Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 22, 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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

DxO has released two new extensions for OS X El Capitan:, DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos and DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos - DxO ONE Camera Only. They provide DxO's image processing within the Photos app on OS X.

DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos adds access to “tens of thousands” of DxO Optics Modules that enable DxO's automatic optical corrections for distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration and lens softness for most popular cameras and lenses. It’s a paid download ($9.99) from the Mac App Store. When installed, it automatically appears as an extension that can be accessed via the editing tools in Photos. The DxO Optics Modules automatically identify the camera and lens used to capture each photo, then use this information to correct for a variety of optical flaws, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and lens softness.

DxO ONE owners can download DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos for free at the Mac App Store. The tool automatically applies these advanced corrections to DxO ONE photos. When applied to a DxO ONE SuperRAW image, PRIME employs additional temporal noise reduction to render a clean, high-resolution photograph from the four RAW images embedded in each SuperRAW file.

iOS Apps/Updates

Softmax has announced TrainCrasher 1.2.5. It’s a free, beat'em up game that combines RPG and side scroller elements. Players fight through a speeding train in a quest for revenge, using your fury to crush armies of warriors and combat huge bosses.

Haypi has released Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.1.5, an update to their MMO. In the free game, you role-play a feudal lord in medieval times. You must ddevelop cities, expand territories, recruit heroes and train troops to become powerful. Players must outwit their foes by thinking strategically. Version 1.1.5 sports a new building, a War Hall for assembling allies' troops to wage war.

tvOS Apps/Updates

Littlstar, a global network dedicated to virtual reality and 360 video, has launched its Apple TV app. It gives users access to a range of 360 video content from well-known brands.

Apple TV users can download the Littlstar app for free to gain access to content from brands such as Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Fusion, PBS, Mountain Dew, National Geographic and Red Bull. The app is integrated with Apple TV’s latest Siri Remote, allowing users to control the videos’ angles via the remote’s trackpad, fully looking around in 360 degree views.