Apple welcomes in the weekend with 99-cent App Store sale

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Apple has launched a new promotion, entitled “Amazing Apps & Games,” offering 24 different apps from a variety of different genres for just 99 cents each.

Ranging from games such as Goat Simulator, Blek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to productivity tools like Scanner Pro 6 and Clone Camera Pro, and even throwing in educational apps like the STEM-related Simple Machines, it’s a great chance to pick up some excellent apps at some low, low prices.

The best apps you might have missed this week

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Awesome Apps of the Week

If you're appy and you know it, check our list!

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Scanner Pro 6

Hopefully you won't be doing any work this July 4 weekend, but Scanner Pro 6 is definitely worth a download for the next time you have to scan a document.

Essentially transforming your iPhone camera into a miniature document scanner, all users have to do is point and tap to scan a document to their handset. A batch-scanning mode meanwhile lets you simply pass multiple documents in front of your iPhone, with the app intelligently scanning each one in turn.

Perhaps best of all is the new Scan Radar feature which detects images in your camera roll — meaning that you can scan images even if you don’t happen to have Scanner Pro 6 open at the time.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $2.99 (on sale)

Download: App Store

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StarWalk

Not new or updated this week, we've included Star Walk 2 because it happens to be a great app -- and because it's currently going free as Apple's chosen App of the Week.

If you've got the slightest interest in astronomy, Star Walk 2 is the app for you -- with detailed information on the exact position of stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, satellites, star clusters, nebulae and meteor showers in the night sky.

If you're looking for a stargazing tool (perhaps to discover if this year's Independence Day will be anything like the movie Independence Day) this is the app for you.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free (currently)

Download: App Store

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The Executive

A long time in the making, The Executive is a an endlessly entertaining iOS action game in which you play as a CEO whose company has been overrun by werewolves. It’s up to you to save your employees and, ultimately, the entire city.

From that wacky premise, Riverman Media have created a massive 120-level fighting masterpiece that’s described by its creators as something of a mix between Street Fighter II and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link -- albeit with plenty more lycanthropes and $1,000 suits for good measure.

Best of all, the game features no in-app purchases, meaning that even in a title stocked with money-hungry businessmen you won’t be asked to pay through the nose for your high-quality gaming action.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store

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Bee

I'm forever trying out new email apps for my iPhone, looking for one which matches the mobile-friendly accessibility of a tool like Twitter.

Bee is a pretty nifty solution, which uses your regularly-scheduled iOS Mail app but adds a system-wide iOS extension and Notification Center widget to compose emails and share content from other apps. An additional $1.99 In-App Purchase also lets you add unlimited contacts and create groups for emailing many people at once.

One of the fastest ways to send an email you'll find on iOS.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free (with IAP)

Download: App Store

HeyLets - Social City Guide

A city guide app with social networking features, HeyLets allows users to specify their interests and then be connected with other users based on these shared hobbies. You can look to see what’s hot in a certain area, or post a photo, video, or short description yourself to share an experience of your own.

HeyLets 2.0 adds a new UI, with less clutter, improved performance, and better navigation.

Whether you’re looking for food, entertainment, shopping, volunteering, or any number of other opportunities, this app’s got you covered.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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Apple pulls games with Confederate flag artwork from App Store

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Apple's yanking down the Confederate flag
Apple's yanking down the Confederate flag
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It’s been over 150 years since the South lost to the Union army in the American Civil War, but only recently has the call to finally remove the Confederate Flag from public places picked up steam. Now Apple is getting in on the action too by banning all Civil War games from the App Store that display the Confederate Flag in “offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

10 rules for classy apps – a developer manifesto

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Apps that do no evil
Apps that do no evil
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If you ever dig into the privacy policies of app developers, be prepared for a shock. This is where they confess their sins: invading your privacy, selling your data, and pestering you with popups and unwanted ads.

As the App Store becomes increasingly crowded and competitive, many developers struggle to make a profit. Some turn their attention to alternative sources of revenue and the quality of their apps suffer as a result.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are the 10 rules for developers to keep things “classy.”