Idaho inmates hacked prison-issued tablets for $225,000 in credits

Inmates in Idaho successfully hacked the software of the prison-issued tablets to issue themselves nearly a quarter of a million dollars in credits on the devices that are often one of their only connections to the outside world. The tablets, made by prominent prison vendor JPay, give inmates the ability to use email, listen to […]

Inmates in Idaho successfully hacked the software of the prison-issued tablets to issue themselves nearly a quarter of a million dollars in credits on the devices that are often one of their only connections to the outside world. The tablets, made by prominent prison vendor JPay, give inmates the ability to use email, listen to music and transfer money, among other basic computing functions but charge fees for some services.

The Associated Press reports that Idaho prison officials discovered 364 inmates leveraging a software vulnerability to increase their JPay account balances. In Idaho, the devices are the result of a partnership between JPay and CenturyLink. The latter company confirmed the software vulnerability but declined to offer further details beyond stating that it had since been resolved.

Of the 364 inmates exploiting JPay, 50 inmates were able to issue themselves credits for more than $1,000. One inmate was able to use the software flaw to self-issue a credit of almost $10,000. The company has recovered about a quarter of the total of around $225,000 so far and has suspended some functions for inmates until they reimburse the stolen credits.

“This conduct was intentional, not accidental. It required a knowledge of the JPay system and multiple actions by every inmate who exploited the system’s vulnerability to improperly credit their account,” Idaho Department of Correction spokesperson Jeff Ray said in a statement on the JPay incident.

The individuals exploiting the JPay system are incarcerated at a handful of Idaho prisons, including Idaho State Correctional Institution, Idaho State Correctional Center, South Idaho Correctional Institution, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino and a private Correctional Alternative Placement Plan building.

On its website, JPay describes itself as a “highly trusted name in corrections because we offer a fast and secure method of sending money,” which seems up for debate given the recent turn of events. The company has a presence in prisons across 35 states.

Check out this first of its kind, direct-to-consumer urine-testing app with FDA clearance

Urinary tract infections are highly uncomfortable and distracting, and they are very common for women because of the female anatomy. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, many women experience more than one infection during their lifetimes. Many of the afflicted try resolving the infection on their own — using heating pads, drinking more water, […]

Urinary tract infections are highly uncomfortable and distracting, and they are very common for women because of the female anatomy. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, many women experience more than one infection during their lifetimes.

Many of the afflicted try resolving the infection on their own — using heating pads, drinking more water, taking pain medications. But often, these infections become quickly more advance, a doctor is called, an in-patient visit is made, and the whole terrible episode is only ended after a trip to the pharmacy for some antibiotics.

Until now, at least.

A young San Francisco-based startup called Scanwell Health just this week began selling directly to consumers the first and, for now, the only FDA-cleared urine testing app that allows someone to test their urine at home using a paper test strip and a camera phone. (Its app uses sophisticated color metrics to analyzes the strip and determine what’s what.)

The kits are just $5. A call to a pharmacist on Scanwell’s payroll to confirm the results will cost another $25, but that prescription service will also call in an order for antibiotics immediately if there’s an infection. (Users can also order the antibiotics, but it takes a couple of days for them to arrive.)

The startup — which has so far raised just $120,000 from Y Combinator — was founded by Stephen Chen, a Harvard MBA who has the kind of backstory that makes investors slobber.

Right out of school, he joined Teco Diagnostics a now 33-year-old maker of in-vitro diagnostics and medical devices, first as an R&D manager and later as a GM. Using what he’d learned there, he left Teco in 2013 to create a separate company, Petnostics, which makes a urine test for pets that can help identify a range of issues, from diabetes to kidney stones to bacterial infections. He even pitched the company on the show “Shark Tank,” which was hosting open tryouts within distance of his home a couple of year ago, and he landed $300,000 in exchange for 20 percent of the company.

While the exposure was great, the terms were not, suggests Chen, who says he ultimately didn’t take the money. He didn’t need to, apparently. Petnostics is still a going concern and it has generated enough revenue to support the development of Scanwell, which Chen says was always part of his master plan. In fact, Chen started the FDA approval for Scanwell nearly three years ago. The reason: UTI testing for humans is a much bigger market, especially when factoring in the billions of dollars that are wasted on emergency room trips for UTIs each year. Though hard to fathom, a visit to the ER for the condition can cost a stunning $2,600.

What happens from now depends on how effectively Scanwell reaches its target market, but so far, it seems, so good.

Though the direct-to-consumer service will take some time (different states have different regulations around over-the-phone prescription services), people in California and select other states can use the service today. In the meantime, Scawell is making its kits available on as many college campuses as possible, given UTIs tend to be prevalent at schools because students are sexually active.

The company is also looking to work more closely with insurance companies, arguing it can help them improve their own quality ratings by using Scanwell kits to reduce Medicare and other insurance payouts.

Not last, the four-person team is already working on other urine-based tests, including a test that identifies chronic kidney disease, and another test for cardiovascular diseases.

Says Chen, “Paper test are so cheap. They can reach people through the mail. It’s kind of like when AOL used to send out a bunch of discs. We can work with health providers to work with their patient populations and reach them more effectively through home tests.”

Hopefully, they’ll agree with Chen. Certainly, as he notes, home access to diagnostics is “long overdue.”

NY orders Charter out of state, says it must sell Time Warner Cable system

After broadband failures, NY gives Charter 60 days to plan for exit from state.

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter)

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today voted to revoke its approval of Charter Communications' 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC). The PSC said it is ordering Charter to sell the former TWC system that it purchased in New York, and is "bring[ing] an enforcement action in State Supreme Court to seek additional penalties for Charter's past failures and ongoing non-compliance."

Charter has repeatedly failed to meet deadlines for broadband expansions that were required in exchange for merger approval, state officials said. The PSC has steadily increased the pressure on Charter with fines and threats, but Charter never agreed to changes demanded by state officials.

As a result of today's vote, "Charter is ordered to file within 60 days a plan with the Commission to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider(s)," the PSC's announcement said. "During the transition process, Charter must continue to comply with all local franchises it holds in New York State and all obligations under the Public Service Law and the Commission regulations. Charter must ensure no interruption in service is experienced by customers, and, in the event that Charter does not do so, the Commission will take further steps, including seeking injunctive relief in Supreme Court in order to protect New York consumers."

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The 10 Best Calming Apps to Relax, Destress, and Clear Your Mind

It has probably happened to all of us at some time in our lives. The world can feel like it’s going 1 million miles a minute and you’re left in the dust. Whether work is is dragging you down and causing fatigue or something else in your personal life is causing stress, you’re not alone. And the good news is that there are a number of calming apps—on both iOS and Android—that can help you destress and clear your mind. We’re highlighting 10 calming apps that span the gamut of different options from mind mapping to guided meditation and more. 1. MindMeister…

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It has probably happened to all of us at some time in our lives. The world can feel like it’s going 1 million miles a minute and you’re left in the dust. Whether work is is dragging you down and causing fatigue or something else in your personal life is causing stress, you’re not alone. And the good news is that there are a number of calming apps—on both iOS and Android—that can help you destress and clear your mind.

We’re highlighting 10 calming apps that span the gamut of different options from mind mapping to guided meditation and more.

1. MindMeister

At any one time, there are probably a host of different thoughts swirling around in your mind. Mind mapping can help you by allowing you to brainstorm your thoughts without a particular order or structure in a visual form. 

A great mind mapping app option to take a look at is MindMeister. Along with an online interface, the mind mapping service is also available on mobile devices.

Using the app, you can quickly and easily organize, prioritize, and generate new thoughts. There are a number of tools to create a map including different themes, styles, colors, and icons. It’s also possible to collaborate with others to create a mind map in real time.

With an available subscription, you can also export maps in PDF and PNG format, create and edit unlimited maps, and add files and images to topics.

Download: MindMeister for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

2. Ambi Pro

Ambient noise is a great way to help you relax and concentrate by masking the boisterous world around us.

Ambi Pro is unique because instead of using looping audio recordings, it creates a blend of changing noise algorithmically that never repeats.

Special digital reverb helps give the app a sense of depth. To help further personalize the output, there is also an 8-band graphic equalizer. You can design your own presets and save them.

An automatic timer can also switch off the sound after a specific time period.

Download: Ambi Pro for iOS ($1.99)

3. Calm

Although ambient noise helps some people relax, it can annoy others. If you’re looking for something different, try the relaxation app Calm.

While it’s a great meditation app for beginners, there are also a number of options for more advanced users. The guided meditations sessions are available in different lengths from 3 to 25 minutes. Some of the different topics include managing stress, happiness, gratitude, self-esteem, forgiveness, and many others. You can also select from an open-ended and unguided, timed meditation. Breathing exercises will also help you relax.

Every day, a new 10-minute program is designed to help ease you into the day or unwind.

Download: Calm for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

4. Headspace

Headspace is one of the more popular tools for both guided meditations and mindfulness techniques.

You can try the Basics course for free that teaches the fundamentals. And if you want to learn more, a subscription is available to unlock all of the app’s content including the full meditation library. There are a wide variety of different topics to explore like sleep, focus, and exercise.

For a quick break, the app also offers 2 to 3 minute meditation sessions. There are specific sessions for moments of panic, anxiety, and stress. You can even add friends to help motivate and to meditate with as well.

Special animations teach new skills and help answer questions about mindfulness.

Download: Headspace for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

5. Day One

A daily journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and keep a clear mind. Day One offers a beautiful interface and other features to help make daily journaling a habit you’ll want to keep.

The interface is free of distractions to help focus on specific thoughts. Journal entries support the powerful Markdown language. Entries are easy to organize and can browse through them by calendar, timeline, maps, or photos. Metadata from the iPhone can also bring more to each entry with other information like temperature, weather, and music playing on a certain day. Your thoughts are safe with a passcode and Touch ID support.

With an available subscription, you can take advantage of unlimited journals and photos storage. Information also syncs with iCloud and the Mac version of the app.

Download: Day One Journal for iOS (Free, subscription available)

6. Breathe2Relax

Breathing from your diaphragm has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress while helping you stay calm. Breathe2Relax is a great free relaxation app for users who want to practice deep breathing without any prior experience.

Unlike other apps that focus on meditation, Breathe2Relax focuses on both breathing and tools to help reduce your stress levels.

It guides you through breathing exercises and offers the option of listening to music during each session to help create a calm environment.

For Apple devices, the app offers support for the Health app and Apple Watch so you can see how a breathing exercise impacts your heart rate.

Download: Breathe2Relax for iOS | Android (Free)

7. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Sleepcycle

Having a calm and relaxing day often start’s the night before when you go to bed. Getting a good night’s sleep has been shown to have a wide variety of benefits for your health. But for many of us, that’s easier said than done as issues like insomnia and more make it difficult to fall asleep and wake up too sluggish to tackle the day ahead.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock brings a number of features to help you track your sleep and wake up at the most opportune time in the morning. At night, the app uses special sound technology to track your different sleep phases. If snoring is detected during the night, Apple Watch wearers will feel a slight vibration that could help you change sleep positions and stop snoring.

Before going to bed, you can set a custom 30-minute period in the morning that ends at a set alarm time. The app will then wake you up in a light sleep phase during that time period.

The available subscription offers more features including long-term sleep trends, Philips Hue smart light support, and more.

Download: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

8. Colorfy

Coloring books are no longer just for children. The act of coloring has been shown to relax and calm even adults. And there are a number of different digital coloring apps for smartphones and even the larger screen of tablets.

One of the best is Colorfy. The app features more than 1,000 different pictures to color which includes animals, cats, gardens, famous paintings, and more. Users can even add their own drawings to paint. Coloring is easy, just select a color palette and then tap to color. There are also a number of brush types for different effects.

Available to use without an internet connection, all of the drawings can be shared on social networks. And a unique augmented reality virtual gallery lets you visualize your drawings in the real world.

Download: Colorfy for iOS | Android (Free, subscription and in-app purchases available)

9. Smiling Mind

One of the most interesting free relaxation apps available is Smiling Mind. The completely free app is made to assist children as well as adults.

There are specific programs for children of different ages and adults that focus on dealing with the pressure, stress, and different challenges of everyday life. Sessions also cover mindfulness in the classroom and the workplace.

There are a wide variety of meditation lengths to select from, and you can even check in with yourself at the beginning and end of a session to quantify your stress level.

Download: Smiling Mind for iOS | Android (Free)

10. Alto’s Odyssey

You don’t need to find relaxation apps to help you get rid of stress and anxiety. Games that can destress you are all the rage on mobile platforms, and there is a myriad of different titles that can help calm you.

While the puzzle genre is known for relaxing titles, Alto’s Odyssey offers a different type destress game.

The follow-up to the hugely popular iOS game Alto’s Adventure, the new title sees the titular Alto—along with his friends—set off an endless sand boarding adventure. Thanks to a simple one-touch control system, almost anyone can learn the basics and set off in no time. There are an enormous amount of secrets to explore and tricks to learn.

Along with the beautiful scenery while playing, the original musical score for the game is easily worth the price of admission. Put on your headphones and melt away into the beautiful environment. The special Zen mode features its own special soundtrack and allows you to enjoy the game without a score, coins, or power-ups.

Download: Alto’s Odyssey for iOS ($4.99)

The Best Mobile Apps for Rest and Relaxation

While life can sometimes overwhelm you, there’s no reason to get down. Hopefully, using some of these best relaxation apps, you can better take on the daily grind and stay calm and relaxed.

And if you want a quick and easy way to reduce stress without interacting with a smartphone or tablet, this song has been shown to reduce anxiety by 65 percent.

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How to use sticker and apps in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Using stickers and apps in iMessage makes chatting with friends hella fun.

You can put your favorite stickers and iMessage apps front and center so you can access them faster.

Apple has made it possible for you to make your messages a lot more interesting with the help of apps and stickers in iMessages. You can use stickers as stand-alone images, or slap them right on top of someone else’s chat bubble (or sticker, or picture).

Apps integrate information so you can, say, book a table at a restaurant or share movie times with others. Your friends can also change dates and times in some instances so everyone can collaborate together. Here’s how to use stickers and apps in iMessage!

How to access your apps and stickers
How to download new apps and sticker packs
How to see more options in a sticker pack or app
How to search for your apps or sticker packs
How to customize the app tray
How to ‘peel and stick’ a sticker
How to resize and reposition a sticker
How to download an app or sti…

Using stickers and apps in iMessage makes chatting with friends hella fun.

You can put your favorite stickers and iMessage apps front and center so you can access them faster.

Apple has made it possible for you to make your messages a lot more interesting with the help of apps and stickers in iMessages. You can use stickers as stand-alone images, or slap them right on top of someone else's chat bubble (or sticker, or picture).

Apps integrate information so you can, say, book a table at a restaurant or share movie times with others. Your friends can also change dates and times in some instances so everyone can collaborate together. Here's how to use stickers and apps in iMessage!

How to access your apps and stickers in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

When you're in a message thread, the App Tray is right there with your keyboard.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Swipe your finger across the Sticker and apps selector at the bottom of the screen. When you touch it, the icons will increase in size.
  4. Select an app or sticker pack to open it.

You can then add a sticker or select an option from the iMessage app.

How to download new apps and sticker packs in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Some of your preexisting apps are compatible with iMessage and will already be waiting for you in your App Tray. If you want to see what other sticker packs or iMessage compatible apps are available, check them out in the iMessage App Store.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Tap the App Store button.
  4. Tap Visit Store.
  5. Browse the App Store and select an app or sticker pack to purchase or download.

After you download an app or sticker pack, it will automatically appear in your App Tray.

How to see more options in a sticker pack or app in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Sometimes, a sticker pack or iMessage app will have more than what's showing on the bottom portion of the screen. You can expand the view to see everything.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.
  3. Select the sticker pack or app you want to use.

  4. Tap the Expand tool at the top of the app window. It looks like an arrow pointing upward.
  5. Drag your finger upward in the app window to see more.
  6. When you're done, tap the Collapse tool at the top of the app window. It looks like an arrow pointing down.

How to search for your apps or sticker packs in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Maybe you're a bit of a sticker collector in iMessage and need some help finding that one sticker pack with that one funny animation. You can search for them by name in your App Tray settings.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Swipe to the left and tap the more button at the end of the list.
  4. Type the name of the app you're looking for into the search field.
  5. Tap the app or sticker pack to select it.

You can then use the app or sticker pack in your messages.

How to customize the app tray in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

As of iOS 11you can customize the order your apps and sticker packs appear so you'll have access to your favorites first, every time.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Swipe to the left and tap the more button at the end of the list.
  4. Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the app window.
  5. Tap the red Remove icon to remove an app or sticker pack from your Favorites section.

  6. Tap the green Add icon to add an app or sticker pack to your Favorites section.
  7. Touch and hold an app until it hovers to move it to a different place on your Favorites list.
  8. Tap an app's switch to add or remove it entirely from your iMessage app tray.

Once your app list is just the way you want it, you're ready to start memeing your friends!

How to 'peel and stick' a sticker in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Stickers are more than just adorable illustrations and animations that you can share with friends and family. They're digital stickers that you can peel from the App Tray and place on a chat bubble or picture, or even another sticker (for double the fun).

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Select a sticker you want to share.
  4. Place your finger on the sticker and hold until the sticker hovers.
  5. Drag the sticker into the chat thread.
  6. Drop the sticker on top of a chat bubble. You'll know the positioning is correct when the chat bubble dims slightly.

The sticker will appear for both you and the person or people in your chat thread. If they aren't using an iPhone or Mac to view the message, it will appear as a standard image.

How to resize and reposition a sticker in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

You can make a sticker bigger or smaller, and even rotate it in different directions.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the App Tray button next to your text field, above the keyboard. It looks like the App Store logo.

  3. Peel the sticker you want to use.
  4. While still holding the sticker, use a second finger to pinch to zoom in or out to increase or decrease the size.
  5. While still holding the sticker, use a second finger to rotate it in a different direction.
  6. Drop the sticker on top of a chat bubble once you've resized and repositioned it.

How to download a app or sticker pack that someone else sends you in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

If you love a sticker pack or want to find out more about an app someone else has sent you in iMessage, you can check it out in the App Store. If the app or sticker pack's name is listed below it, you can just tap the link. Otherwise, you can find the link in the details.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the chat thread the sticker is in.
  3. Firmly press on the sticker you want to find out more about.

  4. Tap Sticker Details.
  5. Tap View.
  6. Tap Get or tap the purchase price to buy the app or sticker pack.

If it's an interactive app or a game, the person or people in your chat thread will be prompted to download it in order to access the information.

How to delete a sticker that's attached to a chat bubble in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Sometimes, someone will drop a sticker right on top of a chat and you just can't see what was written. You can delete the sticker, even if you didn't place it.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the chat thread the sticker is in.
  3. Firmly press on the sticker you want to remove.

  4. Tap Sticker Details.
  5. Swipe to the left on the sticker's details to delete it.

How iMessage apps and stickers on Mac work

iMessage on Mac doesn't have the same open API that iMessage on iPhone does. You can't download or send stickers or information from an app while using iMessage on Mac. You can, however, see stickers that are sent to you in iMessage and apps that have interactive information usually include a link, so when you click on it, you're redirected to a website.

With apps, you won't be able to interact with the information like you do on iPhone and iPad. For example, if someone sends you a link to a movie showtime from Fandango in iMessage, you can view the movie on Fandango's website, and even purchase tickets, but you can't change the showtime and send back "How about 8:30 PM instead?"

You also can't delete or view the details of a sticker. You can react to chats, but that's it.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about using stickers and apps in iMessage on iPhone and iPad? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated July 2018: The steps in this article are the same for iOS 12. Happy sticker-ing!

New Philips Hue products — including a smart mirror — are on the way – CNET

New smart lighting products have been added to the European version of Hue’s website, just a month ahead of the IFA tech showcase in Berlin. But will we see them in the US?

New smart lighting products have been added to the European version of Hue's website, just a month ahead of the IFA tech showcase in Berlin. But will we see them in the US?

Go Vacation for Nintendo Switch: Beginners Guide

Here’s the help you need to start relaxing.

Go Vacation has launched on the Nintendo Switch as the Wii Sports-like party game we’ve wished the system had. Though technically an HD port from the Wii, the game is seeing a second life on a system that seems like it was made for motion controlled local multiplayer goofiness.

Over 50 games and four massive areas to explore to unlock them might seem like a lot for a relaxing vacation game, though. Take it step by step–here’s how to get started with Go Vacation.

What is Go Vacation?
How do I play?
What are all the different activities in Go Vacation?
How does multiplayer work?
What are the goals/rewards?
When can I finally relax?
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What is Go Vacation?

Go Vacation is a port of a 2011 game for the Wii that’s been upped to HD for the Nintendo Switch with a few other extras thrown in. The game is very reminiscent of Wii Sports in that it has a bunch of Miis playing minigames. Unlike Wii Sports, however, the games are larg…

Here's the help you need to start relaxing.

Go Vacation has launched on the Nintendo Switch as the Wii Sports-like party game we've wished the system had. Though technically an HD port from the Wii, the game is seeing a second life on a system that seems like it was made for motion controlled local multiplayer goofiness.

Over 50 games and four massive areas to explore to unlock them might seem like a lot for a relaxing vacation game, though. Take it step by step--here's how to get started with Go Vacation.

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What is Go Vacation?

Go Vacation is a port of a 2011 game for the Wii that's been upped to HD for the Nintendo Switch with a few other extras thrown in. The game is very reminiscent of Wii Sports in that it has a bunch of Miis playing minigames. Unlike Wii Sports, however, the games are largely more shallow in gameplay terms, but there are also far more of them. Go Vacation has over 50 games to discover and choose from across the island of Kawawii.

The premise is that you and up to three friends have traveled to the paradise resort of Kawawii and can participate in these activities as you discover them. You can play alone, or have friends and family drop in and out.

How do I play?

Go Vacation consists of four overworlds, each with a different theme and activities: Marine, City, Snow, and Mountain. To start, you'll need to explore each area and happen upon a game to play it. Most games are played simply with either motion controls or simple button presses, and though they all have their own separate controls, you'll be taught the easy set-up for each game, so never fear not knowing what to do.

While exploring, you'll also run across different characters you can talk to, hidden secrets, and sometimes animals you can photograph for a collection. Rewards for thorough explorers include neat items and clothing bits you can use to bedeck your Mii character or decorate a house you have at the hub of the island. You can also select a dog friend, with different breeds unlockable through daily rewards.

Your guide, Lilly, will recommend activities for you to try, but don't feel obligated to follow her recommendations. You'll get to all the activities eventually one way or another.

What are all the different activities in Go Vacation?

There are over 50 sports in Go Vacation, but they aren't all available immediately. You need to explore each area on your own to find the activities before they'll be directly accessible from the menu, and a few hours after the game is out, we're still working on finding them all! The good news is that means there is a ton to do in this game, and if you're inviting friends over to join you, there will be new things to do across multiple get-togethers.

Here are a few of the activities we found:

City

  • Motor fest
  • Dance
  • Wheel slider
  • Glass harp
  • Pie throwing
  • Table hockey
  • Hang-gliding
  • Mini Golf
  • Sword fighting
  • Ace pitcher

Marine

  • Marine bike races
  • Sky diving
  • Beach volleyball
  • ATV race
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Water gun battle
  • Marine fishing

Snow

  • Snowball fight
  • Dogsledding
  • Snow races
  • Snowmobile races
  • Ski jump
  • Snow tricks
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowman making

Mountain

  • Horseback riding
  • Rifle shooting
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Rafting
  • Car racing
  • Mountain fishing

How does multiplayer work?

You can play Go Vacation by yourself, but the game is best with up to three others joining the game locally with Joy-Con controllers on one system, or you can use local wireless with multiple systems. You can use normal or motion controls (which vary, depending on the game).

What are the goals/rewards?

Go Vacation is very reminiscent of Wii Sports in that everything is largely just for fun--there's no story or endgame to follow up on. However, you'll want to pop your head into the game regularly to keep finishing challenges (appearing across the island and swapping daily), finding hidden secrets, and earning rewards to decorate your Mii, dog, and house with. Other than that, it's all about winning against your friends and having a relaxing, fun vacation.

When can I finally relax?

Go Vacation is out now for Nintendo Switch, and costs $49.99.

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Any questions?

Want to know more about Go Vacation? Ask anything you want to know in the comments!