Share Your Local Weather with Weathermob

Everywhere you turn, peoples’ eyes are glued to smartphones, tablets or laptops…we just can’t get enough of cyber info and connecting.  Some of us just want to know what’s going on elsewhere in the world.  Well, you can get lots of updates about friends and news from lots of different sites, but there is a new app that will hook you into how the weather is all around the world, told by real people like you and me, and it’s called Weathermob.

Weathermob is a cool app for iOS and Android that allows you to socially interact as much, or as little, as you wish.  You can just download the app and view the basic channels already configured on the app.  These channels house reports submitted by Weathermob members.  Examples are: Everyone, which posts all weather reports; Nearby, which shows you posts that were made from members residing close to your location; and Locations, which allows you to specify the places you want to know more about.

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At the bottom are quick buttons:  forecast, feed, report, alerts and me.  Forecast gives you the weather forecast for your area.  This is nicely broken down by day and by the hour, for all those weather aficionados!  Lots of icons and succinct data make viewing easy, informative and fun.  Feed is essentially the same as watching the Everyone channel.  Report allows you to share what’s going on in your neck of the woods. Alerts displays news, trends and stuff from Weathermob Friends, fellow Weathermobbers you may be following.

This app is a social media tool where you play “weatherman” or “weatherwoman”, sharing your local weather with a bit about what you’re doing, how you feel about the weather, or just about anything.  One of the nicer features is the ability to post photos.  You can share some wonderful scenic moments that capture what’s evolving in the skies around you – and see what others think about it.  Another nicety is the set of icons you choose, when submitting a report, to give a mental picture of what the weather is like, how you feel about it, and what’s a good thing to do at that time.

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Readily accessible Help tools or small explanations of how to use the app and its features would be nice.  Weathermob is not totally devoid of this, however.  When you first sign-in to the app, the app’s main screen dims and is overshadowed with a grayish screen depicting functions and highlights of that screen.  Occasionally, you will see this grayed-out information screen over other screens in the app.  The problem is that this information screen disappears once you touch it.  This is OK, if you can remember the tidbits after the info screen disappears.  I have not found a way to get that screen to reappear; and it would be nice if it could.

Weathermob is a fun and informative tool for checking out climate conditions worldwide, or in your own neighborhood.  The plus is you get it from a cyber friend, who knows exactly what’s going, and can add a bit of a story to go with it.  You get the inside scoop firsthand, when it’s happening; not a forecast extracted from a satellite picture.  Plus, you might just make a friend to boot, and learn about more than just the weather.

Make Trades and Research Players with Injury Predictor

Want to get the leg up on your fellow fantasy football managers before it’s too late, and you lose the annual bet and have to wear a sundress to the Super Bowl? Well, look no further than Injury Predictor, a new app that has hit the iTunes Store from Teach Me Sushi. The app, which costs $2.99, has over 50 metrics that factor into their ratings, and their patent-pending ratings are generated for other services, such as Advanced Sports Logic’s The Machine. The app offers managers the chance to make trades and research players on the bus, at work, anywhere they’ve got a connection, with a great interface instead of non-mobile sites.

Injury Predictor

Injury Predictor works really well, and is simple to operate. Users will open the app and type in a player’s name, selecting it from the names that drop down. This will bring up the player’s profile, with their name, position, and a picture of them. Following that are the player’s injury season probability, helping players determine whether a player is a high or low risk for missing the whole season. Also included is the player’s injury game probability, their likelihood that they’ll miss games throughout the season. After this is the player’s average games missed and average injuries per season ratios, which help managers get an insight into the number of games a player misses, and lets them decide whether or not it’s risky to see if that trend continues.

Following that is a short bio on the player, and a diagram of recent injury sites. Finally, Injury Predictor offers a complete breakdown of the player’s injuries over the course of their career, including detailed information on the plays that caused them. The app also includes a feed of recent injuries and updates that will help players to become better in-tune with up-to-date injury reports. This is perfect for fanatics, who may want to dump or trade a player as soon as they hear he’s injured, perhaps before the other person involved in the trade knows, tricking them into taking a less-than-desirable trade.

Injury Predictor

Injury Predictor’s main weakness is that it is essentially useless to members of dynasty leagues. The app has potential but at this point only has players who have been in the league for a number of years, and is very low on rookies. At this point, only members of redraft leagues would benefit from this app, since the option to continue to pick up veteran players each year would allow them to look at the injury stats on players each year. In addition, other things that are available on the Sports Injury Predictor website, such as comparing players, searching by position, or analyzing a player’s team, are not yet available on the app.

Overall, Injury Predictor’s $2.99 app is a great way for managers to get more information on potential trades, and give them a leg-up over their fellow managers. While the app does have some pitfalls currently, it makes sense that the app developers will continue to add players throughout the season as they’re injured, and as they’re needed. The app will work wonders for struggling managers, but the 68% success rating from the 2012 season leaves a bit of a wildcard, keeping the game from becoming too calculating and dull.

Decode Metadata of Images with Map Camera App

Have you ever looked back at a picture you’ve taken in your phone, from some long lost forest drive, of your family in front of a stunning, perfect waterfall? And you’d love to visit it again, but you can’t remember how you got there? If this happens to you, a scant $0.99 investment in SeeSaw’s new Map Camera may be a smart one. Map Camera accesses metadata – which is a ton of information that is embedded in every image you take on your iPhone or DSLR – and decodes it so you can see where that picture was taken, and find out how to get back there again.

The app works with the metadata in your image, which includes GPS coordinates, in an attempt to help you better understand photos you’ve taken. The app works simply, either snap a picture, and the app adds an address, date, and time to your pictures so you can access them later. You can also select filters to add to the picture, from a list of six, and change the font of the text on the image, as well as the address listed. After doing this, you can choose to change your map style, either a normal map, a satellite image of your address, or a hybrid of the two.

Map Camera

At this point, you can save this picture to an image roll, to be accessed either later when you’re trying to look back and figure out where you’ve been and how to get back, or right away, so you can transfer the address to your maps app and get directions back to where your photo was taken. If you choose, you can look at the pictures in the app’s archive, which is helpfully sorted by filter type, to find an image that you’ve saved in the past. Opening one of these images displays it larger, of course, but you can also bring up the map that you saved when you edited the picture, and some of the photo information, such as your shutter speed, F-Stop, even whether or not the flash was on when the picture was taken. All of this information can be saved together with your image for easy sending to friends and family, even sharing on Facebook!

Map Camera

This app is perfect for the wanderer who hopes to return to the places they’ve been, but may not remember how to get to. The one addition this app would need would be the addition of a feature that would take the location information stored in the image and open it in a user’s Maps app, ready for turn-by-turn directions back to where the picture was taken originally. However, the ability to store away the locations of your most special memories is well worth the $0.99 that SeeSaw’s Map Camera charges it’s users.

There are apps similar to this one in the App Store, but Map Camera is cheaper and more powerful. Where some apps may need users to take their images and add filters themselves in another app, Map Camera combines these features to make the process easier for its users. Whether it’s for the ability to share socially with friends around the globe the exact locations a user visits on a vacation, or just for a user to look back and see where they’ve been, and go back there again, Map Camera can help.

Benji Buddy – Select a Potential Career

Are you planning on continuing your education by taking classes at the collegiate level? Ready to go, but having a hard time figuring out how to get started, or where to go? Benji Buddy can help. Benji Buddy offers students the chance to crunch the numbers BEFORE they go back to school, something that can help save students thousands in student loans, not to mention the all-too-common mistake of coming out of school with a degree, into a field that won’t pay their bills.

Benji Buddy helps students attack the dilemma in three key areas. The first key area is through the selection of a potential career. Students are given the opportunity to pick from literally hundreds of potential careers, and their average starting and median salaries. The career section is broken down into categories, to help students from becoming overwhelmed in the early part of the search.

Benji Buddy

Second, Benji Buddy helps students to select a school. Students can add a large number of schools, including community colleges, technical colleges, state and private institutions and even ivy league schools. Included with these school listings are their graduation rates, though some are missing and reported at 0%, as well as information on their in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates, location and website, in case a potential student wants to learn more about the institution.

After selecting the school, the student can then crunch the numbers. Higher education institutions often include expected costs of living, in addition to their tuition, in their cost breakdowns. These numbers are included here, but are also editable, based on housing costs on campus vs. off campus vs. at home, or a student’s transportation budget. After entering these figures, or leaving them as estimated by the institution, the student is taken to a ‘Financial Help’ page, where they can begin adding in grants, scholarships, tuition savings plans and other aid, to get a net price for their schooling. After that, students are given the option to add in student loans, as well as outstanding student loans, to understand their total scholastic debt outstanding after their program.

Benji Buddy

Finally, the student is shown their total debt vs. expected income, plus an estimate of their loan payment and their debt to income ratio. In addition, Benji Buddy graphs this information, showing the student’s projected debt over the course of the next 14 years. After the first four, the number rises, reflecting the first four years of debt accrual, plus the next ten years of debt repayment, as opposed to the potential salary earnings during that time.

However, the app only grows on four years of accrual of debt, while some college programs, such as those to become doctors and professors, have students in school for six or eight years, and can’t be factored in here. In addition, it doesn’t take into account the sometimes higher cost of tuition for these post baccalaureate programs.

Overall though, Benji Buddy is a solid way for students to begin crunching the numbers for college. The benefit of comparing careers with schools are unique to Benji Buddy, since there are very few opportunities to do so without some of the research skills that aren’t taught until students are inside these institutions. Benji Buddy packs the added bonus of helping students begin to plan for their payoff, as they can anticipate the amount of time it’ll take them to pay off student loans after leaving.