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Google Play App Roundup: Microsoft To-Do, Invert, and Card Thief

Your phone or tablet might be cool, but it could be a lot cooler with the right apps. So what? Spend like mad until you find the apps that suit your needs? Nah, just read the weekly Google Play App Roundup here on Tested. We strive to bring you the best new, and newly updated apps on Android. Just click the app name to head to the Play Store.

Microsoft To-Do

Microsoft has a habit of buying the developers behind popular apps, then killing the app they just bought. As counterintuitive as that is, Microsoft has done it more than once. Remember Sunrise Calendar? So do many others, which is why Microsoft's release of Microsoft To-Do is so concerning. See, the company recently acquired the maker of the popular to-do manager Wunderlist. Could this be the beginning of the end for Wunderlist?

Microsoft To-Do bears a superficial resemblance to Wunderlist, and there's even support for importing your current lists from Wunderlist. This app lets you create to-do lists, set reminders, and keep track of your lists and projects over time. To create a new to-do, just hit the floating action button in the lower right corner. To create a new list, open the slide-out navigation panel and tap "New list" at the bottom. This is also where you'll find all your existing lists.

The big draw for Microsoft To-Do is the My Day feature. It's an attempt to help users focus on daily tasks by offering a new list each day. In addition, there's a suggested to-do feature. It will allegedly learn from your usage and offer frequent tasks for quick adding to My Day. I have only seen a few things pop up here, but it might become more useful after using it longer.

Microsoft To-Do is available on the web, iOS, and Android. The Android app has a proper material interface with the aforementioned navigation panel, FAB, and a soothing purple-blue theme. This is totally unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but I like the little "ding" sound when tasks are checked off. It makes me feel like I really accomplished something.

The app is tied into your Microsoft account and integrated with Office 365 and Outlook. It's still in the early stages, so it's hard to say if it'll rival Wunderlist eventually. Right now, it's lacking many of the features that made that app popular. Microsoft hasn't announced the demise of Wunderlist, but it can't be long for this world with Microsoft To-Do around. It's free and very polished, though. If you are looking for a to-do manager, this is a capable one.

These Intricate Animatronic Music Boxes are Delightful

At this year's Replica Prop Forum showcase, we meet Michael Asanuma, who brought a collection of beautiful animatronic music boxes that he worked on at Mccune Masterworks. These displays, while not replicas of movie props, are bespoke kinetic art pieces with eyecatching detail and charming animations. We loved checking them out!

PROJECTIONS, Episode 8: Dexmo's VR Haptic Exoskeleton

In this episode of Projections, Jeremy and Norm discuss how hand presence has presented itself to consumers over the past three years of virtual reality hardware. We get a demo of Dexmo, a wireless exoskeleton controller that tracks individual fingers and promises to provide haptic feedback to let you actually feel objects in VR. Jeremy chats with Dexta Robotics' CEO about challenges to haptics technology and how they're tackling the problem.

Last Jedi Trailer and Passengers SPOILERCAST - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/20/17
Recording later in the week, Adam, Will, and Norm catch up on Star Wars Celebration's reveal of The Last Jedi's teaser trailer, drop some Pete Seeger knowledge, and dive into a Spoilercast discussion of the recent film Passengers. Plus, we get excited for Silicon Valley Comic Con and the Science March this weekend!
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Simone Giertz's Shoulder Brushing Hands--It Might Work!

Simone's newest robot build is one specifically made for an upcoming event--the annual Shorty awards in New York City. Since she's nominated for an award, Simone plans on attending with a robot that helps brush her shoulder--like it's no big deal. But designing the arm and hand to move the way she wants is no easy feat!

Maker Spaces: Touring Frank Ippolito's Upgraded Shop!

When we last toured Frank's workshop, he had just moved into a new 2000 square foot space with new infrastructure to support scaled up projects. One year later, we get a tour of his latest upgrades, including custom tool storage, paint spray booth, and digital fabrication machines like 3D printers and a laser cutter!