It wasn’t until relatively recently that I used my iPhone for an alarm clock. I had debated it for years, but after hearing about people having issues with time zone changes and all that, I just figured that it was best to use the old standby that sat on my dresser. Eventually, I changed my mind and went the iPhone route, and that’s been that.

Recently, however, I’ve thought about how I wake up. Usually it’s with a start, which isn’t the best way to begin your day for sure. I’ve started looking at different alarm clock options, and wondering what our readers use when they want to get out of bed.

So what’s your story? How do you wake up? Let us know in the poll to the right!

It’s been said many times before on AppStorm, and I’ll say it again — the App Store is littered with to-do apps. Ranging in price and functionality, an abundance of options are at your disposal if you’re in the market for an app that will help manage your task list. Basic users may be satisfied with the Reminders app that comes pre-installed on the iPhone, or may prefer simplified to-do apps like Clear. Mid-range users that need a little more functionality may choose an app like Things, while advanced users may go with OmniFocus.

With so many to-do apps to choose from, how does one standout? In the case of 2 Days, developer Ngoc Luu decided to take a unique approach by changing the way users thinks about task management. (more…)

God of Blades is exactly the sort of game I would have died for when I was thirteen years old. At that time, The Return of the King was a hit movie and smacking things around with swords was top priority for any guy my age. It’s also around that time that God of War came out on PS2. It was a cool time to like swords.

In that sense, God of Blades feels a little bit nostalgic for me. I feel a little bit like I’m revisiting my youth. But the older part of me — the part that prefers Letterpress over hacking and slashing — really disagrees. (more…)

A few weeks back, I get this Facebook invite for a party held downtown. I’m all excited about going, so I RSVP via Facebook, and next thing I know I’m planning for the big event. Then I get an email. “If you’re coming, please RSVP using Eventbrite, that’s how we’ll know who’s coming.” Huh. Eventbrite.

Although I had heard of the app before, this was my first opportunity to try it out, so that’s just what I did. What were the results? Well let’s find out! (more…)

If you’re on Instagram you may have noticed some folks sharing photos with text written over the image and wondered, “How did they do that?” The answer is Over, a simple, easy to use app for adding custom typography to photographs.

Over comes with a selection of 28 unique fonts guaranteed to appeal to many tastes: bold, modern, whimsical, artistic, masculine, feminine, etc. Typography addicts will appreciate the option to buy a collection of 200+ additional fonts for $0.99! Expand your creativity by overlaying captions, poems, recipes, jokes or inspirational quotes to your images. Keep reading to learn more about adding a personal touch to your photos with Over. (more…)

If you’re recovering from a Valentine’s-infused chocolate overdose then you might be in need of some downtime to digest this weekend.

There’s nothing better than some gaming to help with that, and we have this week’s finest new App Store arrivals to keep you occupied! (more…)

Living in San Francisco is awesome. Owning a car, on the other hand, is not. When parking spots are a luxury and apartment rentals that come with a garage are basically unheard of, owning a car is often an expense that just doesn’t, well, make sense. What about those days when you want to drive to Napa, or go to the famed Alameda flea market, or hey, go crazy and take a trip down to Costco? Taking a taxi or renting a car would be a hardship at best and bank-breaking at worst. But, thanks to peer-to-peer car sharing, all you need is a credit card, a valid driver’s license and the Wheelz iPhone app for you to borrow a local’s car and get on the road.

Learn about how it works after the jump. (more…)

Its fair to say that camping trips are as prevalent today as they have ever been before, if not more so, ranging from family overnight trips to weeks away at a time. Nowadays, technology is an increasingly influential part of our lives and in recent years, largely due to the iPhone having brought highly sophisticated technology to the masses, these outdoors excursions have become greatly more technological.

Whereas before when high-tech pieces of equipment were left only to the professionals and regular campers, now anyone with an iPhone and a few bits of software can master the outdoors (or at least be significantly more prepared). Read on past the break to see what apps you should pick up for your next outdoors adventure. (more…)

Nothing brings people together quite the way music does. And the people at Schematic Labs know this, which is why they developed SoundTracking, an app that allows users to share with their friends and other SoundTrackers exactly what it is they’re listening to and loving, moment by moment.

You can tag songs, discover new music, add captions to tracks and build the soundtrack to your life with SoundTracking in a very musical — and visual — way. Click “more” to see for yourself. (more…)

Ever since I decided to cut the cord and get rid of cable a little over a year ago, I’ve found myself watching a lot more videos online. I soon realized that since I was now forcing myself to do this, there was a good amount of video content online that could help me get my limited TV fix. I have also been noticing that many of the news websites are starting to put more video content online than ever before, which is a welcome sign for people like me.

Through this continual experiment, I found that although I liked watching videos on my computer, I preferred to watch them on my iOS devices. When I learned about Frequency a couple of weeks ago, I just had to give it a try to see if it would meet my needs. The easiest way to explain it, is that it is your personal video app where you can get content from around the web and watch it on your iPhone. (more…)

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