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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The Top WordPress Plugins Your Blog Needs in 2017


The Top WordPress Plugins Your Blog Needs

A WordPress website has four main pillars – WordPress itself, a theme, WordPress plugins, and your content. Without one of these pillars, your site will not be effective.

The core WordPress code allows you to build a website in the first place while your theme determines how it will look. The WordPress plugins that you install make your website work the way you want it to.

There are thousands to choose from and there are several that almost every website can benefit from. There are premium options, but many are free.

But Wait, What Is A Plugin?

Before highlighting some WordPress plugins, let’s explore what a plugin is and how it works. The concept is similar to a restaurant that runs a buffet.

When you’re at a buffet you only put food on your plate that you like and that you are going to eat. It would not work if you had to put a little bit of everything on your plate. Doing so would require a pretty big plate and most of it would remain uneaten.

The same goes for WordPress. The developers of the core product could start adding every type of functionality that you can imagine, but the result would be a massive program that would run slowly. And you would barely use it.

Instead choose the features that you want to have on your website. And install them in the form of a plugin.

Here are a few that just about every website could benefit from:

The Spam Buster

Askismet catches spam so that you don’t have to. Once it’s set up, any comments that are posted by users on your website run through the Askismet system to check them for spam. It is incredibly accurate and it’s a must for every website.

SEO Juggernauts

WordPress does SEO better than most website building tools. But it does it even better with an SEO plugin. The most popular is WordPress SEO by Yoast. It adds a tab to your Dashboard with useful tools and it gives you SEO help and options when you are creating posts and pages. All In One SEO Pack does something similar. Best of all, these plugins are free.

Cache In

Nobody likes slow loading websites, and that includes your customers and the search engines. As a result you should do everything you can to make your website load as fast as possible. A tool that can help is W3 Total Cache. It improves the performance of your server and reduces download times. Another option is WP Super Cache. It speeds up your website by displaying static HTML pages to most of your users.

Going Social

Social media should be a part of every website’s marketing strategy. This means social media should be integrated into your design. The most important part of that integration is giving your users the opportunity to quickly and easily share your content. Jetpack is one of the most popular tools for this although it is not just a social sharing plugin. It also includes email subscriptions, contact forms, and much more. An alternative and simpler option is Share Buttons by AddToAny.

Make Contact

Most websites have a contact form so that users can get in touch. One of the most popular contact form plugins is Contact Form 7. It is brilliant because of its simplicity. It does exactly what it should and not much more, but it does it exceptionally well. As a result it is one of the most downloaded plugins for WordPress that has ever been made – it has been downloaded about 16 million times.

The Others

The plugins mentioned above are suitable to every website. But the world of plugins does not end there. Many other WordPress plugins are available for common website tasks including:

  • Ecommerce
  • Backups
  • Post ratings and reviews
  • Notification bars
  • Sliders
  • Advanced menus
  • Lightboxes
  • Related posts
  • And much more

Similar to what you decide to select from the buffet, carefully choose the plugins that you want on your website. The analogy goes further than this in that any good buffet not only offers you choice, but also offers you the type of food that you want to eat.

The same applies to WordPress plugins. For the vast majority of tasks or features, look for a plugin to satiate your website hunger.

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