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Great Star Trek apps, Dashboard widgets, wallpapers, screensavers and more for your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Star Trek Online for Mac? Engage! — Star Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), launched in 2010 and, ever since, the rest of us have been begging for a Mac compatible client. And, here it is. “Star Trek fans have been asking for Star Trek Online…

Your Mac Does Klingon, Qapla’! — Yes, of course, you can display and type English, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Chinese plus a score more “common” languages on your Mac. Believe it or not, you can also display and type Klingon…

Star Trek Bundle: First 10 Trek Movies for $49.99 — Whether or not you already have every single original Star Trek movie on DVD or Blu-ray, all 10 of them, this is a pretty decent deal. Fundamentally, it comes down to how you value your time.
And, whether you already…

Mac Wallpapers: Trek Your Mac — Never a bad time for new Mac wallpapers. Well, at least, new to your Mac wallpapers and here are some Star Trek themed images, including artsy Next Generation renders and Into Darkness screen grabs. Enterprise? Picard? Alice Eve? Nuevo Kirk? Yep…

Bing Says, Better in the Original Klingon — taH pagh taHbe’! Of course, Shakespeare is better in the original Klingon. For those of us not schooled in the language of Kronos, uncovering this beauty was difficult. However, that has changed now that Microsoft’s Bing Tranlate service implemented translation from English, or scores of other languages, into two Klingon dialects.

Star Trek App: Get ‘Into Darkness’ Onto Your iPhone — Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters on Friday, May 17, 2013 — an almost interminable wait. In the meantime, sate your inner Trekkie with the Star Trek App, which is now available just for the asking on Apple’s App Store.

Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast — been a fan of Ken Ray (Mac OS Ken) for awhile now and enjoy his daily (morning) take on Apple news. Now, he’s got another reason to tune in, Ray and co-host John Chapman have begun Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast.

OS X Dashboard: Warp Speed Calculator widget — Lonely Planet is good for all sorts of exotic destinations, but won’t get you far off planet. That said, if you’re planning a trip to Orion and need to work out how long it will take you to get there at maximum Warp, this is the OS X Dashboard Widget for you.

Are you a Trekkie? Leave no doubt — Scratch another item from the unobtainium list. Whether or not the decidedly ’60s look of the Communicator Panel from Star Trek: The Original Series will look good next to my decidedly 1950s front door, I’m geeking out…

Review: CBS Interactive’s Official Star Trek PADD — If you’re a Star Trek collector or have younger kids, this is a must have app. For everyone else, you’ll want to take a longer look before plunking down the $5 asking price. What’s cool and what’s crap? Step inside for the full monty.

Star Trek widgets for your Mac — Want a taste of Trek on your Mac without spending, well, anything or sucking up a lot of resources? The Fairer Platform has the perfect solution for you. Actually, we’ve come up with seven Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets that fit the bill — they’re free, fun and very light on disk space and system resources.

Super Trek recreates classic text mode game — If you want to, pretty much any classic computer game can still be played. Now, one of the granddaddy’s of them all is now available on the Mac App Store, feature complete as it was played all of those years ago. A faithful recreation of the classic, text-mode, space exploration and combat game, Super Trek (Mac App Store, $1.99) will have you warping around the galaxy and fighting for your life.

Star Trek: D-A-C 1.0.1 out, price halved — Perhaps today is a good day to buy? With the asking slashed by five bucks, and a maintenance update just out, this top-down space shooter inspired by the “recent motion picture,” JJ Abrams’ widely acclaimed 2009 reboot, looks pretty good…

LCARS Time App 1.2: It’s Trek time — Icons, screensavers, system mods, iOS apps, desktop pictures — wallpapers if you must — there’s Trek o’ plenty available for your Mac and I don’t get tired of telling you about these enhancements for the fairer platform. If you’ve got time for that, check out AppNexus’ LCARS flavored time app for the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

The best Sci-Fi channel isn’t on TV — You won’t find much Sci-Fi on basic cable and the full digital experience with all of the channels, of which you’re likely only to watch a dozen or so, will cost $120 and up every single month. Here are at the Fairer Platform we do have RoadRunner broadband and, price aside, it’s acceptable, which means that we’re not going without — there’s a lot of great TV, including sci-fi, available on your iPad.

WatchTrek.com: Every series, every episode — The image quality is poor, but there are no commercials. Additionally, the shows — every single episode from the Original, Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise series — are delivered via Adobe’s craptastic middleware, Flash. And, at the very least, the shadow of the long arm of the law hangs over this obviously illegal operation.

LCARS Internet Media Reader: ‘Why you bought an iPad’ — Perfection does exist, though it can only be defined only by the individual. Further, it usually lasts for just a moment — anything longer generally doesn’t hold up upon reflection. A look, scent, flavor, kiss and, yes, even an iPad app can frame one (or more) of those fleeting glimpses…

Star Trek icons for your Mac — Yeah, you learned Klingon and know every line of dialog from every show and movie, but have you replaced all of the generic OS X folder icons with Trek flavored graphics? Here’s yet another free way for you to more perfectly marry Mac and Star Trek love. Yes, of course…

Three more Star Trek screensavers — You love Trek and you have a Mac, and here’s yet another way to bring them together — screensavers. Actually, I should say “more” screensavers, because the Fairer Platform is kind of obsessed with this kind of eye candy. The three titles on offer today — Federation, Klingon and Starfleet …

System 47: An LCARS screensaver — If you want, you can implement a highly functional animated LCARS desktop on your Mac — there’s a bit of challenge to it and the results are quite nice. However, there really is no need to go to all of that trouble, especially since there’s a beautiful, single-click (and free) install screensaver available.

Star Trek Comics for iPad update brewing — Comics formatted for Apple’s hot-selling tablet computer are now available via the in-app store. Additionally, Star Trek Comics’ maker has said a performance and stability update has been submitted to the App Store, and is awaiting approval from Apple. I recently posted a review of IDW Publishing’s Star Trek Comics 1.5 …

Review: Star Trek Comics for iPhone, iPad — This isn’t new, but it’s been newly updated and the creator, IDW Publishing, says it’s not only ready for your iPhone or iPod touch, but also the iPad. Star Trek Comics 1.5 (iTunes, free) for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and comes with three free comics. Further, if …

Mac games: Star Trek D-A-C now shipping — Star Trek DAC (Deathmatch. Assault. Conquest) is now available on the Mac. This a fast-paced, top-down space shooter inspired by J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek (iTunes, $14.99, SD). Choose from five classes of starships and battle it out online with multiplayer support for up to 12 people. Each ship class …

How to: Star Trek sounds on your Mac — We’ve already shown you how to turn your Mac desktop into the LCARS interface and now we’re back to add a soundtrack to those delicious, deep-dish visuals. You will need three things: Unsanity’s 1.) Application Enhancer Version 2.5 (free) and 2.) Xounds Version 2.5 (demo), as well as the appropriate sound …

How to: LCARS for Mac — Yes, Apple has its fan boys, but those who love Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek have created entire alien languages, learned to speak them and even show up in public dressed as these aliens speaking that refined gibberish — that’s real dedication. If you’re a Mac geek and a Trekkie, then one …

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