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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 3, 2017

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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Touch Dimension has launched Strain Tactics. In the strategy game, you assemble your troops into the ultimate fighting force from upwards of 80 highly-skilled operatives and defend Earth against an invasive alien species.


macOS Apps/Updates

Micromat has released an update to Drive Scope, their drive utility. Version 1.1 provides access to the S.M.A.R.T. data of drives utilizing the newer NVMe interface type. 

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, and was designed to report on the health of internal and external hard drives. S.M.A.R.T. data was previously available on the Mac only from drives utilizing ATA or SATA interfaces, even using software provided by Apple. 

Existing owners of Drive Scope can access this update for no cost by choosing “Check for Update…” from the Drive Scope menu. For new users the cost is $19.99. Drive Scope 1.1 requires macOS 10.8.5 or higher.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.