Weather and Spider Apps, OH MY!
By Gail Suberbielle
With thousands of apps out there for your smartphone or tablet, it can be hard to make a choice without cluttering up your phone or cutting into your wallet with apps you’ll never use. To take some of the guesswork out of app selection, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites. Most are available for iPhone or iPad, although some also are offered for Android or other smartphones.
At a whopping $9.99, Weather Radio is one of the most expensive apps we’ve previewed. But when a life-threatening weather event is imminent, Weather Radio’s critical alerts via voice and push notification are well worth the cost. Your iPhone will “wake up” with alerts, track your location to notify you wherever you are and let you listen to local weather forecasts while on the move. Some additional features of iMap Weather Radio: Friends and Family allows you to save five fixed locations in addition to your current position, so you can check on loved ones to be sure they are safe. Battery management helps you balance location accuracy/services and critical battery usage. And the Follow Me feature, as we mentioned, will let you know whether your current location is in a watch/warning area. Streaming video also is available in areas where local media partners participate. Cost: $9.99.
Audubon Insects and Spiders: A Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders®
Although this app isn’t free, it is well worth the $4.99 price tag (on sale right now from $9.99), for bug collectors to add to their collections or for the bug-phobic to avoid certain species. Featuring more than 500 insects and spiders, this Audubon Guide contains in-depth descriptions and photographs; a journal to make notes, track your findings and share with friends; and a handy reference section. Users can search by first name, last name, or scientific name, by shape, by order, or even by habitat, region, color or size. As an added bonus, a portion of the purchase helps to support the National Audubon Society. This award-winning app is one of a number of fantastic Audubon Guides we’ll be featuring in the coming months. Cost: $4.99.