Jarig Duval has released the ultimate new wake-up alarm, Sleep Crusher. The app consolidates the best features of Duval’s previous alarm clock apps, assured to wake even the heaviest sleepers, while adding multiple wake-up missions to improve wellness in everyone’s morning routine. Sleep Crusher is available now on iOS in the App Store.
“Jumping out of bed ready to start the day is not a reality for some of us. Having a little help from the digital friend on our nightstand can go a long way,” says Jarig Duval, the app’s developer. “The strategy is to take all the wake-up tricks we know, then combine and randomize them daily so your brain never gets used to any one routine. That’s why Sleep Crusher works while other alarms fail you over time.”
Once the alarm wakes you using ringtones, text read aloud, or music at customizable volume, the real innovation begins. Wake-up missions involve simple tasks that force you out of bed, like scanning the barcode on a tube of toothpaste, or activate higher brain functions, like playing a simple memory game. Fail to do the mission, and the alarm blares again. Missions are fun and randomized to prevent the brain from learning a routine, and are all based on established methods focused on keeping the brain awake.
“At this point, you’re probably thinking of many excuses to get out of your New Year’s resolution to wake up on time. You’ll just turn the alarm off the night before, or maybe your spouse won’t like it,” notes Duval. “Sleep Crusher has solutions for those, too. Alarms are lockable, and there is a special ‘Don’t Wake my Spouse’ mode!”
The app is not only focused on waking up, but also offers features that help users get to bed on time. The Bedtime Reminder feature will shoot a notification with a custom message when it is time to go to sleep. If those custom messages are too nice, the optional Bedtime Enforcer will display a notification after bedtime if the device is moved, warning the user of the health risks related to sleep deprivation.
“This app is very personal,” says Duval. “I’ve faced this problem head on for nearly a decade, through college, work, marriage, and kids. My struggle to wake up–and get up refreshed–is going to help so many people just like me.”
Sleep Crusher works on any device running iOS 11.2 or newer, and is available now as a free download from the App Store. An in-app purchase, discounted to $0.99 in the month of January only, removes ads.
James Hollender’s Life Inventory apps version 4 provides users with in-depth perceptions of themselves about why they do the things they do. These intricately architected apps include built-in instructions to help guide users in creating their own Life Inventory which can provide greater self understanding of personality, strengths and weaknesses, leading to a better knowledge of self than they ever thought possible. A Life Inventory can also function as a Moral Inventory for those in 12-step programs.
The Canadian Reviewer has suggested Life Inventory may even become your always available digital therapist: “If your smartphone has become your personal trainer, assistant, and even financial adviser, why not turn it into your therapist as well? Life Inventory app for iOS is here to help you understand what makes you tick. This app helps you create your own Life Inventory or Moral Inventory to provide you with better understanding of your personality, strengths, and weaknesses to help you live a better life.”
The process of completing a Life Inventory does not directly address anyone’s specific problems, habits or addictions, but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life. The Life Inventory apps gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened. The questions asked help the user delve into areas often never considered before, like:
What did I want
Why did I want it
What am I not admitting
What lie did I tell myself
What did I leave out or not say
What lie did I tell others
Have I ever done the same thing
Was it any of my business
Were my expectations reasonable
What was the real truth
What was I not seeing
Did I fail to see the facts of the situation
What actions did I take to get what I wanted
What actions did I omit to get what I wanted
Life Inventory guides the user through six different steps, each with its own activity grouping, for making a Life Inventory:
Causes and Effects
Throughout the process, users are encouraged to enter data into their Inventory, be completely honest about themselves and take advantage of encouragement and support from others.
The Inventory begins by making one simple list, which defines four fixed Categories in which to file away what are broadly categorized as Incidents:
Institutions and Organizations
Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
Each of the four Categories will contain hierarchical sub-categories. From there, users outline Entities and then individual Incidents related each Entity.
Step-by-step, users complete the Causes and Effects of each Incident. Next, and determine the part they played in each Incident listed. It is not unusual to create hundreds of Incident forms, each devoted to a single incident. The app includes the ability to create and save all written lists and forms with password protection. Having completed all their Incident forms, users can refer to these forms to help list all their Fears. The app includes eight pre-defined fears, to which the user is free to add more if desired.
“The process of completing a Life Inventory doesn’t directly address anyone’s specific problems, habits or addictions, but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life,” stated indie developer James Hollender. “The Life Inventory app gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened.”
Nutrient apps based on the USDA National Nutrient Database:
iCholesterol (Dietary Cholesterol)
iSatFat (Saturated Fat)
Vitamin K (Vitamins K1, K1D & K2)
iNutrients (encompasses all ten nutrients listed above)
Life Inventory for iPhone / iPod touch and Life Inventory for iPad are each $11.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Lifestyle category. A Lite version of each app is $1.99, which supplement the main app by providing a mock Life Inventory from which the user can learn by example and experimentation, but is limited as to the number of records created so it’s not sufficient to complete a full Life Inventory. Review copies are available on request.
There are also app bundles where you can save by purchasing both the main and Lite Life Inventory apps along with the iNutrients app.
WaterField Designs kicks off the new year with the new handcrafted Mezzo Backpack. With its tapered shape and small frame, the modern Mezzo Backpack is ideal for carrying a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and other office gear along with after-work gym garb. WaterField will send early adopters through January 10 a complimentary Tech Pocket ($49) and let them choose either a magnetic Fidlock(R) clasp or a performance-grade paragliding buckle to secure the Mezzo’s gorgeous full-grain leather front pocket.
The 14.5-liter streamlined Mezzo Laptop Backpack includes padded MacBook and iPad compartments, large water-bottle pockets on either side, and a front, pleated pocket for quick access items inspired by old-world saddle pouches. A thick leather bottom enhances durability so the backpack can take a beating, while breathable cushioning on the rear and the shoulder straps ensure that the wearer’s back and shoulders don’t.
“I love the Mezzo’s clean lines,” said company owner, Gary Waterfield. “It keeps its great shape whether full or empty but still compresses to fit into a gym locker or under an airline seat. The premium leather accents make it suitable for any office environment.”
Full-grain leather on black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas and clean design
Plush, padded compartments cushion a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 12.9-inch iPad
Interior zippered pocket secures valuables
Gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior for increased visibility
Waterproof zipper secures main compartment and maintains clean lines
Expandable front saddle pocket includes interior organization pockets and a key clip
Pocket closes with a full-grain leather flap secured by either a self-finding magnetic Fidlock(R) clasp or a performance-grade paragliding buckle (Orders received after January 10 will come with the most popular pre-ordered clasp)
Two large water-bottle-sized pockets flank the bag
Rear panel slides over wheeled-suitcase handle for easy airport navigation
Full-grain leather bottom adds extra durability
Rear and bottom foam padding prevents sagging and helps bag maintain its shape
Ergonomic shoulder straps and rear of bag lined with breathable mesh padding to enhance comfort and airflow
Comfortable leather-wrapped handle facilitates an easy grab-and-go
Tech Pocket features:
Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon removable pouch acts as an additional pocket to stow an Apple Pencil, adapters, cords, dongles, an iPhone, and more
Super-soft, almost cashmere-like interior padding
Two interior organizational pockets
Silent, snap-shut, magnetic closure
Exterior pocket stores additional accessories and closes with YKK self-locking zipper
Included carabiner hooks to the inside or outside of the Mezzo or other WaterField bag
The mid-sized Mezzo Laptop Backpack rounds out WaterField’s diverse line of exceptional backpacks, falling between the Sutter Slim Backpack for just the essentials and the overnight-ready Bolt Backpack and Pro Executive Laptop Backpacks.
Colors and materials:
Tan waxed canvas with distressed, full-grain chocolate leather panel or black ballistic nylon with full-grain black leather panel
One size: 15.5 x 11.25 x 1.5 to 6 (tapered) inches; 14.5-liter capacity; Ballistic”2.4 lbs.; Canvas”2.9 lbs.
Padded laptop compartment fits up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro or 15-inch Surface Pro
Padded tablet compartment fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad or similarly-sized tablet
The Mezzo Backpack is price at $299 (USD). Pre-order now. Shipping begins January 16, 2020.
Starmaps, LLC introduces Cipher Set 1.1, their puzzle game for iOS. Cipher Set is a puzzle game composed of nearly 100 levels. It is built with the player’s thought-process in mind to convey a specific idea through a moment of epiphany, with plenty of fun surprises. Cipher Set is non-linear, with levels that can be explored and completed in many orders. The rules of play are discovered along the way, with new operations introduced in subsequent levels.
Each puzzle level is an idea encoded in a grid of blocks, which posses varying functions. Along the way the player must navigate and manipulate these blocks, which teleport, rotate, swap, shift and much more. The objective of the game is to realize how to manipulate the blocks in order to create a path through each level so that the exit can be reached. Levels are carefully designed so that trial-and-error play will not yield success, instead encouraging the user to think creatively about potential solutions, with the ultimate goal being a flash of insight.
Cipher Set is an excellent platform for those wanting to flex their brain power and for those who enjoy the satisfaction of deciphering puzzles. With its vast collection of steadily introduced ideas, and its approach that emphasizes discovery over speed, Cipher Set promises to keep players of all ages intrigued and immersed. Additionally, Cipher Set contains pleasant visuals and mesmerizing musical effects. Tapping the game’s elements produces endless pleasing and unique melodies.
Cipher Set offers a generous amount of free levels for the user to enjoy- nearly 1/3 of the game. Players who enjoy the puzzle challenges can pay $1.99 for the remainder of the game. Cipher Set aims to appeal to the novice or avid puzzler who understands a solution’s ah-hah moment to be a communication of ideas between the player and developer.
Cipher Set 1.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A convenient in-app purchase of $1.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) is available to unlock the full game.
This app enables you to view, edit, create, share, present and print Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and PDF documents on your mobile devices. Customers who upgrade to the PRO version can utilize advanced tools including Track Changes and PDF form filling, while users who don’t require these advanced features can use the standard app for free.
“Artifex is pleased to move to a freemium pricing model. This allows end-users to try our standard product free of charge (and free of ads) while offering advanced features on a subscription basis,” said Miles Jones, President of Artifex Software. “Our easy-to-use editing functions and powerful PDF annotation features make SmartOffice the perfect match for today’s on-the-go world. Offering our solution for free will expand our reach and broaden the SmartOffice audience.”
Effective immediately, SmartOffice PRO is offered as an in-app upgrade with either a monthly ($2.99) or yearly ($13.99) auto-renewable subscription. The SmartOffice standard mobile app is available for no charge for iOS on the Apple iTunes App Store and Android on Google Play. Additional premium features for SmartOffice PRO will be released in early 2020.
SmartOffice by Artifex is a leading Mobile Document Productivity Suite that solves the BYOD dilemma. SmartOffice supports all major document formats, increases mobile productivity, and offers excellent conformance with Microsoft Office document standards. The SmartOffice mobile app for personal use can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The SmartOffice SDK and viewers for enterprise use are integrated into dozens of customer solutions and are available through a commercial license. For more information, please visit our website.
Wekthor launched its new mobile app Maja worldwide. Maja was designed specifically to change the way that people interact with their neighbors, ask for favors and help, and build stronger communities worldwide. Users log in and then send requests for help from their nearby neighbors and community members. With a simple, easy-to-use interface, requests for help can be sent in just seconds and tagged with a user’s location and other information.
From help moving a refrigerator, or a large piece of furniture, to borrowing a cup of sugar or other cooking ingredients, or help finding a missing dog or cat, Maja makes it easy to turn to neighbors and community – and connect with those who can help with various needs.
Nearby users will be notified about available tasks and help requests, and connecting takes only a few seconds with a couple taps on a smartphone screen. It’s completely free to use for all parties and users will never be charged by other users for their help.
Maja is connecting users with people who they may never have asked for help otherwise, due to the barriers of our modern life. By using technology, this app makes it simple to connect with the local community. Not only do users get to connect with each other and offer help for free, but they also benefit from a stronger sense of friendship and community with those around them.
Maja 1.0.1 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. For more information, please contact Lukas Penkava or visit the official Maja website and learn more about Maja, its features and its mission.
MADFINGER Games announces that the pre-registration campaign for their upcoming title Shadowgun War Games has now hit half a million players. The figure puts the company on course for a promising launch when the game is released globally in early 2020.
Shadowgun War Games has been eagerly awaited since a prototype version wowed audiences at Gamescom last year, and the studio is currently putting the finishing touches to a closed beta version.
“We’re thrilled at the response we’ve had since pre-reg launched in mid-November,” said Marek Rabas, CEO of MADFINGER Games. “It proves that the community can’t wait to get their hands on our latest game, and it really encourages us to go the extra mile and make it absolutely perfect for players all over the world.”
Shadowgun War Games is a free-to-play tactical FPS with incredible graphics and intense 5v5 battles. Players choose from a gallery of heroes, each with unique personalities and skills to match their play style. With an emphasis on quick pick-up-and-play action, Shadowgun War Games offers truly console-quality team-based action for everyone with access to a mobile device.
AirBeamTV has changed the pricing for their popular Screen Mirroring app bundle for iOS. This means a sweeter deal for all Smart TV owners. With this new deal, the savings are a whopping 50% off on AirBeamTV’s app pack in the iTunes App Store.
With AirBeamTV’s screen mirroring apps for iPhone or iPad, you can seamlessly cast your iPhone or iPad on a Smart TV. No need for wires or additional hardware, just make sure your device and TV are connected to the same local network to start streaming content like videos, photos and apps.
The following apps/TV brands are part of this bundle:
Mirror for Samsung TV
Mirror for LG TV
Mirror for Sony TV
Mirror for Roku TV
Mirror for Panasonic TV
Mirror for Amazon FireTV
A single AirBeamTV iOS app costs $4.99 in the iTunes App Store. With the revamped iOS app bundle, AirBeamTV offers 50% discount. Basically, this means you will get 6 apps and only pay for 3! You can buy the iOS apps in the iTunes App Store or find all necessary information on AirBeamTV’s website.
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