TiPb.com Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

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

Alli's pick: Boxcar

I've used Boxcar since it first came out. I'd pay for it again, but you can get it for free. If you use Twitter, Facebook, Google Voice, or a host of other social media services - you need Boxcar

Got a mention on Twitter? Boxcar pushes it to you. Voicemail on Google Voice? Boxcar pushes you your notification. I can't say enough about this latest 4.1 update - and on the iPhone 4's retina display it looks AMAZING.

Of course, Boxcar is thoughtful, and will let you set "quiet time" if you want. But during your non quiet time, you can have audible push notifications, badges, and/or pop-up notifications. It's only as intrusive as you want it to be.

[Free - iTunes link]

Ally's pick: Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 allows you to enter the world of Harry as several different characters. You'll play through the story lines of the first 4 installments. As you complete different sections, you'll also open those areas up to free play. This allows you to roam more freely and discover other hidden secrets in the game.

The difficulty level increases at an even pace. There's tons to explore and plenty to keep you busy. It's available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad as a universal binary. You can also check out our Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Review as well.

[$4.99 - iTunes Link]

Andrew's pick: PowerContact

PowerContact is a group management app with a lot of great features. With PowerContact you can group contacts with colors, icons and other customizations and also includes features like FaceTime and Skype call support. Of course you can do basic group contact functions like Group SMS (or mail) in addition to being able to call, SMS or mail any contact by simply tapping their name. Adding, editing or deleting contacts is now a far more simple process from what's built into iOS.

Other great features include sending group info to your email, which is nice if you need to import contact data to other apps or if you just like backing up your contacts in an organized fashion. Next to each contact you'll see a photo of the individual, which is pulled directly from your stored contacts in iOS. I've fully replaced the default way of getting to my contact info with PowerContact because of its simplicity, ease of use and aesthetic detail. Give it a try!

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

Brian's pick: Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner by THQ Wireless is probably one of the most entertaining and fun-filled games I have played recently. I'm not typically the Star Wars game kind of guy but once I saw what this game entails and the awesome features it posses I had to give it a shot and boy am I glad!

You are in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and the object of the game is to basically destroy TIE fighters, Star Destroyers and anything else that comes near you.. The graphics are gorgeous on the retina display and the game play can be switched from auto-aim which make it super easy to manual-aim which makes it a bit more challenging. There are around 20+ levels for you to work your way through and it even comes with Game Center and Facebook integration for you to challenge and beat-up on your friends.

Probably the most entertaining part of this game is the AR Mode that you can enable and disable in the options menu. Using your phone's camera, gyroscope/compass and accelerometer, Falcon Gunner turns your earthly surroundings into epic space battles and lets you control the action by steering your body in physical space. It's like nothing you've ever seen. I found that playing this way in a swiveling office chair makes the game play intense and amazing especially to show off to your friends and family.

All in all this game is great in delivering fun, stunning graphics and showing off the awesome capabilities of the iPhone 4 and the iPod Tough 4th generation.

[$4.99 - iTunes Link]

Chris O’s pick: LiveScore

LiveScore is a fantastic free app that provides real time sores from many sporting events around the world; with a particular emphasis on soccer scores. Every match in the UK league is covered along with most other countries. With this app you will know about goals, yellow cards, red cards, substitutions, you name it, seconds after they happen. There are no push notifications, whcih is a shame however the app does auto-refresh when open. The application comes directly from LiveScore Ltd., the inventors of real-time delivery of live sport data and owners of the no.1 ranked football / soccer web site globally.

[Free - iTunes link]

Chris V's pick: AppShopper

AppShopper is a popular website for tracking apps - popularity, price, updates, etc. Recently have come out with an app of their own - AppShopper. With this app (and a corresponding free account on their website) you can tag apps as on your wish list or as ones you own. Push notifications will alert you to and changes - updated, price changes, anything. You can also track changes, popularity, anything that is available on their website. It's a great way to monitor apps that you have and apps you might be interested in getting. It makes an almost unbeatable combination when used in conjunction with the App Store. I use it almost of a daily basis. Best of all, it is a universal binary and it's free!

[Free - iTunes link]

Leanna's pick: Smurfs' Village

Smurfs' Village is by far my favorite time management game. Sure, the ultimate goal of building the best village is just the same as other games, but Smurfs' Village also has a story line. After each level increase, there is a dialogue between Smurfs and they give you a quest. There are also mini games in Smurfs' Village that you can play to earn more experience. The graphics are great and the gameplay is smooth.

Smurfs' Village is free to download and play, but some items require smurfberries which are available as an in-app purchase. Smurfberries can also be used to speed up the growth of plants and building of buildings. Although smurfberries are great to have, they are not necessary in order to enjoy the game.

If you like time-management games, check this one out!

[Free - iTunes link]

Rene's pick: Due

Due is a fast and easy reminder app for iPhone. I've been using version1.2 since it was in beta and it quickly replaced Apple's built-in Clock App for simple time-based alarms, and even Calendar on occasion for things that weren't full-fledged events but still couldn't be forgotten. (Like remembering to send Leanna my pick of the week!)

New features I really liked include persistent reminders (you're not done until you tell Due you're done!), both auto and manual snooze, the ability to make alarms grow more annoying, er, powerful for things you absolutely positively cannot miss, and a bunch of other little tweaks that combine to make what was a good app really great.

If it takes too much time to set a reminder I just won't do it. I've been doing Due and that's the best recommendation I can give any reminder app.

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

Your pick?

You’re part of the team as well, so jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!