David Alves

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Recharge perfectly with Power Nap HQ

As our culture becomes more and more mobile and fast-paced, a proportionate number of people will feel more acutely the need to rest. More than one will probably voice a desire to return to the days when kindergartners took a nap in the early afternoon. While cubicles probably don't install cots...

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Rise and shine with Gentle Wake Alarm Clock

With the advent of mobile phones that are more like mini computers and personal assistants, it follows that one of their new uses would be as alarm clocks. Alongside that development, it would also follow that there would be a slew of applications to help users meet the day refreshed and on time...

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Connecting dots can be futile with Dots Connector Free

I usually enjoy games which require strategy, problem-solving, and mental exercise. I hate the vapid passivity which our technologically-glutted culture appears to aid and abet. I also deeply appreciate app creators' attempts to be thoughtful, careful planners who finely tune their creations to ...

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Strategy plus math equals Make a 9

About ten years ago, the numerical game Sudoku became an overnight sensation. It required players to fill a series of boxes with the numbers 1-9, with some or most of the boxes empty. Players thrived on strategy, quick wits, and the perseverance needed to stick with the game until the puzzle pie...

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​For tough decisions, turn to A or B

Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation? Which towels for the guest bathroom? And so on. An...

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Get daily inspiration with BrainyQuote

Pretty much everyone would enjoy a thoughtful quotation displayed against a vast natural panorama. Now, iPhone users can create their very own inspirational image and share it via social media, text, or email with BrainyQuote. This free app is available for iOS 7.1 or later and is optimized for ...

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Instant stardom is yours via Poster Boy

When most people take selfies, they end up in one or both of two places: Facebook and Instagram. Unless one is famous, their selfies will probably not be seen by too many other people, and they certainly won't get national circulation. Until now-kind of. Poster Boy combines the contemporary love...

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Become a hero with Alexia Crow and the Cave of Heroes

The more apps I review, the more I become convinced that games with puzzle aspects are virtually a mainstay for iPhone and iPad users. If that trend is anything near accurate, then Alexia Crow and The Cave of Heroes will likely skyrocket in downloads. The free app is universally available but is...

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Run, walk, and jog with the stars via Spring

The class I hated most in high school (well, besides math) was gym. I had zero hand-eye coordination, I never liked sports, and I got very out-of-breath every time we were tested on the mile run. Maybe it was the testing aspect, or maybe it was because I never fit in with the uber-athletic culture...

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Nimble-fingered strategists will love Light 'em Up

It would seem there is a never-ending influx of strategy and puzzle-related games coming down the App Store pike, and for good reason. There is a burgeoning group of fans waiting to try them, critique them, and talk about them to their friends and on social media. With this kind of context, Ligh...

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