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  • Nomophobia


    Visitors using their smartphones in a museum.Nomophobia is a proposed name for the phobia of being out of cellular phone contact. However, it is arguable that the word "phobia" is misused and that in the majority of cases it is another form of anxiety disorder.

  • Intercept message


    An intercept message is a telephone recording informing the caller that the call cannot be completed, for any of a number of reasons ranging from local congestion, to disconnection of the destination phone, number dial errors or network trouble along the route.

  • Speaking clock


    A human speaking clock prior to the introduction of automated equipment, October 1937 Newspaper notice (1918) warning telephone subscribers that New England Telephone & Telegraph Company operators will soon refuse to provide time of day on subscriber request. A speaking clock or talking clock is a live or recorded human voice service, usually accessed by telephone, that gives the correct time. The first telephone speaking clock service was introduced in France, in association with the Paris Observatory, on 14 February 1933. The format of the service is similar to that of radio time signal services. At set intervals (e.g. ten seconds) a voice announces (for example) "At the third stroke, the time will be twelve forty-six and ten seconds...", with three beeps following. Some countries have sponsored time announcements and include the sponsor's name in the message.

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