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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

AdBlock for Wi-Fi [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] AdBlock for Wi-Fi networks -- the application allows you to block loading and display of irritating advertizing banners, popup windows and other objects. No Longer free.

Beardsley [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] This app is a virtual gallery with complete collection of over 200 HD artworks by Aubrey Beardsley.

Noti:Do [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Register the things to do today to the Notification Center.

OrgChart - Organization Chart [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] Simplify organization chart maintenance, exporting and sharing.

Audible Testing [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] The Audible Testing app makes use of Apple's Text-to-Speech technology to allow you to create audio file tests from your vocabulary or spelling words.

Xfile [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] Xfile is a wonderful tool that allows you to split files and put them back together.

Bluetooth Unlock [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] Lock and unlock your screen when an associated bluetooth device, like your phone, when it goes out and back into range.

Virtual City [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Virtual City is a great city simulator to get you started.

New and Notable Apps

LinkedIn Job Search [iPhone; Free] Now, opportunity doesn't just knock. It also sends notifications.

Path Talk [iPhone; Free] Path Talk is a new messenger from Path available for iPhone and other smartphones.

Makeup Genius [iOS Universal; Free] Forget everything you know about the makeup apps you've seen before.

Fuse - Photo, Group, Chat [iPhone; Free] Fuse combines group messaging with disappearing content, letting you create conversations around funny and opportune moments with set groups of friends via photos and messaging, with the option to post anonymously.

Updates you don't want to miss

Amazon Instant Video [iOS Universal; Free] Get unlimited streaming of more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership. Version 2.7 brings the following changes:

  • Now stream the first episode of selected TV shows for free. First Episode Free videos include advertising breaks before and during video playback (requires iOS 6 or later).
  • All new video playback controls, including one-touch play/pause and 10-second skip forward/backward buttons, and a "Next Episode" button to quickly play back the next episode of the TV show you're watching (requires iOS 6 or later).
  • Prime Instant Video now features dozens of groundbreaking series from HBO like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood, plus early seasons of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.
  • Faster playback start time after pressing play (requires iOS 6 or later).
  • Bug Fixes and stability improvements.

Magic Bean [OS X; $9.99] Unofficial Mac application for Beanstalk, the easy to use Subversion/GIT repository web app. Version 2.7 brings the following changes:

  • Version 2.0 of Magic Bean has been re-developed from the ground up, with a cleaner, faster UI and improved notifications. Including activity notifications across your Beanstalk account.

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