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The iPhone Still Can't Handle Daylight Savings Time

Over the weekend, as the rest of the country leaped forward to daylight savings time, many iPhone users were once again stuck in the past. Though some devices adjusted to the time difference with seamless elegance, plenty of other users reported glitches with their iPhone clocks. Some simply failed to advance, while others actually fell backward by an hour, putting their owners a full two hours...

The Week In Design: A Cobbled-Together Incubator and a Knitting Clock

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. While you've...

Two Million Lights Illuminate Mecca's New Clock, Puts Big Ben to Shame

Maybe you heard the (literally) big news yesterday that Mecca, the Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia, has built a clock that will rival Greenwich's classically Euro-imperialist time standard. Putting aside our nation's ad nauseum demagoguery against the 1.57-billion-strong, worldwide faith of Islam, you have to admit that the new clock is quite an awesome achievement. Islam as a religion is a...

Twitwee Clock Cuckoos Every Time You Receive a New Tweet

Remember that ornate wooden cuckoo clock that hung on the wall at your grandparents' house? Now, somebody has modified one of those avian timepieces to wirelessly monitor and display Twitter updates. The Twitwee Clock cuckoos each time a new tweet appears in your personal stream and displays the text on a tiny built-in screen. When there's no activity on Twitter (like that ever happens), the...

Coordinating Vancouver: How the Winter Olympics Are Timed

Timekeeping has moved past the simple stopwatch and thumb, and this year's Winter Games makes no exception. According to Wired, over 650 Omega employees and volunteers ensure that times and measurements are as accurate as possible, and the timing company spent six years prepping for Vancouver, refining and setting up the complex network of clocks and cameras essential to the competition. (Check...

Old Meets New in Dutch Digital Wooden Clock

The defining feature of any train station is usually its clock. Complacently watching over rushing passengers as they watch it, a station's clock sits apart, above the masses, like an aristocrat in another century. In the Netherlands, though, land of wooden shoes, an artist and his minions decided to topple this horological hierarchy once and for all, and finally assert control over a clock in...

Crazy-Scary 'Chronophage' Clock Eats Time

The passage of time is inevitable and, to Dr John Taylor, not all too friendly. He has immortalized this idea in his Corpus Clock, a functional timepiece as terrifying as it is mesmerizing. Publicly unveiled by physicist Steven Hawking at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England and conceived of as a work of art, the clock's most immediate feature is the vicious Chronophage (Greek for 'Eater...

Timekeepers Make 2008 Longer By Adding 'Leap Second'

Clearly this is a plot by a shadow government to keep Barack Obama from taking office as long as possible. First they added an extra day to 2008 back in February, now the last day of December is being dragged out by an extra second, giving President Bush just that much more time in office. An international group of time-keepers are adding the second to the end of December 31st, and they claim...

Cuckoo Clock Loudspeaker Kicks Out the Jams, You Out of Bed

And you thought The Shining cuckoo clock was terrifying -- imagine waking up to this. Designed by French artist Stephane Vigny, the loudspeaker clock does exactly what you'd expect it to. When the time comes, the doors flip open, the bottom woofer extends out and a cacophonic emission of sound is heard as you angrily wake from your slumber. We can't imagine that outstretched woofer surviving too...

'Escape Key' Clock is One Giant Snooze Button

Simple in design, perfect in execution, we bring you Santiago Cantera's Escape Clock. No tiny snooze buttons to fumble with here dozy Joe, just one big key that shuts off the alarm when meeting the business end of a morning beef hammer. Set it on edge and you've switched from alarm clock mode to an in-room stereo. The worst part? It's just a concept... for now. [Via Design Launches]...

Sonoro's Saucy Swarovski-covered Stardust Radio Selling for $2,500

"Sonoro" and "absurdly expensive" have always gone hand-in-hand, but even we're a bit taken aback by the sticker on this one. The company's latest example of extravagance is the elements stardust, an "exclusive" AM / FM / MP3 clock radio that's smothered from one end to the other in Swarovski crystals. This thing's not all looks, though -- it's got a LED-illuminated metal ring for quick-touch...

Stephen Hawking Unveils World's Strangest Clock

An unusual time piece was unveiled at Corpus Christi College, which is part of England's Cambridge University. By unusual, we mean that the clock cost approximately two million dollars, took seven years you to make, and was unveiled by none other than Cambridge professor Stephen Hawking. The clock, designed by John Taylor, is nearly four feet across, is gold plated, and comes equipped with,...

Alarm Clock Defuses a 'Bomb' Every Morning to Wake You Up

We've seen a lot of novel ways to wake up those of us reluctant to get out of bed in the morning. We've seen alarm clocks that annoy, soothe, and embarrass you to get moving, but we haven't seen anything that could induce the level of panic that would accompany having to defuse a bomb every morning. The DangerBomb Alarm Clock startles you from your slumber with loud explosion sounds and forces...

Water-Powered Clock is Here to Save the Environment

If you're all about the environment, you probably have a hybrid car, monitor your power use, and recycle your detritus. But if you still have a power-guzzling alarm clock that plugs into the wall, for shame, you glutton! Fear not, though -- the eco-friendly, water-powered Bedol Wall Wave Clock is here to save the day. Powered by electrodes immersed in water that extract energy from compound...

Crazy Alarm Clock Dials Your Friends If You Don't Wake Up

We've seen alarm clocks institute some fairly unorthodox methods of waking users up, but this is exceptionally high on the list of "oh, no they didn'ts." Alice Wang's Tyrant, which we can only assume is a concept, actually dials a random number in one's mobile contact list for every three minutes that the sleeper doesn't address the obnoxiously loud ringing. In other words, unless you pick...