April 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM ET
Yahoo has created a pair of very attractive tablet and phone apps for its weather and email services, both available for download now. Both apps focus heavily on an eye-pleasing typographic layout and nice big images.
The Weather app is probably the more impressive of the two: A set of minimal icons and big type is overlaid on one of many pictures of your area, sourced from a special group of photos on Flickr. A sunny day in Glasgow? It tries to find a picture of that. Rainy night in Seattle? There ought to be plenty to choose from. You can even submit your own.
In addition to an hourly and five-day forecast, the app also shows other common meteorological data, like wind, pressure, and the phase of the moon. There's even a built-in Doppler radar for precipitation.
Yahoo Mail is less flashy, but the update should be welcome to users of the popular Web mail service. It adds a couple new ways to navigate your email: Categorize it and view as lists if you have a ton, or flip through it like a book if there are just a few to peruse. The purple theme might not be to everyone's liking, but it at least sets it apart from other apps.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.