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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

SharpScan Pro + OCR [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Turn your iPhone into a jet Fast multi-page document scanner with SharpScan!

Atomic+ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Atomic+ is a simple, fast-paced action game where you avoid bullets and survive for the longest time while collecting squares to achieve the highest score.

Stock Alerts Pro [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] tock Alerts Pro provides you with UNLIMITED stock price alerts in near real-time for all stocks traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ, and 15-minute delayed alerts for AMEX, OTC, pink sheets, Canadian and European Exchanges.

KitCamera. [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Professional app for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod that will help you create unique high-quality photos and videos.

Even Steven [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] "Even Steven" is a newly designed iOS7 app for the purpose of recording/tracking expenses made by participants of a group event, in which expenses need to be shared equally between all participants.

World Clock [OS X; Now free, down from $1.99] Simple and powerful world clock.

New and Notable Apps

On The Lam: Fugitive [iOS Universal; $0.99] Experience what it is like to actually be a fugitive on the run.

Tiny Beats – baby heartbeat [iPhone; $3.99] Are you pregnant and want to hear your baby's heartbeat at home? Experience this amazing bonding moment! Using your iPhone or iPod, you can now listen to your baby's heartbeat whenever you want.

Bloctics [iPhone; $0.99] Get ready for a classic game with a modern twist!

Shapify [OS X; Free] Shapify Make a mini-me of yourself, your friends or anyone you like! Do it for fun, or make a business of it

Updates you don't want to miss

Mailbox [iOS Universal; Free] The fast, fun mobile inbox that puts email in its place. Version 2.0.0 brings the following changes:

  • With Auto-swipe, Mailbox learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions.
  • Mailbox now uses Dropbox to store and sync preferences across your devices.
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements

7 Little Words [iOS Universal; Free] Each bite-size puzzle consists of 7 clues, 7 mystery words, and 20 letter groups. Find the mystery words by deciphering the clues and combining the letter groups. Version 2.6 brings the following changes:

  • Fixed bug where UK versions of puzzles were not always being played.
  • Added 5 new puzzle packs.

Glympse [iOS Universal; Free] Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. Version 2.3.1 brings the following changes:

  • Glympse is now integrated with Kik messenger
  • Low battery indicator for when the person you are viewing is low on battery
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes

Briefly [OS X; $14.99] Briefly helps you create still motion videos, a neat and fun way to show hundreds and hundreds of your photos within a few minutes. Version 1.5 brings the following changes:

  • Sort Photos by Color for amazing, colorful Still Motion Videos
  • Loop the selected Soundtrack or select more than one Soundtrack for longer Still Motion Videos
  • Disable reduction of black borders to show your Photos in their entirety
  • Switched to the JPEG Video Codec (from H264) for more beautiful, stunning, crisper, sharper Videos
  • Slightly reduced memory and disk usage
  • Speed improvements when creating Still Motion Videos
  • Sort Photos by Title
  • Support for App Nap and Automatic Termination

Collective [OS X; $1.99] Nearly anything you can copy, Collective will remember: Text, images, PDFs, movies, URLs, appointments, files: Collective keeps track of whatever you copy. Version 2.0.2 brings the following changes:

  • Favorites: Mark a clipping as a favorite and Collective will store it forever, no matter how large your clipping history grows. Filter by your favourites for quick access to clippings you regularly use.

  • Shortcuts: Your first 9 favorites are easily added to the clipboard with a simple 1-9 key press. You can also quickly mark / unmark a clipping as a favorite ('M') or filter by favourites ('F').

  • Detail Bar: Collective now shows you the line count, character count, image dimension, or file size for your selected clipping.

  • Menu Bar: the menu bar icon now directly activates Collective, or you can choose to fully hide the menu bar icon itself to save space. Preferences and other options have been moved to the Details Bar.

  • Performance: Collective now uses less power when both idle and active, but yet is also more responsive than ever.

  • Refinements: Collective's look has been tweaked in the spirit of recent OS updates, and polished throughout. We think it's the best looking version yet

  • Bug Fixes: a lot of small and not-so-small bugs have been squashed. In particular Collective now plays much more nicely with Spaces, Expose, TextExpander, and various other clipboard-altering applications.

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