Favorite Contacts Launcher lets you call, message, or FaceTime anyone from Notification Center

By Josh Gallagher on Mar 27, 2015

Favorite Contacts Launcher allows you to have instant access to your most used numbers. Once downloaded, this app will allow you to quickly call, text, or FaceTime anyone directly from Notification Center. The concept sounds extremely useful to non-jailbreakers, but does this launcher deliver? Read More

 

How to change the Notification Center icon in the menu bar on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 8, 2015

Have you ever wanted to change the menu bar icon for Notification Center on your Mac? As you can see from the screenshot above, I changed my icon to a moon icon. In this step-by-step video tutorial, I’ll show you what it takes for you to do the same. Read More

 

How to improve the Mac’s Notification Center experience by sorting items by arrival

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2015

I have to admit that I’m not a huge user of Notification Center, and this applies to both iOS and the Mac. One of the reasons that I’m turned off by Notification Center is the disarray that I see when viewing it.

By default, Notification Center is set to sort manually, which means that you can go into the its preferences, and sort each app by hand. That’s fine and all, but it makes for a less than ideal experience when trying to find the most relevant notifications based on time of arrival.

For me, this results in a less than ideal experience when opening Notification Center. If you have a lot of apps enabled for Notifications, it can be overwhelming, because there’s no real logical order to the way they’re sorted. To remedy this issue, try this simple to implement tip, and sort your notifications by time of arrival instead… Read More

 

Apple Watch: new details about battery life, apps, features and more emerge

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the Apple Watch to support 5 hours of heavy application use, reports 9to5Mac. Ahead of Monday’s event, the site has heard this and other previously unknown details from sources who have hands-on experience with the wearable.

The improvement in battery life should ensure that the Watch will last a full day with mixed heavy and passive use. However, the site makes it clear that users will still need to charge the device every night, as the battery is not strong enough to last a full second day without renewal. Read More

 

Breaking brings an RSS feed reader widget to Notification Center on iOS and OS X

By Lory Gil on Mar 6, 2015

If you are a news junkie, you probably have all sorts of alerts set up to let you know the moment a story breaks. Wouldn’t it be nice if your RSS feeds were available right in the Today view of Notification Center?

Breaking – News in your Today tab populates your favorite news feeds in Notification Center for iOS and OS X, so you access stories you want to read without having to open a special app for it. All of your news is right in front of you, available with one swipe or click. Read More

 

How to invoke a specific Notification Center View using keyboard shortcuts on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

Earlier this week, I showed you how to mate Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could designate which View you’d like to see when invoking Notification Center from a keyboard shortcut? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to open directly to the Today View or the Notifications View using keyboard shortcuts. Read More

 

How to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

It might seem fairly obvious, but it might be a good idea to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on the Mac. Perhaps you already have, or maybe you still haven’t. I hadn’t, at least not up until a few days ago when a reader suggested that I do so, and I honestly can’t come up with a reason as to why I waited so long. I think it’s because I just never thought about doing it.

Assigning Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut just makes sense. It especially makes sense if you use a keyboard and mouse combination on your Mac, instead of a trackpad. Granted, MacBook users might not be so easily convinced, because invoking Notification Center can be accomplished via an effortless two-finger swipe on the trackpad.

But if you’re working on an iMac, or if you’re using a traditional mouse and keyboard combination with your MacBook, as I am, then I definitely recommend that you follow this uber-simple tip. Read More

 

How to add more Notification Center Today View widgets to Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2015

Like its iOS counterpart, Notification Center for OS X Yosemite comes bundled with several stock Today widgets to get you started. However, it’s possible to add third-party widgets to Notification Center’s Today View by means of the Mac App Store and via direct download. Inside, we’ll highlight how to add new widgets to Notification Center along with several widget recommendations. Read More

 

How to quickly enable Notification Center’s Do Not Disturb mode on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2015

Like its iOS counterpart, Notification Center on the Mac features a Do Not Disturb mode for suppressing notifications at inopportune times. The great thing about Notification Center on iOS is that it can be quickly enabled via a handy Control Center toggle. But did you know that there’s a quick and easy way to enable Do Not Disturb mode on your Mac, as well? Read More

 

DathBanners Lite brings app-specific colors to notification banners

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 1, 2015

DathBanners Lite is an innovative jailbreak tweak that just landed on the Cydia store for free. It’s a tweak that takes the average color of the app icon responsible for the banner notification and applies it to the background of the banner. If you’re looking to spice up the look of incoming banner notifications, then DathBanners is your ticket towards doing so. Read More

 

SimpleCenters: customize Control Center and Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

SimpleCenters is a $1.00 jailbreak tweak that brings tons of customization options to both Notification Center and Control Center. The tweak features a bevy of switches in its preferences that allow you to toggle on or off nearly every facet of both overlays. Read More

 

This widget adds a phone dialer to Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Feb 18, 2015

There are dozens of apps out there that offer a streamlined interface so you can find contacts and make phone calls quickly and easily, but how many can you count will put a widget on your Lock screen so you can make phone calls in Notification Center?

YoBu is a Notification Center extension that allows you to search for contacts by name or number, and then call them right from the Today view on your Lock screen. Read More

 

1SecMoney review: record income and expenses right from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Feb 9, 2015

How people keep track of finances is a personal preference. Some like complex, feature rich programs that allow them to connect and follow all of their income and expenses meticulously. Others are happy with simplicity.

1SecMoney is a simple finance-tracking app that lets you add daily additions and subtractions for your bank and credit card accounts. You can also input items directly from Notification Center using the Today widget. We’ve got a hands-on app review of 1SecMoney for you today. Read More

 

How to browse the web from Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 6, 2015

NCBrowser 8 is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to browse the web via Notification Center in iOS. The most obvious benefit to being able to do this is that the web is now instantly accessible from any app courtesy of the Notification Center pull-down interface. In a nutshell, NCBrowser 8 provides you with pseudo-multitasking ability between an app and the web browser in Notification Center, and it can be customized to your liking via the tweak’s preferences. Read More

 

Cheatsheet: a widget for all those little things you can’t remember

By Sébastien Page on Feb 5, 2015

Your license plate, your driver license number, your hotel room number, the combination of your locker at the gym. All these are little things that we sometimes need to have quick access to but not necessarily remember. This is where an app like Cheatsheet comes in handy. Simply write things down in Cheatsheet and refer to them at any time directly from the widget in the Today tab of Notification Center. Read More

 

SimpleNC streamlines the look of Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2015

If you’re looking to simplify the look of Notification Center, then SimpleNC is probably up to the task. It is a tweak that features tons of switches, which allows you to disable specific Notification Center assets individually. The wonderful thing about SimpleNC is that it gives the user choice. You can go the subtle route, and only simplify bits and pieces of Notification Center, or you can go to extremes, and give it a makeover that you won’t soon forget. Read More

 

NC brings a Twitter widget to Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Feb 3, 2015

Up until a few months ago, if you wanted to have a Twitter widget in Notification Center, you would have had to go the jailbreak way and find a tweak that would allow you to do just that. But since the release of iOS 8, and Apple opening up its mobile operating software for developers to create extensions, we’ve seen some really neat apps and widgets taking advantage of the new possibilities. NC is one of those.

NC is a new app that lets you add a Twitter widget to the Today tab of Notification Center, and from our usage of the app for the last few days, we can say it works as advertised. Read More

 

TodayRemote is a widget with iTunes playback controls

By Lory Gil on Jan 28, 2015

With Apple’s Remote app, you can access your computer’s iTunes playback controls so you don’t have to get off the couch to switch songs. But, unlocking your iPhone, opening the app, and selecting your device is still just way too much work.

TodayRemote lets you control playback of iTunes right from the Lock screen of your iPhone. You’ll never have to work for your music again. Read More

 

This widget lets you play Minesweeper directly from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2015

Minesweeper Widget Edition is a new app launching in the App Store today that, as you might have guessed, brings a playable Minesweeper widget to the Today tab of Notification Center. Developed by the same guy who made Overglide, another playable Notification Center widget, Minesweeper Widget Edition promises to offer short and quick gaming to make your wait in line at the grocery store ever so enjoyable. Read More

 

Thermos lets you control your Nest from Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

Thermos for iPhone and iPad is the first application to let you control your Nest thermostat directly from your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center. Already available for Mac (read our review), Thermos has now made its way to iOS with a Notification Center widget that allows Nest user to adjust the temperature of the thermostat, as well as setting it to Away, or turning it off altogether. Read More

 
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