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 Use Your Mac OS Without a Mouse

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Power users work their Macs faster than regular folk do for a variety of reasons. More important than a speedier processor is a speedier computist. Since your fingers are nearly always on the keyboard, controlling your computer that way–instead of taking your hands off the keys to control your mouse–can put you into the upper echelon of efficient Mac users.
Becoming a mouse-avoiding keyboard junkie is a learnable skill; it requires practice and memorization–especially muscle memory. Everyone knows a few keyboard shortcuts (like Command-P for print, or Command-Q for quit). Mastering more, along with other efficient ways to control your Mac without reaching for the mouse, will help you get your work done faster, leaving more time for Angry Birds.

Know the common keyboard shortcuts

Since keyboard shortcuts are the most obvious tool in the mouse avoider’s arsenal, you’ll want to nail those down first. Learn the basics: Command-C, -V, and -P for Cut, Copy, and Paste; Command-W to close a window; and Command-Tab to switch between open applications.

Create your own keyboard shortcuts

If there’s a particular menu command that you use frequently, and it either lacks a corresponding keyboard shortcut or you don’t like the shortcut that’s assigned, you can always customize your own key combination.

Full Keyboard Access

While you’re on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, make sure you turn on Full Keyboard Access. That option lets you use the Tab key to switch keyboard focus between all controls. As you navigate Web pages, forms, and dialog boxes on your Mac, you can use the Tab key to quickly switch between each field, instead of clicking your mouse in one after the other. And you can use the Tab key to switch the focus between different buttons, too.



Here’s an example. When I want to put my Mac to Sleep, I hit the Power button. In the dialog box that appears asking if I want to shut my computer down, the Shut Down button is highlighted in blue, meaning that if I press Return, I’ll trigger that action. The Restart button, however, is ringed in blue, which means I can trigger it by pressing Space. With Full Keyboard Access enabled, I can move the blue ring to the next button by pressing Tab. Thus, with a quick Power Button-Tab-Space sequence, I can put my computer to sleep in an instant–no mouse required.
Bonus pro-tip: Option-Command-Eject also puts your computer to sleep; it’s one of many advanced keyboard shortcuts Apple details in a knowledge base article on its Website.
Whenever you can use Tab to advance between fields, you can also hold down Shift when you press Tab to advance focus in the opposite direction. Beyond using Tab to navigate dialog boxes, you can also hit Escape to close them. In a Open/Save dialog, you can press Space with a specific filename highlighted to preview it with Quick Look.

Other helpful keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can also replace the mouse when you’re editing text. Command-Shift-Arrow selects all text, starting from your cursor, in the selected direction; Command-Shift-Left Arrow selects everything to the left of the cursor, for example. Option-Shift-Left Arrow or -Right Arrow selects a word at a time.
You can use the keyboard to select files in the Finder too–including on the Desktop. Just start typing the filename you’re after and OS X will highlight it; press Tab to jump to the next file in alphabetical order. Then, a quick Command-O will open it right up.

If you really want to keep your fingers on the keyboard at all times, you can actually use your number pad to move the mouse cursor. Go to the Universal Access pane in System Preferences, click the Mouse & Trackpad tab, and then turn on Mouse Keys. Then you can move your mouse–and even click–using the right keys.

Before you start depending on the keyboard more (and the mouse less), keyboard shortcuts can feel less intuitive than mousing around. But as you grow more accustomed to them, your improved computing speed will become undeniable. Be your own exterminator: get rid of the mouse when you can, and start working faster.








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