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Alarm Clock Apps Sure to Wake the Dead

Waking up can be especially difficult on dark, cold winter mornings, but with the right alarm you won’t have a choice – for better or worse.

I have three apps sure to get you out of bed.

Alarmy brags of being named the “world’s most annoying alarm app.” It lives up to its name. The loud, obnoxious alarm will not shut off with a simple snooze button. Instead, you take a picture of a room and “register” it with your alarm. To shut your alarm off, you have to get up and take a picture of your registered room and it has to match or the alarm will keep going off. You can also set it so that you can simply shake your phone a set number of times. The app is for $1.99 for iOS or Android.

Mimicker Alarm is a free alarm app that gets you up and at ‘em by forcing you to mimic and action to shut your alarm off, , such as taking a selfie with a certain expression. The Mimicker Alarm won’t shut off for the day until the action is completed. The app is a free for Android.

Wake N Shake is described as “annoying but good” by some users – exactly what many may be looking for in an alarm. The developers say Wake N Shake is merciless. The only way to shut it off is by shaking your iPhone like crazy. There aren’t any other ways to shut it off. Wake N Shake can be customized with different alarms and levels of intensity. The app is 99 cents for iOS.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.