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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

Strange Rain [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] What makes rain strange? When it's falling on your screen-from the inside.

Pure Pinball [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Pure Pinball is the definitive brand in digital pinball simulation, admired for fun table design, responsive controls, exceptional graphics and realistic ball movement.

DMTools [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] DMTools is a simple yet powerful tool designed by a dungeon master for dungeon masters.

Skate Madness [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Say's who?! Well, apparently the natives are restless when Hopsin tries to find a nice peaceful jungle to skate in. Help him escape the evil monkeys and snag up some fruit snacks on the way to unlock new abilities!

Alien March [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Alien March is an action space themed sideway runner game.

Alien March HD [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Alien March is an action space themed sideway runner game.

New and Notable Apps

Reuters Sports Reel [iOS Universal; Free] Near-live photo coverage and results notifications from the world's major sporting events

Video Touch - Bugs & Insects [iOS Universal; $1.99] Great 48 videos to entertain and educate your child!

Super Gravitron [iOS Universal; Free] Super Gravitron is the minigame that originally appeared at the end of VVVVVV.

Damn Little Town [iOS Universal; Free] A breath of fresh air for all board and turn-based game fans!

Vitamin-R for iPhone [iPhone; $4.99] Vitamin-R creates optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly-focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

VVVVVV [iOS Universal; $2.99] From the creator of Super Hexagon - VVVVVV, the hit 2010 indie platformer, now available on iOS.

Convert It [OS X; Free] Convert It is the best free unit converter for your Mac.

Explainer [OS X; Free] Screenshot app for capturing multiple snapshots into a single image.

Updates you don't want to miss

Tweetbot 3 for iPhone [iPhone; $4.99] Tweetbot is a full-featured Twitter client that's fast, beautiful, and redesigned from the ground up for iOS7. Version 3.4 brings the following changes:

  • Support for viewing/posting multiple twitter images (multiple images won't show up in search or streaming timeline until Twitter enables it in the future)
  • Image detail views show corresponding tweet when relevant
  • Instagram videos now marked with play icon
  • Spanish Localization
  • Various bug fixes

Beatwave [iOS Universal; Free] Beatwave lets you make amazing music simply by tapping. Create songs anywhere, anytime on your iPhone or iPad. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • Stunning new UI
  • Effects
  • iOS7 compatibility
  • New instruments
  • New sharing functionality
  • Audiobus support
  • Now up to 4 patterns per grid
  • New controls for grid speed and octaves
  • Improved tone and scale controls
  • Improved workflows for saving and loading patterns
  • Huge number of other tweaks and details

Reeder 2 [OS X; $9.99] Reeder is back, now with support for multiple services like Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Fever and Readability. Version 2.0.2 brings the following changes:

  • Added "Sort by unread count" to the subscription sort options (per account setting)
  • Fixed: Article viewer showing the wrong article
  • Fixed: Issues when launching in fullscreen mode
  • Fixed: Crash when importing from OPML
  • Improved: Fever sync

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