Windows 8/RT App Spotlight, Part 6
While we've all been busy on the forums, developers have been busy stacking the Windows Store with their awesome apps. After digging through the Windows Store again this week, I return again with more amazingness in the form of eight new third-party apps for the Windows 8/RT app spotlight.
eBay, like the Wikipedia app in part five, is yet another app that should have been part of the app spotlight from the beginning. This app is both elegant and powerful—and I actually find myself preferring the app over the website, even on my desktop. It’s just nicer.
I've been searching for a while for an app that would let me read Sekirei, Angel Beats!, and the like without getting in the way as many of the apps I tried before it would. Manga Tree is beautiful, clean, organised—and the features just keep coming.
Before Windows 8, I must admit I’d only heard of Slacker Radio and had never actually personally used it. After toying around with the app for a few minutes, I discovered a move music station and was instantly snagged. Slacker has a great music collection and is quite reasonable with the insertion of ads—unlike certain other free music streaming providers. Oh, yeah, and the app is awesome.
Free Books is an app that I stumbled-upon entirely by accident, but I'm extremely glad I did. While it doesn't have quite all the features of the Kindle or Nook apps, what it does have is leaps and bounds better than either app has to offer. The interface is very fluid, snappy, and clean—and there’s a pretty awesome selection of free, great books for your perusal.
At times, one simply wants to play a game or two of tic-tac-toe. With Xsie-Osies, you can—play against the computer at any one of three difficulty settings, or set the game-up to give a friend a beating.
There’s a large number of various RSS-reading apps on the Windows Store, each fitted with its own choice of website for a source. While the TechCrunch app is admittedly not a whole lot much more than this, it does look great, and it’s got a great feature The Verge’s Windows 8 app doesn't have: existing.
Music Alarm Clock
Free, $1.49 to remove ads
While Windows 8 won’t let apps start music in the background, the Music Alarm Clock app does happen to feature a musical alarm feature. Music will play when the app is in the foreground of your device—and with a simple but elegant alarm clock face, you can use your latest Windows RT or Windows 8 tablet purchase as a very sexy alarm clock.
Whether you happen to thump the book yourself in favour of worshipping the man most frequently mentioned in its pages—or you happen to really like the story of Lot’s daughters (and the fact that you can snigger about it with your friends)—the Bible+ app is the app for you. It’s got a handful of basic study features, but is, as of yet, lacking the ability to create notes and highlight texts.
Apps Previously Highlighted
In Part 1: YouTube+, Nextgen Reader, TuneIn, PuzzleTouch, Netflix, Google
In Part 2: Kindle, Bookqueue, Hangman RT, Draw a Stickman Epic, /R/etro, Code Writer, WordBook, myHomework.
In Part 3: WordSearch, Writing Type, Barcode Generator, Modern Pokédex, Fiction Book Reader, Tasks, ComicsJolt!
In Part 4: Music DJ, Metro Media Player, Nook, Recipe Keeper, Toolbox, New York Times, Calculator X8, iHeartRadio, JustWrite
In Part 5: Audiobook 8 Pro, Shuriken Ninja, FlashQuiz, LINX, Wikipedia, Epicurious, Piano Time Pro, Periodic Table, ARMED!