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10 Mobile Games To Ease Your Commute

As summer draws to a close, we highlight 10 recent and upcoming mobile games that will help you ease back into your hectic worklife and face the fourth quarter with a smile.
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Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter is based in the popular Fallout game world. You build your own 'vault' after a nuclear holocaust and attract people to live in the vault to establish a perfect society. This is not the first (nor the last) builder game we'll see for mobile devices. But the combination of a well-known world and gaming style makes this an enjoyable choice. 
(Image: Bethesda Software via Google Play Store)

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is based in the popular Fallout game world. You build your own "vault" after a nuclear holocaust and attract people to live in the vault to establish a perfect society. This is not the first (nor the last) builder game we'll see for mobile devices. But the combination of a well-known world and gaming style makes this an enjoyable choice.

(Image: Bethesda Software via Google Play Store)

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9/5/2015 | 5:54:44 AM
Re: Games to commute with
"I have few friends who can even type in dark."

Wait a minute... can't they see the letters anyway because of the light of the phone?

Or are you talking about "non-smart" phones?
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9/4/2015 | 5:13:22 AM
Re: Games to commute with
I'm not so sure about *particular* apps being status symbols so much as number and/or quality of apps.

I have a friend who has been making fun of me (lightheartedly) for not having or using Waze or any other GPS apps.  For my own part, though, I prefer to keep my mind and direction sense sharp by not relying on GPS and stay safe by not fiddling with the phone so much while driving.

Plus, I can't stand the GPS-lady voice.  ;)
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9/4/2015 | 5:10:19 AM
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Of course, autocomplete and autocorrect are super helpful in completing text messages more quickly -- but I'm so old-fashioned that I ignore the frequently correct suggestions that I get.  I suppose I should get out of that habit.  ;)
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8/31/2015 | 11:30:59 PM
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Some companies offer stipends or other discounts/consideration to their employees for commuting expenses (free or reduced-rate parking, subsidized mass transit passes, etc.).  Think of how much money companies could save with telecommuting compared against a reasonably effective and secure telecommuting platform deployment (which most enterprises already have anyway so that managers and on-call employees can be available from home for important functions/projects).
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8/31/2015 | 11:28:38 PM
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@progman: I showed my phone to a friend of mine recently, and she facetiously remarked that my phone was "lame" for not having much in the way of apps.  And, indeed, it is pretty boring.

My old phone had a bunch of nifty apps, but most of them I quickly stopped using.  When I got a new phone, I didn't bother to go app-happy.
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8/30/2015 | 12:05:33 AM
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It occurs to me that one of the huge incentives for businesses to allow employees to telecommute would be that they could then ask extra time -- and expect extra productivity -- out of their employees, who save on commuting time and can sleep in a little longer and/or get other personal activities done.
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8/30/2015 | 12:02:57 AM
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@Angel: I use earplugs myself...but more to drown out the noise of the train/subway itself than the noise of the people nearby.

...although they do come in further handy when someone gets on the subway thinking it's a good idea to be playing a stereo.  No headphones or anything like that...just a stereo, so everyone can hear.
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8/29/2015 | 11:58:02 PM
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@Dave: I saw a girl on the bus a few weeks ago with perhaps the most dextrous thumbs I have seen, texting and messaging on some dating app like a madwoman.

I can type about 120 wpm on a QWERTY keyboard, but on a cell phone I'm a hunt-and-pecker.
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8/29/2015 | 11:56:16 PM
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@Dave: No way!  I spend more than enough time looking at a screen.  ;)

(In any case, I'd rather drive.)
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8/29/2015 | 11:52:51 PM
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@Dave: ...or, at least, DLC.  ;)
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