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Marvel Unlimited brings 70 years, 13,000 issues of back catalog comics to iPhone and iPad

Marvel Unlimited is a new, native app front end for Marvel's Digital Comics Unlimited subscription service. It lets you read 70 years and 13,000 issues of back catalog comics -- Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, the Avengers, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc. -- right on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. That means you don't get the really new stuff -- you need a pay-per-issue app like Comics by comiXology to get almost anything from the last year -- but you do get an incredible amount of the classics.

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New Iron Man 3 trailer is high on tech, low on laughs

The last Iron Man 3 trailer looked disturbingly like a Dark Knight Rises rehash and while the new one is slightly more fun, it still doesn't show much of the humor of the first two films. Given how belabored and off-key Dark Knight Rises was, I'm nervous.

Still, it's Old Shell Head looking even more Golden Avenger than usual, with War Machine getting the Iron Patriot paint on, and the often superb Ben Kingsley crammed into the many rings of the Mandarin, so while a lot could go wrong, there's still every chance the mighty Marvel movie machine gets this right. Or right enough that, come repulsor and uni-beam time, I won't care.

Iron Man 3 lands in theaters on April 25 or May 3, depending on where you live. In the meantime, there's tons of great content to load up on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Here are some of my favorites.

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Marvel Comics Unlimited tests iPad friendly beta

Marvel Comics Unlimited is a Netflix-like service that lets you subscribe to and consume huge quantities of catalog titles. Like Netflix, it isn't the new stuff, and the old stuff is rife with content gaps, but unlike Netflix, until now Marvel Comics Unlimited was locked into Adobe's Flash player, and that meant it couldn't work on the iPad. iBooks (pictured above), Kindle, and the ComiXology apps have all been options, though single purchase a la carte ones. That's starting to change, however, with a new, iPad-compatible version of the player now being offered as a beta to subscribers.

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Best free reading apps for iPad

Looking for great free reading apps for your iPad? The App Store is home to over half a million apps and games, and a surprising number of them are available for free. Some of the most popular free apps are free reading apps. We're talking ebooks, comic books, web articles, and more. So start reading, and then start downloading!

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iMore Picks of the Week for April 1, 2012

Every week the editors at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include a unique photography app, a solution for reading sheet music on the iPad, an alternative to iBooks, an awesome flying game, a web app alternative for a popular native iPhone application, and a new way to view your Instagram feed.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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iPhone & iPad Live 282: iPad 3 event, Photoshop Touch, home automation

Georgia, Seth, and Rene discuss Apple's upcoming iPad 3 event, analyze the invitation, and round up the rumors; also: Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad, Marvel comics for iBooks, and Nexia home automation. This is iPhone & iPad Live!

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Marvel comics now available in iBooks

Marvel comics has just pushed out a large set of their collected editions to Apple's iBookstore. The contents is what you're typically find in their softcover trade paperback editions, and mostly more recent fare, but there's some great stuff included.

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Best iPad app for comic book buying: Comics review

Comics is the best app for buying comic books -- and graphic novels -- on your iPad. Well, that's not exactly true. Comics is one of the best places to buy comics, but the developer, comiXology also makes dedicated versions of the app for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and other publishers. They claim over 16,000 titles, more than enough to delight anyone's inner Sheldon. Comics itself has a great selection of titles from several of their partner publishers and, taken together, the comiXology apps are everything you need to get your weekly fix of new releases and classic back issues alike.

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Marvel starts offering trade paperback-style collections for iPad

Marvel is starting to offer Digital Comics Cllections for iPad, the digital equivalent of the traditional trade paperback, which combines together the single issues of a story line into one volume. Only 10 titles will be available at first, focused around the Ultimate Universe and current movie properties. Hopefully more will be available soon, and hopefully DC will jump on this bandwagon as well.

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Be a star in your own comics with ComicBook! for iPhone and iPad

3DTOPO Inc. has released their new comic book creation app, ComicBook! After designing your realistic comic featuring you and your friends, you can tag everyone and share to Facebook.

  • 9 auto scaling text caption styles
  • 9 customizable comic photo filters
  • 30 unique page Layouts (both portrait and landscape)
  • 55 classic comic graphics (tap to scale/rotate!)
  • 3 different optional halftone styles
  • 7 licensed comic fonts
  • 4 different border styles
  • All border styles have an optional bevel style
  • Captions feature small, medium and large font options
  • Captions feature customizable background colors
  • 1 general use text tool for titles and more in 6 colors and 3 sizes
  • 1 stylized caption with a large first letter and gradient background in 6 styles
  • 2 manual-sized captions
  • All fonts feature international characters and a bold/emphasis mode
  • Facebook sharing with built-in photo tagging
  • Twitter sharing with Twitpics
  • Email sharing
  • Save to photo library
  • Tool tips
  • Comprehensive online help and a graphical Quick Start
  • Direct printing
  • Load photos from library
  • Direct image capture on devices with cameras
  • Universal app (one copy runs on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches)
  • App works in both landscape and portrait orientations
  • App settings allow defaults to be set

Excuse me - I have a comic about a pack of Ewoks who set out to steal Rene's Mac Pro but are surprisingly greeted by an angry, green version of our Editor who was recently hit with a Gamma Bomb to write. You're not going to want to miss this one!

ComicBook! is available for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

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