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Aren’t you tired your alarm waking you up abruptly in the morning and feeling exhausted as soon as you open your eyes, with no energy to get out of bed? In most cases this is due to the fact that your alarm actually woke you up during your deep sleep cycle. There are various ways of overcoming these situations, such as sleep cycle calculators, or soft alarms that you wouldn’t hear unless you’re in a light sleep cycle.

Nevertheless, the most effective solution is to use a system that monitors your sleep cycles and wakes you up at the right time, so you don’t feel as tired in the morning. Smart Alarm Clock is the perfect solution, as it keeps track of your sleep cycles and wakes you up at the right time, but also records all noise disturbances, so you’re fully aware of what affects your sleep.

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I’ve been an Instapaper devotee for a while. When people talk about their “workflows,” Instapaper is a vital part of mine. There’s a few things I really like about it (especially its business model, but I won’t get political). That being said, iOS 7 is bringing about a sea of change. Between that massive update and Betaworks’ acquisition of Instapaper, I was curious about the other offerings.

Although I know that there’s an update to Instapaper for iPhone that’s pretty nice and a bigger update for iPad coming, Pocket beat them to the market. With the newest updates to Pocket, the app is now built for iOS 7 and comes complete with all the new technologies that the update enables. Read on to find out what I think.

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For a long time on AppStorm now, I seem to be the resident App.net (ADN) geek. I like trying out and reviewing the apps. I’m really interested in where the platform is going in the future. For those of you who aren’t aware, ADN is a sort-of Twitter alternative that’s totally private (there’s no tracking or advertising). It’s also a backend for a lot of really cool apps.

One of those super-cool apps is Felix, which started out as a feature behemoth and has slowly been coming into its own. It has a beautiful design and, with the update to iOS 7, has really come into its own. For many people, Felix might make ADN worth signing up for. Read on for my thoughts on the new Felix update for iPad.

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iOS 7′s bold new design convention gave many developers the chance to completely reinvent their apps, free from the shackles the previous constraints of iOS’ stylings. Vemedio seized this opportunity and have recently released Instacast 4, the latest update to their flagship podcast app, which has been completely redesigned with a new look and feel, as well as looking to the future of iOS by making iOS 7 a requirement.

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As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.

Since my initial review of Pockets Casts for the iPhone way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. During that time I’d hear rumors of a iPad version in development, and eventually learned it would finally make its way with the release of Pocket Casts 4. So, when Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pockets Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPad. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)

With so much focus on getting kids educated in math and technology early, it can be hard for more humanities-focused parents to know where to start. Those of us with degrees in Art History, French, and French Art History may not be the best equipped to get the younger generation ready for all that tough science-y stuff ahead.

I know I need some help, and The Human Body is just the thing. It’s a great way to learn all about the body, and while it’s definitely for the little ones, I managed to learn a thing or two, as well. (more…)

I’m always looking for a better weather app — something that gives me the best information in the most attractive interface. Weathertron is one of the slickest weather apps I’ve seen, creating personalized weather infographics every day.

While looks are always nice, what really matters in a weather app is quality of information and whether you can find what you need when you need it. I’ll take a look at Weathertron and find out if it’s more than just a pretty face. (more…)

For those who have ever taken a Spanish or French class, you know that language learning can not only be a bore, but very challenging. But the rewards of speaking many languages exceed just that of being fluent in more than one tongue.

So, when I first stumbled upon Duolingo about two years ago, I was very interested. While I don’t remember how I exactly discovered the service, I do know that I am glad that I found it. And today, I’ll be reviewing its iPad app, which was released just this summer. Find out what makes Duolingo so great right after the jump.

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The iPad has been around since 2010. It ushered in a new wave of computing and user experience design, all of it centred around a highly-interactive glass pane. So it’s sort of surprising that some apps really don’t differ much from their desktop versions. Safari is a perfect example of this — while browsing the Internet on Safari is a lovely experience with iPad, the interface largely remains unchanged.

Some people would argue this is a good thing and creates a sense of consistency. Others, like the folks behind the Opera browser, would argue otherwise. Opera’s new browser, Coast, is an attempt to completely reinvent what browsing on an iPad should be like. Read on for my thoughts on the new app.

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I’ve followed the fitness tips on Fitsugar.com for a long time now, so when they released their own app, I was eager to give FIT FIX a spin. I tried out some of the workouts and other features, such as workout planning and scheduling, to see whether it would make a good addition to my fitness regime. I’ll let you know what I found out and tell you how FIT FIX stands up. (more…)

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