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
Favorited [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] Favorited is simple & efficient menu bar app for browsing/searching your favorited tweets.
Day One (Journal / Diary) [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments.
Laser Hell [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Laserhell is a simple as hell, yet impossible rhythm-based techno music arcade game.
Steampunk Tower [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Take charge of the immense Steampunk Tower and help the eccentric Lord Bingham protect his precious Etherium Mine.
iScanner - quickly scan multipage documents [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] iScanner will turn your iPhone or iPad into full-featured powerful and fast document scanner.
Lumen Trails Planner [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $19.99] Lumen Trails lets you take notes, make lists and keep track of other things in your life, such as time, workouts, expenses, calories, food, weight, sleep or anything else you can think of.
New and Notable Apps
The Bearded Hero [iOS Universal; $1.99] Follow the Bearded Hero on a clay-made adventure where it is not unlikely to encounter sunbathing starfish, pipe-smoking mountains and sea monsters with bracelets.
Polymo [iPhone; $1.99] Polymo is a better place for you to capture, curate and remember life's many moments.
Monster Hunter Freedom [iOS Universal; $14.99] The world's most exciting hunting action game, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, is now available for iOS!
Buzz Killem [iOS Universal; Free] Brought to you by the creators of the hit game Bill Killem! Buzz Killem is the story of a retired War Veteran called back into action after an Alien welcoming party greets Earth. And he is the father of famed action star Bill Killem.
Updates you don't want to miss
Hitman GO [iOS Universal; $4.99] Hitman GO is a turn-based strategy game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. Version 1.6 brings the following changes:
- Put your assassination skills to the test in the new Airport chapter!
- Introducing NEW MECHANICS!
- The civilian mode! Stay undercover until you perform your first move!
- New high alert guards able to watch two lines at the same time!
- Skip move: Skip a turn and wait silently to make your move on approaching enemies
- Walkways: The automated walkways add another level of challenge by taking you directly to extended locations
- Various Bug fixes
lynda.com [iOS Universal; Free] Learn anytime, anywhere! Maximize your lynda.com membership with full access to the video training library. Version 4.0.1 brings the following changes:
- Search results sorting by relevancy, release date, and course title
- Playlist additions from search results
- Pull to Refresh on all screens
- Fix for video player orientation issue on iPhone landscape mode
- Fix for course details screen refreshing due to WiFi being connected
- lynda.com support phone number update
Loopy HD [iOS Universal; $3.99] Create music with Loopy HD by layering looped recordings of singing, beatboxing, or playing an instrument with a savvy, sophisticated, tactile new looper that totally reinvents the formula. Version 1.4.8 brings the following changes:
- Fixed some issues with MIDI clock receiving
- Removed old audio pasteboard compatible apps screens
- Added warnings about denied microphone access
- Added swipe-to-delete functionality for loop files in Import screen
- Added Audiobus 2.1 support
Spotify [iOS Universal; Free] Search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection. Version 1.24.0 brings the following changes:
- New: You can now view and control your Play Queue. (iPhone)
- New: To avoid duplicates, we'll ask you to confirm if you add a song to a playlist twice. (iPhone)
- New: Say hello to sorting and filtering in Your Music. (iPhone)
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