Between the New York Times, and Accuweather.com’s great iPhone app, I get just about all the weather coverage I could possible need. But I’m a sucker for elegant text based interfaces and slight attempts at humor which is why Simple weather is now my favorite means of finding out how it’s going to feel when I step outside in the morning. The main screen displays the current local weather conditions while sliding the screen to the left reveals a 3 day forecast 1 day at a time. Fun and works well on the road.
Simple Weather for iPhone (links to web but will open iTunes).
I’m absolutely in love with the clean UI of this native google reader application for the iPhone. I dig the color scheme, the favicon’s for feeds, visual feedback but most importantly is the social network integration. You can quickly scan the headlines in your feeds and either mark to read later with instapaper, or instantly share on twitter. Very useful.
Reeder for iPhone
Fly through or work with clients in multiple time-zones much? Mulitcloc is a world clock iPhone app that tastefully displays multiple time zones on one screen. More than just clean and colorful interfaces, the instant conversion of timezones in the alarm help ensure you don’t miss another skype call. Useful.
multiClock iPhone World Clock App
Beyond ensuring that I have all I need in my bag, I’m not a big believer in exhaustive trip planning. I prefer spontaneity as a means of framing my experience of a new place. When visiting a city I do pick waypoints, specific points of interest, which I might try to hit while I go about my urban explorations. I’ve long since eschewed the guidebook for background research, preferring google search or local blogs as my pre departure tools, and locals for on arrival advice.
Though fairly limited in scope, I couldn’t find anything for major centers in Asia, Googles newly introduced City Tours has me excited as it removes my need for a large bulky map and further refines my pre-departure research. It’s also excellent for last minute arrivals.
City Tours helps the user “identify points of interest and plan multi-day trips to most major cities throughout the world.”
It features suggested sights, the ability to manually enter your own points of interest and to view refinements like distance & time. This is a very functional tool, especially when coupled with a device like an iPhone with it’s built in compass and aGPS. City Tours is a Google Labs project which generally means it’s still very much a work-in-progress.
Google Labs’ City Tours.