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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Top Five Linux Distributions For Security and Privacy

Top Five Linux Distributions For Security and Privacy


Here are five Linux distributions you should know about when looking for a Linux distro that is focused around security and privacy.


  1. Qubes OS

While not really for the novice user, Qubes is one of the top privacy based distros. The graphical installer is the only option to install the OS to your hard drive, which will then be encrypted.

Qubes OS uses the Xen Hypervisor to run a number of virtual machines, ordering your life into ‘personal’, ‘work’, ‘internet’ for security. As a result, if you are infected with malware on your work machine for example, your personal files won’t be compromised.

The desktop uses coloured based windows to show the different virtual machines, making it easy to tell them apart.

Download Qubes OS here


  1. Whonix

Booting a live operating system can be a nuisance as you have to restart your machine, whereas installing to a hard drive means there’s always the risk of the machine being compromised. However Whonix offers a nifty compromise by being designed to work as a virtual machine inside VirtualBox which can be snapshotted and reset to  default settings.

Whonix is divided into two parts. The first is ‘Gateway’ which routes all connections to the Tor network, the second ‘Workstation’ part is designed to reduce the chance of DNS leaks which can be used to monitor your web activity.

Whonix is compatible with all operating systems that can run Virtualbox.

Download Whonix here


  1. Discreete Linux

This distro is the successor to the superb Ubuntu Privacy Remix. The OS has no support for network hardware or internal hard drives, therefore all data is stored offline in RAM or on a USB stick. The distro can be run in live mode, but when booting from a volume also allows you to store some of your settings in an encrypted ‘Cryptobox’.

Another ingenious feature is the kernel modules can only be installed if they’ve been digitally signed by the Discreete Linux team. This therefore thwarts hackers from attempting to sneak in malware.
Please note that Discreete is still in Beta stadium and not ready for productive use

Download Discreete Linux here


  1. Subgraph OS

Subgraph OS is Debian a based Linux distro and is designed for uber-tight security. The kernel has been hardened many security enhancements, Additionally Subgraph creates virtual ‘sandboxes’ around risky applications like web browsers. As such any attacks against individual applications won’t compromise the entire system.

A customised firewall also routes all outgoing connections through the Tor network with every application requiring approval from you.

The distro is designed to be installed to a hard drive. Encryption of the entire file system is mandatory therefore avoiding any plain-text data being leaked.

Download Subgraph OS here


  1. TENS

TENS (Trusted End Node Security). Previously called LPS (Lightweight Portable Security), this Linux distro was developed by the US Air Force and is NSA approved [PDF].

TENS is specifically intended to be run in live mode, therefore any malware is removed once the machine is shutdown. It includes a minimal set of applications but there is also a ‘public deluxe’ version which contains Adobe Reader and LibreOffice. All versions include a customisable firewall. The OS can also create logs through a  smart card.

 Download TENS here

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