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Today’s apps gone free: Kotoro, PodCruncher, QuickReader and more

Today’s apps gone free: Kotoro, PodCruncher, QuickReader and more

August 21, 2014

Everything must be mixed in Semidome’s atmospheric puzzle game, Kotoro. We also have an app that allows you to manage and listen to your favorite podcasts, and an app that will help you read faster.

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:

PodCruncher podcast app – Player and manager for podcasts ($2.99 → Free, 4.5 MB): Podcast addicts will love this app.

It allows you to easily discover, preview, and subscribe to your favorite podcasts over 3G or Wi-Fi. There isn’t a size limit for downloading or streaming over 3G, but you can alter settings to ensure you don’t go over your data limit. The app also includes hands-free podcast controls, a sleep timer, auto-advance, the ability to password protect content, six playback speeds, AirPlay support, a variety of sharing options, the ability to create playlists, and so much more.

PodCruncher podcast app – Player and manager for podcasts is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 1731 ratings.

Poetics ($1.99 → Free, 28.3 MB): Get poetic with this photography app.

You’re able to import any photo from your library or take a new one from within the app. You can scale, apply filters, and adjust the parameters of your photo. Then write anything you want on it, whether that’s a poem or a caption. You’re able to add as few or as many words as you want and manipulate them with common gesture controls. Your unique creations can be shared via email, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Twitter.

Poetics is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 49 ratings.

Universal:

QuickReader – eBook Reader with Speed Reading ($4.99 → Free, 24.4 MB): Read faster than you ever have before with QuickReader.

You’re able to browse through and download over two million free books, or you can import text from somewhere else. Then set your desired words per minute and start reading. QuickReader will guide you through the text by highlighting each word. You’re able to speed up the guide at any time with just a couple of taps. The speed can be set to anywhere from 10 to 4,000 words per minute. You can find out how much your speed reading has improved by taking a test without the guide. The app also includes automatic page turning, the ability to add notes to bookmarks, seven guide styles to choose from, multiple fonts and font sizes, and the ability to adjust everything from the color scheme to guide stops.

QuickReader – eBook Reader with Speed Reading is available for free today only (08/21). It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 15 ratings.

Kotoro ($0.99 → Free, 52.7 MB): Everything must be mixed in this atmospheric puzzle game.

You’re put in control of a white circle. You’re able to move it around the screen by placing your finger where you want it to go. Your job is to guide it through other colored circles to mix them and create the target color. No circle is allowed to remain unmixed, but you can combine two of the same colors to satisfy the requirement. The game includes a total of six chapters, 72 puzzles with different concepts like subtraction, replication, and time, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Kotoro is available for free today only (08/21). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 48 ratings.

Scanbot | PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, OCR, Multi-Page Scan ($1.99 → Free, 41.1 MB): Scan and save all of the documents that are important to you with Scanbot.

You’re able to scan everything from receipts and invoices to business cards and whiteboards. Just point your camera at whatever it is you want to scan and Scanbot will discover the edges and automatically capture it. You’re able to scan multiple pages at a time and arrange them however you like. You’re then able to apply filters, rotate, crop, and even annotate your scans with handwritten text or notes. Scans can be uploaded automatically to your favorite cloud storage service, or you can share them manually via email, AirDrop, or Messages. A pro upgrade is also now available via in-app purchase ($4.99), which adds OCR, smart file naming, and themes.

Scanbot | PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, OCR, Multi-Page Scan is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 68 ratings.

Hollow Words ($0.99 → Free, 16.1 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 7 ratings.

iPad:

Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian™ Hope Diamond HD – A Hidden Object Game with Hidden Objects (Full) ($6.99 → Free, 859.8 MB): Play as the latest Hidden Expedition recruit and hunt down the shards of the Smithsonian Hope Diamond in this hidden objects puzzle game.

You must journey from the Smithsonian Institution’s iconic castle all of the way to the most remote jungles of the world to track down the missing shards. You’re not the only one after the precious shards, however. A band of thieves are also after them, so you must work quickly. The game includes 54 historic scenes, 27 mini-games, a bonus game to unlock, and fun fact cards on Smithsonian history to discover.

Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian™ Hope Diamond HD – A Hidden Object Game with Hidden Objects (Full) is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 19 ratings.

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Mentioned apps

Free
PodCruncher podcast app - Player and manager for podcasts
PodCruncher podcast app - Player and manager for podcasts
Obsessive Coders, Inc.
Free
Poetics
Poetics
Soulincode Inc.
Free
QuickReader – eBook Reader with Speed Reading
QuickReader – eBook Reader with Speed Reading
Inkstone Software, Inc.
Free
Kotoro
Kotoro
Semidome Inc.
Free
Scanbot | PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, OCR, Multi-Page Scan
Scanbot | PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, OCR, Multi-Page Scan
doo GmbH
Free
Hollow Words
Hollow Words
James Porter
Free
Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian™ Hope Diamond HD - A Hidden Object Game with Hidden Objects (Full)
Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian™ Hope Diamond HD - A Hidden Object Game with Hidden Objects (Full)
Big Fish Games, Inc

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