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White House embarks on climate change mapping project

The White House wants people and communities to be prepared for extreme weather events spurred by climate change, like coastal flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires. So, it's making data sets and maps from some of the country's top agencies available to the public in it's newly launched "Climate Data Initiative."

The maps and data sets are being collected in one Web site, data.gov/climate, which is full of open government data on the country's infrastructure and geographical features, like bridges, roads, tunnels, canals, and river gauges. The information comes from agencies such as NASA, … Read more

iPhone 6 may include sensors to detect the weather, says analyst

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. And Apple's next iPhone may feel it just like you do.

Expected to arrive this year, the iPhone 6 could come equipped with its own barometer to automatically detect the temperature, humidity, and air pressure, according to ESM-China analyst Sun Changxu. In a report covered by blog site G for Games, Chagxu cited "sources close to the matter" as responsible for this latest tidbit.

Assuming the report is true, Apple will be playing catch-up with Samsung, which added weather sensors to its Galaxy S4 a year ago. Of … Read more

BeWeather brings its pretty face, forecasts to iOS

BeWeather started as a BlackBerry app before being ported over to Android a couple of years ago, and earlier this week it arrived for iOS. BeWeather is free but some features are held back until you upgrade with a $2.99 in-app purchase to the Pro version. Even the free version, however, has the good looks and some useful features that may make you stray from The Weather Channel's app or Yahoo Weather.

After launching BeWeather and letting it access your location, it will ask you to select from one of three themes: a static image, an animation that … Read more

DirecTV spars with The Weather Channel over takedown

The Weather Channel and DirecTV are at odds after the channel was removed from the satellite provider's service this week.

DirecTV customers who search for the channel formerly reserved for The Weather Channel will find it missing. DirecTV is recommending that subscribers find their weather news and information on WeatherNation instead.

That networks and television providers can't get along is nothing new. However, DirecTV on Monday said that its decision to ban The Weather Channel was in part due to its increase in reality television and, thus, its reduction in weather information.

"Consumers understand there are now … Read more

Review: MyRadar Weather Radar offers a plethora of information about the weather

MyRadar Weather Radar allows you to track weather using a variety of tools on your iPhone. From layers that present additional information like cloud cover and precipitation to general weather tracking tools, it is a powerful tool that goes deeper than most commercial weather apps to provide detailed information about what is really happening outside.

Once you install the app and load it for the first time, you'll be presented with a radar map showing the area and a quick overview of how the app works. You can then start making changes to the display. The settings are deep, … Read more

Yahoo Weather makes debut on Apple's iPad

Yahoo Weather, one of the more popular tools in the App Store for finding forecasts, has made its way to Apple's iPad.

Yahoo announced the change on Monday, noting that the application comes with the same design and feel as the iPhone version but has been optimized to work on the iPad's larger screen.

Yahoo's Weather app comes with high-resolution images behind its forecast data, making it a bit more visually friendly than other services. In addition, the app lists forecast data, current temperatures, and animations when scrolling through forecasts.

In addition to announcing its iPad app, … Read more

Five apps to help you track your steps on the iPhone 5S

The M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5S is a fancy name for a chip that counts your steps and motion all day, every day. In order to see how many steps you've been taking, you'll need to use an app specifically built for the iPhone 5S and the M7 chip.

While we wait for more developers to integrate the M7 and the stats it keeps into apps, there are currently five apps available that have already integrated with the motion tracker. Here they are in no particular order.

Strava Run This free app has been around for a … Read more

Review: WeatherCast HD Free is a fast loading, single screen weather app

WeatherCast HD Free is a bare-bones weather app that loads quickly and provides all of the basic information you'll need for multiple locations. While anyone accustomed to the in-depth data provided by some other weather apps is likely to be disappointed by how much information is provided here, the speed of the app and cleanliness of the information display will appeal to just as many users.

After installation, you can open WeatherCast HD Free and immediately check the weather for your current location. The app was off slightly on location when we first tested it, but you can add … Read more

Review: Weather Photos offers dozens of ways to create 'climatic' photos

Weather Photos is a fun app that allows you to create any number of customized photos with weather information for your current location. You can choose from more than a dozen different styles, edit the images, load photos from your existing library, and then share them with friends or family on numerous social networks. For a weather-photo focused app, there are a huge number of options here and it works quite well.

When you first open Weather Photo, you can start taking photos immediately, snapping an image as the weather overlay displays onscreen. This helps you frame the photo, or … Read more

Bing Weather makes sunny days, rainstorms look beautiful

Bing Weather is part of a suite of four Bing apps for Windows Phone meant to make daily news, weather, sports, and finance information easy to find and consume. In keeping with the other apps' designs, Bing Weather is simple, clean, and exceedingly easy to use.

I don't ask for much in a weather app: I just want the current conditions, the upcoming forecast, and maybe a few weather maps. Bing Weather delivers all those features, no more, no less, wrapped up in a colorful design.

Design Compared with The Weather Channel app on Windows Phone, which comes preinstalled … Read more