Yahoo! doing it right


OK, Yahoo! has powered the weather iOS app since I got my iPhone (4s).

Yahoo! has a new app for weather – I believe it was released 4/18/2013 – and it is awesome.

Blows the old, built-in app out of the water.

The old app – on the left – has info and so on.

The new app – on the right – is sexier, and integrates (Yahoo-owned) Flickr pics. Brilliant.

On the plus side, the new app adds way more weather info – in a sexier way – and loses, for the most part, none of the original weather app.

On the negative side, it doesn’t give a forecast upon load – have to “drill in” for that. No downside, to me.

Oddly, the new weather app reminds me of an Android screen in look & feel to it – like Samsung phones. A departure for iOS stuff.

Is it just me?

Putting the Boston Marathon bombing in perspective

As horrific – and just plain bat-shit insane – as was yesterday’s bombing at the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, there was one good takeaway from the event: Patton Oswalt’s Facebook response to the act.

In part, Oswalt said:

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out.

We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

(Read the full post.)

Well written.