Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
Apps Now Free
Teacher's Assistant Pro: Track Student Behavior [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $7.99] Improve your classroom organization through better documentation and parent communication. Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd. This app will be free today only!
Weather Now [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Never before has getting weather information been as exciting and interactive as it is in the "Weather Now" application.
Taposé [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Taposé is a multi-tasking app that lets users create journals with all types of content that they create & discover through the built-in browser, map, calculator & contact tools.
Toca band [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Play with sounds and create your own band! Rock out with Toca Band!
Warm Gun [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] This spun western lets you take control of 4 original characters; choose from weapons new and strange and a wider range of modern contraptions with primitive power. Classic and innovative, undoubtedly original, every FPS player will find satisfaction with Warm Gun.
Toybox [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Shoot enemy toys on the left side of the screen to earn wooden blocks on the right. Then stack the blocks to explode stuff, power up your ship and earn extra lives. Each side affects the other, so master the interaction and survive as long as you can to get a high score.
Weathercube [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Weathercube is the gestural weather app for iPhone. No buttons; just swipe, pinch and tap your way through the weather
DrawRace 2 [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] DrawRace 2: Racing Evolved is the groundbreaking sequel to the critically acclaimed DrawRace and improves on its predecessor in every way, from the inclusion of a new turbo button, a host of online options, and new, highly detailed 3D tracks.
DrawRace 2 HD [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] DrawRace 2: Racing Evolved is the groundbreaking sequel to the critically acclaimed DrawRace and improves on its predecessor in every way, from the inclusion of a new turbo button, a host of online options, and new, highly detailed 3D tracks.
Battleground [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] You are an evil king, leading your troops to capture territories on a chaotic continent. Each branch performs with unique skills and abilities. You will need various and unlimited tactics to become invincible.
New and Notable Apps
Polar Bowler [iOS Universal; $0.99] You've never bowled like this before! PB and J are back in an all-new adventure. Navigate curves, loops, blind spots and nutty obstacles.
Sometimes You Die [iOS Universal; $1.99] In a game, you die. And imply that it has no effect on you. You feel invincible in the realm behind the screen. This one is different. In this game, you have to die.
Fantastical 2 for iPad [iPad; $9.99] The award-winning, best-selling calendar app has been redesigned and reimagined for your iPad with iOS 7.
Hider 2 [OS X; $9.99 launch price] Make your private data private. Hider 2 lets you hide, encrypt, and password protect private data on your Mac, making it impossible to find with Finder or Spotlight.
House of 1,000 Doors [OS X; Free] When the dead cannot find release, the House of 1000 Doors serves as a portal that allows the living to help them.
Updates you don't want to miss
Day One [iOS Universal; $4.99] Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One's elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure. Version 1.14 brings the following changes:
- Publish now available on iPad.
- Added ability to insert copied photos via "Paste from Clipboard" into photo entries.
- Added "Learn More" link in Publish action sheet.
- App Reviews: Due to popular request, we have modified our app review prompt so that it only appears once when you first install Day One.
Spotify [iOS Universal; Free] Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. Version 1.0 brings the following changes:
- New: Welcome to the best-looking Spotify ever. Check out our redesign! (iPhone and iPod Touch)
- New: Browse now gives you even smarter playlists to suit your mood. (iPhone and iPod Touch)
- Improved: Startup time. Blink and you'll miss it!
- Fixed: More bugs and crashes.
TETRIS® [iPhone; $0.99] Don't miss one of the bestselling mobile games of all time – now with more features than ever before. Play the world famous Tetris® game you know and love with improved controls and all-new social features. Version 1.4.33 brings the following changes:
- Revamped galaxy mode lets you see how you and your Facebook friends are progressing through levels
- Transform Tetris blockades with redesigned power-ups
- Brag about your scores on separate leaderboards for One Touch, Marathon, and Galaxy mode
ProCamera 7 [iPhone; $4.99] ProCamera is a photo, video, and editing app bursting with state-of-the-art technology that helps you shoot like a pro. Version 5.3 brings the following changes:
- New TIFF file format you can now save and edit maximum quality, truly lossless photographs in ProCamera.
- Instagram SquarePrepare function now supports high-res exports
- New Open In option lets you easily transfer photos between supporting editing and sharing apps.
- Improved our DropBox compatibility and added Vimeo sharing.
- New print option makes it possible for users to wirelessly print their photos at home or with print services that support the function.
- Improvements to our Lightbox, Night Mode and video recording..
- Reintroduced the shadow and highlight correction tools into ProCamera editing suite.
- Code changes to make the app even faster and more stable.
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