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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Are you a morning lark or a night owl?


Some of us are still half asleep after a second cup of morning coffee. Others are up and going long before sunrise. Our business world still makes us believe that it’s the early bird that gets the worm – but there may be something to be said for the wise old (night) owl after all.

According to The Body Clock Guide by Michael Smolensky and Lenne Lamberg, one in ten of us are morning people or “larks” – meaning that our brain function is at its peak in the morning. Two in ten are “night owls” and operate better in the evening. Studies suggest that our body clocks are genetic – and just as a right-handed person can to learn to write with their left hand, we may be able to adapt our body clocks but not change them.

So are you a lark or a night owl – and how can you schedule your required activities to coincide with your natural rhythm in order to make the most of work and life?

Tips for early birds

As a lark, you perform at your mental and physical peak first thing in the morning, making this the best time for you to go for a jog and finish complex, concentrated projects. Try to save less focused tasks, such as catching up on emails, for the afternoon when your energy dips and you are less alert.

If you end up with late night commitments, some light evening activity will help you stay awake better. Take a relaxing walk or do stretching exercises to get your metabolism going before sitting down to work into the night or meeting those clients for a late dinner.

The advantage of being an early bird is that getting your to-do list kicked off before breakfast is inherently motivating and since the mornings offer quiet, intensive focus time you do have the competitive edge over the owls who tend to get going a bit later in the day. No wonder early birds have been known to be happier and more fulfilled than night owls in general.

Tips for night owls

In an ideal world, your workplace would allow for flexible hours and an environment where you can comfortably linger in the evening when your brain capacity is at its peak.

Night owls with a traditional corporate office rhythm are prone to feel a disconnect between internal biological time and social time. A consistent early start that is out of sync with your biological sleep pattern can lead to a lifetime of sleep deprivation and a struggle to keep up with life in general. German Chronobiologist Till Roennberg refers to this as ‘social jet lag’ in his book Internal Time.

It is not all doom and gloom for night owls with an early schedule, however. You can train yourself to be more alert in the morning by reducing your evening commitments and winding down for bed a bit earlier. As circadian rhythms are driven by natural light, it may also help to sleep with the curtains open allowing sunlight to awaken you gently.

Dr. Tracey Marks, psychiatrist and author of Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified suggests that eating a healthy breakfast – including a protein, wholegrain and fruit or vegetable – will help to kick start your metabolism and get you warmed up for work earlier.

Understanding your body clock for better health

It is important to know that struggling to get up in the morning or not being able to stay up beyond 9pm may also simply be related to general health and wellness issues. However, when you are in good physical shape and on holiday for a couple of weeks, the body rhythm that emerges naturally would be a good indication of your body clock.

Whether you think you are more of a morning person or a night owl, it is important to be aware of your body clock and use it to your advantage. By following some of the previous tips or other time management tricks, you can find ways to maximise your productivity and keep yourself healthy, wealthy and wise.

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