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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 asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

Download here. 

Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

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