Weather app Rainviewer got a big 2.0 update today. New features include: Future radar map to plan your day ahead; Precipitation chart for the next hour for over 90 countries; Accurate rain forecast for the next 90 minutes; Weather forecast: temperature and weather conditions, 48-hour/14-day; Rain alerts to notify of upcoming rain; Multiple locations, rain notifications for each location. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
I wrote about ClimaCell back in April as an alternative for developers when the Dark Sky API is shut down. But the company also has an app for consumers, and the latest update adds several helpful features, like hyperlocal forecasting. Here’s an example: “For fireworks, ClimaCell took into account humidity (the more humid it is outside, the air saturation will lessen the brightness of the fireworks. Yet too dry is a fire hazard), wind (might change the path of the fireworks if over 20mph) rain, visibility, sunset time and cloud coverage. For BBQ, we don’t want any rain! Wind gusts can be dangerous with the fire, humidity actually affects the flavor of the meat and we want ideal temperatures.” App Store: Free
After Apple acquired Dark Sky, one announcement noted that its weather API would no longer be available. ClimaCell recently upgraded its API with new features and pricing, hoping to entice developers. The company has some impressive clients it works with, like the U.S. Air Force, Ford, United, Delta, and others. One new feature is a new data layer to track pollen.
With more than 50 million Americans allergic to some form of pollen, this proprietary index includes data on when airborne irritants are in season to inform people who suffer from pollen-related aggravations, such as asthmatics. API users can add this data layer into their app to offer users alerts when pollen levels are high.
Good news for developers. ClimaCell tells me they had been upgrading their weather API when the news of Dark Sky’s acquisition hit.
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s release of a an iPhone in 2020 (or not), and Apple’s acquisition of weather app Dark Sky.
On its blog today, Dark Sky announced that it has been purchased by Apple. The iOS app will continue to be available in the App Store.
Yesterday Andrew discovered something new in iOS: AQI in Apple Maps. It’s a new feature that came with iOS 12.2. Here’s what it means.
It adds a ton of content to the game, like a Diplomacy victory, new civilizations, and climate change.
You can use Apple’s Maps app on your iPhone to see the local hourly forecast without having to use the Weather app. Here’s how.
Dark Sky, my favorite local weather app on the iPhone, was updated on Thursday with new complications for Apple Watch Series 4. That means fans of the Infograph watch face get a slick complication that matches the new look Apple is pushing. It looks like the update also fixed a problem where the app defaulted to New York City for forecasts, which kind of defeated the purpose of hyper-local data. Dark Sky costs US$3.99 and is available on Apple’s App Store. The update is free for current users.
Weather Now presents information in an easy-to-digest way, and it looks great.
Apple Maps displays the temperature of your location, but you can also get more details with a 3D Touch Apple Maps action. Here’s what to do.
Whether you have a new iPhone, or you’re a veteran Apple user, your experience will be about apps.
It’s a small thing, to be sure, but when Bryan Chaffin get up to work, he’s found himself immediately drawn to it, sitting all sweet and pretty in his Mac’s Notifications.
You might even find it easier than using an app.
iOS World Clocks do require some attention to time zone fundamentals, but they mostly fall short in details. This iOS world clock from ozPDA, called Everywhere, fixes all that.
Graham Dawson is an iOS and Android indie developer who specializes in meteorological and astronomical reference apps. He’s the founder and director of Ajnaware Pty, Ltd in Australia and publishes apps under the name ozPDA. Graham holds a B.Sc. in physics and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Graham told me about his early interest in weather thanks to extreme conditions, especially snow. That’s because, in his youth, he was skiing in Switzerland. Soon he had a weather observation station in his backyard, and he could think of nothing else as he entered his undergraduate years. Today, he publishes a wide range of apps related to the sun, moon, wind, weather and time. Some feature augmented reality. Thanks to his academic background, these apps have rock solid computational credentials. Graham told me how it all came to be.