can reportedly request for a temporary code from Netflix to use the service in another location for seven consecutive days.

Though the changes were spotted on Netflix’s official pages, none of them have been officially announced yet. The page has been reverted to a vaguer version which only asks users in other households to have their own account. In a separate statement issued to The Verge, the company has stated that plans for subscribers (in the United States, at least) are still unconfirmed.

Still, the changed website is viewable via archiving sites like Way Back Machine. A change in the official support page might have come from a premature announcement, rejected plans, or an error.

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