iPhone App of the Week

iPhone app of the week: Yahoo! weather

Today’s featured iPhone app is one of the best looking apps I have seen in a long time: Yahoo! Weather. It makes the default weather app look drab (at least until iOS7).

The background images regularly change to match the city shown, time of day and weather.

My favorite part is how it balances minimalism with detail by sliding up to show more info. The animated wind turbines that spin faster and the sun projection that shows the suns progress are particularly pleasant. Well done.





iPhone App of the Week

iPhone app of the week: Australian vegie guide

Today’s app of the week is for my Aussie readers: it’s Gardening Australia’s Vegie Guide.

Vegie Guide

Like Guerrilla gardener Ron Finley, I believe the future is all about growing our own food. I particularly love the idea of kids growing their own vegies, because if they grow it, they eat it.

We have a small herb and vegetable garden on our rooftop of our apartment that our kids maintain. This app provides lot of useful information about plants, including when they should be planted and harvested, and can keep track of your vegie patch for you.

Vegie Guide Basil

It’s very well thought out, and very well implemented. I today learned that letting basil go to flower weakens the flavour of the plant which I never knew before. Cool stuff, and it’s free.

iPhone App of the Week

My iPhone app of the week: Glympse

Location sharing privacy is a pretty hard problem to solve as most people don’t want to share their location all the time, no matter who they’re sharing it with. Apps like Google Latitude and Apple’s Find My Friends work mostly around having a network of known people and either permanently or temporarily sharing your location with them.

Glympse solves the location sharing privacy problem in a much better way. It allows to share you location with anyone (using a generated url) but only for a limited time. The beauty of the app is you can quickly SMS or email your Glympse location to anyone (like your mum) and they don’t even need to have Glympse to be able to click on it and instantly see your location. The link will expire in the time you have set, and if you click on it after that time, it simply doesn’t display anything.

I use Glympse almost daily, some examples are:

  • Texting my wife my location walking home from work to help her with dinner plans
  • Texting my parents our location when driving to visit them on the weekends (the drive is 60 mins but prone to bad traffic)
  • Running late for a meeting with a colleague, letting them know where I am

I find it an invaluable app, it’s available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry, and it’s free to use.