Notable apps and app updates for November 13, 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, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Here's something new: Thingthing Keyboard (free) is an iOS 9 keyboard that lets you share photos, documents, your calendar and just about anything else without switching apps. It does this by adding a "keyboard" above the usual iOS keyboard that lets you add the services that you use -- Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Calendar, and Pocket as examples. 

When you're doing something like writing an email or text, just tap on the appropriate icon for instant access to the information you need or to share something with the recipient without switching apps. For example, if someone asks you for your availability in a meeting, you can check your calendar by bringing up the keyboard. It's pretty cool, it's new, and it should only get better with time.

Ever wanted to learn how to play guitar or piano? It's never too late, and with Yousician (free with in-app purchases), you can learn how to play electric or acoustic guitar and piano through hundreds of exercises, tutorials and challenges. Usable with either iPhone or iPad, Yousician has over 25 million users. Over 1,500 songs are built in, and you can also select from over a thousand user-uploaded songs. 

When you're done being productive or learning how to play music, you can relax with a fun round of Terraria ($4.99). Think of it as Minecraft, but with additional tools and worlds, and the ability to have local Wi-Fi games with up to 4 players. There are over 1,250 crafting recipes, 150 enemies, 50 block types for building, 15 pets, 15 bosses, and over a dozen worlds to explore. Looks like a great way to spend the weekend.

OS X Apps/Updates

Released yesterday, Kingdom ($9.99) is a 2D sidescroller with strategy and resource management built in. The app brings great, 8-bit-like pixel art to the Mac screen, and you get to play the role of a king or queen trying to sustain a kingdom. Be sure to toss gold to the peasants so they become loyal subjects.

Also released yesterday is Satellite Reign ($29.99), a real-time class-based strategy game that has a real "Blade Runner" aesthetic. You're the commander of a group of 4 agents who need to try to take control of a powerful monopoly. It's an open world; the entire city is a seamless world  your team lives and works in, finding new missions while they move through the city. 

While we're looking at OS X games that have been released recently, let's take a look at Alien: Isolation ($49.99) from Feral Interactive. The game is played from the standpoint of Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda, onboard a decaying space station called the Sevastopol. There are just a few survivors, and you need to evade the Alien... who learns after each encounter. The app supports over 100 different gamepads and has some fairly stringent system requirements, so be sure to check those out before buying. And by the way, if you loved the original 1979 movie, downloadable content lets you play two missions aboard the Nostromo. Awesome!