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The tea will steep in five minutes; the laundry will be done in a half hour. You need to wake up at 7 tomorrow.

Timers and alarm clocks are extremely useful, which is why there are plenty of great apps and websites out there for the job. Today we’re going to look at six such tools.

That’s right: while Apple’s putting computing power into a watch, we’re going to offer you a list of ways to put watch functionality into your oversized digital devices – we’re progressive like that. Let’s get started!

Timerrr.com: An Easy-to-Use Kitchen Timer

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Yep, that’s a kitchen timer on a website. And yes, it works exactly as you imagine: turn the dial with your mouse, then hit “Start”. It’s simple, sure, but if you need a quick way to be notified when a certain amount of time has passed – with an extremely familiar interface – this site is just a URL away. There’s even an alternative egg timer skin.

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e.ggtimer.com (Web): Launch Timers With URLs

Of course, you might not be one for skeumorphic design – or using your mouse to do things. If so, consider e.ggtimer.com, a website that lets you launch timers using URLs.

eggtimer.com-urls

You can simply go to e.ggtimer.com and type a duration, or you can skip the homepage entirely by using custom URLs. This means you can also create shortcuts that will directly launch the timers you use most often.

Timeless (iOS, $2): Elegant iPhone Timer

Your iPhone is always with you, so it makes sense to use it as a timer. Timeless is probably the best-looking app out there for that, letting you quickly create countdowns with a few taps.

Oh, and Android users: we’ve already outlined a bunch of Android timer apps 6 Beautiful, Interesting & Versatile Timer Apps [Android] 6 Beautiful, Interesting & Versatile Timer Apps [Android] Time - it passes. Whether we like it or not, time’s inexorable progress cannot be stopped. So the least we can do is measure it, right? This morning I went in search of interesting Android... Read More , so there’s not many new things we could add to this article for you.

Pomodoro One (Mac, Free): Elegant Pomodoro Timer

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We’ve outlined all sorts of Pomodoro Timers Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software Procrastination is a malady that pervades students and workers in all corners of the world and it infects amateurs and professionals alike. As a writer, I suffer from procrastination on a daily basis. Some people... Read More , but we’ve never gotten around to this simple free Mac app. It’s got a simple design without a lot of clutter, and focuses entirely on timing – no built-in todo list here. Unlike similar apps out there, it always shows how much time you have left in the menubar, pops up when a session is complete, and only ever stops if you tell it to.

Those who would prefer a web option should check out Tomato.es, a great web-based Pomodoro timer Pomodoro Web App Tomato.es Is Time Management Made Simple Pomodoro Web App Tomato.es Is Time Management Made Simple Can't focus? Get to work, now. Tomato.es is a free Pomodoro timer you can use directly in your browser – and it's possibly the best such app I've ever used. The Pomodoro technique is simple:... Read More .

Carrot Alarm Clock (iOS, $3): An AI That Wants You to Wake up

We previously introduced you to Carrot, the to-do app that mocks your laziness CARROT: A To-Do App Gamifying Productivity or a Sadistic Robot With a Sense of Humor [iOS] CARROT: A To-Do App Gamifying Productivity or a Sadistic Robot With a Sense of Humor [iOS] The universe of GTD (Getting Things Done) and productivity has seen all kinds. Let me recommend CARROT. The best way to describe this iOS app would be to call it a productivity app with a... Read More . Turns out this sadistic AI also comes in alarm clock form, forcing you to solve puzzles before it will stop making sounds.

If you have trouble waking up in the morning, this app will help. It’s more annoying than the average alarm clock, and that’s really the point.

AllTheMinutes: A Tweet-Based Clock

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And now for something completely useless. AllTheMinutes is a “clock” that, instead of just showing you the current time, shows you tweets that mention it.

Can You Spare Some Time (Apps) For Us?

Your relationship with time Work Better by Understanding Your Relationship with Time Work Better by Understanding Your Relationship with Time If you're feeling constantly busy but never moving forward, it helps to take a few steps back and change the way you relate to time. It will help to define your life. Read More has a lot to do with your productivity, so anything that helps you keep track of time is very useful. Which is why I’m curious: do you know of better timers, alarm clocks and other similar apps? Please: point them out in the comments below.

Also feel free to let me know what kind of things I should dig for in future Cool Websites and Apps articles, because I’m writing these for you! I’m looking forward to hanging out with you in the comments below.

  1. Chris
    March 20, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Ovo is a great mobile app for timers, and has a very nice interface. For alarm clocks on android I use sleep as android, as it tracks sounds and movement throughout the night to match you with your circadian rhythm.

  2. Kenson
    March 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    You neglected Android - I see no Android timers in the list.

  3. Jim Eubanks
    March 20, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Android "Kitchen Timer" by Maxim Kabluka

  4. Dany Bouffard
    March 20, 2015 at 3:14 am

    There is also this website for timer:

    http://www.timer-tab.com/

  5. Maryon Jeane
    March 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I've been using Free Countdown Timer (http://free-countdown-timer.com/) for ever and a day - it's quite brilliant. I need multiple alarms during the day and I need a) to be able to set them quickly, from my keyboard and/or mouse; b) never to fail; c) to tell me what they're for when they go off. Free Countdown Timer has all these, and it never has failed. You can do all sorts of things such as snooze, loop, customise the sounds, save settings to file and retrieve them, clone a timer set - and you can change the language if you need or want. And it's free!

    It's linked to Hot Alarm Clock in some way (same author?), so if you need something sophisticated which will act as a ToDo list and which will wake up your computer and/or monitor, launch apps etc. as well as all the functions of Free Countdown Timer, then you can go for this one - but I don't. What I need is something which will tell me that I've been sitting non-stop at the computer for two hours and it's time to stretch etc., to telephone a client I've promised to ring back at a certain time, that a deadline is getting near, that the weekly food delivery is due or that I need to place the food order before the cut-off point - and so on and etc. all through each day and week.

    As for using anything harsh or electronic in the mornings - absolutely not for me. I don't believe in having electronics in the bedroom (it interferes with sleep patterns) and I like something really gentle so that I don't wake up electrified and petrified. For me there's absolutely nothing like my beautiful Enso Pearl.

  6. Davin Peterson
    March 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    What about Android Clocks? All you listed where iOS. ones.
    I don't understand why Alarm Clocks are made for iOS and not Android

  7. Paul Harris
    March 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I use Marxio timer on a laptop to turn off my internet radio at night...very adaptable time and free.

  8. ha14
    March 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Qlock Free and Shareware Pro Version

  9. Tom Chicago
    March 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I use an app called Singing Bowl for meditation, but it can be used for anything. A single gong will get you going and a single gong will bring it to an end.

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      That sounds relaxing! Better than a bell or beeps, anyway.

  10. Doc
    March 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    All in One Alarm 4 from PortableApps.com - freeware and portable.

    • ha14
      March 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      AllInOne AlarmClock Alpha Test 4 [Updated] 2/8/09 ; is it this one, last updated on 2/8/09

    • Doc
      March 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I believe so. It's been awhile since I downloaded it. :)

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Nice one! Seems like most people here prefer desktop software for this...

  11. Fik of Borg
    March 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I used to use Google Now's voice timer "Ok Google, set a timer for 5 minutes" and it answered back "setting timer for 5 minutes" and started it with the phone's own clock ... until Google changed that useful almost hands-free mode to the current mostly useless mode that just shows a web search for timers.

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      When did that change? That really sucks....

    • Fik of Borg
      March 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I don't remember exactly. It's been like this for several months, maybe since mid-2014.

      When it worked as it should, after recognizing the voice command it announced that it was going to set a timer and then started it with no more user intervention. Then I noticed that sometimes it waited for the user to tap a button to confirm, which was not much more than a nuisance but defeated the "hands free" concept. Then it started to just show the web results for "set a timer", often beginning with a link to a N-minute timer in YouTube... which is way more complicated than just manually setting a timer with the clock app.

      p.s.
      I have just tried it, the second link is for someone asking why it does not work anymore... in 2013
      https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/websearch/GEKK_ByXV0w

  12. Von Adam Martinez
    March 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I developed my alarm clock a year ago, feels a bit buggy but somehow, usable.

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Is it available anywhere?

    • Von Adam Martinez
      March 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      I am the only one who uses it, it is written in java by the way.

  13. mpfzx48k
    March 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I use stopwatch & timer + on android phone, allows me to set multiple countdown timer's. It also allows me to group them, Work & Home.
    Great for not forgetting I have started running a bath

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Is this the built in app that comes with Android? It's quite nice, actually.

  14. Tzvika
    March 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    You should mention Google built timer , minimalist and easy.
    Just type in Google "Set timer for " and desired time.
    For example : "Set timer for 5 minutes"
    That's all :)

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      That's a great point, and one we've never mentioned before! I might need to do another clock round-up...

    • ha14
      March 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      but does it work offline?

  15. Alan
    March 19, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I use a taskbar replacement clock - 1st Clock 5, which is fully customisable with alarms, calendar, etc etc. OK it isnt free but it is worth the mony to me.

    • Justin Pot
      March 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      That sounds really nice! Looks like it's got multiple timezones too, I might need to include this at some point.

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