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 write better emails

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Do your business emails get ignored, cause confusion, or get deleted before they’re ever opened? If your emails aren’t getting results, first be sure you aren’t falling prey to these bad email habits. Then ask yourself honestly if you’re making any of the following common email mistakes:

Instead of doing this: 

Sending emails from unprofessional email addresses or unfamiliar usernames—If you’re using a free email domain and/or a made-up email “handle,” your emails risk being deleted. An email from [email protected] is likely to be perceived as spam.

Do this: 



Be professional—Save the free email domain for personal emails. For business, obtain your own company email domain and create email addresses incorporating your name and that domain (i.e., [email protected]).

Instead of doing this: 

Sending multiple emails on a single topic—When working on complex projects, it’s often tempting to send an email every time a question or idea pops into your mind. This can overwhelm and annoy recipients.

Do this: 

Be patient—As an alternative to sending a new email about a topic every time a thought occurs to you, jot them down during the day. Then combine your thoughts into one concise email.

Instead of doing this: 

Repeating the same generic subject lines—“Request for Proposal” seems like a clear subject line, but if you send several RFP emails a week, using the same subject line for all of them can be confusing.

Do this: 

Use specific subject lines—“Request for Proposal: Jones Advertising Campaign,” “Request for Proposal: Juarez Foods Account,” and “Request for Proposal: ABC Social Media Management” will keep everything straight.

Instead of doing this: 

Creating overly long email chains—It can be helpful to include original emails in your replies, but if you end up with a chain of 35 emails in one reply, you’re overdoing it.

Do this: 

Know when to end it—If an email chain gets so unwieldy that printing it out uses more than a few pieces of paper, things have gotten out of hand. Try starting new chains at different phases of the project, or shortening the chain by cutting and pasting key phrases rather than including the full text of every email in the chain.

Instead of doing this: 

Using “reply all” unnecessarily—When recipients are bombarded with “reply all” emails, they’ll delete them without even reading them and may miss key information.

Do this: 

”Reply all” with care—If someone is organizing a meeting, for instance, reply only to the organizer instead of the entire team. If you’re sending emails to a large group, add people who don’t need to reply in the “Cc” field.

Instead of doing this: 

Sending vague emails—If your email lacks a call to action, recipients won’t feel urgency to open or act upon it. And if it’s missing key information, such as next steps or deadlines, recipients can’t act upon it.

Do this: 

Request action and be specific—Your emails should include a call to action (“Need Your Input re: Smith RFP by 12/15”) and all the details recipients need to do what you’re requesting. Include action items and assign responsibility, list deliverables, and provide deadlines.

If all else fails 

If you’re doing everything right with email but still aren’t getting the results you want, you may need to exit out of your email client and try the following:


  • Use text messaging if the matter is urgent.
  • Pick up the phone. You can often learn more in a conversation and resolve matters more quickly than in an email.
  • Meet for coffee. If you’re within walking distance or a short drive of the other person, suggest discussing the issue over coffee. Nothing replaces face-to-face communication.
By improving your email writing skills, you’ll be better able to communicate, persuade, and get the desired results from customers, employees, and everyone else.
Do you have any tips on writing and sending better emails? Let us know in the comments below.







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