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Rain Alarm 3.8.5

A real-time weather alert app that works almost anywhere

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android, Windows Mobile, iPad, iPhone
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 April 2014
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Developer: Michael Diener
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Rain Alarm 3.8.5
A real-time weather alert app that works almost anywhere

Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn't sound too special - there are a host of tools promising to do the same thing - but this one has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

It's about as cross-platform as you can get, for instance: there are apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8; add-ons for Firefox and Chrome, or you can just visit the Rain Alarm website from almost anything with a browser.

It doesn't trust a single website for its forecasts, either, instead using data from 25+ government weather services (USA, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Finland, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia).

Rain Alarm normally uses Google Maps, which for most people will be just fine. If your device doesn't have Google Maps, though, or you have problems getting it to work, the flexibility continues: Rain Alarm OSM uses OpenStreetMap as an alternative. (The developer also says the OSM version "loads faster", which might also be a plus for older or slower devices.)

Whatever version you're using, Rain Alarm displays a repeated animation showing the weather in your area (and can share an animated image, if you want to warn others). Every 30 minutes it checks for rain within a 35KM radius of your location. But you don't have to worry about the details; just close the app and you'll get a warning whenever rain is on the way.

If this isn't enough then you can upgrade to a Pro version, which drops the ads, has customisable settings (update interval, search radius, animation rate) and alarms (time frame, distance, sound, vibration, more). It's yours for around $5.
 

Verdict:

The free version is short on configuration options, but it looks good, is easy to use, and delivers reliable results across most platforms.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.80

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.17.80

• Now you can delete messages you've sent by mistake. Just tap and hold a message you sent in the last 7 minutes, tap delete, and select "Delete for everyone." The message will be deleted for you and everyone in the chat. Requires the latest version of WhatsApp.
• Live location: now you can share your location in real-time with family and friends. Open any chat, tap the + icon > location, and tap "Share Live Location" to get started. 
• Fixed an issue that was preventing some message notifications from appearing on iOS 11.

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