Picks of the Week
Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks. Hopefully many of our favorite items will also be of interest to you. Please feel free to comment on our selections, and suggest picks of your own. Check out this week’s picks after the break
Compass Mobile Stand for iPad from TwelveSouth
Picked by: PatrickJ
A brilliantly clever lightweight and portable stand for the iPad. The ultimate, compact do-it-all stand for when you’re out and about with the iPad. Folds down to an easily pocketable size in its cute little velvet pouch. It’s very versatile too – offering a good View mode as well as an excellent Work mode (shown in the photo here) that’s ideal for typing.
Due — super fast reminders, reusable egg timers (v1.3.1)
Picked by: Thomas
I actually haven’t tried this app out, but each time it gets an update I end up I like to ogle at the lovely screenshots. Due isn’t a task manager, but it should prove quite useful for GTD types who want an app for more menial things and quick reminders. So where you might write about homework or upcoming projects in a task manager, Due is where you’ll set alarms for the cookies you’ve got in the oven, or the offspring that you have to retrieve from the daily education place in 20 minutes.
It probably also makes a great alarm clock app, but you had best make sure you don’t set your iPhone to Silent mode overnight.
($2.99) iTunes Link
TalkBox Voice Messenger (v1.0)
Picked by: Killian Bell
TalkBox is an awesome new application for the iPhone that makes communicating with your friends a lot quicker, much more personal, and a lot more enjoyable. It allows you to record and instantly send voice messages to your friends using ‘push-to-talk messaging.’ It’s extremely fast and eliminates the need to type out messages and emails — simply speak your message and your recipient will receive it instantly. If you close the application, you’ll receive a push notification when you receive a new voice message, and then you can listen to it when you’re ready. There’s no need to wait for each message to download — it’s just there instantly — ready for you to listen to. TalkBox allows you to invite friends to your conversations at any time and enjoy group chat with multiple people at the same time. I’m yet to find anything in the App Store similar to TalkBox that’s so simple, so innovative, and so much fun. It’s kind of like a high-tech walkie-talkie, and I highly recommend this application. Grab it soon while it’s free!
(Free, for a limited time!) iTunes Link
Glympse – Location Sharing Made Simple (v1.42)
Picked by: Renkman
How many times have you been waiting on someone to meet you somewhere and they were running late? Rather than calling or texting them every 5 minutes, wouldn’t it be nice to know in real-time their current location, and their eta? Or, even better—your wife, daughter, son, etc is heading home from an appointment or a friend’s house, it’s late at night, and you’re worried why it is taking them so long to get home. Glympse is great because it takes most of the worrying and guessing work out of the equation by showing you on a real-time Google map, speed included, the location of the person who sent you a “Glympse”. It is really easy to set up, and the recipient of your Glympse doesn’t even have to have the app to follow you because the link that is sent can also be opened in a browser. When you want to share a Glympse, you enter a phone number or email and set the amount of time you want the Glympse to last (from just a check in, up to 4 hours!). You can send a personalized message and even include the destination location—which can be selected from your contacts, a local search, or by manually picking a location on a map. You can expire a Glympse earlier if you like, and there is even facebook and twitter integration Glympse even runs in the backround on iOS 4.0 or newer, so there is no need to leave the app open on your iPhone. I actually used this app yesterday when I was stuck in traffic on the way home, and it worked flawlessly. I know it will be awhile before my 8 year old is driving, but apps like Glympse really help give parents a little peace of mind. Go pick up your free universal app today!
(Free) iTunes Link
There you have it! Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Picks of the week. Please let us know what you think, and share with us some of your favorites.