Juul Halts Sale of Fruit, Dessert Vape Flavors

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Juul, which makes the top-selling brand of electronic-cigarettes in the United States, said Thursday it will no longer sell fruit or dessert flavors of its products.

The company’s decision comes as it faces widespread criticism that its flavored nicotine products are hooking a generation of teenagers on nicotine and vaping, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The company faces multiple investigations by Congress, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several state attorneys general. Juul is also being sued by adults and underage vapers who allege they became addicted to nicotine by using Juul’s products, the wire service said.

The Trump administration has also proposed banning nearly all e-cigarette flavors.

The flavors dropped by Juul will be mango, creme, fruit and cucumber, which account for 10% of its sales. The company will continue to sell its most popular flavors: mint and menthol, the AP reported.

Juul’s decision to continue selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use,” said Matthew Myers, from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol flavors, and this number is growing all the time,” Myers said in a statement.

His group and others say the Trump administration should ban all vaping flavors except tobacco, the AP added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the number of severe lung illnesses continues to climb: There are now 1,479 cases reported in 49 states. Seventy-eight percent of those cases involved products that contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Seventy percent of these patients were male, and 79 percent were under the age of 35.

The death toll also went up, hitting 33 deaths in 24 states. The median age of patients who have died is 44, the CDC added.

Products containing the marijuana chemical THC seem to be a main driver behind the illnesses.

While THC is a main suspect in the CDC’s investigation, a recent study suggested other chemicals might play a role.


Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona conducted an examination of 17 cases involving vaping-linked lung injury — including lung biopsies. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died.

“Based on what we have seen in our study, we suspect that most cases involve chemical contaminants, toxic byproducts or other noxious agents within vape liquids,” said lead researcher Dr. Brandon Larsen. He’s a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale.

Those findings were published Oct. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

While THC does seem to figure prominently in many cases, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, has stressed that nicotine-containing vaping products without THC cannot be ruled out as a potential cause of harm. Because of that, the CDC recommendation for everyone to stop vaping stands.

What is clear is that the illnesses that are affecting vapers can be sudden and severe. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and chest pains. Some patients have had so much trouble breathing that they wind up on oxygen, and in extreme cases are placed on a mechanical ventilator.

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SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release,  Oct. 17, 2019;  Oct. 3, 2019 media briefing with: Anne Schuchat, M.D., principal deputy director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;Associated Press; Oct. 17, 2019, statement, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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No More Edibles Shaped Like Animals, Fruit or Humans in Colorado

What do the Marijuana Enforcement Division and Trix cereal have in common? More than you might think. In 2007, Trix shocked the world when the fruit-shaped corn pieces were replaced with generic round puffs. Ten years later, the MED wants the cannabis industry to go just as generic.

Looks like these tricks aren’t for kids.

Starting October 1, the MED will prohibit the production or sale of edibles in the shape of a human, animal or fruit for medical and retail marijuana-infused product manufacturers and dispensaries. The move is a result of HB 1436, a bill passed in April 2016 that aimed to ban THC-infused lemon drops, gummy bears and other edibles that might attract children.

Accidental ingestion of edibles was a big concern for lawmakers in 2014 and 2015, shortly after retail cannabis products hit the market in Colorado. According to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, it saw 151 calls related to marijuana in 2014, up from 88 in 2013. However, that rise drastically tapered off in 2015, and actually decreased in 2016.

Edibles shaped like fruit candies are also banned starting October 1.

Edibles shaped like fruit candies are also banned starting October 1.

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Production changes in the edibles industry have become relatively common since 2014, the first year recreational marijuana could be sold in Colorado. In 2015, a 100-milligram limit of THC was placed on all retail edibles, which also had to be packaged in ten-milligram serving sizes. In 2016, a requirement was added that all edibles had to be stamped with a symbol reading “THC,” to warn any unsuspecting consumers.

The current MED move comes right before Halloween, a holiday that annually invokes fears that edibles will be slipped into the trick-or-treat bags of children. However, there were zero reported incidents in Denver in 2014 and 2015, and not one Colorado agency issued a warning in 2016.

Edibles manufacturers have had more than a year to get ready for the shape change, so most of them aren’t going to be surprised by the new rules. Brands such as Dixie Edibles, Cheeba Chews and Wana Brands all produce their products in nondescript squares and circular shapes.

If you know of any dispensaries still selling edibles in the soon-to-be banned shapes, it might be worth visiting them now. Per the new MED rules, dispensaries can’t sell, transfer or even donate any of them after October 1, so keep an eye open for sales.

Also changing on October 1 are potency labeling requirements. The new rule states that all medical and retail marijuana products must label potency in a bold font at least ten points in size, and at least two points larger than the surrounding label text; it must also be enclosed within an outlined shape such as a circle or square, or highlighted with a bright color. However, dispensaries with products labeled under the old rules may continue to sell them to consumers until supplies are depleted.

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No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 — Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums.

One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn’t have any at all before their first birthday.

Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup for their children altogether.

The advice is the first update to the AAP’s stance on fruit juice in 16 years.

The major change is that fruit juice is discouraged for the first year of life — and not just the first six months, as previously recommended.

“There’s just no need for fruit juice in infancy,” said Dr. Steven Abrams, one of the authors of the report.

“There’s no evidence there’s any health benefit,” he added. Abrams is chair of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

If anything, he said, offering babies juice could keep them from getting enough breast milk or formula — and the needed protein, fat and other nutrients they contain. Plus, the AAP says, once babies start eating solid foods, they should have whole fruit that is mashed or pureed, rather than juice.

Babies do not need additional liquids (other than breast milk or formula) once they start solid foods, Abrams said.

As for older kids, the AAP suggests limits on juice: 4 ounces a day at most for toddlers ages 1 to 3; no more than 6 ounces for 4- to 6-year-olds; and no more than 8 ounces a day for older kids and teens.

What’s so bad about fruit juice? Abrams said the point is not to “get dogmatic about it,” and kids can have some juice as part of a healthy diet.

But for too many kids, the AAP says, juice becomes a replacement for whole fruits and vegetables — and the fiber, vitamins and other nutrients they provide.

Plus, many beverages are not fruit juice at all — but fruit “drinks” that are basically water and sugar.

Kids should have only 100-percent fruit juice, with no added sugar, Abrams said. But there should be limits even on those juices and their natural sugars.

The bottom line, Abrams said, is that “water and milk are preferable.”

Dr. Alisa Muniz Crim, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, agreed.

She also said that if parents go for milk alternatives, like soy or almond milk, they should make sure there is no added sugar.

According to Crim, it’s important for children to learn healthy eating habits from an early age — which includes developing a taste for whole fruits and vegetables rather than juice.

Another piece of advice from the AAP: Don’t give toddlers “sippy cups,” which are generally cups with a cover and a spout or opening.

For one, Abrams said, toddlers should learn how to drink from regular cups. Plus, sippy cups and bottles allow kids to easily sip on juice all day.

“If they are running around with the sippy cup all day, it’s going to be refilled,” Crim pointed out.

One concern is that sippy cups can affect children’s teeth, Abrams said. When baby teeth are exposed to liquids other than water for prolonged periods, it can promote tooth decay.

The other worry is that the liquid calories in juice could contribute to excessive weight gain.

“I don’t think that limiting fruit juice is the answer to childhood obesity,” Crim said. “But it is one simple step that makes sense.”

If parents choose to use those sippy cups, she added, they should fill them with water.

The new guidelines were published May 22 in Pediatrics.

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The AAP has advice on getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables.

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YouTube Serves Up Juicy Trailer for ‘Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force’

Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force

Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force

Kids and families will soon have a new way to fulfill their recommended daily comedy allowance with the new animated adventure Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force, based on the smash-hit gaming app with more than one billion mobile downloads. The 13-episode series launches Friday, May 5 on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app for YouTube Red subscribers.

Fruit Ninja relates the humble beginning of the franchise’s four fruit-themed heroes, who run a juice stand as a front for their secret dojo. The Fruit Ninjas — Seb, Niya, Peng and Ralph — have been training to unlock the ancient secrets of Juice-Jitsu. Their skills are put to the test when a time portal deposits a 1,000-year-old ninja, Durian Grey, into the modern world. The young heroes must band together to defeat him and a slew of villains bent on wiping them out.

The show is produced by Halfbrick Studios, the original creator of the Fruit Ninja game, in partnership with Toonz Entertainment and Kickstart Productions.

YouTube Red is a paid membership providing an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids — available in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Korea with more territories to come.

Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force

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Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart

Lower risk of heart attack, stroke seen in Chinese study

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By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests.

Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found.

“Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health,” said lead researcher Dr. Liming Li, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in Beijing.

Study participants who ate fruit most often had lower blood pressure and blood sugar than less frequent fruit eaters, which may account for the reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes, Li said.

Due to the nature of the study, however, it could not prove that fruit consumption caused the lower risk of heart attack and stroke, just that there was an association, Li said.

For the study, Li and colleagues collected data on more than 500,000 adults, ages 30 to 79, between 2004 and 2009. None had a history of heart disease.

Fewer than one in five ate fruit on a daily basis. Over seven years, those who ate the equivalent of roughly a half cup of fruit a day had significantly lower risks of major cardiovascular diseases, the study found.

The report was published April 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Two U.S. experts weighed in on the study findings.

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of avoidable and premature death globally,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Previous studies have suggested that diets high in fruit are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. However, few of these studies have involved Asian countries, he noted.

“Further studies are needed to determine if eating more fruit will result in meaningful health gains,” Fonarow said.

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center, said fruit is a great addition to your diet.

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Juicy Fruit Marijuana Strain Review

“The Scoop” While Juicy Fruit gum was once marketed with the tagline, “The Taste Is Gonna Move Ya!” Today’s hybrid strain of Juicy Fruit cannabis – comprised of a sweet combination of pure Thai Sativa & Afghani Indica – provides The High That’s Gonna Relax Ya!

The Result: A well-balanced hybrid, Juicy Fruit’s amber laced trichomes seemingly levitate above the dizzying swirl of orange pistils, dark green calyx and flashes of purple. A relatively easy grow, the high begins by producing a Zen-like state of mind, creating a meditative place for the conscious mind to retreat.

Type: (55% sativa; 45% indica)

A.K.A.: Fruit Juice

Genetics: Thai/Afghani F1 Hybrid

Average price per 1/8: $ 40

Average THC: 17%-21%

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The Stoned Meter 1-10: How high will you get? About an 8Juicy Fruit provides a shining example of a hybrid done right – not only will she leave you with a whimsical smile on your face, Juicy Fruit will we joy in your heart.

Strain Profile: Juicy Fruit is a cross of Thai and Afghani origins that come together to create an inspiring 55% sativa, 45% indica hybrid. This truly is a strain that is worthy of being called medicinal, hence the effects of this therapeutic strain.

Appearance: Juicy Fruit has a very light green hue similar to that of a granny smith apple. These chunky dense buds look as if they were dipped in powdered sugar. Juicy Fruit’s crystal content is simply amazing, resembling a beautiful day in the backcountry of Vail. Nuzzled under the amber-headed trichomes lays the delicate pistils drenched in a sunburst Orange.

Consistency: No Grinder? That could be a problem. As most are already aware, trying to twist one up can present a serious challenge when your fingers are sticking to the rolling paper. Depending on how it’s cured the consistency of the Juicy Fruit flowers are both super sticky, yet dry enough to crumble in your hand – which can be problematic when you’re rolling on the go. After breaking this strain up, you may need to wash the dank stickiness from your resin-covered digits.

Scent: Juicy fruit has a complex nose comprised of a sweet bubblegum like aroma, reeking of some not-so-subtle mango and guava undertones. With a creamy haze-like smell, Juicy Fruit‘s beauty is sure to leave any sacred space enveloped in a plume of citrus centric tang and the sweet smell of the tropics.

Taste: When inhaled, Juicy Fruit has the sweet flavor of freshly cut strawberries and kiwis, accompanied by a candy-like bubblegum taste at exhale. Not only do you get that fruity blast of flavor at both ends of the hit, Juicy Fruit has demonstrated its ability to truly satisfies even those with biggest sweet tooth!

Growth and seed info: Thanks to its strong familial ties to the sativa gene pool, Juicy Fruit grows tall with thick tree trunk like stems. Known for going big when given the opportunity, during the vegetation cycle of this strain, Fruit Juice has a nasty little habit of hitting the ceiling before you know it. So be prepared. Make sure you either have enough room, or are ready to throw the switch from vegetation to flower fast. During the last two weeks of the flowering stage Juicy fruit reeks of candied fruit, as the buds swell and the trichome production hits full maturation this strain becomes a heavy yielder.

Effect: Juicy Fruit leaves you with a rather conspicuous look of contentment where concern once resided; she’s a definite mood enhancer. In addition to elevating the crushed spirit, this inspiring hybrid is also great for mitigating pain. Juicy Fruit relaxes the both the mind and the muscles, allowing the Dharma to flow. Inspirational; Juicy Fruit will alter your reality.

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Original Breeder: Sensi Seeds

Current Breeder: Sensi Seeds

Seed bank of choice: Seedmine

Flowering Time: 50-60 days

Flowering type: SCROG

Growth Height: 3.5 ft.- 4 ft.

Expected yield: 1.5/2 lbs. per 1,000 watt light

Breeder quote/ Advice: Does great with LST, and topping is a must.

Verdict: Juicy Fruit is a wonderful strain with some serious medicinal benefits. Great for easing depression, anxiety, overall body aches and cramping – not only does she taste like nectar of the gods; she’s a wonder to behold. A superb strain for the ultimate relaxation experience, Juicy Fruit encourages one to kick their feet up and enjoy life, because the paradox of seeking enlightenment while sidestepping earthly desires can be a little overwhelming sometimes.

Family: Fruity

Related strains: Jack Herer, Northern Lights #5, skunk x haze, cantaloupe haze


Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries

MONDAY Sept. 1, 2014, 2014 — You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests.

The study included eight overweight and obese people who were enrolled in a newly designed weight-loss program meant to change how people react to different foods. These participants were compared to a control group of five overweight and obese people who weren’t in the program.

Both groups had MRI brain scans at the start of the study and again six months later. The scans revealed that the people in the weight-loss program had changes in areas of the brain reward center involved in learning and addiction.

Specifically, this area showed increased sensitivity to healthy, low-calorie foods and decreased sensitivity to higher-calorie foods, according to the study published online Sept. 1 in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes.

“We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” study senior author Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, said in a Tufts news release.

“This conditioning happens over time in response to eating — repeatedly — what is out there in the toxic food environment,” explained Roberts, who is also a professor at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the university’s School of Medicine.

And, according to study first author Thilo Deckersbach, “although other studies have shown that surgical procedures like gastric bypass surgery can decrease how much people enjoy food generally, this is not very satisfactory because it takes away food enjoyment generally rather than making healthier foods more appealing.” Deckersbach is a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“We show here that it is possible to shift preferences from unhealthy food to healthy food without surgery, and that MRI is an important technique for exploring the brain’s role in food cues,” Deckersbach said in the news release.

Roberts pointed out that “there is much more research to be done here, involving many more participants, long-term follow-up and investigating more areas of the brain. But we are very encouraged that the weight-loss program appears to change what foods are tempting to people.”

More information

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Posted: September 2014

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Fruit May Help Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

People With Diabetes Who Eat More Fruit Less Likely to Develop Diabetic Retinopathy

June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) — Here’s another reason for people with diabetes to eat plenty of fruit: It may help prevent eye complications that can lead to vision loss.

Japanese researchers studied 978 people with diabetes who filled out detailed food questionnaires. They were followed for eight years, during which time they were given annual eye exams.

When the study started, they had no signs of eye problems. Over the next eight years, 258 of them developed diabetic retinopathy — the medical term for damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the lining of tissue at the back of the eye. Left untreated, it can lead to loss of sight.

“Those who ate the most fruit were the least likely to develop diabetic retinopathy,” says study head Shiro Tanaka, PhD, of Kyoto University Hospital.

People who ate an average of 9 ounces of fruit a day had half the risk of developing the eye condition over the eight-year period, compared with those who ate less than an ounce a day, the study showed. The odds were about 40% lower for people who ate an average of 3 to 5 ounces of fruit a day, compared with those who ate less than an ounce a day.

However, the study does not show cause and effect. It shows a link between eating more fruit and lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, but it does not prove that fruit prevented the eye disease.

Don’t think of your fruit in terms of ounces? For comparison, a medium apple, orange, or pear weighs about 6 ounces, a banana about 5 ounces.

Nutrients May Work Together

The various vitamins and other nutrients in fruit probably work together to protect against eye complications, says April Carson, PhD, MSPH, of the University of Alabama. She wasn’t involved in the study, but chaired a session at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting, at which the study was presented.

The study also showed that people who ate the most fruit got the most fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, potassium, and sodium in their diets.

Carson tells WebMD that the study has several strengths. For starters, the study followed people over time, rather than looking back at medical records to see how many people developed eye problems, she says.

Also, the analysis took into account other major risk factors for diabetic retinopathy, including age, sex, blood sugar levels, smoking and drinking habits, weight, and physical activity, Carson says.

The major caveat: Most people in the study ate a low-fat diet. That means the results may not apply to people who get more fat in their diet, Tanaka says.

Nearly 30% of U.S. adults with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy, and 4.4% have vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy, according to a CDC study from 2010.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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Xbox 360 | Fruit Ninja Kinect Review

Sometimes, you just want a game to distract you for a few minutes. Cleaving hundreds of fresh, juicy fruits is a fun way to kill a bit of time, and this has made Fruit Ninja a popular mobile game. You can slice up some oranges, hack some pineapples, and slash some strawberries on the bus, and as soon as you get where you’re going, you can put the game aside, having had a short, complete little experience that you can then immediately forget in order to focus on other things. With Fruit Ninja Kinect, the fruit-slicing action migrates from your mobile device to your television, and although its implementation of the Kinect is very good, this is still, at heart, the same game you can play on your phone for a buck. At 10 dollars, the sweetness of this enjoyable minigame turns a bit sour, and the same play-and-forget quality that serves as a virtue during a morning commute becomes a bit of a liability in the living room. Fruit Ninja is a fun little distraction–nothing less and nothing more.

You can harness the power of fruit’s mortal enemy, the piano.

The game doesn’t offer you any instructional information, and it doesn’t need to. The gameplay could hardly be simpler. Limes, apples, strawberries, pears, and other tasty fruits fly up from the bottom of the screen, and your goal is to mercilessly slice them all, splattering their delicious juices on the wall. You commit this fruit murder by making fast motions with your hands (and your feet, too, if you want to get fancy). Each time you do so, a visual effect suggesting the slicing of a blade follows your motions, and any fruit that comes into contact with one of these slices meets its demise. Matching up your movements to the onscreen action is easy since your silhouette is always visible against the background, and the fruity carnage that ensues as you wave your arms around does make you feel like the titular citrus-hating, berry-despising shadow warrior.

The best fruit ninjas know better than to attack their prey willy-nilly. By waiting for the right moment to strike and slicing three or more fruits in a single slice, you earn a point-enhancing combo, and chaining these together can lead to massive point bonuses. This element of skill makes the game a bit more involving, and you may get some enjoyment out of trying to assert your superior fruit-killing skills on the leaderboards. But any way you slice it, Fruit Ninja is still essentially a minigame. It’s silly, messy fun in occasional short bursts, but it’s not going to hold your interest for long.

There are three single-player modes that each change up the action in some way. In Classic mode, you have three lives, and you lose a life each time a fruit escapes from your wrath unscathed. Additionally, bombs are frequently tossed up along with the fruit, and if you slice one of these, the game is over instantly, regardless of how many lives you have remaining. It’s crushing when contact with a bomb brings a promising shot at a new high score to a close, but the controls work well enough that when this happens, you have only yourself to blame. This danger means that you can’t just wave your arms wildly; like a true master of the shadow arts, you must be precise.

In Arcade mode, you have 60 seconds to score as many points as possible. There’s no penalty for not slicing a fruit before it falls off the screen, and slicing a bomb costs 10 points, rather than bringing the game to an end. Bonus bananas sometimes appear, and slicing these brings certain benefits, like triggering a fruit frenzy or doubling your points for a time. Zen mode is the most laid back of the bunch. This mode lasts 90 seconds, and there are no lives, no bombs, and no bananas.

There are also a pair of two-player modes in which players stand side by side and slice fruit simultaneously. In Team Arcade mode, you work together to maximize your shared score. In Battle mode, you compete to see who can earn the most points before time runs out. It’s fun to obliterate oranges with a friend for a little while, but in Battle mode, the game often seems to give one player the upper hand by providing him or her with more fruit to slice.

Fruit Ninja Kinect tries to sweeten the pot by giving you a number of blades, backgrounds, and shadow effects to unlock. Some of these you naturally unlock just by spending enough time with the game, while others pose unique challenges, like slicing every strawberry and nothing else in a game of Arcade mode. The option to customize the look of the game a bit is a welcome one, but it doesn’t hide the fact that this is a simple minigame being sold at the price of a full downloadable game. Like the aforementioned strawberry, Fruit Ninja Kinect is sweet, but it doesn’t last long, and you’ll soon want something a lot more substantial.

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Roadside Farm Stand Directory

The Fall harvest is here, and what better place to take home some of it than at your local roadside stand? Or maybe even pick some of it yourself? And with Halloween around the corner, you’ll find some of the best priced pumpkins patches around. Or maybe staggering around in a corn maze is your thing. Got that too. The links below will get you started in the right direction.


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Hit iPhone Game Fruit Ninja Outed for Kinect

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja has been one of the most popular apps on the iOS App Store since its release. The game is simple enough: Fruits are thrown up into the air and your job is to slide your finger across the screen to slice them in half while avoiding hazardous items and trying to build up combos. It’s an addictive formula and it lends itself well to the touchscreen controls of an iOS device. It also seems like a no-brainer for a motion control platform, a prospect that evidently isn’t lost on the game’s developers.

Siliconera reports that Korea’s equivalent of the ESRB, the Game Ratings Board, has rated a game called Fruit Ninja Kinect. Unless this is an instance of someone blatantly stealing the name, we should be seeing Halfbrick’s fruit-slicing game on Xbox 360 at some point.

Given the nature of the game, it would make more sense as an Xbox Live Arcade title than a retail game. Halfbrick has previously released two digital games — Raskulls and Echoes — on the Xbox Live Marketplace.