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
Instatube - Best Player for YouTube, Vimeo & Dailymotion [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] - Instatube is a full featured video player that supports YouTube, Vimeo & Dailymotion videos allowing you to seamlessly stream content to your iOS device.
Dr. Panda's Home [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Wake up and get ready! There are lots of things to do in Dr. Panda's Home!!
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Color & Create! [iPad; Now free, down from $3.99] Perfect for no-mess creativity on the go, this app will keep your kids entertained with easy-to-use coloring tools, magical special effects, and science-themed coloring packs featuring Dr. Seuss's beloved Cat in the Hat
HT Professional Recorder [iPhone; Now free, down from $6.99] Record and edit business meetings, lectures, and conferences right on the phone.
Magic Farm: Ultimate Flower [OS X; Now free, down from $6.99] Magic Farm is the heartwarming and entertaining story of a young florist and her cute little dragon helper.
New and Notable Apps
Jillian Michaels Slim-Down: Weight Loss, Diet, & Exercise Solution [iOS Universal; Free] Reach your weight-loss and exercise goals with these tools
Curious World [iOS Universal; Free] Join Izzy and Mac and dive into the realm of Curious World! These two imaginative and goofy characters will guide your child through a world of curious adventures.
DreamWorks Press: Dragons [iOS Universal; $4.99] Welcome to Berk, where YOU are the hero of this dynamic and interactive action-adventure storybook app!
Sound Forge 2 [OS X; $79.99] Sound Forge 2 is perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering high-resolution, broadcast-quality audio master files.
Updates you don't want to miss
Micromon [iOS Universal; $0.99] Embark on an epic monster capture RPG like none other on mobile! Version 1.1 brings the following changes:
- Autosave function added.
- Character getting stuck/disappearing bug fixed.
- Fixed a bug with skill "Focus Attack"
- Now save files contain a support code (shown at the bottom-right of the game loading screen) which can be sent to the support email to easily fix problems.
- Fixed a bug with news function.
The Magazine [iOS Universal; Free] The Magazine is an electronic periodical for curious people with a technical bent. We publish an issue every 2 weeks with four (and sometimes more) feature articles.Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Easier navigation of issues and tables of contents.
- Permanent ownership of any issue published during an active subscription.
- Single-issue sales and issue-bundle sales with no subscription requirement or commitment.
- More prominent display of covers.
- Pull up and down at the top and bottom of articles to navigate to the previous and next article.
- Access to back issues (before subscription) are no longer included in subscriptions.
- Adopted TypeEngine publishing platform.
- Added ability to link account with email and password to provide simple access to reading and downloads via web site (at no additional cost).
My Little Pony Party of One [iOS Universal; Free] Get ready for an adventure with Pinkie Pie and her friends in MY LITTLE PONY, Party of One, an intriguing new interactive tale about the magic of friendship. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Converted to a universal binary - Enjoy Party of One on iOS and iPhone in a single app!
- Added new Autoplay feature - Great for the youngest of readers, sit back and watch incredible animations and narration unfold automatically, completely "hooves free!"
- Added new words to Word Round Up - A great way to reinforce the language learning from the story!
- Graphics Optimization - Your favorite pony app now runs more smoothly on your device!
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