Ways to Preview Short Links

A short link is a URL with fewer characters that redirects to a longer destination URL. There are several reasons for wanting to shorten a link. They take less time to type, are easier to remember, easier to share, and allow click tracking. You may see short links from services like T.LY, Bitly, TinyURL shared around the web. Shortening a link masks the original link, and its true destination becomes unknown. It’s important to know the destination when clicking on a link, especially if the short link is on an untrusted website or email.

Most popular link shortener services show the final destination by adding a + to the URL. Here is an example: https://t.ly/c55j+ Read More

Weather Extension v5

Over the past 5 years, Weather Extension has gone through many changes. The first version was pretty basic. It showed the hourly and daily forecast. Over time I’ve added the ability to add multiple locations, weather alerts, translated the extension to 32 languages, support for multiple different metrics, interactive radar, inspirational quotes, and more!

Version 5 brings a bold new design to Weather Extension.  The first thing you will notice is the background image that will change depending on the weather conditions. I also made sure to keep all the same weather data points so many users have come to appreciate and use on a daily basis. So far the reviews have been wonderful. What do you think Weather Extension will look like in the next 5 years?

2020 Weather Extension v5

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Apple Buys DarkSky

All good things must come to an end and this appears to be the case for Dark Sky. On March 31, 2020, Dark Sky announced on their blog that they have a new home at Apple.

iOS App

There will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time. It will continue to be available for purchase in the App Store.

Android and Wear OS App

The app will no longer be available for download. Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down. Subscribers who are still active at that time will receive a refund.

Website

Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will continue until July 1, 2020. The website will remain active beyond that time in support of API and iOS App customers.

API

Our API service for existing customers is not changing today, but we will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.

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