Giveaway: iMore Picks of the Week for January 7, 2012

iMore Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team iMore will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

Talkatone - @Alli_Flowers

I was so excited this week - I was going to pick CloudOn. But it was pulled from the App Store within hours of my installing it. Big bummer!

So my number two choice this week is Talkatone, a free app that works with your GoogleVoice account. Talkatone leverages some of the most useful features from GV and brings them to your iPad.

Yes, with Talkatone, you can make and receive calls directly on Your iPad. If you were hesitant to start using GV, this is a good reason to start, and if you were using it before, this will help you take advantage of all the features and get even more use from it.

You can text and talk using your WiFi connection (or data if you have a 3G iPad). So your iPad finally really becomes a big iPhone! You do, of course, have to use the speakerphone when using Talkatone on your iPad. And in case I neglected to mention this before, you can use Talkatone on your iPhone too. (It's just cooler on the iPad!)

While Talkatone is free, there are several tiers of in-app purchases that will allow you to do things like add multiple Google accounts. This is something that I particularly like since you can't use the same phone number for multiple GV accounts, so only one of my accounts ever rings/texts through - the others always go to voicemail/email.

This is a great, GREAT utility for any GV user.

Emit - @sethclifford

Rene and I are both huge fans of Air Video [$2.99 - App Store link] for streaming all manner of differently formatted (read: non-iTunes) visual content around our homes. It's a fantastic app, and can handle almost anything you can throw at it. Except using it with non-iOS devices. Since I also have a few other things I like to toy around with (most recently the Kindle Fire), I was looking for a similar solution that would work across multiple devices. I found it in Emit.

Emit is very similar to Air Video in that it relies on a streaming component loaded onto a Mac/PC and then outputs video to your mobile device. The big difference here is that it also works with Android devices, and soon Windows Phone 7 devices too. The server software can run on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux, so it's as equal-opportunity as you're going to get right now. I downloaded the free server app and the Amazon Appstore version of the mobile app as well as the universal iOS app to test out.

Interface-wise, it's pretty barebones. Not exactly the kind of eye candy we're often accustomed to on iOS. But when it comes to watching videos, quite frankly, I'll put up with a lot less in terms of app design if it does the one thing I want it to do (stream my videos however and wherever I choose) successfully. Emit got that part right. Videos over my home wi-fi network on both iOS and the Kindle Fire were streamed very smoothly and I didn't run into any connection issues. I've yet to set up the internet access (to watch videos away from home), and I'm hoping that it's a similarly good experience.

Whoa, hold up... just realized something else. One additional really cool feature is that there is also a built-in web app at the app's site that allows you to watch videos right in the browser! That's pretty awesome. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to have to go and try this out. If you've got a lot of different content to watch, and more than just iOS devices on which to do it, give it a look. There's a free version available on Android too if you're not sure about ponying up right away.

iCloud Backup – @chrisoldroyd

Not going for an app this week but the backup feature of iCloud. I try and backup my iPhone 4S every night when I plug it in to charge so my backup file is always reasonably up to date. Today, I went to the Apple Store to try and get a replacement iPhone 4S as mine was behaving a little strangely.

Everything went well as usual at the Apple Store and I got my new iPhone. This time instead of taking it home to sync with iTunes I just input my iCloud information and used the Apple Store WiFi connection. Half an hour later I was all set up with a new iPhone that had everything that the old one did. All of my apps installed and all in the correct folders. All of my text messages, emails, contacts, you name it. It just worked!

The only negative was my music, I have iTunes Match and all my music is stored on iTunes in the Cloud. To get that back I had to download everything again manually. That is not the Apple way and I expect that to be automated very soon too.

Zombieville USA 2 - @skeetobite

My pick of the week is the sequel to one of my favorite causal games of all times – Zombieville USA 2. Zombieville USA 2 brings back the same basic game play (side scrolling action, killing zombies) but adds a few unique twists from the first game to make it an entirely new experience. Zombieville USA 2 allows you to have three weapons at a time (with different buttons controlling each one), and there are plenty of weapons to choose from. You can also upgrade weapons, as well as upgrading skills with the money you earn. The side scrolling action has been expanded somewhat, so allow a 3-d movement. Lastly, and perhaps most important of all, you can now have multiplayer action! Two people can team up to shoot, stab, blow up, and obliterate zombies before they have a chance to eat your brains!

2012 International CES App - @iMuggle

With CES upon us, I've been looking for a good way to browse through all the different exhibits and events at CES to figure out which ones I want to check out. Then comes the organizing them part. While I have most of my stuff in iCal, the official app allows me to add tracks easily and share them with other friends that are attending.

Besides just adding tracks you can view maps, photos, videos, and even see who is tweeting about CES. It's a great way to actively stay up to date with what's going on around you. I plan to really test it out this week while in Vegas.

AccuWeather for iPhone - @bla1ze

Yeah, it's a weather app. There is a lot of weather apps in the iTunes App Store, many are free and many are paid. AccuWeather for iPhone is a free, ad supported app with a lot of features and a few, you'd not really expect from a simple weather app but are included in this one:

  • iCloud Support - Settings and saved locations sync to AccuWeather apps through iCloud.
  • Notification Center Support - View today’s forecast in the Notification Center drop-down.
  • Calendar Integration - View 15-day forecasts in your calendar.
  • Social Sharing - Share weather information with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter and email messages.
  • View Contacts on weather maps – Place contacts of your choice on the radar weather display and “pin” them on the map to see current conditions for that contact.

Normally, I tend to not bother with Weather apps because well, I find it easier to look out the window but with the added features of AccuWeather for iPhone, I've learned to enjoy both -- looking out the window and checking in the app to see a longer forecast.

Google Translate - @andrewwray

Want to know how to say something in another language on-the-fly? Well, Google Translate won't do exactly that, but it comes pretty darn close. Just speak what you need translated and tap 'GO' and, well, it'll translate your input into whatever language you desire! You can even have it speak the phrase aloud to you to help make sure you're saying it correctly.

Google Translate has some other really great options as well. For starters, you can star specific phrases for quick reference, change the language input selection (Chinese, English and Spanish are all supported with regional variations included) or type out your phrase instead of using voice input if you're so inclined.

If you've been trying to learn a new language, or even if you're heading on a trip to another country, then it's almost guaranteed that Google Translate will come in quite handy! Google Translate is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as a universal binary app.

Triple Entendre - @llofte

Triple Entendre is a very difficult riddle game and I am so addicted! I've literally lost sleep over it. It's hard to really say much about it in terms of a description, except that each level contains clues and photos for either the answer or question to the riddle. You cannot progress until you get the answer right.

Most of these levels are extremely difficult and will likely drive you mad. However, we've got a thread in the forums dedicated to offering hints to fellow players. So go pick up the app and join in! If you think you can handle it - that is.

Tripit - @reneritchie

So begins a the annual cycle of trade shows, with CES 2012, pretty much the biggest, baddest one of them all, starting the year off with a bang. Since it's far from home and I'm far from organized, I need every little app and accessory I can to get me through it.

If you haven't already, go watch or listen to Georgia and Phil Nickinson's fantastic ZENandTECH episode this week for a ton of useful tips and picks for frequent travelers, because I'm only going to echo one of them here -- Tripit.

Tripit is a web service with a universal app for iPhone and iPad that helps take the tedium and trepidation out of travel. You make a reservation for a flight or a hotel, Tripit takes it in, breaks it down, and gives you back a humanized agenda that clean on the surface but jam packed with details just a tap away. You can either manually forward confirmation emails to Tripit or set it up to monitor your Gmail address for instant updates (enter security vs. convenience argument here).

There are social networking features, so I can see where, for example, where friends and co-workers are going, and if you pay for a pro membership, which I do, you can create an inner circle for those closest to you so they automatically have all your travel info at hand. Tripit Pro will also email and/or SMS you any changes to flight schedules, gates, etc. which pretty much makes it worth it's weight in gold. (If binary bits had weight, that is.)

If you or those around you travel frequently or even occasionally, get Tripit.

Tell us your pick, enter to win a $10 iTunes gift certificate!

Those were our picks, iMore Nation, so now it's your turn! Tell us your pick of the week below. Give us the name of your favorite app, site, or accessory, and tell us why it made your life more productive, more informed, more entertaining, or just plain more fun. We'll pick one of you and send you a shiny $10 iTunes gift certificate so you can start stocking up for future picks! Contest starts now and ends next Friday, January 13 at 12pm PT.

So what are you waiting for? Jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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My personal app of the week is Tweetbot. I've tried out a handful of twitter apps and Tweetbot is by the far the most successful and worth its price. It's easy to use, has a clean layout, and all the essential functions a twitter app should come with plus more. I couldn't ask for a better twitter app on the iPhone.

Twisted Wave Audio Editor ($10). Not multitrack, but edits mono or stereo audio files, dead simple to use, has a pretty good number of effects. It is one of the few iOS audio editors that will import MP3 format and export it (the encoding is done on their server and you can email a link to the file) I was looking for something to edit podcasts and this is the best thing I have seen so far.

Well thx. Good likoon out. It works very well. Now if only I can get my dad to figure out how to work his PC version I might get a successful call done. lol

ContactClean was my big discovery, and great for a new year. I finds all the potential duplicates in your address book/contacts and helps merge and delete the ones you don't want. Very useful since I seem to collect contacts from many places. It did its' initial search very efficiently so was a joy to use. Did a very quick and easy first pass and has features to work with iCloud and to fix misnamed contacts. Staying in my utilities folder for regular cleanups. It is only .99 but can be found free sometimes.

Flipboard is awesome. Once I personalized the intent I was able to reduce the amount of news and social apps I use everyday.

My pick is FlipBoard for iPhone. I love the "all timelines" options for a consolidated view of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Hi Mags,I m sdienng you a separate email to the Feren email address. I couldnt' find a Flag Listing from that email address in our queue.Sorry for the wait, and check your email ; )

I would like to recommend the app "Planets". I absolutely love this app and I use it often to look up at the stars and see what I can find.
The Planets app uses the phone's GPS to determine your location and it allows you to use the gyroscope to gaze around the sky and look for different collections of stars and even other planets.
It also comes with a feature that shows the visibility of objects to you in the sky. (Sun, moon, other planets) and the times they are visible.
I absolutely love the app and I think others will find it interesting as well.
Planets - Free (Universal)http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planets/id305793334?mt=8

My app for iPhone is hautelook , this app inform me of the latest discounts on clothing.

An iOS game I bought about a month ago (Patchworkz by Big Fish Games) for my iPhone 4 has given me much peace and relaxation over the holiday season, and it has helped me relieve stress in my ongoing job search (I've been out of work for almost 13 months now). Looking for a job, interviewing, etc. has been very hard, and so a jigsaw-ish game like Patchworkz, with its soothing music, pleasant sound effects and challenging gameplay, has provided much relief.

I really like "eWallet GO!" on my iPad2, iTouch and PC. I securely syncs all my passwords, credit card info, and basically info of all cards in my wallet. Besides being handy to look up a username/password for a web site I don't visit real often, I keep a list of EVERY card in my wallet with contact info, account numbers, etc. so that if my wallet is lost of stolen, I know who to contact. For $10 I got the iPad and PC versions. Great peace of mind!

Flipboard! Puts all the news, info, Facebook, twitter onto one smooth interface. That's how I started following you guys!

Friends don't let friends use online translators. The screen cap in the review above is the perfect example. The French means "I'd love to know how to speak French," rather than "I wish I knew how to speak French." Sometimes those subtleties can make a huge difference. Google Translate is nice, but please don't depend on it.

Ally - I hope the CES app is better than the CTIA app. I got more lost using the CTIA app than stumbling blindly around the exhibition floor.

CloutOn, is a very nice app for iPad that allows you to open Office Documents, edit, save to your Dropbox. One more is the LogMeIn app for iPad, and the beautiful thing is that they both are FREE.

My most used app is Twitteriffic. I keep up on my tweets from multiple iOS devises, and twittteriffic's tweetmarkwr support is a lifesaver

The app I am using the most these days is called TeamViewer. It allows you to remotely access your computer from any internet connection. It is free, and works great. The interface is pretty nice as well. It allows me to access my computer for a file or something when I am away from home, or even just start a download if I don't want to get up and walk over to my computer. Check it out.

My favorite app this week is Knowtilus Pro. It's a great browser for iPad or iPhone with lots of cool features. My favorite is how you can have multiple web pages open in the same window and adjust their size so you can see them all at the same time. It also has a translator, RSS feed reader and a lot of other stuff. This app is normally $9.99, but it's on sale for just 99¢ right now! There are several more features I haven't really loBoked at, but I think it's definitely worth the dollar.

Im gonna have to say Tiny Wings for now. I am stuck in a house without wifi for the weekend and it's been keeping me occupied. ;) very addicting!

XpenseTrkr: great tool for tracking work expenses and mileage. Also has the ability to create categories for the expenses. A must have.

Flipboard. Oh my god, Flipboard. It's my favorite iPad app by far. It's so good that I find myself disappointed there isn't a version for my Mac.

Hootsuite if a fav. Let's you use multiple Facebook and twitter accounts. Along with linkin and other social media. All in one single app.

I swore I'd never put a case on my iPhone. I hate cases. But for Christmas my wife gave me a bumper, and I absolutely LOVE it! It keeps the screen/back from touching surfaces when I set the phone down, it protects the phone (minimally), and now my phone doesn't slide of things all the time. Plus, rather than make my phone look stupid--which I think cases tend to do--it makes it look almost a tad cooler!
Here's the one I got: http://amzn.to/ySngV6

I ca vouch for Tripit and Google Translate. While I can also agree with the above comment by Alli that we need to use some caution with online translations, I can't begin to tell the amount of help I've gotten from this service. Simply amazing.
For weather my go-to app is Weatherbug Elite.

I've been usung Tripit for several trips and have found it reliable and easy to use. Having all info in one or two places ( iPhone, Ipad, main computer, etc) sure beats having to lug around my printed itinerary. Luv it.

Logging in works now, not sure what the issue was.The other farutee I'd like to see? Deleting to dos. I don't like to mark something as done if it actually wasn't!

I like relax melodies, this app has nice soft music (not spoken) and nature sounds that makes feel relax, ideal for nights to put you to sleep, medication or a relax time at any moment in the day.

I'd have to say eWeather HD is my current favorite. With 2 weather services and both fairly accurate, as well as the temperature on the Home Screen Badge. Plus many other options to play with to provide up to date weather knowledge.

Recently, LiveProfile has made a comeback it seems on the eastern coast (New York City and New Jersey specifically). I used to have a LiveProfile back in April, when it was a little popular, but not too popular (I had 3 contacts.) Well, I feel that LiveProfile is a huge hit and should be this weeks "Pick of the Week." The UI is very friendly and it is simple to use. I like that I can see if my friends who haven't crossed over to iLand read the message yet. Lastly, one of the biggest things is that people (including myself) are way more eager to share their LiveProfile ID on Facebook rather than their actual phone number. Well, I hope I win and good luck to all :D

By Crazy Mike Leave a CommentInfinity Blade 2 is an eexlelcnt follow up to the award wining Infinity Blade with a much larger storyline, more customization, and more enemies (women included). The graphics

My pick of the week is MyFitnessPal, as a new years resolution to myself I decided to get healthy. A friend recommended "myfitnesspal.com, and so I searched the app store and badda bing badda boom!
This app has all the essentials for starting out your new work out regime. I entered in my age,sex, height, weight and activity level and goal of weight loss and it gave me a net calorie target range. Then you can add in your workouts, you can enter in the activity and you can easily customize the duration and calories burned.
For food intake you can manually search their food items that seem to be organized by users inputting their own food items, therefore their data base is quite large. Upon further testing out the app I found the bar code scanner which makes adding food eaten as easy as a scan of a bar code.
The app graphs your work outs, food intake and shows you how much work you need to do to reach them. The best part is that it shows you on your daily totals exactly how much of everything you have consumed, for example your daily total of calories, carbs, proteins, fats, sodium vitamins and so on. It shows you what you have over consumed or what you have left to consume.
Overall a great app for my New Year's resolution, and the best part!
It's FREE!! :)
Here's the link
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?...

I recently discovered Day One and its interface alone motivates me to journal. So nicely designed and user-friendly.

My favorite app is Reminders! by Ripe Apps, Inc. Not only does it remind me to call, sms, get a "to do" done, sms or email someone - it also allows you to do the action from the alert window or you can snooze it. Now I can send a text when I know the person is awake, but type it in advance and I never forget to make that call that I need to make the next day.

Action movie fx because my kids have a lot of fun with it. I need to get the other effects. Garage band is another favorite that I don't own and need since im a musician

Ok I'm an Android fan but bhougt hit iPad because the Archos 7 was too small. The Ipad doesnr suck as bad as I thought it would. Threw my kindle in the trash.

Get upset! Really its a must to take a look past ertvyehing and get upset. Now this will let you take the next steps to becoming successful.

Despite the fact that it is the ugliest app Apple makes--by far--I use Find my Friends nearly every day. My wife is ALWAYS late, and requires constant prodding to get moving. I use Find my Friends as a way to keep track of where she is and how late we will be to various events. It helps keep both of us sane.

Pocket Informant is the beet calendar And tasks app out there. HD version for ipad available. Syncs tasks with Toodledo calendar with ios calendar or gmail calendar. Allows for custom calendar colors with more variety than the standard ios calendar colors. Great customer support in their forums.

This week my fav is Machinarium. I can't stop playing it and I haven't gotten anything done, because I have been caught up in a vey creative world! I can't believe the creativity in this app which includes incredible drawing and music. This makes me "angry", not really lol, that Angry Birds is so popular when there is so much more to this game. The developers did an incredible job!

I really like CloudOn right now, it is new but really seems to do the job. Love the Dropbox integration.

My favorite app is teacher pal. It has been helpful in taking attendance and keeping track of grades.

My recent fave is heytell it's a fun app it's like voice texting. When I heard about it I thought it sounded dumb. After using it. It's pretty fun. And useful at times if you are driving and don't want to type a text.

Just picked up an inCase Slider case with belt clip attachment after dropping my iPhone 4. I do have a crack on the corner of the screen (not affecting operation), but now, if I drop the thing, at least it won't make it worse. And, it's a lot better than my old Sena horizontal belt pouch! (though that was a good case too, and will be sorely missed).

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For fun, it's gotta be Words with Friends. Or ,as we call it at home, iCrack.
For work, nothing beats TurboScan.

Tweetbot is my pick. I spend a lot of time on Twitter and Tweetbot provides the most enjoyable experience. I refuse to use anything else for Twitter.

Reeder - I rely heavily on RSS and Google Reader. I have used Reeder on my iPhone and iPad ever since both were released. Both are excellent apps that sync all my feeds offline so I can then read them even if I have no data connection. The options are great and allow for for you ro specify as much or as little you want to load (eg don't load graphics). The integration and being able to tweet or send articles to other web services is also exceptionally valuable.

I am a great fan of imore. It keep is updated about what happening in iWorld from time to time. For this week i would like to pic Accuweather as my pick because its cold today n snowfall so it helps me recording n tracking weather of differnt places te to time it ease my life. Thnq iMore :D

My pick is accuweather, easy to use, nice interface and quick acces to all info about weather you may need, also the real feel feature it's very helpful.

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