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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How to Make a Video Your Wallpaper


How to Make a Video Your Wallpaper

Wallpaper and Video Wallpaper

Wallpaper is the image in the background on your smartphone. Many types of phones come with several pre-installed options to choose from of various nature or abstract images. Some smartphones also come with a limited selection of live wallpapers. Live wallpaper is essentially a video or looped GIF used as your smartphone’s background instead of a static or non-moving image.

Some common examples are floating feathers, shooting stars, and falling snow.

Many people know how to change a regular wallpaper to an image on your phone, such as a picture of your cat, Pierre Eduard, in his Aerospace France rocket ship box (because he’s convinced he’s a French cat, ahem) or maybe your children or grandchildren. However, you may not know that you can use a video you’ve filmed as a live wallpaper or even a live wallpaper from an app such as Zedge for a more interesting background for your phone.

How to Make a Video Your Wallpaper on Android

Depending on the make and model of your Android phone, you might have an appor feature pre-installed that converts a video you take of your very handsome cat, Pierre (the not-really-French-feline), into a format that is usable as video wallpaper. If not, there are lots of options in the Play Store for apps that convert a video you’ve taken into a live wallpaper, such as VideoWall or Video Live Wallpaper.

If you’re using an app, the app will typically offer to set your video as your wallpaper for you in one quick tap.

If your phone comes with this feature installed without the need to download a separate app, here are the steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Display > Wallpaper
  2. You’ll be presented with a list of choices, such as Gallery, Live Wallpapers, Photos, Wallpapers, and Zedge. Note: If you have Zedge installed or another wallpaper app, those most often show up at the bottom of this list. If you want to use a live wallpaper you have downloaded from Zedge or another app, you will find it either in the Live Wallpapers list or under that app instead of Gallery in the next step.
  1. Select Gallery. You will see a list of folders from your Gallery such as Camera Roll, Download, Wallpaper, Video, and so on. Navigate to the folder in your Gallery where your video clip is saved.
  2. Once you find the video clip you want to use as your background, click on the thumbnail and it will take you to a preview screen.
  3. Click the check mark or Set wallpaper. Depending on the manufacturer and model of your phone, this could be at the top or the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap the home button to return to your home screen and view your video wallpaper.

Set a Video as Your Wallpaper on iPhone

iPhone 6S or 6S+ or newer can use video wallpaper! You can use any video clip you’ve captured using the Live Photo feature in your iPhone’s camera app. Here are the steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Wallpaper
  2. Click Choose a new wallpaper
  3. You’ll be presented with 4 options: Dynamic, Stills, Live, or you can choose an item from your photo folders.
  4. Choose the live wallpaper (aka live photo) you would like to use by clicking on it. Adjust the preview image as desired by pinching or spreading to zoom in or out. When you’re ready to set it, there will be three options at the bottom of your screen: Still, Perspective, and Live.
 Press your home button to exit menu and look at your new video/live wallpaper.

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