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21 September 2014

Mobile phones... everyone has one.

More importantly, most people have a "smart" phone which contains a GPS receiver and other sensors that combine to deliver some useful extra functionality -- such as Google Maps, electronic compass, altitude sensing, etc.

Most of the time however, all this clever-tech simply sits there idling, serving no useful purpose until such time as you need to find the route to an new destination or want to show a friend just how cool your new iSungSamPhone 12 is.

But think of what we *could* do with this massive network of smart devices...

One Scientist, Cliff Mass, is pushing hard to ramp up the use of these phones as a valuable weather measurement and forecasting tool.

Imagine if every smartphone in the world was able to relate its location and the barometric pressure back to a service that then used this data to build very high resolution isobarometric charts.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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