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 […]
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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

Substrate (v2.0.0)

Picked by: Thomas

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My pick of the week is a simple, free screensaver app for the iPad and iPhone called Substrate. You load it up, set the iPad down somewhere, and just let it draw you a cool abstract wallpaper. There are settings to tweak colours and draw speed (I recommend making it a bit faster), but for the most part you won’t have to touch a thing. If you do happen to like what you see, though, you can two finger swipe towards the home button (app is locked in portrait for some reason) and have the wallpaper saved to your camera roll.

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(Free) iTunes Link

 

 

Zite (v1.0.1)

Picked by: AliciaB

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My choice of app to recommend this week is Zite for iPad. There are so many apps coming out these days desperate to reinvent the “personalized magazine” concept for iPad – why does this one deliver? I really like the look and performance of the app (see my side-by-side comparison with Hitpad for our sister site here). While your RSS news feeder or Flipboard will give you what your social feeds or chosen news outlets have to offer, Zite give you popular articles according to theme. While you can set it up to mirror your google reader or twitter feeds, you don’t have to. It auto-suggests posts from all relevant sources on the web  – and thus gives you articles you have not seen before from places you would not normally look. And since it’s about personalization, the app gets smarter when you input your feedback on how you liked or disliked a particular suggestion. I’ve already discovered lots of new sources to tap into on my fave news themes. Zite has achieved the privilege of reaching my front app screen the day I started using it. And I continue to use it daily. Highly recommended!
Zite (iTunes link) are available on the App Store for free.

Zite(Free) iTunes Link / US Store

 

 

Find One (v1.0)

Picked by: PatrickJFindOne

For those still hunting for an iPad 2 in the US, this is a handy little free app. You just enter your zip code and it searches for Target and Walmart branches nearby that have any iPad 2 models in stock. In a quick test it found three Target outlets within 15 miles for me the other day. Once it lists which stores have stock, you can tap on them and see exactly which models are available.

The developers are working on adding Best Buy and Toys R Us to their results. This should save a little phone calling time if you’re trying to get your hands on an iPad 2

FindOne

(Free) iTunes Link

 

 

Air Penguin (v1.0)

Picked by: Renkman

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My pick this week just happens to be the king of paid apps, Air Penguin.  It is no small feat to dethrone the Angry Bird Series as the most popular app that consumers are willing to pay for.  I figured it was worth a look, and I wasn’t disappointed!  With built in Game Center support and sporting hi-res graphics, this highly addictive, easy to learn game is affordable too at only $0.99.  The basic concept involves guiding your little penguin through treacherous conditions by jumping, sliding, riding on the backs of turtles, and gliding through the air on whale spray to avoid the dangers of the Antarctic.  Play for a little, or play until you have achieved all 39 Game Center goals.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with this addictive gem.

AirPenguin

($0.99)  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.

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