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So guys, I was tweeting with my one follower about my last article and they totally told me that I need to get started ASAP on my product reviews. So here I am, immediately writing another product review(s).

Apparently, April 1 was a big day for products. I had no idea so many products were released on Sundays. I guess Sunday is the new Monday to PR people now. It’s smart, it’s one more day that people can talk about their products. I get it.

So does anyone still play Pokemon Go? Apparently Katnip Everclear of The Stagnant still does, and she loved the new update, so I researched it a little more. Pokemon Go by Niantic released an update that changes the view of all the Pokemon you find in the game to 8-bit characters. Nintendo wrote in their press release, “Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.”

Since I don’t have the game to play on my phone, I stole Everclear’s for a couple hours and wandered around. The 8-bit doesn’t work when you run into a Pokemon to capture it, but it’s still a nice homage to the Pokemon games seeing Pokemon in your possession in 8-bit and when you see them on your tracker screen. I totally suggest logging into that old app on your phone and checking it out, or “borrow” someone else’s phone to experience it.

There are a lot of food products that were also released. So Arby’s worked with the eyewear company Warby Parker and launched the Onion Ring Monocle by WArby’s. And on top of that, at select stores in New York City, they gave away the Onion Ring Monocle Friday through Sunday. Darn! I could have tried it if I had the money to go there and come back, but I don’t. So I’ll just imagine it was good. You can do the same if you want. But feel free to look at other merchandise they were selling online at https://www.warbyparker.com/warbys.

Auntie Anne’s, one of those pretzel places in the mall, created Auntie Anne’s “House of A” Heavenly Scent Essential Pretzel Oils. I had no idea that was in demand. But you can totally check out their website https://houseofa.co/. I think that if I buy it, it will just make me want pretzels, and then I will be sad because I don’t have pretzels. So I’m kind of staying away from that one.

Now if you are a chocolate lover, you need to head over to Burger King for their Chocolate Whopper. What’s that? Oh it’s just chocolate cake for a bun, chocolate flame-grilled chocolate patty, raspberry syrup, white chocolate rings, candied blood oranges, and milk chocolate leaves on top. So far, there has not been competition from McDonald’s on this product in my research, but there might be variations in the future. I hope.

What McDonald’s did announce was their Micro Mac. It has all of the flavor of the Big Mac at 1/48 the size for when you are only a tiny bit hungry. This is also perfect for those who want to grab a snack, want to eat the fries more than the burger with their combo, and those who want to keep on their diet goals. It has potential to be a success.

Even eharmony had a press release. And this press release is perfect for your pets. They announced that they wanted to help canines find love with the new “Furever Love” feature. Users can create profiles for their dogs, and the service will automatically find and and suggest highly-compatible matches based on responses to questions about a dog’s personality, activity level, and other key relationship success indicators. They can then set up doggie dates or playtimes. Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever? Are you saying no? Is that because you don’t have a dog? Well guess what, in the coming months, the company plans to expand the service to other animals, such as cats, rabbits, horses, sea lions and dolphins. So you get to choose. But yay pets finding love. They deserve to be happy, too. I’m going to set up my dog’s profile instead of doing homework sometime this week. Check out their website at https://bit.ly/2IkSeLw for more info on their algorithms.

Oh and Sprint and T-Mobile got in on the product release. The Sprint Magic Ball appears to be a standard soccer ball that is really the world’s first portable all-wireless small cell. Sprint Magic Ball, like the award-winning Sprint Magic Box introduced last year, connects to a nearby Sprint cell site using Sprint’s ample, dedicated 2.5 GHz spectrum. Sprint said in its press release, “Wherever it rolls, soars or is juggled, nearby Sprint customers will have blazing fast speeds to stream videos, surf the web and use their favorite apps.” Beginning April 1, Sprint will offer the Magic Ball in black, white and yellow models, all emblazoned with the product name and iconic company logo.

T-mobile took a different route and released a comeback of the sidekick, with a twist. It’s the world’s first smartshoephone. That’s right, they followed Get Smart’s idea of the shoe phone and they brought it to the modern day. But they also improved on the idea. I’m all for combining technology. It has retractable shoelace headphones, speakers on the bottom, revolutionary AI for voice activation, bluetooth, a slide-out screen, and more. You should totally check this out if they have your size and you want to wear pink high tops with everything you wear.

Logitech has come out with a promising product that will help out those who need to video conference in their businesses. Logitech announced a new feature called the Business Speak Detection software, or more succinctly called the BS Detection. It analyzes language and alerts you to BS phrases. I have talked to a lot of business majors, and they use a whole bunch of jargon that is not clear. I really appreciate that Logitech cares about clarity and pointing out BS that really bogs down a video conference call. I strongly suggest to check out the video on their website for a full list of their examples: https://bit.ly/2GXC7nV.

Of course, I can’t go through all of the great products out there fast enough. There are lots of sites out there and I don’t want you to miss out on any products you want to check out. There are some great pictures, videos, and websites out there for these products. Please check out some of the products collected at USA Today https://usat.ly/2E9zAUH or CSNet https://cnet.co/2Gm8ZFB.