Jun 30, 2020
Dark Sky alternatives for Android weather watchers
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If you’re a weather geek, you probably already know that Dark Sky, one of the most popular weather apps around, has been acquired by Apple and is probably being integrated into iOS 14. As a result, anyone who uses an Android device and has the Dark Sky app is going to lose access on July 1st. In addition, a variety of other apps (some not even weather-related) will lose access to the Dark Sky API.
If you’re an Android user with Dark Sky and you’re wondering where to go now for your weather report, there are a few alternatives to choose from. But first, here are a couple of things to consider.
Several Android weather apps have been found to ask for more permissions than they need and to have shared location data with advertisers and other third parties. These privacy issues are detailed in a Vice article by Jason Koebler.
One suggestion is to simply use the weather app that Google supplies with its OS. A way to get that somewhat elusive app to live on your home screen is described on GadgetHacks.com. We tried it, and it works quite nicely.
If the Google app isn’t enough for you, here are six alternatives. All have free versions with ads, and all have paid versions that not only remove the ads but add other features.
Besides the price of each app, I’ve also listed all the various permissions requested as listed on its Google Play entry. Keep in mind that some of these permissions are specific to certain features, so if you never use the feature, you won’t be asked for permission. Some can be controlled within the app. You can also refuse specific permissions that you feel are over the top by going to “Settings” > “Apps & notifications,” finding the app, selecting “Permissions,” and then tapping on the specific permission you want to deny.
Carrot greets the day with a snarky comment.
Carrot offers a reasonable amount of data on current and upcoming weather.
Carrot may be known less for its weather predictions than for its personality, which offers tongue-in-cheek commentary in audio and / or text on the happenings of the day. (Today, for example, it snarked, “I’m sending bad weather to all the people who refuse to wear masks to hide hideous faces.”) In fact, you can set its personality (friendly, snarky, homicidal, or overkill) and its politics (liberal, conservative, centrist, libertarian, communist, or apolitical) to suit your own tastes.
All that being said, Carrot is a solid, good-looking app that offers a reasonable amount of data on current and upcoming weather. It has been using the Dark Sky API for its data, which will disappear by the end of 2021. However, according to a tweet by creator Brian Mueller, other data sources will be available.
- Price: Free with ads. “Premium Club” removes the ads and offers a widget and other features for $0.99 per month or $3.99 annually.
- Permissions requested: photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection information, storage, location, and others, including control vibration and network connections.
1Weather offers a good amount of info.
1Weather gets its info using the Weather2020 platform.
1Weather is a well-known app with a variety of screens showing the current weather, the forecast, precipitation, radar, and the Sun and Moon rise and set, among others. I personally found the interface a bit crowded, but it does offer a lot of information, and it even has its own TV weather forecaster. Unfortunately, besides the usual scrolling ads at the bottom, the app also includes full-page pop-up ads; one that I got was from a political advocacy group that I found annoying. According to the app’s website, it gets its info using the Weather2020 platform, along with meteorologist Gary Lezak.
Price: Free with ads. Without ads: $1.99 one-time purchase.
Permissions requested: photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection information, storage, location, and others (receive data from internet, view network connections, prevent device from sleeping, run at startup, full network access, set wallpaper, control vibration, read Google service configuration).
AccuWeather’s app has an easily understood interface.
A news section offers videos on the latest weather-related disasters.
Anyone who ever watched cable TV or listened to the radio is probably familiar with AccuWeather, which has been used by many stations for their forecasts. According to its website, it collects its own data using a combination of meteorologists, a global forecast engine, and other sources. The app has a reasonably clean interface, although the data was a bit too sparse for my taste. The front page gives you just the facts — the current weather, including humidity, wind speed and UV index, and a general idea of tomorrow’s weather; you can click on the “more details” links to get to the nitty-gritty. You are also invited to get notifications for cold or wet weather. A news section offers videos on the latest weather-related disasters.
Price: Free with ads or $3.99 for no ads and an additional 10 days of forecasts.
Permissions requested: storage, microphone, photos / media / files, location, Wi-Fi connection information, others (receive data from internet, disable your screen lock, prevent device from sleeping, draw over other apps, run at startup, access Bluetooth settings, full network access, read Google service configuration, change system display settings, Google Play license check, pair with Bluetooth devices, view network connections, control vibration, connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi).
Today Weather is a very attractive app.
Scroll left for more details on the weather.
Today Weather may be the best-looking of all the apps listed here. It’s got a straightforward interface that starts with a photo and today’s weather, and you can scroll down for details on the weather for the next 24 hours and seven days, air quality, and other categories. You can scroll left for more details on any of the categories. If you’re in the US, you automatically get your data from weather.gov (which is served by the National Weather Service); paying customers can choose from a variety of data sources.
Price: Free with ads, $1.99 for six months, $2.99 for one year, or $6.99 forever. The paid options remove ads, let you choose your data source, and add a few other features.
Permissions requested: location, photos / media / files, storage, camera, Wi-Fi connection information, others (receive data from internet, control vibration, run at startup, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections).
Appy Weather’s timeline lets you scroll down to see the current weather and the upcoming forecast.
Scroll from left to right at the bottom to see the temperature, “feels like,” precipitation, etc.
Appy Weather bills itself as “the most personal weather app.” It’s certainly privacy-conscious; at the outset, it asks if you want to check the weather via your current location (in which case it requires permission), or do a search for your location (in which case it doesn’t ask for your location permission). The interface was one of the most straightforward and simple I’ve seen, especially its timeline, which lets you scroll down to see the current weather and the upcoming forecast. You can also scroll from left to right at the bottom to see the temperature, “feels like,” precipitation, etc. Appy Weather currently uses Dark Sky for its data; according to the developer, they are looking for alternative data sources.
Price: Free version with ads or $3.99 annually for no ads, radar, notifications, widgets, and other features.
Permissions requested: location and others (control vibration, view network connections, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, run at startup, set an alarm).
Overdrop has a simple, easy-to-understand interface.
Select a drop-down arrow to get more details.
Like Appy Weather, Overdrop has a simple, easy-to-understand interface with a reasonable, if somewhat limited, selection. You can see the current weather, hourly weather, and weekly forecast; select a drop-down arrow to get more details. However, its main advantage may be that, if you’re a paying customer, you can access 51 different weather widgets — something that widget fans may find worth the price. At the time of the review, you could choose between Dark Sky (which, presumably, will be going away soon) or Weather Bit if you used the free version; subscribers can also select AccuWeather.
Price: Free with ads, $0.99 per month, $2.19 annually, or $7.49 forever. The paid options remove ads, unlock additional providers, add 51 widgets, and provide other features.
Permissions: storage, photos / media / files, storage, location, others (receive data from internet, run at startup, prevent device from sleeping, set an alarm, Google Play license check, control vibration, full network access, view network connections).
This app pulls its info directly from the NOAA.
The weather.gov site can be placed directly on your phone’s home screen.
This simple app goes to the source: the National Weather Service, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It presents data from the NOAA in a clear, easy-to-read format: it opens to the weekly forecast, and you can tap on each day to get more data. You can also get an hourly forecast and a weather map.
By the way, if you want to get your weather info directly from the NOAA, you can go to the site (weather.gov), enter your zip code to get your local forecast, and then save the mobile page to your home screen (by tapping the three “More” dots in the upper-right corner of your browser and then selecting “Add to Home screen”).
Price: Free with ads. $1.99 version removes ads and allow more than three saved locations.
Permissions: storage, location, photos / media / files, others (receive data from internet, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections control vibration, run at startup)
FlowX offers data maps for weather nerds.
FlowX lets you adjust the data that it shows.
It’s immediately apparent that FlowX (once known as WeatherBomb) is for weather nerds: when you first install it, it opens to a weather map and temperature / humidity charts rather than the usual text-based weather summary. You get a seven-day forecast; slide your finger across the screen for each day’s forecast. The free app gives you a choice of getting data from the NOAA or CMC (Canadian Meteorological Center); the Pro version gives you more map styles, a graph editor, and access to more focused NOAA data for $4.99 / year. The Silver Pro subscription ($9.99 / year) adds additional international sources, and the Gold Pro ($19.99 / year) even more, including the RTOFS (Global Real-Time Ocean Forecast System).
Price: Free; $4.99 / year version offers additional features; $9.99 / year version adds international sources; $19.99 / year version provides additional resources.
Permissions: storage, location, photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection, others (receive data from internet, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections)
Update June 29th, 3:42PM ET: This article was originally published on April 1st, 2020, and it has been updated to include two new apps and to update several of the entries.
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The most ridiculous Beyoncé conspiracy theories – from ‘dark’ witchcraft & faking pregnancy to belonging to Illuminati
SHE'S a global superstar living every moment under the spotlight, but for some reason Beyonce still attracts the wildest - and most idiotic - rumours in show business.
Earlier this week, the singer was bizarrely accused of "faking" her African American heritage for "exposure" by a US politician.20Beyoncé has been plagued by conspiracy theories throughout her career, including that she makes gestures linked to the top secret society the Illuminati
In a warped Twitter rant over the weekend, Florida candidate KW Miller raged that the Single Ladies hitmaker, 38, was actually ITALIAN.
"Beyoncé is not even African American. She is faking this for exposure. Her real name is Ann Marie Lastrassi. She is Italian," Miller exploded.
The barmy politician also accused Queen Bey of sending “secret coded messages to globalists in her song Formation”.
Unsurprisingly, his remarks sparked outrage among the star's fans - with one concerned Twitter user branding him "a danger to society."20Congressional candidate KW Miller launched a poisonous tirade against BeyCredit: KwCongressional/Twitter
Yet it's not the first time Beyoncé has been targeted by a vile - and simply ridiculous - conspiracy theory, with others accusing her of witchcraft, staging her pregnancy and even being a member of a top-secret society.
Here, as attention-seeking Miller continues to share desperate and offensive posts online, we reveal the other baffling Beyoncé conspiracy theories...Bey's a 'witch'
In one of the most eye-popping theories, Beyoncé's female ex-drummer accused the singer of "witchcraft" and watching her have sex by jumping into other people's bodies.
Musician Kimberly Thompson also alleged that the star killed her pet kitten, while demanding a restraining order against her, The Blast reported.20One wild conspiracy theory claims Beyoncé is engaged in "dark magic"Credit: Splash News 20Beyoncé's female ex-drummer Kimberly Thompson, pictured, alleged the singer tapped her phones and was involved in "extreme" witchcraftCredit: Facebook / Kimberly Thompson
Thompson - who apparently worked for Beyoncé for seven years - claimed the singer launched a campaign of harassment against her, using "dark magic" and "magic spells of sexual molestation", according to the lawsuit.
She also declared that Beyoncé was involved in practices of "extreme" witchcraft, and that she tapped her phones and controlled her finances.
A judge denied Thompson’s request for a temporary restraining order.She's a secret Illuminati member
In what has been dubbed the longest-standing conspiracy theory, Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z have been linked to the Illuminati society.
The original Illuminati group dates back to the mid-18th Century when it was founded by Bavarian law professor Adam Weishaupt.
His intention was to start an academic organisation of modern thinkers prepared to challenge the views of the Catholic Church.20Twitter users were quick to highlight Bey's Super Bowl hand movementsCredit: bmmducusin/Twitter 20Conspiracy theorists believe the Illuminati is made up of elite figuresCredit: Getty - Contributor
But today, conspiracy theorists have linked the ultra-secret Illuminati to everything from the "faked" moon landings and the 9/11 terror attacks to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
They believe the occult is now made up of powerful, elite figures who "run the world" (like the "Girls" in Bey's 2011 hit song).
While Beyoncé has been accused of making the triple six Illuminati hand sign - allegedly associated with the Devil - numerous times in public, Jay Z's famous diamond hand signals are said to be a wink to the group.
Beyoncé flashed the same sign during her 2013 Super Bowl performance - which some linked to the Illuminati's triangle symbol and 'all-seeing' eye.20Both Beyoncé and husband Jay Z, pictured at The Lion King film premiere last year, have been accused of being members of the top-secret groupCredit: Rex Features
The megastar's music videos are also claimed to be littered with demon-worshipping signs - while conspiracy theorists allege her daughter Blue Ivy's name means "Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati's Very Youngest".
Even Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement with twins Rumi and Sir three years ago has been cited as 'proof' of her involvement with the Illuminati.
She shared the news on Instagram on February 1, 2017 - which is significant because of the Illuminati's supposed obsession with prime numbers.20Beyoncé has been allegedly spotted making the triple six Illuminati hand sign numerous timesCredit: YouTube / LadyGagaVEVO View this post on Instagram
We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39am PST
Both two (February is the second month) and 2017 are prime numbers - while one, though not a prime number, isn't divisible by any other number.
Bey's accompanying picture also caught theorists' eyes: she is apparently kneeling in a pyramid shape, which is a key symbol for the group (with Illuminati rulers said to be at the top, and ordinary people at the bottom).
However, a year earlier, the Halo singer had denied being linked to the mysterious group through the lyrics of her 2016 track, Formation.
The opening lines state: "Y'all haters corny with that Illuminati mess."She 'faked' her pregnancy
She's a proud mum of three - yet one outrageous theory claims Beyoncé faked her pregnancy with Blue Ivy and used a surrogate instead.
Reality TV star Marnie Simpson, now 28, shocked fans when she seemingly backed the rumours in her Star Magazine column in 2017.20One vile theory claims Beyoncé faked her pregnancy with daughter Blue IvyCredit: Getty - Contributor 20Beyoncé and Blue Ivy attend the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in LA, CaliforniaCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Marnie was reported as saying: "I'm obsessed with conspiracy theories. I don't believe that Beyonce actually gave birth to Blue Ivy.
"There was a picture where her bump looked like it was folded.
"It was definitely fake."
The Geordie Shore star was referring to a 2011 TV appearance where Beyoncé's baby bump looked as if it 'folded' due to an odd angle.20In 2011, an odd angle made Beyoncé's baby bump look as if it 'folded' on TVCredit: Channel 7 20The Crazy In Love hitmaker was said to be left heartbroken by the rumoursCredit: Instagram
The Lemonade singer was said to be left heartbroken by rumours she used a surrogate mother instead of carrying Blue Ivy, now eight, herself.
One source said: “During her first pregnancy Beyoncé was plagued by trolls who claimed she was not carrying the baby and that her bump wasn’t real...
“Bey put on a brave face at the time, but she was privately devastated."
Other vile rumours have claimed Blue Ivy - who is the spitting image of her stunning mum - is actually the daughter of Jay Z and another woman.She died in 2000
Bey may be one of the most photographed and well-recognised people on the planet - but some people believe she's actually a CLONE.
A particularly wacky conspiracy theory claims the star died in 2000 and that, for the past two decades, clones have been used in her place.20Some conspiracy theorists believe this 2016 picture of Beyoncé actually shows a cloneCredit: Getty Images - Getty
It's alleged that producers decided to replicate the talented singer using stem cells so her music could live on forever after her death.
However, some theorists believe the star died in the last decade.
One fan posted a side-by-side comparison shot online, showing the real and 'fake' Beyoncés sporting supposedly different hairlines and smiles.20One social media branded Bey's 'clone' a "high degree masonry witch"Credit: Facebook
He claimed the 2010 and 2016 images were evidence of two different Beyoncés, calling the alleged clone a "high degree masonry witch".
Others have highlighted Beyoncé's near-fall at the Super Bowl half time show in 2016, saying the 'real' superstar would never have fallen.
However, Bey herself has said in interviews that her alter ego Sasha Fierce comes out during performances, so she doesn’t act the same at all times.She's 7 years older
Like many celebs, Beyoncé has been accused of lying about her age.
The singer's birth date is widely reported to be September 4, 1981 - yet some believe she arrived seven years earlier, on the same date in 1974.20Bey, seen as a baby, is widely reported to have been born on September 4, 1981Credit: Xposure
This rumour first surfaced in 2006, when someone who claimed to work for the Texas Department of Health allegedly uncovered her birth record.
If true, it would make Bey 45.
Other supposed evidence includes a lack of pictures showing the singer at an awkward teen phase, as well as some vague comments on US TV.
And the star's dad hasn't helped the matter: Mathew Knowles has made some confusing remarks about his daughter's age in interviews.20Dad Mathew Knowles has made some confusing remarks about Beyoncé's ageCredit: Getty Images - Getty
In one radio interview, with The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, New York, Mathew suggested Beyoncé is the "exact same age" as Pink and Usher.
The artists (who aren't the "exact same age" as each other at all - are aged 40 and 41 respectively - several years older than 38-year-old Bey.Bey is sister Solange's MUM
Hooked on the age conspiracy theory, some people believe Solange Knowles, 34, is actually Beyoncé's daughter, not younger sister.
This wild theory - which relies on Beyoncé being older than her reported age - alleges that the superstar gave birth to Solange as a teen.20Some people believe Solange Knowles, right, is Beyoncé's daughter, not sisterCredit: Reuters 20The bonkers theory relies on Beyoncé being older than her reported ageCredit: Getty Images - Getty
In a plot reminiscent of a soap opera storyline, it claims that parents Mathew and Tina Knowles covered up the fact Bey had delivered a child.
Instead, they allegedly brought up Solange - also a singer - as their own.
Though it's unclear where the rumour first sprung from, it has been claimed that a "cousin" has confirmed Solange is Beyoncé's kid.She 'made her Destiny's Child bandmates change their names'
It was recently reported that Beyoncé' is "in talks" for a Destiny's Child reunion with bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.
But according to yet another shocking conspiracy theory, the singer is the reason why Michelle and Kelly aren't known by their birth names.
According to The Telegraph, some believe Michelle, born Tenitra, and Kelly, born Kelendria, were forced to change their names to ensure Beyoncé - who is named after her mum's maiden name, Beyincé - stood out.20Beyoncé performs as part of Destiny's Child during Coachella in 2018Credit: Splash News 20Some claim she's the reason why her bandmates Michelle and Kelly aren't known by their birth namesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in Celebrityfamily timeJon Gosselin celebrates holiday with daughter Hannah and girlfriend ColleenMORE BACKLASHEllen DeGeneres' ex-bodyguard slams her as 'cold' and 'demeaning'SHE’S A FIREWORK!Pregnant Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom take a walk as due date nearsANY DAY NOWTeen Mom Kailyn looks ready to pop as due date for fourth child approaches‘CUTEST DAD’Nick Cordero’s sister-in-law shares video of dad and his baby before deathICON GONECountry star Charlie Daniels dead at 83 after suffering stroke
Theorists allege that Bey's dad Mathew, who managed the Bootylicious and Say My Name group, wanted to keep his daughter in the limelight.
Yet even if this was the case, there were clearly no hard feelings - the close trio performed together on stage at Coachella two years ago.
And sources say more gigs and new music could be in the pipeline for the group later this year, once the Covid pandemic is over.Beyonce performs Black National Anthem 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' during Beychella