These days it seems like the WeatherBug API is really picking up interest on the mobile platforms available. In my latest example, we have an application that quite honestly, is unlike anything I have used before. The application is called Zik-Tok, it’s currently available for free on the Apple iPhone and here soon, it looks like it will be making an entrance into the Android Marketplace as well.
What is Zik-Tok?
The idea behind the application is to be able to let it run, speaking the day’s events to you. News, Weather (from WeatherBug), Traffic Reports, Stocks, Twitter and Personal (tasks/reminders). What makes this application interesting is that if you’re someone who does a lot of driving, you can have your iPhone plugged in through your existing speaker system (many cars offer this) which means you will have the content of the day spoken aloud to you, as it cycles through the events of the day.
The application is highly customizable, so you can have it just reading the weather highlights or perhaps just keeping up up to date on the latest Twitter feed happenings. But for drivers, it’s the weather info and the traffic reports that are likely to hit home almost immediately for the end user.
Where can I get Zik-Tok?
You can download this application for free, from the Apple App Store or from this iTunes link. Remember that some aspects of the app need to be customized to your preferences before its ready to be used. And also keep in mind that if one voice tone is difficult to understand, you can select the second option. People have different levels of tone deafness, so this setting up right can play a crucial role in having a good experience with any background noise going on around you.
WeatherBug has an API?
Yes, WeatherBug has a fantastic API packed full of functionality that will meet with the needs of most developers looking to integrate real time weather data into their applications. All you need to do is apply for a key, then start developing! Real-time data, Geo-mapping, this is an API that will keep up with the most demanding development project. Best of all, it’s already done the heavy lift for you. All you need to do is get it included it with your software.