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AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

On today’s AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday’s Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel’s Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren’t able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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 the now free Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch, new Breaking ~ News apps for the iPad, iPhone and Mac and a mission-filled update to Space Marshals. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] Inspire delivers an incredibly fast and realistic painting, drawing and sketching experience that you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever inspiration strikes.

Monkey Flight 2 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Your favorite monkeys are BACK! This time they’ve carried their elastic, whippy, inflatable palm tree to THREE new places for more monkey-flinging fun.

Super Skyland [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Smash your way through a robot junkyard, tumble through candy world, beat the traps in puzzle world!

Defenders of Suntoria [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Take up arms for the future of Suntoria! Defend your kingdom from hordes of devilish goblins in this challenging tower defense game.

EPOCH.2 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] The epic saga of post-apocalyptic robot combat continues!

Routina [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Routina is checklists for the repeated tasks, such as ‘Pay rent’ or ‘Take pills’.

Apps On Sale

iDownloader Pro – Downloads and Download [iOS Universal; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Now you can easily download files from the web to your i-Device and then view/play the downloaded files or transfer them to your computer.

Alice in Wonderland – Extended Edition – HD [iOS Universal; On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] Inspired by the Lewis Carroll novel « Alice in Wonderland

JamUp Pro [iOS Universal; On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] JamUp is the world’s best Guitar/Bass Multi-Effects Processor for iPad and iPhone.

Dailybook (Journal / Diary) [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Elegant and visually striking Journal.

SnapStill – Extract Photos From Video [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Snap pixel-perfect photos from any video in your Photos library with SnapStill.

Extreme Agenda – Calendar, Contacts, & Reminders [iOS Universal; On sale for $5.99, down from $9.99] Extreme Agenda is your planner for iOS with powerful calendar, reminder, note, list, search, and contact views.

New and Notable Apps

Breaking ~ News in your Today view [OS X; $4.99] Breaking is a little app that let’s you add news feeds to your Today view in Yosemite.

Breaking ~ News in your Today view [iOS Universal; $2.99] Breaking let’s you add news that matter to you, right in your Today tab.

Week Weather [iPhone; $0.99] You never got a quicker and better overview of the weather for the next 7 days.

Updates you don’t want to miss

Space Marshals [iPhone; Free] Space Marshals is a Sci-fi Wild West adventure taking place in outer space! Version 1.1.3 brings the following changes:

  • We’ve been overwhelmed by all the fantastic feedback from everyone. Thank you for supporting us and buying Space Marshals. We’re very excited to bring you Chapter 2 for free! This Chapter 2 update includes:
  • At least 8 new missions.
  • More weapons and gear to unlock.
  • Some nasty new enemies to torment you.
  • New translations: Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
  • Another unhealthy dose of T.A.M.I abuse and disapproval.

Snagit [OS X; $49.99] Snagit helps you transform the level and quality of your communication with video and images.Version 3.3.0 brings the following changes:

  • You can now sign in to your TechSmith account in-product and on the website
  • Added My Places, which includes OneDrive for Business integration, and import and export from OneDrive for Business
  • You now can shrink the recording controls
  • Added the ability to use the Snagit recorder directly with TechSmith Relay
  • Improved capture workflow
  • Removed support for Mac OS X 10.8
  • Bug fixes
Steve Sande
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Steve is the founder and former publisher of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!