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 an internet addict?

Are you one of those people who are constantly online checking for messages and new posts, even when you’re socialising in the real world? Do you keep saying, “Sorry, I just need to check my phone,” or sneaking away to go online in the bathroom?

An avalanche of information

The fact is, with the avalanche of digital information bombarding us from every side, there’s a new epidemic around. It’s called internet addiction – and it’s not a joke.  Permanently under stress, waiting for the revelation of something new and exciting that will transform their day – or their lives – internet addicts suffer from feelings of anxiety, inadequacy and permanent discontent, and exhibit behaviour comparable to that of more familiar obsessive-compulsive disorders. Their attention span is reduced to a minimum, their work productivity is affected, and their personal lives suffer. Even if they aren’t so extremely affected, they certainly irritate their friends with their constant phone-checking. This is a real public health problem, and to combat it professional treatment centres are being set up in a growing number of countries.

Psychologist Richard Balding from the University of Worcester in the UK recently presented the findings from a study in which a relationship was found to exist between stress and the number of times people check their phones. Dr Richard Balding said: “Organizations will not flourish if their employees are stressed, irrespective of the source of stress, so it is in their interest to encourage their employees to switch their phones off, cut the number of work emails sent out of hours, and reduce people’s temptation to check their devices.”

Are you an internet addict?
Take a few minutes to answer these questions. Be honest. Your answers may indicate that you should seriously consider changing your relationship to the internet.

1. When you wake up, is the first thing you do to check the internet?

2. Do you feel impatient and nervous if you can’t check what’s happening online?

3. Can you do anything that demands sustained concentration without checking online?

4. Do you think it’s socially acceptable to check your email during dinner with other people?

5. Do you lie to other people about your internet usage and lose track of time when you’re online?

6. Do you constantly interrupt your daily tasks at work to check the internet/watch videos/skim your blog feeds?

7. Do you secretly text while you’re driving even though you know it’s dangerous and/or illegal?

8. How many sites do you check regularly? More than 20?

What can you do to break the addiction?
If you suspect you spend too long online, you can change. Maybe you’ve already made attempts to cut down. But first you need to acknowledge the fact, and then take steps to improve the situation.

 1. Recognise that it’s a waste of time. Monitor your browsing habits and discover your prime time wasters. You can do this by tracking your software usage, for example with time snapper for Windows®. Also, stop trying to multitask. We all want to be superman/woman, but it’s been proved time and again that the quality of our work is reduced when we try to do too many different things at the same time.

2. Designate one day a week as an “offline” day. You’ll find it very restful. On that day, you simply do not go online. If that’s too extreme for you, you are allowed to go online but strictly only for work purposes. An even better option is to have “online hours”. That means that you’re only allowed to go online for example for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. You’ll be surprised by the amount of “real” work you get done.

3. Turn off your smartphone during work hours and keep it in your bag or your pocket. The harder it is to reach, the better.

4. Stop using Twitter and Facebook for private purposes at work. Even the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, has warned users that spending hours on the site is “unhealthy”.[1] There is no bigger time waster, which is why many companies don’t allow it. Not only that, when you’re rushing to post a message, you may well write something you later come to regret: in a recent survey[2], a quarter of people regretted posting something on a social media site. So go to your Twitter settings page and tell it not to notify you during work hours. It won’t ruin your social life; you can catch up later, at home, without feeling guilty.

5. Cut down on the tweets. If you have friends who constantly interrupt your work, you can filter their tweets using TweetDeck or Kiwi, or reduce the font size. And if you suspect you yourself are a compulsive tweeter, remember this: at least 50% of what you write is not interesting to anyone else and they probably wish you’d stop.

6. Disable instant messaging alerts to further minimize interruption. You have learned to associate the ping of an incoming message or the flashing icon with pleasure, and that’s hard to resist. So just check your emails at sensible, regular intervals, and stop letting yourself be interrupted.

7. Finally, don’t create the expectation that you’re someone who immediately responds to all types of messages. If you’re enjoying some free time, check for messages later, and then don’t apologize for having taken a while to respond. It’s your FREE TIME, you’re allowed to have that.

The internet and social media are exciting, invaluable tools which exist to make our lives more convenient. Just remember, though: the internet is something you can switch off. It’s there to help you work, to entertain you and to keep you in touch with what’s going on. And remember, normal life was possible before the internet, too!

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