The Week in iOS Apps: Kneel before Zod!

Or don't. There are other comic heroes to choose instead, or you can use your iOS device to get in shape or listen to music.

Kneel before Zod!

Or don't. There are other comic heroes to choose instead, or you can use your iOS device to get in shape or listen to music.

Avengers Alliance

Sure, this isn’t the summer for an Avengers movie—this year belongs to the Man of Steel, right?—but who wants to pass up a chance to play the free Avengers Alliance game with friends, creating an unstoppable superhero force from among more than two dozen of Marvel’s best and most awesome heroes? This week’s update brings a number of under-the-hood changes that’ll make gameplay smoother, along with UI changes designed to get Hulk smashing in no time.


The free Bonnarooo brings you every part of this famous music festival, except perhaps for a very particular kind of secondhand smoke. If you’re at Bonnaroo, you can use the app to see which stages your favorite artists are playing on, views schedules for other acts, and share info through Facebook. If you’re not there, the updated stream of news stories and videos will make you feel like you are.

FitStar: Tony Gonzaletz

Who better to teach you how to get in shape than the best tight end in NFL history? FitStar: Tony Gonzalez lets you follow the future Hall-of-Famer as he instructs you on how to get lean and into shape. You’ll be NFL-ready in no time.

Mail Ninja

Yes, the $3 Mail Ninja app for iPhone is a lot like Mailbox, the much-lauded email client that helps users get their email to “Inbox Zero” in a big hurry. Many of the gestures and capabilities are very similar. The difference? Mailbox only has access to Gmail; Mail Ninja can help you organize your accounts in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud Mail. So that’s not bad.

Man of Steel

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!!!!! Or don’t. Your choice. In fact, this game will probably be a lot shorter if you do.


Wish you could watch Teen Wolf more often? MTV’s app for iPhone and iPad now lets you do that, allowing you to watch full episodes of the networks’ shows—so long as you’re signed in with your cable provider. If you’re a cord-cutter, though, the updated app probably won’t mean so much to you.


There are a ton of great note-taking apps out there: The $1 Notespad+ is fighting to keep its share of the market this week with improved handwriting and drawing capabilities, as well as more paper varieties to draw upon when desired.


This iPad app already made a great travel guide, providing info and maps even while working offline. Now the free Triposo app is even more useful, adding data on more than 20,000 small towns and including even more detailed maps for offline use. Bon voyage!

Others apps of note

Feedly (pictured) has made its separation from Google Reader complete … Adobe Echosign has new iPad-friendly features … eBay has been updated to make it easier to complete purchases from your iOS device … and Agricola brings the popular board game to iOS.

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