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Every week, Apple gives away a paid iOS app to iPhone and iPad users. There is no-catch behind it. All you need to do is download the iOS app once during the promotion period to get the app free-of-cost. This week Apple is giving away “Flowing ~ Meditation & Mindfulness” app which usually costs $2.99 on the App Store. Flowing ~ Meditation & Mindfulness allows you to get better sleep, focus and productivity.

Google has released a major update of its popular navigation app, Google Maps 8 for Android and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). Google Maps is updated to version 8 across all supported platforms. The latest update of one of the best navigation app bundles some of the most wanted features requested by its users. Among the features included in this update, offline maps and lane guidance are the most notable features.

Microsoft’s Office for iPad Apps was officially released by the Redmond-based software giant in the last week of March, 2014. Office for iPad App is the iPad optimized avatar of the Microsoft’s popular productivity suite, Office 365. Instead of a single app, Office for iPad Apps is basically a collection of apps. The collection includes Word for iPad app, Excel for iPad app, PowerPoint for iPad app, and OneNote for iPad app.

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular productivity suite among the Windows PC and Apple OS X owners. Combine it with Microsoft Office 365 subscription and you can open up a whole new world. The popularity of the productivity suite says for itself when Office for iPad Apps collection climbed to the top of App Store.

Google has officially released Google Maps for iOS platform. Google Maps iOS app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and requires iOS 5.1 or later.

With the release of iOS 6, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Apple Maps app, which soon has seen worldwide criticism, mainly, due to offering incorrect, and sometimes incomplete, map data. The worldwide critics forced Apple to launch a special “Find Maps For Your iPhone” section in its App Store for its customers. Before Google, Nokia released its own map, Nokia HERE Maps App for iOS users. With Google finally releasing the long-awaited Google Maps iOS app, it will hopefully appease many iOS users who were looking for a better map app. The Google Maps iOS app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store here.

Nokia has rebranded its existing mapping service as the new HERE Maps. Nokia HERE Maps, an alternative to Apple Maps, is now available as free download from the iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new iOS app uses mapping data from Nokia-owned NAVTEQ, and supports Here.net personalized POI (points-of-interest) Collections. Nokia HERE Maps covers over 200 countries and is an HTML5 app and not a native iOS software.

The new Nokia HERE Maps app includes turn-by-turn walking directions, which is still not offered by Apple Maps. Additionally, the iOS app also features live traffic, community maps (for selected areas), social sharing, public transportation and offline support. It allows users to select a local region and download the maps for that region in advance as a cache for offline viewing.

With Windows 8 came Windows Store. Even though the app store concept is not new for Mac or Linux (Ubuntu) users but for Windows users its something new. Earlier, users had to either depend on third-party software updater to update installed software or had to manually check for updates. Even though for software that you install outside of Windows Store may still need to be updated the traditional way. For apps that you install via the Windows Store, you need to update the apps from the Store itself. Here’s a quick tutorial to help you update Windows 8 apps from the Windows Store.

Do you remember Pokki, the unique app launcher for Windows users, we recommended earlier? Pokki lets you download and run various web apps from Windows Taskbar. Some popular apps available via its app store are Gmail, Facebook, InstagramAngry Birds, etc. We know all this about the app already. So, what’s the point of talking about the app again here, when it’s still holding to its beta badge? Well, the reason we are talking about Pokki here at MTG again is it’s now ready for Windows 8. The good news is, it will work as Windows 8 Start Menu replacement and lets you directly boot to the Desktop.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’re by now aware that Microsoft has killed the Start Menu in Windows 8 completely. With the latest beta, Pokki added an option which will allow it to work as a start menu replacement for Windows 8. Pokki developers feel that many Windows 8 users might be frustrated, confused, and lost without a bridge to the traditional Start menu. Pokki surely solves this problem to a great extent, even though the app is still in its beta stage of development.