iMore Editors' Choice: Marvel Comics, Middle Manager of Justice, History Channel, and more
Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include a few games, a classic notes apps, an app that lets you purchase vouchers for you and your friends, a popular comics apps, and a TV app.
Evernote - Chris Oldroyd
I have decided to take strides towards making our home as paperless as possible, so I have been on the lookout for an app to store and file my paperwork. Thankfully I discovered Evernote and it is one awesome app! Evernote is an app that helps you get organized and stay organized. Evernote lets you take notes, store important documents, photos, voice memos, the list is endless. Better still is the fact that these notes are fully searchable and they can all be tagged so you can get your hands on what you need fast.
I have started to scan in all of my important documents like payslips, car insurance, life insurance, car breakdown policies etc. and they are all now in my Evernote account. As part of signing up for Evernote, you get an email address that allows you to email documents directly to Evernote and you can even steer them into the right notebooks with some simple commands.
If you are looking to simply get organized or go all out to become paperless, I seriously recommend checking out Evernote. It is one really powerful organizer app. Special thanks to Clay Russell for not only recommending this amazing app but also spending some time with me, showing the best way to use it too!
- Free - Evernote
Vouchr - Simon
Vouchr is a neat new service that allows you to suggest cool stuff for your friends to buy by putting 5 bucks (or more) towards the purchase. This is done by mashing up PayPal, Facebook, and a bit of location awareness. Users attach a Vouchr to, say, an awesome sandwich at a restaurant. Everyone can see the Vouchr, but only that user's Facebook friends can claim it. To do so, they just have to be close to the Vouchr, and the PayPal moneys get beamed over to their account. It's a neat idea, and certainly not something we've seen much of before, but I think the real cool stuff will kick in if stores have their own rewards program for those vouching or tie-in on the transaction side to make sure people aren't just walking away with a free five bucks. I know that a personal recommendation from someone I know is a much more likely to result in me buying something rather than some location-based ad or Foursquare special, that's for sure.
Vouchr is still in a soft launch mode, so the roll-out is currently only in Canada, and the app is HTML5. A new update should be rolling out before the spring which brings the service to the U.S. and significantly upgrades the app's UI.
- Free - Download now
Marvel Comics on Kindle - Rene Ritchie
While Amazon's Kindle service has had comics for a while, they've just added 150 Marvel trade paperbacks to the mix and since their prices are currently $5 or so less than iBooks, that makes it interesting for the budget-concious eComics buyer.
If you're looking for recommendations, get all the Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (you're welcome), Runnaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Planet Hulk by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, Lopresti Lopresti and Juan Santacruz, Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert, Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov, Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, New X-Men by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, et. al, all The Ultimates by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch (it's what a lot of the Avengers movie was based on), Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, and any of the Masterworks.
I wish they'd put the Omnibus or large collected editions on sale (I'd rather have Astonishing X-Men and Ultimates in one book than 4 books each) but hey, baby steps. Baby mutant super steps.
UPDATE: I knew some of these were U.S. only titles, but I just discovered some are also Android only titles. Amazon's only advantage over iTunes was cross-platform support. Absent that, it's an easy choice to go back t iBooks -- which has better international support, and iOS support. ('m not sure if Apple bought exclusivity on some of these titles or not, but a random sampling shows other Marvel books available in iBooks and Kindle with support for iOS, like Astonishing X-Men. Either way, the non-international, non-iOS titles should be more clearly marked as such. Get it together, Amazon. It's embarrassing.
Middle Manager of Justice - Joseph Keller
Middle Manager of Justice is the latest game from Double Fine. A management simulation game, you take the role of the manager of a branch of a superhero corporation. In the ongoing mission to make your branch profitable, you will hire superheroes, send them on missions, and help them develop their abilities. As you earn money from sending your heroes on successful missions, you can upgrade and expand your office, allowing your heroes to train, recover health, and restore morale. While you can choose to participate in combat, that participation is limited to choosing when a superhero uses their special ability. The game itself is free, though there are in-app purchases for resource packs, but it should be noted that these resources are found in the game itself, so these purchases are in no way necessary.
- Free - Download Now
History Channel - Chris Parsons
If you're not really a TV watcher but would like to access some of the shows offered on the History channel, they've now gone ahead and released a new app. It's beautifully designed and offers plenty of access to full episodes, clips and even some unaired content only available through the app. Sadly, AirPlay hasn't been built into the app as of yet but it is on their list of things to add. Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Counting Cars -- all without the need for TV. Plus, if you're a Comcast you can get even more access.
- Free Download Now
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift - Ally Kazmucha
Cut the Rope is one of my favorite games for iOS. I've picked up all the versions they've released so far and have played through them several times. It's one of those games that you can always start over and try and complete it faster and better than last time. Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift is the holiday version and it's something I've played through every year around this time since it was released.
Best of all, it's free. So if you've never checked out any of the Cut the Rope games, this is a perfect one to give a trial run. If you don't like it, nothing lost. If you do, make sure you check out the other full versions for iPhone and iPad!
- Free - Download Now
Falldown Escape - Leanna Lofte
Falldown Escape is a new take on the classic falldown games with new, futuristic graphics. The goal is to tilt the marble to control and guide it down the screen to avoid getting destroyed at the top. On your way down, you can collect various power-ups like freezing the screen, multiplying the numbers of marble on the screen at once, shields, lightning speed, and more. I've always been a fan quick, yet addicting, arcade games, and Falldown Escape is no exception.
- $0.99 - Download Now
Now that we've chosen our favorites for the week, we want to hear yours! Did you pick up a killer app, accessory, or game this week? Let us know in the comments below!