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

Actions for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Actions transforms your device in a smart and customizable controller for your Mac or PC, revolutionizing the axioms of computer interaction.

iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Guide your favorite baseball team to glory! Out of the Park Baseball, the most realistic and best-selling baseball management game ever created.

Cradle of Egypt (Premium) [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Meet the astonishing Cradle of Egypt – a gorgeous mash-up of fulfilling match-3 pleasure and splendid city-builder that will up-end everything you knew about puzzles!

NFL Kicker 15 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Become an NFL Kicker! Choose your favorite team and kick off the ultimate kicker challenge for 2015!

NFL Quarterback 15 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Choose your favorite team and start the official NFL QB challenge for 2015! Get the Super Bowl XLIX Update today!

Alertic - Weather Alerts [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Get all the weather alerts into your notifications centre in advance.

Toca Hair Salon [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on six different cute characters.

Printer Pro - print documents, photos, web pages and email attachments [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $6.99] Print attachments, documents, web pages and more right from your iPhone and iPad to any Wi-Fi or USB printer.

Apps On Sale

iThoughts (mindmap) [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $9.99] iThoughts is a mindmapping tool for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (Mac version also available.)

How to Cook Everything [iOS Universal; On sale for $6.99, down from $9.99] This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.

Duet Display [iOS Universal; On sale for $7.99, down from $15.99] Duet Display allows you to use your iPad or iPhone as an extra display. Developed by a team of ex-Apple engineers, duet is the first high performance solution that has zero lag.

Machinarium [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $4.99] Universal (iPad+iPhone) version of the award-winning adventure game from the makers of Samorost and Botanicula.

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99]Space Age is a game of cosmic adventure. Set in the retro-futuristic sci-fi world of 1976, it follows a small but determined band of intergalactic explorers who land on a seemingly uninhabited planet, Kepler-16.

Botanicula [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $4.99] Botanicula is a humor-filled adventure game created by the makers of award-winning Machinarium, studio Amanita Design and Czech band DVA.

New and Notable Apps

Mayhem! [iOS Universal; $0.99] MAYHEM! is the frantic, frenzied 2D arcade game.

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete) [iOS Universal; $9.99] Lone Wolf is back, as a video game series with a brand-new story, a new combat system, stunning graphics and much more!

Updates you don't want to miss

PicStitch [iOS Universal; Free] Quickly combine multiple photos into one beautifully framed picture. Version 4.8 brings the following changes:

  • You can now swap images by simply dragging an image into another frame
  • The stitch you are currently working on is auto-saved locally so you won't lose your work
  • Other new features
  • Border thickness is now controlled from a slider giving you more control
  • Create your own layout At Bat [iOS Universal; Free] At Bat returns for the 2015 season with live Spring Training baseball from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. At Bat is the official app of Major League Baseball. Version 8.0.0 brings the following changes:

  • New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
    • Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
    • Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
    • Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
    • Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
    • Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
    • Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)