Zello PTT Walkie Talkie is one of the "hottest" apps in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The free app turns your iOS or Android device into a Walkie-Talkie with push-to-talk capabilities. With the app installed, users can have a conversation one-on-one with a friend or family member, or join a group conversation. One reason for the app's popularity is a rumor that installing it will turn your phone into a two-way radio without requiring internet connectivity. Unfortunately, that is not true. You do need to be connected to a carrier's network, or to Wi-Fi in order for Zello to work.Another reason for the app's popularity is that before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, social media messages advised smartphone users to install the app since it could be used to call for help. In fact, a Louisiana-based group called the Cajun Navy was using Zello to communicate. This group of volunteers were taking distress calls over the Zello app and were helping move those who were … [Read more...] about Red Hot Zello PTT Walkie Talkie app helped save lives during Hurricane Harvey
As hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc in coastal Texas, the threat of natural disasters seems more and more realistic. To help you stay safe, you can use a hurricane tracking application on your smartphone, and we have selected the best hurricane apps for iPhone and Android.Apps to track and monitor hurricanes, and find shelterWe are looking for a few things in a hurricane tracking app: detailed satellite images, push notifications and integration with Twitter that often turns out the best source of information during times of emergency.Another appreciated aspect of a hurricane app is information about evacuation orders and places where people can find shelter.We have selected 5 great Android and iPhone apps that will help you be in the know about hurricanes. Stay safe!Tip: If you prefer a website, www.spacecityweather.com is the portal preferred by Texans for hurricane Harvey news and updates. 5 best hurricane tracking apps for iPhone and Android 5 best hurricane tracking … [Read more...] about 5 best hurricane tracking apps for iPhone and Android (2017)
Hurricane Sandy is approaching the north-eastern U.S. shores threatening to hit states from Virginia to the south up to Massachusetts in the north, and storm its way into Pennsylvania before starting to die down. What makes it particularly dangerous is the fact that not only it is a category 1 hurricane, but as it heads north it will combine with a winter storm from the west. Experts have named this “perfect storm” as such conditions last occurred in New England nearly thirty years ago.Making matters worse, Hurricane Sandy combines with full moon and this means that tidal forces will be at their strongest. It’s also a slow storm and once it hits, it will linger on for about 24 hours. It’s expected to reach the U.S. shores around Monday evening, so you still have time to prepare and we strongly advise you to do so.Here a couple of advices for what you can do in terms of communications. First, make sure your electronics are fully charged up. Get a spare charger, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Sandy: apps and tips
Welcome to Home of the Future, a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and The Verge. Each month, we'll take you inside one innovative home and explore how the technology of today informs the way people will live in the future. To follow along, stay tuned for new video episodes on our Facebook page. This month’s location? A round, net-zero prefab home engineered to survive the strongest storms. The past several months brought intense hurricanes with record-setting wind speeds to the US Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, badly damaging multiple communities. More than 200 people have died in this recent batch of hurricanes, and technically, the season doesn’t end until November 30th. Many families have been faced with the decision to evacuate, but oftentimes when they return, their homes could be destroyed. That’s why North Carolina-based prefab home builder Deltec has designed a home that’s built to withstand hurricanes, so whether or not families choose to … [Read more...] about This hurricane-proof home can withstand powerful storms
Hurricane Harvey is whirling towards Texas with winds reaching 130 miles per hour — a Category 4 hurricane that was fueled by an unlucky pit stop over a deep patch of warm water in the Gulf of Mexico. Warm water feeds hurricanes, which form when a weather disturbance, like a small storm, sucks the moist, warm air over the ocean’s surface into the lower atmosphere. When that moisture-laden air reaches cooler temperatures higher up in the atmosphere, the water condenses to form clouds — which spin and grow, fueled by more warm ocean water as it evaporates. Warm ocean waters intensify hurricanes because they provide more heat — therefore, more energy — to the storm. And the Gulf of Mexico has been unusually warm this year, the Associated Press reports. But that's not the only reason why Hurricane Harvey has become such a monster storm. Another culprit is an ocean phenomenon called a warm core eddy, says Nick Shay, a professor of meteorology and oceanography … [Read more...] about How did Hurricane Harvey get so strong?