Today we’re focused on apps that will help you learn new skills, like StringMaster, PTCB Exam Prep, and Tuscan Chef.

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:

BLEND – Overlay your pics ($0.99 → Free, 9.2 MB): Blend your photos to create crazy collages with this photo layering app.

You’re able to import photos from your library or from other compatible apps, or you can snap new photos from within Blend. You’re also able to allow Blend to randomly choose photos for you. Each photo layer can be moved, scaled, rotated, and blended separately. Blend supports an unlimited number of layers, so you can really let your creative juices flow. When you’re ready you can share your blended creation via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

BLEND – Overlay your pics is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 11 ratings.

Universal:

PTCB Exam Prep 2014 ($0.99 → Free, 7.1 MB): Study and prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam with this medical app.

It includes a practice exam that features 500 questions. You can customize the exam to focus on specific knowledge areas. Your test progress is saved locally as you go, so you can practice anytime, anywhere. You’re also provided with detailed scoring and results analysis, which will let you know if you’re ready for the real thing.

PTCB Exam Prep 2014 is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.

Tiny Thief ($2.99 → Free, 47.3 MB): Play as a Tiny Thief and stand up against corruption and injustice in this charming puzzle game.

You must sneak your way through colorful environments to steal and collect various items. You’re able to command your Tiny Thief to move and interact with objects with a tap. Each level requires you to gather one item, find your little friend, and discover a secret treasure. Not everything is in plain sight, and the solutions to each puzzle aren’t always obvious, so make sure to put your thinking cap on! There are hints available in case you get stuck, however. The game includes six epic quests, 25 challenging levels, and achievements via Game Center.

Tiny Thief is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 1102 ratings.

Tuscan Chef – Recipes and instructional videos of delicious Italian food ! ($3.99 → Free, 30.2 MB): Add a little Italian flare to your holiday feast with this recipe app.

Recipes are broken down into seven different categories: starters, pastas, meats, soups, vegetables, sauces, and desserts. Each recipe includes an estimated total cooking time, ingredient list, serving size, and difficulty rating. You’re able to follow along with the step-by-step text instructions, or you can watch the Alessandro Piccinini, the Tuscan Chef, prepare the dish. If you notice there are ingredients that you don’t have, just add them to your shopping list with a tap. Recipes and shopping lists can be shared via email. The app even allows you to set up a one-on-one consultation with the Tuscan Chef in case you need some questions answered.

Tuscan Chef – Recipes and instructional videos of delicious Italian food ! is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 13 ratings.

Hollow Words ($0.99 → Free, 11.4 MB): This word picture game will keep you coming back for more.

Your job is to try and figure out what each word or common phrase is by the literal presentation. For example, if head is written above heels, the answer would be head over heels. If you find yourself stuck you can employ different types of hints, but they will cost you. You can also tap on an image to get a closer look. The app includes four puzzle sets, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Hollow Words is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 201 ratings.

iPad:

StringMaster ($3.99 → Free, 41.9 MB): If you play a fretted instrument, you absolutely must give this app a try.

It allows you to display and play scales, and view chord notes or suggested fingering just by spinning dials. You’re also able to view the name of a chord based on the finger positions you define. There’s even a song writing mode, which suggests chords that sound best together. The app includes nine instruments to play, a comparison mode, and MIDI support.

StringMaster is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 39 ratings.

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