TechZone360 Week in Review

July 07, 2012
By: Rich Steeves

As we all know, TechZone360 is your full-circle technology resource, covering topics from the latest gadgets, to mergers and acquisitions, to major tech trends. This week we covered Dell’s (News - Alert) acquisition of Quest, RIM’s ongoing financial questions, and online dating in the cloud. But we also focused on the cloud more literally, bringing you news, information and advice on the relationship between technology and the weather.

The first story on hand, is a story about how best to gather information about weather events and emergencies. With ongoing wildfires, heat waves, droughts and derechos, the summer has gotten off to a tumultuous and deadly start. But there are many excellent resources available on the Web that can give you vital information about weather conditions near you or a loved one. Checking in with the National Storm Prevention Center website, the National Weather Service website, and state and local websites, can give you a clear picture about looming dangers and coping strategies.

If you are unfortunate enough to be in the path of an oncoming weather event, there are ways to help ease your communication burden. The National Weather Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency have activated a Wireless Emergency Alerts system to distribute warnings about tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, flash floods, extreme winds, blizzards and ice and dust storms to anyone in the path of life-threatening weather. Currently these services are available from Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile (News - Alert), with AT&T offering limited coverage.

Finally, if you are like me and you rely on your smartphone for just about everything, acting as an alarm clock, a deck of cards and a whole lot more, you may be wondering how the device can help you prepare for weather events. Well, someday soon your device may come equipped with sensors that measure conditions such as humidity and barometric pressure. This will allow you to check your local and immediate weather using your own data rather than relying on meteorologists or weather apps. In this way, your forecast will be both localized and personalized.

There you have it, the intersection between weather and technology. For all this and more news about the latest and greatest innovations and trends in technology, spin around to TechZone360!