Notable apps and app updates for October 27, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Native 9 has released truSongbook. It’s a free song writing app designed to help you write your own song lyrics or your favorite song’s lyrics.


Folks who enjoy crosswords and Sudoku can now test their English vocabulary and math skills together with the free AZ09 app. You get 15 blocks, each has a letter and a number. There are empty blocks for the 4-letter word and 3-variable Math equation. You have to construct an existing 4-letter word in the English dictionary and solve the math equation at the same time. 

DrMop Games has driven out Rage Quit Racer Free 1.0. It’s a free, 3D racing game. Propelled down lethal transport tunnels, players must avoid death at every turn, avoid asteroids, bombs, ships and other hazards, while collecting points and building shields.

Geek Monster Games and Luna Wolf Studios have teamed up for Haberdashery 1.0. It’s a free, endless runner game set in a cartoon world where you run for your life (you’re a sheep) and try to avoid becoming dragon food. You collect hats that alter the way the game plays.

Peter and Benita Schontag have given us EZ One-Hand Keyboard 1.0. It’s a $1.99keyboard for iPad devices. By placing all of the keys on one side of the screen, the on-screen keyboard offers access to all characters and symbols on the keyboard, while using just one hand to type. The patented design is arranged in alphabetic order - making it perfect for beginning typists - and can also be switched to either side of the screen, making it ideal for left-handers.

Kuralsoft has announced Best Gin Rummy 4.1. The objective of the free game isto score 100 points before your opponent does. Best Gin Rummy contains fourgames: Gin Rummy, Gin 200, Oklahoma Gin and Straight Gin. 

MisterSquare has released Crazy Seahorses. It’s a $0.99 action game in which you travel through environments. You play as the titular seahorses, using a context-sensitive one touch input to swim, leap and glide your way past obstacles, bombs and tropical islands as you collect treasure and rescue your kidnapped friend from sea monkeys.

Mode of Expression has introduced Word Fireworks: Learn Japanese 2.01, a language game for iOS and Android devices. It designed to teach players to read and write Japanese .The app rewards the necessary rote learning of unfamiliar letters with sparkling pyrotechnics. Word Fireworks is being offered for free this week; after this, the price is $1.99.

Dazzler Games has launched Spot The Diff 1.0.0. The app takes players on a journey around the world with four image packs in the first release; New York, London, Water and Attractions (extra packs are $0.99 each). Within each pack there are 20 levels with six differences to find in each one. 

Tide Mobile Studio has unveiled Cowboy! 1.0.1. It’s a free retro endless cowboy vs zombies game. The player acts as a cowboy who must fight swarms of zombies while looking out for endless cascading cliffs. 

Marbotic has unleashed Alphamonster 1.55. The $2.99 app is designed to help children 3 to 6 years old discover the alphabet and how each letter works, with recognition and association games to learn how to master these prerequisites to learning how to read.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Alien: Isolation – The Collection is out now for Mac (OS X 10.10.5 or higher) and Linux systems and available for download from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99. It will be released on the Mac App Store soon.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game with an original story based on the Alien film franchise. It evokes the look and feel of the original 1979 film, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott.

In Alien: Isolation players take the role of Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from Alien. Upon hearing that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered, Amanda Ripley journeys to Sevastopol Station to discover her fate. Once on board, it quickly becomes apparent there’s a killer on the loose: a creature of the same alien species that terrorized the crew of the Nostromo 15 years earlier.

KaL MichaeL has introduced Plaaying 1.0 for Mac OS X. The $3.99 app is designed to make controlling and sharing media on your Mac much better. It has support for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.

Plaaying boasts features like "Intermission," automatic and manual sharing to social media, and four designs to choose from. Auto-Share can tell Twitter every song and video that plays without you lifting a finger, or you can manually share just the right ones to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

Playing requires OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category. 

DssW has released release of Power Manager 4.5 for OS X. This release adds new triggers, Schedule Assistant tasks, and numerous refinements.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It enables users to create sophisticated energy saving schedules and to automate complex tasks. Version 4.5 adds new Schedule Assistant tasks that help users attach AppleScripts, Automator workflows, and shell scripts to computer-wide triggers. The triggers include logging in and out.

A new sleep trigger is now available through the event editor. The sun trigger has been extended to include an optional offset time. This time allows the creation of triggers at times relative to the astronomical event; such as half an hour before sunset or ten minutes after dusk.

A 30-day demo of Power Manager for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher is available for download. Registration is US$49.95.