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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

Sago Mini Monsters [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Create your own colorful monster!

Pathogen [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Pathogen is an award-winning single and multiplayer strategy game for mobile and tablet devices developed by Birnam Wood Games.

Shapist [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Shapist is a sliding block puzzle where you can do much more than just slide.

Trainz Driver - train driving game and realistic railroad simulator [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Drive your favorite trains in an incredibly realistic 3D world!

JELLIES! [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] A handcrafted game about catching jellies - with bombs, clocks and electroshock.

Stronghold 3: The Campaigns [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99]

Grid Diary - Questionnaire Diary, Gratitude Journal, Private, Secret and Simple [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Did you ever try to keep a diary but never succeeded? Or did you have writer's block problem? Grid Diary is here for you.

New and Notable Apps

The Walking Dead Pinball [iOS Universal; $1.99] Zen Studios, Telltale Games, and Skybound Entertainment partner to create all-new table based on the 'Game of the Year' winning series.

Bioshock [iOS Universal; $14.99] BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter where you can turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worst enemies.

Notability [OS X; $9.99] One of the best-selling apps on iPad and iPhone is now on Mac!

Updates you don't want to miss

Pheebo TV - Free videos, music, movies, and tv shows [iOS Universal; Free] The future of video here. Pheebo curates channels and videos from a wide variety of sources and places them all at your fingertips. Version 1.5 brings the following changes:

  • Curate videos by favoriting them and share with friends
  • Karaoke on your Apple TV with AirPlay
  • Go beyond the videos and see more from your favorite creators on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, iTunes, Beats, RSS, and more
  • Kid's safe mode

Xbox One SmartGlass [iOS Universal; Free] Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Version 2.9 brings the following changes:

  • Share and post activity feed items
  • Post status updates to your activity feed
  • See your activity feed on your profile
  • Display messages in a new conversations view
  • Record game clips
  • In-app display of release and feature notes
  • Expanding to new markets
  • TV and OneGuide available in new markets

Quora [iOS Universal; Free]Quora is the best answer to any question. Version 4.0 brings the following changes:

  • Version 4.0 introduces support for iPad, a brand new experience for reading and writing on Quora.
  • The app is faster than ever, has some important new features, and looks and feels better:
  • Enjoy an immersive reading experience with a new visual design
  • Ask a question in seconds via a completely redesigned flow
  • Format your writing beautifully thanks to a new rich-text editor

NFL Mobile [iOS Universal; Free] NFL Mobile is updated for 2014 and built to bring football right to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch! Version 11.1.0 brings the following changes:

  • Integration of NFL Now national and personalized video feeds
  • Live stream of "Fantasy Live" now available for all users
  • Ability to share articles and VOD via Facebook and Twitter
  • Additional social content added to News section
  • Access to NFL Network Schedule
  • Optimization to reduce app crashes
  • Additionally for Verizon Customers: Live streams of local Sunday CBS and FOX games available for Verizon Premium and MORE Everything customers
  • Additionally for Verizon Customers: MORE Everything customers have $1.99 / month purchase option for NFL RedZone
  • Additionally for Verizon Customers: Verizon account linking bug fix

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