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Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Have you ever had a clock that runs a little fast, or a little slow? Well, technically speaking, every single timepiece you've ever owned is off, at least by a little bit. Time is actually such a strange thing that scientists are always searching for a new way to make a more accurate clock. And today, they have reached a level of precision that has been little more than a theory since the early 1980's.

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This clock needs your finger to touch it

This clock needs your finger to touch it

There's a circular clock out there in the wild today that uses an array of lights and your finger to display the time. It goes by the name Shadowplay, and we wouldn't at all be surprised if some big-name manufacturer ripped the design off from the fine folks at BreadedEscalope before the end of next year. Expect this piece of art to be popping up in a store near you before you can say "where can I buy that." For now, it is just as you see it - a single, wall-mounted piece of artwork not meant for mass production.

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New atomic clock doesn’t lose a second for 15 billion years

New atomic clock doesn’t lose a second for 15 billion years

Physicists have invented a new atomic clock that is the most accurate clock ever invented. According to the team of scientists that have worked on the clock, it won't gain or lose a second over 15 billion years. The record setting timepiece is an optical lattice clock that uses strontium atoms and is three times more accurate than the clock that held the previous record.

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Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is the wall-mounted projection display that you never realized you needed. It's up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo and has blown its goals out of the water, reeling in over $230,000 USD when its original goal was only $20,000 USD. This device looks sleek and compact while projecting all kinds of up-to-the-minute live info like weather, social media, and news. It also tells time, but I'm sure you have something in your arsenal of devices that can already do that. If you want to buy Coolest Clock, it's not to tell time. You would buy it for its live projection screen update of information, and of course, because it's the Coolest Clock out there.

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Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Some people have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and for that reason a nearby snooze button is its own sort of addiction. Ramos is a smart alarm clock designed specifically for these non-morning people, forcing users to get out of bed by limiting how many times the snooze button can be hit before they have to get up and take their phone to a paired off-site beacon. Bringing one's phone and the beacon together allows one to enter the "defuse code", which finally, mercifully, silences the alarm.

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Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Tired of squinting to see the clock? That won't be a problem with Twelve24's ClockONE, a giant e-ink clock styled after traditional alarm clock displays featuring a magnetic wall "hook". The ClockONE is simplistic, and most notably it is powered by a single coin-sized battery, which will allow it to run for an entire year. There aren't many features to it because features aren't the point: it aims to be simple to use, doing what it does well without any unnecessary frills or hassle.

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Scientists create most accurate clock in the world

Scientists create most accurate clock in the world

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created what they say is the most accurate clock anywhere in the world, able to keep its ticking rate to a variation of less than two parts per every quintillion. This number, not only too infinitesimal for the average mind to comprehend, is also 10 times more accurate than any other clock out there.

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Easy-Dok CR34 alarm clock can charge six devices at once

Easy-Dok CR34 alarm clock can charge six devices at once

I've had an alarm clock sitting on my nightstand for years that can charge one device at a time. If my iPad is charging, I have to use a cable from the outlet to charge my smartphone. If you have multiple gadgets and want to be able to charge them all at the same time, what you need is the Model CR34 from Easy-Doks.

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Apple cash sum to Swiss rail $21 million for lovely clock

Apple cash sum to Swiss rail $21 million for lovely clock

The clock aesthetic you're seeing on your iPhone 5 and iPad mini is one that Apple has reportedly payed a handsome sum for this week as Swiss daily reports a beastly $21 million USD as agreed upon by Apple and the timepiece's owner: SBB. This situation was first reported earlier this year after iOS 6 was released with the new graphic look at the clock used by Apple's devices and the Swiss rail group found it oddly familiar. The report today lets us know that Apple's end sum certainly speaks to the greatness of the original design of the clock's look, originally made real by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker in 1944.

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Apple and the SBB agree on licensing terms for iconic clock design

Apple and the SBB agree on licensing terms for iconic clock design

Last month, the Swiss Federal Railway service (SBB) accused Apple of copying their iconic clock design by using it in the iOS 6 Clock application. However, a few days later, we were told that the two companies would be meeting with each other to discuss ways to remedy the issue. Today, Apple has agreed to pay the SBB for use of the clock design.

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Apple to meet with Swiss railway over clock design dispute

Apple to meet with Swiss railway over clock design dispute

A few days ago, the Swiss Federal Railway service (SBB) accused Apple of copying one of its iconic clock designs that shows up in the Clock app in iOS 6. Today, the two companies announced that they will be meeting with one another to settle the dispute, and apparently there's no intention of suing for money.

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Swiss Federal Railways accuses Apple of copying its clock design

Swiss Federal Railways accuses Apple of copying its clock design

Apple is famous for accusing Samsung of "slavishly copying" the design of its iPhone. The copying claims led to a long-running legal battle that ultimately resulted in Samsung owing Apple about $1 billion. It seems Apple has been doing a bit of copying designs of its own.

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