Crowd-sourced weather apps claim accuracy, but watch the sky anyway

Predicting the weather is an inexact science. The weatherman often seems to get it wrong, and you find you really didn’t need to lug that umbrella around on what turned out to be a sunny day.

Crowd-sourced, hyperlocal weather information has been touted as one solution, and web-oriented weather companies are pushing short-term forecasts, also known as “nowcasting,” to sky watchers everywhere.

As weather apps and consumer hardware proliferate, advocates say millions of smartphones and other devices at hand are providing more accurate predictions than traditional models of forecasting.

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Introduced in July 2015, AccUcast is a crowdsourcing weather feature in the AccuWeather universal iOS app. 

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Apple to work with U.S. defense department on wearable tech

The U.S. Department of Defense is teaming with Apple, Boeing, Harvard University and other organizations to develop flexible electronics and sensors that could be placed in uniforms or inside ships and aircraft.

Under the plan, a consortium called the Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute will work on using 3D printing to build bendable, thin electronics that could match the contours of a person’s body or a military vehicle, a defense department official told Reuters. 

The technology could find its way into soldiers’ uniforms as health monitors or placed in the cramped compartments of a ship or aircraft to measure structural integrity, the official said.

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