Cops to Pokemon Fans: Do Not Come Looking for Pikachu in Our Police Station

Cops to Pokemon Fans: Do Not Come Looking for Pikachu in Our Police Station

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nintendo’s Pokemon Go was launched on Wednesday
  • It is currently available in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and US
  • It is an augmented reality game to catch Pokemons

The new smartphone app Pokemon Go begins with a warning screen. For a video game, it is an unusual sort of disclaimer. It is not a parental heads-up about critter-on-critter violence. Nor is it an echo of the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that kids should limit their gaming to about two hours daily.

Pokemon Go simply wants its players to avoid physical trauma.

Pokemon Go is a departure from previous iterations of the fantasy bug-collecting sim. Played on a smartphone screen in lieu of a Game Boy or other handheld console, Pokemon Go uses cameras and GPS to construct an augmented reality in which collectible 3D monsters float over physical locales.

To collect these digital critters you have get off the couch, get outside and track them down.

A land-dwelling Pikachu might hang out at the base of, say, the Washington Monument, while trainers (the term for those who play the game) might have to trot over to the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool to capture the fishy creature Magikarp. Digital Pokemon infest buildings, too. The bullish Tauros rampaged through The Washington Post’s break room early Thursday morning.

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The team behind Pokemon Go – developers Niantic Labs and video game giant Nintendo – is concerned you might walk off a bridge, for instance, while you are engrossed in a real-world hunt for the digital critters. Recognizing that the app, which launched in the United States late Wednesday, may encourage the sort of obliviousness that comes when noses are buried in smartphones, other groups began issuing their own warnings, too.

So far, the admonitions have been cheeky: Pokemon Go depicts danger as a cartoon sea serpent. On Facebook, an Australian police force asked Pokemon Go trainers not to burst into stations despite the urge to collect ’em all.

(Also see:  How to Download, Install, and Play Pokemon Go Right Now)

“The novelty of seeing a Pokemon superimposed onto your sidewalk is delightful,” wrote The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama, who recently reviewed an early version of the game. (Though certain features, she said, like monster battles, left something to be desired.) Pokemon Go has the potential to be immensely popular, as it is Nintendo’s first smartphone app to showcase the 20-year-old franchise. The early interest, at least, seems promising; it had been downloaded in the United States at least 50 thousand times within the first 12 hours, according to a ticker at the Google Play store.

Pokemon Go’s interface, akin to Google Maps, is littered with Pokestops – specific landmarks where players collect game-boosting items. That the Darwin Police Station is one such landmark prompted a Facebook message from Australia’s Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services: “For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go — whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs,” the agency wrote.

A representative for the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency services told The Post by phone that one of its officers downloaded the game, and then recommended the Facebook message. It was a bit of a joke, she said, as no one has yet to enter the Darwin Police Station in pursuit of Poke balls or Pikachu.

But players would be wise to exercise caution in their quest to be a Pokemon master. Niantic Labs pioneered its location-based gaming technology with “Ingress,” an area-control mobile game in which players capture portals (similar to Pokemon Go’s Pokestops and gyms). “Ingress” has attracted players by the millions, according to a Niantic blog post from Wednesday, and some “have literally traveled to the ends of the earth” to capture portals.

As “Ingress” grew in popularity, some players admitted to taking risks like playing in cars, near sinkholes or too close to bicycle lanes. The game has been associated with at least one death. A 48-year-old Irish man lost his life while on a nocturnal mission to capture a portal near a pier last September, according to a Dublin inquest.

“The pier is open at both sides, the surface was uneven, it was night time, there are no lights, it was in the course of this game Ingress,” the coroner said, according to the Irish Times. Niantic Labs has since removed the portal near the pier.

As the Australian police organization pointed out on Facebook, players should navigate augmented worlds just as carefully as vanilla realities. “That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast,” they wrote. “Stay safe and catch ’em all.”

© 2016 The Washington Post

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Amazon Great Indian Sale: Our Top Picks From Day 1 Deals

Amazon Great Indian Sale: Our Top Picks From Day 1 Deals

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon Great Indian Sale will last for 3 days
  • It comes with early access for Prime members
  • Deals on popular mobiles, other electronics, and more

The Amazon Great Indian Sale 2016 is here, bringing with it deals on mobiles and other electronics, home & kitchen appliances, fashion apparel & accessories, and more. The three-day deals marathon kicked off at the stroke of midnight on Monday, with a bunch of new deals going live every hour since.

Before we get to our pick of the deals so far, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Amazon is offering Prime members early access to many deals, so this is as good a time as any tosign up for Prime. Amazon Prime costs Rs. 499 for a year after a 60-day free trial if you sign up right now, and comes with other benefits like free one-day shipping on eligible items with no minimum order.

(Also see: Amazon Prime Launched in India, Amazon Video ‘Is Coming’)

2) Amazon is offering SBI credit and debit card holders an additional 10 percent off if they shop via the app, and additional 7.5 percent via the website. There’s a minimum spend requirement of Rs. 5,000, with a maximum discount of Rs. 1,500 per card.

3) Deals are going live throughout the day, so keep coming back for more. Some deals may have limited quantities available (indicated by the percentage claimed), so if you are really keen on buying something, go ahead complete the purchase while you can.

Without further ado, here are the best deals of the Amazon Great India Sale so far:

    1. Logitech X50 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
      The Logitech X50 is a Bluetooth speaker that’s bit of a crowd favourite with 4.5 average rating on Amazon India. Rated to deliver up to 5 hours of audio playback on a single charge, the speaker is deceptively loud, and comes with an Aux port as well. Available as part of the Amazon Great Indian Sale at Rs. 1,249.
    1. Xiaomi Mi 5
      The Xiaomi Mi 5 (Review) is one of the best all-around smartphones you can buy right now, and Amazon is offering the black and white variants of smartphone at a discount of Rs. 2,000. That may not be a big amount, but if you are already in the market for a Mi 5, this is a good time to pick one up.
    1. Obi Worldphone SF1
      It’s a phone that most of our readers would be familiar with, and it’s going at a great price right now. The 16GB variant of the phone is available at Rs. 7,999, while the 32GB variant is going at Rs. 9,999. In our review the Obi Worldphone SF1 scored high on design, battery life, though the camera performance could’ve been better.
    1. Samsung On7 Pro
      Samsung has again become a contender in the budget smartphone space and it’s thanks to products like the On7 Pro. Launched in October last year, the smartphone is available as part of the Amazon Great India Sale 2016 in gold and black at Rs. 10,190.
    1. Logitech K480
      The Logitech Bluetooth multi-device keyboard K480 for computers, tablets, and smartphones is one of our favourite Bluetooth keyboards. It can be connected to up to 3 devices at once, and you can switch input between them using the dial. The built-in stand doubles up as cradle for smartphones and tablets. As part of the Amazon Great India Sale, it’s available at Rs. 1,799.
    1. Teewe 2
      The Teewe 2 (Review) is one of our favourite home-grown media streamers, and a pretty decent alterantive to Google’s Chromecast. It’s available right now at Rs. 1,499.
    1. Logitech accessories
      Logitech is one of the preferred names when it comes to accessories and there are decent deals going around on a bunch of them. Our picks include the Logitech B170 Wireless Mouse at Rs. 549, the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Receiver at Rs. 1,499, the Logitech Type Plus Protective case with Integrated Keyboard for iPad Air 2 at Rs. 2,999, and Logitech C270h HD Webcam and Stereo Headset at Rs. 1,249.
    1. Jawbone activity trackers
      Many popular of Jawbone activity trackers are discounted by 25 percent as part of the Amazon Great Indian Sale.
    1. Sanyo IPS TVs with A+ grade panel
      Sanyo is offering two good deals on TVs with A+ grade IPS panels and 178 degree viewing angle, along with HDMI*2, USB*2, PC*1, AV*2, RF*1 ports. The 49-inch model is going at Rs. 34,990, while the 43-inch model is available at Rs. 24,990, making them good bang for the buck.
    1. Other AmazonBasics accessories
      As you would expect, there are deals on Amazon’s own range of AmazonBasics accessories. If you’ve had your eye on certain laptop or tablet sleeves, or some other cables, this might be a good time to check them out.
    1. Other mobiles
      There are deals on plenty of other mobiles like the Acer Liquid Jade, Blu Win HD LTE, Micromax Canvas Win W121, Canvas 2 Colours, Canvas Nitro 2, Phicomm Passion 660, and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Do note that most of these phones are rather dated at this point, and may not represent the best bang for your buck. But if you are in the market for these specific models for some reason, this information might come in useful.

Expired deals

    1. Sony SRS-X55 Premium Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth and NFC
      This is probably one of the best audio deals that you will see over the next 3 days. The Sony SRS-X55 Premium Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth and NFC has an average of 4.5 (out of 5) user rating on Amazon India, and is usually available around the Rs. 12,500 mark, compared to its MRP of Rs. 13,999. But you can buy it at just Rs. 7,990 until stocks last.
    1. Soundmagic ES 19S
      If you are looking for a decent pair of earphones to go with your smartphone that don’t cost a bomb, the Soundmagic ES 19S are worth considering. They work with both Apple and Android smartphones and are available at Rs. 799 as part of the Amazon Sale.
    1. Logitech UE Boom
      One of the better Bluetooth speakers out there is available at a sub-Rs. 10,000 price point. The Logitech UE Boom comes with water and stain resistance as well as a claimed battery life of 15 hours. Yes, a successor is out already, but at UE Boom is still worth considering at Rs. 9,599.
    1. Lightning cables
      Apple Lightning GeekTitan 1m MFi cable is available at Rs. 499, against a usual price of Rs. 599, making it a decent deal if you are in the market for a new cable to charge your iPhone or iPad. Amazon’s own Lightning cable is available at just Rs. 599, though be warned that the cable is just 4-inches only.

Keep coming back to this page for more Amazon Great India Sale deals throughout the day or check out all Amazon Great Indian Sale deals>. Did you find any other good deals? Let us know via the comments.

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Local Man Uses Computer Skills to Help K9 Officers in our Area

(ABC 6 News) — A Rochester man is using his knowledge putting together computers to raise money for charities.

“Computers for a Cause” founder Kevin Ronken is partnering with Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office to raise money for a K-9 bulletproof vest.

They are raffling off a computer tower decorated with the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office’s logo and colors. It comes with a LED monitor, wireless printer, speakers, keyboard and mouse worthy almost $2,000.

“This is just the start and I’m hoping I can grow this into something big to help out a lot more people….a lot more canines but also you know I’m a disabled veteran so one of my goal is to build this charity up so I can help disabled veterans…I enjoy helping people, just want to help out.”, expresses Kevin.

For those interested in buying a $5.00 raffle ticket, click on this link:Computers for a Cause.

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