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

gTasks Pro - Tasks Manager for Google Tasks, Todo list & Reminders [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Sync your tasks with Google and across your iPhone & iPad devices. Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :)

Pomodoro Time: Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work and study based on Pomodoro Technique ™ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone or your iPad – your devices always stay in sync.

Saver ~ Control your Expenses [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Want to know where your money goes? Meet Saver, the easiest way to track your expenses. Simple and intuitive, it lets you make entries on the go, with just a few taps, and keeps everything organized in your pocket.

Phone Doctor Plus (Check 27 system functions) [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Quick and precisely checks 27 iPhone hardware items.

Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Dr. Panda’s Restaurant is re-opening, and this time all the choices are yours! Make the pizza of your dreams, a pasta dish to rave about, or a soup so spicy your customers will breathe fire! Sweet or salty? Spicy or bitter? It’s up to you!

App for Gmail - Instant at your menu bar! [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99]App for Gmail that gives you fast and instant access to your Gmail inbox directly from your toolbar.

Nymphicus [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Nymphicus is the ultimate Twitter client for the poweruser with multiple accounts, searches and lists. Due to its unique way of displaying tweets using views you always have the perfect overview what's happening in the Twitterverse.

New and Notable Apps

Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure [iOS Universal; $2.99] Dinofarm Games - creators of 100 Rogues - are pleased to present Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure. Set in an original fantasy universe, guide the brash, spoiled Prince Auro through procedurally generated dungeons, with only a handful of tactical spells - and your wits - to protect you.

Zed Synth [iOS Universal; $9.99] Have fun making music and creating amazing & unique sounds with this powerful synthesiser for iPhone & iPad.

pingz [iOS Universal; Free] Pingz is a fast and fun way to create and share personalized video messages.

Updates you don't want to miss

Infuse Pro [iOS Universal; $9.99] Ignite your video content with Infuse Pro – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone or iPad. Version 3.2 brings the following changes:

  • GOOGLE CAST (BETA): Dust off your Chromecast or Nexus Player - Google Cast streaming has arrived! With Google Cast, you can stream your favorite content from your iPhone or iPad to any TV that has a Cast device attached.
  • Stream from FTP/SFTP sources
  • Stream/download from direct web URLs
  • Support for styled SSA/ASS subtitles
  • Better handling of TV shows downloaded from shares
  • Improved stability when browsing SMB shares
  • Fixed cover art while AirPlaying
  • Fixed subtitle timing offsets
  • trakt related improvements
  • Many other minor imrovements and fixes

Stratego® Single Player [iOS Universal; $1.99] Stratego is all about tactics, strategy and cold hard bluff, a combination of chess and poker. Version 1.3.2 brings the following changes:

  • Game is completely re-styled
  • AI is immensely improved
  • Campaign is immersive and totally renewed
  • Game can be played on iPad (Portrait and Landscape)
  • iPhone 4, 5, 6 you name it, it runs the game!