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New Yahoo! Weather App Featuring Landscape Backgrounds

Well that was a nice surprise – I went to check the forecast and my images popped up in Yahoo!’s new Weather App for the iPhone (and yes, it’s also available for Android…) :-)

Yahoo Weather App Apple iPhone Screen Shots Paul Reiffer Photographer Landscape

Granted, it wasn’t a complete surprise as I knew they had been “tagged” by the Yahoo! team on my Flickr account with words such as “clear”, “night”, “cloudy” etc. but I had no idea of when they might appear.

The app itself caught my eye last month as (despite many of their previous failed attempts to launch creative apps) this really was a beautiful and clever way of showing the weather. It trawls pre-selected Flickr images in real-time looking for geotags, tagged weather states and times of day to bring fresh images for each city you are looking at.

It even caught Apple’s attention at this year’s WWDC in San Francisco, naming it one 11 top apps to win their “2013 Design Award”.

Drag the temperature up the screen, and it blurs out the background to give detailed weather information including sunrise/sunset (animated), wind speed/direction (animated), humidity, precipitation, live radar map, plus the forecast for the week.

Yahoo Weather Forecast Landscape Images Apple Paul Reiffer Photographer Flickr

It really is a nicely built little tool, and easily replaces my (current – iOS6) Apple weather app despite using the same source data.

Of course, the fact that Yahoo! own Flickr is a big advantage to them in this space, but let’s not forget, this is the company who were accused of “ruining a great tool” when they took it down a rather dubious development path. Something has changed with the Flickr/Yahoo! relationship of late, and they’ve started making beautiful things again.

Not forgetting that most landscape photos are indeed of landscape orientation, there is one final trick up their sleeve. Turn the phone on its side and you’re given a slideshow of all the places you have stored as your favourite cities as they look at that time…

Yahoo Sideways Slideshow Weather App Paul Reiffer Pulpit Rock Portland Weymouth Shanghai

So those are the images which I’ve seen so far – I know there are others of mine for New York, Koh Samui, Los Angeles, San Francisco & others which I’ve not yet seen. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the right time of day and weather combination for them to show up 😉

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Microsoft Bing – Can I get my image on the homepage?

Many of you will know the history to “bing” – Microsoft’s evolution to their original MSN search page.  Granted, a lot less people would ever say they’re “binging” something than those who “google”, but hey – it’s used by a surprising amount of people.


Microsoft Bing Homepage Search Box Your Britain CompetitionLast month, Microsoft launched a competition in association (rather randomly) with Dizzee Rascal – called “Your Britain“. What’s unique about bing is that it displays a different image every day as a background to the search box.  So, spurred on by the attraction of a £10,000 prize (along with, of course, the idea of getting my image on their homepage!) I entered 4 images.

Now – here’s the challenge:  To get the images even into the “final”, one or more of them need to be in the top 20 by number of votes by 1st July.  People can vote on 5 images per day, and you get a fresh batch of 5 votes every day between now and then.  So I’m asking you all – if you’d be so kind (and fancy seeing one of these images on the search homepage for 24 hours!) to vote for one (or all!) of them as often as you can in the next four weeks!


Here they are, and they can each be clicked on to vote…


Bing Your Britain Competition - image_06750 - homepage - Paul Reiffer Professional London Photographer Pulpit Rock – Portland, taken at sunset.

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Bing Your Britain Competition - image_06751 - homepage - Paul Reiffer Professional London Photographer Portland Bill Lighthouse, at midnight.

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Bing Your Britain Competition - image_06754 - homepage - Paul Reiffer Professional London Photographer Portland Bill at Sunset

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Bing Your Britain Competition - image_06755 - homepage - Paul Reiffer Professional London Photographer Durdle Door at dusk

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Microsoft Bing Homepage Search Box Your Britain Competition How to Vote

To vote, simply click on one (or all!) of the images above that you like, and look to the bottom right.  You’ll see the “vote now” button just like this:  :-)  


Thanks, everyone!  Don’t forget – you get 5 votes a day!



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