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.
Max Payne Mobile [ v 1.11 ]
Picked by: Alex Jordan
My pick this week is Max Payne for iOS. Max Payne is a third-person shooter that follows the story of a cop framed for murder. It was a great game on the consoles of the early 2000s and a great change of pace compared to other, friendlier, games offered on the App Store. If. You’re a fan of shooters and dark stories, or just feel nostalgic, Max Payne is worth a shot. You can get a universal copy from the App Store for $2.99.
Some of the main features of their full featured app include
• Max Payne’s signature slow motion gunplay, Bullet Time®
• Stunningly sharp, HD quality resolution and textures
• Retina supported resolution for the new iPad
• Gameplay tailored for touch screen devices
• Highly customizable controls
• Multiple aiming modes
• Rockstar Games Social Club integration to track stats, unlock cheats and more
$2.99 [ iTunes ]
Moko Slim-Fit Folio Stand Case for the new iPad
Picked by: PatrickJ
This is a very good case for the new iPad. For under 20 bucks. It looks a lot like the popular Marware CEO Hybrid iPad case – as in not too far off identical, or certainly in the ‘inspired by’ category. It’s a folio case that looks good and plenty professional for taking to meetings and the like, offers good overall protection for the new iPad, and works well as stand in viewing and typing optimized angles. The iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature works with this case as well.
I’ve used this case and the latest version of the Marware CEO Hybrid for the new iPad and I actually prefer this one – and that’s before even considering that it goes for less than half the price of the Marware case. It’s a good all-rounder sort of case at a very attractive price.
$17.99 US [ Link ]
gdgt / Compare gadgets
Picked by: AliciaB
This week I was very pleased to discover the features of a website that deserves, in my view, a recommendation. The site is gdgt.com. I’ve known about it for a while but only discovered its value this past week when I was searching for a way to compare the darned Nokia Lumia handsets. There are sometimes when a geek just wants to have things set next to one another side by side so that the pros and cons of one and the other can be weighed. I am the kind of person who wonders whether the Lumia units have 710 or 800 components in them that determined their name and wants to understand the difference between them. Or why on earth does Samsung produce so many Galaxy Tabs and earnestly wants to understand the models’ differences. Gdgt.com has this “compare” functionality that I really like in that it is super quick and easy, graphically pleasing and informative. Of course gdgt.com did not invent this “compare” wheel, but it’s one of the best ways I’ve seen so far on how to stack and compare similar gadgets. Let’s say you were wondering how the Galaxy Tab, Asus Eee Pad, Blackberry Playbook, iPad 3 and Kindle Fire compare. Voilà! the site shows you all the stats, in addition to giving reviews and user ratings. I love it. Visit http://gdgt.com and enter your own product choices.
Free [ Link ]
Flashcards+ [ v 2.5.1 ]
Picked by: Renkman
My Pick this Week is Flashcards+ by Connor Zwick. Over the years, who hasn’t used flashcards to study for some test in school? I know I have. I also know that I hate to go through the process of creating them, keeping them looking legible, and remembering to carry them with me so I can be sure to study when I had any downtime. Well, things have changed a lot since I was a kid in school. Now there are apps for your mobile device like Flashcards+ that allow you to easily create concise, neat, organized flashcards that are always with you. I was helping my 9 year old son create some flashcards for a spanish test he had coming up. With Flashcards+ the whole process was painless and fun. In addition, if you can keep the process of studying fun, you will be much more likely to stick with it and have a better experience all around. Not only is Flashcards+ a universal app for the iPhone and iPad, but you get all this for free! Here are a few of my favorite features in the latest update…
-Auto-Play card audio by double clicking the speaker icon
-Add custom decks if you’re studying something that’s never been studied before (otherwise you could be using a Quizlet deck!) Adding decks and cards is made seamless and as fast as possible.
-Study the entire deck list at once
-Keep track of the cards you know by checking/unchecking them and only studying the ones you know or don’t know.
-Filter decks to search for a specific card
-Swap front and back side of cards
-Shuffle decks by shaking!
-Intuitive finger motions for study mode.
-Comprehensive help area
Free [ iTunes ]
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.