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Once you officially make the switch from child to parent, the holidays suddenly become a remarkably stressful time of year. There’s decorating, shopping, baking, socialising, and of course keeping a watchful eye on presents so your kids don’t figure out what’s under that wrapping paper — a task made considerably easier now that someone’s re-branded a simple siren-equipped motion sensor as a gift alarm.
A course will teach you how to use your keys as a weapon, but when you’re under attack and panicking, protecting yourself with a keyring isn’t as easy as it sounds. So the Hit, from Unikia, combines a loud audible panic alarm with a pop-up holder that turns a key into a switchblade that’s easier to wield as a weapon.
For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system — conceived 10 years ago at Caltech — which California still hasn’t managed to set up. And while it only gives about a minute notice, it’s a minute Californians currently don’t have.
The iPhone’s stock alarm app is kind of terrible. You have to navigate through multiple screens, flip switches and spin what feels like an infinite roll of numbers. And that’s just to turn it on. Minimalist, simplified apps have started popping up everywhere, so while Rise is no surprise, it’s still a relief to ditch Apple’s built-in alarm for a version that’s stripped-down, intuitive and lovely to look at.