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
Ski Jumping Pro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Go for gold in Ski Jumping Pro, the ultimate winter sports simulation game that's packed with fantastic new features for the ski jumping season.
Lub vs Dub [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Run, Jump and Flip around either side of the central ECG line, collecting hearts and using power-ups to boost your performance, and hinder your opponents!
My Medical [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] My Medical is a comprehensive record-keeping app for your personal medical information.
Summoner Wars [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Summoner Wars for iOS is a digital card game with all the tactical elements of a board game.
Kid Tripp [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Run and jump your way through 20 levels of intense platforming madness in this tough-as-nails platformer! Have you got what it takes to help Kid Tripp escape?
New and Notable Apps
Foldify Zoo - Papercraft fun! [iPad; $1.99] Foldify Zoo takes the classic Foldify experience to the next level! Have fun whilst learning about your favourite animals!
Union [iOS Universal; $1.99] Combine your photos in infinite ways to create mind-blowing scenery, artistic framing, and surreal images. Here is how it works.
My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to Learn about the Human Body [iOS Universal; $2.99] Wouldn't it be cool to look inside yourself and see what was going on in there? With My Incredible Body, you can!
Living Planet - Tiny Planet [iOS Universal; $0.99] For the first time ever, on any platform, you can now create jaw-dropping tiny planet videos!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [iOS Universal; $4.99] Become the Amazing Spider-Man in this open-world adventure full of non-stop action, and face the web-slinger's greatest challenge yet!
Where's My Water? Featuring XYY [iOS Universal; $0.99] Introducing the latest chapter from Disney's most popular puzzle game franchise! Where's My Water takes the brightest Chinese TV cartoon character XYY on a medieval adventure through China!
Breeze - Activity and step tracking made simple [iPhone; Free] Breeze unlocks your iPhone 5s's hidden activity tracker to automatically monitor your steps and movement, reach out with real-time coaching around the progress you're making, and celebrate the smart choices you make throughout your day.
RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit 2014 [OS X; $9.99] Imagine you could get access to a cheat sheet that automatically adjusts to fit your league settings AND allows you to mark off players during your draft. That's exactly what the 2014 RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit can do for you.
Updates you don't want to miss
VLC for iOS [iOS Universal; Free] VLC for iOS is a port of the free VLC media player to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.Version 2.3.0 brings the following changes:
- Folders for media
- Support for password protected HTTP streams
- An option to disable playback control gestures
- An option to use bold subtitles
- Better UPnP detection
- Support for m4b, caf, oma, w64 audio and mxg video files
- New translations to Latvian, Romanian and British English
- Bug fixes
Twitteriffic 5 for Twitter [iOS Universal; Free] Twitterrific is the award-winning, elegant Twitter client that's easy to understand and a delight to use. Version 5.7.2 brings the following changes:
- Edit tweet (tap the more actions icon)
- Improved launch times for users with multiple accounts
- Streaming only prevents auto-sleep while device is charging
- Addressed issue causing network connection errors
- Fixed issues with reading service logins that use special characters
- Theme panel can now be shaken, not stirred
- Thanks to Ethan Marcotte (@beep) for inspiring the edit tweet feature
Paper – stories from Facebook [iPhone; Free] Paper includes your Facebook News Feed and sections about your favorite topics. Version 1.1 brings the following changes:
- Birthdays and events
- Photo comments
- Group updates
- New story buttons
- 9 new article covers join our collection, making easier to spot your favorite sources on Paper.
- Basic accessibility
PiggyBot [iOS Universal; Free] PiggyBot is a fun, easy way to track allowance spending and saving. No missed allowance, no forgetting IOUs, just money smarts turned fun! Version 1.1 brings the following changes:
- Added "Pay Other Amount" screen so you can add money received for chores, gifts, or any other reason!
- Squished some PiggyBugs.
Flickr [iPhone; Free] Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:
- We have completely rebuilt and redesigned the app to make it simple, beautiful, and easy to use.
- Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy.
- Save it all: All your pictures in one place. Take them everywhere.
- Advanced editing: Gorgeous live filters. Powerful editing tools. All for free.
- Capture the world in all new HD video you can share to Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.
- Explore our editing tools: Levels, Crop, Color Balance, Contrast, Saturation and more.
- Follow friends and the world's best photographers. Always discover something new.
- Customize your privacy settings so you can make a photo as public or private as you like.
- Take lots of photos! Everyone gets 1,000GB of free storage.
Liquid [OS X; Free] Work at the speed of thought - with Liquid you don't have to slow down to search, look something up, share or translate. Version 4.5 brings the following changes:
- Added Search Spotlight, Contacts and Apple Mail email.
- Added Share to Google+
- Mavericks optimisation.
- Comma separation in convert is now localised.
- Bug fixes including installation fix.
- First release for localisations with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish.
Paprika Recipe Manager [OS X; $19.99] Delightfully simple recipe management for everyone: from aspiring cooks to professional chefs. With web importing, grocery lists and meal planning. Version 2.0.3 brings the following changes:
- Fixed importing of .paprikarecipe files.
- Made a few tweaks to the MMF importer.
- Correctly store the meal planner's export calendar name setting.
- Made it easier to drag a subcategory out of its parent category to the top level.
- Fixed print behavior when viewing a recipe through the meal planner.
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