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iSource Picks of the Week

 

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.

 

Minecraft – Pocket Edition  [ v 0.3.0 ]

Picked by: Alex Jordan

 

My pick this week is Minecraft Pocket Edition. To me, and reasonable people might disagree, this is a sandbox game with no real point, while being endlessly entertaining anyway. The worlds feel massive, and there are several modes of play, but my favorite is “Creative Mode”. In this mode, you are free to wonder, and dig, and build. This game is particularly impressive for several reasons. First, it is developed by a single man, Markus Persson. Secondly, the scope of the game, especially on an iPad or iPhone, is impressive. It’s worth a look at just $6.99. Plus, there is a lite version to take for a test spin.

Newest update includes…

Major version 0.3.0 (Crafting!)
+ New crafting UI reachable from […]Inventory -> [Craft]
+ Cows and chickens!
+ Damageable items
+ Drop items from your selection slots by press and hold
+ Some resources can only be gathered with specific tools (see crafting descriptions)

$6.99 [ iTunes ]

 

 

 

Video Time Machine  [ v1.3 ]

Picked by: Brandon K

 

WARNING:  If you need to be productive for the new few hours, stop reading about my pick of the week.  Because I guarantee that, once you download this app, you will get lost for hours.  Introducing Video Time Machine – a clean, neat app that lets you easily discover over ten thousand videos dating back all the way to 1860.  Yes, that’s right, 1860.  But if you’re like me, you’ll spend a lot of time – initially, at least – rediscovering videos from your childhood.  Over 7,500 of the available videos are from the 60’s and on.  There are a number of categories, including sports, news, games, trailers, music, and much more.  My personal favorite so are the old intermission clips from drive-in movies.  This is a universal app for all iOS devices.

$2.99 [ iTunes ]

Free this weekend!

 

 

AirDroid

Picked by: Brandon

 

My POTW isn’t going to apply to many of our staff writers, but hopefully some of our readers will find it useful. In my ongoing quest to keep Android going as my daily driver OS there’s been a lot of adjusting to how things work. As iOS users we’re used to iOS and iTunes playing like best friends, but there’s really no such thing when it comes to the Android ecosystem. So, when someone on iOS wants to drop a video, song, eBook or really anything else onto their iPhone they can simply fire up iTunes then drag and drop until they run out of space. Not so with Android. While it at times can really suck – at times it can be really cool too.

Enter my POTW – AirDroid. AirDroid is a free app (and one I’d gladly pay for) that allows you to not only upload to and download files from your Android device over a WIFI connection, but it also allows you to view your call logs, storage and battery status, stream music/videos, view pictures, send/receive text messages and  even have your phone open a web page if you want it to. AirDroid is a very cool tool and one I’m glad I found. It’s also a tool unlike anything you’ll find on iOS.

AirDroid can be had for the low, low price of free on the Play store – and you can get more details about the app at www.airdroid.com.

Free [ Link ]

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy SIII

Picked by: jhrogersii


Ok, before anyone thinks that we are losing another iSource writer to the dark side, fear not. Yes, my Pick of the Week is the Samsung Galaxy SIII, but it is not for the device itself, but more for the comedy pot of gold that Samsung has become. If anyone doubted that Apple’s current arch nemesis was the biggest copycat since your little brother or sister, then they put that to bed this week.

Between S Voice (Siri), Scan and Match (iTunes Match), and AllShare Cast (Apple TV), Samsung jumped the shark so high that Henry Winkler must be smiling. Then there was the massive-hype train presentation. They even managed to capture just the right twinge of disappointment from all the pent-up and overcooked hype, just like the iPhone 4S launch. That was a masterful touch. Hell, they even copied Google for good measure, making their own version of Android Beam, called S Beam. Really? REALLY? Awesome.

I’ve got to hand it to Samsung. They obviously have no shame anymore. In today’s patent-happy world, some would say that they should be commended. I would too, except for the fact that they want to stand in front of the world and say they aren’t copying as fast as others can create. That just makes them a great combo of funny and foolish. Make no mistake, Samsung will sell truckloads of Galaxy SIIIs. Of that, there is no doubt. They will just have the pleasure of being the emperor with no clothes while doing it, without the reality distortion field they seem to think they have to hide it.

[ Link ]

 

 

 

 

 

Album Art – Home Screen Wallpaper  [ v 1.0 ]

Picked by: PatrickJ

 

For me, this one is a great concept – combining your album art with a selection of cool-looking background themes to create unique and personal wallpapers for your iPad and iPhone. Happily, it’s not just a great concept – it’s a well executed app with a simple UI that makes it easy to create awesome wallpapers filled with images of your favorite albums. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can choose to have albums auto-filled within a theme or manually select each one to fill the available slots.

The images retina quality – and they really look great on both home and lock screens on my iPad.

$0.99 [ iTunes ]

50% off introductory price!

 

 

Evernote Food  [ v 1.1.2 ]

Picked by: Thomas

 

Evernote Food isn’t an app I use very often (for reasons I’ll state later on), but it was the app that prompted me to start using Evernote as a food journal, and so I’m highlighting it as my pick of the week.

Evernote Food is a very specific way of utilizing Evernote as your own personalized cookbook or food journal. The app has an interface tailored for quickly adding pictures and tagging them with details, like what you ate, where you ate it, and how it was made. If you’re the forgetful type, you can also go back and retroactively geo-tag and time stamp notes you’ve already created, so all you ever really need to do to make use of the app is make sure you take a picture of your food. The interface doesn’t do much more than that, but all notes are synced to Evernote, which is really the most significant part.

I’ve found Evernote to be indispensable as a mobile source of culinary inspiration when I’m not quite sure what to make for dinner. I frequently pull Evernote out and flip to my “Food” notebook, as seeing pictures of food I’ve cooked before really helps me when indecision strikes, and all of the pictures are laid out beautifully in the main Evernote app.

The only thing I’d change about the app is the way that regular Evernote sees notes from Evernote Food. Entries from Food look great in Evernote, but I was a little disappointed to find out that they can’t be edited from the regular Evernote app (you’ll have to use Food for that). But as a gateway app to the magic that is Evernote, Evernote Food is a major success, and well worth the (free) download.

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 in the comments section below.

 

 

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