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Cuckoo: Turns your iPhone into Grandfather Clock and Keeps Track of Time

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In my childhood days, I had a Timex watch that would beep every hour, on the hour. You know, like grandfather or cuckoo bird clocks (remember those?). Nowadays, cellphones have replaced watches for most people, and clocks too.

Cuckoo’s setup is simple and takes seconds, which makes it a hit for me. When apps are slow to load, or too complex out of the box, it’s a turn off. Cuckoo turns your iPhone into a grandfather clock or cuckoo bird clock, and will go off every hour. It’s a great way to remind yourself to take a break from work, or to keep track of time.

The app itself is extremely simple and easy to use. Launch it, choose one of two free chimes (grandfather or cuckoo bird; others in-app purchases are available) but if you share the app, you get 11 free sounds. Cuckoo will run in the background. My favourite feature is the ability to set Start/Stop hours, which is nice so the grandfather chimes don’t freak out your family in the middle of the night.

I’d love to see Cuckoo include some more sounds in the future, and possibly the ability to use or make your own. I am using the grandfather clock chime, which also needs to include a longer ‘fade out’ as it cuts off too abruptly. Other than that, this app so far has been a simple, yet fun hit for me.

If you’re a grandfather clock/cuckoo bird clock fan, click here to download Cuckoo–it’s free. Tell me what you think of Cuckoo in the comments!

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  • Important to mentioned you can get more sounds easily and freely!

    There are also additional 11 sounds that can be unlocked for free by clicking on the join the game button inside the app (We ask that you share the news with your friends on facebook / tweeter in return).

    There are also 3 additional in-app sound packages at 0.99 cents each. So there is a large variety of sounds.

    Enjoy Guys!
    Dory
    VP Marketing @ SBSH Software

  • iVictoria

    The comments at the US iTunes store are that many users are outraged by the fact that this App demands your Facebook and Tweeter account name and password to gain access to the “additional 11 sounds that can be unlocked for free”. This is not the same as “sharing the news with your friends.” What do you do with the Facebook and Tweeter account/password information? How do users know you won’t use it to send spam to friends? This App is cute but readers should be warned about the requirements to get additional sounds.

  • The app uses official twitter/facebook authorizations. Up to you if you want to share.

  • Anonymous

    I tried the app but rather than asking for 99¢ to unlock features it wants the names of all of your Facebook contacts, access to your personal information and email marketing permission to proceed.

    Unbelievable.

  • Stuart Rubenstein

     I really like the idea of turning your clocks into other style clocks. Never thought you could do something like this.

    Stuart
    http://www.grandfatherclocknow

  • Stuart Rubenstein

     I really like the idea of turning your clocks into other style clocks. Never thought you could do something like this.

    Stuart
    http://www.grandfatherclocknow

  • Stuart Rubenstein

     I really like the idea of turning your clocks into other style clocks. Never thought you could do something like this.

    Stuart
    http://www.grandfatherclocknow

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