National Weather Service Affected by Abusing Android App

zapweather200The National Weather Service (NWS), the weather service used by Zap Weather, was severely impacted last week due to what appears to be a badly written Android app.  Details on the name of the app and the exact cause have not been disclosed.  Unlike this app, however, Zap Weather behaves nicely with the NWS by caching its weather data it receives from the NWS to minimize data loads between your Joomla site and the NWS.  Our guess is that this app did not cache its data, causing a network load on the NWS servers as more people downloaded and used the app.  You can read more about it in an article from

Zap Calendar Version 4.0.14 Now Available

zapcalendarbox200Version 4.0.14 of Zap Calendar is the sixth release of Zap Calendar since we announced the first production release 3 months ago.  There has been a flurry of activity in the past 3 months with new features, new add-ons and bug fixes.  With several new add-ons released in this version,  the number of add-ons in Zap Calendar's library has reached 30.  You can see a listing of all add-ons on this page.  If you have not updated your Zap Calendar site recently, now is a great time to do so.  You can see a detailed history of what's new in the change log, or you can continue to read about Zap Calendar release highlights from the past 3 months.


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Back to School: 6 Reasons Why Zap Calendar is Best for School Web Sites

school appleWith school starting for many students this month, We thought this would be a great time to give you 6 reasons why Zap Calendar may just be the best Joomla calendar application for school web sites.





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6 Things You Didn't Know Zap Calendar Could Do

zapcalendarbox200Zap Calendar is a powerful calendar system for Joomla, but you may not know that Zap Calendar can promote your events outside of your web site.  Here are 6 things you didn't know Zap Calendar could do.





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Production Release of Zap Calendar Now Available With Version 4.0.7

zapcalendarbox200We are proud to announce that Zap Calendar has moved from beta to production status with the recent release of Zap Calendar 4.0.7.  Thanks to all who have provided feedback during the beta phase.  Version 4.0.7 also contains some exciting new features, including:

Back-End Enhancements:

  • Event Manager - Sortable columns, batch option, time zone display, filter by time zone
  • Category Manager - Re-ordering of categories
  • Location Manager - Sortable columns, time zone display, filter by time zone
  • Calendar Manager - sortable columns

Plugin Enhancements:

  • New Plugin - back-end stats plugin (displayed on tools page)
  • Enhanced Plugins - Facebook plugin now works on AJAX pages, several plugins can now be displayed in different positions on event page (i.e. top, bottom, left or right), QR code (square bar code) can now display either URL or event detail bar code

A complete list of enhancements and fixes can be found in the Zap Calendar change log. You can click here to see a sample screen snapshot of the event details page with the new plugin positions.

First "Zap Calendar 101" Video Now Available: Google Maps Plugin

Video linkWe have just released our first video, "Zap Calendar 101: The Google Maps Plugin".  This video demonstrates the Google Maps plugin for Zap Calendar, one of our most popular plugins for Zap Calendar.  You can follow along with the demo using the Zap Calendar demo website, so you can try out the features hands-on without needing to setup your own website.  Click the video icon to watch.

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