TiPb Picks of the Week for August 27, 2011
Every week the TiPb Nation comes together to give some love to our favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, Web Apps, jailbreak apps -- even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV related, they’re fair game!
ESPN Goals – @chrisoldroyd
Another football related app pick this week as the new English Premier League season is now under way. ESPN Goals is now a free app that used to require a monthly subscription. If you want to see the goals and highlights of all the games, this app has it all.
Video of goals and match action from every Barclays Premier League match, live scores and match stats, fixtures and results from around the league, match previews and weekend round-ups. You can even have push alerts for goal videos, match highlight clips and Weekend roundup clips. It is my go to app to catch up on all the days action when I am out and about. It works on WiFi and 3G connections!
[Free - App Store Link]
All-in Yoga HD: 200 Poses and Yoga Classes - @sethclifford
Since I returned from vacation, I've been re-discovering how much I enjoy doing some light yoga in the morning before work to stretch out my body and begin my day. I don't have a lot of time in the morning, so I wanted to find an app that I could customize to meet my needs, but also be able to discover and learn new poses and expand my skills.
All-in Yoga HD for iPad is a great way to do that. The app has several modes in which to use it. There are pre-built routines for every skill level ready to select and follow. You can also browse the library of poses to create your own routine, which I've done for myself based on a few criteria. If you're not sure where to start, you can also enter some information about yourself, both physical and goal-oriented, and the app will recommend a routine for you to follow.
In addition to this, there are a lot of other features as well. There is a calendar to track workouts and progress, music and narration options to guide you through your routines, 3D models to display muscle groups targeted in certain poses, social sharing, and a few other cool things as well, such as video content (downloadable on demand) to demonstrate the poses. I've only had it a few days and have barely begun to scratch the surface.
Whether you're a beginner or a yoga expert, this app looks to be a good companion piece if you enjoy performing yoga at home. Great paths for every skill level, personal customization, and a ton of additional features make it a solid purchase.
[$4.99 - App Store link]
NFB Films for iPad - @reneritchie
The National Filmboard of Canada, or NFB for short, is one of our modern cultural treasures. It's our public film producer and through it voices that would not otherwise find a platform for expression and visions that would not otherwise be produced in the "sequel of a reboot of a sequel of an adaption of a brand" purely commercial model. And much of it is breathtakingly brilliant.
Now I don't like all of it, and that's okay. My liking something is no reflection on its brilliance, just my personal tastes. There's lots of fantastic stuff that just doesn't interest me, and some real trash I just can't watch enough of. Having such wondrous, diverse, raw, creative works -- things I might not pick out on Netflix once I've noticed the new 2 star Steve Seagal movie is available -- available on demand on my iPad is part of what makes the device, if not magical, then truly delightful.
And with over 1000 free movies, a dedicated kids channel, 48 hours of offline cache, and a great looking UI, there's a lot to be delighted in. You can curl up with a documentary about the Pink and Black Attack, then hand off to the kids to watch little birds go Peep, Chirp, and Quack.
What's not to love?
[Free - App Store link]
USAA Mobile - @Alli_Flowers
A lot of banks are now offering this service, but USAA was the first to offer check deposit by iPhone. Yes, you read that right. If you haven't heard about it before, USAA allows you to take a photo of a check through this app, and use that to deposit the funds into your account. It makes sense, since USAA has almost no physical banks.
Anything that I can do from my USAA account on the web, I can do from the app - and usually faster and easier. I can transfer funds from one account to another, pay bills from my checking account, get copies of my insurance documents, or even take out a loan for a new car.
USAA Mobile is not a universal app, but they offer a separate iPad app, which is also free. You can't ask for much more than that!
[Free - App Store link]
Age of Zombies - @skeetobite
My pick of the week is Age of Zombies. This is actually an older game that I just purchased recently to give a try. It turns out…it’s GREAT! It’s a simple 3rd person shooter game, with you controlling the hero “Streakfries”, and trying to rid the world of zombies. The only problem – zombies have been sent back in time, so you need to travel through human history killing zombies. It’s easy to pick up – one joystick controls movement, one controls the fire direction. Simple to play, and quite addictive, I find myself playing it for much longer than I originally thought I would. And the best part, it is a universal app, os you can play on the iPhone or iPad!
[$0.99 - App Store link]
Peggle HD - @llofte
In case you missed the news, Peggle is now available on the iPad! This is one of my favorite games of all times and it's so addicting.
In this arcade style game, you are presented with a board of pegs. Most of them are blue, many of them are orange, two are green, and one is purple. The goal? Eliminate all the orange pegs. The green pegs will give you super power, the blue ones are worth minimal points and basically just in the way, and the purple peg will give you a point boost. The goal is simple, but achieving it isn't always an easy task.
I'm going to out a limb here and say that Peggle HD is a must-have app for your iPad. Oh, and guess what? TiPb is gifting out five copies of Peggle HD, so go try to win one!
[$2.99 - App Store link]
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