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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

15 iPhone Alarms That Wake You Up Right Away

15 iPhone Alarms That Wake You Up Right Away

Do you struggle every morning to wake up on time?
Are you bored of the same old alarm clock?
Do you want to get up in the morning without being jarred awake by a noisy alarm?
Luckily, we don’t have to put up with the same old alarms.  Here are 15 different iPhone Alarm clocks, which can not only wake you up right away but can do so in creative ways.

Top 5 Creative iPhone Alarms

  • SpeakToSnooze Pro

SpeakToSnooze Pro

    Nominated Reason: Voice Control

    The ad for this app on iTunes boasts, “Control your alarm clock without EVER having to touch your phone or open your eyes!” I’m a lazy person, especially during winter mornings.  If I can stop that annoying alarm by speaking “Snooze alarm,” then I’m all for it.  With this app, you’ll be able to communicate with your phone, to either put the alarm on snooze or ask what time is simply by speaking to your phone.
    Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/speaktosnooze-pro-alarm-clock/id598902849?at=1000lwqv

    • Wake N Shake

    Wake N Shake

      Nominated Reason: You have to shake it to turn it OFF
      The only way to shut it off is by shaking the iPhone like crazy. No snooze button. You can’t lower the volume. It’s an alarm with no mercy.  Its a harsh but effective way to wake a person up. I can vouch that this app works after I installed it and showed up to work a half hour early the next day.
      Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wake-n-shake-alarm-clock/id461785823?at=1000lwqv

      • Mission Alarm Clock

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      Mission Alarm Clock

        Nominated Reason: Complete Mission to OFF
        Think about it, your alarm clock is screaming and you reluctantly stretch your hand out of your warm blanket just to stop it and go back to sleep. It’s too easy and that’s probably why a lot of people are late or rushing out the door in the morning to get to work.  However, with this app, the only way to stop this screaming monster is to open your eyes and focus to complete missions like math and shake.
        Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/mission-alarm-clock-guaranteed/id470806748?at=1000lwqv

        • Sol: Sun Clock

        Sol: Sun Clock

          Nominated Reason: Best Travel Tool
          I am going to Thailand next week and this app can show the golden time to take photos outside and the location.  Not only is it a handy travel tool, but It also can be a portable alarm clock if you want to wake up when the sun rises to go for an early morning jog.
          Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/sol-sun-clock-sunrise-sunset/id491537291?at=1000lwqv

          • Rise Alarm Clock

          Rise Alarm Clock

            Nominated Reason: One Shake to ON/OFF
            There are multiple merits for this app, appreciated by Mashable, Fast Company Design, Lifehacker, TUAW, Business Insider, The Loop, App Advice and many more. However, it can be snoozed or turned off by only one shake of the iPhone from lock screen. It also has 3 beautiful large clock styles: Night mode / Skyscape / Transparent (Live camera) with other personalized functions. With 4.5 star with 2353 reviews, it’s well worth the purchase.
            Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rise-alarm-clock/id577221529?at=1000lwqv

            Top 5 Free iPhone Alarms

            • Yocto Alarm Clock

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            Yocto Alarm Clock

              Nominated Reason: 70 Built-in Melodies
              As the old saying goes, the best way to ruin a song is to set it as alarm melody. I don’t want to ruin my iTunes music and you probably don’t either.  This app saves you from having to do that with 70 built-in melodies to wake you up properly.
              Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/yocto-alarm-clock/id508107926?at=1000lwqv

              • iDigital Big

              iDigital Big

                Nominated Reason: Geek’s Favor
                Both the icon and the description in iTunes are apparently advertising that this app would be the geeks’ favor. Even you’re not a so-called geek, the clear LED screen alone would make it worth downloading this app, especially if you have a hard time reading in the dark.
                Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idigital-big-alarm-clock-hd/id514579282?at=1000lwqv

                • Sleep Genius

                Sleep Genius

                  Nominated Reason: Train Your Brain
                  Toted as “The Sleep Genius app, developed by experts in neuroscience, sleep, sound, and music following our research helping NASA get astronauts to sleep.” If all of us use this app, will we get up at 7:00? Or will the standard working time move from 9 o’clock to 7 o’clock? This app can train your brain with a healthy alarm based on different sleep phases.
                  Download: https://itunes.apple.com/app/sleep-genius-natural-health/id655540193?at=1000lwqv

                  • Best Flash Light

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                  Best Flash Light

                    Nominated Reason: Front Camera Flash Light
                    Most of flash app supports the back flashlight, therefore if this alarm clock can show something special, it’s worthy to be nominated here. This morning alarm has front flash light which is transformed by your front camera.
                    Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/best-flash-light?at=1000lwqv!-torch-flashlight/id429177928

                    • Sleep Time

                    Sleep Time

                      Nominated Reason: Detect Movements
                      This app has a sensitive ‘accelerato-meter’ which can detect your whole night movements that reflect your phases of sleep. It will then set off a alarm at the suitable moment, automatically. Much like a considerable baby-sitter, it’s impossible for you to wake up from a deep sleep feeling groggy again if you use this app.
                      Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sleep-time-alarm-clock-sleep/id555564825?at=1000lwqv

                      Top 5 Paid iPhone Alarms

                      • Alarm Clock HD

                      Alarm Clock HD-Free

                        Nominated Reason: Social Share
                        This app brings music to your bedroom and its armed with flashlight.  This alarm clock also integrates RSS and Social Media like Facebook & Twitter, which keeps you informed from the morning on!
                        Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/alarm-clock-hd-free/id476555713?at=1000lwqv

                        • ChronoGrafik

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                        ChronoGrafik

                          Nominated Reason: Diversified
                          There are 10 beautifully rendered faces, each with their own unique features and colors.  Additionally, for each timepiece; it has special style from retro, designer, calculator, industrial, luxury horror to geek and so on. Users who are indicted to change different themes may love it deeply.
                          Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chronografik-alarm-clock-+/id524128523?at=1000lwqv

                          • Living Earth

                          Living Earth

                            Nominated Reason: 3D
                            This app can be the best “environmental friendly” alarm clock because of real-time 3D weather maps and typhoon and hurricane tracking. There is no special function for this app, but the 3D images showed and real time tracking is pretty awesome.
                            Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/living-earth-clock-weather/id379869627?at=1000lwqv

                            • Radio Mexico

                             Radio Mexico

                              Nominated Reason: Localization
                              Ok, this is a selfish recommendation, because my uncle is living in Mexico, he highly recommends this app because it can broadcast almost 30 channels via Radio function. If you live in Mexico and also want to share the latest radio news, this is the app for you.
                              Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mexico-radio-+-alarm-clock/id431560942?at=1000lwqv

                              • Red Clock

                              Red Clock

                                Nominated Reason: Customizable
                                This is a very simple alarm clock, which can be customized up to 30 different whether icons with 15 beautiful backgrounds. If you’re looking for simple but colorful alarm clock, this Red Clock can meet your needs.
                                Download: https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/red-clock-weather-alarm/id473001837?at=1000lwqv

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                                Published on November 9, 2018

                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                • Microsoft Excel
                                • Microsoft Access
                                • Statistics
                                • Data Analytics
                                • Adobe Campaign
                                • Quickbooks
                                • XML Database management system
                                • Filemaker Pro
                                • MATLAB
                                • Hive
                                • FORTRAN
                                • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                • SAS

                                2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                • Content Management System (CMS)
                                • Google Analytics
                                • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                • Email Marketing
                                • Web Page Design
                                • WordPress
                                • Digital Media
                                • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                • Campaign Management Software

                                3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                • Adobe Photoshop
                                • Adobe InDesign
                                • Adobe Illustrator
                                • AutoCAD
                                • CorelDRAW
                                • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                • Maya
                                • Microsoft Word
                                • Microsoft Publisher
                                • Operating Digital Cameras

                                4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                • HTML
                                • C/C++
                                • Java
                                • Python
                                • XML
                                • UI/UX
                                • LINUX
                                • CISC and RISC architecture
                                • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                • Memory Management
                                • PCB Layout
                                • SQL

                                5. IT Troubleshooting

                                Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                • Backup management
                                • Diagnostics
                                • End User support
                                • Client-Server management
                                • Installation and configuration
                                • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                • System administration
                                • Tech support

                                6. Enterprise Systems

                                Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                2. Rule the Social Media World

                                a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                b. Canva Design School

                                From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                3. Look for Shortcuts

                                Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                4. Apply for an Internship

                                Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                The Bottom Line

                                Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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