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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day—recently topping 1 million—we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



I Never Thought I'd Want an iWatch, Until I Saw This!

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I've heard all of the propaganda, and seen all of the concept mockups, but I just haven't been able to wrap my mind around an iWatch. I mean, I don't even wear a regular wristwatch. Granted, back in the day I loved my calculator/Pac-Man watch (which was the pinnacle of high-tech back in Fort Collins, Colorado in the early '80s), and later my Casio G-Shock, but it's been almost a decade since I've worn a wrist watch with any regularity. Not since the invasion of smartphones have I made it a point to wear a wrist timepiece.

So when rumors of an Apple iWatch (or whatever it will eventually be called) started to circulate I was not overly enthused, and thus far, I have barely felt compelled to weigh in on the subject. Until now that is...



Find Your RHYTHM with Scosche Heart Rate Monitor

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I'm not a big fan of working out. One thing that can motivate me though, is having proof of how hard I've exercised.

That's why I love Scosche's RHYTHM ($79.99). It's a Bluetooth armband heart rate monitor for women that attaches to your forearm. I wore it during a workout and hardly noticed it was there.



Cannonball Wants to Turn Email into a "Visual Activity"

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Sorting your email messages can be tedious, but Cannonball (free) hopes to turn the process into a more "visual activity." The app will join the ranks of other popular email clients, like Mailbox (free) and AltaMail ($4.99).

Cannonball seeks to utilize the iPad's touchscreen experience to create a more intuitive inbox display. With up-to-date categories and sorting features, your inbox becomes easier to maintain.



Anki Drive Meshes Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for iOS Racing Game

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The Anki team will be taking a new approach to typical slot car racing games with the release of Anki Drive (Free). The project was originally conceived by a group of PhD students in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Anki CEO Boris Sofman demonstrated the car's ability to steer around the track at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference "by doing the same computations your brain does when you drive." By focusing on steering, sensors, and controls software, Anki was able to engineer a different kind of racing experience.



Will iWork Help Apple Catch up to Office?

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With all of the new hardware changes announced at today's Apple keynote, the newest updates to the company's popular iWork apps have a very good chance of slipping by the wayside—at least for now. After all, when there are new iPads with fancy Retina displays, who really cares about word processing or making an advanced slideshow? Well, the answer, dear reader, is you. Here's why:



iWork and iLife are Now Free - And Collaborative!

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Apple’s September announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c brought welcome news for users wishing for new productivity applications along with their enhanced devices: free copies of the popular iWork and iLife apps. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, are staples for any professional interfacing with Microsoft Office documents, Adobe Acrobat files, Open Office formats, and the options even include saving certain Pages documents as iBooks files.  iLife includes applications like iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie

Today, Apple expanded the generosity in multiple ways. In addition to introducing the new iPad Air, the updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro computers, the company announced that iWork and iLife will now come free on any new iOS or OS X device purchased.



Olloclip Does it Again, and Your Photos Will Never Be the Same!

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Just as Apple found a way to enhance the iPhone 5s camera without changing much of the packaging, the folks at Ollo have done the same with their popular Olloclip. The accessory clips on to the corner of a naked iPhone, positioning a set of lenses precisely over the built-in camera.



Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel HD Takes Checking Out To A Whole New Level

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Paranormal Hotel HD (Free, $6.99 to unlock full game) is yet another G5 adventure game. Like many of the newer releases, it gravitates towards the actual adventure side of things with few mini-games and no hidden object scenes. The story is captivating, but the game play isn’t quite as strong as what I’ve come to expect from G5’s adventure offerings. There seems to be a lot of back and forth and dialogs with not so much puzzle solving in between. It still keeps me wanting to play, but more because I’m curious about what’s going to happen rather than looking forward to the next set of puzzles to solve.



5 Apps to Help You Find the Right Halloween Costume

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Halloween is sneaking up on us like a ghost in a haunted house. Don't be unprepared for the fun.

Here are five apps to help you pick a costume, scary or cute, for party wear or trick or treating.

1. Halloween Costumes Ideas Free Costume Fashion Fun for Kids (free)

This app boasts over 5,000 costumes ideas for kids. If you find one you like, there is also an option to buy the costume and have it shipped to you.



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