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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Don’t let Mr Grumpy ruin your day


It’s not unusual to feel frustrated, unappreciated and dissatisfied some of the time. However, constant complainers can drain the energy out of a work environment in no time. With a few clever comments, they can change even good news into bad – and damage a team’s mood and productivity.

Consider the following scenario:

Positive Peter: “Wow, we’ve received our first order for this new product!”

Negative Nellie: “Right, from only one customer?”

After an extended silence Positive Peter replies: “Well, we also got 20 responses to the launch email we sent out.”

 “Yeah we sent around 100 launch emails, so 80% of them were just not interested,” Negative Nellie snarls.

With that Positive Peter’s enthusiasm suddenly wanes and he feels despondent and de-motivated for the rest of the day. It really is that easy for a negative attitude to upstage even a productive business environment. Studies have shown that consistently negative people have a far deeper impact than positive ones[1], which makes it all the more critical to counteract destructive behaviour before it is too late.

With that in mind, here are some sure-fire ways to combat negativity at the office.

1. Don’t take negativity seriously
It’s ok to listen, but don’t make others’ negativity your own. Stick to your own opinion of a situation and don’t actively participate in negative conversation. If you don’t add fuel to the fire, it will eventually burn out.

2. Compliment the negative person
Pick out the things you can honestly appreciate – from shoes to work skills. Positive Peter could reposition the statement by pointing out that a 20% response rate is on average really high and that it must be because Nellie’s design was well received.

3. Use a touch of humour
Humour can go a long way in breaking the tension within an office environment. Laughter can quickly change a mood for the better and help to create a fun environment where people are encouraged to be more positive.

4. Cut the conversation short
It can get you into a tangle to try and oppose negative comments. Rather use clever words and phrases to finish the conversation early. Positive Peter could simply say: “Well, let’s just wait and see what happens.”

5. Consider your office relationships
If someone is throwing negative comments at you, you may need to consider your own attitude towards that person. People often subconsciously give what they get and it may be worth looking at how you can improve your own relationships with your colleagues.

Remain aware of your attitude
It’s important for your work environment and your overall well-being to find ways to stay positive. With a little positive energy you’ll no doubt watch the atmosphere around you brighten up – perhaps slowly, but surely. However, if you do find your own positive attitude tainted, keep yourself in check with the following tips:

  • Think before you say something
    If that comment you’re about to make won’t help the company, your customers, the person you’re talking to or the person you’re talking about, just don’t say it.
  • Stay in control of yourself
    Whatever may be happening at the office, you have the power to control your own actions and reactions. You can make a choice and you can make a change.
  • Find new ways to clear your mind
    A quiet walk, weekend gardening or listening to relaxing music – some people find talking to their pets also helps them get issues off their chests.
  • Personal renewal outside of work
    Regular exercise and a nourishing diet can work wonders in building up your strength. It also helps to have a support network and regular hobbies.

Keeping a positive attitude is essential; however negativity also has its place. Sometimes listening to that pessimist objectively can help to uncover new truths about a situation. The key is to balance both the positive and negative sides of a story – without being overwhelmed by either – in order to ensure an honest and productive work environment.

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