Picks of the Week

Every week a few from team TiPb will bring you their current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes them. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what they’ve picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

Grocery IQ – @Alli_Flowers

This is the sharable shopping list with all the trimmings. Yes, there’s an Android version as well, so if you’re in a contemporary mixed marriage (you have an iPhone, he/she has a Droid), you can still agree on what to buy for dinner. No more last minute phone calls saying “I’m stopping off at the store on my way home from work, do we need anything?” Because now, your grocery list is kept in sync and shared.
You can add items via the web portal, or on your phone. You can do it manually, or (my favorite feature), just scan the bar code of the item you need and it’s automatically entered into your list! When I first installed Grocery IQ, I walked around the house scanning everything from frozen foods to health and beauty products, and it handled almost everything. It did not correctly identify bottle of rum, found no match for a tube of hand cream my sister-in-law had, and incorrectly identified a 3rd kitchen item as HD cables. Other than that, everything scanned in perfectly, including the category.
When you’re at the store, you can tap the item to check it off, and when you’re done, tap checkout to clear the list. This is really a powerful little app, and you can’t beat the price!
[Free – iTunes link]

Teletubbies HD – @chrisoldroyd

Entertaining a 20 month old child; especially when teething, can be really hard work. This app does the job and more. Ella loves Teletubbies, (don’t ask me why) and this game provides a simple interactive experience with the four characters from the show. Children can choose to interact with the game as much as they’d like. Whether they want to make Tubby Custard, chase the Teletubbies up and down hills, or find funny noises, it’s up to them. It looks beautiful with rich colors and is very intuitive. Your young ones will love it too!
[$0.99 – iTunes link]

Banana TV – @reneritchie

Banana TV lets you stream content from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over AirPlay to your Mac. (It basically lets your Mac pretend to be an Apple TV and your Mac’s display pretend to be an HDTV). It comes from the gloriously ingenuous minds of Erica Sadun and Kyle Mathews and is the next generation of of the original AirPlayer hack.
And this is hella interesting for a number of reasons. Have Macs at work? Beam your presentation to them via AirPlay and Banana TV. Have a Mac Mini home theater box? Beam media right from your iPad or iPad as if it were an Apple TV (no more second class citizenship). Have friends with Macs but not Apple TVs? No problem. Beam away.
This is something Apple TV should have built into the last OS X update. They didn’t. So do your Mac a favor and go pick up Banana TV.
[$7.99 – Web link]

AIM for iPad – @JorjLim

When I bought my iPad at 5:20pm on Friday, AIM for iPad was one of the first apps I installed on it. AIM for iPad is the official AIM client, but, to my surprise, it supports more networks too.
It has an absolutely gorgeous UI, for both landscape and portrait mode, that can be fully customised to your liking, by either taking advantage of it’s built in themes, or adding your own photos to the background. If you don’t have any friends who use AIM, you can also log in to both your Facebook Chat and your GTalk accounts, so all your friends are in the same place.
If you only use AIM, GTalk or Facebook Chat, then AIM for iPad is the ultimate IM app for you.
[Free – iTunes link]

The Daily Show – @skeetobite

My pick of the week is the Daily Show app. I am a huge fan of the Daily Show, but I don’t always have time to watch it in the evening when it is on. This is why I like the Daily Show app. It gives clips and highlights of the shows, including things like quotes of the day, selected video clips. selected 60 second summary of the shows, upcoming schedules, and even a tweet feed. While I wish they had MORE video clips, this is a great way to get my daily show fix. And best of all, it is a universal app for both the iPhone AND iPad.
[$1.99 – iTunes link]

Smart Cover for iPad 2 – @llofte

It’s been several weeks since I got my iPad 2 with a Smart Cover and I still absolutely love the Smart Cover (and iPad 2, of course!). I’m a minimalist when it comes to protecting my devices, so the Smart Cover is perfect for me. The magnetic connection to the iPad and how it automagically turns it on and off is simply brilliant. Not to mention, an iPad equipped with a Smart Cover is very obviously an iPad 2 :)
[$39.00 – Apple Store]

City Story – @oopbuddha (Reader’s Choice)

City Story is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A friend of mine requested that I start playing, and once I did, I’ve become hooked. You start with a small city and some coins, and from that you get to build and design your city. Just make sure you keep your citizens happy by providing stores and shopping and by making your city beautiful. In order to expand your city to it’s maximum potential, you need to get your friends to start playing so you can link up your profiles. It’s a great way to make new friends as well. I’ve already made one new friend through City Story.
[Free – iTunes link]

Your pick?

You’re part of the team as well, so we will be choosing one reader to make a submission each week! Just look for my tweet each weekend for a chance to be picked! In the meantime, jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!

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