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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6 business notebook features you’ll want to consider


6 business notebook features you’ll want to consider


The rapid evolution of technology, and the way people utilise that technology, has changed the business landscape forever. With connectivity to the internet playing such a critical role in everyday business, it’s imperative that workers have the tools to stay connected.

While smartphones aren’t far behind, the notebook PC remains the go-to solution for workers who spend their time on the road, or simply want to create more workspace in their office. But with so many options and styles to choose from, how do you know which notebook is best for your business?

With notebook prices reaching all-time lows, it’s easy for businesses to take the cheaper option by purchasing a number of streamlined, consumer notebooks, rather than notebooks that are built for business. Choosing the right notebook for your business could mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some of the essential features to look for—and questions you should ask—when purchasing a business notebook.

Spend your money wisely

Cost is always an issue when purchasing new technology, and that’s especially true with notebooks and their variety of features and add-ons. While the final cost of your new notebook should always be a deciding factor, it’s important to first take the time to see what you’re getting for your money. Because there isn’t a specific price range that ensures you’re getting the right notebook for your business, know what features you need and what features you can live without.

Don’t strain yourself

Depending on the size of the screen, notebooks can become quite heavy and cumbersome to carry around. If you’re using your notebook as a desktop replacement in your office, size and weight probably won’t matter, but it’s a different story if you’re a business traveler. As notebooks become thinner and lighter—without sacrificing quality, screen size or performance—road warriors now have choices that won’t break your back.

Have the power

Most notebooks have the capability to handle everyday business tasks like document creation and email, but what about more intensive tasks like audio and video presentations? Notebooks like the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m can handle all of these tasks and more. Powered by dual-core processors, you’re sure to stay productive from the airport to the office. When it comes to RAM, the right amount of memory will determine how many programs you can work on at once without slowing down your computer. As a general rule, 4 GB of RAM is most likely all you’ll need to handle multiple programs simultaneously.

Keep on running

When working for long periods of time without downtime is important, it all comes down to battery life. Most business notebooks come with a variety of battery options, so the more “cells” (4-cell, 6-cell, etc.) you buy, the longer your battery will last. But keep in mind: the bigger the battery, the more weight that’s added to your notebook. However, being able to run your notebook for a long period of time without a power cord could be worth the added weight. HP EliteBook Folio comes with a secondary battery that, when paired with its standard battery, provides double the run time.

Store more

You’ll be surprised by how quickly your hard drive fills up with videos, multimedia presentations, and photos, so a spacious hard drive is always a good idea. You typically have two types of storage to choose from: Solid State Drives (SSDs) and optical drives. SSDs don’t have any moving parts, making them more durable and better suited for the road, but their storage capacities aren’t as large as optical drives, and they’re more expensive. A 250 GB hard drive should be enough for most people, but you can certainly buy more for a minimal cost.

Don’t forget about the other options

Do you do a lot of work in spreadsheets or work with a lot of numbers? Many notebooks come with a 10-key number pad feature than can save you a lot of time, but keep in mind that it does make the rest of the keyboard a little smaller. Another good feature to look for or add is an HDMI output. This allows for greater video quality over the standard VGA port, making your presentations look even better.

Businesses are expected to keep up with the increasing demand to be able to work—quickly and efficiently—no matter where your “office” may be. Choosing the right notebook and features will help you meet those demands.

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