If you've been holding off on buying that pricey app for your iPhone or iPad, today's your lucky day.
As The Verge pointed out, many of the App Store's most popular apps are free or highly discounted in what may be a gesture by Apple to celebrate the marketplace's fifth birthday this week. A tweet from @AppStore confirmed Apple was celebrating the marketplace's 5-year anniversary.
In some cases, the discounts are steep. Games such as the popular "Infinity Blade II" ($6.99), "Tiny Wings HD" ($2.99) and "Badland" ($3.99) are among the apps currently available for free. The most notable price cut comes for "Traktor DJ," a popular app for aspiring and professional DJs that is normally $19.99.
You can see all of the apps that are currently marked down to free over at Apps Hopper.
Since its introduction in 2008, one year after the debut of the first iPhone, the App Store has seen 50 billion downloads, 900,000 apps and 575 million store accounts, the company announced last month. The marketplace's much-lauded "ecosystem" of smartphone programs has spawned more than its fair share of multimillion-dollar companies that got their start exclusively on iOS, such as Instagram and Snapchat.
Apple had tried to stop Amazon from using the "App Store" moniker in its own competing software before coming to a settlement over the trademark on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Though originally only 16 apps featured the deal, there are now a whole lot more apps marked down to free in the App Store. You can see all of them here.
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This extension for Google Chrome uses a "detect-and-block" method, set by predefined filter rules from a user. <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlfgnnlnfbpcammlnibfkplpnbbbdeli" target="_hplink">TinyFilter</a> is not only great for limiting access to distracting sites, but also helpful in censoring the Internet for children because of its built-in profanity filter.
Nanny for Google Chrome
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Mac users who spend entirely too much time digging through email will rejoice with this download. "SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time," creator <a href="http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/" target="_hplink">Steve Lambert's website</a> reads. Simple and to the point, <a href="http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/" target="_hplink">this download</a> should help you stay focused - but keep in mind there is no way around this block once created. You will only be granted access to censored email by waiting for the timer to run out.
<a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji" target="_hplink">This extension for Google Chrome</a> is described in the Chrome Web Store as an app aimed at boosting productivity by "allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, [and] even specific in-page content," like videos or images. Trying to get around the blocks you created? The program will ask you a series of "challenge questions" before letting you freely roam the web again.
This website works for all browsers, but is best for Internet users with some self-control. Create a bookmark for distracting websites using <a href="http://keepmeout.com/en/" target="_hplink">KeepMeOut's</a> bookmark builder, specifying how long you want to avoid a specific page. Then drag and drop the bookmark to your browser's bookmark bar. Every time you click the link, the browser sends you a warning. Keep in mind: You can still access the site by not using the link within the bookmark bar. So use only if you possess a bit of willpower! This site is great for reminding Internet surfers how often we click away from work without the hassle of downloading extensions or plug-ins.
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