Be Prepared for Tornado Season – 10 Mobile Notification Extreme Weather Alert Apps

I’ve lived in tornado country and I know how important it is to have as much notification as possible when extreme weather is in the area. Getting important SMS or mobile alerts of extreme weather like tornadic activity can be a life saver. To help you be prepared here’s 10 weather alert notification apps and services to consider:

  1. AccuWeather –AccuWeather.com provides free email forecast and severe weather alerts
  2. ALERT FM is an aggregator of State and Local emergency information with multiple contact paths for mass notification. Emergency information is delivered via the data subcarrier of existing FM radio stations, SMS (text) and email. This personal alert and messaging system allows emergency management officials to create and send digital alerts and messages to recipients such as first responders, school officials, businesses, and citizens based on geographic or organizational groupings. [Read more…]

DevTip – Open Data Means Opportunity: The Food Truck App Example

So, you wanna grab a bite to eat. Chances are good that if you live in or near a cool, hipster filled city that a food truck may be close by. Think opportunity!
I recently stumbled onto a cool mobile food truck app for my city (Victoria, BC) and there’s no reason why you can’t create one for your region. All you need is a little creativity, some handy mapping tools, and most important, some quality open data! Streetfoodapp is pretty simple in concept with a Google Maps driven user interface. Load the app of choice and the map is centered on your city. Food trucks are identified by green dots on the map along with helpful data showing time of operation at that location. Trucks can also be viewed in a tabular list form that also displays a user ranking by stars, open or closed designation, and distance from your current location. Finally, trucks can be sorted by popularity or listed as your favorites. View detailed info about each truck and you should see hours of operation for the week, a link to an official website, twitter, and email account. Social sharing options are also provided so you can share with your fiends and networks.

The app is simple but very effective. Can it be made better? Sure it can and that’s where you can jump in – think Opportunity!


Individual truck info is provided

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Mapquest Lets MLB baseball fans show their team some love while they navigate

An interesting product launch from MLB and Mapquest this week to celebrate the MLB opening season. Users can customize their mobile navigation experience (iOS and Android) with their team colors , icons, wallpapers, and accent colors by purchasing their team kit upgrade (note, a small cost of $1.99  is required).  About the app from Mapquest – MapQuest is here to help get you where you need to go, wherever life takes you.

In the partnership with MLB users will get Mapquest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app, as well as integrated into MLB.com and all 30 MLB team websites.

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With the MapQuest App, you can:

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Colorblind Tubemap for iOS and Android Navigates Through London Tube

Here’s a clever app that’s built on one of London’s most iconic maps, the London Tube map. But, this app has a spin on it, the maps are served up in a number of ways, using cartographc enhancements and color variations in order to be more usable to those with vision issues such as color blindness. The app was developed by 323 studios and was announced as a winner in the TFL accessible app competition.

colorbllind tube map

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The Colorblind Tubemap for iOS and Android

Here’s a clever app that’s built on one of London’s most iconic maps, the London Tube map. But, this app has a spin on it, the maps are served up in a number of ways, using cartographc enhancements and color variations in order to be more usable to those with vision issues such as color blindness. The app was developed by 323 studios and was announced as a winner in the TFL accessible app competition.

colorbllind tube map

About the App (Google Play) – London underground map redesigned for easier viewing by people with all forms of colourblindness, and other vision impairments such as cataracts, loss of contrast sensitivity and hyperopia. If you have difficulty using the tube map, either in print or in other apps, this could be the answer.

– Official licensed London tube map, modified with permission from TFL
– Designed for and tested with people with a range of vision impairments
– Combination of colour and pattern for colourblindness
– Selection of different maps for other vision impairments, with optimisations such as increased contrast, inversion, and reduced glare
– Large detailed maps that allow a high level of zoom
– Simple easy to use interface with no fiddly multi-touch gestures
– Choice of text size

See Google Play, iTunes store

Fulcrum Adds More New Features and Functionality

The crew at Spatial Networks has continued to work on the Fulcrum mobile app (Think mobile data collection), most recently releasing version 2.0 for iPad and iPhone (See more here) . Recently, the team described some of the very cool functionality that users can leverage by spatial filtering and searching data with Fulcrum’s web dashboard (where administrators or managers can login, create or edit their apps for deployment).

This from the team… In addition to the current data management dashboard features, allowing you to browse your data on a map, table, or split/combined view, we just added a few other big improvements to make data review, QA, and field service management tools even more powerful.

Search, filter, and sort

 Continue reading more about Fulcrum’s web dashboard HERE

You can keep tabs on Fulcrum via Twitter @FulcrumApp

Mobile Tips – How to Locate and Track Your Lost or Stolen Android or iOS Device

Here’s the scenario… you frantically go into a pocket pat-down dance searching for your shiny, new smartphone. Sadly, the device is gone. What’s even worse is that you just got the device thanks to your once-every-two-years upgrade from your carrier and you still owe about $500 on your tab! Don’t panic though as I’m sure you likely had it protected thanks to some of the many services that protect smartphone users from accidental loss or theft. The following are some of the must-be-familiar with services that are available for Android and iOS mobile device users.

support for your lost smartphone

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OS X Mavericks Available Today Free from the Mac App Store

Yep, no doubt you’ve already hear and/or read about it but just in case you slept in, Apple made a number of announcements today including details of the release of Mavericks, their latest OS. some details… OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available for free from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags, and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance. “We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free.” Read more: apple.com/osx

A Look at the new iOS 7 and some tips on the new features

Have you run the latest OS update on your iOS device(s) yet? IF not you should keep in mind that iOS 7 is now waiting for you. If you’ve been wondering what to expect you might find this piece on MacWorld of interest along with the video they provided below – enjoy iOS 7. So far I’m not totally sold on the new look and feel, the color schemes, and some app issues so far have kind of ticked me off, particularly concerning apps that are no longer supported in Canada! The native apps are all redesigned with a common look and feel and if you aren’t sold on the new design the good news is that you’ll be ticked off across the entire application suite! The new calendar is nice, I like the lock screen functionality, new look notes isn’t appealing to me at all, and multitasking is nicely improved. See more about iOS7 from Apple