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Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

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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

The Descent HD [iPad; Now free, down from $3.99] The ancient legends are true. No one will believe them until they have the misfortune of coming face to face with them, however.

Kayak Pro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] The smart travel search engine. Hotel, flight, and car search and booking, flight tracker and itinerary management.

Morse-It [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99]Morse-It is an easy to use application that allows to translate, interpret, type, learn, convert Morse code, and much more.

Stackables for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Stackables is the most advanced and comprehensive effects layering and blending app.

Echo: A Music Game [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Echo is a new kind of music game: part puzzle, part instrument.

New and Notable Apps

ClickPhoto [iOS Universal; $0.99] ClickPhoto is a simple and easy to use application that allows the user to take an image by clicking their fingers.

Last Inua - An Arctic Adventure [iOS Universal; $3.99] LAST INUA is an award winning platform adventure game featuring an Inuit father and his son on their epic quest for survival against the elements.

Atom Run [iOS Universal; 42.99] Atom Run is an action-packed retro-futuristic platform game, in a superb mechanical-dynamic world. Jump, push, run and avoid the many dangers you'll encounter.

9/11 Museum Audio Guide [iPhone; Free] Enhance your experience of the 9/11 Memorial Museum by using the official audio guide. The Museum honors the 2,983 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.

Swarm by Foursquare [iPhone; Free] Swarm, the new app from Foursquare, is the fastest way to keep up and meet up with your friends. With Swarm, you can easily see who's out nearby and who wants to hang out later.

Thomas Was Alone [iPad; $8.99] Meet Thomas, a curious rectangle, and help him unravel the mysteries of his existence in a wonderfully strange world.

Sago Mini Space Explorer [iOS Universal; $2.99] Blast into space with Harvey the dog. Invite Harvey out to play among the stars and planets.

Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition [OS X; $28.99] Become Agent 47, a genetically-engineered killer, and use your skill and ingenuity to turn assassination into an art.

List One [OS X; Free] All your lists on one view. Customize, Share, Sync with iPad, iPhone and iPod using your iCloud account.

Updates you don't want to miss

Birdbrain ~ statistics for Twitter [iPhone; $2.99] Birdbrain checks your Twitter accounts for changes to your friends and followers, mentions, retweets and list memberships. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:

  • We've been crazy at work on this update to Birdbrain; redesigning almost every little bit for iOS 7. And we are super excited about the result!
  • We haven't just been iOS 7ing, we've also added new graph views on the Summary screen, and a new "Followers you follow" view so you can keep a track of your buddies.
  • There are lots of other little tweaks and improvements.

Noon Pacific [iOS Universal; $1.99] A weekly playlist of the best songs handpicked from the best music blogs. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • New & improved interface
  • Album artwork on lock screen
  • Vinyl LP rotation option
  • Performance & stability improvements
  • Less drain on phone battery

Facebook [iOS Universal; Free] Keeping up with friends is faster than ever. Version 10.0 brings the following changes:

  • Review what your post will look like and choose whether to remove any suggested links before sharing what you're reading, watching or listening to
  • Create posts even when your connection is weak or you're in airplane mode, and they'll be shared once your connection gets strong enough
  • Improvements to make News Feed load faster, especially on older phones and tablets

PCalc [OS X; $9.99] PCalc is ideal for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. Version 4.0.2 brings the following changes:

  • User functions and conversions can now access the RPN stack, use bitwise operators, and get and set values on the clipboard.
  • Added support for hex, octal, and binary user functions and constants.
  • Added "Rol n" and "Ror n" buttons for rotating by an arbitrary number of bits.
  • Added an option to stop the buttons from taking clicks when in the background, so clicking on the calculator window to switch to it won't accidentally trigger commands.
  • Added an option to display the ticker tape at the top of the display.
  • Added a "Copy" button to the tape window to copy the whole tape to the clipboard.
  • Added confirmation dialogs when deleting keyboard shortcuts, user functions, conversions, and constants.
  • Added better error reporting when updating the currency rates.

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