Lumines, BitFlip, Tripit, KENKEN, Pocket Tunes Radio, NetNewsWire -- TiPb Picks of the Week

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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: Lumines

This week I am picking Q Entertainment's Lumines. This game came out a little while ago with poor fanfare due to the horrible controls. Good news? There is now and update that fixes these issues and this game is now a pleasure to play. You even have in-app purchasing for additional theme packs. The music is not as good as the original IMO, but still fun!! [$2.99 - iTunes link]

Lumines for iPhone

Chris' Pick: BitFlip

BitFlip is a matching/lineup style game in the style of bejeweled, where you try to match up tiles with the same color and shape. It is a little more complicated however, because in addition to swapping two tiles to line them up, you can also "flip" them to change the tiles. With two play modes, an easy interface, smooth graphics, a fun sound track, and a $1.99 price tag, it's a fun game for those that enjoy the Trism/Bejeweled style games. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

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James' Pick: TripIt

As a consultant, I am on the road each week. In order to keep my life organized, I would always enter my trip details (hotel info, flight numbers, etc.) into calendar entries. TripIt makes my life easier by automatically creating my trip entries for me. The service syncs with various iPhone apps like FlightTrack Pro [$9.99 - iTunes link] and they even have their own free app. If you don't have any room for one more app, you can subscribe to an iCal feed right on your iPhone. Perfect for the road warrior. [Free - iTunes link]

Tripit for iPhone

Leanna's Pick: KENKEN

As someone who loves math and anything involving logical thinking, I am quite the sudoku fan. KENKEN took it to the next level. Just as with sudoku, each row and column must contain every number exactly once with the additional requirement that the bolded groups of blocks must add, subtract, divide, or multiply into a specific number. I love a great challenge and KENKEN is a great way to get that brain working and have fun at the same time. [$4.99 - iTunes link]

KENKEN for iPhone

Matt's Pick: Pocket Tunes Radio

II was initially wary of purchasing Pocket Tunes as there where other apps at a much cheaper price, however, more recently Pocket Tunes made some significant changes and addons that blows all other competition out of the water - with the ability to play streams in the background, record your favorite stations(& play them back later), and the ability to play AAC+ audio ($3 in-app purchase, but highly recommended), and if you have sirus/XM subscription, pocket tunes will play that as well! Quite frankly I got rid of my XM subscription because I could use Pocket Tunes instead! [$6.99 - iTunes link]

Pocket Tunes Radio for iPhone

Rene's Pick: NetNewsWire Free/Premium

I need to keep up with RSS, and I've tried every RSS reader on the iPhone. Each have their pros and cons, each makes a tradeoff somewhere between interface and feature sets, and while I wish I could just stuff several in a Hadron-esque collider and god-particle myself the one perfect reader, they just won't (and shouldn't) grant me access to CERN. So, I've been using NetNewsWire Premium a lot lately, simply because it gives me my Google Reader-synced news fast enough, lets me see the most recent updates across all my feeds, allows me to star and email out complete articles, and/or save them to Instapaper for later offline perusal. It's not perfect, but perfectly usable for me, for now. [$4.99 - iTunes link] or [Free - iTunes link]

NetNewsWire

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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MIke says:

Pocket Tunes is unbelievable. Can listen to Howard Stern anywhere, and can now RECORD every show! You can't listen to XM in the background yet though. Once you leave the app, the stream stops. You can use the in app web browser to surf the web while listening.

Chris Vitek says:

Guess mine got sent in to late? BitFlip, a Bewjeweled style game.
I also reviewed KenKen. :)

MrAnonymous says:

Lumines is amazing. Bought it without hesitation. If your a fan of lumines on any sysem/platform, then this is just as good on the iPhone, even without physical buttons.

Leanna Lofte says:

Yes Chris, you are the reason I chose KENKEN :)

cmjanus says:

Will pockets tunes play NFL games too. Does anyone know a way to listen to them?

Rene Ritchie says:

@Chris V: D'oh! Found! Added!

John R. Haigh says:

Gonna be self-promoting here. :P
New version of Mark On Call (home interior layout designer) live today. Back up and share rooms with new Rooms Gallery, render images of finishes and fabrics onto flooring and room items, and design your living space to scale in Metric or Engish measurement systems.
Also my new one that's an iPhone app discovery tool - App Popular. I'm proud of this one. We're going to submit version 1.1 tomorrow! Two new app discovery features coming. :)

dc says:

Net News Wire??? Are you serious? It's the biggest POS in the App Store IMO. The old version was great, had a unread badge count, supported folders, had all kinds of options. This newest version is pure garbage, all utility has been removed, plus it takes forever to load. I've given up and just use Google Reader's web app now.