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Walmart made a game that lets you see what it's like to work at one of their stores — here's how to play (WMT)

If you have ever, for whatever reason, wondered what it'd be like to work at Walmart — well, now's your chance.

The retail giant has released a game for your smartphone that lets you live a day in the life of a Walmart manager. Over the course of your workday, you monitor inventory, stock shelves, adjust prices, and perform tasks to the satisfaction of your boss and customers alike.

The app, which Buzzfeed News first spotted, started out as a training tool for employees, Walmart spokesperson Michelle Malashock told Business Insider. The game, which is called Spark City, was piloted in a dozen Walmart stores over the summer before it was made public in Apple and Android app stores at the start of October. As of Oct. 16, the free app had around 60,000 downloads, Malashock says.


Steve Jobs fanatics may be able to buy a toilet, thermostat and other random household objects that were part of the Apple founder's old Silicon Valley mansion

Next week, the Town of Woodside will discuss what to do with some of the housing fixtures salvaged from a former home of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs bought the Jackling Estate in 1984 and lived there for a decade. He intended to tear down the home and rebuild but because of litigation the house wasn't destroyed until shortly before his death. Among the 150 items now in the town's possession are a silver-plated ice-tea spoon, a thermostat (circa 1925), and a chandelier. In all, the items have been appraised at $30,285. 

Steve Jobs, cofounder and CEO of Apple, could boast legions of faithful fans and disciples across the globe, referred to frequently as "Apple fan boys."


These are the 15 best video games to put your 4K HDR screen to the test

Televisions with 4K and HDR functionality are more affordable than ever, but there's still a lack of actual 4K HDR content to watch. Luckily, video game developers are constantly pushing the boundaries of new visual technology, and there's no shortage of new games to showcase the power of modern displays.

Also known as Ultra HD, or UHD, 4K describes the display resolution. 4K images are 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, making them about about four times the size of an image at 1080p, the highest resolution currently offered by cable broadcasts. HDR is used to describe images with a high-dynamic range. As the name implies, displays with HDR have a higher contrast between lights and darks and a larger overall range of colors than older displays.


MIT is giving you control of a real person on Halloween in a dystopian game that sounds like an episode of 'Black Mirror'

MIT Media Lab is hosting a mass online social experiment on Halloween at 11 p.m. EDT. Called "BeeMe," the goal of the "dystopian game" is to let participants control an actor and defeat an evil artificial intelligence program. Internet users will program the actor by crowdsourcing commands and then voting on them. BeeMe's creators say they want the project to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions.

As the much-hyped startup Essential runs into troubles, a smaller company called OnePlus shows the right way to compete with Apple and Samsung (AAPL, GOOGL, GOOG)

Essential, the smartphone company founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, isn't showing many signs of success.  The company reportedly cut 30% of its staff, cancelled its next phone, and paused development on a smart home product. It's easy to see where Essential went wrong. It's possible to succeed as an upstart smartphone manufacturer — OnePlus, a critical darling of a smartphone manufacturer, managed to do it in 2014. But you need the right strategy.

Essential, the smartphone company founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin , isn't looking too good right now.

The company cancelled its second smartphone, paused development of a smart home device, and had to lay off 30% of its staff, according to Bloomberg.


We drove a $46,000 Subaru Ascent SUV that will take on Toyota and Ford — here are its best features

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the newest contender in the mid-size family SUV market. Recently, Business Insider spent a week with a new Subaru Ascent Touring in Magnetite Gray Metallic. The Ascent impressed up with its well-designed cabin, peppy driving dynamics, strong infotainment, and a solid suite of standard safety features.  The base 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995, while our top-of-the-line Ascent Touring starts at $44,695. With fees, our test car carried an as-test price of $45,670.

In 2017, more than 2.4 million new mid-size crossovers and SUVs rolled out of American dealerships accounting for 14% of US auto sales for the year.


12 devices and services that could help you ditch Amazon completely (AMZN)

Amazon's formerly sterling reputation has taken a hit from all sides recently. That has led some customers to threaten to boycott and cut themselves off from Amazon completely. Amazon relies on the interconnectedness of its services — and Amazon Prime in particular — to keep customers in its ecosystem. But there are plenty of alternatives to nearly all of its offerings, if you're willing to do a little research.

Amazon is quickly growing to be one of the most powerful companies on earth, spreading into so many categories and offering so many services that it can be difficult to keep track of them. 


Forget about 'Fortnite' — the new 'Call of Duty' makes 6 brilliant changes to the Battle Royale formula

For the first time in years, the new "Call of Duty" has something truly new: a Battle Royale mode, along the lines of "Fortnite" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds."

It's still got traditional multiplayer modes like Control and Deathmatch, and the fan-favorite "Zombies" mode, but the big addition in "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" is the Battle Royale mode: Blackout.

In a surprising twist, the "Call of Duty" version of the insanely popular Battle Royale game type is a fresh, innovative take on Battle Royale — rather than the copycat mode that many were expecting. It's so good, in fact, that "Fortnite" and the rest of the Battle Royale competition could take a few cues from Blackout. 

1. The Blackout map is still huge, but it's small enough to easily traverse the entire thing in a match.

This $1000 countertop smart oven uses 'pure light' to cook food even faster than a regular oven can preheat

Brava is a soon-to-be-released $1000 smart oven that cooks with "pure light," uses less energy than your traditional oven, and can even cook some foods faster than it takes a regular oven to preheat. It's capable of cooking different foods at different temperatures — all at the same time — by directing different levels of light at each food item.  You can opt in to purchase a-la-carte meal kits from Brava, or you can use your own food from the grocery.  Brava's app contains a continuously-updated list of recipes. You simply select one, arrange the food as shown, and the oven will do the rest. 

It's easy to get in the habit of not cooking at home, either because you're feeling lazy, or because you're hungry and don't want to wait for a meal to cook. 

To combat this attitude,


I bought a used Nintendo Switch console that was refurbished by Nintendo itself, and I'm happy I didn't buy it new

Up until recently, I was on the fence about the Nintendo Switch.

Apart from the great games, getting a nice little discount on a used unit that's been refurbished by Nintendo itself helped push me over the edge.

I found Nintendo's own refurbished standard Switch consoles on eBay for $265, which makes for a $35 discount off the $300 price tag of a brand-new unit. 

After taxes, I paid $281 for the refurbished Switch, versus the $317 I would have paid after taxes on