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
SkyChartsPro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $19.99] Fastest in flight usage of all iPad EFB's- simply double tap on ANY airports to bring up A/FD and approach plates for that airport.
Yatzy Ultimate [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] FREE (Reg. $1) The most addictive dice game you can ever play.
Phoster [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] This is a user-friendly application to create stylish posters and various invitation cards.
Connect-All [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Connect-All' is a very simple and addictive puzzle game.
Peekaboo Universe [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Peekaboo! Guess Who? Play in our new hide-and-seek game in the real Universe!
AirMusic [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Access and stream your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Music Library directly over WiFi from an Xbox, a PS3 or any compatible DLNA device.
Mystical Island [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Mystical Island lost far away in Southern seas is full of mysteries and riddles.
New and Notable Apps
MonsterCrafter Pro [iOS Universal; $0.99] The sequel to Guncrafter has arrived! Craft your own pet monster. Train and care for it.
AmpliTube Orange for iPad [iPad; $14.99] Turn your iPad® into the ultimate mobile Orange guitar/bass multi-FX processor and recording studio! Use the iRig HD, iRig or iRig STOMP interface to connect your guitar to your iPad, and use iRig MIDI to control AmpliTube with your floor controller.
Understudy [iPad; Free] There are amazing books and courses out there, in the library and on the internet. Bashing through them is difficult, though. It takes constant self control to plow through something new, even if you really want to!
Piggybot [iOS Universal; Free] The only parent-designed, kid-tested allowance app that helps kids spend, share, and save smart. PiggyBot is a fun, easy way to track allowance spending and saving. No missed allowance, no forgetting IOUs, just money smarts turned fun!
Sago Mini Monsters [iOS Universal; $2.99] Create your own colorful monster! Make your monster happy with paint, food, and decorations. When you're finished, snap a photo to share with mom and dad. Make as many monsters as your like. Each monster is unique.
Dash Breakfast [iPad; Free] Jump-start your mornings with this free, recipe-packed app from the editors of dash magazine.
The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime [iOS Universal; $2.99] From yummico, the creators of the award-winning iOS app Yummiloo Rainbow Power comes "ScreenTime," introducing the adventures of Ash & Ollie, two brothers who just want to play on their tablets and game players.
MenuMinder [OS X; Free] Never forget anything ever again! Stay on top of important ideas and tasks by storing them conveniently as text reminders in your menu bar.
Rails Free [OS X; Free] Introducing Rails, the official remake of Shortline Railroad, one of biggest and most addictive gaming sensations of the 90s
Updates you don't want to miss
IFTTT [iOS Universal; Free] IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement - if this then that. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Introducing IFTTT for iPad. The power of IFTTT is now available for all your iOS devices.
- iOS Notifications Channel
- iOS Photos Trigger that works when you're in a specific area
- New Recipe Collections to inspire how you IFTTT
- Did we mention the iOS Notifications Channel? Control your Notification Center!
- We bought a bug zapper and it works real good
Caveman Feast 200 Paleo Recipes [iOS Universal; $2.99] Caveman Feast for iPhone and iPad contains 200 delicious Paleo recipes that are beautifully illustrated and easy to follow. Version 2.0.0 brings the following changes:
- We've taught the shopping cart a few new tricks! Now, when you add two new paleo recipes to the shopping cart, and they both need a tomato each, you'll need to shop for two tomatoes.
- We've also added an additional recipe pack for those looking for more than 200 recipes!
Videolicious [iOS Universal; Free] Instantly weave together interviews, videos, photos, music and more into a sophisticated video production-in seconds. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:
- Videolicious 3 features an all new iOS 7 design with speed and efficiency updates.
Yoink [OS X; $4.99] Yoink simplifies drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps. Version 2.5.2 brings the following changes:
- Fixed a bug with color palettes
- Fixed a bug where some applications (e.g. CleanMyMac, calibre) would not recognize drags from Yoink)
- Fixed a bug where Yoink would fade in/out inappropriately
- Fixed a bug where items appeared greyed out when they shouldn't have been
Timing [OS X; $2.99] Timing is the best way to keep track of the time you spend with your Mac. Version 1.4.0 brings the following changes:
- There is now an option to export the "raw" data Timing captures in either JSON or CSV format.
- You can now control Timing's export functionality via AppleScript.
- Many improvements and bug fixes
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Software Updatesmore updates
- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter