May 112012


First time I’ve seen a weather app include an Amber Alert as part of a warning system. Probably a good use of notifications. Most people probably have a weather alert set for where they live. I don’t live near Chicago so this update was not helpful.

What would be cool is if people who have location services turned on for weather and perhaps other apps could be sent a push notification based on proximity to an event. Think about that, what if there was an “eyes open” (could be called Heads Up) app that gave you a push notification if something serious occurred near your location. Think bank heist or armed robbery. Maybe those are not the best examples. There could be a significant amount of liability.  An app like this might be perfect for law enforcement. Sort of a way to send push notifications to nearby jurisdictions. On-duty and off-duty police would probably love to have an app like this. It should probably have a link to email a note or picture to the appropriate investigating agency. Or, it could include a phone number or numbers to report what one saw.

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