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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Microsoft Excel, three (3) Quick working skill tips.


How would we manage without Excel? But do we know all the useful tips that are available, to make using it easier?

Here are three more, which we hope you’ll find useful: colour shading alternate rows, adding a drop-down list, and doing maths without using formulas.

All these tips are based on Microsoft Office Excel 2010 (Windows) but other Excel versions offer the same or similar functionality. (Menus and performance may vary.)

Tip 1: Colour-shading alternate rows

Ever wondered how to make green-banded computer paper on screen? It makes lengthy lists much easier to read.

Here’s how:

  1. Highlight the range of cells or rows or columns that you want to format.
  2. Click Insert, then Table.
  3. A box will pop up, called Create Table. Click OK.
  4. Then just click the Design button, to choose the colours and pattern you want. Click at the bottom of the drop down list to see the full range of colours available. If you want to design your own, click New Table Style and do some experimenting!

The alternate row shading will automatically continue, even if you insert or delete rows within the original range.

If you want to delete the shading, click Clear, right at the bottom of the Design drop down list.

Tip 2: Add a drop-down list

Inserting a drop-down list into a cell makes worksheets more professional and ensures that correct data is entered.

If you want to insert a drop-down list with the months of the year, for example, here’s what you do:

  1. Enter the items that you want on your drop-down list into a list on the worksheet, one item per cell. In this example, we will assume that the month names start in cell G1 and extend down to G12 (12 months, one per cell), but they can be anywhere on the worksheet. This group of cells (such as G1 to G12) is called a range.
  2. Select the cell that will contain the drop-down list. If you’d like more than one cell to display the same list, just select them all now rather than setting them up one at a time. (To select a range, click and drag; to select non-adjacent cells, hold down Ctrl while you click.)
  3. Choose Data, Validation to display the Data Validation dialogue box.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. In the Allow field, select List.
  6. In the Source field, specify the range of cells that contains the list items. In this example, the items are in cells G1 to G12, so type =G1:G12 into the field.
  7. Click OK.

You’ll now see a drop-down arrow whenever any of the drop-down cells you just defined is “active” (selected and waiting for input). Click the arrow and choose a month from the list.

Tip 3: Maths without using formulas

If you want to do maths in an Excel sheet, you don’t have to be able to write formulas. Instead, you can use the Paste Function dialogue box, which allows you to perform basic maths operations, without using formulas.

Supposing you have figures such as prices in an Excel worksheet, and you want to increase all the prices by 7%.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Enter 1.07 into any blank cell – this is the “multiplier” which will increase the price by 7%. If the prices were to increase by 25%, you would type in 1.25
  2. Now select that same cell and choose Edit, Copy or press Ctrl-C.
  3. Select the range of cells which you want to change, and choose Edit, Paste Special to display the Paste Special dialogue box.
  4. Choose the Multiply option and click OK.

Your prices will now be changed. Delete the cell into which you wrote your 1.07 multiplier.

We hope you found these tips useful!

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