Tap play to test it out. A popup will appear asking you to name what the timer is for, which helps distinguish between other timers. Name it and tap "OK," then tell the next prompt how many minutes the timer should be and tap "OK." The shortcut actually uses your Reminders app to work its magic, so if you haven't already given Shortcuts access to Reminders, you'll be prompted to do so now.
As mentioned above, you can use the widget on the lock screen. To do so, swipe right on the lock screen, then tap "Set Multiple Timers" in the Shortcuts widget (you may have to tap "Show More" to see it, depending on how many shortcuts you have). This will start the first prompt of naming the timer in the Shortcuts app, and you can proceed as in Step 2 above. If you use a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID, you'll have to unlock before being taken to the Shortcuts app.
The second action box, another "Ask for Input," allows us to set the time, hence the question, "How many minutes?" Default Answer is left blank again since we fill this in on the prompt when using the shortcut. Because this action pertains to the desired minutes, the Input Type will be "Number."
These first two action boxes are not sequence-dependent in relation to one another. In other words, you can tap and hold the second "Ask for Input" action box and drag it to the top if you want the "How many minutes?" prompt to precede "Set timer for what?" when using the shortcut. It won't affect the result.
An alarm clock (or sometimes just an alarm) is a clock that is designed to alert an individual or group of individuals at a specified time. The primary function of these clocks is to awaken people from their night's sleep or short naps; they are sometimes used for other reminders as well. Most use sound; some use light or vibration. Some have sensors to identify when a person is in a light stage of sleep, in order to avoid waking someone who is deeply asleep, which causes tiredness, even if the person has had adequate sleep. To turn off the sound or light, a button or handle on the clock is pressed; most clocks automatically turn off the alarm if left unattended long enough. A classic analog alarm clock has an extra hand or inset dial that is used to specify the time at which the alarm will ring. Alarm clocks are also used in mobile phones, watches, and computers.
Many alarm clocks have radio receivers that can be set to start playing at specified times, and are known as clock radios. Some alarm clocks can set multiple alarms. A progressive alarm clock can have different alarms for different times (see next-generation alarms) and play music of the user's choice. Most modern televisions, computers, mobile phones and digital watches have alarm functions that turn on or sound alerts at a specific time.
Traditional mechanical alarm clocks have one or two bells that ring by means of a mainspring that powers a gear to quickly move a hammer back and forth between the two bells or between the interior sides of a single bell. In some models, the metal cover at back of the clock itself also functions as the bell. In an electronically operated bell-style alarm clock, the bell is rung by an electromagnetic circuit and armature to turn the circuit on and off repeatedly.[self-published source?]
Digital alarm clocks can make other noises. Simple battery-powered alarm clocks make a loud buzzing or beeping sound to wake a sleeper, while novelty alarm clocks can speak, laugh, sing, or play sounds from nature.
Alarm clocks, like almost all other consumer goods in the United States, ceased production in the spring of 1942, as the factories which made them were converted over to war work during World War II, but they were one of the first consumer items to resume manufacture for civilian use, in November 1944. By that time, a critical shortage of alarm clocks had developed due to older clocks wearing out or breaking down. Workers were late for, or missed completely, their scheduled shifts in jobs critical to the war effort. In a pooling arrangement overseen by the Office of Price Administration, several clock companies were allowed to start producing new clocks, some of which were continuations of pre-war designs, and some of which were new designs, thus becoming among the first "postwar" consumer goods to be made, before the war had even ended. The price of these "emergency" clocks was, however, still strictly regulated by the Office of Price Administration.
Clock radios are powered by AC power from the wall socket. In the event of a power interruption, older electronic digital models used to reset the time to midnight (00:00) and lose alarm settings. This would cause failure to trigger the alarm even if the power is restored, such as in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Many newer clock radios feature a battery backup to maintain the time and alarm settings. Some advanced radio clocks (not to be confused with clocks with AM/FM radios) have a feature which sets the time automatically using signals from atomic clock-synced time signal radio stations such as WWV, making the clock accurate and immune to time reset due to power interruptions.
Alarm clock software programs have been developed for personal computers. There are Web-based alarm clocks, some of which may allow a virtually unlimited number of alarm times (i.e. Personal information manager) and personalized tones. However, unlike mobile phone alarms, they have some limitations. They do not work when the computer is shut off or in sleep mode.
Scientific studies on sleep having shown that sleep stage at awakening is an important factor in amplifying sleep inertia. Alarm clocks involving sleep stage monitoring appeared on the market in 2005. The alarm clocks use sensing technologies such as EEG electrodes and accelerometers to wake people from sleep. Dawn simulators are another technology meant to mediate these effects.
A few yearsago, the average screen time for adults in the United States landed at 11hours per day. Since lockdown, this number has gone up to an astonishing 19hours per day on screens during the pandemic. Are you wondering where yourscreen time falls compared to the rest of the nation? If your phone, computeror tablets are set to send you weekly screen time reports, you may have an ideaof just how many hours you clock in with your eyes locked on a device. About 30percent of adults say that they're online "almostconstantly."
The problem with the above arrangement is that the clocks are not visible on the desktop. You either have to click the Start menu or the clock icon. And some people prefer widgets arranged neatly on their Windows desktops.
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As far as voice-based commands go, you get the "full" Assistant experience and can trigger anything from this that you could from a Nest Mini or other speaker, including playing music, setting Nest Thermostat temperatures, asking for weather or news, configuring alarms or timers, and most other things you can think to ask. That last bit is kind of worth stressing: If you aren't already knee-deep in Nest speakers at home, the Assistant really can handle a wider variety of commands more intelligently than competing products like Siri or Alexa. It's far from perfect, and some of the integrations are buggy or frequently break (the Assistant is getting really bad at finding the right Spotify playlists from my own damn account), but it's the best option among the current selection, and I don't regret investing in the platform with my own smart home gadgets.
What follows is a rundown of the best smart devices we've tested for every room of the house. There are so many products that we've arranged them by room to help keep things organized, but that doesn't mean you can't use most of these gadgets just about anywhere.
When it comes to living room technology, televisions and soundbars are the obvious stars of the show. But in the ultimate smart home, myriad other gadgets work together to elevate the ambience, convenience, and security of your main living space.
The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip HS300 is a smart surge protector with six outlets you can independently control via your phone or voice. It also supports IFTTT, so you can program it to automatically turn certain outlets on or off when another event, such as a camera motion trigger, takes place. If you have fewer devices you want to make smart, the Wyze Plug is our favorite affordable option.
With so many smart gadgets in your living room, it's a good idea to invest in a Wi-Fi-connected indoor home security camera. One of our favorites, the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt, delivers vivid high-resolution video and is packed with features typically found on pricier models, including local and cloud storage, automatic motion tracking, and support for all the major voice assistance platforms.
Ultimately, there's a smart version of just about every other kitchen appliance you can think of: from full-size ovens and refrigerators to smaller gadgets like air fryers and the Instant Pot Pro Plus. We haven't tested it, but the GE Profile Smart Built-In Convection Double Wall Oven(Opens in a new window) features Wi-Fi and a built-in camera so you can watch a live stream of your food cooking on your phone. The LG Signature InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator(Opens in a new window), another product we haven't tested, can open itself when you have your hands full. When you're coming in with bags of groceries, you can simply say, "Hi LG, open the refrigerator door." 2b1af7f3a8