Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »

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3 tips for making a successful presentation

Your audience is on the edge of their seats, relishing your every word. They feel connected, inspired and engaged. What’s more, they will never forget your story. Does this sound too good to be true? It doesn’t have to be. In fact, with a few very simple tips and tricks you can easily keep your presentations interesting and unforgettable.

1. Be genuine
Honesty and humility go a long way. Just because you’re addressing an audience doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect or infinitely knowledgeable. Open with something your audience can relate to: life as we all know it. Sharing a few non-specific or less sensitive details about obstacles or failures relating to the presentation topic can go a long way in connecting with your audience on a personal level.

Just be yourself and let your own voice and personality shine through. You don’t need to be stiff and conservative to look professional. It’s a lot easier for your audience to listen to a real story told by a real person than to sit through a formal presentation.

Avoid clichés and technical jargon as these phrases tend to lose meaning when they are over used. Instead, try to find more original ways to get your message across. In short, keep it natural and let others learn from your experience and mistakes.

2. Invite participation

People are often more interested in themselves than in what you have to say. Make it clear that your audience can feel free to interrupt you in order to make comments or ask questions. This makes the flow of your presentation real and useful to your specific audience and means that they can participate in helping you provide the information they need. Ask regularly if anyone has questions. Perhaps your audience won’t feel comfortable to put up their hands at any given time so take the time to repeat your invitation for conversation. Also plan some time after your presentation to engage in further discussion as a group or on an individual level. Make sure to exchange some business cards in order to build on your new connections and continue the conversation online and into the future.

Always keep a contrast between the status quo and the dream that could be: people will be interested to act and participate when you present an idea that could make their business (and their life) better. Your presentation should answer this question from the audience’s perspective: “What’s in it for me?”

3. Keep it simple
Your audience should be able to interpret your slides within the first three seconds and keep their focus on what you’re saying at the same time. If it takes them longer, it’s too complex. We live in an era of information overload – don’t add to it.

A lot of PowerPoint presentations are too cluttered and you may not even realise that this takes away from your message. More isn’t always better. Don’t put everything on one slide. Stick to the basic, key thoughts (one idea or thought per slide) and let your audience complete the bigger picture in their own minds. It’s better not to repeat what your audience can see for themselves on the slide. Rather use side notes in order to help you remember what you want to say and to guide your audience’s thought process.

Consider using images rather than text to convey a key thought: if a picture speaks a thousand words this might help you get a fuller message across. Bullet points can be distracting. Rather let the audience concentrate on your voice than read through lists. This will mean more preparation from your side rather than relying on your slides to convey information – but of course being prepared is key in doing better presentations.

Each element on your slide should be there for a purpose. Don’t add anything that doesn’t add to your message in a simple, clear and concise way. Then end with a simple call to action that could lead to a significant gain or reward which makes adopting your ideas worth the effort.

More personal presentations can work wonders in engaging your audience. Balance the serious facts and figures with a few inspirational anecdotes in your own natural style and see for yourself how your confidence soars. Bottom line is, if you’re comfortable and having fun, your audience will too.

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