Doomsday Alarm Clock: Telling you when your time’s up

Tech Tools: From nuclear war to asteroids, this app guarantees a rude awakening


Fan of the snooze button? You won’t be with this alarm clock. The Doomsday Alarm Clock app, as you might expect, is not the most uplifting of things, but it is effective. Instead of gently rousing you from your sleep every morning, this alarm clock will wake you up and tell you how the world might end. Will it be a fiery asteroid shower? A super-volcano? Could nuclear war get us all? The clock allows you to choose the doomsday scenario to give you a rude awakening. Then you just turn up the volume and drift off to sleep. At the appointed time, the alarm will go off, providing a downbeat scenario about how evil artificial intelligence could take over the world, or how global warming could be the death of the planet. You might not sleep again.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist