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April 29, 2014

My Favorite Windows & Windows Phone Apps #4

I’m back again with #4 of my monthly series of favorite Windows and Windows Phone apps. You can read the first post by clicking here, the second post by clicking here, and the third post by clicking here. For this month’s post – it’s a bit nerdier (than usual).

LCARS Interface:



As a huge Star Trek nerd, I get a real kick making my Windows Phone or tablet look like a PADD used by Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D. LCARS Interface features the user interface first introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation (and later also seen on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager). The user interface is commonly referred to as “Okudagrams” after its designer and super cool space geek Mike Okuda. LCARS Interface doesn’t just reproduce the interface from the show – it’s also functional too in that you can use LCARS Interface as a file manager or log editor and view local weather. You can also use it to pretend you’re managing a warp core or navigating a starship. And with Tactical Mission Simulator, you can simulate taking command of a starship and defending it from enemies. Download LCARS Interface from the Windows Store for $2.99 and from the Windows Phone Store for $0.99.



I love comic books. And if you do too, comiXology is a must-have app for your Windows PC or tablet. ComiXology offers over 30,000 comic books and graphic novels from over 75 of today’s top publishers including Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dynamite, and BOOM! Studios. You can use comiXology to stay up to date with all the new releases or ready backlist issues of your favorite series. DC Comics is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman so I’ve been busy going back and reading some of the greatest adventures of the Dark Knight. And I’m also deep in Marvel comics – reading all the Iron Man, Avenger, and X-Men comics I can. I hear Marvel is cooking up some crazy storyline for Wolverine over the next few months. With comiXology, you can buy comics and have them sync across your devices. Download comiXology for free (with in-app purchases of course) from the Windows Store.

Star Wars: Assault Team:


In preparation for Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the 4th be with you!), I’ve been playing a lot of Star Wars: Assault Team. Star Wars: Assault Team takes place between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and takes you to iconic Star Wars planets like Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and more. In the game, you build your own assault team and play as classic Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, or Boba Fett and take them into battle to earn valuable rewards and new characters for your assault team. It’s pretty fun. Download Star Wars: Assault Team from the Windows Store for free and from the Windows Phone Store also free.

Ok so here are a few less nerdy apps that you should check out…




My fiancée and I like checking out the different restaurants around the Seattle area. I know this is supposed to be a post about my favorite apps but this is one of her favorite apps. How it usually works is she makes the reservations and I check in on Foursquare. OpenTable is simply amazing and booking reservations at your favorite restaurants and a highly recommended app. You can download OpenTable for free for your Windows Phone as well as from the Windows Store for your Windows PC or Tablet.

Bing Health and Fitness:



Now that the weather is getting nicer, I am using this app more and more to help me stay more active. On Windows Phone, Bing Health and Fitness has a GPS tracker that tracks various activities like running, jogging, and bicycling (yes, even skateboarding too!). For me, I like to escape during the day while at work for a quick power walk. I like taking walks to collect my thoughts, think about things and decompress. It also lets me step away from my desk. With Microsoft HealthVault, the Exercise Tracker within Bing Health and Fitness syncs across all my devices. I highly recommend checking out the GPS tracker out in Bing Health and Fitness on Windows Phone. You can download Bing Health and Fitness for free from the Windows Store and from the Windows Phone Store.

As always, if you have any suggestions on apps for Windows or Windows Phone I should check out, leave a comment below!