The kids apps are alright
This week’s roundup includes a major update for everyone’s favorite baseball app, MLB At Bat. Plus, you’ll find a couple of storytelling apps for children, new offerings that help you keep your embarrassing moments hidden from public view, and more. Read on!
Sweet Home Stories
Sweet Home Stories (free, iPhone and iPad) is “a fun and safe educational doll house game for kids” that has seven different rooms, dozens of activities, and hundreds of items to explore and play. The app is designed for kids ages 2 through 8.
Keep or Delete
About to start a new job? Did you post some pics or jokes on social media awhile back that you’ve since rethought? Keep or Delete ($1, iPhone and iPad) lets you go through old tweets and swipe away the ones that are embarrassing, mistaken, or in any fashion don’t fit the persona you want to present to the world.
MLB At Bat
It’s spring! That means baseball! And that means a refresh for one of the best apps—sports or otherwise—out there: MLB.com At Bat (free, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch) continues to lead the league in features: The latest update adds complete Spring Training coverage, including game data and radio broadcasts, as well as detailed coverage of the World Baseball Classic running March 6 through 22.
Like Keep or Delete, Photo Vault (free, iPhone and iPad) is meant to keep your more embarrassing moments out of the public eye: The app lets you hide all your private photos, contacts, passwords, notes—and even includes a private browser, with a password lock, to keep your web surfing private.
PicsArt Color Paint
We missed the launch of PicsArt Color Paint (free, iPhone and iPad) a few months back, but that’s ok: PicsArt keeps making improvements to the app worthy of note. The most recent update includes brush size and opacity previews to help you determine the right brush to use, a new photo chooser that makes it easier to find the perfect picture to use, as well as assorted other performance improvements.
SoundCloud (free, iPhone and iPad) has added a new tier to its “SoundCloud Go” subscription listening service: For $6 a month, you get access to 120 million tracks, ad-free and offline. (The $13-a-month service, renamed Go+, offers access to more than 150 million tracks.)
Steps (free, iPhone) helps you overcome social anxiety “by exposing yourself to the things you are afraid of”—offering users small challenges to help them take small steps to making friends and handling rejection.