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iSource Picks of the Week

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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

Kindle for iPhone & iPad (v2.7)

Picked by: AliciaB

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My Pick of the Week goes to the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad. Antagonistic tongues have lambasted the iPad for being a potential killer of reading habits by depriving us of the physical book experience (OMG!). This turns out not only to be completely untrue but also producing the opposite effect for many people. While casually browsing through an article on V.S. Naipaul the other day, I grew curious about his works and looked for “A House for Mr. Biswas”, his debut novel, online. I immediately found it on Amazon. So I downloaded the Kindle app and was more than just pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. I sampled the book first, which only made me want to read more. Purchasing was a breeze. I find the “Whispersync” function nothing short of magical (it actually startled me when I first discovered it). To continue reading after switching from iPhone to iPad and and vice versa is simply amazing. The customize options are perfectly adequate for leisurely reading. It’s great to be able to look up a word in the dictionary. I held off from downloading the app but having tried it now can definitely recommend regular, if not daily use, if you an avid reader of ebooks. I’m already planning to download loads more. Now if I could only find more time to read 🙂

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Private Photo (v3.1.1)

Picked by: Renkman Private Photo

Have you ever wanted to protect your photo library on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad beyond the basic password used to sign into your device?  Have you ever felt the need or desire to be able to not only divide your pictures up into folders, but also sub-folders?  With Private Photo those are two of the main features introduced to help keep your private photos “private” and organized.  Private Photo is a very powerful tool to have at your disposal, and the base version is free, too—so what are you waiting for?!  In app purchases like, Wi-Fi transfer ($1.99), Photo Sharing ($0.99), and metadata ($0.99) are available to enhance your experience Additional features include…

Security:
Passcode lock entire app
Passcode lock individual folder

Organize folders:
Create, Move, Delete folders
Drag and drop to reorder folders

Organize photos(videos):
Organize photos into folders and sub folders
Sort photos by dates, filenames, types or custom sort sequence
Drag and drop to reorder photos
Copy, move, delete, rename files

Photo Transfer (In-App Purchase):
Transfer photos between computer and device(iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) over wifi network.
Directly transfer photos between iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch over wifi network.
Import/Export photos from/to the Photos app.
Import/Export photos from/to iTunes file sharing.

Meta Data (In-App Purchase):
File name, size
Taken date, EXIF and geo-tag

Share:
Share photos on facebook, twitpic
Send photos by email

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(Free) iTunes Link

 

 

Evernote Peek (v1.0)

Picked by: PatrickJ

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An instant ‘Wow Factor’ app from Evernote, makers of the great note-taking ‘second brain’ app of the same name. It’s the first app ever to be designed to work with the iPad 2 Smart Cover (so an iPad 2 and a smart cover are required). It’s a brilliant, simple, and effective concept. You lift a bit of the smart cover up to reveal a question. You then lift the cover up a bit further and the answer is revealed.

The app comes with a set of Published Notebooks to get you started – on topics like World Capitals, State Nicknames, Collective Nouns, Econ 101, Music Terms, Periodic Table Quiz, and more. The super cool thing is that you can use any of your Evernote notebooks as well. Note titles are used to form the questions, and the note body is used as the answer.

This should be a great study aid for anyone prepping for an exam, and it’s just such a clever concept.

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(Free) iTunes Link

 

 

Songkick Concerts (v1.0)

Picked by: AliciaB

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Another app I took a look at this week is Songkick for iPhone, enabling users to be updated on upcoming concerts of their fave artists. As a music lover and an avid concert goer, such a thing is simply vital for modern life. Like many other services, it started out with a website chock full of customization choices, including personal calendar and tracker, connection to Pandora, Last.fm or iTunes. Everything for free, quick and easy. The iPhone app continues the goodness, featuring the tabs: Concerts, Locations, Artists so you can not only see what you yourself have tagged to follow, but also concerts in your area. That in itself is a cool and great feature. For the artists you follow you can see the concerts you’ve already noted as well as newly announced concerts. The app works smoothly and has a great UI. I’m sure you’ll love it.

(Free) iTunes LinkUS Store

 

Ciderz Total Protection Pack for Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T only)

Picked by: Renkman

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When I got my wife a white iPhone for Mother’s Day, one of the first, and most important concerns she had, was how she was going to protect it.  Of course, I suggested a BodyGuardz product of her choosing.  Everyone knows BodyGuardz has screen protectors to fit your favorite electronic device.  However, they also have a newer product designed exclusively for the iPhone 4 called the Ciderz Total Protection Pack.  Included in the protection pack is the excellent screen protectors (front & back) you have grown accustomed to, and also additional side protection called the Ciderz Case that protects the iPhone 4 much like a bumper.

 

View Ciderz Total Protection Pack

The Ciderz are available in (9) fruity flavored inspired color combinations–my wife chose Cotton Candy (Pink on Purple).  As with most bumper cases, all your ports and buttons are accessible, including the 30-pin dock connector so you can easily charge your iPhone 4 with the case on.  The edges are slightly raised, so you don’t have to worry about scratching the surfaces of the phone when lying it on a flat surface without screen protectors on.  It is made from polycarbonate material that makes it easy to hold/grip, and also adds extra protection.  The Ciderz case fits snugly on your iPhone 4—VERY snugly.  If I had one complaint, it would be that it was a little hard to get on and off.  Having said that, once you do get it secured, you definitely don’t have to be concerned with it coming off, or becoming loose.  For those of you who have never installed a BodyGuardz screen protector before, here is a great how-to-video that is really helpful.  One other note—the Ciderz Case is only compatible with AT&T iPhones.

The Ciderz Total Protection Pack for the iPhone 4 was provided for review on iSource.com by BodyGuardz.  For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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($29.95)  Ciderz Total Protection Pack

 

 

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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