Discuss: Apple Buys Dark Sky

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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Apple has acquired the company that develops the popular Dark Sky weather app. Discuss here if you think Apple should be allowed to shutdown the Android version and API, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
April 2, 2020 at 05:49:55
nice controversial topic, i've tried the dark sky API in combination with some dashboard widget for dashboard services such as smashing (linux based) & grafana (windows based).

see: https://grafana.com/grafana/plugins...

Amazing stuff, Apple obviously saw it's potential and tehrefore bought it.

removing the android version however is just a way of manipulating people into buying an apple device, creating a kind of monopoly if you will.

Apple seems to have lots of these kinds of strategies...

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#2
April 2, 2020 at 06:48:43
One might say that the skies may be darkened for Androids...

Then wot's next - cyborgs skies darkened too...


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#3
April 2, 2020 at 11:21:29
I think Apple will SURELY shutdown the android ops. If it doesn't, why is it Apple?

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#4
April 3, 2020 at 19:02:10
As for the poll question itself, do we "think Apple should be allowed to shutdown the Android version and API"...

Allowed/not allowed by who? Last I checked, Apple is an American company. Not sure to what extent anyone could "not allow" them from making whatever legal business decisions they choose.

As far as any doubt as to whether they'll do it or not... Do we trust the Verge?

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/1/2...

"For Android users: sorry for your luck, the app is shutting down on July 1, 2020. Oh, and those other apps that you might switch to? A bunch of them depend on Dark Sky’s weather API (as do many iPhone apps), which the company charges developers for access to, and they’re all going to have to switch providers."

...and then...

"That’s because Apple is shutting down Dark Sky’s API at the end of 2021. That’s nearly two years from now, so it’s not as dire as the Dark Sky app itself shutting down, but it’s still disappointing."

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#5
April 4, 2020 at 07:10:30
"...Apple should be allowed to shutdown the Android version and API..."

As DD03 stated, it's their company now...they should be allowed to do as they wish...

Plus it's not like it's the only weather app available for Android anyway, and few of us need to know the weather much beyond our (now-confined-to) homes...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#6
April 5, 2020 at 17:19:42
re: "and few of us need to know the weather much beyond our (now-confined-to) homes..."

umm...you are aware of one of the key features of Dark Sky aren't you?

"Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you’re standing. (It’s like magic.)"

That's what folks like about Dark Sky so much. The "hyperlocal" feature, IOW not much beyond our (now-confined-to) homes.

Great for local walks, like the 3 mile one I just got back from.


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