Notable apps and app updates for January 14, 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

Some bureaucrat decided that having written care labels in clothing wasn't doing the job anymore, so they came up with a system of undecipherable symbols instead. Finally, someone has created a translator that will tell you exactly what those symbols mean! Laundry Day - Care Symbol Reader ($0.99) scans the labels in or on your clothing, then tells you what they mean. Now if they'd only put the temperature readings in °F for those of us in the U.S...


Timehop has been one of my favorite iOS apps since the day it first appeared. It grabs memories from social media and onboard apps, then reminds you of what you were doing on this day in previous years. It's always a trip back in time to see what you were up to years ago...

tvOS Apps/Updates

Here's a game for your 4th-Generation Apple TV that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Riptide GP2 (US$1.99) is a water racing game that lets you race with rocket-powered hydro jets on futuristic tracks. Master stunts to get points, collect new watercraft and install upgrades, and challenge your friends to races. 

OS X Apps/Updates

Are you a DSLR owner who shoots RAW images, but still uses the Photos app? You're going to love DxO Optics Pro for Photos, an extension for Photos that provides optical corrections, White Balance correction, Smart Lighting, PRIME denoising, and ClearView haze removal with a click. The best news is that it's on sale for $9.99 -- half off!

I'm always happy to see a favorite utility app climbing in the rankings, and that's the case with WiFi Explorer ($14.99). If you're troubleshooting your own WiFi network or need to visualize networks for a client, there's seriously no better app to do the job. I used WiFi Explorer a few months ago to see that my old AirPort Extreme was having hardware issues, watching the signal drop out randomly.