5 intriguing apps for Windows 8: May 8, 2015

With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.

For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.

They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.

Seven - 7 Minute Workout Challenge

Seven - 7 Minute Workout Challenge

What's that you say, you're just too busy to work out? Maybe that's because you haven't seen Seven – 7 Minute Workout Challenge. With Seven, exercising no longer requires a huge chunk of time out of your day. In just seven minutes, you can get a quality full-body workout.

And there's no fancy gym equipment required, just a chair, and a wall.

But it's not just about learning and doing the exercises, it's about finding the motivation. Seven takes fitness to a new level, giving you three lives, like a video game. If you miss a day of working out, you lose a life. If you lose all of your lives in a month, your progress resets to zero.

Seven also inspires you to keep pushing by rewarding you with achievements and unlocked features. You can also share your progress with friends via text, email, Twitter, and Facebook. And with it available on your Windows PC, tablet, or phone, you can do it just about anywhere.

There are several other cool features, like workout reminders, integrated music playback, and more.

If you want to get in better shape, but don't enjoy exercising, the best way to start is by turning it into something fun and challenging. Seven – 7 Minute Workout Challenge does just that.

QR: Seven



Trello is a graphical tile-based tool for organizing just about anything. Create individual boards, each broken down into a list of different associated cards. Each of these cards can be given a due date, complete with reminders.

Trello also lets you create checklists and attach relevant files. Better yet, you can invite collaborators to any board you want. They, in turn, can create cards or make comments, etc.

But you don't have to use Trello solely for managing big projects. It's great for organizing everything from parties to lists of movies you've watched.

Trello is as simple or complex as you need it to be.

If the free price tag isn't enough to get you to try it, maybe knowing that we use it here at Windows Central is a good enough referral.

Circle Shooter

Circle Shooter

To quote the developer's description: "try to shoot a red circle in the middle of the screen, with a green triangle that moves in a circle and regularly shoots, while avoiding other circles." In other words, the object is to shoot the circle in the middle of the board while dodging bullets and destroying other enemies.

The two-button controls spin you clockwise or counter-clockwise around the ever-changing, brightly-colored field. The rest is up to the auto-fire.

Circle Shooter is one of those incredibly simple games that is maddeningly difficult to succeed at. It will hook you and drive you crazy.

QR: Circle Shooter

Tech News: All-in-One

Tech News: All-In-One

Like its name suggests, Tech News: All-In-One is a technology news aggregator that pulls stories from over 50 different websites and organizations around the world and presents them in a single modern-style interface.

Sourcing information from well-known sites like TechCrunch, BusinessInsider, and Popular Science (What, no Windows Central?!), the news gets updated every minute, so you're always one of the first to know. Topics include apps, games, social media, reviews and more.

If you are a fan of all things technology, Tech News is a solid way to keep informed.

Next Issue Magazines

Next Issue Magazines

Next Issue Magazines is one of the companies vying to become the new Netflix of magazines. For a flat monthly fee, Next Issue gives you unlimited access to over 100 different magazine titles, including back issues.

Many of these digital editions also contain enhanced content, like extra photos, videos, and interactive features. Magazines can be downloaded as well, so you can read them without being online.

Whether you are interested in technology, gardening, sports, celebrity gossip, or whatever, Next Issue Magazines is bound to have something for you. And if you aren't sure if you are ready to commit, there is a free 30-day trial.

Be sure to check out our other selections from previous weeks. Have a great weekend!

Do you have an app you want us to highlight? Drop us an email at tips@windowscentral.com with "5 Intriguing Apps" in the subject line.

Seth Brodeur