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:
If you've ever watched the weekday recording of the AWT News Update online, then you already know about Periscope. It's a Twitter product that lets you watch live video, catch videos that have been made within the past 24 hours, and even broadcast your own videos. The app got a huge update a few days ago that adds features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- one can use 3D Touch to start a broadcast, search for broadcasters, or teleport to a location in the world... You'll have to load the app on your iPhone to see what teleportation is all about.
We're deep into the NFL season, which means that things are starting to get exciting as we see what teams may have a chance of making it to the postseason. If you want to try calling your own plays, playing against others, and keeping up with the action of NFL football through daily live events, then you really need to download Madden NFL Mobile (free with in-app purchases). It's a universal app that's a must for anyone who is a fan of pro football.
And jumping from the world of tough guys and football, we land in a happy place with Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector (free with in-app purchases). What do you do in this game? Place playthings and snacks in your yard, and then wait for cats to visit. You need to "collect" more than 40 varieties of cats. That's it. Or you could play with real cats and put the iPhone and iPad down for a while...
OS X Apps/Updates
One of our favorite blogging tools for WordPress and other content management systems is Desk PM ($19.99), an app that provides a minimalist, streamlined approach to blogging. The app was just updated to version 2.1 and a new CMS has been added -- Medium.com! The app does all sorts of advanced text formatting while you're blogging away, including footnotes, code blocks, and customizable tables. Highly recommended!
While we're on the subject of writing apps, the popular cross-platform journal app Day One ($9.99) received a bump yesterday that improves usage with Mac OS X El Capitan. Day One can now be used in Split View mode with another app, making it twice as useful! As always, Day One is powerful and an absolutely great way to keep a personal journal of your day-to-day life. I've been using Day One since it first appeared, and have written hundreds of daily journal entries. Day One can capture info like location and weather automatically so you don't have to tell it where you are or what the day is like.
We'll end today's OS X updates with a reminder; if you haven't updated iWork lately, you might want to. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both OS X and iOS were updated yesterday to improve compatibility with the 500-lb. gorilla of productivity apps, Microsoft Office. There were also bug fixes and the ever-popular performance enhancements.