UberWeather.com now has Global Time Zones & Ocean Surf Data

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Uber Weather is all about “Visual Search”. To that we had GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data in a user friendly way. Recently we have added a couple “New” features to Uber Weather, Global Time Zones and Ocean Surf Data. With the Global Time Zones feature you are now able to tell the GMT Offset, Date and Time anywhere in the world. The Ocean Surf Data gives you the option to choose a date on which you would like to know certain facts like wave height, peak wave period, air temperature, etc. Our Goal is Simple, the best Global Weather! Plus complete Community Information.

surf dataP.S. Play around with the “New” Features and let us know what you think! We are always updating and changing our application and it may have some BUGS, so please let us know!




Landmark Steps to Liberate Open Data

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On May 9th, as he heads to Austin, Texas, for a Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. We couldn’t agree more.

Under the terms of the Executive Order and a new Open Data Policy released today by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget, all newly generated government data will be required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, greatly enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, while ensuring privacy and security.

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Google Developers Live: Don Dodge interviews David Weekly

Root access: How your startup should work with advisors, with David Weekly

David Weekly

Streamed live on Mar 7, 2013

Don Dodge interviews David Weekly about how to use advisors for your startup effectively and what kind of contract to have with them. David Weekly founded PBWorks, a hosted wiki/collaboration service that serves four million people a month. He also started HackerDojo, a co-working space in Mountain View, CA, where Pinterest was born. David has been on both sides of the table multiple times: getting help from advisors for his startups and advising entrepreneurs on their startups.

A “NEW” Feature has been added to Uber Weather Creston!

A “NEW” High Resolution Imagery Layer has been added to Uber Weather Creston from Environment Canada. This new layer will show you a 2-Day Animation of the Temperature, Precipitation, and Snow Mass from hourly images.

  • Watch a Video from our Developer on this “NEW” Feature – Screencast on snow moving in on Kimberley

High Resolution Animation


Venture capital drought over, would-be entrepreneurs told


After a decade-long drought, venture capital has become plentiful again in Canada, attendees at the National Business and Technology Conference in Toronto were told on Saturday.

“We’ve gone from a decade of inactivity … to there being a surplus almost,” said Ray Sharma, founder and president of Toronto game developer XMG Studio Inc.  and co-founder ofExtreme Venture Partners, an early-stage investor based in Toronto. “This is the best time to start up a company.”

Sharma said venture capital started flowing last year after “10 years in Canada where there was a death valley in venture capital.” Speaking as part of a panel on venture capital at the two-day conference, he told an audience made up largely of university students that it is easier now to find funding than it has been for a decade.

That doesn’t mean everyone with an idea will get funding, though, and fellow panelist Andy Yang offered some advice on what venture capitalists want to see.

Yang, managing director and chief innovation hunter for Extreme Startups and a former venture capitalist at BlackBerry Partners Fund, said he looks closely at the team pitching an idea – not just their skills but the rapport among the team members. He also prefers to see disruptive technology and strong intellectual property, rather than a team that is “just going to create an app and hope for the best.”

Toronto-based Extreme Startups puts startups through a 12-week accelerator program that includes $50,000 up front and up to $150,000 in additional investment.

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Payroll Hero gets $1 million in seed funding; scores talent from promise of Whistler pow!

Payroll Hero gets $1 million in seed funding;  scores talent with promise of Whistler pow

What does cruising through early-morning powder on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb have to do with cutting-edge payroll software on the other side of the globe?

For Vancouver entrepreneur Steve Jagger, it’s everything.

Faced with the task of recruiting talent for their latest start-up Payroll Hero, Jagger and his partner Mike Stephenson dealt the one card that trumps Silicon Valley — cut fresh tracks first, code later.

“We call them adventure engineers,” Jagger said of the computer engineers who have moved to Whistler to work out of an office in Function Junction when they’re not on the slopes. “We wanted to find a unique way to compete for talent — we set up an office in Whistler so we could attract talent with the mountain.

“Instead of competing head to head with Silicon Valley, where whatever we offer, someone can get $5,000 more a year in two seconds with someone else, we attract adventure engineers and we sell them on the idea of working and living in Whistler, taking off ski days and starting work at noon so they ski in the morning.”

When they’re working, they’re part of a 12-person virtual global team that has created a cloud-based software solution for companies that need to find a one-stop solution for tracking employees’ time, attendance, scheduling and keeping payroll.

So far it’s a strategy that’s finding success. Payroll Hero that has just announced $1 million in seed funding from a number of angel investors including Ryan Holmes, CEO of Vancouver-based social media management company HootSuite.

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Press Release – “Uber Weather” represents Canada in Google Contest.

You can download a copy of the Press Release here:


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Voting Officially Launched – Google Places API Developer Challenge

Uber Weather“, built by James Swansburg of Kimberley, BC, is representing Canada in an global Google Contest! This is a big deal. Uber Weather (UW) could change the world. UW is all “Content”, with NO SPAM. UW is “Weather” combined with the most powerful “Visual Search Engine” (VSE) on the planet.  UW is unique and disruptive technology. It is simple, but not to simple. And you will not out grow it.  Get involved! Change the world! Say NO to spam and useless “Noise” cuttering the Internet.

Google Announced Today:

Dear Challenge Supporters and Developers,

Over the last several months, developers from 27 countries around the world have been working hard to create innovative applications using the Google Places API and municipal data sources to improve their communities. Now it’s time for you and your peers to select your favorite applications and cast your votes for the People’s Choice Award!

Please visit the Google Places API Developer Challenge applications gallery to vote using the +1 buttons, and be sure to tell your friends about the gallery so that they can vote, too. Formal judging by our expert panel of judges will begin next week and we look forward to announcing the winners of all the exciting prizes in January.

Over the coming weeks, we will blog about these applications and continue discussing Challenge news on our website so please check back regularly for key news and announcements.

Best regards,

The Google Places API Developer Challenge Team

©2012 Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

VOTE for Uber Weather! You need to have a Google Plus account to vote. If you already use gMail, just click the link in the top left called “+You”.

I made a video about how to vote HERE.

A nice video explaining what Google Plus is HERE . It is fun and worth watching.

If you are interested in Uber Weather, there are more posts here:

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BONUS! Google Plus “Fun” Videos – these are a hoot:

Google Girl Playlist – three short videos poking fun at Facebook.

GIS Goes Mainstream

Google has re-invented maps and GIS. Now we have “Consumer GIS” at a scale and speed that is unprecedented. If you have not played with it, the “Secret Sauce” is Google Fusion Tables (GFT). GFT allows almost unlimited data to be displayed on a Google Map and it is “Clickable”. And did I mention it is free!

So what can you build with this?  Check out Uber Weather. Built by one programmer with no budget. Amazing!

Google pre-renders GFT data and caches it. The more you use GFT, the faster it gets. So upload your interesting data and make it public. You win, the public wins. If your data would be cool on Uber Weather (UW), send me the link.

Mainstream? What is that all about? Maps and Weather are top search keywords. Combine the two and now we have serious reach! Uber Weather is “maps” and “weather” with GIS “sugar”. How about 13,000 “Ski Lifts”, instantly on the map at all times. This allows “Visual Search” and discovery at a unprecedented scale.

Game Changing Technology. Since amazing products can now be built and distributed with very tiny budgets, they don’t need to be covered in SPAM (Display Ads) to pay for the huge overhead. This is huge. Give the public a choice between the current “Noise” and  content that is 100% free of spam and there will be a massive shift in public demand. Be part of it. Help kill spam. Keep the Internet for content.

Uber Weather is doing its part. It is a “David & Goliath Story”, but it could have the same effect that Netflix had on the entrenched “Blockbuster Video” business model.

If you go back through the posts, there are some related ones with videos that you may find useful:

GIS means accuracy. Accuracy is truth. We need more truth.

Cheers James Swansburg

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Uber Weather accepted into the Google Places API Developer Challenge 2012

Today, December 12 2012, Uber Weather (UW) was accepted as a contestant into the Google Places API Developer Challenge.

The UW details video is HERE.

Go HERE to vote!

The timeline for the contest is:

  • August 15, 2012: Submissions Begin
  • November 30, 2012: Deadline for Application Submission
  • December 12 – December 31, 2012: Public Voting
  • December 12 – January 11, 2013: Voting by Judges
  • January 30, 2013: Winners Announced
  • 2013: Live Streaming of Awards Presentation Hangout with a recap at the 2013 I/O Conference

The prizes are:

Showcase your Google Places API application at our annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. There will be two categories of awards – Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards:

Judge’s Choice Award

Three (3) application entries will receive an immersive experience at Google I/O 2013, including:

  • 2 Google I/O tickets per winning team
  • $3500 travel stipend
  • A chance to showcase their app at Google I/O 2013
  • Dinner with the Google Maps and Places API team

Three runners up will enjoy:

  • One (1) Google Nexus 7 16gb Tablet
  • A 15-minute hang out with a Google Executive

People’s Choice Award

One entry will be chosen by the voting public and will receive:

  • 2 Google I/O tickets per team
  • $3500 travel stipend
  • A chance to showcase their app at Google I/O 2013
  • Dinner with the Google Maps and Places API team

Public Voting Starts TODAY!

Please visit the Google Places API Developer Challenge applications gallery to vote for Uber Weather using the +1 buttons.

Ski Industry

Uber Weather is amazing for skiing. If you are interested in skiing, you may want to watch the videos in this POST.

Google Chrome Web Store

You can go directly to Uber Weather just by typing the URL, or you can install it from the Google Chrome Web Store via these INSTRUCTIONS.