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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

ABC Food [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Our award-winning ABC Series teaches children new words through sight, sound & touch.

Brick Roll [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Are you fast enough? Do you have the skills required? Time ticks. Bad guys watch you. It's going to be HARD!

Dungeon Plunder [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Dungeon Plunder is a fun casual roguelike dungeon crawler featuring randomly generated overland and dungeon maps with an addictive and strategic battle system.

rubiTrack for iOS [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $33.99] ubiTrack is the ideal iPhone and iPad App for all ambitious runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes and athletes in practically any sport.

Mini-U: The Farm [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] Ever wanted to create your own farm? Go ahead!

Gloomlogue Now free, down from $0.99] Gloomlogue lets you transform your photos into illustrated gloom paints.

Rockmate [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] Rockmate turns your iPad into a complete music studio that is easy and super fun to use.

Gravity Lab! [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Navigate gravity shifts, bounce pads, portals, cannons, and more in this easy to play but difficult to master puzzle game.

New and Notable Apps

Two Dots [iOS Universal; Free] Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths. The makers of the hit game Dots are back with a brand new, addictive, free, puzzle game!

Gardenscapes 2 (Premium) [iOS Universal; Free] Gardenscapes 2 takes the unique experience of the original Gardenscapes to a completely new level!

Disney Karaoke: Frozen [iPad; $7.99] Featuring music and film clips from the movie, the "Disney Karaoke: Frozen" app allows you to sing along with your favorite Frozen songs, record your voice with the original instrumental tracks, create a gallery of your performances.

Updates you don't want to miss

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet [iOS Universal; $17.99] 1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. Version 4.5.2 brings the following changes:

  • 1Password now keeps automatic backups of your data that are accessible via iTunes
  • Item printing is back, baby!
  • Sync is now much sync-ier
  • That pesky flickering while viewing an item's details is no more
  • The report of bug deaths is not an exaggeration

Plague Inc. [iOS Universal; $0.99] Can you infect the world? Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Version 1.8.7 brings the following changes:

  • Plague Inc. Mutation 8 discovered – The "Mega" Mutation
  • "Mega-Brutal" difficulty – for players who thought Brutal was Casual!
  • Mega new Cheat Modes – 3 new cheat modes are added which will all give - Use cheats on any plague type (and even combine different cheat modes!)
  • New Scenarios – 4 new scenarios give players brand new challenges from infecting the world with a 30,000 year old virus through to surviving in a world with artificial organs
  • New events and achievements
  • Performance improvements for all devices
  • Minor game balance / AI improvements / bug fix

HiddenMe [OS X; Free] Let your desktop breath !!! Use HiddenMe to hide all icons on your desktop quickly. Version 1.0.7 brings the following changes:

  • Adds ability to hide icons at launch

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