Violet Blue: Apps and gadgets for the 'Blade Runner' future we didn’t ask for

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“There are apps I wish I'd had before the fires, and apps I've found that make me glad I'm installing them now. Climate change has made weather-alert apps completely invaluable. Weather Underground, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, RainAware and Hurricane by the American Red Cross would've helped me decide to get an air purifier in time, and will probably save me and my replicant cat before the next disaster.

It's too bad that IBM's mesh network weather-alert app isn't available in America yet, but I'm setting an alert to download it when it can help us out. This will negate the need to have cell service to get alerts, and I wonder how many lives it might've saved this year.

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Some might say that Blade Runner was just a movie. But for the rest of us, it's suddenly a way of life, and also a guide to survival. Hopefully, this little guide helps, too.”

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