2011 starts off with a glitch for some

IPhone users across the United States, Europe, and Asia received a New Year's surprise in the form of bonus sleep when the devices' alarm clocks malfunctioned over the weekend, Reuters reported

"My iPhone alarm didn't work again," Twitter user sueannlove from Singapore tweeted. "Time to dig out (the) old school alarm clock."

Similar complaints spread across Europe, and were also experienced on other Apple products like the iPod.

"Apple certainly needs to fix it as soon as possible, but I doubt this will impact sales or reflect negatively on Apple itself," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told Reuters.

Macworld reported that the problem only pertained to non-recurring alarms on the built-in Clock application. An Apple spokesperson said that the alarm issue would automatically correct itself on January 3.

However, according to ComputerWorld and PC Magazine, many users are still having problems with alarms despite Apple’s reassurance.

But New Year bugs were not limited to just Apple products, either. MSNBC reported that Hotmail users complained of missing e-mails, or that everything in inboxes was being sent to the trash folder. Technicians for the world's most-used e-mail service were aware of the problem and working toward a solution. 

"At this point it appears to be a limited issue, and Microsoft is working with individual users who are impacted. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers," a Microsoft spokeswoman in statement.

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