We’ve followed The Weather Channel through its transition into the digital era.
It started with a beautiful iPad app, and then the company revamped its iPhone app and website to match the new look and feel. And boy were there features! Social elements, notifications when it will rain, and personalized weather were all in the forecast.
And today, the iPad app that started it all has surpassed 10 million downloads. Much of this is due to Hurricane Isaac, which swept the Gulf Coast this week.
The company reports that the strongest four-day period the app has ever seen started August 26, and TWC saw the most downloads ever (both iPhone and iPad) on August 26.
The Weather Channel has been making a big push of late, hoping to be the world’s go-to destination for weather information, whether they’re visiting on the web, TV, phone, or tablet. The Weather Channel app remains the second most downloaded app on the iPad, according to Apple, and is second only to Apple’s own iBooks.Related Posts:
We haven’t seen weather stations garner the same level of clever mobile integration as other pieces of household gear — like, say, thermostats. Netatmo wants its newly available Urban Weather Station to inject a similar dose of life into a category that some of us still associate with the thermometer by the window. The aluminum tube design certainly gives a fresh look to the WiFi-linked indoor and outdoor sensors, but the real trick is the matching iOS (and eventually Android) app. It’s for more than just gauging the wisdom of biking to work: the free app tracks historical trends and shares them with fellow users in a network that Netatmo hopes will provide a better understanding of wider-scale and longer-term trends. The sensors go beyond just obvious air quality, humidity, pressure and temperature conditions as well, flagging noise levels and warning if the CO2 levels are high enough to warrant airing out the house. The $ 179 price for the Urban Weather Station isn’t trivial, but neither is knowing just how well you can cope with your environment.
If staring at the incoming callers’ visage just wasn’t enough, Current’s Caller ID might worth a try. The utility app adds a raft of extra detail to your smartphone when it rings, from recent tweets and status updates through to weather conditions and even location data. After loading up the app, you can connect to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, which Current Caller ID combines with your existing contact list. Based on your use history, the app will even offer up a time to return missed calls. There’s the nice addition of some metrics between you and your phonebook, visualizing that precarious balance between text messages and calls with your significant other — or a timegraph of when you call Mom. These stats are possibly more useful than the caller ID features, and while the design does jar a little with the typical Android aesthetic, it’s hard to complain when the app’s free. If you’re willing to forgive those minor visual flaws, the download awaits at the source below.
While it’s a little later than expected, the free SMS emergency notification system has now gone live. Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages will be delivered to cell towers in affected areas, which will then broadcast them to all compatible devices in their range. While the system is looking to cover over 97 percent of the country, it’s being gradually rolled out across carriers. Sprint and Verizon are both apparently ready for action and while we haven’t heard about the status of T-Mobile or AT&T, the National Weather Service has stated that hundreds of smaller carriers haven’t yet enabled the broadcasts. However, not all phones — especially the more elderly bricks still in circulation — will work with the system. To check whether your weighty cellular still passes muster, hit up the compatible device list at the CTIA link below.
Artist Berndnaut Smilde can create little clouds indoors without the use of a magic weather-controlling device. Unless a thermostat, humidifier, and fog machine count, in which case he does. *cranking thermostat* It’s gonna be a scorcher today! Impressive Berndnaut, but I’ve been making indoor clouds for years now. “Prove it.” *wafting* Give it a second — you’ll smell it.
Hit the jump for several more clouds on brief display (they don’t last long!) at a gallery.Related Posts:
Download Link: www.smartkeitai.com This video is an update to the original Galaxy S II live wallpapers video: www.youtube.com This one shows the different weather animations that come with the leaked live wallpapers. They work perfectly on other Android devices. You can change the update time interval in the settings, but not your location. It probably uses location data from your phone to figure out your region. The great folks at XDA have extracted two live wallpapers (Beach and Windmill) from the upcomingl Samsung Galaxy S II, and now you can install them on your Android smartphone. Simply download and install the APK files on your phone and set them like any other live wallpaper. Note: performance may vary depending on your phone, and some phones may not be able to run them at all. As you can see in the video, they work on the Google Nexus S by Samsung and I’ve always tried them on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately, they don’t run correctly on the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. Visit us: smartkeitai.com Follow us twitter.com Subscribe to our channel: youtube.com Like us: facebook.com Please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts:
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We got a chance to check out a bunch of new Nikon gear last week, including the brand-new P7000, and one of the perks was early access to Nikon’s latest podcast, in which they interview photographer Jim Reed. Jim has been taking pictures of extreme weather for years and knows a thing or two about taking pictures in the rain.
It’s a pretty interesting listen, and if you’re interested at all in crazy weather, storm chasing, tornadoes, and so on, this is right up your alley.
He talks about using the D300S and the D3x, some lens choices he’s made, and of course the importance of weather sealing when you’re trying to take pictures of hurricanes.
You can subscribe to the rest of Nikon’s podcasts here. It may fill you with gear envy, though. These guys only use the best glass out there, and you may find yourself scoping out new lenses in the $ 1000+ range before long. That’s okay, it’s an investment.This week is Photography Week at CrunchGear!
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It’s official. The latest Peek — dubbed the Peek 9 — is up and dancing with a full list of specs. The hubbub boils down to speed improvements thanks to revamped software that claims to reduce lag and sluggishness experienced when connecting to newly enhanced Peek servers. While the hardware appears unchanged, it’s still said to offer better reception and be 9 times faster than the Peek Pronto. The 9 comes pre-loaded with native Twitter and Facebook apps with ActiveSync support tossed in for Exchange. They’ve also added the location-based apps PeekMaps and weather. Rounding things out is the Streams RSS reader, the ability to view World, PDF, spreadsheet attachments, and new Peektop Apps feature that lets you transform Peek into a “tailor-made mobile productivity machine,” whatever that means. Peak 9 is priced at $ 69.99 or $ 99.99 plus two months of contract-free service.
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