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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

ClearWeather HD [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] ClearWeather is the only app that shows you temperature by color so you don't even need to read the forecast.

Barcode [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Barcode is the fastest, most precise and most user-friendly QR reader and barcode scanner for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Dots (Pixel Art) [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Draw pixel art with Dots.

100 Cameras in 1 [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Fast, simple, and light. Designed for speed and ease-of-use

Help Me Fly [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Propeller Joe's plane ran out of power again, and it's up to you to help him jump-start it through 90 brain teasing levels.

Vector Illustrator [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] 'Vector Illustrator ™' is your Ultimate Vector Illustration App designed from scratch for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

ProCam [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Fully featured photo editor.

ProCam XL [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Fully featured photo editor.

Twin Moons (Full) [iPhone; Now free, down from $9.99] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Twin Moons HD (Full) [iPad; Now free, down from $6.99] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Thunderspace HD [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Thunderstorms recorded in 3D for headphones + lightning flashes.

New and Notable Apps

Sketch 3 [OS X; $49.99] Sketch: graphic design for a digital world. Powerful tools and an elegant interface, in a single award-winning package. Because making beautiful things should be a joy, not a burden.

Gauges [OS X; $1.99] Monitor your download and upload speeds in realtime from your status bar with this ultra lightweight monitor.

Helpouts [iPhone; Free] Helpouts connects you to expert help over live video. This app gives you access to all of the FREE Helpouts available on the platform. Download the app today to get help across a wide range of topics-anytime, anywhere.

Updates you don't want to miss

Calendars 5 - Smart Calendar and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync [iOS Universal; $2.99] Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be. Version 5.4 brings the following changes:

  • updated iPad UI
  • Smart Input now supports French, Italian, and Spanish.
  • custom reminders on the iPhone
  • lots of minor improvements

Screens VNC [OS X; $34.99] Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful Screen Sharing and VNC client that lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:

  • Complete rewrite of the app
  • Brand new UI
  • Menu bar icon to access recent and discovered items
  • Recent connections
  • Export connections as files
  • New key mappings for system keyboard shortcuts
  • Much improved VNC/Screen Sharing engine
  • Faster than ever!
  • Many other small details that we think will make you smile

A&E [iOS Universal; Free] Duck Dynasty. Bates Motel. Storage Wars. The First 48. Now you can watch your favorite A&E shows wherever and whenever you want, right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Version 2.0.0 brings the following changes:

  • Now you can watch LIVE TV on your iPhone or iPad! Sign in with your TV provider and watch a live stream of A&E...anywhere, anytime!

HISTORY [iOS Universal; Free] Watch new episodes of Vikings and hours of Pawn Stars and Swamp People! Now you can watch your favorite HISTORY shows wherever and whenever you want, right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • Now you can watch LIVE TV on your iPhone or iPad! Sign in with your TV provider and watch a live stream of HISTORY...anywhere, anytime!

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