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!

Ally's Pick: Bytafont (jailbreak)

Bytafont is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to change springboard fonts on your phone. As of 4.x, fontswap has not worked. Bytafont is a welcome addition to the jailbreak app store.

You simply download fonts from Cydia you like that are compatible (most are), and they show up in Bytafont where you simply select the font you'd like to use.

Bytafont is available via Cydia for free.

Andrew's Pick: iReconcile

iReconcile is a checkbook all-in-one app which includes features such as backup/restore, reports, search, budgeting, forecasting, exporting and more. The check register alone is reason enough to have this great little app.

Adding a transaction is a snap, and backing up and syncing to the cloud is automatically done after every added transaction (in-app purchase, 1.99/mo or 19.99/yr). Reports are represented in a pie chart and look stunning on the iPhone 4's Retina Display. You can also categorize each transaction in order to look back on a report and see exactly where your money is going over any amount of time. You can also export your entire check register to an excel-friendly format (something I depend on for my own personal accounting).

Another added value is that iReconcile has a browser-based client that any user can log into from a Mac or PC. Here you can do things like edit a specific transaction and look at your spending history in very polished format. I started using iReconcile (originally Checkbook) since 2008, and haven't looked back to a traditional checkbook since. Go ahead, give it a try!

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

Brian's Pick: Fragger

Fragger is almost a puzzle-type game in which you will face levels in which you will need to think before acting. You play as a special soldier who has to take on terrorist-type enemies by your lonesome and all you have is some gernades with you. The terrorists could be in buildings or in ditches or anything crazy you can imagine. Your goal is to launch your gernades in a manner that will...well blow the enemy up! The fewer the gernades you use the more medals you will earn for that level. One would look at it like Angry Birds in a way just much more violent. There are nearly 130 levels to complete and they range from incredibly easy to pretty tough.

The graphics are cartoon style graphics but look absolutely stunning on the retina display. They also have included Game Center leader boards and achievements for your gaming pleasure. If you have not tried this game yet beware that it can become very addicting in seemingly no time at all and for only $0.99 in the App Store why not give it a shot?

[$0.99 - iTunes Link]

Chris V's Pick: Gifts HD

It's that time of year again, and with an ever growing extended family (new nieces, nephews, etc) it becomes even more difficult to keep track of the gifts I am going to give everyone. That's where Gifts HD comes in. This iPad app allows me to track by budget, purchases, and even post purchase "processing" (wrapping, mailed, even typing in a tracking number) to make sure the gifts get there on time. It's an easy way to keep track of things that could easily get forgotten this Christmas season. At $3.99, it's reasonably priced, especially if it means my mother in law will get her present on time this year!

[$3.99 - iTunes link]

Chris O's Pick: Tesco Groceries

Tesco Groceries is an app that is designed to save you a boat load of time, and it delivers in spades! Sure you can use the service already via a web browser but this app just makes everything much easier and accessible. From booking a delivery time to finding the items that you need, it is an easy experience from start to finish. As with all grocery shopping, you always forget something; with this app you can go back in and add it to your list in seconds; even when you are on the go. You can scan a barcode of an item you are running low on, and it will be automatically added to your basket.

Gone are the days of dragging the children round the supermarket at the weekend, wasting your valuable time. Place your order and 24 hours later it is delivered to your door.

[Free - iTunes link]

Farbod's Pick: MultiMusicInfo (Jailbreak)

MultiMusicInfo is a tweak for jailbroken phones running iOS 4.x that shows song, album, and artist info on your music player section of the app switcher. It also replaces the iPod icon with the album art of whatever song is playing. The icon overlay can also be easily modified in order to play nice with custom themes. MultiMusicInfo is available on Cydia for $0.99.

George's Pick: BBC iPlayer (web app)

BBC iPlayer is the official BBC site that let's you watch your favourite BBC shows up to a week after they aired on TV.

With all the content you would find on the desktop website, packed into a gorgeous UI, the iPhone web app is a great way to view your favourite BBC content anywhere. There is also an option to 'favourite' shows, so you always have an update of the latest episodes.

A great feature is that because its a web app, if you get interrupted by a text message or phone call, you can load up Safari, and start again where you left off.

The web app is currently only available over WIFI or Vodafone/3's 3G networks, and unfortunately is UK only.


Rene's pick: Astronut

The Icon Factory makes pretty pixels and nice noises, whether it be Twitterrific, Ramp Champ, or their latest labor of love -- Astronut. The premise is simple, you have a jump and boost button, the universe has gravity, aliens, and wrap-around. You try to grab the treats and get to the end. It tries to kill you dead before you can. And therein lies the fun. It's quick enough to play while you're waiting in line or stuck on the phone, addictive enough to cost you some sleep if you let it.

The basic game is free and you can get more levels via in-app purchase.

[Free - iTunes link]

Your pick?

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