Notable apps and app updates for March 15, 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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

OriginLab, a publisher of data analysis and graphing software, has debuted a Mac version of its  Origin Viewer app. 

OriginLab is most widely known for its Origin and OriginPro software, which provide scientists and engineers with tools to analyze, configure and present their latest research in publication-quality graphs. Previously only available for Windows, Origin Viewer is a standalone application that allows users to view and copy graph or worksheet information from Origin Project (OPJ) files, even if they don’t have Origin or OriginPro installed.

The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later. It’s available as a free download from the OriginLab website.

Equinux has updated VPN Tracker, its VPN software for Mac OS X, to version 365. It’s now possible to remotely wipe VPN connections when, for instance, a MacBook gets lost or stolen. 

Also, administrators gain total control over who may or may not use VPN connections. If an employee leaves the company, or a MacBook goes missing, administrators can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting connections from these Macs. This prevents access to corporate VPN connections. Pricing for VPN Tracker starts at $49.99 per year. 

iMobie has announced MacClean 3, an update to their a free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection. 

The utility can now also secure any Mac users' privacy and protect their Mac from all types of security threats, including malware, spyware, worms, scareware, adware, malicious cookies, etc. With the third version, MacClean has become an all-round free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection, says Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Simon Briggs Consulting has served up Berry Smooth 1.0. It’s a free match-three game in which you line up the matching fruits to unlock bonuses. Berry Smooth features 100 levels.

East Coast Pixels has debuted CurbAppeal. The free real estate photography app is designed for Airbnb hosts or professional realtors who need to take compelling photos to promote their properties in the rental or sales markets.

AppAvenger has released PlayPlaces 2.0, an update to Ultimate Kids Road Trip. Showing the locations of thousands of restaurants with play structures for kids and rest areas for the traveling family, the $4.99 app is designed as a companion for those long rides with small children.