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AWT News Update: March 20, 2015

Happy first day of spring! Some of our Apple news stories for today:

  • Apple may announce a new version of Apple TV this June, featuring Siri voice control, the ability to be used as a home automation hub, more storage and a more powerful A8 system on a chip (image at right). 
  • Apple Stores are considering a way to let customers try out in-ear headphones without fear of sanitation issues.
  • Those newly upgraded MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will no longer run Windows 7 under Boot Camp.
  • Apple shares close down 1.25% after an initial morning rise on positive Apple TV news from Morgan Stanley.

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new TouchTone, and a long-awaited update to Launcher. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dark Echo [Now free, down from $1.99] Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. Apple’s App of the week.

C.H.A.O.S Combat Copters HD – №1 Multiplayer Helicopter Simulator [Now free, down from $2.99] CHAOS – is a unique opportunity to act online as a pilot of a military helicopter.

Photo Eraser for iPhone – Remove Unwanted Objects from Pictures and Images [Now free, down from $1.99] Photo Eraser is an easy-to-use image editor to remove unwanted objects from your photo, such as date stamps, watermarks, text, building or anything else.

Quick-R [Now free, down from $0.99] Test your accuracy, focus and patience. By avoiding obstacles with your finger, you need to keep calm to beat your best time.

Rune Gems – Deluxe [Now free, down from $2.99] Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions.

Rune Gems [Now free, down from $1.99] Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions.

iOS Apps On Sale

PDF Expert 5 – Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents [On sale for $9.99, down from $4.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone.

IQ Mission [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] In an extra-special mode, we recruit you to become a special agent. Will you take on the job? Your first mission is code-named IQ.

Toca Tea Party [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, serve the tea and you’re good to go! Simply eat and drink with your finger! With Toca Tea Party, you can play together with your kids in a way that stimulates their imagination.

Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] Avadon: The Black Fortress HD is an epic, old school fantasy role-playing adventure, with a fascinating story and 40+ hours of gameplay.

Discounted Mac Apps

Split Screen [Now free, down from $6.99] Best Split Screen app since last 5 years.

iResizer 3 [On sale for $0.99, down from $9.99] iResizer scale an image without changing important visual content such as people, buildings, animals, etc.

Tweak and Tuneup [Now free, down from $17.99] Tweak and Tuneup is a collection of massive powerful tools to enhance the performance of your Mac.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 Collection [On sale for $24.99, down from $49.99] As leader of one of twelve competing clans, use political ambition, military brilliance and ruthless cunning to unify 16th century Japan under one undisputed shogun: you.

New and Notable Apps

NeuBible [$1.99] NeuBible is a modern Bible app thoughtfully designed for the most delightful, distraction-free and considered reading experience imaginable, and to help make reading the Bible personal again.

TouchTone [$2.99] Join your fellow citizens to decrypt suspicious messages and help make our nation safer and stronger! For every puzzle you solve, for every dangerous message you bring to our attention, you make your family and your country that much safer.

Priime [Free] Priime lets you edit your photos with filters created from the styles of the world’s top photographers.

PICSPLAY 2 – Photo Editor & Selfie Retouch [Free] PICSPLAY™ is the ultimate photo editor, filled with filters and editing features that professional photographers just can’t get enough of!

Updates you don’t want to miss

  • Launcher with Notification Center Widget [Free] Launcher is the first must-have app for iOS 8 that puts your favorites at your fingertips. When you install it, you get a new iOS 8 Today Widget which can be added to Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad so that it’s always just one swipe away! Version1.1 brings the following changes:

    • Added ability to decrease size of the launchers and hide labels for Pro Version users.
    • Fix for issue with adding a new launcher when a row is filled which only affected the iPhone 6 Plus.
    • Fix for a possible crash when deleting launchers.
    • Fix for not being able to choose an email address for Facetime or Messages launchers.
    • Added ability to choose a contact for WhatsApp.
    • Removed the Sponsored Launcher in the free version.
    • Removed Sponsored Apps from App List on Pro Version.
    • Removed Facebook and Twitter buttons from main view in Pro Version.
    • Simplified the layout of the app lists so you should have less problem finding the apps you want.
  • Meerkat – Tweet Live Video [Free] Meerkat allows you to stream live video from your phone to all of your Twitter followers at once. Press ‘Stream’, and instantly your live video stream shows up in your follower’s Twitter feeds. Version 1.0.2 brings the following changes:

    • Search any user and follow!
    • Tutorial
    • Richer feed
    • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
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