Apps: Angry Birds Star Wars II, Evernote 7.0, Kindle 4.0 + Pocket 4.6

Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars II ($1) has arrived in the App Store. The anticipated game lets users “join the Pork Side” by letting them fling pigs — like Darth Vader and Darth Maul pigs — into the birds. More than 30 playable characters are featured in the game. Achievements are another big part of Angry Birds Star Wars II, as players can work their way up to becoming a Jedi or Sith Master. The previously announced Telepods can bring characters into the game using physical toys, but that feature is strictly optional.


Evernote has updated to version 7.0. The free app has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 with a new layout. A new audio recorder gives users space to type while listening, and it’s easier and quicker to access some of the app’s most used features. Most notably, notes are always kept up-to-date now, as the app syncs in the background. AirDrop also allows users to share notes with others around them. It’s also possible to add arrows, shapes, and text to images and PDFs with the Markup feature.
Amazon’s Kindle (free) app has been redesigned “around the themes of deference, clarity and depth.” Version 4.0 offers slide-out menus and translucent effects. One new major feature is Collections, which lets users group titles by author, letter, time period, or anything else their hearts desire. Simply create a collection and include any titles.


Pocket (free) from Idea Shower has updated to version 4.6. The update brings a new design to match iOS 7, and also adds instant background syncing — the app will sync even when closed. Pocket now features refined layout and typography, automatic adjustments for layout and formatting and automatic fullscreen, and justified text with hyphenation.

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