Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Flood Alert app is a must-have in rainy Singapore
While some of us see the awful weather we're experiencing as a problem, a local developer sees it as an opportunity. XVision has released a great new weather app called Flood Alert that pushes the local weather forecast to your iOS device.
Two things are great about this app. The first is that you can choose particular regions that you are interested in (for example, City, Clementi, Holland Village). Secondly, you have the ability to customise when you get an alert, whether it is "When it rains", "When the weather changes," "Every hour" or "Never". According to the developer, Johnny Lim, the app will check the NEA's website every 20 minutes to see if there are changes.
I've been using the app for the past few days and I must say I enjoy getting weather updates pushed to me regularly. I especially like the ability to choose when I want the information pushed to me. As a bonus, the app has a clean interface that makes it easy to use.
This app costs US$4.99, which would turn off some people. After all, if you want to save money, you can get the same data for free if you visit the NEA's website. I would argue though that you are actually paying for convenience. It's not easy to find the weather forecast for the region you're interested in using the NEA's website because you have to scan through the list of regions. And you have to remember to go to the website regularly. Flood Alert, on the other hand, does all the work for you.
You can buy Flood Alert here.
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