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
Gridplay [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Gridplay gives even the most experienced filmmakers a new experience, with a feature allowing users to select and combine or divide screens at will.
Traffic Racer [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Traffic Racer is a milestone in the genre of endless arcade racing. Drive your car through highway traffic, earn cash, upgrade your car and buy new ones.
MagicalPad HD [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Welcome to the most versatile note taking productivity app - Visually manage your notes, ideas, mind maps, outlines, checklist and tasks for school, personal and business needs.
Raildale [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Raildale is an exciting railway building and development game.
Core Monitor HD [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Core Monitor is handy and powerful system monitor app in the App Store!
SalaryBook HD - Time tracking and Timesheet [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Keep track of your worked hours and earnings on-the-go with SalaryBook, make sure any billable hour doesn't go unaccounted.
New and Notable Apps
Stache [iOS Universal; $1.99] Stache makes it quick and easy to collect and re-discover pages you find useful, interesting or inspiring, in a beautiful, visual and fully searchable library.
WatchDogs Companion: ctOS Mobile [iOS Universal; Free] Control the city of Chicago from anywhere in the world with the WatchDogs: ctOS Mobile app.
Stache [OS X; $6.99] Stache makes it quick and easy to collect and re-discover pages you find useful, interesting or inspiring, in a beautiful, visual and fully searchable library.
Updates you don't want to miss
Vesper [iPhone; $4.99] Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do - anything you want to remember. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Added support for backing up notes with Vesper Sync.
- Performance and memory use enhancements.
Reeder 2 [iOS Universal; $4.99] Reeder is an RSS client with support for Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Fever or Readability. Reeder also supports local/standalone RSS (no sync). Version 2.2 brings the following changes:
- Background app refresh (per account setting, disabled by default)
- Loading progress indicator for the in-app browser
- Smart streams now also support grouping by feed or date
- New setting to disable favicons for subscriptions/article list (see Settings General)
- Reeder now can handle feed links (feed://) from external apps
- Added navigation pan (right/left) to toolbars and empty spaces in list views (in addition to the left and right screen edges)
- Added a drag handle to the browser toolbar to make it clearer that you can slide right/left to go back/forward
Replay - Instagram video editor [iPhone; Free] Make amazing square videos, impress your Instagram followers. Super easy, really fast! 18 beautiful Video Styles. Version 1.8 brings the following changes:
- Share on WhatsApp
- Set music start time - Choose which part of the song will play in your movie
- Steadycam - Our camera stabilizes videos like no other, so you can shoot like Stanley Kubrick
- Own Everything - by popular request, you can now buy everything in Replay at once, even Styles that will come in future updates - own the future!
Zello+ Walkie Talkie [iPhone; $0.99] oin millions of people who use Zello instead of texting. You can use it one-on-one with a friend, for a live group call with your family or soccer team. The Zello app can even replace 2-way radios at work. Version 2.1.3 brings the following changes:
- Replaced speaker switch with iOS volume and audio device selection control
- Improved Bluetooth LE Zello Button support
- Fixed audio switching to earpiece after phone call
- Fixed a condition sometimes causing Busy status reset
- Other bug fixes
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