What if you could put your important internet information -- weather reports, news headlines, and Facebook news feeds -- on a touchscreen bedside appliance? Ask this question in 2006 when the original Chumby debuted, and we’d be thrilled at the potential. Today, we just shrug and hold up an iPad or iPhone.
As we first made mention this morning, and perhaps as you may have experienced first hand for yourself now, the iOS alarm clock bug has caused some headaches for embarking into 2011. While Apple had tried to reassure that alarms would function beginning today, such does not seem to be the case, as users are still reporting issues.
The iPhone may be great at just about everything it does, with the exception of being a reliable alarm clock -- it turns out that non-recurring alarms failed as the clock rolled into the New Year. Maybe Apple figured everyone would be partying in Times Square?
It may not be the kind of bug that wreaks havoc on your device, but sleepy Europeans might be cursing Apple’s name right about now: A long-standing bug in the iPhone’s alarm clock means many of them probably woke up an hour late on Monday.
iHome’s new iA5 is billed as an “app-enhanced” alarm clock. In plain English, that means you can augment this standalone clock and speaker dock by downloading the free iHome+Sleep app for your iPhone or iPod touch to unlock additional functionality.
The original Chumby, which mixes stuffed animal with internet appliance, was nothing if not memorable. Version two, the illogically named Chumby One, continues its mission of moving the good bits of the internet--streaming music, news, LOLcats, and more--off your Mac and onto its dedicated screen. A touch-interface drives this Wi-Fi-connected unit, so you can put it anywhere you need a lightweight internet station.