Notable Apps and App Updates for February 19, 2016

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


News, news, news. We're inundated with news. Apple even has an app named "News". Wouldn't you prefer to get news in a different way that actually captures your attention and imagination? Quartz (free) is a news app that advertises itself as "News in a whole new way" and it certainly fits that bill. 

Quartz sends you news updates as if they were Messages conversations from a friend. You can even respond to the articles by asking questions, and there is an Apple Watch companion app on which you get updates at a glance. My favorite feature? The daily haiku about the stock markets. 



So, you've shot a ton of photos and video, but you really don't want to go through the process of editing it yourself. How about letting a pro do it for you? VidMob (free) lets you take the raw material, send it out for bids, accept a bid from a video pro, and then get your finished video done in hours to days. It's even possible to invite friends or co-workers to contribute footage or photos, perfect for creating a professional wedding or promotional video that includes a lot of camera angles.


Ever need to get something notarized? It's a pain to a) find a notary, b) get to the notary's office while he/she is there, c) pay for that little stamp and signature. Now you can do it from your iPhone or iPad with Notarize (free, notary fee varies). Unlike smoking weed, Notarize is legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Like smoking weed, you can do it 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It's all done by a licensed electronic notary in Virginia. 

OS X Apps/Updates

Fluid Browser

Ever need to watch a video or have other media floating in a window on your Mac while you're doing work? That's what Fluid Browser ($2.99) is all about. Fluid floats above open applications and can be resized, meaning that whether you're working in Pixelmator and watching one of their tutorials or just want to watch some fun stuff on Netflix while you're doing homework, you can. 

Layers of Fear

You'll need a Mac with some power to play this game, but from everything we've heard it's well worth it. Layers of Fear ($19.99) is described as one of the best horror games ever made, a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". You take control of a painter who must finish a painting in a Victorian-era mansion that is changing along with the mental condition of the protagonist. Sounds like a fun and scary way to spend a weekend!