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Paramount Official Star Trek App is in the Store

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To commemorate its launch of its Star Trek: Into Darkness movie, Paramount has just released there first Official Windows 8 App for Star Trek Universe in the Store. With the App, you will be first to dive into scenes and news about Into Darkness in particular, and keep up to date about Star Trek universe in general. Are you are Trekkie on Windows 8, this App is meant for you. Of course this is the first iteration, there is more to come in future updates we hope. For now, you can enlist into Star Trek Academy and rise in ranks to be a full fledge captain. You carry out missions and achieve you objectives. When you’re done with role-playing you can dive into the universe and get the latest news and view your favorite characters’ profiles. The trekkie in us only wish Paramount will develop this further into a full-fledge game where we can get lost and burn time like there is no tomorrow. Make it so Paramount!

Here is the excerpts from the Store about the App:

Description
Be the first to experience Star Trek Into Darkness!  Join Starfleet for your chance to rise in the ranks from New Recruit to Captain and beyond!!
Stay up-to-date on the latest Star Trek Into Darkness news, along with exclusive articles found only in the app. 
You will have first access to insider looks, and can complete a variety of missions including trivia and polls. By doing so, you’ll rise in the ranks of Starfleet!

Features

  • Trivia: Complete quizzes to see how much you really know about Star Trek.
  • Polls: Let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts and opinions.
  • Web Missions: Read articles, watch videos, and discover interesting pieces of information on the next film.
  • Latest Star Trek News
  • Purchase Tickets to see Star Trek Into Darkness

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If you haven’t done so already, you’d better get cracking and download this app right away. Its free of charge. Download via the source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

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First APoD Viewer App in the Store!

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Well, that didn’t take long! The first Astronomy Picture of the Day viewer or APoD viewer as some of us Space junkies call them, has hit the Store. Did I hear you say Panoramic? Yes, Apod viewing was naturally meant for Metro design language! You can pan till you drop for endless pictures of Space. What’s more, the vendor bring the Day’s picture to the Tile, so you are already enticed to go view the Day’s submission. Who says Tiles aren’t useful? You can view HD pictures and even Save it to HD or your SkyDrive account.

Download the app right away via the Source below.

Source: Windows Store

Star Chart released a Major Update in the Store

The app Star Chart has just released a major update in the Store. For the astronomy-astute amongst us, this app needs no introduction, but for those of you who doesn’t know the app, it is a Sky-mapping app. With this app you can take a virtual journey through the Universe. The initial release of the app was just a teaser with the publishers dipping their feet in the Windows 8 Metro waters, now they’ve taken the full dive:

Description
Star Chart, the definitive star-gazing and astronomy app, gives you a virtual window into the visible universe.
Make the most of your powerful Windows 8 device and hold it up to the sky. Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at! Augmented Reality (AR) mode is available on tablets & devices with accelerometer and digital magnetometer sensors.
Alternatively, explore the universe from the comfort of your desktop to learn about the wonders of our solar system and beyond.
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe and the latest high-tech sensor functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real-time – the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!
Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your AR device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!
Want to know how the night sky appears to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your AR device down!
Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and much more.
So point your Windows 8 AR device at the sky and see what’s out there!
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Features
Just point and view. Hold your Windows 8 AR device to the sky and peer into the universe.
Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures or a mouse – perfect for armchair astronomers!
Share your astronomical discoveries with your friends, with the help of Windows 8 Share.
A powerful and dynamic search function, utilising the new Windows 8 Search.
Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your Windows 8 screen at any angle.
Accurately depicts all the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres up to magnitude +10 – a total of over 120,000 stars!
Displays all the planets of the solar system, plus the sun and the moon.
Features all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 15th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
Includes the complete Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.
Select anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance, brightness and exact position in the sky.
Very powerful zoom function lets you view the sky in extra detail.
Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.
Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon, so now you can see where the sun is even at night!
Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.
Release notes
- General polish & bug fixes.
- Telrad ring around selected object.
- Rotating labels in AR mode.
- Rotation of planets fixed to correct axial tilt.
- Smoother location update
- Fading Messier object so you can zoom through them to see objects behind.
- Localisation fix for some Messier objects
Recommended hardware
Compass, Gyroscope and / or Accelerometer for AR mode to work
Direct X11 compatible graphics card recommended
Windows 8 compatible PC

This update contains the kitchen and sink in the app. The app now supports the full sensors in your device. I am talking of Accelerometer and Gyroscope and Compass support. You can now take your tablet outside on a clear night and let the device identify the constellations for you; starting with our own local galaxy. Boy I am just giddy with the app right now. Everyone can now take a class in Astronomy if you’ve got a modern tablet. How cool is that? There is just one damper on this party, and that is that the app only support x86 tablets for now. If you have a Windows RT (ARM) device, you may have to wait.

I intend to test the app fully after my vacation when I’ll be able to download this 66Mb sized app.

I hope I’ve been able to whet your appetite for this app, if so, please download the app from the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/6df7e745-782f-44e7-b408-6259a8da6a7f

Let me know what you think.

First Temporal Anomaly Experience

Yesterday, I experienced for the first time in my life a typical Temporal (Time-space) phenomena. My car tried to occupy the same space at the same time with another car. Of course, I tried to stop it from breaking nature’s rule, but it kept going due to low-coefficient of friction on the road as a result of ice. Nature abhors breaking its rules, therefore it resolved the situation, the result is that matter was converted into energy (heat and sound) with matter coalescing into each other, and piece of cars flying off at tangential trajectories.

It was a jarring experience, but thank God I was kept safe by the belt. My internal organs however were travelling at the same speed as the car, so they had to come to halt suddenly as the car; rather discomforting. Now I know how it felt to have an accident. Its an experience I intend to avoid at all cost in the future.

–McAkins