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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4 steps to jumpstart your cloud computing plans

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4 steps to jumpstart your cloud computing plans

These days, cloud computing is on everyone’s minds. Businesses are rapidly continuing to join cloud networks and are finding that the right solutions for their businesses can drastically save on IT costs. Cloud computing acts as a web-based network center, where applications can be accessed from remote locations. If you use web-based email like Yahoo or Gmail, you’ve already had some experience with the cloud, as all your messages and attachments are accessible from any browser. Moving parts of your business—data, applications and more—to the cloud can be easy, and it can help you increase efficiency and help employees work remotely and with more agility. Below, we’ve listed the steps you should take to begin your cloud computing process.

1. Comprehend cloud concepts. Looking into cloud computing and exploring what it can do for your business is your initial phase. Understand what it is and how it works. Once you establish what specific applications will benefit you, you can move on to the next step.

2. Identify beneficial initiatives. You need to weigh the cloud against traditional IT delivery models. Determine which applications will suit you on cloud, and what data should be kept in your own data center. Business-critical applications can be deployed in a cloud under the right circumstances. You need a trusted environment, a way to automate the applications, and a service catalog that enables easy provisioning.

3. Explore deployment barriers. Addressing all your cloud concerns—from security to availability—is important to keep up the intended momentum of the cloud. Working with your technology partners to be sure you’re covered is an important step in getting the cloud ball rolling.

4. Design a personal roadmap. Identify the steps needed to be taken in order to move forward. The roadmap lays down the specific steps needed to realise your cloud goals. It includes gap analysis and development of high-level architecture. It covers the development of your business case and organisational models. And it covers your master plans.

Moving to a cloud-based environment alone isn’t the easiest, so HP is here to share experiences and provide expertise in any way possible.










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