iPhone Apps to Track the Stars, Hurricanes, and Your Carbon Footprint
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2009
Following our reports on how to get the iPhone to behave like a sexually aroused woman, like your personal health counselor and bartender, or how to use the iPhone as a remote, it is now time to present you some apps that will turn you into an expert tracker: Star Walk, Hurricane, and Carbon Tracker.

Star Walk, which will set you back $4.99, has been around for some time, so you might have heard about it before. What is new is that the app that guides you through all the secrets of astronomy has been updated. Besides being location aware (thanks to GPS positioning) and thus saving you the hassle of going through the 10,000 different locations, besides letting you see the skies as they were in the past, Star Walk can now display meteor showers and connect to Wikipedia to provide additional info on what you see on the screen.

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Hurricanes, as the name so adequately points out, is an iPhone app that hurricane chasers will definitely enjoy; and so will the people that live in areas affected by these meteorological phenomenons. It gives you frequent weather updates and details on current tropical storms as well as storms dating back to 1851 and all for just $3.99.

One of the reasons why the weather nowadays is so out of whack is due to global warning; and global warning is caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. For the eco-minded iPhone user there is now an iPhone app that tracks your carbon footprint (and is actually called Carbon Footprint). With it you can visualize the impact a short drive, a business trip or your daily commuting has on the environment. Carbon Footprint is location aware and uses the GPS to calculate the distance you've traveled.

If you would like to get Star Walk, an iTunes download location is available here.
If you would like to get Hurricane, an iTunes download location is available here.
If you would like to get Carbon Tracker, an iTunes download location is available here.



Tags: Apple, iPhone Star Walk, Hurricane, Carbon Tracker
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