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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

Word Lens [iPhone; App, in-app purchases now free, down from $2.99] See the world in your language: instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time!

Thinglist [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] There are plenty of "to-do" and task apps out there. We created Thinglist for all the things you "want to-do"... to make life a little more enjoyable.

Bam fu [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] HANDS CLASH IN CHAOS in Bam fu, a game for two-, three- or four people on one device.

Convertizo 2 - Convert Units and Currency in Style [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Convertizo 2 is a clean and reliable unit converter for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Civil War The Battle Game [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Civl War The Battle Game, play either the Union or the Confederacy in an hex based strategy/board war game.

Tones Maker [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] Want make your custom ringtones? Tones Maker can help you.

Mybrushes – Sketch, Paint, Design [OS X; Now free, down from $12.99] MyBrushes is an unique painting and photo editing application which supports drawing, text input and instant image processing.

New and Notable Apps

Activehours - Unlock your pay [iPhone; Free] Activehours lets you get your paycheck anytime you want. Why wait until payday?

Swaly [iPhone; Free] Swaly allows you to localize yourself in real time and to share your position with your friends!

Road Story [iOS Universal; Free] Control cars to avoid crashes and become crossroads operator. Gain experience and level up to unlock new powerful bonus cars and new crossroads.

Iris [OS X; Free] Iris is a high performance screen recorder that records to h.264. Iris leverages on-board GPU acceleration when available. It can optionally include video from a camera and up to two microphones. Note: This app appears to have been removed from the US App Store.

MyAScript [OS X; Free] MyAScript - you can save and run AppleScripts on your Mac

Updates you don't want to miss

ROBLOX Mobile [iOS Universal; Free] ROBLOX Mobile lets you explore thousands of games created by our community of builders and developers. Version 2.150.46522 brings the following changes:

  • Fixed camera bug where users could be locked into first-person mode and could not leave game
  • Fixed bug where sound would cut out completely when other sounds were played/paused
  • Preparing for new camera and ladder functionality

Oyster – Read Unlimited Books [iOS Universal; Free] Oyster is the best way to read books on your iPad and iPhone. Version 1.5.2 brings the following changes:

  • New end of book messages prompt you to leave a rating and gives you the option to share with friends.
  • Books you finish are now automatically marked as read.
  • Look for a unique note from us on every book you finish!
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

Day One [OS X; $9.99] Record life as you live it. Version 1.9.4 brings the following changes:

  • Greatly improved search for multi-byte characters (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Emoji, etc.).
  • Tags are now included in Momento text entry imports.
  • Most recent entry location is shown by default in Map view.

Adobe Photoshop Touch [iPad; $9.99] Transform your images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets. Version 1.6 brings the following changes:

  • Fixed two crashers: when syncing and when storage is low
  • Added more brush types for fine-tuned corrections and painting
  • Added the Quick Selection tool, similar to Photoshop
  • Implemented auto-recovery of unsaved documents
  • Added ability to use iOS fonts with the Type tool
  • Keep the original EXIF metadata when editing a JPEG
  • Lots of other bugs fixes!

Secret - Speak Freely [iPhone; Free] Secret is a new way to share what you're thinking and feeling with your friends. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:

  • Easily share secrets directly from your feed
  • See a count of how many friends you have
  • Bug fixes and improvements

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