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  • New iPhone App a Holiday Traveler's "Outside" Assistant


    A lot of people (myself included) will take to the road this weekend or within the next few days to be with family and friends for the holidays. As snow storms blast the east coast of the US and inclement weather rocks myriad locations elsewhere, a new application (and by new, I mean released today) could be a fun, helpful addition to the iPhone just in time for travelers embarking on a holiday excursion.

    Apart from using our handsets for phone calls and mobile gaming, some of the most popular and widely used iPhone apps are weather-related applications and mechanisms that allow users to monitor the weather. Although weather apps usually don't warrant much discussion in this forum, the AppStore is now home to "Outside," a visual weather forecast with push notifications "like you’ve never seen before."

    As the iPhone continues to be modified by developers into a pocket meteorologist, its no wonder that many of the new apps headed for the App Store in 2010 are expected to be pertinent to the weather.

    Outside marries current weather and local forecasts with custom push notifications. Look out the window and see what the weather is like through stunning visuals. Swipe the days to see the forecasts, or setup and receive alerts when the weather is just right.


    Other features include:
    • Current, detailed weather reports with visual representations.
    • Local Weather Forecasts from around the world.
    • Supports both US (Fahrenheit) and Metric (Celsius) systems.
    • Use your GPS or easily search to change your location.

    One of the coolest weather applications available for the iPhone, "Outside" is available for download now for $2.99. It comes with a free 30 days notification subscription, but additional months of service come at a fee.

    Images via outsideapp.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New iPhone App a Holiday Traveler's "Outside" Assistant started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      A one off charge, maybe. But a monthly fee on top? It could work out to be very expensive!
      Personally I already have a paid for weather app and wouldn't pay for this.
      The monthly fee is for the push notifications... and you can turn them off so you don't have to pay at all besides the price for the app.

      As for the notifications I am not to hip on them myself... but really like the app. If these devs add onto this app it will be really nice!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I've not heard of any other app charging a fee for push notifications - I hope this is not a sign of things to come!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ According to this other person that bought it he states that you will have to pay for notifications if you want to get them all of the time. .99 cents per each notification for three months... so if you want all four notifications then you will be paying $4.00 every three months because there are four notifications within the app..... UV, TShirt Weather, Rain Cold.

      I would rather see snow storm, tornado, thunder storm, I think you get the drift.....

      I am trying out the notifications right now and they work great but would I pay for them? No probably not. Once my 30 day trial is up I will turn them off but still use the app.

      And yes.... all of this paying for each thing anymore has gotten crazy.... like the touch pets app... you have to pay for dog food to keep playing the game... and now this... and if they update their app you pay again.... I wish Apple would set some rules for this kind of stuff.... what happen to the free updates?
    1. williwu's Avatar
      williwu -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      ^ According to this other person that bought it he states that you will have to pay for notifications if you want to get them all of the time. .99 cents per each notification for three months... so if you want all four notifications then you will be paying $4.00 every three months because there are four notifications within the app..... UV, TShirt Weather, Rain Cold.

      This is wrong. If you and he did read the description, it clear says "Extending your notification subscription is a single fee that covers all the notification types as well as future notification types. Also note that Outside works perfectly without notifications should you just want to use the forecast."

      So the fee covers ALL notification types. Not only 1. Also the notifications are custom notifications you can write whatever you want and receive whenever you want that matches the criteria. Severe weather notifications are coming. Also if don't need notifications then no problem. You can still use the app for weather forecasts. You just won't receive any notifications.

      Why notifications cost money? Quite simple: A server is needed to constantly monitor thousands of cities for the users. Sending those notifications also requires a server. If Apple did allow background processing this would have been free.

      And yes. I am the developer. Visit Robocat to find out more.

      Thanks for the review!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by williwu View Post
      This is wrong. If you and he did read the description, it clear says "Extending your notification subscription is a single fee that covers all the notification types as well as future notification types. Also note that Outside works perfectly without notifications should you just want to use the forecast."

      So the fee covers ALL notification types. Not only 1. Also the notifications are custom notifications you can write whatever you want and receive whenever you want that matches the criteria. Severe weather notifications are coming. Also if don't need notifications then no problem. You can still use the app for weather forecasts. You just won't receive any notifications.

      Why notifications cost money? Quite simple: A server is needed to constantly monitor thousands of cities for the users. Sending those notifications also requires a server. If Apple did allow background processing this would have been free.

      And yes. I am the developer. Visit Robocat to find out more.

      Thanks for the review!
      I want to thank you for stopping by and getting this straight as it is highly appreciated! Notifications or not I loved the interface, animations and great job you did with it and I bought it!

      So you pay one fee for the notifications and future ones as well... as I look back at the page in itunes is the fee .99 for three months then on all notifications and future ones to?

      And your welcome!
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      REally! The weather program that comes with the iphone and the weather channel, which are both FREE by the way, are good enough for me.
      I don't need no stinkin', cutesy wootsy $2.99 app store app!