Google has slowly been infiltrating Apple’s ecosystem for years now, but their secret weapon has become the Google Search app. While the app used to be just a search engine, it’s become a search engine, a Chrome-like web browser, and even a so-called Siri competitor with its Voice Search function.
Jesse Virgil took a look at the last major incarnation of Google Search with an excellent review that really gets into the grits of what makes the app awesome. Today, Google has released version 3.0, which comes with only a few substantial improvements over the older version, including the much-touted Google Now feature.
With the recent trend in the App Store it is surprising to see a weather app which is not following the bandwagon by making the simplest one possible. Seasonality Go breaks this trend by trying to become your weather power station. Instead of finding simple colors with a sliver of weather data and no real grasp of weather predictability, Seasonality Go provides a complete weather solution showcasing weather prediction with current weather conditions. When looking at weather apps there are always questions such as the reliability of the app and its weather data. Keep reading on to see how Seasonality Go stacked up in these crucial features.
Weather is a very popular subject. I’m sure many of you have found yourself talking to someone you’ve just met, or aren’t very familiar with, and the subject of weather provided you a few moments of semi-awkward conversation. For most, weather is the first or second thing they check when they wake up in the morning (email being the other major priority).
With weather being such an important part of our lives, it’s equally as important to get your weather news as easily as possible, with the knowledge that the information you’re getting is accurate (or as accurate as you can be with weather). Since its launch in 1982, The Weather Channel has been one of the most trusted sources for weather news, so it comes as no surprise that The Weather Channel for iPad would be one of the best weather apps available in the App Store. Join us after the jump for an in depth look. (more…)
The App Store does not have a shortage of weather apps. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of good weather apps in the App Store. It is also apparent that weather apps go through trends. First there were the expected apps from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. These apps provide a one-stop shop and a lot of detail, but will include ads and usually will have usability problems. Next, powerful radar apps starting to make more of an appearance. Now it seems the minimal weather app is making the trend through the App Store with the release of Kelvin and others.
One app that bucked the trend of how apps are developed is Dark Sky, which started out as a KickStarter project. The developers presented their idea and met their funding goal to finish the app and bring their idea to completion. The developers also decided to only focus on one aspect for their weather app: precipitation. Sound interesting? Read on to find out if DarkSky can help keep you dry. (more…)
It’s completely wrong to think of your iPad as just a device to browse a few internet sites and kill some evil green pigs using angry red birds. There is a whole array of fantastic utilities out there in the App Store that can turn your iPad into a powerful (though slightly cumbersome) Swiss Army knife.
Here are the top 10 utilities that I couldn’t do without!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to Sophia Teutschler! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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In my review of Magical Weather I commented how:
Magical Weather is a beautifully designed weather app for the iPad that manages to be both elegant and useful. Apple could hardly have done better…
Magical Weather is a simple, yet powerful, weather app that I believe exemplifies what looking up weather should be like on the iPad! Read on for your chance to win…
Since the release of the iPad there has been a dearth of decent weather apps. Apple decided not to build one themselves, thus leaving the door wide open for someone to make a gorgeous and unmissable weather app – but this didn’t really happen…
Weather HD was an early addition to the App Store and has some great plus points; it looks great and makes full use of photography on the iPad. But there was a catch, it lacked the actual information that you want from a weather app, making it enjoyable but somewhat redundant. More recently Aelios has come along and made a strong statement with its interface, and given the weather category a shot in the arm, but it lacks simplicity in its execution and certainly isn’t everyone’s idea of perfection.
Fear not, there is a new kid on the block. Magical Weather is a simple, yet powerful, weather app that I believe exemplifies what looking up weather should be like on the iPad! Read on to find out more…
As we all know, the iPad is useful for a wide range of things. Since I’ve had mine, it has replaced my MacBook for a number of purposes! The huge variety of applications available for it and the fact it is so portable has made it popular with many different people, from teachers to businessmen and even musicians (the British virtual group Gorillaz created their album The Fall almost exclusively on the iPad).
News applications are a popular choice for iPad owners as they offer a simple way of keeping up to date with the world without having to trawl through loads of different news websites. But with the sheer range of news applications floating around on the App Store, how do you know which ones to download? Well, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best ones, which will help you keep track of all the going-ons in the world.
Let’s have a look at them in more detail.
When the iPad was first introduced, it didn’t come with a weather app. Most people thought it was simply an oversight in the keynote presentation. Steve Jobs didn’t want to sacrifice precious time on what was certainly an auxiliary to the headlining features of the iPad.
Then the iPad shipped, and the official iOS Weather app was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, iPad owners didn’t have much to worry about. By the time the iPad went on sale, Apple’s legion of iOS developers were just itching to fill the void.
But eagerness alone doesn’t translate into quality. For the last 14 months, there haven’t been any real standout weather applications – except apps like Weather HD, a beautiful but less than practical source of information. A lot of the traditional standbys are there, ones from the big names in the weather industry. The apps they had were adequate, but far from compelling. Remember though, the App Store ecosystem is special because it puts independent developers on a level playing field with these bigger, more established companies.
Today I’m proud to present an app from an indie development team that takes a different, more aesthetic approach to presenting the weather on the iPad. Aelios, from Jilion. If you’re a fan of beautiful, useful apps, you’re really going to love this one.