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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Google paid board member Diane Greene $149 million to buy her company and she’s donating it all to charity

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Google paid board member Diane Greene $149 million to buy her company and she’s donating it all to charity

Google’s parent company Alphabet just revealed that it paid $380 million to buy a stealth startup called Bebop Technologies founded by Google board member Diane Greene. Her take was 200,729 shares of Alphabet Class C stock at $740.39 each.
That’s a cool $148.6 million, a sizeable haul for Greene. However, Alphabet says that Greene is not keeping the cash. She intends to donate the money to charity, via a “donor advised fund.”
While we understand that Bebop Technologies was working on some cool stuff (something in the cloud computing software area), this was more-or-less an acqui-hire. And given the circumstances – buying a board member’s company for a large sum of money – the fact that she’s donating the proceeds to charity seems like a good alternative to some obvious conflict-of-interest issues.
Her husband, famous Stanford professor, Mendel Rosenblum, was also a founder of Bebop who is working part time at Google. Rosenblum’s payout is 11,281 shares of Company Class C Capital Stock (at $740.39 each), or $8.4 million. A Google spokesperson tell us that he will be donating his shares, too.
Tech royalty
After Google’s Alphabet bought Bebop, Greene agreed to head Google’s cloud-computing business. Nabbing Greene for this role is something of a coup for Google.
Greene is one of the monarchs of Silicon Valley. She founded VMware with Rosenblum and a few others in the late 1990s. She led the company as its first CEO through a meteoric rise during the early 2000s and a $635 million sale to EMC and famously left the CEO role after EMC took over.
She’s a seasoned enterprise software veteran who knows how to sell services to big companies.
That kind of enterprise know-how is what Google really needs. Market leader Amazon has spent years developing its cloud business and has only in the past year or so learned how to sell and support large enterprises.
But we understand that Bebop was a labor of love for Greene and she wouldn’t have ditched it to take a job for Google without ensuring a good outcome for her employees.
Since leaving VMware and before starting Bebop, she’s been mostly advising and angel investing in startups, and many of them have done extremely well, too, such as Cloud Physics, Cloudera, and Nicira.









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