AccuWeather for iOS Sending Location Data to Monetization Company Even When Location Sharing is Off [Updated]

RichTF

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This was my go to weather app. Any suggestions for a replacement?

App store reviews are already getting hit hard.
I’ve long been a fan of Weather Line. I like the way it visualises the weather trends, seems to fit my brain well.

Oh, and it pulls data from Dark Sky too, so you get their super-accurate rain forecast for the next hour at your location.
 

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This was my go to weather app. Any suggestions for a replacement?
Apple’s stock Weather app is quite accurate.
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I use the Weather Channel app because an Atmospheric Sciences Prof here at UW (Cliff Mass) has stated their forecasts are first-rate. But I agree with the people who aren't crazy about the app itself - it could use some UI design love.
Apple’s stock Weather app uses the Weather Channel’s data.
 

rcooked

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Deleted off multiple devices. I'd recommend DarkSky, or weather underground. I don't think you can go wrong with either.

The response from accuweather was appalling.
 

78Bandit

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Guess I'll be deleting it. Sad because I loved the Minutecast feature with a graphical minute-by-minute representation of the precipitation over the next two hours.

I checked out Dark Sky based on the recommendations in this thread. I'll be giving it a try.
 

stanhope

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I just uninstalled that b i t c h
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Guess I'll be deleting it. Sad because I loved the Minutecast feature with a graphical minute-by-minute representation of the precipitation over the next two hours.

I checked out Dark Sky based on the recommendations in this thread. I'll be giving it a try.
Dark sky is fabulous
 

mmomega

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Dark Sky all the way
Never used accuweather
Don't use weather channel simply because of their website that is so full of clickbait and popups.
 

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AccuWeather vice president of emerging platforms David Mitchell told ZDNet that AccuWeather will use data through Reveal Mobile for "audience segmentation and analysis, to build a greater audience understanding and create more contextually relevant and helpful experiences for users and for advertiser."
Translation: Our app will show you exactly where the sun don't shine, which is where you can stick your complaints.

I personally like Storm, which is made by Weather Underground but puts the radar front and center.
 
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http://www.forecastadvisor.com

For US members, here is a website where you can enter your ZIP code and it will tell you the historical accuracy of the various services. The Weather Channel always seems to score well here for my area, so I just stick with the default app that uses TWC for data.

Here is a sample of what you will see after entering your ZIP.

I like the Dark Sky/forecast.io apps, but the accuracy was always bad for me so I dumped them.

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panjandrum

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Well, rats. I liked their minute forecast feature. Surprisingly accurate and very handy. Anyone know another weather app with a similar feature. (i.e. "Rain Likely in 45 minutes." or "Rain ending in 5 minutes.")
 

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I use the Weather Channel app. I also agree it isn't perfect. There are like 3-4 things I use, and I'd love to be able to put them all at the top. I need to scroll through stuff I don't care about, to get to the stuff I do care about. It's really no big deal to me though.
 

rdale

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As a commercial pilot, I need detailed weather info. I would recommend people use the national weather service NOW app.
There is no such thing - the National Weather Service does NOT have an app.
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I just uninstalled that b i t c h
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Dark sky is fabulous
Except when weather occurs. Anything "out of the ordinary" causes it to crash and burn. We watch it during the winter to see how horrible the snow predictions are. Some meteorologists have communicated with the developers on ways it can be improved, but they aren't in it for the accuracy.
 

hashholly

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Another vote for Dark Sky. As someone living in Florida it is the best weather app I've ever used.
 

LizKat

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It cracks me up sometimes thinking about all these trackers tracking a broke nation around the web. Do they wonder while they track us to the train every morning why it is that we pass by a Starbucks? Could it be because we need that latte money for the monthly train pass?

It's a good thing technology has kept up with the pace of tracker scripts added to every web page on the planet. Otherwise it would still take five minutes to load a page like w/ 300baud modems...

That said, Accuweather just took a hike to all the trash bins in my house of many gadgets.