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5 free apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch plus Olympics coverage

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The free apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch worth downloading today include “NBC Sports Live Extra”, a free app for iPhone that NBC just updated to give you free live streaming of the Winter Olympics, according to TVTechnology (Feb. 4).

The Winter Olympics are here and “NBC Sports Live Extra” is now updated so you can watch every event live and free, including all 15 sports. Besides live streaming, this app includes Video on Demand, coverage schedules and event replays. Push notifications give you event start times. While watching is free, like with almost all live streaming apps, you must be a cable or satellite customer.

You'll see some funny moments from past Olympics in the above video.

Super-hot today is “Stellar Wars” (Reg. $1.99), which is free today in a cool app deal. Here you help robots rebuild a lost civilization in the middle of a galactic war against alien hordes. A mashup of a resource management sim and a strategy-action shooter, this is a fun app.

Trending hot today too is “Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey”. In this addictive and amazing free spelling game app, you join Grimm on a journey through 45 quests in a treasure-filled, monster infested world. There are more than 20 different monsters and Bosses to fight with potions and special magic to help you.

Hunt for clues and solve puzzling cases as a private detective in “Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes Valentine's”, a free adventure-hidden object game app that topping the charts today. There's lots to do here—like hacking computers, dusting for prints and interviewing suspects—in rich environments.

Very popular today is the free app “Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker Pro” (Reg. $1.99), which turns your iPhone into an accurate heart rate monitor by using its camera—in another example of the next tech frontier. With this app you can measure your heart rate when you get up in the morning, before exercise, after exercise, anytime, anywhere.

“NBC Sports Live Extra” requires iOS 6.0+, is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This free app is optimized for iPhone 5.

“Stellar Wars” is rated 9+ for mature themes and fantasy violence. This app requires iOS 5.0+, is compatible with iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iPad mini+, iPod Touch (4G+) and is optimized for iPhone 5.

“Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey” is rated 9+ for fantasy violence and horror, requires iOS 4.3+ and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch and optimized for iPhone 5.

“Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes Valentine's” is rated 12+ for violence, gambling, horror, mature themes, profanity, plus references to drug, alcohol and tobacco use. This free app requires iOS 4.3+, is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and is optimized for iPhone 5.

“Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker Pro” requires iOS 6.0+ and is not a medical product. This iPhone app, which is compatible with iPad and iPod Touch, is optimized for iPhone 5.

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