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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

DropTask – Visual To-Do List HD [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] With an emphasis on simplicity, DropTask’s vibrant and colourful interface delivers an enjoyable task management experience.

DropTask – Visual To-Do List [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] With an emphasis on simplicity, DropTask’s vibrant and colourful interface delivers an enjoyable task management experience

Bonza Word Puzzle [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Bonza is a new type of crossword that has become an instant classic.

The Sinister Fairground – The Gamebook [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] A horrifying adventure through a fairground of weird characters, dangers, challenges and quizzes.

AppBox Pro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] AppBox Pro turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a manager of personal data.

Laminar Pro – Image Editor [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Laminar provides iPhoneography enthusiasts with a complete set of tools to quickly add life and emotions into their images.

Silly Family [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] A original Puzzle Game with engaging and funny characters.

Gnumz: Masters of Defense TD [OS X; Now free, down from $2.99] An enemy army is at our gates!

New and Notable Apps

Miika [iOS Universal; $1.99] Miika is a beautiful 3D puzzle game based on camera perspectives combined with the use of optical illusions.

Twisty Hollow [iOS Universal; $2.99] self-appointed mayor is spinning the town of Twisty Hollow out of order with nonsensical rulings.

Omnistat [iOS Universal; $1.99] Omnistat is an application for tech lovers, it’s the easiest way to consult your device stats.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [iOS Universal; Free] Lead the Sons of Russ into battle and slash your way through hordes of ferocious enemies with Boltgun fire and Chainsword teeth.

Updates you don’t want to miss

Plex [iOS Universal; $4.99] Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. Version 3.5.2 brings the following changes:

  • Improved compatibility with iOS 8.
  • Support for the full resolution of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Updated Chromecast software from Google.
  • Additional minor bug fixes.

Camera+ [iPhone; $2.99] It’s all about one thing… great photos! Version 6.1.1 brings the following changes:

  • EMERGENCY BUG FIX: Thanks to all of the very diligent 1-star reviewers, we were quickly made aware of a few big bugs in Camera+ 6.1 and we worked our collective butt off to get them fixed ASAP, bringing you this 6.1.1 Update of Shame.

  • It’s been said that “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. Well, today, we’re very proud to continue with our mission of pleasing some of the people some of the time with this new release of Camera+!

  • To kick things off, we have a new Pro quality setting. For those of you who are willing to sacrifice your precious storage space for the sake of capturing and saving the absolute highest quality images you can get with your iPhone, this feature’s for you. With this setting, your photos are stored and processed in the TIFF format with lossless compression. Pro quality isn’t the kind of setting you’ll typically want to use all the time, but for those extra-special shots where you want the utmost in quality, this will definitely do the trick.

  • Next up is a little enhancement that we’ve added to our innovative Front Flash. Before this update, you were limited to either having it on or off. But now in Camera+ 6.1, you also have an Auto setting for it so that you can let the little gnome that lives in your iPhone decide whether it should be on or off. Because gnomes know best. This, of course, leaves you with one less thing to think about when taking selfies so you can simply focus on doing your best pre-2014 Renée Zellweger impression. And yes, we want to see those, so please share!

  • And lastly, this is for all of you who’ve left burning brown bags of unmentionables on our stoops for us killing iOS 7 support in Camera+ 6. You poomongers will be very happy to hear that version 6.1 works on iOS 7. Of course, you won’t have the benefit of being able to use the new manual camera controls, macro mode, and Photos extension that are only available on iOS 8, but those are just an OS upgrade away for you when you’re ready. We’ll wait patiently…

  • That’s it for now. We’ve got some big things coming down the pipeline for both this iPhone version of Camera+, along with a huge, long-overdue update for the iPad version. Have faith!

Swift Publisher 3 [OS X; $19.99] Swift Publisher is a page layout and desktop publishing app for designing and printing fliers, newsletters, brochures, calendars, letterheads, booklets, and much more. Version 3.3.6 brings the following changes:

  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.10

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