App Review: mPING Weather Reporting App

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During times of severe weather, sometimes it’s tough to send reports of what is going on in your area.  But there is a new app that allows anyone to send weather and precipitation reports from where ever your are!  The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma, has launched a free app for users to anonymously report precipitation from their Apple or Android mobile device.  With the mPING app, anyone can send a weather observation on the go.  The user simply opens the app, selects the type of precipitation that is falling at his or her location, and presses submit.  The user’s location and the time of the observation are automatically included in the report.

All submissions will become part of a research project called PING – Precipitation Identification Near the Ground.  NSSL and OU researchers will use the mPING submissions to build a valuable database of tens of thousands of observations from across the United States.  In addition to reporting winter precipitation, mPING users can report observations of hail occurrence and hail size during the summer months.  All reports in the PING database, both past and real-time, can be viewed on the project’s web site.  This allows anyone to see all observations in time and space to better identify the locations where hazardous forms of precipitation exist.  To further analyze the data, researchers will compare the reports with what radars detect and use the information to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.

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After you download the app, submitting a weather report is very simple.  As long as you have the GPS switched on your phone, you can submit what your weather condition is, from sunny skies, rain, thunderstorms, hail, wind damage, mudslides, and even tornadoes.  After selecting your report, you click send report to NOAA/NSSL and your are done.  You can even view all-weather reports submitted by mPING users at their website at:

Downloading the app is free, and submitting weather reports will help make the weather forecast simpler, so get started and download the app on Google Play and on iTunes.  Learn more about mPING at:

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App Review: Soluto App

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This post is about another user app that is useful for you and anyone you know!  Soluto is an app/web service that lets you monitor your computer.  Soluto helps any computer user get more out of their PC.

Soluto started back in 2010 and has been growing rapidly!   It launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2010 and won best in show, and has since been used by millions of people in over 200 countries.  To get started, you go to Soluto’s website and register for a free account.  Then you will be asked to download a program so Soluto can monitor your computer.  Don’t worry, the program is not harmful to your computer.


After you install on your computer and restart, Soluto will monitor your startup and the programs you run on your computer.  During the startup, you will see a screen like this telling you how long it takes to load everything at startup.


After starting up your computer, you can go to the Soluto homepage and see your stats!  First, you will see your general computer information.


Then you will see your apps/programs you have installed like Dropbox and Skype.  You can easily update your programs with one click!

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Next, you will see the background apps and programs you have installed on your computer.  You have the option to delay or remove from boot any program you wish.  The less programs you have booting at startup, the faster the computer starts!


Next, you will see any recent frustrations and problems with your computer.  As you can see, Google Chrome and Microsoft Office have slowed down the computer at times.


Next, you will see your internet stats including which internet browser you use.  You have the option to disable any apps you want to make your internet experience better!


Next, you are able to check your computer protection to make sure your computer is protected from outside threats!


Then, you will see your computer hardware.  You will see how much memory you are using and what’s inside your computer.


With each Soluto account, you can monitor up to five computers for free!  That means you  can have your family and friends computers monitored for free!  For small business access and for other features like remote access, you can upgrade for less than $10 a month!  That’s a good deal!

I encourage all of you to sign up for Soluto today, to learn more about Soluto go to:  Follow them on Facebook at: and on Twitter @Soluto

Note: I never got paid to write this post, I am just satisfied with the service Soluto provides!

Buffer App and Friends + Me; Easy Ways to Update Social Media


This post is going to be about the apps and programs I use to make my time on social media easier.  There is one app available that is super easy to use!  Buffer App is an app that allows you to add status updates to be sent on a schedule on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  With a busy schedule; I don’t have time to check up on my Twitter and Facebook all the time.  With the free Buffer App; you can schedule up to 10 status updates each day to go out to your social media accounts.  Here is my Buffer App page.


Since I am unemployed; I can’t afford this.  But if I had the money; I would pay the $10 monthly fee for the Awesome Plan.  The Awesome Plan is $10 a month and it let’s you manage 12 social profiles, have unlimited posts in your Buffer, and even add two team members to help manage it all.  This means that every time you add an update, you can choose to set it to send out on one account or multiple accounts across different networks simultaneously.  Much easier than clicking on different pages to add updates.


In the account settings, you can create one or more buffering patterns for different days of the week.  This way you can have lots of updates Monday through Friday, and have a few updates over the weekend when you might be getting less traction but you still want to keep things updated.  No one wants to worry about updating social media while having fun on the weekends!


Updating you Buffer is very easy!  Buffer offers lots of apps, extensions, and extras that will allow you to use Buffer in a variety of different places online.  Some of my favorite extras are Pocket, Twylah, and Tweriod.  Start by installing the Buffer extensions for Google ChromeFirefox, or Safari.  I use Google Chrome and the Buffer App button is right up top!


Once the extension is installed, you will get a convenient button to use to add updates to your buffer at the top of your browser.  But that’s not all; you can also Buffer Twitter updates and re-tweets   You can also Buffer Facebook status updates as well!  facebooktwitter

Smartphone users can download the Buffer app for iPhone and Android.  You can also bookmark to add updates to your Buffer from your mobile browser.   Another benefit from Buffer is their blog which comes out with some useful information!  You can read the blog at:  To learn more about Buffer App go to:

One bad thing about Buffer App is you can’t post updates to Google Plus.  But I have found a new app that is still in beta mode.  Friends + Me is a program that allows users to share their Google + posts with their Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter followers.  This program also let’s you share your Google + page updates to your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook pages.  I use this to share information within my personal social media accounts.  I also use Friends + Me to share any stuff from the Geek Alabama Google + page to the Geek Alabama Twitter and Facebook pages.


Right now the program is in beta mode.  And soon they will be launching several plans.  Paying $19.99 a year to keep my Google +, Twitter, and Facebook followers updated is worth it.  When Google + allows Buffer App to schedule updates, I will have some thinking to do!  To learn more about Friends + Me; go to: