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This Weekend 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

VLC Streamer [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Sit anywhere in your house and watch movies or TV shows on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Stickman Soccer 2014 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Experience pure soccer fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value.

Persistence - Goal and Habit Tracker [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Persistence is a goal and habit tracker that will shape up your life by helping you to stay persistent and determined in completing your goals.

Trimaginator [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Instantly transform your Pictures into Mind-Blowing Works of Art!

Living Planet - Tiny Planet Videos and Photos [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] For the first time ever, on any platform, you can now create jaw-dropping tiny planet videos!

LvLn [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] LvLn is a fast in, fast lootin', retro style app with tons of gameplay.

iShows - Because We Love TV [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Because we love TV Shows. iShows is the best way to manage and keep track of your favorite TV Shows.

Dayflow [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Create duration based goals for every activity.

Breach & Clear [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Breach & Clear brings deep tactical strategy to mobile devices!

Lonely Planet [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99] Lonely Planet sets you off in a immersive zombie apocalypse where you are the last man alive and your only intentions are to survive.

New and Notable Apps

Party Party [iPhone; $0.99] Party Party is more than your own personal photo booth. It can bring an experience to life with its easy-to-use stop motion feature-layering your photos atop one another to make a looping animation!

Swords & Poker Adventures [iOS Universal; Free] Defeat monsters and other opponents by creating the best poker hands in this addictive puzzle adventure masterpiece!

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon [iOS Universal; $4.99] Join Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax in an all-new adventure– Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon!

Red Ball 4 [iOS Universal; $0.99] Red Alert! Evil minions want to squeeze the planet into a square shape. Who's got the balls to save the world? Oh yeah, that's right! Red Ball to the rescue!

daWindci Deluxe [iOS Universal; $2.99] Paint wind, hurricanes and lightning on the screen with the tip of your finger and thereby navigate your balloon through the riddles and obstacles of each level.

Kinomatic - Video Camera and Editing Tool [iPhone; $1.99] Kinomatic is a pro video camera and editor in one app; the only tool you'll need to start and finish high quality movies on your iPhone.

Updates you don't want to miss

Disco Zoo [iOS Universal; Free] Travel to regions around the world and collect everything from pigs to dinosaurs for your Disco Zoo. Version 1.2. 2 brings the following changes to Disco Sue's Zookeeper Log:

  • I convinced management that we needed to add another region to the zoo. They agreed! I'll keep an eye out for a new rescue vehicle.
  • Last week the zoo was approached by the Zoological Space Agency. They're thinking about setting up a program at the zoo if we can grow it big enough. Should be exciting!
  • I read a new study that suggests that animals need exercise. Two words: Beach. Balls. - Customer service reports that visitors keep losing their hats in animal habitats. I'm starting to wonder if the animals are deliberately stealing them...I'm probably just being paranoid.
  • We've retrained the giraffes how to sleep. Apparently giraffes are supposed to sleep with their heads on their bottoms. Who knew? - The head of zoo security assures me that she's made improvements to the zoo walls and visitors should not be able to enter the habitats anymore. We were getting concerned by all those people sneaking into the dino habitats...didn't they see that movie about the dinosaurs?

Horizon [iPhone; $1.99] Horizon lets you record horizontal videos and photos no matter how you hold your device. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • Photo mode! Tap the photo button or swipe anywhere on the screen to switch to photo mode!
  • You can also take photos while capturing your video!
  • 60 frames per second (720p) support for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad Mini/Mini Retina/Air users!
  • 2K resolution & 120 FPS / 720p (Slow Motion) support for iPhone 5S devices!
  • Lossless zoom with the all new 'Crisp' resolutions at iPhone 5S.
  • New Locked mode: Auto. This mode chooses the best locked orientation automagically!
  • A lot of interface changes that introduce you to the new features!
  • The leveling modes have been renamed and revamped: Meet Flex, Rotate and Locked mode!
  • You can now select modes in a much smarter way while capturing.
  • Toggle flash on/off even while recording.
  • The library button now takes you directly to your last captured photo or video.
  • Do you want to massively delete photos and videos from the photo library? Tap the 'Select' button, then simply swipe to select your items!
  • The filters have been updated, now working both on video & photo modes.
  • The produced photos and videos have correct metadata.
  • Metadata are now saved correctly with your photos & vid

ProCamera 7 [iPhone; $3.99] ProCamera is a photo, video, and editing app bursting with state-of-the-art technology that helps you SHOOT LIKE A PRO. Version 5.3 brings the following changes:

  • One of our most feature packed updates to date with new TIFF file saving, Open-in functionality, high-res Instagram support and Shadows and Highlights correction tools.
  • With the new TIFF file format you can now save and edit maximum quality, truly lossless photographs in ProCamera.
  • The new Open In option lets you easily transfer photos between supporting editing and sharing apps.
  • The new print option makes it possible for users to wirelessly print their photos at home or with print services that support the function.
  • That's not all, we've also made a number of improvements to our Lightbox, Night Mode and video recording.
  • We've also heard your requests and have reintroduced the shadow and highlight correction tools into our ProCamera editing suite.
  • Finally, we've made some epic code changes to make the app even faster and more stable.

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