TiPb Picks of the Week: DirectTV, Wall Street Journal, Skyfart, Sudoku Grab, Ouch, Birdhouse, Whiteboard

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!

Chris' Pick: Direct TV

DirecTV initially enabled web access for programming your DVR, but now they have an app to do it on your iPhone. The interface is nice and simple, and it allows you to search for shows, browse for shows, and then select specific shows. The show has a synopsis, and you can choose to record the episode or record the series. If you have multiple DVR's, you can select which one you want to record to. It's a nice way to manage your DirecTV recordings while not at home - if only you could watch them as well! [FREE - iTunes link]

James' Pick: Wall Street Journal

WSJ has upped the ante by releasing an app that accesses their paid online content for free. Articles and videos can be stored for off-line access. Take that New York Times! [Free - iTunes link]

Jeremy's Pick: Skyfart

Skyfart is a... [never mind, we get the idea!]. It's actually not that bad! I'm number 1, baby! Frigging sweet. ;) [$1.99 - iTunes link]

Leanna's Pick: Sudoku Grab

I have always wanted the ability to play ANY sudoku puzzle on my iPhone. My dream came true with Sudoku Grab. All I have to do is take a photo of a puzzle in a book, magazine, or newspaper and Sudoku Grab converts it for me to play and even knows the solution! [ $0.99 - iTunes link]

Matt's Pick: Ouch

Ouch is the best game to release some stress When you have had a really bad day and want to beat the crap out of someone, Ouch will come to your rescue. The whole object of the game is to create as much pain to the avatar as possible. The app allows you to not only play the levels, but also allows you to customize them as well. [$2.99 - iTunes link]

Rene's Pick: Birdhouse

No, Birdhouse hasn't become my go-to Twitter reader or @reply client (it doesn't -- and isn't mean to -- do that), but to my surprise and increasing delight, it HAS become my stand-alone tweet crafter. And it's unpublish feature has let me mitigate all manner of embarrassing errors, more than justifying not only it's niche import, but it's price. [$3.99 - iTunes link]

Special Guest Pick from PreCentral.net Jennifer: Whiteboard Collaborative Drawing

It's fun being able to draw on your iPhone and use the different colors. And what's especially cool about Whiteboard is that you can connect with another person's iPhone or an iPod touch near you. The two of you can draw a pic together or even chat by writing notes using the smallest sized pen. My niece showed me the app and we had fun drawing together and playing a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

Check out the attached pic that my niece Jordan drew on her iPod touch using Whiteboard. It looks like a swatch of fabric! She drew on it and then magnified it and then drew some more. LOL, she said that she and her best friend sneak and write notes back and forth in chorus. Naughty, naughty! ;-) [FREE - iTunes link]

Your Pick?

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

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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TiPb Picks of the Week: DirectTV, Wall Street Journal, Skyfart, Sudoku Grab, Ouch, Birdhouse, Whiteboard


You know whats truly amazing about the App Store? It can have a million pointless apps and yet is still able to have some of the best, most useful apps I've ever come across....that to me is what makes me feel like I'll never move on from the iPhone.
One of my Fav apps right now is a little program called VLC Remote (the full thing, not the lite version).

My pick this week is Dictionary.com.
It is a comprehensive dictionary with 170,000 words, quotes, etymology, thesaurus and audio pronunciations. It will also suggest similarly spelt words when you press the search button. All of these functions are off line so no internet connection needed.
In addition you get a word of the day just to polish your word skills.
You gat all of this for the princly summ of nothing. How can you n9ot love that :)

My fave app at the moment is Shakeitphoto. It takes a Polaroid style photo with really lovely tones and that cropping that just looks great. And it develops in front of your eyes and it's faster if you shake the phone just like a Polaroid.

My new pick of the week is a free app similar to Chris’ called DISH Remote Access that lets me control and set my DVRs, and even gives me the option to record all new episodes or all episodes if they air on multiple networks. It was referred to me by one of my DISH co-workers who uses it to watch TV on his iPhone since he has a Sling Adapter at home. Watching TV with it would make it much sweeter so I’m thinking about getting one too.
Leanna’s pick is my dream come true too; it’s about to be the best $.99 I’ve ever spent!