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William Shatner’s ‘Shatoetry’ tops Apple’s entertainment apps

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If his spoken-word albums or old "Star Trek" DVDs aren't enough to satisfy your craving for William Shatner's signature voice, you're in luck -- there's an app for that.

The 81-year-old Canadian actor recently collaborated with the techies from Blindlight Apps to create Shatoetry, "The Official William Shatner App," available for Apple products. With it, budding "Shatoeists" can compose phrases from a wordbank and have Shatner's instantly recognizable voice read it back out loud, along with extended pauses for that dramatic, Captain Kirk effect. Users can even share their "Shatisms" with the many other "Shatoeists" using the app.

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With a pitch like that, it should come as no surprise that Shatoetry rocketed to the top of Apple's entertainment apps when it was released last week.

"We hope that it becomes popular enough to interest people into doing some words," Shatner told Reuters about future plans for the app, including adding words to music and more. "We have in mind holiday things. We have in mind events in your life, words so that you can use them as well. We will increase this if people love it and tell other people that they love it."

Growing up and studying in Montreal, Shatner's acting career really took off in 1954 at the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ont. (hometown of Justin Bieber), a famous Canadian Shakespeare festival. He was one of the most promising actors at the festival at that time, and his classically-trained voice attained worldwide fame as Captain James T. Kirk when Shatner went from stage to screen on the original "Star Trek" series from 1966 to 1969.

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But as his career has progressed, Shatner hasn't lost touch with the incredibly fast changes in the technology industry. He starred on the (short-lived) Twitter-inspired sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says," has over 1 million followers on Twitter and about 3,000 fans on Facebook, and he also does podcasts.

"I'm taking advantage of communicating with the people out there as much as possible, and this app is one of those ways," Shatner said.