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Today 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

MagicalPad HD [iPad; Now free, down from $3.99] Visually manage your notes, ideas, mind maps, outlines, checklist and tasks for school, personal and business needs.

Zombie Gunship: Gun down those blood-sucking, brains-eating zombie-s dead [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Zombie Gunship® puts you in the gunner seat of a heavily-armed AC-130 ground attack aircraft.

Clear Contacts : Elegant Speed Dialer [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Introducing Clear Contacts, the simplest and most elegant speed dialer app.

Mad Skills BMX [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] The makers of the most addictive racing game ever made, Mad Skills Motocross, have done it again. Apologize now to your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband for all the time you're about to spend on the best BMX racing arcade game of all time.

Block vs Block [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Modify the world most attractive puzzle game.

WaterMinder [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Get help with WaterMinder, an easy, intuitive app to track your water intake.

Timer 7 - Multiple timers for kitchen, gym, errands, break from work and more [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Timer7 is the simplest, quickest and most elegant iPhone timer to date.

New and Notable Apps

Reddme for iPhone - The Reddit Client [iPhone; $0.99] Reddme for iPhone is an iOS 7-optimized Reddit client that offers a refreshing new way to experience Reddit on your iPhone.

Event Planner [OS X; Free] Event Planner is an easy to use planner that takes care of everything you need.

WordService [OS X; Free] WordService provides a large number of commands for working with selected text

Updates you don't want to miss

Beats Music [iOS Universal; Free] Beats Music is an innovative streaming service that combines the top tier music experts with premium technology to always deliver the right music at the right time. Version 2.2.0 brings the following changes:

  • Tune Your Taste -- Want to switch up your Just For You recommendations? Change your favorite genres and artists with the Tune Your Taste feature in Settings
  • Sentence History -- View your most recently played songs from The Sentence
  • Verified Badges -- That red check mark means the profile is certified as legit by Beats
  • Player Improvements -- We fixed a ton of bugs to make playback more smooth and reliable

Acorn 4 - The Image Editor for Humans [OS X; $29.99] Everyone needs to edit images at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn complicated super pricey image editing programs. This is why we created Acorn. Version 4.5 brings the following changes:

  • New international presets when creating a new image - A3, A4, A5, and A6.
  • New Command: Layer ▸ Merge Visible to New Layer (shortcut Command-Option-Shift-E). This will add a new layer, which is a composite of all the visible layers. The menu item for Merge Visible will switch to Merge Visible to New Layer when the Option key is pressed.
  • You can now paste an image into the brush designer's canvas, which will then take that image and turn it into a brush.
  • New Crop preset: "Document". It adds a crop to the canvas at 90% of the canvas size, and will keep its aspect ratio when resizing.
  • New AppleScript command: "add layer mask". Works on either the document or layer object, and if there's a selection on the canvas, that will be used as the mask (otherwise the command will add an empty layer mask). There is also a new Cocoa Script interface to it for the layer object- addMask:.
  • When browsing for a new filter in the filters list, changing the front and back colors in the tool palette will now update the colors in the current preview filter.
  • The Raw Image Import window now supports full screen editing.
  • The gradient tool now has an optional blend mode when used on bitmap layers.
  • Acorn will automatically hide palettes when Web Export is used.
  • And More!!!

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