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The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Weather

The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Weather

With summer here it’s a good time to keep tracks on what the weather will look like so you can plan your friends and family outings. And with a computer in your pocket, it’s never been an easier time to keep tabs on the current and future weather conditions.

Here are the top 10 iPhone apps for keeping track of the weather.

Dark Sky ($3.99)

    I’m in love with this app. Dark Sky isn’t really a full blown weather app but is indispensable in my weather tracking utility belt. The idea of the app is to tell you if it is raining now or if it will rain in the next hour so you can plan your next hour accordingly.

    Need to take your dog for a walk? Check Dark Sky. Going for a bike ride? Check Dark Sky. I’ve found that it is pretty darn accurate too; it’s helped me stay out of rain during a workouts a few different times.

    My-cast Weather ($3.99)

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      My-cast

      is a great weather app for quick access to the current temperature and conditions like wind speed and humidity as well as access to a radar view of your current location and daily and hourly forecast. My-cast Weather also has a tab for local weather alerts.

      The best thing about My-cast Weather is that it holds a ton of information in a very simple interface.

      Weather+ ($.99 currently on sale)

        Weather+

        is another weather app that crams a bunch of info on your iPhone screen but doesn’t do it in a horrible way. You get everything that you would want out of a weather app like current temperature, 5 days highs and lows, 3 hourly temps and icons for weather conditions, and the current wind speed. Another nice touch is the background video for the time of day and current weather conditions.

        You can set unlimited number of cities. One thing that annoyes me is the huge HTC Sense-like clock on the page. Seems like a waste, but some people really like that look.

        Living Earth HD ($.99)

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          Living Earth HD

          is a world clock and weather app on steroids. You can basically see the conditions of millions of different locations around the world with beautiful real time cloud coverage on a 3D map of earth. It’s a very low-key and well done app that is great if you want to look up general weather conditions of places around the world.

          Fahrenheit ($.99)

            Fahrenheit

            reminds me a log of My-cast Weather except it has a little more of a cluttered feel. The app is still highly usable and good looking though.

            Fahrenheit claim to fame is that it uses the app notification icon to inform you of the current temperature in your location. Rather than Apple’s perfect 72 degree icon, this one is actually useful.

            Weather Underground (Free)

              Weather Underground

              is my go to app when I’m on my desktop so it’s never bad to have a reliable friend on your iPhone. Weather Underground has come cool features like a local list of personal weather stations and a familiar weather report interface that we are used to on TV.

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              The app is free so you aren’t out anything if you want to give it a try.

              swackett (Free)

                Swackett

                is a cool little weather app that takes a different approach; based on the weather in your area it recommends what type of attire you should wear. If it’s sunny it my recommend sunglasses, shorts, and a t-shirt. Cold out? How about a parka and some boots.

                Swackett also has the normal 5 day and 3 hourly type of forecasts as well as a radar map that you can view.

                Degrees ($1.99, Canada)

                  Degrees

                  is a nice little weather app if you are a Canadian (Mr. Vardy recommended this one). The interface is clean and easy to look at with all the information about the current conditions you would want. Degrees also has push notifications for weather alerts and a app notification icon like Fahrenheit’s that shows you the current temperature.

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                  Weather HD ($.99)

                    Weather HD

                    is more about the images and the interface than showing you a ton of weather information. In fact it shows you very little information in a very minimal way at the bottom of the screen. The images update depending on the time of day and weather conditions.

                    The images are beautiful though and you can set and swipe through different cities to see the current weather.

                    Weather ($.99)

                      One day I was looking for a super simple weather app with app notification temperature and stumbled upon Weather. The name says it all. Weather reminds me a lot of the settings and statistics from Apple’s native weather app but the graphics are more “bubbly”. You get the current temp, the high and low, current forecast, wind, humidity, and, well that’s it.

                      Simple and effective.

                      Got any other good weather apps for iPhone to recommend? List them in the comments below.

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                      1. ScheduleOnce

                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                        Available on Web

                        2. Calendly

                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                          Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                          3. Assistant.to

                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                            Available on Web

                            4. Acuityscheduling

                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              5. Pick

                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                Available on Web

                                6. X.ai

                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                  Available on Web

                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                    Available on Web

                                    8. Doodle

                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                        Available on Web

                                        10. Rally

                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                          Available on Web

                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                            Available on Web

                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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