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 and OS X:
You know, it's that time of year where a lot of people start thinking about finances. Taxes, money, whatever. Let's talk about some apps that let you keep an eye on your money and start teaching your kids about the value of a dollar, euro or Pound Sterling.
Digit is a free app that checks your spending habits automatically every few days, then saves some money from your checking account into a Digit savings account when you can afford it. The amounts of money moved are tiny -- usually between $2 and $17 -- and the company guarantees that you'll never, ever overdraft your checking account. Those little chunks of money add up, and before you know it you'll have a sizable savings account that you can draw from with no fees.
Now here's something I wish I had been able to use when I was a kid. Nickel (free) defines itself as "part teaching app, part MasterCard." Kids learn how to be responsible about money, while their parents maintain oversight. Parents set up the kids using the app, and kids activate the Nickel Card. Parents send cash to the kids, either setting an automatic allowance or providing a certain amount for specific chores. The kids get to start making decisions on whether they want to save money for a future expenditure, or just spend it right away.
OS X apps/updates
Apple recently said it would be making more of a commitment to the Mac App Store, and although it's too early to tell, we are seeing some apps showing up that are new and different.
The first is a new game released yesterday by Feral Interactive. LEGO Marvel's Avengers ($39.99) takes the characters and stories from The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, adds a bunch of fun stuff from other Marvel Studios movies, and mixes it all up with a heapin' helpin' of LEGO silliness. The result is an instant Editor's Choice on the Mac App Store. Be sure to check the system requirements before buying the game for your Mac.
Do you love maps? MapZap (on sale for $1.99) is new to the Mac App Store and it lets you put a map directly onto your Mac desktop. Pull up a satellite map, 3D earth map, or flyover map of a favorite location, then drag photos of friends and family to drop onto the map. Do you have more than one Mac display? No problem, because you can even create different maps for different screens. This one is currently at 85% off the normal price, so pick it up now.