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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Scientific Camera

Today's app of the day is Scientific Camera.


Photography on mobile devices has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, with android devices now packing sensors and MP counts that rival that of point and click competitors. One thing that most phones have yet to fully embrace however is a lens based zooming system, with most mobiles featuring only a fixed lens.

This is of course incredibly frustrating, as zooming is often essential for framing the perfect shot, and cropping afterwards is frustrating when you are on the go. It is in these situations that digital zoom is a great solution, and Scientific Camera looks has embraced that functionality and taken it to the next level. When  hardware zoom runs out, Scientific Camera can still take you in 50 times closer (or 80 times on the free version) - allowing you to not only use the functionality to take some great shots, but also to use your phone as a magnifying glass or telescope!

At it's core, Scientific Camera is a fully functional camera app which includes all the bells and whistles you would expect. The killer function is of course the zoom, which really has to be seen to believe. If you look at the screen shots above and below you will see the level of detail that can be captured, even when zooming in from quite some distance


All in all, this is an excellent Android camera application, that has uses far beyond the standard application that comes pre installed on your device. Give Scientific Camera a go and I guarantee you will be impressed with the results! 


 In the words of the developer:

A powerful scientific super zoom camera also serves as a telescope, a magnifying glass or a flash light in dark.
When hardware zoom stops, digital zoom takes place, when digital zoom stops, imagination takes on. Small foot print, powerful concept (50 x for free version, 80 x virtual zoom power for pro version with live Tele-Mode). This app utilizes maximum megapixels with new 2k, 4k screen resolution technology.
The gallery is located under /Pictures/ScientificCamera.
1. The horizontal zoom bar represents the hardware camera's digital zoom.
2. The vertical zoom bar represents the virtual zoom power,
3. The focus box locks the virtual zoomed picture.
4. Hit the green "power zoom" button to take the shot.
On screen menu / context-menu for "Best Shot", "Effects" and "White Balance".
Flash-mode, auto / off / on / torch give user more choices in situations.
Wide angle mode with focus box make it easy to focus and take picture by default.
"Info Era" menu option to show google-glass, iwatch and Sci-Fi like "Geo Info" and "Weather Info" on upper right corner.
This digital camera idea is inspired by my childhood experience on building powerful telescopes with low powered lens.
The UI layout and two dimensional zoom control pattern are copyrighted by InfoPlus.




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