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Today's Apps Gone Free: Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon, Read Quick, Montessori Numbers And More

Guide Sir Benfro and his brilliant balloon through hypnotic environments in Explore and Create's adventure game, Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon. We also have a news app that will help you read faster, and an educational app that will help your child build a solid math foundation.

All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

iPhone:

Air Scratch ($0.99 → Free, 3.0 MB): Scratch and apply effects to your favorite tunes in real-time with this virtual pickup deck. You're able to choose any non-DRM song from your library. Then hit play and start scratching by sliding your finger up and down the on-screen record. You can also modify the sound with filters and effects, change the speed, loop beats, and even pair up with another device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Air Scratch is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 18 ratings.

SYSTEM UTIL Dashboard ($0.99 → Free, 12.5 MB): Monitor all aspects of your iDevice with this system utility app. It's able to help you track memory usage, network connection status and data, running processes, CPU usage, available storage space, and battery charge. All five data fields are presented on the main page. Tap on any one to bring up additional details and options.

SYSTEM UTIL Dashboard is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 47 ratings.

Universal:

Wee Sing & Learn ABC ($2.99 → Free, 134.7 MB): Allow your child to learn their ABCs from a group of musically inclined animals with this entertaining education app. Your child can follow along as the narrator reads and sings a song for each letter of the alphabet, or they can challenge themselves by reading alone. Each page includes interactive graphics and animated characters to keep your child engaged. The app also includes four additional modes to keep the fun going.

Wee Sing & Learn ABC is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 212 ratings.

U.S. Geography * ($1.99 → Free, 7.9 MB): Get to know your U.S. states, capitals, landforms, and landmarks with this flashcard app. Just pick from the three decks or have them randomly mixed up. Flashcards will then be presented in the most logical order to help you retain more information. The app includes progress and stat tracking, and the ability to search for specific cards.

U.S. Geography * is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.

Learn Spanish Vocabulary * ($7.99 → Free, 53.6 MB): This language app pairs up nicely with yesterday's Learn Spanish Verbs. It includes over 3,000 audio flashcards that are presented in the most logical order, from foundational to complex, making them easier to memorize. It also includes hundreds of key phrases, the ability to browse or search for specific cards, a customized flashcard repetition algorithm, and full stat tracking.

Learn Spanish Vocabulary * is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 303 ratings.

Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids ($2.99 → Free, 71.7 MB): This educational app will help your child build a solid math foundation through six engaging activities. The guided activities will teach your child to count, experiment with quantities, learn numerals, understand the decimal system, and learn to trace numbers. Each activity offers multiple levels of increasing complexity, and separate settings and customization options.

Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 68 ratings.

Music Theory, with AUDIO ($2.99 → Free, 56.9 MB): Study music theory and improve your listening skills with this flashcard app. It includes audio decks on chord theory, notation and symbols used for composition, key signature trainer, chord ear trainer, interval ear trainer, chord identification, and composer trivia. Decks can be searched for quickly and easily, and the app includes full stat tracking so you can see where you need to improve.

Music Theory, with AUDIO is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 75 ratings.

Vocab Junkie ($1.99 → Free, 3.6 MB): Improve your vocabulary at home or while on the go with this helpful flashcard app. It features a scientifically optimized algorithm that helps you absorb information faster. The app includes over 800 flashcards complete with definitions, sample sentences, and synonyms. It also includes 300 word elements flashcards, browse, search, and stat tracking.

Vocab Junkie is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 84 ratings.

Gourmet Food ($0.99 → Free, 3.6 MB): With Gourmet Food by Brainscape, you'll be able to learn popular gourmet food-related terms, cooking methods, ingredients, and, yes, even a few recipes. The app includes 450 flashcards, stat tracking, and the ability to search for specific cards.

Gourmet Food is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 17 ratings.

California Essential Guide ($4.99 → Free, 41.7 MB): Find something new and exciting to see in California with this travel guide. It's jam-packed with more than 8,500 photos, 758 attractions, and over 130 videos, so even if you've lived in The Golden State all of your life, you'll have no problem finding a new destination to travel to. You're able to scroll through the list of attractions and destinations by name, distance, cost, or region. The app also includes an interactive map view, the ability to favorite attractions and destinations, and travel tips and hotel deals.

California Essential Guide is available for free today only (05/08). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 43 ratings.

Adobe Ideas ($9.99 → Free, 8.7 MB): Adobe's changing their business model. As a result, you get to take their powerful mobile art creation app for a spin free of charge! Adobe Ideas allows you to create freeform vector illustrations. Your toolbox is equipped with a pencil, paintbrush, marker, and pen, all of which can be customized with different sizes, colors, and opacity levels. You're able to make your illustrations as simple or as complex as you want thanks to a layering system. The app also includes undo and redo, an eyedropper, fullscreen mode, and the ability to share your work via Twitter, Facebook, or email. A cloud storage service is available via in-app purchase, but it isn't required.

Adobe Ideas is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 41 ratings.

days ($1.99 → Free, 1.4 MB): Store all of your important events and be notified when a significant one is right around the corner with this productivity app. When adding an event you're able to categorize it, define a start time and the next occurrence, decide when you want to be notified, and add notes. The app also includes three grouping tabs, passcode protection, filtering, the ability to backup your data, and a built-in date calculator.

days is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 116 ratings.

Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon ($0.99 → Free, 143.3 MB): This absolutely delightful adventure game has you guiding Sir Benfro and his brilliant balloon through hypnotic environments. You're able to control Sir Benfro and his balloon with various taps. For example, tap and hold to rise up into the air. Tap quickly over and over to slow down Sir Benfro's rate of travel. You must gather magical fireflies along the way to keep the balloon powered. Try to avoid running into obstacles as well, because they will cause the fireflies to scatter. The game includes four environments, loads of creatures to discover and learn about, and three difficulty settings.

Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 16 ratings.

iPad:

Read Quick ($3.99 → Free, 20.0 MB): Read and comprehend content faster than ever before with this news app. It features a built-in web browser that allows you to hunt down content, or you can bring in your own via Instapaper or Pocket. Then adjust the speed the words will be presented at, and double-tap the screen to begin reading. Words will appear on the screen one at a time, allowing you to blast through the content. The app includes the ability to change the text size, a night mode, stat tracking, and the ability to share content via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Read Quick is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 124 ratings.

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