iSource Picks of the WeekPosted by Renkman on Aug 11, 2012 in iPhone News, Uncategorized | Comments Off
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
By no stretch of the imagination am I an “audiophile”, but I can say that at times there is something lacking when it comes to audio playback on my MacBook Air. That’s where Boom comes in. Boom is a lightweight application that lives in your menu bar. I don’t know what kind of sorcery is behind this app, but it defiantly boosts audio quality and output. Boom can do several things, but mostly enhances audio to suit the situation. Yes, you can tinker with levels, but in my experience, the presets work just fine for most situations.
For instance, when I’m listening to a podcast I flip the bit labeled as “vocals” and it sounds great. Even if you’re not too concerned with quality, this app can boost volume, for when you are in louder situations. Boom is one of those few apps, that when it’s used, seems almost magical.
$6.99 [ App Store ]
Digg [ v 3.0 ]
Picked by: AliciaB
My pick this week is the new Digg - recently revamped and currently available on the web and for iPhone. Back in the days before we “liked” and “plus oned”, “upvoted” and “tweeted” things we would “digg” things. The digg website was a great one stop shop to find great reading content on the web. You could nominate a weblink and watch it go viral (if you were lucky) rapidly gaining popularity among digg members. I can’t actually remember why and when I stopped using it but it was probably when the app, twitter and news aggregator culture came along, services that more than satisfied my hunger for cool reads’ discovery. Now the Powers-That-Be at digg are striving to make the digg brand cool and relevant once more via the service’s novel iteration.
As you can imagine the digg experience on web and iPhone are easy on the eyes and friendly in navigation. The iPhone and web platforms offer an overview of “top” or “upcoming” stories, on the web there is the additional tab “popular”. Stories on web are arranged in 3 columns; on iPhone the posts flow in a vertical feed. The new digg is socially integrated, shareable via facebook, twitter and email. The app also allows for offline reading and saving for later. The “paperboy” function promises to download the latest stories when I leave my chosen location. As I do most of my reading on the iPad I’m looking forward to the iPad version which should hopefully be available soon but for now the iPhone and web versions offer enough to explore!
Free [ iTunes ]
Retro Decathlon 2012 [ v 1.1 ]
Picked by: PatrickJ
The London Olympics will be coming to a close this weekend, but you can stay in the spirit on your iPad with this fun game. The decathlon has always been one of the signature events of the summer games and this game lets you have a crack at all 10 of its events – the 100 Meters, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Meters, 110 Meter Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, and 1,500 Meters.
I really enjoy the retro UI and the basic gameplay. The graphics are very basic too of course, but I find the game fun and challenging.
I even enjoy the fact that I find some of the events much harder than others – which makes it even more fun to work towards new personal bests in each of the events. This makes the game slightly addictive for me.
$0.99 [ iTunes ]
PocketEarth Maps & Guides [ v 1.2.2 ]
Picked by: Renkman
PocketEarth Maps & Guides is one of those apps you stumble upon while looking for a competing app, and realize after spending a little time with it, that it’s better than what you were looking for!
I have an iPad that unfortunately, is Wi-Fi only. I use it at work on a daily basis out in the field for the most part away from any available Wi-Fi signals . One of the most compelling features of the new iPad is the screen, and map apps really shine on the retina display. So for me, I was really looking forward to viewing my routes and sampling locations on the crisp display of my new iPad. Since the Wi-Fi only iPad does not have a GPS radio, I was left to discover a solution that works offline.
Enter PocketEarth where you can select regions, states, or even countries to download in a compressed form that is optimized for mobile devices. Utilizing open source data from openstreetmap.org, naturalearthdata.com, geonames.org, wikitravel.org, and wikipedia.org PocketEarth renders vector maps in real-time using OpenGL ES based MagikEngine technology. As a result, pre-rendered images are only a fraction of the size of many other map programs, and they download much quicker as well.
While you are on a Wi-Fi connection you can save routes and regions to view in offline mode when a signal might not be available. Of course PocketEarth also works great on devices with GPS, too!
$2.99 [ 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.