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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Oracle is acquiring web tracking company “AddThis”

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Oracle is acquiring web tracking company “AddThis”

Oracle announced on Tuesday it is to acquire web tracking company AddThis for an undisclosed sum.
Virginia-based AddThis began life as a social bookmarking startup that allowed website owners to add social media sharing widgets, with users bookmarking their content using third-party services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
It expanded its services to provide publishers with information about the types of interest their readers had demonstrated on the other sites they visit.
AddThis tracks around 1.9 billion unique users across the web every single month with the aim of helping publishers increase social sharing of their content and to help marketers improve engagement with their ads.
In a letter to customers and partners, Oracle Data Cloud senior vice president and general manager Omar Tawakol explained AddThis will be folded into the Oracle Data Cloud.
Tawakol wrote: “With the addition of AddThis, Oracle Data Cloud’s offering is expected to deliver unprecedented levels of audience insight, measurement and reach. The AddThis team brings significant knowledge and capabilities to Oracle and will further extend the value Oracle Data Cloud brings to market.”
The Oracle Data Cloud also hopes two other recent acquisitions: data broker company Datalogix, which it bought for more than $1 billion in December 2014, and data management platform BlueKai, which it acquired in February 2014.
AddThis provides Oracle with yet more clout for the “data as a service” offering it sells to its marketing clients.
Welcome @AddThis to the @OracleDataCloud – 15 million publishers and global footprint strengthens the #DataAsAService offering!
Distributed content is king: @Oracle’s acquisition of @addthis bolsters #data as a service https://t.co/xOBNgHSYZk @OracleDataCloud #DaaS
— Seth Ulinski (@Seth_TBR) January 5, 2016
Oracle acquires @addthis. MyPOV: This could provide information about people’s habits and interests. #socbiz #cmo pic.twitter.com/c9CVElOtOc
— Alan Lepofsky (@alanlepo) January 5, 2016
AddThis was founded in 2004  by Hooman Radfar, Austin Fath, and Dom Vonarburg. All are no longer involved with the day-to-day running of the company — Radfar is a partner at startup studio Expa, Fafh works at Soft Tech Consulting, while Vonarburg is now the CTO at a startup called Sweeten that matches homeowners with renovation needs with contractors.
AddThis received $73 million in funding from 15 investors — including Institutional Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, and Rho Ventures — according to CrunchBase. It has 110 employees.









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