The Turnip game in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is unforgiving. Actually it’s very forgiving—it’s not that hard to go on Twitter and find someone with a decent price—but it’s still fun to cosplay as a high-stakes Wall Street trader as you transfer root vegetables from pigs to Raccoons. Turnips make the world go ‘round, and I spent the past week better trying to better understand how Turnip prices fluctuate, and how best to maximize my chances and get the best return.
In the wake of Animal Crossing fever, old hands were able to figure out an old truth from New Leaf: Turnip prices are not entirely random, and can be predicted based on a limited number of pre-set patterns. People suspected this at the beginning and then confirmed it with datamined info: this led a couple of people to build online tools that you could theoretically use to predict your turnip prices for the week within a certain range. Naturally, I’ve been given them a try.
I decided to compare two tools: Turnip Calculator and Turnip Prophet. Both are essentially the same, asking you to input your turnip buy price and every subsequent price from both the morning and afternoon from Monday onward. They both have little charts that show you where you’ve been, and where you might be, as well as guess for your daily maximums and minimums. The biggest differences is that Turnip Prophet gives you more information about the potential price patterns you might be experiencing, and Turnip Calculator looks a little slicker.
Both tools were able to give me rough approximations of my turnip prices for the next day, if not further than that. It wasn’t until Thursday AM that they seemed to be able to really narrow down what I was seeing and give me some real predictive numbers. Those turned out to be true, if not encouraging: I was on the dreaded “decreasing” pattern, where the number just goes down every day after buy day.
Both sites returned basically the same information, which isn’t surprising given that they’re both based off the same datamined info.
So I’d call these things definitely interesting and mildly useful: I’ll need to use them for another week to get a better sense, especially since your last week’s pattern gives them extra information to work with.
Toronto-based duo create custom puzzles to support local businesses – Eat North
A duo of award-winning Toronto-based creatives has found a unique way to support local businesses while providing hours of engagement to fill Canadians’ increased downtime.
Paddy Harrington, creative designer and founder of Frontier, and Rich Pauptit, celebrated printer and president of Flash Reproductions, are teaming up with independent Canadian businesses and artists who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to create custom thematic jigsaw puzzles.
“Puzzle sales have skyrocketed as people look for engaging things to do at home,” explains Harrington. “We believe that people would prefer to do puzzles of their favourite local spots, while also supporting those businesses–and PieceTogether was born.”
Each 300-piece PieceTogether puzzle features an image from a local business and sells for $35, with $15 from every puzzle sold going directly to the business. Customers are able to offer additional donations at checkout.
Since launching on May 27, PieceTogether has partnered with local businesses like Rosalinda Restaurant, Dora Keogh Irish Pub, The Cameron House, Renya, Shacklands Brewing Co., and Stackt market.
According to sources like Calgary’s Castle Toys, puzzle sales have increased by as much as 370 per cent in the last year, and while those numbers are likely to decrease as the Canadian economy gradually reopens, PieceTogether can continue to provide a valuable revenue stream for businesses and artists as they attempt to adjust to the new landscape.
“Even as restrictions ease, many of these smaller businesses will still have to operate at a loss; it’s going to be difficult for a long time,” Pauptit adds. “It’s just devastating to think that some of our favourite neighbourhood places to visit may have to close down. With PieceTogether puzzles, you get something fun to do at home as well as an easy way to support these vital independent businesses. Plus, it’s a special keepsake that people will enjoy for years to come.”
Independent businesses and artists from across Canada can participate by setting up a profile and uploading an image to create their own custom puzzle.
Now you can buy puzzles of Toronto businesses – NOW Magazine
In Toronto, puzzles have become an increasingly popular pandemic pastime. Seemingly endless time indoors means we’re all partying like it’s 1799, with local gift and game shops having a hard time keeping puzzles in stock.
A new Toronto startup wants to combine our newly-minted jones for jigsaws with the opportunity to help out struggling small businesses. PieceTogether is a new project that creates jigsaw puzzles featuring images of beloved local businesses – and gives $15 from every $35 sale directly back to the business.
“Even as restrictions ease many of these smaller businesses will still have to operate at a loss, it’s going to be difficult for a long time,” said co-founder Rich Pauptit in a release. “It’s just devastating to think that some of our favourite neighbourhood places to visit may have to close down.”
By buying a puzzle, he adds, “you get something fun to do at home as well as an easy way to support these vital independent businesses.”
Among the first wave of puzzles available for purchase: The Cameron House’s iconic exterior, the leafy cocktail bar Reyna, a cool bottle of beer from Shacklands, and a bird’s eye view of Stackt, with even more on the way. Check out the full lineup here.
Google Silently Releases Android Auto in More Countries – autoevolution
But more recently, users in a couple of new countries have been provided with the official Android Auto listing the Google Play Store, including here those in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Users who turned to reddit to confirm that Android Auto is now live in these two countries explain that they can “update it legitimately,” as seen in the screenshot here.
Others based the same countries, however, claim Android Auto isn’t available in the Google Play Store on their devices, so the app either rolls out in stages to these users or the Play Store updates are actually the result of the app originally being installed with the APK file.
In other words, if Android Auto is deployed using the dedicated APK installer, then updates are automatically served through the Google Play Store, and this is why some might be tempted to believe the app is now officially supported in their country.
But one user in the Netherlands says this isn’t the case, as updates through the Google Play Store weren’t possible before.
“I couldn’t update it through the store prior tot this, even with android 10. So I had to keep reinstalling through apk. Android auto seem to work different for a lot of people though. On my s9 plus it won’t show up in the store, even if I reinstall it on this phone (s10+)it will still show up in the store. On my phone it’s not a system app though,” one user explains.
Google is yet to officially announce the availability of Android Auto in more countries, so our only option is to actually wait until a confirmation on this is offered. Until then, a healthy dose of skepticism is definitely recommended.
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