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
Inspire Pro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] Available only on the App Store, Inspire Pro delivers an amazing painting, drawing and sketching experience to your iPad.
Week Calendar [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Whether you use iCloud, Exchange or Google calendar, Week Calendar is the most user friendly and the all-round calendar app worldwide for everyone that needs to get the most out of their calendar app.
Great Decisions 7 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $5.99] Make the smartest decisions ever, solve dilemmas, and keep track of why you made choices.
Night shot camera slow shutter HD (Photo and Video) [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Take HD quality photos in low light.
MusicID with Lyrics [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] MusicID recognizes music playing around you.
MyBrushes Pro – Draw, Paint, Sketch on Infinite canvas [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] MyBrushes Pro is an unique painting application designed to create images and playback the whole painting process on unlimited Size Canvas, and unlimited Layers with unlimited Undo / Redo Steps.
Pocket Studio [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] Studio 2 is now Pocket Studio!
breeze: realistic wind chimes [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Quite simply, breeze is the most realistic and highly rated wind chime app on the App Store!
The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Remove the evil curse in this captivating adventure by finding hidden objects in the dark and mysterious Cursed Valley!
The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley HD [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Remove the evil curse in this captivating adventure by finding hidden objects in the dark and mysterious Cursed Valley!
New and Notable Apps
Ingress [iOS Universal; Free] Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.
Bulk Image Resizer [OS X; $1.99] Bulk Image Resizer let's you rapidly resize groups of images.
Updates you don't want to miss
Mantano Ebook Reader [iOS Universal; $4.99] The best ebook reader: user friendly, powerful, fast, this book reader provides unprecedented speed and reading comfort. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- New: partial EPUB 3 format support, based on the Readium SDK!
- Added: Text selection and highlights are now editable in PDF and EPUB 2
- Added: Read your books and annotations side-by-side by pinning the annotations panel
- Added: OPDS callbacks support in the bookstores
- Improved: PDF and EPUB 2 display performances
- Improved: Selection pop-up menu
- Improved: Scroll to the last read book when reopening the application
- Improved: In the bookstores, you can now navigate one step up or directly to your list of bookstores
- Fixed: Data loss issues when the application crashed or was force-closed
- Fixed: Various bugs
Timberman [iOS Universal; Free] Timberman is an oldschool arcade style casual game. Version 1.3 brings the following changes:
- 10 new Timbers added
- New trees in different environments
- Sound on/off button added
- Minor fixes
Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test [iOS Universal; Free] Use Ookla Speedtest for easy, one-tap connection testing in under 30 seconds. Version 3.3.1 brings the following changes:
- This release includes engine improvements for even more accurate test results.
- We also squashed a few pesky bugs.
Photo Editor by Aviary [iOS Universal; Free] A magical way to create and share beautiful photos. Version 3.4.0 brings the following changes:
- Introducing grid photo selection, a new way to edit with Aviary! We've completely redesigned the way you browse and choose photos, making it faster and more fun to edit the photos you want.
- Improvements to Undo/Redo.
- Minor bug fixes and optimizations
Angry Birds Rio [OS X; $4.99] What happens when everyone's favorite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry! Version 2.2.0 brings the following changes:
- It's the all-new TIMBER TUMBLE episode! Those mischievous monkeys have got their hands on some logging equipment – get ready to shout TIMBER!
- NEW LEVELS! 20 exotic new levels and six bonus ones!
Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition [OS X; $28.99] Become Agent 47, a genetically-engineered killer, and use your skill and ingenuity to turn assassination into an art. Version 1.0.2 brings the following changes:
- Fixes a crash on machines which do not have a network name
- Fixes an issue which prevented the "Friends Online" feature from working correctly
- D-pad can now be used to trigger Precision Aim
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