Today in the App Store: all the best free apps, new apps and app updates

These are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Please note that all app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so take advantage of the discounts while you can.

Apps Now Free

Expenses OK - the excellent expense tracker [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Expenses OK - the fastest way to track your expenses.

Emoji++ : The Fast Emoji Keyboard for iOS 8 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99]Emoji++ is a replacement keyboard designed exclusively around the idea of typing Emoji as quickly as possible.

Red Clock - The Minimal Alarm Clock [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Red clock is simply designed alarm clock app. You can use the easy and simple at the same time clock, weather, alarm.

ColorStrokes [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] You'll easily create stunning pictures with the colors you want.

Gravity Badgers [OS X; Now free, down from $3.99] Step into the space suit of valiant gravity badger Captain T Bayback as he ventures into the deadly depths of deep space to save his friends, family and the universe itself from the threat of the deadly Evil Honey Badgers.

Photo Slideshow Director HD Pro [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Photo Slideshow Director HD Pro is a HD photo slideshow app that lets you use your iPad/iPhone to organize your digital photos and create eye-catching slideshow in minutes.

New and Notable Apps

Nutshell Camera [iPhone; Free] Snap three pictures. Add some captions. Choose your graphics. And let Nutshell Camera turn it all into a short cinematic story you can share with family and friends.

Audreio [iOS Universal; $4.99] Audreio delivers easy-to-use uncompressed audio streaming between iOS devices, wirelessly!

Earth Primer [iPad; $6.99] Discover how Earth works through play! Earth Primer is a science book for playful people. Visit volcanoes, glaciers, sand dunes. Play with them, look inside, and see how they work. The forces of nature are at your fingertips.

DiRT 3 Complete Edition [OS X; $29.99] Speed to mud-splattered glory in a stunning world of all-terrain motorsport!

Updates you don't want to miss

Emoji++ : The Fast Emoji Keyboard for iOS 8 [iOS Universal; $Free]Emoji++ is a replacement keyboard designed exclusively around the idea of typing Emoji as quickly as possible. Version 1.1 brings the following changes:

  • Introducing Emoji++ 1.1, a ground up improvement around the concept of fast emoji entry. This update includes:
  • A visual overhaul designed to put the Emojis front and center
  • Better interactivity and touch highlighting
  • Continuous delete mode
  • A Dark Mode for use in compatible applications
  • Much faster launch, switching and position retention

PDF Protector [iOS Universal; $3.99] PDF Protector is an easy to use utility to encrypt or decrypt your PDF documents. Version 1.2.0 brings the following changes:

  • NEW: Better user interface, updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • NEW: New application icon.
  • UPDATE: You can now use the tab key to switch between text fields.