'Rise Alarm Clock' for iOS Named Apple's Free App of the Week

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    Rise, an alarm clock app optimized for both the iPhone and iPad, has been named Apple's App of the Week and can now be downloaded for free. The app distinguishes itself from the stock Clock app found on iOS in that it allows for the user to set alarms with dragging gestures and also features the ability to set alarms with individual audio from a device's library or an iTunes playlist.

    The app also features interchangeable themes for its user interface and integration with the "Do Not Disturb" feature in iOS. Previously, the app made Apple's "Featured Apps" list, and was the best seller in the Utilities category in the App Store.

    Rise is a universal app regularly priced at $1.99 that can be downloaded from the App Store for free until next Thursday. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Rise Alarm Clock' for iOS Named Apple's Free App of the Week
     
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    I've got a 'Rise Alarm Clock' of my own. Like this app, it's free -- unfortunately you can't set the times it'll go off. :( ;)
     
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    Well that took me two reads to get that. ;)

    I downloaded it. It's nice but I never saw the need for a different alarm app. I may use it just for kicks though.
     
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    I really like the app. I bought it a few months ago and it's really easy to use. The sounds are much better than the ones in the Clock app.
     
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    And nothing beats simply telling SIRI to set my alarm for 8AM.
     
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    You can set the stock alarm to any song in your music library.
     
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    I got Solar a few weeks back...looking at it and Clear and found Rise.

    I almost purchased it but held off...and now I got it free (last night) I set the Alarm and you should be able to simply shake it or swipe it to turn off but I had to unlock it and then do that.

    still a nice crescendo Alarm!
     
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    The problem with these alarms is you need them to be focused and on... which is stupid - hopefully this is something that Apple are sorting out in ios7
     
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    Rise looks great, but the reviews are sprinkled with several people saying the alarm doesn't go off consistently. I also watched a review on the app on TWiT's iPad Today show just yesterday and during the live review, the app became unresponsive while the reviewer was trying to interact with it.

    I think I'll pass on this app. The stock alarm clock works just fine.
     
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    Because FREE, that's why.
     
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    What do you mean?
     
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    I've got that one too.It's made of wood.
     
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    The app has to be open and running. It can't be minimized since the phone/iPad doesn't have true multitasking. If you minimize that app and open something else, it won't work.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that. My Grandfather developed a similar problem after getting wounded in 'Nam.
     
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    Looks really slick, I wish they had it for android too
     
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    Not sure if I'm parsing the above sentence correctly, but the stock Apple Clock has a "Pick a Song" feature for alarms.
     
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    It does for me. What you on about?
     
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    Stalker . . .

    JackieInCo is a half Nexus / half Apple person. Check out his/her posting history - doesn't appear to be an astroturfer, but keeps mentioning a "Nexus 7", whatever that is. Anyway, it's possible the "doesn't have true multitasking" is a meme that's popular over in Nexus-land, and so that may explain his/her incorrect view of iOS multitasking in general, and of Rise's capabilities in particular.
     
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    Try it. If I set the app on my iPad and then close it, the app will not work when it is time for the alarm to go off. The app has to be open and running. The only apps that can run in the background are Apples built in apps.

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    Read the reviews here and you will see what I am talking about

    http://www.imore.com/rise-alarm-clock-iphone-and-ipad-review

    If you forget to open the app before bed and leave it open, it won't wake you up.
     
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    You know what? You're right.

    I set the alarm and did exactly what I do every night; turned on DND and turned it on vibrate.

    The alarm went off but it was silent. I had 3 notifications on screen saying I needed to rise and shine, no tones. That does me no good.

    Next, turned off DND and left it on vibrate. Alarm went off, no sound & not vibrate, notifications okay, and again, useless.

    Finally, left DND off, left the sound on. Nothing. Just an on-screen notification.

    This app is useless as long as it requires the phone to be unlocked (on) and not set to DND.

    I deleted it.
     
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    One link to "Rise" which goes to AppShopper, then a "direct link" which goes to iTunes...

    Here is the app's website if you're curious: http://www.simplebots.co/
     
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    Thank you for backing me up by trying it. There will be many many people upset who relied on this app to wake them up and it will fail because they forget to open it and leave it running over night.
     
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    Hah! Nothing beats getting my wifes elbow in the ribs at 6AM while she yell:

    Get up, you lazy bum! :D

    -Brian
     
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    I've used iPhones since the original in 2007. This has always been a problem with iPhones/iPads because of Apples restrictions and what they like to call "multitasking" but really isn't. When apps are minimized such as what happens when you open another app, the previous app no longer runs and music streaming apps don not count in this. So this means that if you have an alarm set using Rise, and go on doing other things with your iPhone/iPad and the go to sleep without opening the Rise app and leaving it running, it won't wake you up in the morning. Also, Do Not Disturb will prevent it from sounding off as well. You will have to turn off Do Not Disturb and put up with all the phones sounds during the night.

    That's Apples restrictions for you.

    A Nexus 7 is a tablet running Android OS.
     
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    LMAO! Well done.


    On a serious note ... I think this sort of app is something that ads the uniqueness to the platform and should be built into iOS! I wish Apple would take not of such applications, buy out the company's ... handsomely and incorporate them into the OS.

    PS: does iO7 allow you to collapse mail sub-folders/folders yet? At the moment I'm not sure if any current/modern smartphone OS does.
     

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