iPhone developer Wirus has cooked up an application called Tick Talk that'll let you wake up to the headlines. The app grabs the news from the Web via an RSS feed (which you can specify the source of) and then reads it out in a creepy robotic voice.

The app will do its thing either on-demand, or at a set time - to wake you up, for example. Both the greeting at the start of the message and the sign off at the end are customisable. The app uses a "high end voice synth", says the company.

If you buy it, and still want an alarm clock but the robot starts annoying you, then you can set it to just wake you up with noise instead. The app costs £1.19 and is available now from the App Store.