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
RDM+Remote Desktop for iPhone (v3.10.0)
Picked by: Jay
This week, I am selecting RDM+ Remote Desktop as my Pick. First as an iPhone version (reviewed here) and later an iPad version – also a previous pick (here) – RDM+ has recently undergone an update resulting in a faster refresh rate. As a frequently traveler, RDM+ has saved me more than once by allowing me to access desktops at either work (including my colleague’s workstation) or home: just last week, for example, while out for a business lunch, I was able to remotely open and send an Excel sheet to the partner across the table.
Despite the initial investment in the app, knowing I can connect to multiple workstations remotely is a relief beyond compare.
Sudoku (Daily Free) v4.0.3
Picked by: AliciaB
One of the apps that I’ve been enjoying for a while is the aptly subtitled Enjoy Sudoku. I know I know – Sudoku apps are a dime a dozen on the App Store and I’ve tried quite a few. Unfortunately many devs think that the key to app success is complexity: music, changing backgrounds, Asian looking fonts. All fluff. The reason why I like this app is because it’s basic. It does what it says, provides enjoyable Sudoku puzzles – 16 different levels that are updated daily. My usual routine is I start with puzzle Moderate then move my way up, going through Intricate, Difficult, Annoying, Devious, Fiendish, Diabolical and Nightmare. The latter levels I can only manage with lots of tips and hints – which are built into the app and are readily available if desired. I love that the makers of this app not only make free and payable versions but also provide desktop, iPad and iPhone versions. I can actually choose to do the puzzles on one of the three devices depending on whatever’s comfortable.
Picked by: Brandon
Thanks to @sammymcloughlin for the recommendation
($4.99) iTunes Link
Picked by: Thomas
Pulse is better known as an iPad app, but it’s also a great RSS iPhone app for the casual news reader. Pulse doesn’t tend to bother you with many unread counts, and instead, focuses on presenting you with thumbnails of articles from sources that you pick (or sync from your Google Reader account).
The app used to be quite limited with 20 sources and only one area to view them in, but with the recent 2.0 update, Pulse can now be sorted into several columns (I believe the number is five) and can support up to 60 sources. This extra ability to customize and sort your sources really brings the whole experience within Pulse to a new level, and I quite enjoyed playing around with it.
It won’t be replacing Reeder as my primary RSS app any time soon, though. Although the 2.0 update also vastly increased Pulse’s speed and performance, it still feels slower than using Reeder or the Google Reader web app, and the inability to “star” items for later viewing is a real letdown for me.
However, if you simply want to relax and catch up on the news once or twice a day, then Pulse for iPhone is a fantastic and free way to do it.
(Free) iTunes Link
Auto3G [Jailbreak] (v3.0.1)
Picked by: Renkman
Auto3G is a great jailbreak tweak that automatically turns off your 3G radio on your iPhone when you lock it, potentially extending battery life dramatically. Limitations to using Auto3G?–you need to live in a service area that has both 3G and 2G (Edge) service, and be sporting a 3G, 3GS or iPhone 4. The reverse is true as well, when you unlock your phone, boom—3G is back on in seconds. My favorite setting is the one that automatically turns off my 3G as soon as I am using Wifi. This happens more and more often these days, especially when I’m at home. Additionally you can use Auto3G to keep your iPhone on 2G at all times unless specific applications (selected from “White List) are running. Under the settings you have the option to turn on Auto3G, display the icon in the status bar, so you know it’s running, and set your unlock, lock, charging and Wifi defaults. You can also set the timeout status to activate between 5 seconds and 30 minutes—with 30 seconds being the default time. Although some may be turned off by the price-tag, $5.99 seems like a small price to pay when compared to other charging devices/cases on the market, even if your battery life is extended marginally. Plus, you get to take Auto3G with you on whatever version of the iPhone you are using (sans the first gen iPhone) past, present or future!
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.