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.
Picked by: Alex Jordan
A week after I replaced my MacBook Pro (which met an untimely demise) with a MacBook Air, I couldn’t be happier. As I pointed out in my piece outlining the incident, it is fast, and has more than enough power to do what I do for a living (design). I swear it rivals a pro machine, and has the added benefit of a lightweight design, which after all is the point. If you’re in, or soon to be in the market for a new MacBook, I would recommend giving the MacBook Air a good hard look. MacBook Air starts at $999.
I’ve gotten a lot of tremendous feedback for my last post regarding the untimely death of my MacBook Pro. So, I’m going to clarify a few things.
First, and to my chagrin, I did not purchase AppleCare when I purchased my MacBook Pro. At the time, I didn’t even consider AppleCare, which is Apple’s extended insurance policy on the product you are buying. I did not have the money, nor did it occur to me that the machine would fail in two years. Me being naive I suppose…
Koto Go Silence (v1.0)
Picked by: Patrick
This is a brilliant kids storybook app for the iPad. It’s the story of one exciting night for Koto the dog, who steadfastly defends his house against all sorts of things that go bump in the night. He declares himself a samurai of the night, grabs his broom, and tracks down a number of mysterious and odd nighttime noises. Each of them is initially thought to be something sinister and spooky, and nearly all turn out to be harmless household objects – which Koto is able to silence.
It’s a charming story, narrated well, and it has absolutely superb animations. They’re often funny and always a joy to see. My daughter and I loved this one right from its first page, and I’m sure it’s one we’ll be re-reading often.
($2.99) iTunes Link
Dragon Shout (v1.0)
Picked by: Thomas
My POTW is Dragon Shout, a free universal iOS app that’s actually just a gigantic, blank map for Skyrim (an epic RPG on consoles and the PC). It can take hundreds of hours to play through Skyrim and the world is basically a gigantic snow globe with dragons stuffed into it, so having Dragon Shout’s map so you can save the exact spot you found that insane tower or monstrous dungeon is useful, to say the least.
I am a little underwhelmed with the initial release, though. Staring at a blank map just isn’t much fun and it would have been better to have an option to access a wiki full of markers. Lots of people play this game, and those who do are pretty hardcore about it, and so some crowd-sourced mapping would have been great. There is a section for sharing notes with friends, but 1) that isn’t quite the same and 2) it isn’t ready yet.
(Free) iTunes Link
EA Mobile DailyDeals
Picked by: Renkman
Everyone likes a good deal, I’m no different. So when I stumbled across this site by EA promising daily deals on iPhone and iPad games, I decided why not bookmark it onto my home screen so I could visit it everyday, and check out what’s on sale. There are iPhone and iPad games from EA on sale at considerable discounts, and each and every day that I’ve checked so far, there has always been one or two popular games free of charge. You can Tweet about it, or share it with friends on Facebook or over Email. You can even sign up for the EA.com newsletter, so you can
Be the first to hear about new gameplay features, tips and tricks, discounts, special promotions, and more. As an Insider you’ll have access to exclusive “behind the scenes” content and events, plus, you may have opportunities to get invited for game betas and initial feedback.
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.