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.
National Geographic Today [ v 1.1 ]
Picked by: AliciaB
This week I can warmly recommend National Geographic Today for iPad, featuring hi-res images, videos and articles on the fascinating world around us.
It’s one of those apps that were simply made for iPad (and of course a retina display). It’s a true coffee-table-like volume with gorgeous pics and loads of facts and factoids. As you can imagine, you can fully immerse yourself in the app’s content for hours on end.
Getting around is easy. You can browse through Video, Article, Galleries and Featured Photos by Week or by Content category. View Editor’s Picks by tapping the top left, or swipe right in Week view to see the entries from the past week. When in a gallery, swipe left to see more content, which can be then emailed or shared. I think my fave way of browsing is using the Content view, which gives you a good overview of the posted material. All in all, a great way to see the world and ideal for kids of all ages!
Free [ iTunes ]
Reeder for iPad [ v1.5.5 ]
Picked by: PatrickJ
Reeder is a Google Reader client RSS app, with a subtle and attractive UI. It has a good inline viewer for posts, syncs with Google Reader automatically and flawlessly, lets you browse by feeds or folders, and has a good range of sharing and saving options.
I’m a very late comer to the Reeder Appreciation Society. Thomas and others have been singing its praises to me for ages. Thomas has been telling me about how fast it is for as long as I can remember. I had tried it a few times on the iPhone and iPad, but a few weeks ago I gave it another look on the iPad. And now I’m pretty much addicted to how blazing fast and nice to use this app is.
Since I’m a heavy RSS user Reeder has made its way to my first home screen and is now one of my most used apps. The only drawback of discovering the greatness of this app is having to tell Thomas how right he was.
$4.99 US [ iTunes ]
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Picked by: Thomas
I won’t be purchasing one any time soon (because I just bought a Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for my iPad 2), but the new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover still looks incredibly tempting. The whole device fits over the iPad much like a Smart Cover, but instead of folding up into a triangle, it allows you to mount your iPad in landscape mode and type with a set of glorious chiclet-style keys. Then, once you’ve gotten your “srs bsnz” out of the way, you can simply lift the iPad up, snap the keyboard onto it, and be on your way. Setup is simple, as the Logitech Ultrathin pairs with the iPad over Bluetooth and can charge its built-in battery with a micro-USB cable.
The only thing I’m wondering right now is whether the keyboard will support portrait orientation, as I’m really enjoying that with my current Logitech keyboard case. It’s much more comfortable to read in portrait mode, and I even like writing in it, as well.
If you’re interested in taking a look at more specs or pre-ordering this $99 snap-on keyboard, head to Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover website.
[via iPad Insight]
$99.00 [ Link ]
SiriusXM Internet Radio [ v 2.0.1 ]
Picked by: Renkman
I’m on the road a lot. While I’m driving, hands down, the hardest part is beating the boredom of the road. There is only so much terrestrial radio one person can take. I get bored with the local radio stations pretty quickly. I have been a fan of Sirius Radio for years, and when my speakers went dead in my truck, my SiriusXM Internet Radio App has been my best friend. With so many great features and content to choose from, and the newly added ability to go back up to 5 hours on the Howard Stern show. I love the ability to pause, fast forward or rewind live radio allowing me to hear previously aired programming from the beginning. Access requires a SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription.
Additional Pro Features Include…
• Start Now allows you to start shows from their beginning even if you’ve just tuned to that channel.
• TuneStart automatically starts the currently playing song from its beginning when you tune to a music channel so that you can enjoy the complete song.
• Pause lets you pause live radio and pick up right where you left off.
• Fast Forward and Rewind lets you navigate through previously aired programming.
• Show Finder lets you find and set alerts for your favorite SiriusXM shows.
• Other bug fixes and stability improvements.
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.