This Weekend 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
StarTracker - Best StarGazing app to Explore the Universe [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Hey, get outdoor with your friends and start star gazing! Let StarTracker guide you to explore the universe.
CollabraCam™: Collaborative Social Video Production [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] CollabraCam™ your next video with friends and edit live from four iPhone, iPad or iPod touch cameras streaming in realtime over Wi-Fi or Hotspot.
Symbols [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Need a special character that's not available on system keyboard? Use Symbols to quickly find and copy it.
Rockmate [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] Rockmate turns your iPad into a complete music studio that is easy and super fun to use.
Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Blast and then steer ghosts into a virtual ghost trap for containment and collection in a strikingly immersive augmented reality battle. Just like a real Rookie!
Beach Games [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Hit the beach and master FIVE different sports.
Clone Magic - Clone Yourself, Split Pic, Clone Camera and Air Pic Maker for SnapChat, Tumblr, Kik Messenger and Flickr [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Do you want to make a photo where many of you appear? It's now very fast and easy with Clone Magic.
Labor Day Weekend Sales [iOS and OS X] Roundup of Labor Day sales on select iOS and OS X apps.
New and Notable Apps
Rhonna Designs Magic [iOS Universal; $1.99] Want to sprinkle magic on your photos? With RD Magic, you can add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges, blur, texture, & even load in your own images!
Cookie Monster's Challenge [iPad; $2.99] Cookie Monster needs your help! Play through sets of fun and challenging mini games to build a cookie contraption and deliver cookies to everyone's favorite Monster!
Ninja Smasher! [iOS Universal; $1.99] Q-Cumber Factory's "Ninja" series's recent game!
Updates you don't want to miss
Back to Bed [iOS Universal; $3.99] Back to Bed is a 3D puzzle game set in a unique and artistic dream world, wherein you guide the sleepwalker Bob to the safety of his bed. Version 1.0.2 brings the following changes:
- Changed cutscene videos to look good on both 4:3 and 16:10
- Minor bugfix in credits
- Shader optimizations
- Fixed rare bug causing apples to be placed at the wrong location
- Fixed model tablecloth model issues
Humin - Phone and Contacts [iPhone; Free] Your phone and contacts app now remembers all of your relationships, just like you do. Version 1.0.1 brings the following changes:
- New Feature: Split a contact
- Re-designed Meetings, Friends, Work, and Education cards on profiles
- Faster voicemail playback
- New FAQ section in Settings
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Software Updatesmore updates
- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter