Are your Google Alerts a little too subtle? Is Tweet Deck and your RSS feed not keeping you in the loop in a timely fashion? Then you may want to upgrade to a news alert system you're not going to miss, like an 85 dB smoke alarm.

Jer Thorp has hacked together a smoke alarm hooked up to the news feed from the New York Times NewsWire API. If a pre-determined word or phrase comes through the service, the alarm will let out a screaming alarm, letting you know hot information is coming down the line. The “NewsAlarm” is also thankfully customisable, the alarm can be set to a more reasonable short chirp, and the news filter can be adjusted so that it only goes off when the keywords reach a certain percentage of the entire news feed.

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