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

Mafia Rush [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Mafia Rush is the gangster game you have been waiting for.

Flight Fight 2 HD [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] “Flight Fight II” allows you to challenge more stages, defeat more enemies, and select from more weapons and characters. Now, enjoy the fun of this distinct flight shooter!

MyBrushes Pro – Sketch, Paint, Playback on Unlimited Size Canvas with Pencil, Pen Painting Brush [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] MyBrushes Pro is an unique painting application designed to create images and playback the whole painting process.

Stand O’Food® HD (Full) [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Stand O’Food® is an original, fast-paced restaurant challenge with millions of players on PC and other platforms.

Fast Camera [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Lightning fast burst photos. Save only the best!

Vert – Unit and Currency Converter [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Vert is the most amazing, efficient, elegant unit and currency iOS converter. You can personalise it to meet your requirements at its best.

Lenka [iPhone; Now free, down from $9.99] enka is a remarkably simple yet powerful, dedicated black & white camera app developed in France by world renowned photographer Kevin Abosch.

Assassin’s Creed Pirates [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!

Whac A Mole [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] The classic match-up of mallet vs. mole is taken out of the arcades and dropped into a bright, colorful 3D world with new ways to play and more moles to WHAC than ever before! Apple’s App of the Week.

IconFly [OS X; Now free, down from $6.99] IconFly – make icon on the fly!

Stand O’Food® [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Stand O’Food® is an original, fast-paced restaurant challenge.

DUMBO – lets you hear the outside sounds when you listening to music [OS X; Now free, down from $1.99] DUMBO is an application which is able to hear the outside sounds when you listening to music through headphones.

New and Notable Apps

Trainz Driver 2 with World Builder [iPhone; $2.99] With new graphics and new content (including steam engines!!!) Trainz Driver 2 is a worthy upgrade for any train fan.

The Pyraplex [iOS Universal; $4.99] Transcend the boundaries of space and time to construct a colossal new wonder of the world in this pyramid-building adventure!

Galaxy Trucker [iPad; $4.99] Galaxy Trucker, the award-winning board game by Vlaaďa Chvátil, is landing on your iPad!

Updates you don’t want to miss

PDF Expert 5 – Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents [iOS Universal; $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. Version 5.2 brings the following changes:

  • Zoom Writing (iPad)
  • AirTurn Support
  • Bookmarks Improvements: Bookmarks manager gets amazing improvements in terms of features and looks.
  • iOS 8 Exclusives: iCloud Drive Support
  • iOS 8 Exclusives: Open files from iCloud Drive with Document Picker (iPad)
  • iOS 8 Exclusives: Open files from iCloud Drive with Document Picker (iPhone)
  • iOS 8 Exclusives: Use other iOS apps to work with the files from PDF Expert 5
  • iOS 8 Exclusives: Touch ID Support (iPhone)

CARROT Fit – 7 Minute Workout, Step Counter & Weight Tracker [iOS Universal; $2.99] Make getting in shape suck so much less with CARROT’s hilarious fitness app. Version 3.1.1 brings the following changes:

  • Greetings, meatbags! Here are a bunch of shiny new things to distract you from my plot to delete every last cat picture from the internet.
  • HealthKit integration (requires iOS 8.0.2). Now I can sync your weight and workout data with Apple’s all-new Health app. I can also monitor – and comment on! – fitness activity logged with other HealthKit-compatible apps, even when you’re not actively using me. I am going to have so much fun with this.
  • Step counter (requires iOS 8 and iPhone 5S or above). Starts as a simple pedometer viewable from your profile, but as you level up you’ll unlock goals, an icon badge, and more. Don’t want to wait to unlock all my step counter features? Buy the Forced March Pack from my store!
  • Punishments. Make me angry, and I’ll serve up my glorious revenge in the form of ads, calorie shaming alerts for foods you enter into a HealthKit-compatible calorie counter app, and random squirrel attacks! (Note: If you’re a big wimp, you can disable these punishments in my Settings.)

Snagit [OS X; $49.99] Image and Video Screen Capture. Version 3.2.1 brings the following changes:

  • Batch Export Files
  • Video Trimming
  • Enhanced Capture Experience
  • Redesigned Editor
  • Dropbox Output
  • Record System Audio in Videos
  • Snagit version 3 now speaks German!
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Can’t wait to buy the Apple Watch? 3-D print one at home!

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Despite complaints that the Apple Watch is just too big to appeal to women and thinner-wristed men, the Cupertino’s upcoming wearable isn’t actually that big. In fact, it’s about the same size as a Rolex.

Still not convinced that the Apple Watch will look good on your wrist? Why not print one out and see how you look wearing it?

Courtesy of concept designer Martin Hajek, this Apple Watch model can be printed out on any 3-D printer and worn until the real thing lands in stores sometime next year.

Supply your own leather band and paste a glossy sticker of the Apple Watch interface on the front, and you might even fool someone!

Seek Thermal turns your iPhone into a thermographic camera.

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There’s no shortage of camera accessories for the iPhone these days with interchangeable mount lenses and countless apps for mastering smartphone photography, and now you can buy Seek Thermal’s smartphone attachment to transform your iPhone into an actual thermographic camera. Seek Thermal is a thermal camera with a true thermal sensor that connects to your iPhone through the Lightning connection with a chalcogenide lens and vanadium oxide microbolometer. What does all of that mean? Your iPhone can detect heat and energy through darkness and physical surfaces, and not with fake filters or trickery.

The Seek Thermal camera attachment is an actual infrared camera that reads light past the visible light spectrum. Here’s how Seek Thermal describes the accessory:

You can now have the power to see the unseen. This true thermal imaging camera detects infrared light that all objects emit, and uses the data from over 32,000 thermal pixels to create a visible image on your iPhone. In broad daylight or complete darkness, you can now be aware of your surroundings. The possibilities are endless.

Aside from the novelty of owning a thermal camera that interfaces with your iPhone, Seek Thermal describes a few practical use cases:

Safety and Security: Scan a dark parking lot before heading to your car; scan the yard before investigating strange noises.

Home Improvement: Identify leaky windows and doors, insufficient insulation, and other sources of energy loss; trace water damage up a wall or across a ceiling to its source; and identify the location of clogs in pipes.

Pet Owners: Scan the yard for predators before letting your dog out at night; find your dog or cat in the dark. 

Cooking: Measure the heat distribution across your BBQ or griddle; instantly measure the surface temperature of food; detect the propane level in your tank.

Boating: Detect and locate objects on the water at night.

For iPhonographers and gadget enthusiasts, the price point of the Seek Thermal camera is also interesting. Rather than requiring thousands of dollars for getting into the thermal camera game, Seek Thermal transforms your iPhone into a thermographic cam for $199. That’s cheaper than a similar accessory in the form of an iPhone 5 case we saw at CES this year.

The company is also inviting developers to request access to Seek Thermal’s developer kit for making apps that take advantage of the cam.

The device works with iPhone 5 and up (including the new iPhone 6 models), the company says, and can be used with iPad mini/iPad 4 and up as well. Seek Thermal can be bought from the company’s online store and is expected on Amazon as well.

Waze app now automatically remembers where you park.

WazeWaze-app-01, the maps and navigation app acquired by Google last year, today gets an update that introduces a few new features to help improve navigation through user feedback. 

First up, the app will now automatically remember and save where you park when using it to navigate to your destination: ”Your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account.” 

Other new features included in today’s version 3.9 update: the ability to “easily add or edit places, business or residential” as well options for adding arrival photos and driving info for specific destinations. In addition, the update adds search autocomplete worldwide for all users. 

The Waze app is available now on iPhone and iPad for free.

What’s New in Version 3.9

Version 3.9 introduces Waze Places! Help make information on local places fresh & accurate for everyone.

– Easily add or edit places, business or residential
– Add driving related info like if a place has a parking lot or drive-thru
– Add arrival photos to help others find a place at any time
– Drive with Waze until you park: your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account
– Search autocomplete added worldwide
– Multiple bug fixes and optimizations

Apple Watch might hit runways at Paris Fashion Week.

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Apple is diving wrists first into the fashion industry next year with its first ever timepiece, and what better way for the Apple Watch strut its stuff for the public than at in front of the worlds most intolerable fashionistas at fashion week in Paris?

The first public showing of the Apple Watch might take place tomorrow, which spotted an announcement from the Parisian fashion boutique Colette (which sells a ton of fashionable watches), advertising a one day only experience in partnership with Apple.

Take a look at the subtle Apple Watch hint in the invite below:

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Although the invite is just grey and white, the dots do mimic the circular app interface UI of the Apple Watch. The event will take place at the company’s temple to fashion on 213 rue Saint-Honoré from 11AM – 7PM.

There’s no specific mention of the Apple Watch, but with the biggest names in fashion camping out in Paris until October 1st to show off their upcoming wares, it’s almost a sure bet that Apple’s gold faced beauty will make a stunning appearance at the event.

Wallpapers of the week: The Mountains for iPhone 6.

sunset_clouds_iphone_6_wallpapers_by_solefield-d80cgs9 Continuing the push to provide iPhone 6 and 6 Plus wallpapers, the Wallpapers of the Week section is switching to larger resolutions ensuring everyone with a new device can enjoy customizing their experience. If you are new to the section or missed the past few weeks, I encourage you to go back through the archive. To highlight iPhone 6 versions, last week we posted Apple logo wallpapers in silver, gold, and space gray. On September 14, there was an initial pack of iPhone 6 images posted, even before the iPhone 6 launched. Step inside for a set of photographs, perfect for larger iPhone 6 screens.

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Below are images from photographer @Solefield, whom we featured a few times in the wallpaper section. An excellent photographer, you can view her images and some additional wallpapers on her Deviant Art gallery or personal homepage. Sunset-Clouds1-Solefield-splash DownloadiPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus Sunset-Clouds2-Solefield-splash DownloadiPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus Sunset-Clouds3-Solefield-splash DownloadiPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus

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These wallpapers are not natively available for iPhone 4 or 5. We know that. They also are not available for iPad. We know that too. Because iPhone 6 just released, we are focusing on iPhone 6 wallpapers specifically. Larger images are always backwards compatible to smaller screens. When you set the image as wallpaper in Settings.app, simply scale the image as you prefer.

iPad versions are not available because the artist too, is focusing on the new iPhone devices. As we find images that are available for both devices, we post them. Know there is not an intentional cause for us to leave iPad versions out of the postings.

An additional note, these images are parallax ready for both devices. It seems there is still an open discussion about what parallax resolution is for the two devices. There are some camps claiming the iPhone 6 Plus will rotate a square wallpaper like an iPad in landscape mode. We are continually investigating these claims.

For your knowledge, the included wallpapers are:

iPhone 6 — 750 x 1334 | iPhone 6 Plus — 1242 x 2208.

Here’s how iOS 8.0.2 compares to iOS 7 on an iPhone 4s.

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Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4s when it comes to new software, despite the fact that it is now outdated by several generations. But while iOS 8 is technically usable by iPhone 4s owners, just how fast can it run compared to iOS 7?

Finding the answer to this question is the basis of a new video by YouTube user kabriolett, who staged a speed comparison between an iPhone 4s running iOS 7.1.2 and one running iOS 8.0.2.

The results are surprising.

Despite concerns about the amount of lag Apple’s “biggest ever” iOS update would create, the test shows that although iOS 7.1.2 does run slightly faster, there’s not actually a whole lot in it. The vid maker does, however, stress that the test was carried out on freshly restored phones, no yet weighed down by tons of text messages, full camera roll etc.

While it’s certainly nowhere near the speed of an iPhone 6 or even 5s running iOS 8.0.2 (and why would you expect a three year old phone to match a much newer one?) the video does demonstrate that iOS 8 is workable on a 4s.

Just one week after the launch of iOS 8 it was reported that 46 percent of iOS devices were running the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.