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

Heart Fitness (v2.0.3.)

Picked by: Joe Tomasone

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You would never have guessed that there’s an app for THIS.

Heart Fitness allows you to measure your heart rate using the camera and flash on your iPhone – and no, I’m not joking.   The app is genuine and really works – and what’s more, currently free in the App Store.

The app works by having you cover the camera and light with your finger, which then monitors your pulse.

Besides the obvious cool factor (and how many devices does an iPhone replace now?!), this can be a very helpful tool to add to your health management arsenal.   You could buy a heart rate monitor for $50 or more (which, admittedly, adds an O2 saturation sensor), or you can use this free app that is by all accounts just as accurate.

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(Free)  iTunes Link

 

 

 

Calvetica (v4.0)

Picked by: Thomas

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Calvetica, my favourite $1.99 iPhone calendar at by a longshot, has been updated to version 4.0. The app has seen a complete rewrite and now features all the information you need on one screen. Along the top half of the screen is the monthly calendar, which shows all of the appointments from your various iPhone calendars (including Google calendars). The app also makes it far easier to create an appointment on a given day, all you need to do is tap and hold on a date on the monthly calendar to bring up a custom prompt for creating new event. If you don’t like all of the extra information or clutter the monthly calendar brings to the screen, you can simply swipe upwards to clear more space for the various agenda, week, and day views.

If that isn’t enough, Calvetica now also supports tasks (with proprietary custom cloud syncing), and has become a universal, which makes it a great deal for those who enjoy managing schedules from their tablets. Version 4.0 is a free upgrade from Calvetica 3.7 and is available now on the App Store.

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($1.99)  iTunes Link

 

 

 

Infographics

Picked by: AliciaB

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My Pick of the Week is Infographics for iPad and iPhone. If you are anything like me, hoping that Powerpoint presentations go the way of the dodo sooner than later and think Infographics are the future, then you’ll be drawn to this free app. Made by Column Five Media, this app essentially stores a collection of Infographics on various topics. It shows diverse styles of content presentation and is not meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive but simply a nice showcase of what’s possible with this format. You can share ones you like on the usual social sites or by email. I’d recommend checking out “From Stock Boy to Tech Mogul – The First Jobs of Tech Billionaires” (featuring Gates, Balmer and jobs among others); “Portrait of a self-described Mac User vs. PC User “What are the hardest languages to learn” or (being the geek that I am) “The Jedi Trainers Guide to Employee Management”. Infographics are something of great beauty for me and this app is a nice way to not only enjoy them but to study them for personal or professional implementation.

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(Free) iPad / iPhone

 

 

 

iChromy (v1.1 )

Picked by: PatrickJ

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IChromy brings Chrome-style browsing to the iPad. It offers tabs, and the excellent Ominibox so you can search or enter URLs all in the one box / bar. It also has lots of other nice power features, like auto-hiding of the address bar as you scroll down a page, Read Later and Reading List for offline reading, open links in new tab, find in page, an Incognito mode for added privacy, and the ability to identify iChromy as a desktop browser for sites where that’s desirable.

I’ve been using it on my iPad 2 for quite a while – not instead of Safari, but in addition to. It’s stable and fast and great to use if you’re a fan of Chrome on the desktop.

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(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.

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