Thie Weekend 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
Block Fortress: War [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Welcome to the Blockverse: an alternate and blocky dimension, home to a diverse collection of alien civilizations.
DashCam [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Have your own black box/dashboard camera. This application can be used with cars, bicycles, motorcycles, boats, anything that moves.
Calendars 5 by Readdle [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $6.99] Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be.
Smart Photo Organizer [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Smart Photo Organizer is an application to create different albums for Screenshots, Photos and movies.
New and Notable Apps
Voxen [iPad; $7.99] Voxen is a voice synthesizer. It lets you synthesize singing voices. Any voice, not just the few voices that someone else designed into it.
The Photo Cookbook – Barbecue Grilling [iOS Universal; $3.99] This Photo Cookbook is intended for all grilling enthusiasts.
netwars – The Butterfly Attack - Episode 1 - An Interactive Graphic Novel about War on the Web! [iOS Universal; $2.99] The story is anything but science fiction. The scenario is alarmingly real. The digital war affects every one of us, and it's happening right now.
The Elements Flashcards [iOS Universal; Free] Flashcards is based on the ground-breaking original app The Elements, turned into a powerful memory aid for those moments when you really need to know your elements.
Updates you don't want to miss
Shadow Puppet [iOS Universal; Free] Create custom videos that are easy to share. Version 2.0.2 brings the following changes:
- Include video clips, not just still images
- Add music from your library or choose one of our background songs
- Easily search the web for images and animated GIFs
- Overlay text and stickers
- Draw to animate and highlight
- Higher quality video export with optional HD export upgrade
TuneIn Radio Pro [iOS Universal; $3.99] Discover, follow and listen to what's most important to you from the world's largest collection of sports, news, music and talk stations. Version 6.1.1 brings the following changes:
- One-click play for the stations you follow in your profile (previously called 'favorites'). Get to the content you love, faster!
- Time remaining for programs is back, so you can see how much time is left in your favorite shows.
- You can enter Car Mode through the car icon on the top left of Browse (from version 6.0 on).
Wordpress [iOS Universal; Free] With WordPress for iOS, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, view stats, and add images or videos with ease. Version 4.0.3 brings the following changes:
- Adjusted user interface for media management to allow for faster insertion of images.
- Improved accessibility of the stats interface.
- Launched live chat support on a limited rollout.
- Fixed many miscellaneous bugs.
iHunt Journal [iOS Universal; $8.99] This is the ultimate all-in-one hunting app - it manages all your hunting memories plus it allows you to research and plan your hunts. Version 3.3.2 brings the following changes:
- Game type filtering - iOS 7 only
- Inventory check extension: Now with validity period for all checks
- Export, Import and Dropbox Exchange extension
- Optimizations for iPhone 5s, database size and integration of latest G. Maps
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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