Dark Sky for iOS predicts the weather -- for the next 60 minutes

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Dark Sky for iOS predicts the weather -- for the next 60 minutes

Dark Sky for iOS predicts the weather -- for the next 60 minutes

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 01:54 PM PDT

Dark Sky for iOS takes a different (and cool) approach to weather forecasts.

(Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET)

The App Store is home to lots of weather apps, most of which are good at forecasting the upcoming days and even hours. But few excel at telling you what the clouds might bring in the next hour.

That's where Dark Sky comes in. This new app, the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, predicts the weather for your exact location for up to 60 minutes.

That could prove incredibly handy in a number of situations. For example, should you flee the beach in advance of those ominous-looking clouds? Nope, turns out they're going to blow right past; no rain expected. Should you go for your run now? Yep, Dark Sky says the shower won't hit for almost an hour. And is it done snowing? Not for another 30 minutes, so don't get out the snow-blower just yet.

The app is divided into three main areas. Up top, a graph that shows the intensity of the storm (and likelihood of precipitation) over the next 60 minutes. (Amusingly, if there's no bad weather where you are, Dark Sky says, "Clear skies are... [Read more]

Instapaper vs. Pocket: Battle of the bookmarkers

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 01:20 PM PDT

When you're on the go, it might not always make sense to dive into that lengthy article or start watching that 6-minute video, all on your mobile device. That's when a short-term bookmarking app comes in handy.

A bookmarker lets you put lengthy articles or videos away with just a couple of taps, so you can easily queue them up for reading and watching later, from any of your devices, including your desktop. On Android, the longtime fan favorite has been Pocket (formerly Read It Later). But with iOS-darling Instapaper entering the fold, the stage has been set for a possible new top dog.

Screenshot of a story from espn.go.com, as rendered by Instapaper

(Credit: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET)

Instapaper ($2.99) Thanks to Android's Share menu, Instapaper can save items for later in just a few taps. Whether you're doing your reading in a browser, a news reader app, or somewhere else, you can pull up the Android Share menu, and choose Instapaper to instantly cache your current page for easy access later. To save space, the cached version of the page is saved sans ads, comments, and other peripheral images. What's more, your cached content syncs to your account, so you can pull it up on your other mobile devic... [Read more]

How to remove hidden data from your photos with Metanull

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 11:29 AM PDT

Digital photographs, whether they come from your point-and-shoot camera, dSLR, or your smartphone, contain hidden data. Most of the data is harmless, like the model of the camera and settings used in the shot. You might, however, want to limit the sharing of GPS data, which could reveal where you live, work, or where your kids go to school.

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If you want to keep all the data intact, but make a scrubbed copy to share safely, you can do so in Windows without any additional software. However, not all versions of Windows support the removal of metadata from photos. Alternatively, you can use a small program called Metanull, which works in Windows XP and up. Here's how:

After downloading the latest version of Metanull, double-click on the executable to laun... [Read more]

Kindle apps add support for children's books, comics

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 09:14 AM PDT

Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app.

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Amazon's Kindle applications now support more titles, the company announced today.

Users of Amazon's Kindle for iOS, Kindle Cloud Reader, and Kindle for Android apps will find that they now support children's books, comics, and graphic novels.

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According to Amazon, the children's books feature fixed layouts and Kindle Text Pop-Up in supported titles, making it easier for readers to magnify text. In supported comics and graphic novels, readers will have access to a feature called Kindle Panel View that lets users view "in a panel by panel experience."

More than 1,000 children's books and comic book titles in full color are available now. The full-color experiences are limited to the Amazo... [Read more]

Siri to get international location services in iOS 6

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:32 AM PDT

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Siri users in the U.S. have had access to location-based services since the application launched last year. Elsewhere around the world, however, that hasn't been the case. But iOS 6 will change that.

Reddit posters using iOS 6 living abroad reported today that when they tried to use Siri for location-based service, like finding a restaurant nearby or locating a gas station, it worked. Killian Bell over at Cult of Mac confirmed those claims, saying that he tried it out with iOS 6 in the U.K. However, Bell reported that it wasn't as accurate as he would have liked.

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Opera 12 takes the stage late

Posted: 13 Jun 2012 11:00 PM PDT

Opera 12 warbles a high note

A little bit behind schedule, Opera 12 makes its public debut today with numerous changes that mostly focus on faster browsing. But where the Norwegian browser used to take the lead on feature development, it now feels more like an understudy.

You can get Opera 12 for Windows (download), Mac (download), and Linux (download). There's nothing explicitly wrong with it. In fact, version 12 makes a number of good improvements.

Most importantly is an overall focus on speed. Quirky features such as Widgets, Unite, and Voice have been killed off, which means that there's less bloat in the browser. But no doubt that those executions were performed also because of a lack of user interest. After Opera's April announcement that it was sunsetting the feature, an online petition to open source Unite's code could only muster 258 signatures out of its goal of 1000, as of press time.

A handful of new features in Opera 12 (pictures)

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