stopwatch

1:CLOCK is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 app that will help you keep track of global times, keep time with a stopwatch and countdown the seconds with a timer.

1:CLOCK can display times for over 3,700 cities worldwide, save stopwatch times and double as a nightstand clock. The app is in its infancy and while there is still work to be done, 1:CLOCK has a certain level of appeal. To help push you off the fence and give 1:CLOCK a try, the app is free and ad-free through February 24th.

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Nearly a month ago we showed you guys and gals an app called Avirall. While you try and pronounce the name, we’ll go ahead and tell you it’s probably one of the best stopwatch applications on Windows Phone. We really dig it and from looking at the comments of the last article, so do you. The developer has been listening to feedback since then and has some changes coming up. Let’s see what’s happening.

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We’re not huge on stopwatch apps for Windows Phone if only because there are so many of them it makes it hard to pick the top ones. Often enough, it comes down to which you think is the prettiest, which let’s be honest, is slightly subjective.

However, we’re making an exception today for a special app: Avirall. For one, it’s feature packed, so much so, we’ve barely figured out all of the app’s capabilities. There’s an interesting selling point: it has so many features, it’s almost overwhelming. The other reason we’re mentioning it is the app was just launched and it is temporarily free—at least for the first 10,000 downloads. We hear that the app will fetch for $3.50 regularly, so free is a big deal here.

As you can discern from our quick video review (below), Avirall has some of the most impressive graphics we’ve seen. It’s 98% Modern UI with a splash of a super realistic stopwatch, complete with “working” buttons that click when you enable them.

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Oh Clock, an alarming app with voice commands

Oh Clock is a Windows Phone app that has is a collection of time management tools that includes alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. To help make setting an alarm or starting the stopwatch/timer easier, you can use voice commands with the Windows Phone 8 version.

Oh Clock doesn't have many bells and whistle but does provide a user friendly interface the covers your time management needs rather pleasantly.

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Interval for Windows Phone 8, an alarming app

Interval is an Windows Phone 8 app that puts an alarm, stopwatch and timer all under one roof. The app has live tile support, a clock view and a nice selection (all be it small) of alarm tones.

Admittedly, alarm apps can be a little on the boring side but Interval does a nice job of spreading everything out on three main pages and even has a Sleep Cycle alarm feature designed to keep pace with your 90 minute sleep cycles.  Interval could use a little fine tuning, but all in all, it's not a bad option for those looking for a Windows Phone 8 alarm app.

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Windows Phone App Review: SuperTimer

Here's a nice timer app for your Windows Phone, Supertimer. Supertimer is a combination timer and stopwatch that takes advantage of the Windows Phone panoramic layout and metro style with up to four live tiles.  Supertimer has potential but there are still some hurdles to overcome with stability and the live tiles, while a nice touch, may not be living up to their potential.

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We're not prepared to say this is the "best" stopwatch app in the Marketplace. There are dozens of those out there and we have yet to take the time to give 'em all a go (though perhaps our Mr. Ponder would like the challenge?).

Either way, Stopwatch by Johnny Westlake (he also makes 'Bing Image Search' and 'Imgur Uploader' in addition to other apps) is no frills: it has a stopwatch (with laps) and a countdown timer. The app is simple, Metro and to the point.

But, version 1.3 just hit and it's been Mango-ized, meaning it can now run in the background--this is actually very useful for a stopwatch or timer app if you think about it! Only downside is during a countdown, if it runs out of time while the app is "in the background", it won't go off till you "resume" it. In other words, the countdown works in the background, but the alarm doesn't. Leave it on under lockscreen though and you're golden. But for a stopwatch feature in the background, it works perfectly.

And that's all there's to it. It's free so why not grab it here if you need it? Thanks, TheMoose76, for the heads up!

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In an interesting twist, it seems that at least for some types of programs written for Windows Phone 7, multitasking or rather, the simulation of multitasking is completely possible.

Over at clr-namespace.com, the author whipped up a stopwatch application which you can start, then "minimize" then return to the app and it appears to have be running the whole time.

Of course in reality, it's not. It's "tombstoning" the application, which is a process by which

...the operating system maintains state information about the application. If the user navigates back to the application, the operating system restarts the application process and passes the state data back to the application, where the user will be able to continue seamlessly from his last interaction point with the application

In this case, the stopwatch does pause, but when restarted it counts back up from the original start time, giving the illusion that it has been "counting" while paused. This all happens without the user even knowing, making it a bit of a kludge, but a good one for this application.

How can this be applied to other programs? We're not really sure but it goes to show with some ingenuity, programmers can get around some of these "limitations".

[clr-namespace via Silverlight Show.net]

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