Dragon Dictation, Pizza Hut, What's On, TED Talks, SmartScreen, ESPN ScoreCenter, BabyBump, Waze, Tweetie 2 - TiPb Picks of the Week


Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most 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 (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

Chad's Pick: Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is one slick app. You can dictate then email, text or copy your text to the clipboard. I found the app to be accurate as long as there is no background noise. Oh, did I mention it's free? [Free - iTunes link]

Dragon Dictation

Chris' Pick: Pizza Hut

Scenario: you are at a bar, loud music, a couple of beers, and you are hungry. How can the iphone help? Pizza Hut app! Set up an account, order your pizza through the app (no talking and not being able to hear on the phone), and in 30 minutes- fresh, hot pizza. Used it each of the past Fridays during the faculty bar night, and saved many a faculty from , well, being hungry. [Free - iTunes link]

Pizza Hut

Derrick's Pick: What's On TV

What's On allows you to see what's playing the not only on your TV but also what's in the movies, Its one of my favorite apps and did I mention its free? This app is definitely a must have. [Free - iTunes link]

What's On?

Georgia's Pick: TED

The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks application allows you watch their cutting-edge videos on your iphone. Each year TED hosts some of the most awe inspiring, fascinating people. No matter what I am interested in learning about there is a TED talk about it. Here are some of my favourite iphone related TED talks: Jeff Han - Multi-Touch Interaction, David Pogue - Simplicity sells, Sir Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity? (And is that why Steve Jobs dropped out?!) I would be really interested to hear which are your favourite TED Talks as well! [Free - iTunes link]


James' Pick: SmartScreen (for Jailbreak)

If there is one thing I would like to see in iPhone 4.0, it would be widgets on the lockscreen or any one my my app pages. Android does and it really adds a nice customization touch. Luckily I don't have to wait until 4.0 for widgets, as SmartScreen offers that functionality. Only a few widgets are currently available, but the developers behind the app have released a SDK for others to develop widgets. [$5 - via Cydia]

SmartScreen for Jailbreak

Jeremy's Pick: ESPN ScoreCenter

My pick this week is ESPN ScoreCenter. If you want to know why you can read all about it here... [Free - iTunes link]

ESPN ScoreCenter

Leanna's Pick: BabyBump :)

When I found out I was pregnant a few days ago, I started looking for a pregnancy app almost immediately and BabyBump is excactly what I was looking for. For each new week of the pregnancy stage, BabyBump provides information about the developmental progress of my baby including its approximate size/weight, an object that is similar in size (this week, Baby is about the size of a poppyseed), and a picture of what my baby looks like. BabyBump also gives weekly information on what changes I can expect with my body and a place for me to store a picture of my belly for my records. In the journal, I can keep a daily record of my weight, waist size, moods, and anything else I want to record. BabyBump also has a kick and contractions counter that can be shared directly with Facebook and Twitter. BabyBump is the pregnancy app to have and I highly recommend it for all pregnant women. [$4.99 - iTunes link]


Matt's Pick: Waze

Waze is a community map navigation application. Waze has an initial base map in it, which users then help verify the roads by simply leaving the app running while driving. The application will also notice if traffic is getting heavy (live traffic reporting) and reports it to the community map so other people that might be traveling that route can avoid that area. That is one of the numerous features that Waze offers. Overall, the routing was decent and the turn-by-turn prompts are is very good. [Free - iTunes link]


Rene's Pick: Tweetie 2

Trying to do this year's @SPERoundRobin (#RoundRobin) without a good, nay -- great Twitter app would be very, very difficult. I'm not using Tweetie 2 with it's excellent re-tweet, search, saved-search, and other functions has been a sanity savor. I use tons of Twitter apps. I try new ones whenever they come out. Thus far, I'm still going back to Tweetie 2 because it's a powerhouse and it just suits my brain -- such as it remains. [$2.99 - iTunes link]


Your Pick?

You're part of team TiPb too, so what's your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us -- and everyone -- know in the comments!

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Rene Ritchie

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Dragon Dictation, Pizza Hut, What's On, TED Talks, SmartScreen, ESPN ScoreCenter, BabyBump, Waze, Tweetie 2 - TiPb Picks of the Week


On the topic of pizza, I'm probably stating the obvious that Domino's also has an App.
A pity there is an App for all the Mum & Dad pizza shops for those who like pizza to taste like pizza.
This week I nominate Traffic Rush, a decent addictive and free game which is good for killing time when waiting for the train or bus.

I love NameShake. I was looking for an easy way to research baby names when my wife became pregnant and didn't want to carry around an (analog) book everywhere I went. I discovered NameShake and I love the detail they have. About 19,000 names with definitions, origins, pronunciation guide, etc. Very cool.

Pizza Hut online is great, but the iphone app is very limited, can't always build the pizza as you would like it.

Another limitation of the Pizza Hut app is the inability to use coupons -- which you can do via their web site. However they are currently offering a 20% discount on all orders placed with the iphone app.

I'm in Australia and assumed the Dominos App would be in the US and other countries.
Dragon Dictation is not available here.
What's On TV is available here but has a one star rating because it only offers program guides for USA and Canada.
We have ads saying there are over 90,000 Apps instead of 100,000 :-(

Dragon Dictation doesn't work very well for me. I have a deep voice and it doesn't seem to like it. I dictated a long sentence and it return a transcription of "Oracle Software" which had nothing to do with what I said. I know that others have had good results, maybe I need to raise my voice a few octaves and talk louder.

Dragon Dictation seems quite accurate to me but I haven't found a truly valuable use for it yet...
I really enjoyed Robert Ballard's TED talk about ocean exploration and Ann Cooper's TED talk about revamping school lunches.

What's On is great app, but infuriating. It doesn't really search for all programmed content.
Ex: tennis, the Australian Open
it was unable to perform the search and provide air times for the sessions.
Good app - should be called What's On Now