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Adam Savage Moderating the Expanse Panel at Comic-Con

In case you didn't know, Adam Savage LOVES Syfy's series the Expanse. So when he was asked to moderate the panel with its stars and producers at Comic-Con, he jumped at the chance. (By the way, if you're not watching it, you should give it a try!) Here's the panel in full.

Taking My Bear Costume Out for a Spin in San Francisco

I finished my Revenant Bear costume for Comic-Con about a week ahead of time. Just putting a costume on for a few minutes or a half-hour in the shop doesn't tell you how it's going to wear at an environment like SDCC, where it's hot and crowded, and one must navigate turns, uneven ground, etc.

I also wanted to know how hot the costume would be under real-world conditions. So I took the bear out for a spin in my SF neighborhood of 24 years: the Mission District.

I walked around outdoors for about 30 minutes to see how it was to move around and avoid hitting obstacles. I did OK! I made it several blocks, to some very funny reactions from my neighbors.

For the most part everyone on the street took it in stride. People noticed, but then they just went back to whatever they were doing. It was actually hilarious.

Simone and Norm Tour Comic-Con 2016!

The Tested team strolls through the massive Comic-Con exhibit hall in our annual walkthrough of the show! It's Simone's first Comic-Con, and we make sure to stop by the Star Wars, Weta Workshop, and LEGO booths to gush over costumes, collectibles, and artwork. Here are some of the best things we saw in our whirlwind tour of the floor!

Adam Savage Incognito as a Bear at Comic-Con 2016!

It's time for Adam's Incognito walk through San Diego Comic-Con! This year, Adam's costume is a creature of his own creation--a bear suit that's more realistic than cartoonish. But he also couldn't help making it pop-culture related, so he made it inspired by the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, complete with a Leo prop!

Star Trek Beyond and Star Wars Costumes from Anovos

With every big sc-fi film release, we look forward to costume replicas that fans can cosplay at conventions. Anovos debuted new costumes from Star Trek and Star Wars at Comic-Con, and we chat with them about their process for sourcing fabrics, replicating patterns, and making costume kits.

Google Play App Roundup: Flytube, Dots and Co., and Rooms of Doom

A new week has dawned, and with it comes a new list of great things happening on Android. This is the Google Play App Roundup where we tell you what needs to be on your phone or tablet right now. Just click the links to head to Google Play and grab these apps for yourself.

Flytube

For all its multitasking abilities, Android is still not completely there with true multitasking. That is, having more than one thing on the screen at a time. Some devices have a version of this (that isn't very good), and Android 7.0 is supposed to expand support for split-screen. But even that isn't going to make a proper floating video player possible right away. That's what Flytube is. It takes any YouTube video and puts it in a floating window.

Setting up Flytube will vary depending on your device. You'll need to clear defaults for YouTube (however you go about that on your device) so that Flytube will be an option when you click on a video link. The opening tutorial walks you through a few tests to make sure it works correctly.

When you tap on a YouTube video, Flytube opens and starts playback. It looks like a tiny web frame to me, based on the controls. It works well enough, though. By default, the video will snap to the edge of your screen, but you can drag it around anywhere you like. You have access to closed captioning, but all the other YouTube settings are unavailable.

The standard window size seems alright for a phone, but it's somewhat small for a tablet. If you upgrade to the full version for $0.99, you can resize the video window with a small corner drag indicator. This also gets rid of the banner ad in the app itself. Speaking of the Flytube app, you can search for videos and open them in Flytube windows from here, even if you don't have it set as the default.

Flytube maintains good framerates as you're doing other things, as long as your phone is reasonably powerful. I've seen no issues with the apps I'm using while Flytube is playing in the foreground. Note, it won't continue playing while the screen is off -- you still need YouTube Red for that.

Hands-On with Rick and Morty VR

We play the first demo of Rick and Morty VR, a roomscale virtual reality game made by Owlchemy Labs and Adult Swim. Here are our impressions, along with a chat with Owlchemy's Alex Schwartz about narrative VR game design, comedy script writing, and VR puzzles.

eFX Collectibles' Black Panther and Suicide Squad Prop Replicas

We get up close with the beautiful helmet and prop replicas made by eFX collectibles at Comic-Con. Chatting with eFX founder Bryan Ono, we learn about how they're fabricating the Black Panther helm from Captain America: Civil War, and the process of replicating Harley Quinn's weapons from suicide squad.