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

Bits Diary [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Why you should blog and journal separately, if you can do both in one application.

Drift Sumi-e [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] A modern approach on a classic brushstroke art form focusing on capturing the essence of the subject, create a brush line and watch as it comes to life, car gracefully sliding through course.

Calistix Personal Trainer Men & Women [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] The trend-setter for effective whole-body training for men and women – variation and fun factor guaranteed.

Intuon [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Join the battle with your intuition in a new hardcore game Intuon!

Note Rocket [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Get your message across with Note Rocket.

Bits [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Bits does not take much space on your desktop and will allow at any time to save your ideas, thoughts and creativity.

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!

Numeric Notes [OS X; Now free, down from $9.99] Now you can take notes while combining any calculation with text.

New and Notable Apps

WeatherLock [iPhone; $1.99] With Weather Lock you can have current temperature and weather conditions on your lock screen!

Saver 2 - Personal Finance. Income & Expense tracker, Budget planner. [iPhone; $2.99] Saver is a simple yet powerful finance tracker that makes personal budgeting easy and enjoyable.

BusyContacts [OS X; $49.99] BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient.

Updates you don't want to miss

Skype for iPhone [iOS Universal; Free] Stay in touch with free messaging, voice or video calls on Skype. Version 5.10 brings the following changes:

  • Improved chat notification reliability - we are continuing to work on improving reliability but if you encounter issues please let us know by tapping your profile picture, tapping the more button and selecting send feedback
  • Now save phone numbers entered into the dial pad and numbers in the recent calls list
  • General Improvements

Baldur's Gate II:EE [iOS Universal; $9.99 and $29.99 OS X version] Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright. Version 1.3 brings the following changes:

  • If a player's access to DLC becomes limited after installing the new patch, please select one of the three main game modes, then "Purchase Content", and then "Restore Purchase".
  • This free update adds support for iPhone, over 500 bug fixes, improved pathfinding, and stabilized multiplayer support. It also features a host of improvements and gameplay enhancements, including text translations for German and Spanish and an in-game option to change the size of the game’s fonts.
  • For a detailed and comprehensive list of the new features and fixes, visit