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
Quick 4 Minute Workout [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] The 4 Minute Workout is perfect for busy people. It's based on the popular Tabata Protocol, a regimen used by Japanese Olympic athletes. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is scientifically proven to be as effective as a trip to the gym in much less time.
1 Second Everyday [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life... recorded one second at a time.
Slide X Pro Now free, down from $2.99] Bring the images of your favorite moments to life transforming them into gorgeous slideshow videos.
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] "You are Lone Wolf - the last of the Kai Lords and sole survivor of a massacre that destroyed your elite warrior order..."
CalenMob [OS X; Now free, down from $19.99] CalenMob is a native Google Calendar app with intuitive design.
New and Notable Apps
Monument Valley [iOS Universal; $3.99] In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.
Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance [iOS Universal; $4.99] Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance is a lane strategy game for PC and mobile devices set in the dark, gothic universe of Warhammer 40,000.
Millie [iOS Universal; $0.99] A joyful, casual puzzle game that will tease both your wits and your memory!
Faster Than Light [iPad; $9.99] The award winning PC spaceship simulation game from Subset Games comes to iPad! Includes the free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, which adds new ships, enemies, events, weapons, and more!
Updates you don't want to miss
Audiobus [iOS Universal; $4.99] With Audiobus, the revolutionary new inter-app audio routing system, you can connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- New Multi-Routing feature (In-App Purchase) allows unlimited connections and effect chaining.
- Presets let you save and share connections and the settings of the individual apps within your Audiobus workflow.
- Multi-channel input hardware support.
- New hardware latency controls
Emu [iPhone; Free] Emu is texting with a built-in assistant. Schedule lunches, share your location, and set reminders - as easily as sending a photo. It's texting, for grown-ups. Version 1.0.5 brings the following changes:
- No more invite codes! Emu is available to everyone.
- Magic Reply. If a friend texts you through Emu while you're driving, Emu will let them know so you don't have to.
Choremonster [iOS Universal; Free] ChoreMonster makes chores fun by engaging and rewarding your kids! Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- MONSTER CARNIVAL FOR ALL: For each chore completed, kids earn a ticket to the Monster Carnival (previously a subscriber-only feature), where they can spin the wheel and win monsters. Over 250 monsters are available to collect with more added monthly!
- PLAY WITH THE MONSTERS: your kids are now able to interact with the ones they've collected. Touch them and see what happens!
- REWARDS FROM AMAZON.COM: Now you can add rewards directly from Amazon.com. US users only for now)
- POINT BOOSTS: Just go to the chores section and give your child a boost in points because they're awesome!
- MORE CHORE OPTIONS: add custom point values for chores, more flexibility on chore scheduling, and even unscheduled chores (chores to just do whenever), and more.
Footpath [iOS Universal; $0.99] Whether you prefer the simplicity of running or riding without a phone, forgot to record a GPS track, or want to plan out your next hike or race, Footpath allows you to map out your routes quicker and easier than ever before, all without GPS. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Automatic iCloud Syncing (Elite):
- Premium maps and snapping support (Elite)
- Reverse a route's direction
- Shared routes now include a link to view the route in any browser
- Minor bug fixes
Penultimate [iPad; Free] Penultimate gives you the convenience and feel of writing on paper with the added power and availability of Evernote. Version 5.2 brings the following changes:
- You can now swipe from off screen when in portrait mode to navigate between pages in a notebook.
- New animations when you open and close a notebook.
- New pen selection menu. This has been totally redesigned and now each pen width can have its own color.
- Better ink rendering.
- Better palm recognition. This should help with stray marks on the screen.
- Jot Script enhancements
- Better syncing and sharing
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