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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8 Social Media WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog

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Do you want to make your WordPress blog  or website more social media-friendly?

Looking for easy-to-use solutions?

Yes WordPress plugins are simple to install and make it easy for you to incorporate socially focused functionality on your blog.

In this article, you’ll discover eight plugins to socialize your WordPress blog.

8 Social Media WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog

#1: Share Blog Posts Automatically With Blog2Social

Sharing new blog posts on social media is pretty much mandatory at this point. You want as much content exposure as possible, but posting from your blog to your social channels takes time.

That’s where the Blog2Social plugin comes in. It lets you automatically schedule and share your new blog posts to your social media channels. You can customize your posts for each network if you want and schedule them at optimal times for each audience.



This plugin is free, but there’s a premium upgrade available starting at $49/year.

#2: Create Tweetable Content With Better Click to Tweet

Better Click to Tweet is a simple Twitter sharing plugin that lets you create tweetable content from your blog posts that readers can share with their followers.

When readers click the Click to Tweet box in your blog post, a pre-populated tweet with the article link will appear, ready to be shared on Twitter.

#3: Stream Instagram and Twitter Feeds With Social Streams

If you want to display your Twitter and Instagram feeds on your blog, the Social Streams plugin is for you. Just connect your feeds and the plugin will merge them into a single feed on your website.

You can tweak the plugin with CSS so you can tailor it to your theme. With its plug-and-play features, it will showcase everything that’s happening on your Instagram and Twitter accounts.

#4: Customize the Display of Your Instagram Posts With Instagram Feed

If you want to integrate your Instagram profile with your website in a visually appealing way, consider the Instagram Feed plugin. It offers gorgeous layouts and powerful functionality. The plugin is free, but there’s also a pro version with additional features.

By default, your feed will match the style of your WordPress site, but you can customize it. For example, you can choose the number of photos and columns and the size of the photos. The display is responsive and looks good on mobile devices.

#5: Encourage Pinning of Your Images With Pin It Button

Among social media platforms, Pinterest draws a unique crowd with its premise of being “the world’s catalog of ideas.” Pinterest users can create boards that become repositories of interesting items. To encourage users to pin your content, provide a Pin It button with your posts.

With the free version of the Pin It Button plugin, users can select the image they want to pin, although you can preselect a default image. You also have the option to customize the button’s size, shape, and color.

The Pin It button is a must if you post lots of images on your blog, especially original images designed with care and creativity.

#6: Add Sharing Buttons With Shareaholic

The free Shareaholic WordPress plugin is described as an all-in-one content amplification platform. It lets you add sharing buttons for the top social media websites to make it easy for readers to share your blog content. The plugin is easy to install and use.

#7: Link to Your Social Profiles With Simple Social Icons

Of course, you want people to like and follow your social media profiles so they’ll know when you share new content from your blog. It’s also a good way to keep tabs on their interests and interact with them.

Simple Social Icons is a free WordPress plugin that makes it easy to display social media icons on your blog that link to your profiles. You can customize the icons’ size and color, and their alignment on the page.

By including social links on your blog, you’re inviting readers to check out your profiles, and if your content appeals to their interests, hopefully they’ll follow your accounts.

#8: Control the Look of Your Content on Facebook With WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol

Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol controls the metadata that shows up when you share a blog post, including the title, description, author name, author link, keywords, and thumbnail. The WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol plugin allows you to tweak the Open Graph metadata of your blog posts.

Typically, you’d have to edit the header of your website theme to put in the appropriate Open Graph metadata format for your blog posts. This plugin will let you make changes without having to know HTML/CSS. Adding proper tags and values can increase shareability of your content.

 

Over to You

These are just some of the social media plugins you can install on your WordPress blog. As you can see, they offer a variety of features, so it’s worth finding out which ones will suit your needs.

 








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