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article imageApple celebrates fifth anniversary of the AppStore with free apps

By Milton Este     Jul 9, 2013 in Technology
The Apple App Store is now five years old and what could be a better way to celebrate than to make popular applications free for a limited time?
Apple is keeping silent on how long this promotion will last, but the structure is quite simple. For a limited time, Apple device users are entitled to five free games and five free applications. Games and applications previously costing 99 cents upwards to $19.99 are now free.
While there is no official announcement by Apple stating how long this promotion will last, CBS hints users will have until the end of the week to download these applications onto their devices before the regular price resumes.
So which five games and which five applications are free? Luckily, they are listed below:
The five free games to download before they are gone:
1. TinyWings (iPhone) / TinyWings HD (iPad) - This game was previously charged $0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 for the iPad. For those that are unfamiliar with this, TinyWings dethroned Angry Birds for the top paid game back in 2009, just another reason to get it before its gone.
2. Infinity Blade II - This game was formerly charged $6.99 and is, of course, once again free for a limited time. From the team behind the 'Unreal' series, this is the famous iOS exclusive graphically intense fighting game, a definite must play on the retina display. For the Fruit Ninja fans, this is a must check out for you guys as well.
3. Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP - A $4.99 game now free, this game was originally released for iOS devices and later made its way to the Android marketplace as well. On a side note, this is one of the Toronto-made games.
4. Where's My Water - For only $0.99, do you think you have what it takes to redirect water to a cute little Alligator, Swampy, where it is supposed to be? This head scratching, deceptive game by Disney is also a must get.
5. Badland - A stylish, fluid one-touch Apple exclusive that lives as an example of why iOS is still the best platform for mobile game development. Not just a pretty face, Badland combines arresting (and creepy) visuals with equally haunting sound and a menacing soundtrack that needs to be heard with headphones. Regular price at $3.99.
The five free applications to download before they are gone:
1. Traktor DJ (iPhone/iPad) - Previously on the more expensive side of $4.99 for the iPhone and $19.99 for the iPad is now free. There could not be a better time to polish up on those DJ skills especially for those lucky enough to be an MC.
2. Day One - Another great application taking journalism to a new age. Now is the time to start a digital diary with this application valued at $4.99.
3. Over - For the avid Twitter and Instagram users, append a text to images for those Instagram fanatics. Previously priced at $0.99, this is definitely another bargain.
4. Barefoot World Atlas - Supposedly with better graphics than Google Earth and more geographic facts than your grandpa can recite, this is just another great way for kids to get excited about geography, and perhaps adults too. This $4.99 application is now free as well.
5. How To Cook Everything - My ability to cook Minute Rice in just 57 seconds is probably undermined with Mark Bittman’s accessible encyclopedia of every culture, dish and ingredient from around the world. Straightforward instructions, shopping list support and compatible with iPhone and iPad. Know it all, and more importantly, cook it all with this $9.99 application.
These applications are only going to be around for a limited time so get them while they last, and happy birthday, App Store.
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