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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

Cooking Academy 2: World Cuisine (Full) [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Get in on the cooking action from all over the world with a variety of exotic recipes in this amazing simulation game.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game Now free, down from $2.99] Play as Captain America and lead your S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team as they struggle to contain a massive global attack by several nefarious criminal organizations.

Be S.M.A.R.T. [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Use the most well known system in the world - S.M.A.R.T. A lot of successful companies and people use this system for many years.

Hit N'Run [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Weave in and out of traffic at high speeds and hit cars of the proper color.

Marvel Pinball [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99]Marvel Pinball combines the greatest Super Heroes of all time with the definitive videogame pinball experience of all time.

Moto Race [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Moto Race – Collect coins and don't crash, complete the levels as fast as possible to achieve maximum score points.

New and Notable Apps

Shazam [OS X; Free] Shazam is about to teach your Mac a few new tricks.

Indiegogo [iPhone; Free] Discover and fund products, projects and causes you love on Indiegogo.

Next - Track your expenses and finances [OS X; $6.99] Next helps you get control of your expenses.

Tonality [OS X; $24.99] The most advanced black & white image editor. Exclusively for Mac users.

Timeful - Smart Calendar and To-Do List for Google Calendar, Exchange, and iCal [iPhone; Free] Timeful is the first Intelligent Time Assistant that gets things scheduled so you'll get them done.

80 Days [iOS Universal; $4.99] 1872, with a steampunk twist. Phileas Fogg has wagered he can circumnavigate the world in just eighty days.

Updates you don't want to miss

The Weather Channel and weather.com - local forecasts, radar, and storm tracking [iPhone; Free] Enjoy the best day possible with the most accurate forecast available. Version 6.2 brings the following changes:

  • Hurricane Central: Get detailed hurricane tracking, news, and videos, just in time for the peak of the 2014 season.
  • Boat and Beach Planner: Going to the beach? Be prepared with the marine forecast summary, including local tides and water temperature.

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks [iOS Universal; Free] Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Version 3.0 brings the following changes:

  • New, more intuitive design and reengineered apps make Wunderlist feel faster than ever before.
  • Real-time Sync instantly updates your lists, no matter where you are.
  • Collaborating with Wunderlist is now even easier, with a simpler way to share todo lists.
  • Comments are now free to help everyone stay in the loop with family and colleagues.
  • Curate your favorite things to do, see and make for everyone on the web, with Public Lists.

Hider 2: Data Encryption Made Easy [OS X; $19.99] Hider 2 lets you hide, encrypt, and password protect private data on your Mac, making it impossible to find with Finder or Spotlight. Version 2.1 brings the following changes:

  • Restructured vault database for improved handling of unforeseen interruptions.
  • Ability to choose custom primary vault location on your drive.
  • Advanced secure erase options added to make traces of hidden files unrecoverable.
  • Significantly improved workflow for external drives.
  • User interface state preservation added.
  • Drag-and-drop support for Hider 2 menu bar icon added.
  • Improved compatibility with FAT and ExFAT external drives.
  • Numerous usability improvements, notably modified hiding switches.
  • A number of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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