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Today in the App Store — Lastronaut, Signal Private Messenger, Omnigraffle and more

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 Temple Run:Oz, a big update for Omnigraffle and the new “pixel-packed, adrenaline-fueled” game Lastronaut. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Temple Run: Oz [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] The most thrilling running experience now comes to the yellow brick road!

Toca Train [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] All aboard? Time to get on Toca Train! Your kids are the train driver in this fun and friendly train simulator.

EasyCost – Expense Tracker and Money organizer) [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] EasyCost – Tracking your cost very easy.

Stalag 17 Game [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $5.99] It’s WWII, and everything is chaos – your countrymen have been captured by the enemy, and it’s up to you to help them escape

Whistler [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] This app is a virtual gallery with complete collection of over 100 HD artworks (drawings & paintings) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Apps On Sale

Systematic – Set goals track time tracking habit list pro HD [iPhone; On sale for $3.99, down from $7.99] Systematic is a unique self-tracking tool that analyses your activities and suggests when and for how long perform your tasks in order to live a productive and well-balanced life.

MacJournal for iPad [iPad; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] MacJournal for iPad allows users to organize, chronicle and edit any life event using the same look and feel as the desktop version.

MacJournal for iPhone [iPhone; On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] MacJournal for iPhone allows users to organize, chronicle and edit any life event using the same look and feel as the desktop version.

TextBomb [iPhone; On sale for $0.99, down from $5.99] With TextBomb you can send personalized messages, even including their name! Just write the message and press the NAME button where you want their name to show up, and TextBomb will do it for you!

Weather Magic Premium – Live Weather Forecasts & World Clock [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Download this practical weather app and get accurate future forecasts, current info, and access to a diverse array of GPS enabled rain, cloud, and radar maps from anywhere!

Gourmet (for iOS) [iOS Universal; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Whether you are a foodie or a professional chef, Gourmet for iOS is the perfect app to help you manage and share your recipes!

New and Notable Apps

Lastronaut [iOS Universal; Free] The year is 2015 and mankind has created the first sentient machine: a humanoid robot. If we only knew what would happen next, we probably could have saved ourselves. Now, we’re abandoning the only planet we’ve ever known.

Blockwick 2 [iOS Universal; $2.99] Welcome to Blockwick 2 – a world of jumbled blocks and colorful shapes. It’s up to you to unscramble the blocks and connect the colors.

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic [iOS Universal; $6.99] Enter the world of PIXEL HEROES and prepare yourself for a thrilling RPG/Roguelike experience like you have never seen before!

Updates you don’t want to miss

Omnigraffle 2 [iOS Universal; $49.99] Need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas (or graph paper, or whiteboard, or cocktail napkin…).. Version 2.1 brings the following changes:

  • OmniGraffle v2.1 is now a universal app which runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices! It’s now available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. The Pro Upgrade now includes support for the new Fill Effects and Filters which we recently introduced in OmniGraffle 6.1 for Mac.
  • We don’t have enough space here to go into full detail about all the things which have changed in v2.1, but here are some highlights:
  • [Pro only] Fill Effects — Fill Blend and Filter effects are now available, making it possible to blur, pixelate, and magnify content behind a shape. (These effects are also available in OmniGraffle Pro for Mac, starting with v6.1.)
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, many of the tools may no longer be where they used to be–and may even shift automatically to different locations depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier and more efficient to use, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

Signal – Private Messenger [iPhone; Free] * Say Anything – Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • TextSecure protocol support! Send free text, picture, and video messages anywhere in the world.
  • Enjoy a brand-new design that seamlessly blends phone calls and messaging in an elegant (and fast!) interface.
  • Focus only on what’s important by quickly organizing your conversations using the improved archive feature.
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Rudder – Social Polling [iPhone; Free] Rudder is an incredibly fun and useful social polling app that enables you to streamline the decision-making process by using polls to come to collective and immediate decisions. Version 1.1.6 brings the following changes:

  • Post poll results to Facebook & Twitter
  • Send polls to Facebook contacts
  • Make voting details private
  • Vote in your own poll
  • Various 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!