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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Oh is email taking over your life? Learn how to overcome it


Wherever you go, whatever you do, your email is there, waiting for you. Taunting you with unread emails and gnawing at your conscience with unanswered ones. Before you dive into your inbox and try to deal with it all, take a moment to think about how you’re spending your time when it comes to email. A little common sense can help you be more productive with your time and stop email from taking over your day.

Use the power of your email client to stay in control – don’t let it control you. Here’s how:

Email strategically

The first thing to realise is that email shouldn’t take up your entire day. Set aside a time to take care of email and stick to it; perhaps an hour in the morning and 15 minutes later in the day. It’ll help you stay away from compulsively checking it. You should also prioritise your email answering. Which emails are important and which ones can go unanswered. Once you’re done…

Learn when to walk away

It sounds simple, but you can do without your email for extended periods throughout your workday. By setting aside specific times when you check your email, you can free yourself from distractions and focus on more productive work. When it’s not designated email time, close your email client and get on with other, more important stuff.

At the very least, turn off pop-up notifications that warn you when you have a new email. This function seems like a helpful tool, but in reality every notification steals your attention away from more focused work.

Auto-reply, it’s more than just for out-of-office

All email clients have an auto-reply function. Mostly they’re used to notify senders that you’re out of the office. But you can use it as a way to tell people that you’re busy. Set up your auto-reply to tell people that you’re unavailable through email until your scheduled email times, if they really need to get hold of you, they can call, or even stop by your desk.

Avoid the embarrassment of “Reply all”

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you hit “Reply all” instead of replying to one person on a large email list? Say goodbye to that feeling forever.

You can set up an alert in your email client to notify you when you’re replying to everyone, giving you a chance to reconsider your spamming everyone on a list. In Outlook 2010, it’s called “MailTips,” but other clients will have similar features.

It’s also important to use “Reply all” sparingly. Only use the function if all email recipients absolutely need to be updated. If not, you’re simply wasting their time. After all, think about all the pointless emails you could avoid having in your inbox if your contacts were more scrupulous.

When in doubt, delete and take care of your trash

Stop your inbox from becoming bloated. Delete everything that’s not crucial. It’ll will save you time and stop your inbox from becoming bloated and slow.

But deleting emails doesn’t mean they’re gone forever. You may realize that something you deleted was important, but it’s still there until you empty your trash. Set up your trash folder to empty manually, so you don’t automatically lose everything, but make sure to empty it at the end of the day.

Automate repetitive tasks

Do you do a lot of the same things over and over with emails? Like frequently move messages to a specific folder that you’ve set up? Or often forward messages to your team? New automation features in modern email clients can apply multiple actions to emails all at once. Check your specific client if it’s available for you.

Respect others

If you’ve taken control of your email, you should also respect other people’s inbox. Do you really need to send this email? Perhaps it’s better to schedule a meeting or pick up the phone? Categorise your mails with your subject lines, by stating, for example, “action required” or “for your information.” This will help your colleagues and peers make better use of their email as well.

Rule your email, don’t let it rule you

Don’t let email rule your work-life. A combination of common sense and smart use of your email client will let you decide how, when and how often you’re taking care of email. The above suggestions assume that your work is not about being constantly available and reactive, but a good portion of us can apply one or all of these tips and find that their inbox and email remain a tool to love and not to hate.

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