Tempting mobile gamers into the great outdoors, forging new communities – there's an app for that, apparently, and it's called Pokémon Go. In less than a fortnight, the mobile app game – which currently is officially available only in the US, Australia and New Zealand – has achieved levels of success that most developers can only dream of. Just a day after its US launch, Pokémon Go had been downloaded onto more than 5 per cent of phones running the Android operating system – compared with 2 per cent for the ground-breaking dating app Tinder. Pokémon Go's recipe for success is a combination of nostalgia for Nintendo's cute characters, first made popular in the 1990s, and the novelty of GPS-based augmented reality. The app co-opts the smartphone camera to lay Pokémon characters over the real world on-screen.
The email from her father, Jose Puig, contained lyrics to Puerto Rico's anthem: La Borinquena. Or in this case, father knew best. Tennis player Monica Puig won the first Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico, defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, in the women's singles final on Saturday, culminating the best week of her sporting life. "It's just amazing," Puig said. "I know my country really appreciates this and I really wanted to give this victory to them."
Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers University football player who endured a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a 2010 game, and Donna Lowich, a grandmother of three who is living with quadriplegia, tried out the toys and explained how they have impacted their lives and the lives of their families. "It's amazing to feel that adrenaline rush again; just gives me another little piece of independence back," LeGrand said. According to the Adaptoys site, the distribution of the toys relies on a fundraising campaign from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and 360i. The organizations hope to raise enough money to fund the production of at least 100 remote control cars, which will then be given out through a random lottery to people living with paralysis. Lowich, who enjoyed playing with Adaptoys with her granddaughter, hopes the campaign is successful so more people can have the ability to play with their families.
Pat Summitt, the farmgirl from Tennessee who overcame self-consciousness and an overbearing father to become one of the greatest basketball coaches of any gender or generation, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Associated Press. Summit spent 38 years as coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team before dementia forced her early retirement, at age 59, in 2012. She lost her first and last game as the Lady Vols' coach but, in between, won more basketball games, 1,098, than any collegiate coach in history. Summitt was a pioneer in a sport that, at the time she became head coach in 1974, lagged years behind the men's game. Her career roughly paralleled the rise of the landmark Title IX legislation that mandated a level field for women in collegiate sports.