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Yahoo changes its mind and celsius is working again

It looks like Yahoo decided to revert back to how its weather API worked before yesterdays change, but they broke something doing so. Temperature was only reported in Fahrenheit. A fix is out now for DIN Time, version 2.47, which converts the Fahrenheit reading to Celsius. We’re back to normal for a few weeks I guess, until Yahoo tries to do something again.

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DIN Time weather not updating, again

Yahoo has made a major change to how their weather API works, so DIN Time (and probably many other watch faces and apps) can’t update the weather data. I’m looking into what can be made to get it up and running again.

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Geolocation update worked

I’m happy to report that the changes I made to DIN Time on February 13 (v 2.46), which aimed to lower the amount of Nominatim geolocation requests, helped. All DIN Time users requests combined are now only 7-10% of what they used to be! I suppose this means most people, unsurprisingly, stay in the same location most of the day.

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DIN Time 2.46 improves geolocation usage

DIN Time 2.46 includes improvements and changes to help ensure an uninterrupted geolocation service. DIN Time is too popular for its own good. With the large amount of DIN Time users we’re making too many geolocation requests per hour and risk blocking from Nominatim, the free geolocation service I’m using. DIN Time will now detect if you are in the same location as the last time the weather updated. If so, no new geolocation request is sent. Please note: If this change isn’t enough I will also need to limit the update frequency to every 60 minutes in the next version.
Also, another change in this version is if the GPS isn’t available and no woeid is entered, DIN Time will now use the location of the last successful weather update.

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DIN Time 2.45 fixes weather update issue

Version 2.45 of DIN Time fixes an issue with geolocation which caused the weather updates to fail if using GPS. Available now.

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Code quality

For no apparent reason this xkcd comic came to mind when I was trying to optimize DIN Time the other day.

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DIN Time 2.44 released

DIN Time 2.44 is now available with a fix for the geolocation issue! Thank you Freakified, author of the TimeStyle watch face for the solution!

Pebble users that are still using pre-timeline firmware unfortunately can’t enjoy this update. You’re stuck using a woeid. Or just update your watch.

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Review of DIN Time

Tiempo Escaso has done a very nice review of DIN Time! Read it here in Spanish or here in Google Translatish.

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Yahoo weather problems in DIN Time

Once again there are problems on Yahoo’s end (their geolocation service) when getting weather data if you use the GPS to select the weather location in DIN Time. The solution for now is to visit woeid.rosselliot.co.nz and find a woied for your location. Enter it in the weather settings popup (don’t tap the Get button!), save and you should start seeing updated weather again.

So, what about adding other weather providers?

It’s on my todo list, but it won’t happen now. Sorry.

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DIN Time briefly gone from app store

I accidentally removed DIN Time from the app store for about 30 minutes today. It should be back in the app store and on your watches again now. I’m really sorry for the trouble!

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